While there's been no official word on the fate of Claude Julien, all signs point to the longtime Bruins coach retaining his job for at least the start of next season. It’s been almost two weeks since Don Sweeney was named general manager, and he’s met with Julien since then about the coach's future with the organization.
A source with knowledge of the situation told CSNNE.com that one of the points of discussion was potential changes to Julien’s coaching staff. After the departure of long-time assistant Geoff Ward last year -- Ward took a head-coaching job in Germany, where his team won the German League championship and he was named Coach of the Year -- Julien employed Joe Sacco, Doug Houda, Doug Jarvis and Bob Essensa as his assistants in 2014-15. Both Houda and Essensa have been on staff since Julien became head coach in 2007.
Julien has always been admirably loyal to the group working with him. However, the new regime would like a change or two, as Sweeney discussed publicly two weeks ago when he was appointed GM. He said there would need to be a philosophical discussion about a more aggressive style of play, and the importance of integrating young players into the mix.
“I have some things that I want to sit down with Claude and go through in a very orderly fashion as to where I think needs to change and what direction we need to change as a group," Sweeney said that day. "I also acknowledged to Claude during this whole process that I think tremendously of him as a coach and as a person, so I think it’s just about lining up philosophical approaches that I believe in, that he believes in, and that we can move the group forward . . .
“(Some) of that will involve personnel decisions. Some of that will involve staff-member decisions and/or changes. That’s to be determined.”
Apparently, they're in the process of determining that now.