I've held my tongue on the issue of Claude Julien’s future. When pressed, I've semi-defended Claude with the argument that he's won a Cup, been to a second Finals, and -- since Peter Chiarelli maxed out the Bruins cap with handouts to players like Milan Lucic and Chris Kelley -- been hamstrung with his roster.
Sometimes things just don’t look, feel or smell right. After last night, Claude Julien as Bruin coach is all of the above.
Claude Julien is a Stanley Cup-winning coach and, overall, he's done a damn good job for the Bruins.
Stanely Cup-winning coaches get fired. Last night was the tie that broke this coach’s back. He was second-guessed for leaving his top scorer, Brad Marchand, on the bench during the shootout. When questioned about, he replied: “Hindsight.” They he explained they had a plan ,and goalie tendencies enter into the thought process.
Fine. Besides, benching Marchand is not why Claude must lose his job.
Losing two points to the non-playoff Carolina Hurricanes is. Presiding over two straight late-season collapses is. Missing the playoffs for two years in a row -- which is a distinct possibility after Tuesday night -- is.
Claude Julien should never hang his head or pay for his own beer in Boston, ever. But it's time for him to leave.