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Bruins new GM Sweeney won’t make ‘impetuous’ decision on Julien’s future

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BUFFALO, NY - OCTOBER 18: Head coach Claude Julien of the Boston Bruins watches the action against the Buffalo Sabres on October 18, 2014 at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images)

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Now that the Boston Bruins have their new general manager, attention will now turn to the future of head coach Claude Julien.

Two years removed from a berth in the Stanley Cup Final, the Bruins missed the playoffs this season, with the fallout including the firing of GM Peter Chiarelli. Don Sweeney, hired as the new GM earlier this week, pledged in his opening media availability that there would be change to personnel and staff.

In a later discussion with Joe Haggerty of, Sweeney made it clear, however, that the decision on Julien will not be rushed.

“We’re a good cycling team, but we’re going to need to get to the interior of the ice. It’s not fun to go there, but they have to play there. Those are daily habits. We’ve done it in the past, and part of the conversations with Claude will be whether it’s just personnel, or is it an implementation of the message we need to get across,” Sweeney told

“And how do we go about doing that? Those will be part of the discussions. I have a tremendous amount of respect for Claude. He’s had a tremendous amount of success, and it would be foolhardy of me to make an impetuous decision. I need to make the right decision.”

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