As first reported by NHL insider Pierre LeBrun, a former Boston Bruins head coach is looking to get back behind a bench in the league.
Since the 2007-08 season, the Bruins have had two head coaches leading the storied franchise, Claude Julien and Bruce Cassidy. The Bruins moved on from Julien during the 2016-17 and turned the ropes over to Cassidy to right the ship and get the Bruins back to Stanley Cup glory. Both coaches successfully led the way behind the bench as Julien brought the Bruins to two Stanley Cup appearances in 2011 and 2013, winning it all in 2011 and Cassidy once in 2019 but falling one game short of winning it all. Before his firing, Julien was the longest-tenured head coach in the NHL.
Claude Julien was initially intended to be the head coach of Team Canada for the 2022 Beijing Olympics. Jeremy Colliton coached the first game while Julien recovered from fractured ribs from an on-ice injury.
After being fired from the Bruins head coaching job, Julien latched on as the head coach of the Montreal Canadiens from 2017 to 2021. In 1,275 games coached, he has a record of 667-455-10-152. He won the Jack Adams Award for coach of the year in 2009.
With the experience and pedigree that Julien has in coaching, it’s just a matter of time before a team adds him to their coaching staff. Whether Julien is fine accepting an assistant coaching job or will only settle for a head coaching job is still unclear. Only time will tell if the former Bruins and Canadiens head coach will make his return to the bench this coming season.