Boston Bruins Fire Claude Julien

BOSTON (CBS) — The Boston Bruins are making a change on their bench.

The Bruins have fired Claude Julien, the winningest coach in franchise history, the team announced on Tuesday. Assistant coach Bruce Cassidy will take over the team on an interim basis.

The team will hold a press conference at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, as the New England Patriots parade through the city of Boston to celebrate their latest Super Bowl championship. Cassidy will be available to the press at noon.

Julien guided the Bruins to a 419-246-94 record in his 10 seasons in Boston, winning the Stanley Cup in 2011 with a dramatic seven-game victory over the Vancouver Canucks. Julien led the Bruins to another Cup final in 2013, falling to the Chicago Blackhawks in six games.

Head coach Claude Julien poses with the Stanley Cup after defeating the Vancouver Canucks in Game 7 of the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Final. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Head coach Claude Julien poses with the Stanley Cup after defeating the Vancouver Canucks in Game 7 of the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Final. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Julien surpassed Art Ross and became the team’s all-time wins leader on March 7, 2016 picking up his 388th victory with the Bruins. He won the Jack Adams Trophy after the Bruins went 53-19-10 in the 2008-09 regular season, falling to the Carolina Hurricanes in seven games in the conference semifinals.

But with his tenure on the bench reaching a decade and the team looking like they need a new voice to lead them, the Bruins felt it was time to move on from Julien. The Bruins are one point out of  a playoff spot at the momentafter missing the postseason the last two seasons following late-season collapses.

The Bruins made the postseason in each of Julien’s first seven seasons in Boston, advancing past the first round in five of those appearances. Julien finishes his Boston career with 11 postseason series wins and a 57-40 playoff record.

Cassidy was head coach of the Washington Capitals from 2002-04, getting dismissed in his second season on the bench after an 8-16-1 start to the year. He served as an assistant coach for the Providence Bruins in the AHL from 2008-11 before being promoted to head coach, a role he held for four seasons before becoming an assistant on the Boston bench this season. With the P-Bruins, Cassidy went 166-106-32 and guided them to the playoffs in each of his last three seasons on their bench.

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  1. Absolutely no class holding a press conference at 11:30 today during Pats celebration.

  2. Dave Denofio says:

    Julien is a great coach, but this had to be done. The Bruins are playing exactly the way they have played the last two years, and are headed to a non-playoff finish. It is time to bring in someone new who will give some different players a chance to change the outcomes. There was only so much Bergeron and Chara could do, let some other guys increase their minutes and see what happens.

  3. Jay Albert says:

    About time!
    Should have been done 4 years ago! Time to clean out upper management too!

  4. James Ramsey says:

    This was a mercy killing. Claude you certainly deserved better and I’m sure your next assignment will be a step up. I am a life long “B”‘s fan who has admired your class and professionalism. Hopefuly the Bruin’s will start cleaning house from the top down…..

  5. Brad Henrick says:

    I hope I am wrong but this make little to no difference. The team will continue to struggle to score goals. Neely & Sweeney should have been the one who lost their jobs. The current team is built under their vision which hasn’t done squat for 3 years now.

  6. Chaz Spaz says:

    What a gutless move to do it during the Pats parade. I’ve lost all respect for Bruins management. Cowards!

  7. Same Sht Different year. Big shock, you develop young talent, then dump them as ‘head cases’ as they ask for money. They keep Chara for years, when he wouldn’t make a damn high school team tryout (FFS he learned to skate backwards last year….he doesn’t hit enough for his size, and it’s like watching Shaq try to go end to end…) Bergeron has LONG deserved the C. Where’s Luch? where’s S.Thorton? Where’s Seguin? Where’s Axelson? FIRE THE DAMN OWNERS…

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