BOSTON (CBS) — Tony Massarotti broke some news on Wednesday afternoon’s Felger & Massarotti program, reporting that according to a source, Claude Julien will be the Boston Bruins’ head coach for the 2015-16 season.
In addition, Massarotti reported that Julien’s coaching staff will remain intact.READ MORE: Coronavirus In Massachusetts: Today's Developments
“The Bruins will make some sort of announcement, I think, probably by the end of the week,” Massarotti said. “I believe it to be true, but I wouldn’t blame you if you didn’t believe me.”
Rumors have swirled about the job status of Julien since the Bruins’ season ended short of a postseason berth. General manager Peter Chiarelli was fired on April 15, and team president Cam Neely announced that Chiarelli’s replacement would be able to decide Julien’s fate.READ MORE: Start Of Bruins Season Brings More Business To Sports Bars Near TD Garden
That replacement was officially selected on May 20, when the team announced that Don Sweeney would take over as general manager after serving as the team’s assistant general manager for six years.
Sweeney did not give a complete vote of confidence in Julien, stating, “He’s the coach of the Boston Bruins as of today, that’s for sure.”
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In eight seasons behind Boston’s bench, Julien has led the team to a 351-192-79 record and seven playoff berths, including a Stanley Cup victory in 2011 and a Stanley Cup Final appearance in 2013.