Will Claude Julien Break the All-Time Bruins Win Record?
On January 28, the Bruins 5-3 win over the Carolina Hurricanes gave Coach Claude Julien his 232nd win behind the bench for the Boston Bruins. He passed Don Cherry for third most wins as a Bruins coach behind the bench that night. He will soon pass Milt Schmidt. Schmidt has 245 wins, so Julien should pass him sometime next week, the way this team is playing. And then, only one coach in Bruins history will have more: Art Ross with 367 wins behind the Boston bench. This was over 1924-1945 (three different stints) So it begs the question: Will Claude Julien become the winningest coach in Bruins history? I say "Heck Ya!" Phunwin sucks and he says "No Way Jose!" Hired in 2007, Julien was part of the master plan to change the culture of the Boston Bruins. The Bruins routinely made the playoffs and would often end their season in the first or second round. The Bruins hadn’t won a Stanley Cup since 1972, the memories of Bobby Orr and the Big Bad Bruins had become just memories, the most recent Stanley Cup memory was watching former Captain Ray Bourque bring the Stanley Cup to City Hall Plaza after asking to be traded to a contender after nearly 21 seasons playing for the Black and Gold. In 2006, 1st overall draft pick Joe Thornton was traded to San Jose because then General Manager Mike O’Connell didn’t think Thornton was a champion. In comes new GM Peter Chiarelli, who quickly made a coaching change after his first season with Dave "too many men" Lewis and brought in Julien.
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