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Bruins’ Claude Julien relieved of duties

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The Boston Bruins have fired their long time head coach Claude Julien.

Julien was hired as the clubs 28th coach back in 2007 and coached the team back into the playoffs. The Bruins would see seven playoff appearances, including a Stanley Cup victory in 2011 and a trip back to the final in 2013.

However, the past two seasons have seen struggle within the Bruins organization. They have failed to qualify for the playoffs the last two years (2015, 2016) after placing first in the Atlantic in 2014.

Though, even with the recent struggles for the Bruins, Julien’s record shows that he most likely will not be out of work for long. With the Bruins, he saw a record of 393-223-88 in 704 games since joining as the head coach in 2007.

The Bruins currently sit a point back of the second wild card position and have a record of 26-23-6. They are in current competition with the Toronto Maple Leafs for the third spot in the Atlantic Division.

The Bruins will play their first game without Julien on Thursday, February 9 against the San Jose Sharks. The Bruins will go forward with interim coach Bruce Cassidy, who was the assistant coach to Julien.