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Claude Julien was a game away from losing his job as the Bruins played in Game 7 in the first round two years ago against Montreal. Of course, as you remember, the Bruins won that and went on to win the cup.
He earned himself a multi-year extension with the Bruins, signed during this off-season.
I’m not sold on this being the best move for the team. This means more rolling of four lines and more defense first hockey, not to mention most likely the same awful power play.
As productive as the fourth line has been in past years, it takes away shifts from the top two lines. In last year’s playoff series, the Washington Capitals played that grind-it-out style with the third and fourth line players and beat the Bruins. Maybe it’s time to turn to the top two lines more and let them win the games.
As for the power play, Julien still hasn’t figured out who to have out there and what to have those five guys doing. We have seen Zdeno Chara screen the goalie in desperate times and other times it is just five skaters standing around. If the power play can be fixed, this team can make a really deep run.