Wednesday, February 15, 2017

The Circular Paths of NHL Hockey Coaches

Claude Julien
Julien looks not too pleased at a practice, 2008.
By Dan4th Nicholas from Cambridge, MA, USA
From a recent article on
"On Tuesday, the Canadiens made the surprise move of firing head coach Michel Therrien and replacing him with Claude Julien, fired by the Bruins just last week. It’s not only the second time Julien will coach the Habs, it’s the second time Therrien has been fired mid-season for Julien to take over."
Yeah, let's wrap our heads around that. Therrien coached the Canadiens 2000-2003, followed by Claude Julien, 2003-2006, and then Therrien was Canadiens coach again, 2012-2017, until Tuesday last week, when they replaced him with Claude Julien (who was fired as coach of the Bruins, last week).

I don't find it so surprising that the Bruins fired Julien. It's not that he was a bad coach. It was his 10th season with the Bruins, making him the longest tenured active head coach in the NHL, and during that tenure, the Bruins picked up a cup (2011). But, the team was under-performing, if not struggling this year, and they just won three games in a row since his departure. So, maybe it was time for a change. As Heidi Klum would say, "one day you're in, the next day you're out."

Apparently one team's trash is another team's treasure, because the Canadiens snapped Julien up immediately, and as you can see, this was not the first time. It will be extremely interesting to see how the Canadiens and Bruins long-running rivalry plays out now.

Another question is, what will Therrien do now? Where do you think he is going? I hear that the Bruins need a new coach...

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