In a press conference on Thursday morning, GM Don Sweeney announced that Claude Julien will remain the coach of the Boston Bruins.
After being introduced at the podium, DJ Bean asked Sweeney if Claude would be the coach next season, Sweeney responded "Absolutely". The quick and assertive response by Sweeney makes it seem that the decision to keep Claude was an easy one. Sweeney continues "I emphatically believe that Claude can take us through what has been a bumpy transition period. I have work to do." If the decision was so easy, the gap between the end of the season and the announcement to keep Claude is still a question.
The Bruins did not come away without any casualties, as assistant coach Doug Houda was let go from the team. There were also rumors that Cam Neely would be getting a demotion from his role in hockey operations, but Neely was neither at the press conference, nor was his position discussed.
After confirming that Julien would be staying, Sweeney went on to talk about the state of the team. "I don't believe we need a major overhaul. I believe we need to continue to forge depth within the organization." After back-to-back seasons of collapsing out of a playoff spot, I can't imagine many people agree with that statement.
Certain players were brought up and their future with the team. Sweeney appeared to be very honest, saying "There are untouchable players. Bergeron isn't going anywhere". No surprise there. Several reporters asked about goalie Tuukka Rask, however Sweeney did not confirm that Tuukka was an untouchable player with this team.
So, while we know who will be behind the bench next season, we are still unsure about the players that will be on it. With Sweeney's comment about not needing an overhaul, one has to imagine that players such as Marchand and Krejci are safe for now.
One thing is for sure, Don Sweeney definitely has some work to do in order to get this team back to contention.
By Matt Watts