Well, you had a good run, Claude, but I guess it had to end eventually. After nine and a half years of service, Claude Julien has been fired as head coach of the Boston Bruins, and rumors are starting to swirl as to who will replace the Stanley Cup-winning coach.
It’s clear that Bruins’ management was not pleased with the direction the club was heading in, with just 58 points after 55 games, but what’s not very clear is exactly what they expected. Almost everyone predicted that the B’s would be a team on the outside looking in and it seemed all but certain that Julien would be relieved of his post at the conclusion of the season. The impatience of the new NHL, however, reared its ugly head once again and one of the best coaches in the league is now looking for work – which I’m sure he’ll find in short order. The timing could not have been better for the Bruins as it was unlikely they’d face much backlash from the public and the media with the Patriots celebrating their most recent Super Bowl win with a parade in downtown Boston at the same time the Bruins announced the firing.
Bovada has set lines on who will become the next full-time coach of the Original Six team from Massachusetts and there are some familiar names near the top of the list, with former Panthers bench boss Gerard Gallant coming in at +200 and the very recently fired Ken Hitchcock being offered at +400.
Assistant coach Bruce Cassidy will take over head coaching duties in the interim and he’s the current favorite to take over the full-time job with +160 odds. Before he was promoted to the big club at the beginning of the 2016-17 season, Cassidy served as the head coach of the Bruins’ AHL affiliate in Providence for five years. It’s likely that Bruins’ management has been grooming the Ottawa, Ontario native for the big job so it makes a lot of sense that he’s the favorite.
With teams like the Penguins, Blues, Panthers and possibly Islanders all employing this method with their recent full-time head coach hirings, I could see the Bruins doing the same thing. I’m not sure what it takes to keep a job as a head coach in the NHL anymore but if Claude Julien doesn’t have it, nobody does.
Here’s the entire list of potential full-time head coaches for the Bruins offered at Bovada:
Who Will be the next full-time head coach of the Boston Bruins?
Odds as of February 7, 2017 at Bovada
- Bruce Cassidy +160
- Gerard Gallant +200
- Ken Hitchcock +400
- Nate Leaman +400
- Ted Donato +1000
- David Quinn +1500
- Kevin Dean +1800
- Norm Bazin +2000
- Jerry York +2800