Re: Fire All Coaches
posted at 4/7/2013 12:24 AM EDT
This is nothing new. It has been the same old story ever since Claude Julien replaced Dave Lewis: he's trying to become the first NHL coach whose team wins games without scoring any goals at all.
CJ has just been ranked tied at fourth in the "8 debate" on nhl.com, and the Bruins won a Stanley Cup with him. His "defense-first-second-third-and-last" approach has been partially responsible for the B's becoming contenders after they had been brutal under Lewis.
But Julien has no idea how to create offense (though his unbelievable stubbornness can be offensive most of the time), and he will always choose the conservative option if there is one ("Whitfield or Marchand?" 2010 playoffs) and stick with the Pandolfos and Thorntons. Plus he has carried his buddy Geoff Ward, whose incompetence is mind-boggling, on his coaching staff, just as he refused to demote his "teacher's pet" Michael Ryder when the enigmatic winger was mailing it in for most of his games in black and gold (and unlike Ryder, Ward will not surprise us in the 2013 playoffs).
The Bruins' 2011 playoff run was a cliffhanger against the Shabs, sweet revenge against Philly, another cliffhanger against TB (gotta give the coaching staff credit here for handling TB's 1-3-1) and finally the realization that the Cannots just couldn't compete with them (and let's not forget a certain unconventional goaltender at the peak of his powers). But it could have ended in OT of game 7 in the first round, just like last year, quite easily. The Bruins were good in 2011, but they were lucky as well.
The bad news is that Julien is under contract for at least a couple more seasons, and, true to the old Bruins tradition established under Harry Sinden, he and his assistant coaches will not be fired unless the team doesn't make the playoffs (come on, guys - let's not be so greedy - we had our cup in 2011 - do you really think you cannot wait another 39 years?).