Claude Julien picked up win No. 388 as the Bruins coach Monday night in a 5-4 overtime win over the Florida Panthers. The victory — which vaulted Julien past Art Ross — gave Claude the franchise record for most wins by a coach.
Julien is the greatest coach in Bruins history and is also the most underrated head coach in Boston.
We have high standards for our leaders. Bill Belichick has set the bar for what he has accomplished in Foxboro. When all is said and done, Belichick will gone down as one of — if not the greatest — head coach in NFL history.
Brad Stevens gets the lions share of the credit for the Celtics revival. He has seamlessly made the transition from college ball to the NBA and is gaining a reputation as a coach players love to play for.
John Farrell. Well, let’s leave that one alone right now.
After missing the playoffs last season, new Bruins general manager Don Sweeney had to think long and hard about bringing back Julien. There were whispers that Julien had to change his coaching style in order to survive in Boston. In reality, it should have been a no-brainer for Sweeney and the Bruins to keep Claude as the coach. They had the best man for the job all along.
In his nine years behind the Bruins bench, Julien has brought dignity and a winning to the team. The Bruins brass wanted Julien to open up the offense more this season. And he has done that as the Bruins have raised their scoring from 2.5 goals a game last year to 3.0 goals this season.
The 2015-16 season was supposed to be a transition period for the Bruins. They traded away Milan Lucic and Dougie Hamilton in the offseason, mostly for future assets. The B’s were a long shot to make the playoffs when the puck dropped in October. But with 15 games left, Julien & Co. are sitting in the fifth spot in the East with 81 points. And much of the credit should go to the coach.
The Bruins used to make coaching changes every couple of years. Julien has brought stability and a Stanley Cup to Boston
When great coaches are talked about Belichick and Stevens are the first names Boston sports fans mention. But it’s time to give the best coach in Bruins history his due.