For the second season in a row, the Boston Bruins stumbled down the stretch on the way to missing the playoffs. Last year, Cam Neely and Don Sweeney chose to keep Claude Julien as head coach of the team. Keeping Julien was the smart choice. The majority of the roster was familiar with the coaches’ system and he gave them the best chance to win.

Boston Bruins head coach Claude Julien, top center, watches from the bench during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the San Jose Sharks Tuesday, March 15, 2016, in San Jose, Calif. San Jose won 3-2. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Boston Bruins head coach Claude Julien, top center, watches from the bench during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the San Jose Sharks Tuesday, March 15, 2016, in San Jose, Calif. San Jose won 3-2. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

This year, it seemed as if everything was favorable for the Bruins to make the playoffs. The Eastern Conference was much weaker than other seasons. The team possessed the talent and veteran experience to at least qualify for a lower playoff seed. They had a very solid goaltender in Tuukka Rask. Even though Boston was not a powerhouse like previous seasons, they should have certainly competed in the playoffs.

It’s incredible to note that just under three weeks ago they were tied for first place in the Atlantic Division.

Where does the Bruins failure to reach the playoffs leave head coach Claude Julien?

Cam Neely and Don Sweeney’s jobs are certainly safe but Claude Julien is likely heading out of Boston. Julien is currently the longest tenured coach in all of the league. He has posted an admirable 393-222-88 record while coaching a total of 703 games.