Boston Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli’s general passivity this summer need not be immune to skepticism. A shortage of a more impactful roster move can be taken for one of the ways he does not always deal the easiest hand to his head coach, Claude Julien.
Outside forces have not had consistent mercy, either, in Julien’s first five years behind the Boston bench. Perhaps the starkest examples have been his first and third years in 2007-08 and 2009-10, when key and/or multiple injuries led to the fanbase waiting until the penultimate game of the regular season to rest assured with their team’s playoff berth.
With that said, for all of the times the Bruins have bent, with the obvious exception of four eventual playoff defeats, they have not broken on Julien’s watch.
The persistence and resiliency Julien has instilled has been rewarded in the form of a Jack Adams Award in 2009, a Stanley Cup in 2011 and, most recently, a contract extension this summer.
Going a tad deeper than trophy cases, documents and stat sheets, here are four ways in which Julien, as opposed to his 29 peers, has made the most impressive use of his allotment in Boston.