It is somehow hard to envision the hot seat ever cooling off for Boston Bruins’ head coach Claude Julien. Stanley Cup title aside, there are those among the fan base who will still find a way to critique the team’s most successful skipper since at least the middle of the Ray Bourque era, if not longer.
Perhaps that’s just the nature of New England, the home of the original Royal Rooters. The intensity is only a few rungs short of Philadelphia, where people are inclined call in and demand the canning of Charlie Manuel even when he is on the heels of taking the Phillies to back-to-back World Series.
While it may be getting exponentially tough to justify the criticism of Julien, perhaps there is no need to fight it. Julien and his pupils seem to do that well enough on their own, what with two regular-season divisional titles and six playoff series victories within four years.
Not to mention, a long-awaited reunion with Lord Stanley. All of these were unheard of in the Spoked-B circles for the longest time.
One can bet the pricey contents of an entire CCM duffel bag that the censure and success will both continue long after the Bruins begin to defend their title in the coming month. Here are five indications that Julien will not only keep thriving under fire, but cement the Bruins’ perennial relevance in the process.