Claude Julien plans to coach in the NHL next season
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Claude Julien plans to coach in the NHL next season

Published April 25, 2024 at 10:21

Former Bruins & Canadiens coach Claude Julien, fired more than 3 seasons ago, now eyes NHL return

In a recent episode of the Leafs Nation podcast, Claude Julien shared his aspirations to return to coaching in the NHL. He acknowledged needing a breather after his departure from the Montreal Canadiens.

"To be honest, I really felt like I needed a break after I left Montreal," Julien said. "You know, all these years coaching, from the junior to the NHL [level], I never had a full season [off]. I was never able to take a step back."

At 63, Julien's most recent coaching role was leading Canada at the 2022 Winter Olympics, where they made it to the quarter-finals before falling to Sweden. Hailing from Blind River, Ontario, Julien finds himself in a position to consider various opportunities this summer.

The Buffalo Sabres are notably without a head coach at present, presenting a potential landing spot. Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Kings, New Jersey Devils, and Ottawa Senators all have interim coaches, leaving their coaching situations uncertain for the upcoming season. Additionally, there's speculation surrounding the San Jose Sharks, with Mike Grier openly contemplating a coaching change.

Julien's extensive coaching resume, including 1,275 NHL games behind the bench with Montreal, New Jersey, and Boston, where he accumulated 667 wins and secured a Stanley Cup, makes him an attractive candidate for any team seeking coaching expertise. While it's almost certain that Julien will return to the NHL next season, the question remains as to which team will ultimately secure his services.

Source - Daily Hive Offside: Ex-Canadiens coach Julien says he's "ready" for NHL return
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