Claude Julien was the longest-tenured NHL coach until this morning. After serving ten seasons behind the Boston bench, the Bruins announced this morning that they had parted ways with the coach that brought them a Stanley Cup back in 2011.
Oh, and one other thing: today is the Patriots’ Super Bowl parade. Great PR by the Bruins. That plan isn’t too transparent.
In the NHL, you have to have goaltending to compete. It is a must, and Boston doesn’t have the overall production you need to be successful between the pipes.
Claude Julien fired with the #bruins sitting 30th in PDO (96.68) and 25th in team save percentage (.899).
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) February 7, 2017
Those backup goalies tho. pic.twitter.com/Ok3h0oSmw2
— Corey Sznajder (@ShutdownLine) February 7, 2017
Yeah, that’s not going to get it done. The advanced statistic of PDO measures combined shooting and save percentage. Basically, the Bruins have been getting awful goaltending and aren’t burying their chances. Those failures fall on the shoulders of an underperforming roster; not the head coach.
So sure, the Bruins are in danger of missing the playoffs for the third straight season. That is unacceptable with the talent they have on that roster. However, with that kind of goaltending, the Bruins are lucky to be where they are in the standings as a fringe Wild Card team.
Now the pressure is on general manager Don Sweeney. He’s the man that brought in Matt Beleskey and David Backes on lucrative free-agent contracts and shipped out budding defenseman Dougie Hamilton to Calgary. Teams will likely line up this off-season to sign Julien. Sweeney’s underperforming roster, questionable decisions, and the firing of a very successful coach are only going to put him under more scrutiny moving forward.