Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli has done well in his five seasons, making the playoffs four times but never advancing past the second round. There also was last season's historic seven-game loss to the Flyers, and a nail-biting seven-game first-round series against the Canadiens.
Coach Claude Julien also has done well in his four seasons, guiding the team to the playoffs each season, and finished atop the Eastern Conference in 2008-09. However, the Bruins had lost two straight Game 7s going into Wednesday's game against the Canadiens.
There were many in the media who believed that if the Bruins had lost Game 7, either Julien, Chiarelli or both could have lost their jobs.
Chiarelli said he heard and saw all the reports, but none of it fazed him.
"I'm certainly supportive of Claude. I think he's a terrific coach," said Chiarelli. "I read everything and what everyone says, or I try to, just to keep abreast of things. And that's what I see, so I mean, I'm comfortable where I am. We want to win, we went out and got pieces to win, and I will try and do things to continue to win. So whatever, wherever the chips fall, they fall. But it hasn't really dawned on me. I read it, but you just get used to reading that stuff."
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