Boston, MA – Since the Bruins entered the summer months, Head Coach Claude Julien has seen General Manager Peter Chiarelli re-sign several core players on his Black & Gold squad.
Announced on Monday in an official press release from the team and in a Tuesday press conference at TD Garden, the Bruins have now signed the driver behind their success to his own multi-year contract extension.
To a room filled with members of the media, GM Peter Chiarelli professed that the Bruins had no hesitation in signing Coach Julien to the new contract and committing to keeping him behind the bench of a B’s squad that includes the nucleus of the 2011 Cup team.
Julien echoed this sentiment in his own opening statement to the press, making known his committment to the Bruins and the Hub of Hockey.
“I’m extremely happy to remain here in Boston,” he said. “Love the organization, love the city.”
“When I first came here, my goal was to try and win a Stanley Cup here in Boston. We’ve accomplished that. Now my goal is to win another Cup for this Boston franchise.”
In addition to thanking the Jacobs family, along with Chiarelli and his staff for having confidence in him, Julien also shared his proudest moments and accomplishments beyond the Stanley Cup, and talked about how hardships through the years have helped mold the character and will of the B's.
"You talk about winning the Cup, but also how we’ve done it. We’ve had our share of disappointments, which we’ve talked about a lot, but at the same time it’s also made our team stronger," he said.
"So there are a lot of things that happen during the season that sometimes can appear negative and they are at the time. But by the end of the year, they become positive things and I think our players have done a great job of adapting, as Peter mentioned, we’ve had to adapt to certain things at times during the season that would make us a better team moving forward."
While the players and coaching staff have had to adapt, there has also been a constant admist the process - GM Peter Chiarelli's committment to keeping the critical mass of the Bruins together, which provides Julien with core leadership.
"The group of players and the leadership group that we have is extremely good at buying in and making sure that the whole team follows," said the B's bench boss.
"So there’s a lot of good going on here and I think that’s why Peter has mentioned he’s trying to keep this group together."
In the past five seasons, Julien has led his Bruins squads to 228 wins with a .617 win percentage, to rank him fourth all-time in club history in wins, trailing only Art Ross, Milt Schmidt and Don Cherry. In that span under the 2009 Jack Adams Award winner, the B’s have never missed the postseason.
It’s that pedigree that keeps Coach Julien focused and wanting to achieve more for Boston and its fans.
“I remain hungry,” he said. “I remain committed and dedicated to understanding that the expectations here in Boston are always very high and I love that kind of standard.
“That’s what makes you a better coach, that’s what makes you a better team. And I intend on making that happen and will continue to make that happen as we move forward here."
Since joining the Bruins organization in 2007 as the 28th coach in the club's history, Coach Julien has developed his players, spanning from rookies like Tyler Seguin to veterans like Zdeno Chara, all with the team concept in mind. Meanwhile, Chiarelli has expressed that the Bruins will continue to look to improve all facets of their game from both inside and outside the organization.
Julien mirrored this mandate to keep improving the Black & Gold and maintain the ability to adapt to situations throughout an NHL season, and from one year to the next.
“As a coach, I also know we have to keep improving and there’s certain areas that have to get better,” he said. “And we’re going to keep working on those areas and certainly make this team a real exciting team for the years to come.
“And also a team that’s going to try and thrive to win another Cup for this city.”