Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand spoke to reporters following the teams 4-3 win over the Detriot Red Wings, giving support to his head coach Claude Julien.
The comment from Marchand courtesy of CSN New England:
“The speculation is driven by the media. They don’t have the sources that they may claim. You know, that’s not going to happen if they do their jobs. Claude isn’t the issue. You fire the coach, what do you do? It’s not going to change anything. Claude’s one of the best coaches of the game, and that’s not the answer for this group,” said Marchand. “It’s driven by the media, and we’re not concerned about that in the room. We don’t think that’s going to happen, and we’re not thinking about that for a second. So you can put that to bed and let it go now because that’s not in this room.”
Julien has been part of rumors for a couple seasons now, but the rumors have been heating up over the past few weeks. The Bruins have been to the playoffs in seven of nine seasons under Julien, winning a Stanley Cup in two appearances in the finals. But the Bruins have missed the playoffs for two straight seasons,and fans and the media are starting to question whether he can bring them back to the top of the league.
This season hasn’t given fans much more confidence in Julian, with the team just one point ahead of the Toronto Maple Leafs for a playoff spot. While Julien clearly hasn’t lost his locker room, he hasn’t gotten any confidence calls from his front office, and another season without the playoffs could spell the end for him, whether Marchand likes it or not.