The Boston Bruins have fired their head coach Claude Julien as their head coach.
Assistant Bruce Cassidy will take over as coach. Cassidy was elevated to an assistant with the Bruins after spending five seasons as coach of Providence in the American Hockey League.
Julien, 56, led the Bruins to two appearances in the Stanley Cup Final, winning the Cup in 2011. He also won the Jack Adams Award as the League’s top coach in 2008-09, and the Bruins won the Presidents’ Trophy in 2014.
“Claude Julien is the all-time winningest coach in Boston Bruins history, and my family and I join Bruins fans in thanking him for the many great memories that have come while he has been behind the Bruins bench,” Bruins CEO Charlie Jacobs said. “As a management team, we set a high standard for ourselves, and I believe that our organization is moving in the right direction towards meeting and exceeding those standards.”
But the Bruins have slowed down in recent seasons, missing the playoffs the past two seasons. In 2015-16, Boston lost on the final day of the regular season to slip behind the Detroit Red Wings and miss out on the playoffs. In 2014-15, they finished two points behind the Pittsburgh Penguins for the second wild card spot.
The Bruins are one point out of the second wild card into the playoffs from the Eastern Conference. They are 26-23-6 and have 58 points in 55 games.
Cassidy, who was in his first season as an assistant with the Bruins this season, completed his fifth season as coach of Providence in the American Hockey League in 2015-16. He went 207-128-45 with Providence, and had a winning record and qualified for the AHL playoffs in each of his five seasons.
This is the third major firing of a head coach this season, with Ken Hitchcock and Gerard Gallant also being fired.