Monday, June 18, 2007

Bruins leaning toward Milbury

Ex-Bruin Mike Milbury and former New Jersey Devils coach Claude Julien, considered the leading candidates on Chiarelli's short list, were most recently employed by playoff clubs. In contrast, the 2006-07 Bruins stumbled to a 13th-place finish in the Eastern Conference and will require a significant overhaul to make a postseason push.

Yesterday, Chiarelli confirmed that he has interviewed Milbury, whose last position was vice president of sports properties for the Islanders.
At this point, I'd be surprised if Milbury isn't hired to replace Dave Lewis.

'Mad Mike' may have a not-so-sterling reputation for fans throughout the league for his, well, insane turn as Islanders GM, but in Boston he's remembered as a long-time Bruin — Milbury played his entire NHL career for the Bs, 11 seasons — who led the team to the finals as a head coach in 1989-90.

Milbury was only the coach in Boston for two seasons and compiled a 90-49-21 record while winning five playoff rounds.

He's interested in a return role, and Chiarelli is, too:
"About all I can tell you right now," said Milbury, a favorite son of Walpole who will spend at least the next month living near his brother in Dartmouth, Mass. "I'm not working right now, and I'm hoping to get back into the game, and for me, there'd be no better place than my hometown."
Put this one on the books by the end of this week.

UPDATE And Claude Julien gets the call, according to TSN. Good for him, as the way the Devils dismissed him in the tail end of 2006-07 was ridiculous.

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At 8:42 p.m., June 18, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

McGuire on the Team 990 in Montreal said Milbury is a great coach but a lousy GM.
The Bruins, in McGuire's opinion are trying to make a big splash in the Boston market and this is a last ditch attempt at it.

At 12:58 a.m., June 19, 2007, Anonymous Matt Gunn said...

I figured Julien would get the job (actually called it earlier this morning, as I'm sure many others did as well).

Much better choice than Milbury, as far as I'm concerned.

At 1:29 p.m., June 19, 2007, Anonymous JTE said...

Julien is an ok hire for the Bruins, but that organization still kills me. Lou fires Ftorek before the playoffs and the team wins the Cup. Bruins see nothing odd about this and hire Ftorek.

Wings let Lewis go after 2 years with nice regular seasons, realizing that the guy was not anything special. Bruins hire him.

The Bruins saw no red flags with either of these guys who were let go by two organizations that have won half the Cups awarded in the last decade+.

So, when their next vacancy comes up, they hire the guy who was most recently cast off by Lou. Now, this year's situation with Julien feels different than it did with Ftorek, but I still find it to be a very amusing decision by Boston.


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