By Danny Picard
BOSTON — The Boston Bruins have my full attention.
There are multiple reasons for this. First and foremost, the NFL season is officially over. But also because the B’s fired their head coach last week and went on to win three straight games before the bye week, putting them back into a playoff spot.
The Bruins have moved on from Claude Julien. For now, at least, they are committed to interim head coach Bruce Cassidy. We have no choice but to embrace that for the rest of this season, and perhaps beyond.
Even though Julien was immediately scooped up by the rival Montreal Canadiens, there’s something preventing me from completely moving on to a new leader behind the B’s bench.
Perhaps we’re spoiled in this town with someone like Bill Belichick. But let’s be fair. What Julien did in nine-plus seasons in Boston is certainly worth remembering, rather than just taking it for granted and quickly moving on to the next guy as if the Bruins have had plenty of luck in the head-coaching department during the organization’s 92-year history. Because the truth is, they haven’t.