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Is this Claude Julien’s Last Chance?

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Now that they’re back at home, would it be more appropriate to let Claude go if they lose?

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Disclaimer: This is in no way, shape, or form me condoning or calling for Claude Julien to be fired.

OK now that we have that out of the way, things are pretty ominous in Boston right now. A devastating loss to the Red Wings in hand, where according to David Backes, the plane ride was eerily quiet and they felt wounded, they now face a monumentally tall task in beating the Chicago Blackhawks. A better team with a good road record going up against a team who has been sub-par at home at best, it doesn’t necessarily spell good things. Would a loss to Chicago finally spell the end that has been chaos surrounding Julien’s job?

Well for one, if he does get fired after a potential loss, it would show somewhat of a courtesy to not to pull a Gerrard Gallant (sorry Gerrard, your firing will live in infamy for quite some time). Honestly though, that courtesy goes far by the wayside with the way Julien’s job security has been handled over not just the past season, but last year as well. He's been on the hot seat for what feels like eons, and if he were to have been let go with any dignity, it should have happened any time before now. It’s not entirely Claude’s fault, as the core of this team isn’t consistently awake nor has the front office presented a full team for Julien to work with, but if this is to be the end, it must be tonight.