When asked about how the team has responded to speculation and rumors about Julien’s job security, Marchand responded frankly.
“The speculation is driven by the media...they don’t have the sources that they may claim. That’s not going to happen if we do our jobs. Claude isn’t the issue. You fire the coach, what do you do? That isn’t the answer for this group. It’s driven by the media...we’re not thinking about that for a second. You can put that to bed and let it go now.”
It’s almost as if Marchand and the team know what should be perfectly obvious: Julien remains the best coaching option for this team. If the Bruins were to fire him, who would be the team’s next choice? What message would they be sending to the team and to the fans by hiring an inexperienced coach or someone who has been recently fired for screwing up another team?
Not a good one, that’s for sure.
What is for certain is Marchand and the Bruins are putting up a united front for Julien. The Bruins are a flawed team performing a little better than a team of this current caliber should be. And the Bruins will not perform much better unless management gets some better pieces in place. None of that is the fault of Claude Julien.
UPDATE: Here’s the locker room audio of Marchand’s comments, if you want to hear it in a beautiful Nova Scotian accent.