Claude Julien To Return As Bruins Head Coach, GM Don Sweeney Announces

Claude Julien is going nowhere.

Boston Bruins general manager Don Sweeney on Thursday announced the team’s longtime head coach will be back in Boston for the 2016-17 season, his 10th behind the Bruins’ bench.

“I believe in Claude as a head coach,” Sweeney told reporters at TD Garden. “… I think our core principles align.”

Sweeney announced, however, that assistant coach Doug Houda won’t return to the Bruins next season.

There was some question whether Julien would be back to start next season. For the second time in two seasons, Boston collapsed down the stretch, missing the playoffs in 2014-15 and 2015-16.

Julien’s achievements in his near-decade with the Bruins are undeniable. He led the Bruins to a Stanley Cup win in 2011 and got the B’s back to the Stanley Cup Final in 2013. Boston also won the Presidents’ Trophy in 2014.

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