Julien will return to Montreal as an All-Star

As Eastern Conference head coach, Julien will be coaching a starting line-up dominated by players from Pittsburgh (Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby) and the hated Habs (Mike Komisarek, Andrei Markov and Alex Kovalev). Later this week, he’ll find out which of his Bruins will be joining the squad, along with representatives from the rest of the conference’s teams, as reserves. Although it’ll be tough to acknowledge every Bruins player that’s worthy, expect some combination of Phil Kessel, Zdeno Chara, Tim Thomas and Savard to be included when the NHL makes the announcement.

Julien will also select assistant coaches from the pool of fellow NHL head coaches, and no doubt he’ll have to tab host Montreal head coach Guy Carbonneau, which could make for an interesting situation. Julien and Carbonneau, of course, have been front and center during the re-birth of the Bruins-Habs rivalry these last two seasons. And they even exchanged heated words during a regular season game last year, when Julien felt that the Habs coaching staff accused him of putting players on the ice just to play physical when Montreal had built an insurmountable lead.

Julien won’t be the first Bruins coach to head an All-Star Team in Montreal. In 1957 and 1958, Milt Schmidt coached the All-Stars against the Stanley Cup champions Canadien. In 1975, the late Bep Guidolin coached the Wales against the Campbell Conference despite the fact that he’d moved on to coaching the Kansas City Scouts. His success with the Bruins the season before (he led them to the Stanley Cup final), earned him the All-Star nod.

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