Julien/By S. Bradley

One day after Bruins President Cam Neely did not take an opportunity during a radio interview to give head coach Claude Julien a vote of confidence, general manager Peter Chiarelli declared his preference that Julien remain Boston’s bench for the rest of this season.

Chiarelli made his weekly appearance on the Toucher & Rich radio show on 98.5 The Sports Hub this morning. He was asked if he could unequivocally say that Julien’s job is not in jeopardy:

“Yes. We all have to improve. I know Claude’s been fodder a little bit lately. … He’s a good coach. And we’re going to figure a way out of this. And you go through these bumps in the road throughout the year. We went through a long one last year. I don’t want to go through one like that again. We’re going to figure it out. We’re going to figure out why we’re flat; we’re going to figure out why we have slow starts.

“We’ve got a good staff here. It’s incumbent on the staff to figure it out. Consistent with what Cam said yesterday, we’re all accountable here. But I’m confident that our staff is going to figure it out and confident we’re going to play better.”

As far as Julien not being fired this season, Chiarelli said: “That’s my preference and that’s my recommendation. This is a collective thing that we do on these matters. But I have full confidence in Claude and the staff to figure it out.”

Bottom line: If it were solely up to Chiarelli, Julien would coach the Bruins until this season ends. But it’s not just up to the GM, so there’s always the chance a change is made should people above Chiarelli in the organization determine a different coach is necessary to get the Bruins where they want to go.