Bruins coach Julien says rumors of his demise are not distracting

Julien/By S. Bradley

WILMINGTON, Mass. — A majority of observers are pointing blame for the Bruins’ inconsistent play at the head coach.

Claude Julien today, after his team’s practice at Ristuccia Arena, admitted in a response to a question about the speculation that he’s aware of the rampant criticism. But he also said it’s not bothering him.

“I don’t let that get to me,” said Julien, who has been twice fired in the NHL prior to coming to Boston. “I come in, I’m going to coach the same way and I’m going to do what I do the best I can – simple as that. Honestly, I just go out there today and yesterday, very positive with the players and do my job just like I would any other day. So again, I hear what’s going out there. But I’m certainly not listening or reading because that’s certainly not a helpful thing for me. And all you do is, you keep going forward.”

Earlier today, Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli gave Julien a vote of confidence during his weekly appearance on the Toucher & Rich radio show.

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