Julien follows players’ lead by re-upping with Bruins

Claude Julien/Photo by S. Bradley

Most of his players from the last couple seasons’ worth of rosters have done it, so why not the coach?

Following in the footsteps of the majority of his key Bruins players, head coach Claude Julien today agreed to a multi-year contract extension with the club.

Terms were not disclosed, but Julien was headed into the final year of his prior multi-year extension. The Bruins have moved this summer to re-sign every key unrestricted and restricted free agent they had. Last season, they re-signed several would-be free agents. And, of course, there were already several players under long-term deals before last season.

So now the 2008-09 Jack Adams Award winner will be back behind the Boston bench with a mandate from management that he is the man and the Bruins won’t be dealing with a lame duck. That should disappoint talk radio’s chattering class but empower the players to know they’re going to be the ones accountable for how this season goes.

Julien is fourth all-time in coaching wins for the Bruins with 228, three behind Don Cherry for third all-time. He’s only 17 behind Milt Schmidt for second. Art Ross is first with 361 — which is catchable with a few more playoff-caliber regular seasons.

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