MONTREAL — Never one to be too sentimental — in public at least — Boston Bruins head coach Claude Julien this morning admitted he was reflecting on his past when he returned to the Montreal Canadiens’ Bell Centre dressing room, which is doubling as the Eastern Conference All-Stars’ locker room during All-Star weekend.
“It’s the first time I’ve walked back in this room since I left Montreal,” said Julien, the Eastern Conference All-Star head coach, after he and assistant Guy Carbonneau of the hometown Canadiens addressed the media. “Obviously, it hasn’t changed that much. When you haven’t been here for four or five years and you start looking around, it brings back memories – there’s no doubt about that. You certainly turn the page, but that doesn’t mean that when you come back you don’t look back at things that happen here.”
A lot has been made of the rivalry that’s been reborn between the Bruins and the Habs, and in particular a rivalry within the rivarly between the two bench bosses. As expected, both men extinguished the notion that there’s any tension despite some incidents with shouting between the benches and verbal digs taken through the media. (more…)