Julien not lingering on 400-game achievement

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Julien not lingering on 400-game achievement

Claude Julien didnt want any fanfare or special recognition when he notched his 400th game coaching the Boston Bruins after he watched his players butcher the Maple Leafs on Monday night.

Julien had previous stints in Montreal and New Jersey that ended with the coach getting fired before he was able to see things through, and he learned his lessons well along the way before arriving in Boston. So while the personal milestone was nice and puts him in the upper tier of coaches within the Bruins organization after five consecutive years of making the playoffs assuming the Bs make it this season Julien wasnt about to stop and smell the flowers mid-stream.

The Bruins just escaped a four-game losing streak before righting the ship with two wins that put them back into second place in the Eastern Conference, and it was much more about the present day for the hockey coach. Perhaps some day when its all over hell ruminate on finally finding a home and winning both a Stanley Cup and a Jack Adams Award in Boston but its about the next challenge awaiting the Bruins on a three-game road trip to the West Coast starting Thursday night in San Jose.

I like more about what the team has accomplished. Were heading into a fifth season here, and my hope is that were in the playoffs, and that would mean that every year weve made the playoffs, said Julien. Id rather look at the team accomplishments and what we do here for the city. Winning the Stanley Cup last year obviously was an unbelievable feeling, but thats what I here for: Im here to try and get the ultimate goal every year.

The personal stuff, I think, is something that you look at more once youre done with your career, and you look back and say, Wow, I didnt realize that Id accomplished that much or had that kind of a winning percentage, But right now I really dont have time to spend on that stuff.

Amazingly Julien tied Don Cherry for third in the Bruins career coaching list with his 400th game, and now only looks up at the amazing Milt Schmidt and Art Ross when it comes to coaching longevity with the Black and Gold. That is some select company.

Turner jokes that Celtics will retire his number

Turner jokes that Celtics will retire his number

It’s not the craziest thing someone has said on Twitter, but Evan Turner tweeted Monday that the Celtics should retire his number. 

It was a joke, of course, as the former Celtic was reacting to news that Isaiah Thomas had said he liked the No. 11 and would change his jersey number if so many people in Boston hadn’t already purchased his No. 4 jersey. 

After Turner joked that No. 11 was going to be retired, Thomas joked back that he would wear No. 11 as a tribute to the current Trail Blazer. 

Prior to being traded to Boston, Thomas wore No. 22 for Sacramento and No. 3 for Phoenix. 

Curran: McDaniels staying with Pats shouldn't be a shocker

Curran: McDaniels staying with Pats shouldn't be a shocker

For weeks the speculation regarding Josh McDaniels wasn't a matter of "if" but "when."

But while national media had McDaniels signed, sealed and delivered to multiple landing spots, the proposition that he'd leave at all was never a likelihood. 

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The Rams weren't attractive to him from the outset. Jacksonville didn't excite him, either. And on Monday, he passed on the 49ers opportunity. 

The lure of a blank slate in San Fran at quarterback and GM didn't outpace the uncertainty of going cross-country to work for a seemingly dysfunctional franchise that's cycled rapidly through coaches and has an unrealistic sense that it's a long, long way removed from its glory days, the only remnant remaining from that being perhaps the logo on the helmet. 

With four kids and a job McDaniels considers one of the 10 best on coaching -- head man or no -- he will stay on as the Patriots' offensive coordinator.

"I was really impressed with (Niners owner) Jed York and (team executive) Paraag Marathe . . . and the people that came from the 49ers organization," McDaniels said on a conference call this morning. "They did a great job with their presentation. Humbled to be included in that process. At this time it's just best for my family and myself to remain here in New England and focus on this year's playoffs and finish out the year however it turns out."

The same faulty speculative reasoning that had McDaniels as good as gone from the Patriots will move on undeterred today and surmise that McDaniels is staying with the Patriots because he knows, or has been promised, that he'll receive the head coaching job when Bill Belichick steps aside. 

While the Kraft family certainly thinks highly of McDaniels and that could come to pass, anyone tapping their foot and checking their watch waiting for Belichick to step down is in for a long wait. He's showing no signs of wrapping it up and, while I haven't been told directly McDaniels isn't the automatic successor, he wouldn't be taking interviews at all if he were assured that. 

What will be interesting to see is whether interest remains high in him for other jobs or the perception that he's never going to leave means teams don't bother to ask. San Fran obviously had its heart set on McDaniels. Even though Nick Caserio passed on the chance to interview with the Niners for their open GM job, the team did talk to Louis Riddick about the spot. He and McDaniels have high regard for each other. 

Between McDaniels, Caserio and defensive coordinator Matt Patricia, the people closest to Belichick on the coaching flow chart all had chances to go somewhere else and all passed on the chance. It's another example of not why the Patriots are good but why they remain good. Stability.