You go, Claude!


You go, Claude!

It's not every day that you see coaches taking shots at each other in the media, AND if there were one coach from Boston's four teams that you'd least expect to go mano y mano with a coaching counterpart, it would have to be Claude Julien.

Why? Because Claude's a mild-mannered guy. No-nonsense, for sure, but also the kind of dude you'd expect to always take the high road regardless of how low someone else might sink.

But as time goes on and the Bruins maintain their place among the NHL's best, Julien the man who seemed so close to being fired on so many previous occasions continues to get more comfortable. As well he should. And with every passing year, we learn more about who he is and what he stands for. Most importantly: While he may be a mild-mannered fellow, if you mess with his team, the fangs come flying out.

As Joe Haggerty reported today from practice, Julien didn't take very kindly to Vancouver coach Alain Vigneault suggestingalmost predicting that Brad Marchand's antics on the ice will result in an injury. It was a very Cobrai Kai-like move by Vigneault, to which Julien fired back.

I think its pretty hypocritical . . . everything thats been going on. Its unfortunate. Sometimes you have to look in your own backyard. We all know Vigneault has the same type of players on his team. Theyve all done the same thing. You just have to look at Alex Burrows putting his blade in Shawn Thorntons throat prior to Saturday's brawl."

He continued: "Its so hypocritical. I guess were stupid. Were idiots and theyre the smartest team in the league. We need to listen to all of the gab that they have to say.

Wooh! I love it.

Good stuff, Claude.

Anytime coaches go at it like this, we're all winners. And if by some chance these two teams find a way to meet again in the Stanley Cup, the world may not be able to handle all the amazing, deep-rooted and, most importantly, genuine hatred.

(For what's it's worth: If there were one coach in Boston who I'd expect to use the word "gab" while trash talking with another coach it would 1,000 percent be Julien.)

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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. 


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.