Julien: Bergeron out unless he's '100 percent'


Julien: Bergeron out unless he's '100 percent'

By DannyPicard

BOSTON -- Patrice Bergeron skated at the TD Garden for the secondstraight day on Sunday, while the Bruins who dressed for Saturday nights Game1 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning had the day off.

Bergerons presence on the ice for two straight days is anencouraging sign, but coach Claude Julien said afterwards that theorganization will never allow one of its players to dress unless allconcussion symptoms are gone, regardless of how big a playoff game it is.

If hes not 100 percent, he will never play, said Julien,when asked about the teams concussion policy for the postseason. Whether itsregular season or playoffs, our organization, even before the NHL tightenedup the rules on that, theres no way we would ever do that to a player. Thatstoo important to his personal lifestyle and the life hes going to lead afterhockey. That will always come before the game.

Its unfortunate, but thats the way it should be. Webelieve in that, and were going to continue to enforce it.

The day you see Bergeron back in our lineup, hell be 100percent, added Julien. If hes not, youre not going to see him.

Julien continued to say that he had no other update on theBruins center, other than what everybody witnessed on Sunday.

You saw him skate, and thats basically where hes at rightnow, said Julien. Thats the only update I can give you.

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Julien sidesteps job security question with "shock journalism" comment

Julien sidesteps job security question with "shock journalism" comment

BOSTON -- With three crushing losses in a row at a time when results are really all that matters, the Boston Bruins are reeling at the wrong time during the regular season. The B’s tried their best to win a game 0-0 with strong defense against a sleepy Chicago Blackhawks bunch on Friday night, but ultimately coughed up a Marian Hossa goal in the final minutes for a 1-0 regulation loss at TD Garden.

The defeat continued a swirl downward for the Black and Gold over the last week, and was a second straight shutout loss on home ice for the first time in almost 15 years. The losing stretch has also kicked up the chatter that Claude Julien is in trouble as head coach of the Bruins, and the hockey club’s underperformance up and down the lineup is ultimately going to cost the NHL’s longest tenured bench boss his job.

The Ottawa Senators have passed the Bruins in the Atlantic Division, and it’s only a matter of time before the Toronto Maple Leafs move by them as well with both Toronto and Ottawa holding six games in hand on Boston. Combine all of this with the B’s having missed the playoffs in each of the previous two seasons leading into this one, and it shouldn’t be at all surprising that Julien is squarely on the coaching hot seat.

The B’s bench boss was asked about his job security after the Chicago loss, and clearly didn’t appreciate the tough, but appropriate question.

“Well, I’m not into shock-journalism,” said Julien in a prideful tone. “So I’ll stay away from that question if you don’t mind.”

The Bruins posted their Saturday schedule shortly after Julien and the B’s players had addressed the media following the loss, and sure enough the embattled coach is scheduled to address the media post-practice as part of the regular practice day routine. So it doesn’t seem that a move with Julien is imminent this weekend despite another loss, but both the coach and the players know something is going to happen to shake things up with this team if they continue to struggle.

“Right now it’s a results based situation, so if you’re going to keep losing games then probably something’s going to happen,” said Torey Krug. “But right now we’re just pretty down emotionally after this game, so I don’t want to look at the big picture. I just [want to] focus on what’s going on in this room, and hopefully we can come back with a good effort the next game.”

A good effort might help Julien’s standing with the Bruins in the short term, but it’s impossible to imagine the B’s bench boss making it through the rest of the Bruins regular season given all of things working against him right now.