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The New Jersey Devils' loss has definitely been the Boston Bruins' gain when it comes to head coach Claude Julien.

In the 2006-07 season, Julien didn't even last his first season with the Devils, getting fired with three games left in the regular season—even though he had managed to lead the team to an impressive 47-24-8 record up to that point.


The Bruins jumped when Julien became available and signed him almost immediately. And since joining the team for the 2007-08 season, Julien has taken the Bruins to the playoffs each season, including winning the 2011 Stanley Cup championship.

Julien is among the best coaches in the league. He's proven it in his six-season tenure with the Bruins. If the Blackhawks and head coach Joel Quenneville think they can match wits with Julien, they may have another think coming. Rather, Chicago will have to find ways around Julien's and the Bruins' strong points.

But with players like Krejci and Horton leading the way, along with outstanding goalie Tuukka Rask, it's going to be very difficult for the Blackhawks.

Oh, and by the way, since they fired Julien, the Devils reached the final once (2012, lost to the Kings), lost three times in the opening round of the playoffs and missed the playoffs entirely twice, including this season.

Maybe they should have kept Julien after all.

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Source : http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1667318-winners-and-losers-of-the-2013-nhl-playoffs-thus-far

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