Claude Julien FIRED!

According to TSN, the New Jersey Devils have fired head coach Claude Julien.

No word on the reason behind the move or if they have someone to take the head coach job.

If this news would’ve been announced yesterday, I would’ve thought it was an April Fools. There MUST be a personnal reason behind that as the Devils are having a great season so far…

More to come.

28 Responses to Claude Julien FIRED!

  1. lrdstanley says:

    RDS.CA is saying that Lou Lamoriello is taking over behind the bench.

  2. ranger_fan says:

    You want the truth


    There obviously had to be friction between the two or Pat Burns is fully recovered and wants to resume…

    NJ hasnt been stellar as of late, but they have been without Gianta for like 20 games and Gomez I think has been injured. NJ has done great this season and this is stunning.


  3. Hoondog2 says:

    Lamoriello will take over behind the bench according to TSN.

    This is very strange but not totally surprising with Lamoriello.  He did something similar in 99-00, replacing Robbie Ftorek with Larry Robinson with 8 games to go, and the Devils went on to win the cup.

    Personally I see this move backfiring as this team was on its way up, winning 4 of their last 5.

  4. NjDEVSFN says:

    Lamoriello doesnt do something like this for no reason.

    1999-2000 was different…the Devils were PATHETIC in from February 1st until basically the end of the season. he tried TRADES then, but nothing worked. so he went with the next expendable man, the coach.

    again, he only removes the HEAD COACH and not the whole staff.

    i would say that something internally was not right.

    a fan on a Devils forum said that Gomez was unhappy with Julien (very possible) and since Lou wants to sign Gomez, why not get rid of the coach in hopes of signing him?

    this could backfire, but i dont think Lamoriello did this to "energize" the team like he did in 2000. i believe the circumstances had to be pretty amazing for him to fire a 102pt coach.

  5. darcysucker says:

    Wow, this is shocking shocking news, specialy with 1 week to go in the season.  Something really weird must've have happened between Julien and Lou, however if the Devils win the stanley cup Lou is a genius.  I'm very confused by this move, can some put a little light on the situation?

  6. Hoondog2 says:

    Agreed, Lamoriello is a shrewd yet smart G.M. and i'm forced to believe that there was some reason for this.

  7. Jrugges2 says:

    Wow this is surprizing, really. Especially since the playoffs are just around the corner. Um, I personally had the devils going deep into the playoffs, but I might have to reconsider, then again the teams success rides on the back of Broduer. Julien must have really pissed off someone in management, or maybe even a Star player.

  8. rojoke says:

    I'm guessing that Julien showed up at practice and forgot to shave, so Lou canned him.

    If Lou doesn't win the whole damn thing, he should get canned as well, and hire Julien back.

  9. Maximus says:

    Too Bad….But really for the last 20 years the Devil's have been Lou Lamoriello' s team.  He will step behind the bench and take them as far as Brodeur can take them.  As long as Brodeur can stay healthy he will look like a great coach. 

  10. mikster says:

    Working for the Devils must suck. You just have no idea what to expect despite being a top team in the East and NHL.

    They had a .500 month, so what? Apparently something must have happened but i don’t even think Gomez would be an issue. The guy is a UFA and would test the market unless he gets nearly $6M a season, long-term contract.

    It doesn’t really matter who coaches the Devils anyway. It could be an average joe Devils hockey fan and all he has to do is preach the same system the team has been playing for years.

    Nothing bad will come out of it, a coaching change barely has any effect on this team.

  11. wheresthesoda says:

    I think Lou did this just to wake up everybody for the playoffs. Last year he stepped behind the bench and they were phenomenal.  Devils have had a sub-par month because Gionta and Elias have  been out, and i think Elias came back this week.  Devils are a tough team to face in the playoffs.

  12. BruMagnus says:

    i totally agree
    and I love your name

  13. BruMagnus says:

    and wasnt gomez injured for a few games too?

    truly a shocking move that must have more behind it

  14. BieksaForMVP says:

    wtf? Someone should fire Lamorillo if they don't win the Cup, because he just gonna do the same thing next year.

  15. rojoke says:

    But will it be far enough?  Will it be farther than Julien could have taken them?

  16. modk09 says:

    i saw an interview with Burns, he is ready to return. hell go into broadcasting for now but is itching to get behind the bench again.

    good for him I say, congrats

  17. Hoondog2 says:

    maybe you 2 should get a room

  18. prayin-for-the-wce says:

    Looks like someones EGO got in the way..
    Man i really feel for C.Julien.  YOU get your team to 2nd in the eastern conference, YOU win 4 out of the last 5 games without 3 of your best players, and YOU do all this with a DEVILS team that was much weaker than previous years,

    YOU GET FIRED!! Honestly, i don't get this move. 

    Either this took place because of some SERIOUS personal issues, or its a ego move by crazy Lou.  Wow what can i say.  Except that NO respectable coach would think of moving to NJ now, because of this.

      It's happened in the past, and with a GM like Lou, i would think twice before moving my family to NJ as noone is safe.

  19. prayin-for-the-wce says:

    Loyalty gets you nowhere! WOW im still in disbelief, and im not even a Devil's fan

  20. NHLman says:

    Beginning of the end in Jersey? Peut-etre.

  21. hockeyfreak64 says:

    I thought April Fools was Yesterday! Poor CJ, he is a great coach and needs to find a place without crazy expectations like Montreal, or without a kooky GM like Lou. I realize that Lou is a great GM, but he sure does go about it funny

  22. flamingsenator says:

    maybe u should get a video camera

  23. Superman4452 says:

    yeah, this move was unexpected and crazy, but u cant judge a guy with three stanley cups. he knows what hes doing. good luck finding a coach next season tho

  24. nonhl2005 says:

    What better way to keep the UFA's from leaving your team then to the fire the very coach they didn't want to play for. Lou knows what he is doing, he wants Rafalski and Gomez back at a certain price and this helps him get that.

  25. leniwm1 says:

    Firstly, most of the people commenting here are NOT Devils fans nor watch the games, so their reasoning cant be at all accuarate; they have no reasoning for opening their mouths. People dissing Lou with his 3 rings and arguably the most stable and successful franchise in the last 12 years is very ignorant.
    I was watching the Blues v. Stars last night and they were praising Dallas's 102 pt season. But who did they get at the deadline. Nagy, Norstrom etc. Incredible players. Devils deadline deals, lose Hale. But wait, 2nd place and 102 pt. season. Devils will never get any credit, but thats OK. Because we KNOW how to win. Honestly, im glad we didnt pick up a name player because the team would rely on them and take the wind out from under Zajac and Parise who are really carrying this team offensively.
    And someone mentioned loyalty! You loser, Juilien wasnt even with the team a whole season and u talk loyalty? Loyalty is Brodeur, Elias, Padolfo, Brylin and As. Coach Maclean who WILL BE THE DEVILS COACH REALLY SOON. We have players wo want to WIN, and LOU built around that from day 1, so to bash Lou from unthoughtful and ingorant minds conludes that most people are really jealous.

  26. cecilturtle says:

    What Lou just did does makes sence to me…  When I think about the beginning of the salary cap season this year, and all the juggling, trading of draft picks, and cap-ology work Lou had to do to fit this "all-star team" lineup in under the cap…  Clearly the Devils were most fans popular preseason favorates to win the cup.  This Devils team going into the playoffs with a healthy Brodure should still be the favorates to win the cup, but they are not!  It seems that Lou looked at this team and said, "This team is not ready for the playoffs!" I guess Lou feels that if his team is going to get upset and knocked out of the playoffs??? He wants to be there behind the bench to see first hand who the Devils leaders and cluch players are (IE:Langenbruner etc) and which players quit or their poor unclutch play hurt the rest of the team.  This way at the very least win or lose, when it is time for Lou to work his annual "salary cap season" cap magic next year…  He will know exactly which of his players he should resign, let go, and trade away!


  27. nonhl2005 says:

    Most people are not Devils fans, period. Maybe if they had the following of a Philly or Toronto or Mtl they would get proper credit but it’s kind of hard to give credit to a team that can’t even get it’s own fan base to give them proper credit. Lou is a great GM but you can’t sit there and say you knew this was coming. This is out of left field and it’s everyone’s right to question THIS decision by him. I have ‘bash’ed Lou for this and I am not the least bit jealous of him, I admire what he has done but am not jealous in the least. I got to really wonder if a top tier coach would come to a team that
    1 Has an aging superstar (granted he has a couple years left but still getting up there)
    2 Has salary cap issues
    3 Could possibly lose 2 of it’s best players this off season.
    Not to mention, have the fear that even having a 100+ point season could get you fired if a player doesn’t like you.

  28. leniwm1 says:

    let me clarify a little more…

    I am a huge fan a follow everything they do. And by watching the team's play recently, all the games they won, they could have lost. It wasnt "Devil" hockey. And by watching them all the time, reading about them, etc., you understand what is going on belive it or not and this didnt surprise me at all. In fact, i was wondering if he would actually do it again. And i think it was a great idea.If Julien cant get them to play "Devil" hockey, like they did when Lou was behind the bench, why NOT change it. BTW, when Lou did coach, it was MacLean makn the decisions. He is being groomed for the position. As for as a top tier coach, we never had one, we dont need top tier coaching when he gets players that can be molded with his style of play; players that play for the team and not themselves. We had Lemaire, but he wasnt a Bowman or anything.
    You make it sound like the franchise has salary issues everyyear. It was a one year fluke with the slary shit, Lou is on top of that area so well, others GM should learn from him. And as a side note, i stopped questioning Lou's decisions after the 2003 cup.
    To the credit issue, its not the credit from you and the other guy and me, its from the media, the analysts the ESPN's that need to open their eyes.

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