Boston Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs held a joint press conference with CEO Charlie Jacobs and president Cam Neely this morning to address the team’s 2016-17 season. The senior Jacobs, the team’s longtime owner, didn’t mince words when speaking about his former head coach Claude Jullien and stated that his firing was, “long overdue.”
Ouch. Jacobs has never been one to pull punches, but the abruptness and candor with how he speaks of Julien, his head coach of 10 seasons, is quite telling. He followed his statement up by saying, “I had misplaced loyalty…I’m totally in favor of it (the firing).” Double ouch.
Jacobs did go on to wish Julien success in Montreal, but then quickly steered the conversation to his new head coach, Bruce Cassidy. “Once Bruce took over, I think he had either the first or second best record of any head coach in the National Hockey League. So, it was a very prudent move and a very prudent hire.”