New Bruins GM Don Sweeney on coach Julien: 'I need to make the right decision'
As a member of the Boston Bruins front office throughout Claude Julien's coaching tenure, newly-minted general manager Don Sweeney will have collected enough data to fill out a comprehensive flow chart to weigh the pros and cons.
And now it's time to draw it up.
Sweeney told CSNNE's Joe Haggerty that his first order of business is to make a decision on Julien's coaching future.
"I have a tremendous amount of respect for Claude. He's had a tremendous amount of success, and it would be foolhardy of me to make an impetuous decision. I need to make the right decision."
Sweeney continued, mulling the costs and benefits aloud.
"I love the accountability and the structure that he brings to a hockey club. His demeanor on the bench is outstanding. I think his players respond to him," he said.
"I think our transition game needs to improve. It's an area we need to address, and it's going to start in our own end, in the neutral zone and at the blue line creating turnovers that will allow us for some odd-numbered opportunities."
Alright, alright. Take it to the whiteboard, Sweeney.