TSN: Montreal locks up Claude Julien to a long term deal
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06-26-2004, 10:13 AM
Join Date: Feb 2002
Wise decision and smart move by Gainey to re-sign his coach.
Julien is a great coach to have in Montreal at this time with them going in a youth movement. Julien was very patient and a great teacher to Ryder and Komisarek over the past season and helped them adjust to the Pro game. The Habs and Julien will need that same patience over the next couple of seasons in bringing Hainsey, Hossa, Higgins, Perezhogin, Plekanec and others into the fold.
Julien's experience of coaching in the Junior and Minor League systems are ideal for such a young team, he is a coach who is willing to work with his players one on one in practice and is just as fast to pat a player on his back and to complament him as fast as he is to give him advice on doing something better or righting a wrong.
The team as a whole seemed to buy into his system and he seems to have a grasp of this team and his dressing room.
With Julien in Montreal and Jarvis in Hamilton the Habs have a solid 1-2 punch in developing defensively responsible and complete players for their team.
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