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05-19-2013, 12:41 PM
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2006-07 in NJ, Brodeur faced his career high in SA and had the only season in his career with > 2000 saves. Despite a solid defensive forward group and very responsible defensemen. Not exactly a ringing endorsement of Claude Julien's system.
Explains the late season dismissal.
More or less Julien's downfall in Montreal combined with losing the room by acting like a junior coach. BTW he did have solid faceoff centers in Montreal - Yanic Perreault, plus Joe Juneau.
Boston. Suggest looking at the 2007-08 season when Patrice Bergeron was hurt playing only 10 games. Then going forward from 2008-09 with a healthy Bergeron and tracking the goalie stats for Thomas and Rask. Bergeron is the most complete NHL center, a RHS who is elite on face-offs. Balanced with David Krejci a LHS plus two more RHS at center - Tyler Seguin and Rich Peverley and the Bruins have a strong edge at center.
Reality is that without Julien, Boston would have a healthy Bergeron plus center depth with specialty attributes, whose skills would not change nor would Zdeno Chara lose height and reach.
Julien's system in NJ was to collapse into a defensive shell - basically concede territorial possession to the other team, but prevent them from having good scoring chances. In other words, his goalie saw a ton of shots, but not necessarily the highest quality.
It was a terrible system for a team like NJ, which had an absolutely awful group of defensemen at the time, with their #1 (Rafalski) much more useful in the offensive than defensive zone.
The biggest reason he got fired though was because he wasn't able to earn the respect of NJ's vets. There was an incident where an "unnamed" vet on the team (thought to be either John Madden or Scott Gomez) shot a puck at Julien in practice and Julien did nothing. That was the beginning of the end.
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