Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Claude Julien named new coach of the Devils

The New Jersey Devils on Tuesday hired Claude Julien as their head coach.
''Claude Julien brings experience, knowledge, enthusiasm, and discipline that will complement the players here in the New Jersey Devils organization,'' said Devils president and general manager Lou Lamoriello.
Julien was fired as the Montreal Canadiens head coach in January of this year after three years behind the bench. In the 2003-04 season he led the Canadiens to a 41-30-7-4 record and into the second round of the playoffs.
Julien replaces Lamoriello, who coached the Devils for much of the season after Larry Robinson stepped down in December. The Devils were 32-18 under Lamoriello and won the Atlantic Division title thanks to an 11-game winning streak to end the regular season.
''It was easy for me to feel comfortable here,'' Julien said. ''No doubt he's (Lamoriello) left some big shoes behind that bench for me to fill.''

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