BOSTON -- Heading into the Stanley Cup playoffs, one of the main questions surrounding the Bruins was whether head coach Claude Julien -- and to an extent general manager Peter Chiarelli -- would be fired if the team did not reach at least the Eastern Conference finals after losing in Game 7 in the second round in back-to-back seasons.
So after dispatching the Canadiens in seven games to reach Round 2, does Chiarelli feel like he and Julien are playing for their jobs?
“I don’t feel that,” Chiarelli said Thursday. “I can’t speak for Claude. I mean I’m certainly supportive of Claude. I think he’s a terrific coach.”
Chiarelli acknowledged that he reads and hears what the local sports media has to say but he isn’t feeling the heat.
“I read everything and what everyone says, or I try to, just to keep abreast of things,” the general manager said. “And that’s what I see, so I mean I’m comfortable where I am. We want to win, we went out and got pieces to win, and I will try and do things to continue to win. So whatever, wherever the chips fall, they wall. But it hasn’t really dawned on me. I read it, but you just get used to reading that stuff.”