Julien has a healthy heart for the Canadiens, wants to train as long as possible


Claude Julien said Monday he wanted to be a coach as long as possible.

The 60-year-old coach of the Montreal Canadiens underwent a heart procedure in August that left him out of the Stanley Cup playoffs before the Canadiens were eliminated by the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 6 of the first round of the Eastern Conference.“Right now I’m 100% back,” said Julien. “My heart is 100%. So the only thing that hurt me for a while was the fact that blood flow was not going through my heart with one of the blocked arteries. I think this has been fixed and I’m back to being 100 percent, so as long as my health is good and my passion and enthusiasm remains, I would like to continue training for as long as possible. ”

Julien agreed to a five-year contract with the Canadiens on February 14, 2017, eight days after being fired by the Boston Bruins, which will last the entire 2021-22 season. He was hospitalized with chest pain after a 2-1 loss to the Flyers in Game 1 on August 12, with associate coach Kirk Muller succeeding. Julien returned to Montreal after undergoing a stent procedure in Toronto, the central city of the Eastern Conference, and said on August 26 that he would be back in the bubble if Montreal had extended the best streak. from 7 to match 7.

“Health is an important thing, but the other part that is really important is your passion and your enthusiasm and everything,” Julien said. “I love going to the ice every day to work with the players and then prepare for games and practices. As long as you enjoy your job and have the energy and passion to do it, this is the most important part of whether you feel you should be retiring because you’ve been a coach for long enough. ”

Julien is 658-440-148 with 10 draws in 17 seasons for the Canadiens, New Jersey Devils and Bruins. He is 13th in NHL history in wins and his 1,256 games in practice are 18th. Julien is entering the fifth season of his second stint with the Canadiens, having started his NHL coaching career with them in the 2002-03 season. The season is scheduled to begin on January 1.

Julien, winner of the Jack Adams Award as NHL Coach of the Year in 2009 and Stanley Cup winner with the Bruins in 2011, will work with a revamped Habs lineup this season. Forward Tyler Toffoli accepted a four-year contract and Montreal traded for the goalkeeper Jake Allen, forward Josh Anderson and defender Joël Edmundson after finishing 12th in the East (31-31-9, .500 percentage points) and defeating the Pittsburgh Penguins in four games in the best of five Stanley Cup playoffs.

“It’s going to be a fun year,” Julien said. “We have a bit of everything. We have size now. We have points. There is an excellent goalkeeper. There’s a solid D and then some exciting strikers who are going to make our team fun to watch as a fan. We look forward to this. ”


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