Boston Bruins  coach Claude Julien , who guided the Boston Bruins to the top of the Eastern Conference standings this season, has been named NHL  Coach of the Year by The Sporting News in a vote by 39 coaches and executives from throughout the league.
Julien, whose team posted a 53-19-10 record and 116 points in his second season at the B’s helm, molded the Bruins into a league power by instituting a more offensive style with his normal defensive system — and also impletemented an effective blueprint for dealing with players.
“When things are going well, he doesn’t mess them up,” goalie Tim Thomas  said. “He knows how to step back and let go. But if he sees something he wants to do better, he also lets it be known.”