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Claude Julien ‘absolutely’ will be back next season, changes to coaching staff coming 04.14.16 at 10:14 am ET
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Claude Julien will be back as Bruins coach next season. (USA Today Sports)

Claude Julien will be back as Bruins coach next season. (Winslow Townson/USA Today Sports)

Claude Julien will be back as coach of the Bruins next season.

General manager Don Sweeney announced at the start of Thursday’s end of season press conference that Claude Julien “absolutely” will return.

The Bruins did not make the postseason each of the last two seasons.

Sweeney also announced assistant coach Doug Houda won’t return and other assistants’ deals are up with the exception of goalie coach Bob Essensa. He’s been the goalie coach since 2003.

Houda’s time with the Bruins predates that of Julien, as Houda served as an assistant coach under former B’s head coach Dave Lewis and was kept on after Lewis’ firing. As a player, Houda served as a teammate of Zdeno Chara when the two played for the Islanders.

Other coaches who won’t return are Doug Jarvis and Joe Sacco.

Jarvis was hired prior to the 2010-11 season as a replacement for Craig Ramsay. As a player, Jarvis holds the record for most consecutive games played with 964. Sacco, who formerly served as head coach of the Avalanche and was also an assistant coach for the Sabres, replaced former B’s assistant coach Geoff Ward in the summer of 2014 when Ward left the team to take a head-coaching job in Germany. Ward is currently an assistant coach for the Devils.

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Dale Arnold: Bruins should make Patrice Bergeron captain, trade Zdeno Chara and David Krejci 04.12.16 at 9:27 pm ET
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Dale Arnold gave his plan for how he would return the Bruins to the playoffs.

On Tuesday’s Dale & Holley show, Arnold said an offseason priority should be to make Patrice Bergeron captain, regardless of whether Zdeno Chara — whom Arnold said should be traded — was back with the team.

“I think it’s time to change the captain,” Arnold said. “Assuming he’s on this team next year, Patrice Bergeron has to have the ‘C’ on his sweater and not Zeno Chara. I’d start there because they had a huge leadership void on this team all season long.”

Arnold said he would buy out Jimmy Hayes, who was a disappointment in the first year of a three-year contract with the B’s. Hayes, whose cap hit is $2.3 million, scored 13 goals in his first year with his hometown team.

“I’d buy out Jimmy Hayes — $2.3 million for each of the next two seasons, bad signing by Don Sweeney,” Arnold said. “I would buy out Jimmy Hayes, take the financial hit, move on while you can.”

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Sunday Skate live chat: Tired edition 03.20.16 at 6:36 am ET
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What we learned as Bruins suffer 2nd Cali loss, shut out by Ducks 03.19.16 at 12:33 am ET
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Jonas Gustavsson

Jonas Gustavsson

The Bruins knew their odds weren’t great heading into Friday night facing the best home-ice team in the Western Conference.

Their worst fears were realized as Frederik Andersen stopped all 38 shots while Jamie McGinn and Ryan Kesler scored in the game’s first four minutes to lead the Anaheim Ducks to a 4-0 win at the Honda Center in Southern California. The Ducks improved to 23-9-5 on home ice this season and have the fewest regulation losses at home this season in the Western Conference.

Andersen is now 15-1-1 in his last 17 starts in goal for the Ducks.

The Bruins are now 0-2 in their California swing, with another game Saturday night in Los Angeles against the Kings. The Bruins remain at 86 points in the Atlantic Division, three points behind the idle Florida Panthers and still one ahead of third-place Tampa Bay.

It was just the third time the Bruins were blanked this season and the first since Feb. 18 at Nashville.

The Ducks added a 4-on-4 goal from Hampus Lindholm just 58 seconds into the third period for important insurance. Rickard Rickell made it 4-0 at 14:28 of the third.

The Bruins had two great third-period chances. The first came with just under 12 minutes left when Loui Eriksson came down the left wing and fed a perfect saucer pass to David Pastrnak. But Pastrnak fired one into the chest of Andersen to keep the shutout in tact. Then with three and a half minutes left, Andersen stoned David Krejci from the left circle.

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Sunday Skate Live Chat: Offsides Challenge edition 03.13.16 at 5:50 am ET
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Are the Bruins for real after going 5-0-2 thus far since the trade deadline? Is David Pastrnak being handled correctly? How much fun are offsides challenges? Discuss that and more this week on Sunday Skate from 7-9 a.m.. Click here to listen live and join the live chat below.

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Sunday Skate Live Chat: Stanley Cup or Bust edition 03.06.16 at 6:04 am ET
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Did you like what the Bruins did at the trade deadline? Are you a believer after getting three points from the Blackhawks and Capitals? Discuss these things and whatever else on Sunday Skate from 7-9 a.m. Click here to listen live and join in the chat below.

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Sunday Skate Live Chat: Loui Eriksson/trade deadline edition 02.28.16 at 6:13 am ET
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Discuss Loui Eriksson, the trade deadline and everything else in the Sunday Skate live chat. Click here to listen to the show live from 7-9 a.m.

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