Former Montreal Canadiens head coach Claude Julien could find himself behind the bench of a hockey team soon, although everything remains to be sealed.
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Hockey expert from the Sportsnet channel Elliotte Friedman said on his Twitter account Thursday that the Franco-Ontarian will lead the Canadian team that will participate in the Spengler Cup, depending on the outcome of the file on the participation of players from the National League of hockey (NHL) at the 2022 Olympic Games.
In addition, Bruce Boudreau – fired by the Minnesota Wild on February 14, 2020 – will be his deputy.
Recalling that countries may need a second group of instructors to supervise their national teams, the same source also mentioned that the two men could be stationed at the Beijing Games if the NHL does not go to China.
Obviously, everything is conditional on maintaining the current status of the two men; a hiring by then would be a game-changer.
Julien, 61, was sacked by the Habs on February 24, but still has a valid contract with the organization.
If the NHL competes in the Olympics, Canada will have Jon Cooper, head coach of the Tampa Bay Lightning, as a pilot.