The Bruins announced Sunday that they will hold their annual year-end availability Monday at TD Garden, but it came with an interesting twist. Then again, it wouldn’t be the 2015-16 Bruins without something being off.

Breakup day typically consists of player availability followed by a press conference with the coach and general manager. Sunday’s announcement made mention of only players, however. Reached for clarification as to whether or not Claude Julien, Don Sweeney and/or Cam Neely would be available, Bruins media relations noted that the only confirmed availability was for players. Bruins vice president of communications Matt Chmura added that the current schedule does not mean definitively mean that Boston’s leadership won’t be available Monday, but that nothing with the media was currently planned regarding the trio.

It’s worth noting that both Julien and then-GM Peter Chiarelli were both available at last season’s breakup day. At the time, Chiarelli said that things were “business as usual until we hear otherwise.” Chiarelli was fired two days later.

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DJ Bean
Butch is joined by two-thirds of the Sunday Skate show in DJ and Pete. The guys discuss the problems with Bruins including leadership and grit, who should stay and who should go and if Claude is to blame.

[0:13:14] ... is because of the winner of group and the folks who. That's Patrice Bergeron yesterday after the Bruins can't keep in mind the Bruins didn't know whether they be in the playoffs or not they didn't ...
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[0:23:05] ... when he got to Boston. All right let's get a head Coach Dave Lewis this is the guy that I want to hire a coach. If the Bruins had fired Peter surely after that season you ...





DJ along with Joey Mac and Pete Blackburn continue the reaction to the Bruins season ending abruptly yesterday and who is to blame.
DJ, Joe and Pete continue discussing how the Bruins were disappointing this season, where things went astray and the future of the team. They also get into Tuukka not playing due to illness and if he could have played with callers who are calling for his head. The guys discuss all of these issues with NESN's Andy Brickley as well.
The great Andy Brickley joins the guys to discuss the puzzling season for the Bruins, what went wrong and how Sweeney and Neely can right the ship. He gets into the lack of leadership, identity and toughness on this roster, how they need a shake-up and that Claude is not the problem.

[0:00:36] ... the trooper's Spierkel hobbled Dotson. EU is going to be leaving the red wings after the playoffs so the Atlantic Division just continues to get easier and easier. Yet somehow brick the Bruins couldn't find their way in how do you explain what has happened with this Boston Bruins team. And haven't been able to explain to grow at all here you know Kirk or all of us that are around ...
[0:06:16] ... this group the defense defenseman that that the Bruins did have. You Claude Julien over achieve with this team by having them in the playoff discussion for the entire season. There are uttered Opel retrieve the ...




Less than 24 hours removed from the Bruins season coming to an end, DJ, Joe and Pete discuss and react to the downward spiral during the final weeks of the season. What happened and could it have been prevented? The guys talk about the leadership and roster issues on this team and wonder if Don Sweeney and Cam Neely can fix things. They also get into the Claude Julien question -- will he stay or will he go? These guys don't believe he should be fired but realize it's an option that many fans want the organization to go in.

I’m a dinosaur and don’t see any funny internet things unless Pete Blackburn makes them, but get a load of this:

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DJ Bean

The Bruins have missed the playoffs for two straight seasons. (USA Today Sports)Whatever the Bruins were trying to do didn’t work.

Even scarier: Whatever the Bruins are trying to do isn’t working. 



The “should Claude Julien be fired” talk had already begun even before Saturday, but with the Bruins missing the playoffs for a second straight year and getting absolutely embarrassed on home ice in their season finale, it’s only going to pick up.

Debate over whether Claude Julien should be fired has already begun. (USA Today Sports)

Debate over whether Claude Julien should be fired has already begun. (USA Today Sports)

The “should Claude Julien be fired” talk had already begun even before Saturday, but with the Bruins missing the playoffs for a second straight year and getting absolutely embarrassed on home ice in their season finale, it’s only going to pick up.

Most Bruins players weren’t willing to make any sort of comment on the possibility of Julien being fired after Saturday’s 6-1 loss to the Senators given that, at the time, the B’s still had an outside shot of making the playoffs (the Flyers’ win over the Penguins later Saturday officially sealed their fate). But the team’s best and most important player came to the defense of Julien.

“I’ve said a million times that Claude has been the best coach I’ve had,” said Patrice Bergeron. “It’s definitely not on him. It should be on us. His system is there, the game plan is there. It’s about us executing, and we didn’t do that. So it should fall back on the players.”

In the case of Saturday and other games down the stretch that saw the Bruins lose to non-playoff teams, Bergeron is right that the players deserve a good chunk of the blame. There’s no excuse for making the kinds of defensive mistakes that led to Ottawa’s goals on Saturday. There’s no excuse for a top-five offense struggling to score against three non-playoff teams over the last two weeks of the season. Regardless of who the coach is or whether his message is getting through, those are things for which the players need to take responsibility.

But there is plenty of blame to go around, and yes, Julien deserves some of it. A coach should be able to do more to ensure that his team isn’t making as many mistakes as the Bruins made Saturday, whether it was getting beat wide, leaving guys uncovered in front or making bad breakout passes that were easily intercepted. Those things are coachable, and the fact that they happened this late in the season doesn’t reflect well on the coach.

The group that deserves the most blame, however, is the front office. Don Sweeney and company are the ones who built a team that had one legitimate top-four defenseman — and that one, Zdeno Chara, is 39 years old. It’s fitting that defense was the Bruins’ biggest issue on their disastrous last day, because it was their biggest issue all season, and it will remain their biggest issue going forward unless they bring in multiple defensemen who are significant upgrades over what they have now.

Can a coach really be blamed for not being able to turn third-pairing and AHL defensemen into top-four guys? Can those third-pairing and AHL defensemen really be blamed when they struggle in roles they’re simply not good enough to fill?

Julien, perhaps to his credit, was unwilling to address the state of his roster Saturday.

“I’m going to stay away from answering that. I’m going to deal with that kind of stuff with upper management,” Julien said. “This is not something I’m going to discuss publicly.”

Fair enough. For the sake of Bruins fans, hopefully upper management realizes it needs to build a much better team than the one it built this year. The coach and players absolutely deserve some of the blame, and the front office can fire the coach or trade away big-name players if they want, but ultimately there’s only so much any coach or player can do if the roster has the kinds of massive holes the Bruins had this year.

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Scott McLaughlin