Look, there were reasons that the Bruins just underwent a head coaching change. A lot of their fans would argue those reasons were shitty, disjointed, and had much more to do with failures of their management than the pedigree of the guy behind the bench, but that's neither here nor there. The fact is that it will probably be some time before we are accurately able to judge whether or not Boston did the right thing by firing Claude Julien, just as it will be some time before we are able to assess whether or not Montreal did the right thing by hiring Claude Julien. Personally? I think Michel Therrien ran P.K. Subban out of town and the Canadiens are in better shape now than they were an hour ago, but that's not why I am writing this.
I am writing this to tip my cap to what has to be considered the closest thing we will ever see to trolling at an executive level. I know an experienced head coach with a Stanley Cup to his name wasn't acquired by his old employer just to stick it to the team he won said Stanley Cup with, but I'll be damned if the Canadiens front office didn't consider it a bonus that they were adding a guy that still had the support of the majority of their nemesis' fanbase. A polarizing head coach quickly flipping back to the opposite side of an ongoing, international feud is the NHL equivalent of a diabolical, WWE-esque plot twist. I don't know how this heel turn (or face turn, depending which side of the border you're on) ends up affecting the two teams involved. However, I do know it just added a hell of a lot of sizzle to an already heated rivalry, and that is good news for the league and anyone else that enjoys some good old fashioned sports drama. Already frustrated Bruins fans must feel like they just got blindsided by a steel chair, and I can't wait for the proverbial PPV's.