The New England Patriots just won the Super Bowl, pitchers and catchers report in a week, the Celtics are in second place...
And the Bruins just fired their head coach.
The team announced on Tuesday that they will relieve Claude Julien of his coaching duties. Assistant coach Bruce Cassidy will step in on an interim basis.
While the Patriots parade down the streets of Boston in their duck boats, the B's will be holding a press conference at 11:30 a.m. and Cassidy will be available to the media at noon.
In 10 seasons, Julien led Boston to a 419-246-94 record. He won the Stanley Cup in 2011 in seven games against the Vancouver Canucks and led the team back to the finals in 2013 where they fell short in six games to the Chicago Blackhawks.
Just last year, Julien became the team's all-time wins leader when he surpassed Art Ross with his 388th win. He won the Jack Adams Trophy for the 2008-09 season after finishing 53-19-10.
Fast forward to today, the Bruins (26-23-6) are one point out of the playoff race and are on track to miss the playoffs for the third-consecutive season after making it to the playoffs in Julien's first seven seasons with the team.
Cassidy, who coached the Washington Capitals from 2002-04, served as an assistant coach for the Providence Bruins from 2008-11 before he was promoted to head coach. He held that role for four seasons before he was named the assistant coach of the Boston Bruins.
Cassidy went 166-106-32 and made it to the playoffs in each of his last three seasons on Providence's bench.
Julien finishes his career in Boston with 11 postseason victories and a 57-40 playoff record.If you want MORE coverage of your team, check out Bruins Beat Podcast here on CLNS Radio! The latest episode is below!