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Claude Julien is the latest victim of Devils’ general manager Lou Lamoriello‘s itchy trigger finger. With just three games remaining in the regular season, the GM has fired his head coach and will take over duties behind the bench himself – the second time in as many seasons that Lamoriello has taken over at the helm for the playoff run. Lamoriello pulled a similar maneuver late in the 1999-2000 season, firing Robbie Ftorek and replacing him with Larry Robinson. That team went on to win the franchise’s second Stanley Cup. Lamoriello offered the following rationale for today’s move:

“I don’t think we’re at a point of being ready both mentally and [physically] to play the way that is necessary going into the playoffs.”

Currently, the Devils hold a 47-24-8 record, good for second in the conference. The team had slumped recently following injuries to key players Brian Gionta, John Madden, and captain Patrik Elias. In his final game as head coach, Julien led the team to a 3-1 victory over Boston.

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