Ex-Bruin Mike Milbury and former New Jersey Devils coach Claude Julien, considered the leading candidates on Chiarelli's short list, were most recently employed by playoff clubs. In contrast, the 2006-07 Bruins stumbled to a 13th-place finish in the Eastern Conference and will require a significant overhaul to make a postseason push.
Yesterday, Chiarelli confirmed that he has interviewed Milbury, whose last position was vice president of sports properties for the Islanders.
'Mad Mike' may have a not-so-sterling reputation for fans throughout the league for his, well, insane turn as Islanders GM, but in Boston he's remembered as a long-time Bruin — Milbury played his entire NHL career for the Bs, 11 seasons — who led the team to the finals as a head coach in 1989-90.
Milbury was only the coach in Boston for two seasons and compiled a 90-49-21 record while winning five playoff rounds.
He's interested in a return role, and Chiarelli is, too:
"About all I can tell you right now," said Milbury, a favorite son of Walpole who will spend at least the next month living near his brother in Dartmouth, Mass. "I'm not working right now, and I'm hoping to get back into the game, and for me, there'd be no better place than my hometown."Put this one on the books by the end of this week.
UPDATE And Claude Julien gets the call, according to TSN. Good for him, as the way the Devils dismissed him in the tail end of 2006-07 was ridiculous.