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Bruins assistant Geoff Ward resigns, takes job in German league

Jun 19, 2014, 9:05 AM EDT

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Claude Julien is in the market for a new assistant coach.

Boston Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli announced Geoff Ward has resigned from his position with the team and has taken the head coaching job with the Mannheim Eagles of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga in Germany.

Ward has been an assistant coach with the Bruins since 2007 and was part of the Stanley Cup-winning team in 2011. He was responsible for working the power play in Boston and that’s been a bit of a problem there in the postseason.

Seeing him leave to take a job in Germany isn’t shocking as he’s been a head coach there before including with Iserlohn in 2006-07 before he took the Bruins job. He’s also coached in the OHL with Kitchener and Guelph and the AHL with the Hamilton Bulldogs.

There isn’t a shortage of capable people to help out behind the bench and Julien and Chiarelli will have plenty of time to find a replacement.

  1. drewsylvania - Jun 19, 2014 at 9:17 AM

    Does Ward ever smile? He was stone-faced for every game-day interview.

    • pepper2011 - Jun 19, 2014 at 9:52 AM

      That’s why he’s going to Germany.

  2. thesportsjudge - Jun 19, 2014 at 10:59 AM

    Wasn’t this guy the one who allegedly threw his earpiece in a fans beer or something(by accident?)

    • shaundre93 - Jun 19, 2014 at 11:24 AM

      Everyone thought it was him but I’m pretty sure it was Seguin, who was sitting right in front of him just below the camera, throwing his smelling salt over the glass

      • thesportsjudge - Jun 19, 2014 at 12:32 PM

        Ya, I couldn’t remember the specifics of the story, hence why I put “allegedly” in there, lol.

  3. nunan - Jun 19, 2014 at 12:40 PM

    Makes me think about the PP and potential changes…mainly with Chara. It’s clear that he needs to limit his ‘hard minutes’ throughout the season so he is ready to go for a long playoff run. Resting him a game or two at the end of the year isn’t really effective. It is more about taking the load off of him consistently throughout the year, game to game. Having him on the PP, in front of the net, was clearly working. They should use that occasionally but maybe not do it every PP. Those are tough times in front of the net and with a new PP coach, maybe they come up with a different plan. Just a thought..not even a suggestion at this point. I would also consider pairing him with Seidenberg all season, instead of splitting them up. Having another really strong, reliable partner out there may help him preserve himself over the course of an entire season. Part of this has to do with Hamilton and his continued improvement. With his progression, and assuming Boychuk isn’t traded, those two are completely reliable as a 2 pairing.

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