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The 60-year-old Julien, who was rushed to healthcare facility in Toronto following Game 1 against the Flyers and consequently had a stent placed into among his coronary arteries, is feeling good and eagerly anticipating finding out where all the puzzle pieces fit on a lineup that all of unexpected has plenty depth.
"It's going to be hard honestly, even for us as a coaching personnel, to state this is line No. 1, this is line No. 2, this is line No. 3," he said. "At the end of the day, it will be whoever's producing. Whoever's playing the very best will be your best line on that particular night."
One forward no longer in the mix is Max Domi, who was dealt to the Columbus Blue Jackets for Anderson. After the offer, Domi recommended there was a breakdown in interaction as he was benched to Montreal's 4th line in the post-season.
Julien stated Thursday his door is constantly open, however it's also difficult to please every player all the time. The coach added the introduction of Suzuki and Kotkaniemi indicated that Domi-- the team's leading scorer with 72 points in 2018-19 before slipping to 44 last season-- became a trade prospect to deal with other needs.
"It's not so much that it didn't work out," Julien said. "Max ended up being, I think, a bit expendable because we had those guys do so well. At the exact same time we're able to get a big player that we actually needed on the wing in Josh Anderson in exchange for him, so Max was such an excellent player we had the ability to get a great gamer in return. That's just hockey.
"Nothing to do with personal [concerns] or anything else more than trying to improve our group."
Julien, who coached the hard, physical Boston Bruins to a Stanley Cup triumph in 2011 before making the last once again in 2013, said Montreal's general enhancements give him choices he didn't have previously.
"That's the appeal of it," Julien stated. "I like the reality that I can move people around. And it's not like one line is going to get much better and the other one's going to get weaker. If I make a change, probably all lines will have a chance to improve."
By getting better as a team and setting a minimum requirement for success, the temperature level in a hockey-mad market where he's on his 2nd trip behind the bench is particular to rise dramatically.
"Pressure is what you make of it," Julien stated. "I do not take a look at it as pressure, but as a chance. We need to suffice to make the playoffs.
"And we ought to flourish on the opportunity."