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Devils' Julien says firing took him by surprise

Updated: April 4, 2007, 7:10 PM ET
Associated Press

NEWARK, N.J. -- Claude Julien was as surprised as anyone when he was fired as the New Jersey Devils coach Monday.

In his first public comments since being removed, Julien said he wasn't expecting to be fired because only three games remained in the regular season and his team was in first place and primed for the playoffs.

"You're thinking you're going to be heading into the playoffs and you're getting mentally prepared for that," Julien said in a teleconference Wednesday. ...

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