WILMINGTON, Mass. — Claude Julien knows that just because he’s now the NHL’s longest-tenured coach doesn’t mean his stint with the Boston Bruins has more stability.

“It just means that I’m probably the next one to fall off the totem pole, right?” Julien said Wednesday. “I’m going to try to make it last as long as I can.”

General Manager Don Sweeney announced last week that he would retain Julien for a ninth season, even though Boston didn’t make the playoffs this season – the first time during Julien’s tenure.

Julien became the league’s longest-tenured active coach when Mike Babcock left the Detroit Red Wings to coach the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Julien has a record of 351-192-79 in eight seasons with Boston. He led the Bruins to a Stanley Cup in 2011 and an Eastern Conference championship in 2013. Julien won the Jack Adams Award as coach of the year in the 2008-09 season.

He also was head coach in Montreal and New Jersey.