The Boston Bruins and head coach Bruce Cassidy had agreed to a multi-year extension on Wednesday, according to Bruins GM Don Sweeney. Details of the contract had not come out yet. Sweeney and Cassidy wanted the deal done before training camp.
— NHL Network (@NHLNetwork) September 11, 2019
2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs
Cassidy led the Bruins to its first Stanley Cup Finals since 2013. The Bruins were able to beat a young, fast team like the Toronto Maple Leafs in the first round. Later on, the Bruins were able to beat the Columbus Blue Jackets in six games of the second round. This was against a Columbus Blue Jacket team that swept the Presidents’ Trophy-winning Tampa Bay Lightning. In the Eastern Conference Finals, they swept the Carolina Hurricanes. The Bruins faced the St. Louis Blues in the 2019 Stanley Cup Final and came short to Game 7. It was
How Cassidy and the Bruins Improved Over the Years
Cassidy joined the Bruins organization in 2008 as an assistant coach for AHL affiliate Providence Bruins. He became a head coach for Providence for five years before becoming an assistant coach for Boston in 2016. In February 2017, he became an interim coach for the Bruins, finishing the season with an 18-8-1 record and clinching a playoff spot for the first time since 2014.
He officially became a full-time head coach for Boston in 2017-18, finishing the season with a 50-21-12 record. The improvement on the defense and the power-play is what stood out the most in terms of his coaching ability.
🎥 Bruce Cassidy on last season: “I hope we’re not talking about it after Day 1. It’s done, it’s over…now we’ve got to work on getting back to that position.” pic.twitter.com/THkW7ZR6yM
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) September 10, 2019
Each season Cassidy’s team improved. It shows that his leadership and coaching ability easily benefit the Bruins heading into the 2019-20 season.