BOSTON — The Boston Bruins have fired coach Bruce Cassidy a number of weeks after shedding within the first spherical of the playoffs.
Common supervisor Don Sweeney introduced the shocking transfer Monday evening and mentioned the seek for a alternative will start instantly. He known as it “an especially tough choice.”
“His head teaching document for the Bruins is spectacular, and we’re appreciative of Bruce each professionally and personally,” Sweeney mentioned in a press release. “After taking a while to totally digest every thing, I felt that the route of our crew for each this season and past would profit from a brand new voice.”
The Bruins made the playoffs in every of Cassidy’s six seasons behind the bench since taking up in February 2017. He coached them inside one victory of the Stanley Cup in 2019.
“Bruce has been a incredible coach and has helped this crew win many video games and obtain success over his tenure behind the bench,” crew president Cam Neely mentioned. “I additionally need to lengthen my gratitude to Bruce and his household for every thing they’ve completed over time to assist the New England group and Bruins group. We want them continued success sooner or later.”
Cassidy instantly turns into a high candidate for vacancies in Philadelphia, Chicago, Winnipeg, Vegas and Detroit and any others that will now come open due to his availability.
The Bruins are anticipated to be with out first-line left winger Brad Marchand and high defenseman Charlie McAvoy for at the very least the primary two months of subsequent season. Captain Patrice Bergeron, who received a document fifth Selke Trophy because the NHL’s high defensive ahead, can also be mulling retirement.