By MyFM's Jake Archer - The Boston Bruins announced yesterday that they would be bringing back Bruce Cassidy as head coach for next season, dropping the interim tag from his title. In my opinion, this was a no-brainer move as Cassidy deserved to take over full time after he led the Bruins to the playoffs for the first time in three seasons.
Cassidy took over as interim head coach this year when longtime coach and fan favorite Claude Julien was fired on February 8th. Julien was well liked and had been to two Stanley Cup Finals with the Bruins, winning one, but it was time for a change after recent struggles.
When Cassidy took over, a lot of Bruins fans had mixed feelings. They felt that a change was needed, but obviously felt upset that Julien was gone. Cassidy represented a big change in coaching style, and I think for this particular team it worked well. After he took over the B’s led the league in goals per game and tied for second in wins. It seems like he has them trending in the right direction.
Although the Bruins were eliminated in six games in the first round of the playoffs by the Ottawa Senators, there seems to be a different feel around the team. There are many different reasons to be optimistic about the future and I believe Cassidy is one of them. I think he connects well with many of the players, especially the younger ones, and brings a nice change of pace to an organization that desperately needed one.