Why the Bruins terminating Cassidy is a mistake and neglects to resolve the main problem
The Bruce Cassidy period in Boston is finished, and the Bruins are more regrettable off as a result of it.
The Bruins announced on Monday that they had fired their longtime head coach.
Cassidy was the fourth longest-serving head coach in the NHL, entering Monday, having been hired in February of 2017 when he replaced Claude Julian.
"After taking some time to fully digest everything, I felt that the direction of our team for both this season and beyond would benefit from a new voice,"
Even though anyone who heard the end-of-season press conference with team president Cam Neely and Sweeney last month shouldn't be completely surprised by the decision, it's still too bad.
Simply put, Cassidy made the best of every year he was at work and consistently got the most from rosters that were often flawed, either lacking in talent, depth, or both.
Cassidy was the head coach, reaching the Bruins in the playoffs all six seasons.
In that time, the Bruins had the second most wins of any team during the regular season and the fourth most playoff wins.
The Bruins have won at least one playoff round in four of their six seasons behind the bench, and in 2019 they were one win away from the Stanley Cup title.