While Sunday afternoon’s game 6 against the Ottawa Senators ended in heart breaking fashion, Boston rebounded hard Wednesday. The news came in the early morning hours that the “interim” tag on Bruce Cassidy had been lifted, becoming Boston’s 28th coach.
Shadowing Claude Julien until February 7th, when the club relieved the tenured bench boss of his duties and in turn promoted Cassidy. Whom made the Jacobs family look genius by going 18-8-1 down the final stretch, good enough to earn them a playoff spot.
Cassidy is anything but a one trick pony, after a solid playing career he’s been behind a bench since 1996. Twice prior coaching at the NHL level, but it was his efforts for the Providence Bruins that solidified his position. A familiarity with the core of younger players definitely doesn’t hurt.
With the promotion comes a lot of responsibility. Defensively Boston needs to upgrade their staff, this includes whether or not an extension for long time captain Zdeno Chara. A task made all the more difficult when considering that this off season is the expansion draft. With the emergence of Charlie McAvoy and Brandon Carlo there may be less of an incentive to hold on to the aging veteran.
While Boston’s exit from the playoffs wasn’t picture perfect we should expect many more trips in the future.