The Boston Bruins went to their third Stanley Cup Finals of the 21st century this season, but was this really a product of talent or coaching? Lets look at the facts. The Bruins have absolutely dominant veteran players in guys like Patrice Bergeron, who has extraordinary 200-foot play and offensive skill. Then they have Brad Marchand who can stop and turn on a dime and fool goaltenders with his quick hands and ‘wicked wristah’.
David Krejci, who has some of the slickest hands and magical vision. Also, they have a handful of young studs in David Pastrnak, Charlie McAvoy, Brandon Carlo, and Jake Debrusk. And of course, who could forget one of the best power play QBs in Torey Krug (who can also absolutely crush guys without a helmet on).
With all this talent, you’d think the Bruins should make a run every year, no matter who the coach is right? WRONG. Lets look at Bruce Cassidy’s numbers. Since joining the Bruins, he has adopted a much more player-friendly style of coaching and has donned a record of 117-52-22 in 191 games over three seasons. That’s a winning percentage of 67%!
He has also brought the Bruins to the playoffs each of the three seasons, improving on his result every year (1st round, 2nd round, Stanley Cup Finals). He has yet to win the grand prize again, but the way things are going, it might just be the next step in his already impressive resumé.
Throughout Cassidy’s three seasons with the Boston Bruins the roster has been changing each year. It seems like Cam Neely, and the gang has finally found a dynamic duo in Don Sweeney and Bruce Cassidy.
Let’s not forget how awful the team looked under Peter Chiarelli and Claude Julien after the 2013 Stanley Cup run. But even with three different teams, Cassidy seems to have clicked with the core and deserved to receive a considerable extension with a lolly-pop signing bonus.