After losing to the Ottawa Senators in game three of the Stanley Cup playoffs, Bruins’ front office has some time to decide on the coaching status for the upcoming season. To keep Bruce Cassidy or to not to. Coach Cassidy was labeled the Interim head coach of the Boston Bruins in mid February and led the team to a regular season record of 18-8-1. During an Interview after the heartbreaking loss to Ottawa, Cassidy told reporters that he would 100% like to stay as head coach next year and remove the “interim” title from his name. In my opinion Cassidy is the right man for the job and has so far proven himself to be an excellent coach. He brings great offensive pressure and cycles good defensive strategies in his coaching plans.
- Dallas Eakins- Eakins’ two years in the NHL with the Toronto Maple Leafs did not make him look too well as far as staying as an NHL head coach. After being fired by the Maple Leafs, he took an opportunity as head coach for the Anaheim Ducks’ farm team, the San Diego Gulls. This past season he lead the team to a record of 43-20-2, leading them to the second position in the AHL Pacific Division and a playoff spot. Since he has started winning more games, NHL teams have started to take looks at him. Although it is not likely, he could potentially be a choice for the Bruins.
- Kevin Dineen- After being in office for the Columbus Blue Jackets, Dineen received the opportunity to become head coach of the Portland Pirates. For six years, Dineen sculpted a great Pirates team and started to get noticed. However, like former Florida Panthers coaches such as Peter DeBoer and Jacques Martin, he was unsuccessful to create a playoff worthy team. He has previously coached Canada’s gold medal winning Olympic team. He also, has so far spent three seasons with the Chicago Blackhawks, capturing one Stanley Cup ring as an assistant coach.
- Dan Bylsma- Bylsma coached the Pittsburgh Penguins from ‘08-’14 and led the team to one Stanley Cup playoff victory in his first year. Also, won the Jack Adams trophy during his ‘10-’11 season with the Pens. Each year spent with the Pens except ‘08-’09 season, when they won the Cup, they at least made playoffs. Following his time in Pittsburgh, Bylsma spent some time in Buffalo. He was brought into Buffalo to clean up the mess that former coaches have left. He, like previous Sabres coaches, could not create a winning team. It is said he was fired from Buffalo because Jack Eichel did not like him as a coach. Dan Bylsma would probably be on the the Bruins’ radar if Cassidy is to be named assistant coach again.
So, if Cassidy, for some weird reason, were to change his mind by next season comes around and want to leave or at least want to go back to being an assistant coach.
Not many other coaches can really be looked at as “good” coaches as far a unoccupied coaches go. Most “FA” coaches are likely to be coaches with negative/losing records.
It would be a really bad decision to cut Cassidy because the team showed so much growth with him coaching. He shows much potential and can hopefully bring us home a Stanley Cup in the next few years.
Photo: (Boston Herald)