First let’s take a look at Bruce Cassidy’s NHL coaching career. From 2002-04 Cassidy was the head coach of the Washington Capitals. His record with the Caps was 47-45-9-6. This record is alright, but not fantastic. This was also Cassidy’s first time coaching at the NHL level, so you can’t really say he’s a bad head coach. Bruce Cassidy coaches an offensive style of play that fits in better with today’s NHL. You can see that it fits better in today’s NHL because of Cassidy’s record so far with the Bruins.
Another point that should be made is how happy the team looks when they score a goal and win a game. The smiles on their faces show how much happier they are with this style of play. Their faces light up with excitement, and they show so much more passion on and off the ice. Also, the coaches don’t just head to the locker room after a win, they stay on the bench to congratulate the players on their victory. When the B’s won a game with Julien behind the bench, the coaches immediately headed to the locker room. They didn’t show any support for the players and didn’t seem to congratulate them. The coaches are taking more pride in this team than they have in the past ten years.
Cassidy has also coached many of our younger guys in Providence. Guys like Frank Vatrano, Ryan Spooner and Peter Cehlarik have played under Cassidy in Providence and seem to be benefitting from his style of play in Boston as well. It is also fantastic that he was the head coach of the P-Bruins because when players get called up to play in Boston they will know exactly how to play under Bruce Cassidy and will fit in well with the team. We can see this in a guy like Cehlarik who is playing extremely well in Boston along side Krejci and Pastrnak.
Bruce Cassidy IS the real deal. He is making something out of a subpar hockey team, leading them to victory when they need it the most. Cassidy is up with the times, meaning his style of play is working in the NHL. The Bruins should keep Bruce Cassidy around for at least another year. If he coaches the team next season, it will give us all a chance to see what he can really do with a new start. The offensive stats I have shown in this article prove that Cassidy can make it in this league. I believe he can lead this team to the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs.