Since the firing of Claude Julien, the Bruins are starting to finally become a Stanley Cup worthy team. Despite the beginning season troubles, the B’s have pulled through and could most definitely make the playoffs as long as they keep their fast paced play. February 7th, Bruins’ long time head coach Claude Julien was relieved of his duties and assistant coach Bruce Cassidy was set to take his place as interim head coach.
Claude Julien spent nine and a half seasons with the Bruins and achieved one Stanley Cup with the team in 2011. Prior to Julien being fired, the Bruins record was a sad 26-23-6 (total of 55 games this season). Over the last few seasons the Bruins have struggled to finish the season on high note. Because of this the team just barely missed playoffs last season and hope to compete for the rest of this season.
As soon as Bruins’ GM Don Sweeney announced the firing of Julien, the whole team had a complete turn around and are starting to look like the B’s during their cup winning season. Coach Cassidy has turned this team around from a mediocre inconsistent group of players to a team of well oiled hockey playing machines. Cassidy and his new style of coaching have lead the team to a 7-1 record since Julien. He pushes the idea of quickness and precision, and teaches a more offensive style of play.
Cassidy is known for his quick pace and not letting anyone fall behind. He gets the team moving in practices and keeps everyone moving quickly. Most player were happy to see a coaching change or at least understood what was going on. Star players like Krejci and Marchand have only played for Claude their entire careers and had a pretty strong bond with the former coach.
Previous to becoming the Bruins HC, Cassidy has had a history of coaching success. At the start of his coaching career he took over as HC in Washington then went onto coach the Providence Bruins as a Head coach for five seasons. He spent time in Providence with many of the current Bruins’ like Torey Krug, Ryan Spooner, and Noel Accari. His chemistry with these formers players has begun to work in the bruins favor. For example Torey Krug has had 8 assists in the last 7 games. Other players like Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron, and David Pastrnak hava also stepped up to the plate since Cassidy and his staff began work.
Upcoming Bruins prospects will hopefully be able to fit into Cassidy’s system and thrive with the team. The Bruins are in need of prospects such as Charlie McAvoy, Ryan Donato, and Jake Debrusk.
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Photo: (Boston Herald)