Bruins fire head coach Bruce Cassidy in stunning move

Bruce Cassidy
May 10, 2022; Raleigh, North Carolina, USA; Boston Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy reacts against the Carolina Hurricanes during the third period in game five of the first round of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs at PNC Arena. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Another stunning move amongst the coaching ranks as the Boston Bruins announced on Monday evening that they have fired Bruce Cassidy.

This coming off another stunning dismissal, when the New York Islanders relieved Barry Trotz at the end of the season.

Cassidy, 57, had been with the Bruins’ organization since the 2008-09 season starting as an assistant coach with AHL affiliate Providence Bruins.

Bruins fire Bruce Cassidy

Cassidy became Boston’s head coach in February of 2017 and finished with a 245-108-26 record. During his tenure the Bruins reached the Stanley Cup Final once in 2019 losing to the St. Louis Blues. He also won the Jack Adams Award in 2019-20.

In his final season, he guided the B’s to a 51-26-5 finish and secured the first wild card spot, losing to the Carolina Hurricanes in 7 games.

“Today I informed Bruce Cassidy that I was making a head coaching change,” Bruins general manager Don Sweeney said in a statement. “After 14 years working with Bruce, this was an extremely difficult decision. I want to thank and acknowledge Bruce for all his work and success with the Bruins organization. His head coaching record for the Bruins is impressive, and we are appreciative of Bruce both professionally and personally. After taking some time to fully digest everything, I felt that the direction of our team for both this season and beyond would benefit from a new voice. I want to wish Bruce, Julie, Shannon and Cole much success as a family and with their future opportunities.”

Cassidy will now become a top candidate for the multiple coach jobs open in the NHL. Some of the top spots include the Vegas Golden Knights, Philadelphia Flyers, Dallas Stars, Detroit Red Wings, and Winnipeg Jets.

–Field Level Media contributed to this report