The Bruins left the NHL playoffs with a sour taste in their mouth. After being outmatched by the Carolina Hurricanes in a brutal first-round exit in game 7, the team decided to let go of head coach Bruce Cassidy.
Cassidy, after coaching the team for 6 seasons, never accumulated a losing record. He led the team to an impressive 70 win 2019-2020 stint that won him the Jack Adams Coach of the Year award.
Although playoff success hasn’t been optimal for this group, the team is winning and headed in the right direction. However, Cassidy’s firing may turn the boat around and lead them to a very quick decline in production.
The Bruins had a single all-star appearance this year by 36-year-old Patrice Bergeron at the tail end of his career. Not having a single player in the top 30 in points scored, but still managed to be in the top half of the league in power plays and scoring.
They had no player in the top 100 in takeaways, and they were abysmal on defense. The team was injury-prone, with multiple players making their way to the Covid-19 list.
The injuries carried over to the playoffs, where somehow, Cassidy took this team to game 7. The Bruins made it to the game with two of their best defenders hurt, McAvoy and Lindholm. They were outmatched by Carolina, in the regular season and playoffs, and to get fired after going toe to toe with one of the best teams in Hockey is unbelievable.
Place the Blame
This Bruins team has an absolute lack of depth. The scoring ability off the bench is horrendous. Taylor Hall and Craig Smith were nonexistent in the series, with Hall’s 4 points to Smith’s 0.
Not only this, but their draft capital in recent years has gone to complete waste. Although 2016 first-round pick Charlie McAvoy is holding his own, of their 8 first-round picks since 2015, half of their prospects barely touch ice during practice.
The Woes of Don Sweeney
This firing is almost the cherry on top of one of the worst General Managers in the NHL. This is a small list of some of the absolute misses he has made over his span in Boston.
He refused to offer Torey Krug a contract extension.
They did not bring Zdeno Chára back after proving to be one of the best leaders in the league. He could have been a Udonis Haslem type of player with his impact in the locker room.
He traded Soderberg and Hamilton for 4 picks who barely touch the ice.
He gave David Backes a 5-year $30 million dollar deal for him to score half a point a game for two years straight, a third season of only 20 points, and a fourth-year traded to Anaheim.
Absolutely fumbled the entirety of the 2015 NHL draft, missing out on Mathew Barzal, Kyle Connor, Thomas Chabot, and Travis Konecny.
Bruce Cassidy has proven time and time again that he is a respectable coach in the NHL. His constant success, 100% playoff entry, and his resume alone are some of the best in the league. His lack of playoff success has nothing to do with his ability to coach players, but with his executives’ abilities to build a roster around him.
Don Sweeney is the problem. A GM for a professional sports team at the highest level should not make more mistakes than positive impacts. Boston will fall without Bruce Cassidy, and a major rebuild is incoming.
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