Bruins extend contract of coach Bruce Cassidy

Ruben Hill
September 11, 2019

Some 10 weeks after having knee replacement surgery, Bruce Cassidy added even greater bounce to his step Wednesday, agreeing to a multiyear contract extension as Bruins coach. Financial terms were not released.

Cassidy took over in Boston in February 2017 after the B's sacked Claude Julien.

Cassidy joined the Bruins organization in the summer of 2008, hired as an assistant coach with AHL Providence by then Boston general manager Peter Chiarelli.

In his two-plus seasons behind the bench, Cassidy's record is 117-52-22 (.670).

The Bruins skated to a 49-24-9 mark last season to finish in second place in the Atlantic Division behind only Presidents' Trophy-winning Tampa Bay.

The Bruins went 18-8-1 after Cassidy, an assistant under Julien, was promoted with 27 games remaining in the 2016-17 season. The St. Louis Blues posted a 4-1 win in that contest to capture their first Stanley Cup title in franchise history. The Bruins finished second to the Lightning in the Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference, had the fourth-best record in the National Hockey League, and eliminated the Maple Leafs in the Eastern Conference First Round before losing to Tampa Bay in the second round. They qualified for the playoffs for the first time since 2013-14, losing to the Ottawa Senators in the first round.

The 54-year-old former defenceman played 36 games over six seasons for the Chicago Blackhawks. He had a 47-53-9 record in his first head coaching stint, with the Washington Capitals from 2002-04, before he was sacked 25 games into his second season.

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