Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy signs multi-year contract extension

Matt Kalman
September 11, 2019 - 9:44 am

Get your team to Game 7 of the Stanley Cup final, get a contract extension.

That’s the lesson Bruce Cassidy learned Wednesday, when it was announced the Bruins had signed him to a multi-year extension. Although the Bruins do not make the terms of their contracts with coaches and front-office personnel public, it was widely reported that Cassidy was entering the final year of a contract that he signed in the spring of 2017 after he was named full-time coach.

Cassidy had been interim coach since Feb. 7, 2017, when he replaced Claude Julien.

But Boston’s run to the last game of the 2019 playoffs isn’t the only reason Cassidy is going to be sticking around for several years beyond this season. He has a 117-52-22 record in his two plus seasons behind the bench and has won four rounds of playoffs. Under Cassidy, the Bruins have been near the top of the NHL standings and changed the way they play, focusing as much on attacking as defending.

And several young players that will be the backbone of the Bruins for most of Cassidy’s season behind the bench have developed under him, including Charlie McAvoy, Brandon Carlo, David Pastrnak and Jake DeBrusk. Continuing to develop younger players will be one of the challenges for Cassidy and his staff moving forward, as the likes of Zdeno Chara, Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci age into lesser roles and eventually leave the sport.

A Cassidy extension probably ranked third behind one for McAvoy and one for Carlo on the list of Bruins extensions fans wanted to read about on the eve of training camp, but nonetheless the Bruins’ decision to opt for stability and consistency in their coaches’ office is a positive occurrence.