Five days ago, news broke that the Bruins were in negotiations with Bruce Cassidy regarding a contract extension. It’s a no-brainer, really. It’s just a matter of how much and for how long.
“Coming in when he did and getting us to the playoffs and then almost having two back-to-back, 50-win seasons is pretty impressive,” Neely said in June. “You know, learn from our playoff losses and how to maybe coach a little bit differently in the playoffs. You know, it’s kind of a tale of two seasons, to get into the playoffs, and then once you’re in the playoffs, how do you adjust for a seven-game series. I think Butch [Cassidy] has done a really good job in managing the regular season and learning from playoff hockey.”
Indeed, since taking over for the Bruins on February 7, 2017, Cassidy has gone 117-52-22 in regular season play and 22-20 in playoff games. That last win-loss total is a bit underwhelming until you realize that he cured the playoff woes and improved in each season; 2017 – lost in first round to the goddamned trap, 2018 – lost in the second round to the possibly best team in the NHL in the Bolts (who then lost ion the ECF), 2019 – was one win shy of winning the Stanley Cup.
I’m sorry, I don’t mean to rub that one in. It’s just to illustrate that he has one more mark to make and he was 60 minutes of excellent play from his duct-taped-and-super-glued-adhered-together team away from doing that. There is a bright side, people, and we just have to remain positive.
I certainly hope that the Jacobs’ don’t skimp on his deal. He earned his head coaching gig, he’s consistently positive about his team, he’s ecstatic to coach his beloved childhood team, and he has attained great results.
Pay the man and don’t be cheap.