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.
The Bruins did not release terms of the extension. He is 117-74 as the Bruins coach, leading Boston to back-to-back 100-point seasons. In the fall of 2011, he began a five-year tour as the WannaB's head coach, then joined Julien's staff here as an assistant in the fall of 2016, ultimately replacing Julien on February 7, 2017 and the Bruins poking along with a lackluster 26-23-6 record.
The Bruins have finished second in the Atlantic Division in each of the last two seasons. He brought the Bruins one win short of the Stanley Cup this summer, losing to St. Louis Blues in the final. After a first-round loss to the Ottawa Senators in Game 7 in 2017, the Bruins advanced to the second round in 2018, where they fell to the Tampa Bay Lightning in five contests. In the fall of 2011, he began a five-year tour as the Providence head coach, then joined Julien's staff here as an assistant in the fall of 2016.
The 54-year-old former defenceman played 36 games over six seasons for the Chicago Blackhawks. He retired as a player in 1996 and coached four minor league teams before being hired as coach of the Washington Capitals in 2002. Washington went 39-29-6 with eight ties and made the playoffs in 2002-03, but Cassidy was sacked 28 games into the 2003-04 season after the Capitals started 8-18-1 with one tie.