PLYMOUTH, MA — Over time, it became increasingly clear what was really behind the coaching change that led to Jim Montgomery starting the year behind the bench for the Boston Bruins after Bruce was fired. Cassidy.
It certainly wasn’t about overall success on the ice as Cassidy posted a 245-108-46 record in his six NHL seasons in Boston, led the team to the Stanley Cup Finals. in 2019 and had a 0.672 percentage point in that span. Granted, Cassidy and his Boston Bruins teams never got over the hump during the playoffs and finished with a very disappointing first-round outing against the Carolina Hurricanes last spring, but the results on the ice don’t have never been the problem after a season in which Boston finished with 51 wins and 107 points.
Instead, it was a disconnect between the players and the head coach. It doesn’t appear to be all the players, as Taylor Hall attested at the Boston Bruins’ Foundation Golf Tournament Thursday at Pine Hills in Plymouth. Instead, it was largely a group of young players who needed a “softer” touch from a Cassidy head coach who didn’t hesitate to call up players, including including established veteran players with long NHL resumes.