Fired earlier this week, former Boston Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy reacted to his departure, saying among other things that the organization had previously told him he was not going to be fired.
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The principal concerned spoke with the media during a press briefing on Zoom on Thursday. He took care to indicate that the club had thus advised him, during meetings aimed at taking stock of the 2021-2022 season two weeks earlier, that he had to complete the last year of his contract. However, general manager Don Sweeney showed up at his home on Monday to inform him of the Bruins' decision to show him the way out.
"Well, I had time left in my deal and I wanted to come back to lead the Bruins," he said. It was a privilege and an honor for me to have been able to do this. [...] I believe I have done my work. We can always be better, however.”
Also, the 57-year-old man does not want to comment on the value of the comments made about him by senior management, some of whom may here think that he received the famous “kiss of death”. Nevertheless, Cassidy prefers to look forward and the next step for him is to quickly reconnect with a National Hockey League (NHL) bench. The clubs looking for a pilot have surely noted his interest in the thing.
"I want to come back and hopefully it will be a good plan for both parties involved," he said. I learned that I could be a good coach in the NHL.
A great person
In addition, the club's former coach had a few good words to say about captain Patrice Bergeron who has just finished his contract and who will have to determine the rest of his career. Even if the scenario of a new start elsewhere seems unlikely with regard to number 37, Cassidy would like to work again in the same team as him.
“I would like to bring him with me, to be honest with you, because he is a great person, player and leader, he complimented. I think we had an amazing relationship. I respect him for all the gold in the world.”
Cassidy led Boston to a Stanley Cup Final appearance in 2018-19, after replacing Claude Julien in February 2017. Last regular season, he helped his team maintain a 51-26-5, but the Bruins settled for fourth in the Atlantic Division only to be eliminated in the first round of the playoffs by the Carolina Hurricanes.