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A Multi-Year Contract Extension For Bruce Cassidy

BOSTON - Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney announced today, September 11, that the team has signed Head Coach Bruce Cassidy to a multi-year contract extension.

Cassidy owns a 117-52-22 record in 191 career games with Boston, good for the fourth-best winning percentage (.670) in team history. He required the second-fewest games among Bruins head coaches to record his first 100 wins with the franchise (166 games), trailing only Tom Johnson (138 games). Since taking the helm, Cassidy has led the Bruins to 256 points, second-most in the NHL over that span to Tampa Bay (283 points).

In just his second full season behind the bench in 2018-19, Cassidy led the Bruins to a berth in the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 2013, following a regular season in which the team amassed a 49-24-9 record (107 points) and finished in second place in the Eastern Conference. It was the second-straight season the team hit the 100-point mark. The team ranked second in the NHL in wins (49), points (107), goal differential (plus-44) and power-play percentage (25.9). Cassidy also led the team on a 19-game point streak from January 29 - March 9, which was the second-longest streak in team history.

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All Bruce Cassidy Today

via the NHL PR department,

Q. Just the nature of Game 7, what do you feel the next three days will be like for you, family, friends, maybe any kind of time to disconnect before the game?
BRUCE CASSIDY: Yeah, I think today is your opportunity to do that. We're off. I'm sure guys will have to take care of whatever business they have to today. Then you're back to work tomorrow. Our guys are pretty good at that, have been good at that. We've been through it. I haven't personally, but those guys have. I think it's a great place, a starting point for our younger guys.

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All Bruce Cassidy Today

via the NHL PR department,

Q. After some sleep, your thoughts about the non-call?
BRUCE CASSIDY: I think I was pretty honest about it yesterday. My feeling haven't changed. I thought it was a missed call that impacted the game unfortunately in a negative way for us. Other than that, I talked about there's been a few in the post-season. I'm also a fan of the game. For me, it's a privilege and an honor to be working in the National Hockey League, to be in the Finals. We're ambassadors for the game, too. We want to grow the game. We're trying to give them access. I'm all for that. I'd rather talk about that than missed calls that affect the game. That's the way it was last night. Today is a new day. So we're going to move forward and get ready for Game 6. That's what's in front of us. The other part, to expand a little bit, I've coached Noel Acciari for a long time. He's hard on the puck. That's his job, is to win pucks. He's a penalty killer, he's a shot-blocker. After the game, it's tough when you lose, generally coaches don't address the group, you will from time to time. You walk through the room, you see a guy, he's despondent. He feels like he cost the team a game. That's a guy I feel for. I've grown tight to this group, these players. They lay it on the line. I feel as bad for him as anything else. There's no call, so he feels like he didn't win his puck battle. That's a tough one. I have to pick that player up moving forward. There's a little bit of emotion that comes in after the game. The emotion now is we've got to put it behind us and we got to win Game 6. That's what's in front of us. How do we prepare to win Game 6? That's where my mindset is today.

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Talking With Don Sweeney And Bruce Cassidy Today

via the NHL PR department,

May 26, 2019 - Stanley Cup Final Media Day

An Interview With:
Don Sweeney
Bruce Cassidy

Q. Coach, first can you just give us a quick update of Brad Marchand and his absence from practice?

BRUCE CASSIDY: He had a maintenance day today, so that's all, he'll be ready to go tomorrow.

Q. And your team obviously in this winning streak, everything has gone well for you. You had the goaltending, the power play, different guys from different lines who stepped up. Is there one thing in particular that, I don't know, you're most proud of or impressed with that maybe has improved from the regular season to now to get where you are today?

BRUCE CASSIDY: Certainly, I won't say impressed, but our secondary scoring's been a big part of our success. And then kind of the next man up, throwing different guys in the lineups, Charlie missed game one. So guys like Clifton coming in, Kampfer coming in, hadn't played in a long time, Johnny Moore. So, but that's been a kind of a hallmark for our team all year. So it doesn't surprise me, but to be able to do it this time of the year to get to this stage says a lot about the guys and how they prepared to play when it's their turn.

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Morning Line- Bruce Cassidy

“Listen, I’m not going to use that as an excuse,” he said when asked once more about the negative impact of ongoing injuries. “We’ve got some young players up front, we know that. But the back end and our goaltending, there’s experience there. We’ve got to look at it and say, the two goalies [Tuukka Rask and Anton Khudobin], the 6-7 defensemen, other than Charlie [McAvoy] . . . these guys have played in the league and they’re gonna have to carry the team a little bit here until we find our scoring.

“That was a bit of an issue tonight. Guys are going to have to take ownership of that. We’ve got some leaders back there and hopefully they take it to heart.”

-Bruce Cassidy, head coach of the Boston Bruins after a 4-2 loss to the Anaheim Ducks.  Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe has more on the game.

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Bruins Rask-less giong into game vs. Vancouver

From NBC Sports Boston's Joe Haggerty:

The string of injuries for the Bruins continues as Tuukka Rask (upper body) is out for tonight’s game against the Vancouver Canucks at TD Garden after getting trucked by Anders Bjork in practice Wednesday.

Rask was wobbly-legged while being helped off the ice after the violent collision and the 21-year-old Bjork looked like he’d also needed a couple of stitches on his chin after bloodying his practice jersey.

The big concern is Rask still being evaluated by Bruins medical personnel for a possible concussion. It will be Anton Khudobin stepping in place for him against the Canucks with Providence Bruins netminder Zane McIntyre serving as his backup.

“Tuukka is out tonight. He’s going to get reevaluated today and we’ll have a better idea tomorrow,” said Bruce Cassidy. “Anton will start [against the Canucks].”

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No news is no news regarding Tuukka Rask

From NHL.com:

Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask had to be helped off the ice after rookie forward Anders Bjork collided with him in front of the net during practice Wednesday.

Rask did not return and there was no immediate word on his condition. The Bruins play the Vancouver Canucks at TD Garden on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; SN360, TVA Sports, NESN, NHL.TV).

"He left early obviously," coach Bruce Cassidy told the Bruins website. "We had a line-rush drill where there was some contact around the net. He'll get evaluated. I've got nothing right now; hopefully he's fine. Until he gets checked out, I don't know. That's where it's at right now."

Bjork appeared to be knocked off balance before the collision. Teammates immediately rushed to Rask's assistance and he was helped off the ice after a couple of minutes.

"It was incidental contact on a hard drill," Cassidy said. "We're trying to build in more net action and net drive. I guess that's the spillover from it sometimes."

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Bruce Cassidy Named Head Coach Of The Boston Bruins, Interim Tag Is Removed

BOSTON - Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney announced today, April 26, that Bruce Cassidy has been named the 28th head coach of the Boston Bruins.

Cassidy served as Interim Head Coach for the Bruins' final 33 regular and postseason games, compiling a 18-8-1 regular season record and propelling the team to a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since the 2013-14 season. Since Cassidy assumed head coaching responsibilities on February 9, the Bruins ranked first in the NHL in goals per game (3.37), first in the NHL in fewest shots allowed (741), tied for second in the NHL in wins (18), tied for second in the NHL in power play percentage (27.8%), tied for third in the NHL in goals allowed per game (2.30), tied for fifth in the NHL in faceoff percentage (53.6%) and tied for sixth in the NHL in takeaways (229).

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