Bruins sign Cassidy to multi-year extension

Bruins sign coach Bruce Cassidy to extension

Bruins sign coach Bruce Cassidy to extension

The Boston Bruins have signed coach Bruce Cassidy to a multiyear contract extension, rewarding him for the team's trip to the Stanley Cup Final in just his second full season on the bench.

General manager Don Sweeney announced the extension one day before the start of training camp. Financial terms were not released. The likely term, based on industry standards, would range from three to five years.

Cassidy ultimately replaced Julien on February 7, 2017, the Bruins poking along with a lackluster 26-23-6 record.

Cassidy was a finalist for the Jack Adams Award as the top coach in the National Hockey League following the 2017-18 season, his first in Boston. 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.

Reinvigorated under the more offensive-minded Cassidy, once a highly-touted puck-carrying defenseman, the Bruins staged an 18-8-1 surge under Cassidy and qualified for the playoffs, where they bowed out in six games to the Senators.

Cassidy's club opens the 2019-20 season against the Dallas Stars on October 3 to kick off a four-game road trip before returning home to face the New Jersey Devils on October 12.

The 54-year-old is 117-52-22 in 191 games with the Bruins, a.670 winning percentage that's fourth in their history, and reached 100 wins in 166 games; only Tom Johnson (138 games) did it faster. They defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs, Columbus Blue Jackets and Carolina Hurricanes in the Stanley Cup Playoffs before losing the Cup Final to the St. Louis Blues.