Bruins hand coach Bruce Cassidy multi-year extension

  • Bruins hand coach Bruce Cassidy multi-year extension

Bruins hand coach Bruce Cassidy multi-year 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.

The deal for Cassidy, 54, will be made formal at a 1 p.m. news conference at the club's Warrior training facility in Brighton.

General manager Don Sweeney announced the extension Wednesday, a day before training camp begins. Financial terms were not released.

Cassidy has enjoyed vast success since taking over on an interim basis in 2017-18, guiding the Bruins to three consecutive playoff appearances.

Cassidy took over in Boston in February 2017 after the B's sacked Claude Julien.

Before joining Boston as an assistant prior to the start of the 2016-17 season, Cassidy coached Providence of the American Hockey League for five seasons (2011-15) after he was an assistant the previous three (2008-11).

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, who led the Bruins to the Stanley Cup Final this past season, was entering the final year of his current contract with the team. Cassidy was named full-time coach after the season.

He has compiled a 117-52-22 record in 191 games at the helm, and the Bruins' 256 points over that span are second-most behind only the powerhouse Tampa Bay Lightning.