Bruins firefighting coach, Bruce Cassidy, following the team’s exit in the first round

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The Boston Bruins announced Monday that coach Bruce Cassidy has been fired. The move comes after Boston’s loss in the opening round of the NHL playoffs to the Carolina Hurricanes.

“After 14 years working with Bruce, this has been a very difficult decision,” team general manager Don Sweeney said in a statement. “I would like to thank and appreciate Bruce for all of his work and success with the Bruins organization. His major training record with Bruins is impressive, and we value Bruce both professionally and personally.

“After taking the time to fully absorb everything, I felt that the direction of our team for this season and beyond would benefit from a new voice.”

Cassidy, 57, has been with the Bruins since the 2016-17 season, when he took over as interim coach after Claude Julien was fired mid-campaign.

In Cassidy’s first full season, 2017-18, he led the Bruins to a record 50-20-12, and the following year, the Bruins reached the Stanley Cup Final where they lost to the St. Louis Blues in seven games. Since then, Boston has not advanced in the second round of the playoffs. This year, the Bruins have won 51 games, but their first-round exit against the Hurricanes was the oldest since Cassidy became a full-time coach.

Overall, Cassidy boasted a record of 245-108-46 in his five years in Boston. He was awarded the 2019-20 Jack Adams Award, which is given to the best coach in the NHL.

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