Well, the worst-case scenario has officially become a reality for the Bruins.
Just over a year removed from their decision to fire Bruce Cassidy as the head coach of the club, Cassidy and the Golden Knights dominated the Panthers in a game that made you go, “Where the hell was this on June, 12, 2019?” Watching the whole thing unfold took me back to what Cassidy said during that 2019 Final, which was, “I just want my name on the damn Cup.”
It didn’t happen then, and it didn’t happen at all with the Bruins for that matter, as the B’s suffered back-to-back second round exits and then lost in the first round in the three seasons that followed the Cup loss. But it happened last night, and will become official this summer when the NHL engraves Cassidy and the rest of the 2022-23 Golden Knights on hockey’s Holy Grail.
And for Cassidy to get right back on his horse and immediately get it done with a different franchise? Oof, there’s no denying the sting that would come for the B’s front office with that unfolding before their very eyes. Especially after a first-round exit that was full of coaching gaffes from first-year Bruins head coach Jim Montgomery after a near-perfect regular reason.
That sequence of events is going to come with serious pain (when does it end?) and arrows shot at the Bruins throughout the summer in regards to that decision, and whether or not it was the right call for Don Sweeney and the Bruins.
But is this — or anything, really — truly that simple?
Ty Anderson is a writer and columnist for 985TheSportsHub.com. He has been covering the Bruins since 2010, and has been a member of the Boston chapter of the PHWA since 2013. Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Yell at him on Twitter: @_TyAnderson.