Breaking down the Boston Bruins head coach opening

Former Boston Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy. Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports
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(L-R) Don Sweeney and Cam Neely of the Boston Bruins (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /

The direction the front office decides for the Boston Bruins determines who they hire as the next coach

Responsibilities: Lead the Bruins back to glory and win the franchise’s seventh Stanley Cup. Or not. This might be a rebuild. The front office hasn’t made public their intentions. If we decide to rebuild, maybe you won’t be around long enough for when things turn around. But you will always have “head coach of the Boston Bruins” on your resume.

No pro league recycles head coaches like the NHL, and it’s not even close. But would a veteran coach want to takeover this Bruins team? Would a veteran coach look at this roster and salary cap situation and think he could succeed in Boston? Some coaches excel at developing young talent. If the Bruins blow up the team, who would want to take on that challenge?

Nothing deters a coach from a job than an organization that lacks direction. Sweeney and Neely need to figure out if the Bruins are competing or rebuilding. Whichever course they choose should help them decide what they’re looking for.

If it’s a rebuild, then Sweeney isn’t the person for the job. Based on the diminishing returns, it’s safe to wonder if Sweeney’s job is on the line in 2022-23. If the GM gets fired, then there’s a good chance the new GM will want to pick his own coach.

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The two worst scenarios for the next Bruins coach is to either be fired after one season, or to get canned mid-season because the team starts slow waiting for the surgically repaired players to return.

Being the next Boston Bruins head coach sounds nice, but the name alone won’t sell the position. It may take some convincing to get someone to sign the dotted line.