Can Bruce Cassidy Guide The Bruins Back To T he Stanley Cup Finals?

Now that Bruce Cassidy has been named head coach of the Bruins, fans can only hope that they have the talent to get them to the finals. Cassidy replaces long time coach Claude Julian who was fired late last year. Many questions arise for this year’s Bruins team.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              First, does the young talent on the roster have the skill set to win at an NHL level? Is the defense deep enough to keep the Bruins in games Thirdly is the goal tending strong enough? Tuukka Rask started sixty- five games last year. Only thirty years old Rask, is still young enough to get the Bruins back in serious contention.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The main strength of the Bruins is their offense. Ranked fifth overall in the NHL last year Boston didn’t make any big moves this past off season. Resigning  forward David Pastrnak will certainly be a big to the team. Pastrnaks’ thirty four goals made him one of the top young players in the league.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         If Cassidy can mold the  young players with the veterans then the Bruins should be right their come April. The Bruins have the twealth best farm system in the NHL Players like Charlie McAvoy,Brandon Carlo,Jakub Zboril, Tim Schaller and Noel Accari all made significant gains last year. They were good enough to keep the Bruins alive for five games in round one before losing to the Senators.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Only time will tell for the Bruins. Cassidy was very succesful at Providence during an eight year span. In February the Bruins fired ten year coach Claude Julian. The knock on Julian was he lacked patience with his young players.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Leadership is another strong quality that the Bruins have going for them. Veterans like Zedeno Chara, Brad Marchand, Adam McQuaid, David Krejci , Dave Backes, and Rask should be a big plus for the young players going forward.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   If Cassidy can rest Rask and utilize his backup goalies then the Bruins could surprise a lot of fans. Cassidy took the team over for only twenty seven games last year. But when he did take over the Bruins started playing together like the Bruins of 2010/11 the year they beat Vancouver to bring home a Stanley Cup.

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