The Dallas Stars got a unexpected curve ball in their coaching search today. It was reported on Monday night that the Boston Bruins fired head coach Bruce Cassidy after 6 successful seasons as head coach. Cassidy has a positive track record of making the playoffs so this makes this news really weird. Cassidy might not last long with the number of teams looking for a new head coach. Here is why the Dallas Stars need to call him now for an interview before another team takes him.
The reason why I think the Stars need to pull the trigger on Bruce Cassidy is because of his proven track record of winning. In the 6 years as head coach, Cassidy leaves the Bruins with a 245-108-46 record. In all six season as the head coach of the Boston Bruins, they have gone to the playoffs. That is a pretty remarkable stat for a head coach in any sport. The Stars have been looking for consistent winning coach and this guy really fits the bill for that.
However there is a downside to Cassidy and that is with him being impatient with young players. The Stars have a very good pipeline of young prospects that could be on the opening night roster within the next 5 seasons such as: Logan Stankoven, Connor Roulette, Wyatt Johnston and Mavrik Bourque. Nill has got to tell him that there will be young players on the roster and he has to be patient with them.
While Bruce Cassidy is an ideal veteran coach that Jim Nill is looking for, don’t be surprised if they do go in another direction. Barry Trotz is another good veteran coaching candidate as well. Or the Stars could go the junior hockey route and roll the dice on Windsor Spitfires Coach Marc Savard. The Dallas Stars have a busy month of June coming up so stay tuned to Blackout Dallas for all your Stars hockey news and analysis.