In the upcoming offseason (not to jump so far ahead), there are a lot of things that must be addressed for the Boston Bruins. Not only with Patrice Bergeron being a UFA and return to the black & gold uncertain, lack of a first round pick in this years draft (which was used in the Hampus Lindholm trade which was a smart move), and lack of depth in the lineup, there is one thing that needs to be addressed.....coaching.
The Carolina series so far has shown Bruce Cassidy being out coached by Rob Brind'Amour. The Canes lineup is not only deeper than the Bruins, but Brind'Amour has found a way to win the line matchups, shut down the Bruins second and third lines, and have his guys outplaying the Bruins. Cassidy has failed to get the Bruins going on the road and continuously calls out players in the post-game press conferences. What the Bruins need is a fresh start.
Cassidy's tenure in Boston has been quite successful, I will not be blind to that face. The Bruins have made the playoffs in every year that he has been on the bench with one first round exit, three second round exits, losing to St. Louis in the finals, and now the B's are on the brink of a first round exit against the Canes. The core of Bergeron and Marchand seems to be coming to a close soon and the Bruins have come up short of their goal of bringing home another Stanley Cup. There needs to be a change and with the recent firings of head coaches there is no better time to make a coaching change than doing it this upcoming offseason.
The candidate that clearly sticks out as the best possible option is Barry Trotz. Trotz was recently canned by Lou Lamoriello and the New York Islanders on May 9th. Trotz's resume speaks for himself with not only turning around the Nashville Predator's organization, but he led the Capital's out of their cup drought in 2018 and made the Islanders a true contender for three out of his four years there. He is also a defensive genius in the way his game plans can smother explosive offenses and is a true players coach. Trotz will be the breath of fresh air that the Bruins need behind their bench.
This Hurricanes series has shown that something needs to change within the Bruins organization. They are being outplayed, outcoached, outmanned, and outgunned in every aspect. There needs to be a big shake-up that could possibly save this Bruins core for one or two more cup runs and they need a move to really entice Bergeron to stay for one or two more years. The Bruins need to start at leadership behind the bench and bring in a fresh voice. Barry Trotz could be just that.