The Vegas Golden Knights long head coaching search has ended, and the team has hired Bruce Cassidy to be the team’s new bench boss and third in team history after he spent the last six seasons as the head coach of the Boston Bruins.
The Golden Knights played the long-game with their coaching search, as it has been almost a month since Pete DeBoer was fired from his post as Golden Knights head coach. Cassidy was fired from his position with the Boston Bruins on June 6 after they were eliminated from the Stanley Cup Playoffs with a Game 7 loss in the first round to the Carolina Hurricanes.
Cassidy brings Stanley Cup experience to the desert. His 2018-19 Bruins made it all the way to the bitter end of that year’s Stanley Cup before losing 4-1 in Game 7 to the St. Louis Blues.
Bruce Cassidy inherits a star-studded Golden Knights roster that will enter the 2022-23 season much healthier than what the team endured in 2021-22. Forwards Jack Eichel and Mark Stone are expected to be fully healthy by the start of the season, as well as goalie Robin Lehner. Stone and Lehner both underwent offseason surgery, and it was reported at season’s end that Eichel pushed through the final stretch of the season with a broken thumb.
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