David Krejci Blames Bruce Cassidy for 2019 Final Loss

Published August 22, 2023 at 9:21
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In 2019, the Boston Bruins managed to advance all the way to the Stanley Cup finals but ultimately fell short, losing to the St. Louis Blues in a grueling seven-game series.

At the helm of the Bruins was Coach Bruce Cassidy, and now, years later, Boston center David Krejci opens up about a decision he feels cost the team the championship.

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Cassidy and Krejci




Cassidy and Krejci share a strong bond on and off the ice, and it's no secret that the Bruins' coach knew how to get the best out of his center.

"He knew exactly when to yell at me. He had me read, and to this day, I am still grateful for his attitude towards me. We won the Stanley Cup together. He was the one who pushed me on how to play in the most important games of the season."

It's no surprise that Cassidy possesses this kind of player-management skill; after all, he led the Vegas Golden Knights to a Cup victory this year.

But even with their strong rapport, Krejci still harbors some regret over a pivotal choice Cassidy made in the 2019 finals.

"We had a great relationship off the ice, we had great conversations, but I regret one thing."

The Haunting Decision



During the 2018-2019 season, Krejci put up impressive numbers, racking up 73 points, including 20 goals. In hindsight, he believes that one particular decision by Cassidy in the finals might have cost them the Cup.

Here's what Krejci had to say:

"I think he could have shuffled those three and helped me out a little bit. That and the team. We went to the finals in 2019, and I had over 70 points in the season without playing with Pasta for an extended period of time. If Cassidy had seen it a little differently back then..." Krejci said, his voice trailing off, leaving the rest unsaid.

In the aftermath of a heartbreaking loss, it's natural to play the blame game, but in this case, Krejci's assessment seems to hold some weight.

Do you think it's Bruce Cassidy's fault that the Bruins lost the 2019 Final?

As reported on Markerzone - Krejci Opens up on 2019 Final Loss and Reveals Cassidy's Mistake that Cost them the Cup
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