Mon., June 23
Although his hiring was one of the NHL's worst-kept secrets, Mike Sullivan should be a perfect fit for the Bruins.
At 35, Sullivan is not far removed from his playing days and will be able to relate to his players -- an asset with such a young team. His time in Providence as head coach of the Bruins' AHL affiliate will serve him well because he's already coached some of the Bruins.
Also, being from Massachusetts will be helpful because Sullivan can understand the fans' frustrations and high expectations.
The team's only weakness is goaltending, and that will be a priority because it's contributed to their inability to get to the next level. But the Bruins have a superstar in Joe Thornton, they're a strong defensive team, and they're young. And most importantly, they have an owner who is not afraid to spend money to better his team. That's incredibly important to the success of the franchise.
It also can't be forgotten that at the end of last season, the Bruins looked as good as any in the NHL. And as proven by Anaheim's success this season, any team can win once it gets to the playoffs.
Sullivan should do a fine job. It's time for the Bruins to reclaim their past glories, and hopefully he's the right person to lead them back to the top.