Created: 06/27/2014 8:46 PM WHEC.com
By: Stephen Bond
Amerks Head Coach Chadd Cassidy will be on the bench again next season. On Friday, the coach sat down with News10NBC.
Cassidy received the news two weeks ago. Now when your boss wants you back, that usually comes with a sit down meeting and a handshake. Not in this day in age. It was done via Twitter.
After all the changes in the Buffalo Sabres organization last year, Amerks Head Coach Chadd Cassidy was the last remaining piece to the old regime. Thanks to a third straight trip to the post season, Cassidy got word from Buffalo that he would return to the Amerks bench, only it wasn't a phone call from Tim Murray to let him know.
Chadd Cassidy said, “It was interesting. It was a social media announcement, you know, sometimes you learn about things over that before you actually get a phone call and get that confirmation. It was exciting news for us, I mean, I felt we did a good job as a staff and deserved another shot, but, like you said, you never know what the new management is thinking and they may want their own people in here.”
At one point last year, Cassidy's squad won 15 of 17 games and looked like the league's top team, but thanks to injuries in Buffalo, Cassidy resorted to constantly reinventing his team.
Cassidy said, “I was introducing myself to our players on a daily basis, so we continually had to reinvent our team to some extent. So, that really challenges a coach and I thought our staff did a great job of keeping our players together and continuing to work towards that goal of making the playoffs even when our roster didn't look like we were a playoff team.”
The Sabres are rebuilding from the ground up with a blank slate, Cassidy says it's an opportunity for himself and players.
Cassidy said, “It is because the history that we're going to write is going to be up to all of us in the organization right now and all of us are going to have a hand in that and it's going to be what we make of it.”
Cassidy says he excited to return for a second full season behind the bench and he says the biggest challenge he faces between now and the season opener is patience.