Dave Lewis ousted as Bruins coach
The Boston Bruins fired coach Dave Lewis Friday after only one season with the NHL club.
Lewis was reassigned to another position within the franchise, according to Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli. The team also reassigned associate coach Marc Habscheid.
"Since the season has ended I have completed a thorough review of the team and the coaching staff, and I have determined that Dave Lewis and Marc Habscheid are not the proper fit for the Bruins at this time," Chiarelli said. "I have a short list of candidates in mind."
Lewis went 35-41-6 with the Bruins, who have missed the playoffs the last two seasons and haven't won the Stanley Cup since 1972.
The long-time NHL assistant also coached the Detroit Red Wings from 2002-04, posting a 96-41-21-6 mark.
"Having come from organizations where you're used to winning, that's been very difficult," said Chiarelli, who was the Ottawa Senators assistant manager for two seasons.
"But I also know quick fixes don't work and so I have to be patient. I have to balance the two things because I know our ownership demands a winner and I know the city demands a winner."
Lewis was a member of the Wings' three Stanley Cup teams as an assistant coach.
The Bruins made major changes when Chiarelli and Lewis were hired in 2006. The team had designs on a playoff appearance, but they tailed off with a 1-10-1 record in its last 12 games.
Boston also allowed the second-most goals (289) in the NHL, while scoring just 217. The move is somewhat surprising considering Chiarelli said late in the season that Lewis would return next season.
"We've moved along the learning curve and you just can't throw that away," the GM said then.
Lewis said his time with Detroit spoiled him and he assumed all players would work hard at every turn.
"I probably took a number of things for granted that I shouldn't, thinking that the players understand," he said then. "Where I came from, it's just sort of natural, which it really isn't natural. It's a learned process, so that's where I have to improve."
Habscheid was hired last July after spending a couple seasons as coach of Canada's national men's team.
With files from the Associated Press