Ftorek in Ruins

Boston report says Ftorek fired
TFP Staff Writer
Wednesday, March 05, 2003
The Fourth Period –

Radio station 1510 The Zone in Boston quoted a source as saying that Boston Bruins head coach Robbie Ftorek will be fired as soon as tomorrow and will be replaced by general manager Mike O’Connell. Assistant coach Jim Hughes will also be fired, but assistant coach Wayne Cashman will be retained. Mike Sullivan, currently the head coach of the Bruins’ Providence affiliate will join the the big club as an assistant as well the source said

A TFP source contacted O’Connell who vehemently denied the report and guaranteed that Ftorek would be behind the bench for tomorrow night’s game at home against the New York Islanders.

TFP was the first to report that O’Connell had spoken to former Bruin Ray Bourque about becoming the coach of the Bruins. Although TFP has not received official confirmation of Bourque declining the offer, it appears as though he has, at least for now. There were also reports that O’Connell had offered the job to current broadcaster and former coach of the year Jacques Demers, a report that Demers denied.