Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Boston's Sinden Wanted to Put Team on Right Path

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Boston's Sinden Wanted to Put Team on Right Path

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Harry Sinden wanted to make sure the Boston Bruins were on the right path before he handed over the general manager's reins after 28 years.

The road led him to fire Pat Burns after only eight games and hire Mike Keenan as coach -- his last major move before stepping down last Wednesday as Bruins' GM.

"Last spring I sat down with Coach Burns and we kind of agreed we would take a different approach to the way the team played and style of play and we would work at that," Sinden said Thursday after assistant GM Mike O'Connell took over the post he held since 1972.

Changes were needed in Boston, where the Bruins failed to reach the playoffs for the second time in four seasons after a 29-year run of making the postseason.

"I was concerned that that may not take place," said Sinden, who will remain as team president. "I wanted to see if it would take place and if there would be an attempt to do it. And if there wasn't, I thought I probably had to replace the coach. …

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