Bruce Cassidy was named coach of the Providence Bruins, the B's AHL affiliate, Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli announced Saturday morning. 

Cassidy was coach of the Capitals starting in 2002-03 and compiled a 47-45-9-6 record in parts of two seasons in Washington while leading the team to a playoff berth in his first year. In his one previous year of experience as a head coach in the AHL, Cassidy led Grand Rapids to 42-27-11-0 record before moving on to become the Caps coach the following season. He has also held the position in the ECHL and IHL.

Dr. Bryan Kelly, the man who performed the offseason hip surgery on Tim Thomas and helped the goalie return to his Vezina-winning form, joined Sports Saturday on WEEI to talk about the surgery and Thomas's recovery time. The surgeon, who also did a similar procedure on former Red Sox third baseman Mike Lowell, told the show that Thomas's recovery was one of the quickest he's ever seen, despite being in his mid 30's at the time. 

Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said Friday night that he does not expect defenseman Dougie Hamilton, whom the team chose with the ninth overall pick in the NHL draft, to play in the NHL next season. If the 18-year-old doesn't make the Bruins, he will return to Niagara for another season in the OHL.

Perhaps in a sign that the team may have not expected him to be available with the ninth overall pick, the Bruins did not host Niagara (OHL) defenseman Dougie Hamilton for a pre-draft visit. Hamilton, ranked the No. 4 North American skater in the draft by Central Scouting, slipped to the B's in Friday night's draft, and they selected the 6-foot-4, 187-pound blueliner. 

The Bruins selected Niagara Ice Dogs defenseman Dougie Hamilton with the ninth overall pick in Friday's NHL draft. Hamilton was rated the fourth-best North American skater in the draft by the NHL Central Scouting Bureau.  

At 6-foot-4 and 187 pounds, Hamilton is considered a strong defenseman with good puck-moving ability. In 67 OHL games this past season, Hamilton had 12 goals and 46 assists for 58 points. He had a plus-35 rating and racked up 77 penalty minutes. 

Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli told reporters in Minnesota Friday that the team has qualified restricted free agent Brad Marchand, meaning the team has retained negotiating rights with the 23-year-old and can match any offer sheet that another club may sign him to. 

Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said Thursday in Minnesota that he does not expect the team to do anything crazy movement-wise with the ninth overall pick in Friday's draft. The team holds a top-10 pick for the second consecutive year thanks to the Phil Kessel trade. After selecting Tyler Seguin a season ago with the second overall pick, Chiarelli said he doesn't envision the team picking that high again. 

The NHL announced the 2011-12 regular-season schedule on Thursday. The Stanley Cup champion Bruins will kick off the season by raising their championship banner at TD Garden vs. the Flyers on Oct. 6. 

The Bruins will then host the Lightning, the team they eliminated in the Eastern Conference finals, on Oct. 8. Their first meeting with the Canadiens will come on Oct. 27, when they host the Habs at the Garden. 

There were plenty of things one could question during Wednesday night’s NHL Awards in Las Vegas, though nothing hockey-related could touch the bewilderment brought on by Criss Angel’s presence, any of Jay Mohr’s accents or Donny Osmond’s insistence that everyone know his life story.  



Bruins goalie Tim Thomas was named the 2010-11 recipient of the Vezina trophy, awarded to the league's top goaltender in the regular season. 

Thomas beat Vancouver's Roberto Luongo and Nashville's Pekka Rinne for the trophy, winning it for the second time in the last three years. Thomas led the NHL with a .938 save percentage and a 2.00 goals against average. His save percentage is the best in a single season since the statistic began being recorded by the league.