The Bruins announced a number of moves to their coaching staff Tuesday, most notably that Bruce Cassidy and Jay Pandolfo will join the NHL team as assistant coaches, while longtime assistant coach Doug Jarvis will not be retained.
Cassidy and Pandolfo will join Joe Sacco and Bob Essensa on Claude Julien’s staff. Both Sacco’s future with the team was up in the air following the season, but the B’s have retained the former Avalanche head coach.
For Cassidy, this will be the second time serving as an NHL coach since 2006, as he was let go by the Blackhawks after serving two years an assistant. Prior to that, he was head coach of the Capitals for a season and a half.
After coaching in the OHL, Cassidy was hired by the Bruins as an assistant for Providence in the 2008-09 season. He took over for Rob Murray as head coach after the 2010-11 season. He had a 207-128-45 record in five seasons with Providence.
Since retiring in 2013, Pandolfo has been involved in player development with the Bruins. Last season, he served as the organization’s director of player development, working extensively with Providence players. During his NHL career, Pandolfo played for Julien-coached teams in New Jersey and Boston.
Jarvis joins Doug Houda as assistant coaches the Bruins chose to let go after missing the playoffs for two straight seasons. Houda has since caught on with the Red Wings.
Additionally, the team named Paul Whissel director of sports performance and rehab.