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.

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.

Blog Author: 
DJ Bean

Dennis Seidenberg has two years left on his contract. (Kelvin Kuo/USA Today Sports)Players can find out a lot in exit meetings.



Brad Marchand and Team Canada earned a gold medal in the 2016 World Championships Sunday, with Canada defeating Finland in the tournament’s championship in Russia.

Brad Marchand and Team Canada earned a gold medal in the 2016 IIHF World Championships Sunday, with Canada defeating Finland in the tournament’s championship in Russia.

Marchand had an assist on Canada’s second goal (an empty-netter) and had four goals and three assists for seven points over 10 games in the tournament. His biggest goal of the tournament came in Canada’s semifinal win over Team USA on Saturday.

Team USA, of which Bruins left wing Frank Vatrano was a member, lost to Russia in the bronze medal game Sunday. Vatrano finished the tournament with three goals and five assists for eight points in 10 games.

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DJ Bean

Brad Marchand and Frank Vatrano will meet in the IIHF World Championship semifinals Saturday, with the Bruins left wings representing Canada and the United States, respectively.

Brad Marchand and Frank Vatrano will meet in the IIHF World Championship semifinals Saturday, with the Bruins left wings representing Canada and the United States, respectively.

Marchand has three goals and a pair of assists for five points through eight games for Team Canada, while Vatrano has a goal and five assists for six points. Vatrano also has 24 shots on goal in the tournament.

The other semifinal game will be played between Finland and the tournament’s host country of Russia. The USA-Canada game will be played at 8:15 p.m. local time.

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DJ Bean

Center Joonas Kemppainen has signed a one-year deal to play for Sibiu Novosibirsk of the KHL, according to agent J.P. Barry. Kemppainen spent last season in the Bruins’ organization, marking the only season of the 28-year-old’s career spent in North America.

Joonas Kemppainen

Joonas Kemppainen

Center Joonas Kemppainen has signed a one-year deal to play for Sibiu Novosibirsk of the KHL, according to agent J.P. Barry. Kemppainen spent last season in the Bruins’ organization, marking the only season of the 28-year-old’s career spent in North America.

Kemppainen attempted to become an NHL regular after nine seasons in the Finnish Elite League. The Finland native, who came to the Bruins on a one-year deal with a reputation for being a stout defensive forward with faceoff prowess, proved no better than mediocre in each aspect of the game in the NHL and was limited to just five points (two goals, three assists) in 44 games. He also played 11 games for Providence of the AHL, scoring one goal and adding four helpers for five points.

It’s possible that Kemppainen will have company in leaving the Bruins organization for the KHL. Russian forward Alexander Khokhlachev, whom Boston drafted 40th overall in the 2011 draft, is unhappy with his usage within the organization. CBS Boston’s Matt Kalman reported earlier this month that Khokhlachev, who played in Russia during the 2012 lockout, intended to return to the KHL.

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DJ Bean

Kevin Stevens, a Massachusetts native who had a long NHL career that included a stint with the Bruins, was charged in federal court Thursday with conspiring to sell oxycodone.