Boston continued to shake up Claude Julien’s coaching staff on Monday, as GM Don Sweeney announced that longtime assistant Doug Jarvis would not be back next season.
Longtime NHLer Jay Pandolfo and Bruce Cassidy — who had spent the last five years as the head coach of Boston’s AHL affiliate — have been named as Julien’s new assistants, joining Joe Sacco and Bob Essensa on staff.
Earlier, Sweeney had dismissed Julien’s longtime right-hand man, Doug Houda. Houda has since landed an assistant’s gig in Detroit.
In Cassidy, the B’s get an experienced bench boss. He served as the head man in Washington from 2002-04, then as an assistant in Chicago before moving on to a lengthy stint in the American League.
One would think Cassidy is an at-the-ready replacement for Julien, should the team struggle and Sweeney is forced to make a more significant coaching change next season.
In Pandolfo, Boston gets a local guy — he’s a Massachusetts native that played collegiately at Boston University. At the tail end of a lengthy career that included two Stanley Cups with New Jersey, Pandolfo wrapped up his playing days with the Bruins, then moved into a player development role.
In another hire, Sweeney announced that announced the club has hired Paul Whissel as the Bruins Director of Sports Performance and Rehab.