Cassidy 'strong candidate' for B's job

Providence Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy was a candidate for the assistant coaching job filled by Joe Sacco, but the team thought it best to keep him in his current role, continuing to develop the talent in the organization, said head coach Claude Julien.

“Bruce has done an unbelievable job of developing players,” Julien said. “And to me, he’s still a fairly young coach. He’s coached in the NHL, and I think he’s one of those guys who should certainly be considered to be a coach in the NHL again, too.”

Julien explained that since he, assistant coach Doug Houda and Cassidy are all former defensemen, having Sacco, a former forward, in the mix works better in Boston.

“[Cassidy] was certainly a strong candidate and certainly a very capable one, but again, we sat down with Bruce, Peter and I and had a real good chat. We talked it all out, and he’s certainly happy in Providence. He mentioned that he’s certainly not unhappy there, but I think the decision was a decision we made for all the right reasons.”