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Cassidy in mix for B's assistant-coach gig?

WILMINGTON, Mass. -- Bruce Cassidy talked about the prospects at Bruins development camp from the perspective of an American Hockey League head coach, but there's always on eye on the bigger prize.

"I want to be in the NHL every year," the Providence Bruins head coach said Thursday, "simple as I can say."

Those words come as Boston has a vacancy on its bench. Last month, Bruins longtime assistant coach Geoff Ward resigned to take a head coaching job in German after serving for seven seasons on Claude Julien's staff, and Cassidy has been mentioned as a possible replacement.

"Well that's where I am now," Cassidy said of his status with Providence. "So whatever happens down the road with the vacancy here will happen. But I'm always preparing for Providence. You know, if something else changes, well give me a call and I'll talk to you about it."