By CBSBoston.com Staff

BOSTON (CBS) — The Boston Bruins will be without their head coach for a period of time, as Bruce Cassidy has been placed into the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol.

The Bruins announced the news on Tuesday morning. Later, general manager Don Sweeney told the media that Cassidy is suffering mild symptoms, and that assistant coach Joe Sacco will assume head coaching duties in the interim.

Cassidy, 56, took over in the 2016-17 season and is now in his fifth full season as Boston’s head coach. The Bruins are 205-89-41 during his tenure in the regular season, and 33-33 in the postseason.

The Bruins’ schedule this week includes a home game vs. the Red Wings on Tuesday night, a road game in Nashville on Thursday, and a home date against Tampa Bay on Saturday.

CBSBoston.com Staff