The last of the Bruins’ minor moves today was to hire Kevin Dean as an assistant coach for the Providence (AHL) farm club.

Earlier this summer, former assistant coach Bruce Cassidy was promoted to head coach to replace the departed Rob Murray.

Dean was a defenseman who skated in more than 300 NHL regular-season games for four teams. He retired as a pro player after the 2001-02 season.

“He was a solid player when he played both in the minors and the pros, a consummate professional,” said Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli. “He’s got a college pedigree which helps him connect, to a certain degree, not that that’s necessary. It helps him connect to a certain degree with some of the college kids we have. [He] was a defenseman that figured out a way to play and stay in the league. So we expect him to help with the development of our kids, run our defense down there, and work closely under Bruce Cassidy.”