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Bruins winger Milan Lucic scored his first goal of the season on Thursday against the Islanders. | 10/23/2014 9:59 PM
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Bruins winger Milan Lucic scored his first goal of the season on Thursday against the Islanders.
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Impact
Lucic has had a rough start to the season, but he finally got rid of the goose egg in the goal column. The goal, however, did not help the Bruins win as Boston dropped its fifth game of the young season.
Bruins goalie Chad Johnson stopped 32 shots on Thursday against the Bruins. | 10/23/2014 9:54 PM
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Bruins goalie Chad Johnson stopped 32 shots on Thursday against the Bruins.
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Impact
Johnson captured his second victory of the season on Thursday. He allowed two goals on 34 shots. As far as backup goalies go, Johnson provides some of the best fantasy value.
Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara left Thursday's game against the Islanders with an undisclosed injury. | 10/23/2014 9:51 PM
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Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara left Thursday's game against the Islanders with an undisclosed injury.
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Impact
Chara left with 8:13 remaining in the first period, which was right after the captain nailed John Tavares. There was nothing noticably wrong on the replay. Chara has two goals, one assist and a minus-two rating after nine games.
Bruins goalie Niklas Svedberg will start on Thursday against the Islanders. | 10/23/2014 5:47 PM
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Bruins goalie Niklas Svedberg will start on Thursday against the Islanders.
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Impact
Svedberg is 1-1 with a 0.91 GAA and .969 save percentage this season. New York will also go with backup goalie in Chad Johnson.
Bruins winger Milan Lucic busted out of his early-season slump in Tueaday's win. | 10/21/2014 9:58 PM
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Bruins winger Milan Lucic busted out of his early-season slump in Tueaday's win.
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Impact
He has yet to score a goal, but Lucic did have three assists, along with a +1 rating. He now has five points on the season, and owners should expect him to start lighting the lamp extremely soon.
Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask did enough to pick up the win over San Jose on Tuesday night. | 10/21/2014 9:56 PM
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Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask did enough to pick up the win over San Jose on Tuesday night.
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Impact
He stopped 31-of-34 shots on goal, for his third victory of the season. Rask has yet to be dominant just yet, but it is inevitable that he will carry Boston at some point this season.
Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara scored his second goal of the season on Saturday against the Sabres. | 10/18/2014 9:56 PM
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Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara scored his second goal of the season on Saturday against the Sabres.
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Impact
The defense for Boston looked great on Saturday as three of the team's four goals came from defensemen. Chara had seven shots, one point and finished plus-two.
Bruins defenseman Dougie Hamilton had a goal and assist on Saturday against the Sabres. | 10/18/2014 9:52 PM
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Bruins defenseman Dougie Hamilton had a goal and assist on Saturday against the Sabres.
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Impact
Boston finally played the way we expect them to all season. Even if it was against Buffalo, Boston was impressive, winning 4-0. Hamilton had his first goal of the season and finished plus-three.
Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask was pulled on Thursday night against the Canadiens. | 10/16/2014 10:30 PM
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Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask was pulled on Thursday night against the Canadiens.
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Impact
He let up five goals on 23 shots, and is off to a 2-3-0 start to the season. Owners should not be concerned, as the reigning Vezina Trophy winner is bound to get back on track.
Bruins winger Loui Erksson scored in Thursday's loss to Montreal. | 10/16/2014 10:28 PM
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Bruins winger Loui Erksson scored in Thursday's loss to Montreal.
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Impact
He added an assist as well, and was +2 on the night. Eriksson, just like a bunch of the Bruins' forwards will be solid fantasy plays all season long.
Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara recorded his first point of the season. | 10/16/2014 10:26 PM
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Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara recorded his first point of the season.
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Impact
It was a goal, and fantasy owners hope this gets Chara going. He was -3 on the night, but that should be considered a minor hiccup for the great defenseman.
Bruins right wing Reilly Smith scored his second goal of the season. | 10/15/2014 11:03 PM
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Bruins right wing Reilly Smith scored his second goal of the season.
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Impact
He was also +1 on the night, with four shots on goal. Smith looks like he will be a solid contributer for fantasy owners in 2014-15.
Bruins center David Krejci notched his first goal of the season against Detroit. | 10/15/2014 11:02 PM
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Bruins center David Krejci notched his first goal of the season against Detroit.
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Impact
He opened up the scoring for Boston, and had a +1 rating, with three shots on goal. Krejci will have a great chance to reach 70 points this season.
Islanders defenseman Johnny Boychuk continued his fast start with his new team on Tuesday. | 10/14/2014 9:43 PM
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Islanders defenseman Johnny Boychuk continued his fast start with his new team on Tuesday.
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Impact
Boychuk scored the Islanders first goal of the game on the power play to tie it, 1-1. He was also plus-three to lead his team. Boychuk had two penalty minutes, three hits and one shot on net.
Bruins goalie Niklas Svedberg saved 28 of 30 shots in a gut-wrenching loss against the Avalanche on Monday. | 10/13/2014 4:20 PM
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Bruins goalie Niklas Svedberg saved 28 of 30 shots in a gut-wrenching loss against the Avalanche on Monday.
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Impact
The Bruins were one second away from at least one point when Svedberg allowed Daniel Briere's shot to squeak by for the game-winner. This was Svedberg's second career start, and he will serve as Tuukka Rask's backup this year.
Bruins winger Loui Erksson scored in the 2-1 loss to the Avalanche on Columbus Day. | 10/13/2014 4:13 PM
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Bruins winger Loui Erksson scored in the 2-1 loss to the Avalanche on Columbus Day.
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Impact
It was Eriksson's first goal of the season as he tied the game on the power play at the 7:50 mark of the second period. Boston, however, suffered a heart-breaking loss, allowing the game-winner inside of one second left in the third period.
Islanders defenseman Johnny Boychuk has five points in two games with his new team, so his fantasy owners have to be excited. | 10/11/2014 10:51 PM
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Islanders defenseman Johnny Boychuk has five points in two games with his new team, so his fantasy owners have to be excited.
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Impact
The Bruins just traded Boychuk last week, but the lack of practice time with his new teammates hasn't hurt his fantasy value. Both assists game on the power play.
Islanders defenseman Johnny Boychuk scored his team's first goal of the season and his first as an Islander as New York beat Carolina, 5-3, on Friday. | 10/10/2014 9:44 PM
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Islanders defenseman Johnny Boychuk scored his team's first goal of the season and his first as an Islander as New York beat Carolina, 5-3, on Friday.
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Impact
The Bruins just traded Boychuk last week, but he did not seem effected by the lack of practice time with his new teammates. Boychuk had assists on the next two Islanders' goals. Two of Boychuks' three points in the game came on the power play.
Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask suffered his first loss of the season. | 10/09/2014 10:24 PM
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Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask suffered his first loss of the season.
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Impact
He had 22 saves on 24 shots, but it was not enough in a 2-1 loss to Detroit. Rask is now 1-1-0, but will have every opportunity to be in the running for the Vezina Trophy.
Bruins center Patrice Bergeron notched his first goal of the season, against the Red Wings. | 10/09/2014 10:20 PM
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Bruins center Patrice Bergeron notched his first goal of the season, against the Red Wings.
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Impact
It was Boston's lone goal, and Bergeron's only shot on goal. Look for him to produce at a high rate, on a powerful Bruins' team.
Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask is starting on Thursday against the Red Wings. | 10/09/2014 7:50 PM
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Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask is starting on Thursday against the Red Wings.
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Impact
The Bruins begin the season with back-to-back games on Wednesday and Thursday this week, but Boston will have its Vezina trophy winning goalie between the pipes for both games. Rask stopped 19-of-20 shots against the Flyers on Wednesday.
Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask started his Vezina trophy defense on an extremely high note. | 10/08/2014 10:39 PM
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Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask started his Vezina trophy defense on an extremely high note.
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Impact
Rask allowed just one goal to the Flyers on opening night, stopping 19 shots and winning, 2-1. Rask's save percentage was .950.
Bruins center Carl Soderberg had a pair of assists on Wednesday against the Flyers. | 10/08/2014 10:35 PM
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Bruins center Carl Soderberg had a pair of assists on Wednesday against the Flyers.
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Impact
The first came on the power play, and Reilly Smith scored the goal. Chris Kelly had the game-winner with minutes left in the third period.
Bruins center David Krejci is dealing with an undisclosed injury and is questionable for the Bruins' opener on Wednesday. | 10/07/2014 1:25 PM
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Bruins center David Krejci is dealing with an undisclosed injury and is questionable for the Bruins' opener on Wednesday.
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Impact
This was supposed to be a minor injury, but its lingering. Coming off a 62-point season (19 goals, 50 assists), he will be a solid fantasy target because of his +39 rating.
Bruins right wing Reilly Smith could provide nice value late in drafts. | 09/20/2014 6:52 PM
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Bruins right wing Reilly Smith could provide nice value late in drafts.
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Impact
He is going in the middle of the 14th round on average. After posting 51 points (20 goals and 31 assists), and only 23-years-old, those numbers are destined to increase.
Bruins center Patrice Bergeron has received the honor of appearing on the cover of NHL '15. | 09/20/2014 6:40 PM
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Bruins center Patrice Bergeron has received the honor of appearing on the cover of NHL '15.
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Impact
Not only is he on a video game cover, but he is also coming a fantastic season (30 goals, 32 assists, +38). Target Bergeron in the late 4th round to early 5th round.
Bruins left wing Brad Marchand should continue to be a solid fantasy contributer in 2014-15. | 09/20/2014 6:34 PM
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Bruins left wing Brad Marchand should continue to be a solid fantasy contributer in 2014-15.
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Impact
He played all 82 games last season and finsished with 25 goals, 28 assists, and a nice +36 rating. Marchand is being targeted as a 12th round pick as of now, and that could wind up becoming a steal.
Bruins winger Loui Erksson will start the season on the top line for Boston. | 09/20/2014 6:27 PM
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Bruins winger Loui Erksson will start the season on the top line for Boston.
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Impact
From the 2008-09 season through 2011-12, Eriksson compiled at least 63 points each year. However, after playing in only 61 games during his first season in Boston, he was only able to manage 10 goals and 27 assists, with a +14 rating. Playing on the top line will give Eriksson a nice chance to get back to the 70-point mark. Look to target him around the 13th round.
Bruins center Daid Krejci is ready for a career-year in 2014-15. | 09/20/2014 6:20 PM
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Bruins center Daid Krejci is ready for a career-year in 2014-15.
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Impact
Fresh off a six-year, $43.5 million extension, Krejci will be centering Boston's top line this season. Coming off a 62-point season (19 goals, 50 assists), he will be a solid target starting around the seventh round of fantasy drafts.
Bruins center David Krejci is ready for a career-year in 2014-15. | 09/20/2014 6:20 PM
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Bruins center David Krejci is ready for a career-year in 2014-15.
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Impact
Fresh off a six-year, $43.5 million extension, Krejci will be centering Boston's top line this season. Coming off a 62-point season (19 goals, 50 assists), he will be a solid target starting around the seventh round of fantasy drafts.
Milan Lucic is hoping for a long-term commitment from the Boston Bruins. | 09/20/2014 6:15 PM
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Milan Lucic is hoping for a long-term commitment from the Boston Bruins.
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Impact
After commitments to David Krejci, Tuuka Rask, and Patrice Bergeron, Lucic would seem to be next in line. At 26-years-old, he is just entering his prime, and will have a tremndous opportunity to build off his big 2013 season (23 goals, 35 assists, 30+/-). Target Lucic in the middle of your draft.
Lucic reflects on handshake line incident | 07/21/2014 9:25 AM
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Milan Lucic won't apologize for whatever he said in the handshake line during the conclusion of the Montreal-Boston series that bothered Dale Weise.
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Impact
Lucic did add that in retrospect he feels he could have handled the situation better. "But more than saying what I said to the players, I was upset with losing," Lucic said. "I was upset with losing to them. We had such a great team that had won the Presidents' Trophy and that being the end and losing the way that we did, I think it all just accumulated to me losing my cool in the handshake." Lucic and the Bruins will get their first rematch against the Canadiens on Oct. 16.
Justin Florek agrees to terms with the Bruins | 07/18/2014 8:25 PM
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Justin Florek has inked a one-year, two-way contract extension with Boston.
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Impact
Florek will come with a $600,000 annual cap hit if he plays in the NHL. He had 19 goals and 38 points in 69 AHL games in 2013-14. He also ended up playing in six playoff contests with Boston and scored a goal.
Boston re-signs Craig Cunningham | 07/18/2014 8:24 PM
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Craig Cunningham has inked a one-year, two-way deal with Boston.
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Impact
Cunningham can earn $600,000 annually at the NHL level or $85,000 if he spends the 2014-15 campaign in the minors. He had 47 points and 40 penalty minutes in 75 AHL games last season.
Tyler Randell inks a two-way deal with Boston | 07/18/2014 2:45 PM
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Tyler Randell has signed a one-year, two-way contract with Boston.
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Impact
Randell had 11 points and 93 penalty minutes in 43 AHL games in 2013-14. His deal comes with a $575,000 annual cap hit if he plays in the NHL.
Bruins re-sign prospect Tommy Cross | 07/18/2014 2:42 PM
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Tommy Cross signed a one-year, two-way deal with the Boston Bruins.
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Impact
Cross will earn $600,000 if he spends the season in the NHL or $72,500 annually at the AHL level. He had seven points and 54 penalty minutes in 55 games last season.
Zach Trotman inks a two-year contract | 07/18/2014 1:31 PM
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Zach Trotman has agreed to a two-year contract with the Boston Bruins.
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Impact
Trotman will come with a $625,000 annual cap hit at the NHL level. His deal is two-ways in 2014-15, but it's just one way for the second season. He had eight goals and 24 points in 53 AHL games last season.
Rob O'Gara is developing into NHL defenseman | 07/17/2014 9:56 AM
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Rob O'Gara is on the right path to eventually break into the NHL.
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Impact
O'Gara has spent the last two seasons at Yale University after being selected by the Boston Bruins in the fifth round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. The 6-foot-4 blueliner had 11 points and 30 penalty minutes in 33 NCAA games last season. "If you've watched him play over the course of his two seasons at Yale," said Bruins assistant GM Don Sweeney, "and realize how much he plays and the situations he plays in - and part of the national championship team as a freshman - I think you quickly understand that he has a lot of good tools, a lot of things that we are very, very excited about as a National Hockey League defenseman."
Bruins re-sign Jordan Caron | 07/16/2014 12:41 PM
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Jordan Caron has agreed to a one-year, $600,000 contract with the Boston Bruins.
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Impact
The Bruins investigated the possibility of trading Caron, not because he requested a move, but because they were trying to be fair to him and felt he might have a better opportunity to play regularly elsewhere. Nothing materialized from that, but he still might end up being dealt before the summer's over. Caron had three points and 36 penalty minutes in 35 games last season.
David Pastrnak eager to meet David Krejci | 07/16/2014 9:35 AM
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David Pastrnak is looking forward to meeting his idol, David Krejci.
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Impact
"I know.I just hope I'm going to stay alive after [meeting Krejci], if it's going to happen," said Pastrnak. "I always said if I get this chance, I would do my best and show to the Bruins that they made the right decision and I would really enjoy it. Until this moment happened now, I've been always just dreaming about it. But now it came true, but my dreaming isn't done. I have to still do more things for my dad, and for my family. I still have more that I have to do, and I just have to keep working. That can be a good beginning." Pastrnak was taken by Boston with the 25th overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. The Bruins have already signed him to an entry-level contract.
David Pastrnak inks entry-level contract | 07/15/2014 12:23 PM
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David Pastrnak has signed an entry-level contract with the Boston Bruins.
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Impact
Pastrnak was taken with the 25th overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. He's not expected to make the Bruins' opening game roster, but he does have the potential to develop into a top-six forward.
Chiarelli likes Malcolm Subban's development | 07/14/2014 10:47 PM
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The Boston Bruins told Malcolm Subban he could skip the Bruins' development camp if he wanted, but he came anyways.
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Impact
"I was impressed with that," Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli said, referring to Subban. "He had a slow start, but I thought he had a real strong finish. He really came in and he has stuff to work on still, but -- if you look at his stats and you look at his start -- you can really appreciate how well he played. So he's on the right track." Subban had a 2.31 GAA and .920 save percentage in 33 games as an AHL rookie last season. He's expected to go back to the minors for the start of the 2014-15 campaign, but he might make his NHL debut before the season's over if Tuukka Rask or Niklas Svedberg suffer an injury.
Matt Bartkowski, Bruins avoid arbitration | 07/14/2014 12:07 PM
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Matt Bartkowski has agreed to a one-year, $1.25 million contract with the Boston Bruins.
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Impact
Bartkowski had an arbitration hearing scheduled for July 30. The 26-year-old defenseman registered 18 assists in 64 games last season.
David Pastrnak impresses Boston hockey writer | 07/12/2014 9:15 AM
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David Pastrnak, the 25th overall pick in the 2014 NHL entry draft, impressed Bruins insider Joe Haggerty of CSNNE.com at the team's recent development camp.
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Impact
"After watching B's first-rounder David Pastrnak for two days, he looks like the real deal to me," Haggerty wrote. "His soft hands and crazy handle on the puck stand out from the rest of the group and he has the vision to put both of those skills to good use. At the end of the second session, Pastrnak cut through the middle in traffic to get to the net with the puck on his stick, and completely lost his defender with a toe drag move that was just downright filthy. Those are the kinds of puck skills and razzle dazzle that have made him the unmitigated star of the first two days of camp, and get you wondering whether he might just find himself in the mix for an NHL spot given the team's need for a right-handed shot with high-end offensive ability. It's an outside shot, to be sure, but he's looked that good at development, and appears to be a hit for the B's at the end of the first round."
Bruins unlikely to sign bargain bin player | 07/11/2014 9:41 AM
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The Boston Bruins aren't likely to sign any of the remaining right wingers on the unrestricted free agent market.
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Impact
The Bruins will probably need almost all of their spare cap space to sign their restricted free agents. That being said, they might still try to add someone via the trade market and shed some salary while they're at it. In an ideal world, they would like to at least partially fill the void left by Jarome Iginla's departure.
Nick Johnson heads to Swedish league | 07/10/2014 9:11 AM
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Nick Johnson has signed with Sweden's Vaxjo Lakers.
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Impact
Johnson had 18 goals and 42 points in 51 AHL games in 2013-14. He also played in nine contests with the Bruins, but didn't record a point.
Matt Bartkowski's arb hearing date is July 30 | 07/09/2014 4:03 PM
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Matt Bartkowski's arbitration date has been set.
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Impact
Bartkowski will have a hearing on July 30 unless he can agree to terms with the Bruins before then. He had 18 assists and 30 penalty minutes in 64 games last season.
Matt Bartkowski's case may head to arbitrator | 07/05/2014 2:04 PM
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Matt Bartkowski chose to file for salary arbitration on Friday.
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Impact
He skated in a career high 64 games with Boston last campaign. Bartkowski picked up 18 assists and 155 hits over that span, while averaging 19:32 of ice time per contest.
Bruins sign depth goalie Jeremy Smith | 07/05/2014 8:51 AM
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The Bruins have inked goaltender Jeremy Smith to a one-year, two-way contract.
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Impact
Smith, who was a member of the Blue Jacket organization and toiled for Springfield of the AHL last season, will earn $550,000 at the NHL level and $80,000 at Providence in 2014-15. Given the fact that he is 25 years old, had a 2.78 GAA and .898 save percentage in the minors last season and that the Bruins have a number of top goalie prospects, Smith has no fantasy value.
Eyes on Subban and Pastrnak at Dev. Camp | 07/05/2014 8:45 AM
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All eyes will be on goalie prospect Malcolm Subban and 2014 first-round pick David Pastrnak when the Bruins open their Development Camp this coming Wednesday.
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Impact
Subban, who is coming off a tremendous season with Providence and Pastrnak, a potential David Krejci clone, are the players most everyone are buzzing about. The Camp opens on Wednesday July 9th and will run for five days.
Bruins comfortable with their position | 07/04/2014 8:41 AM
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The Boston Bruins are comfortable with the fact that they stayed quiet during the free agent frenzy.
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Impact
The Bruins didn't have the cap space to make a significant move, but they could have chosen to shed salary on the trade market and opted not to. "I kind of like where we are. We've got players signed," Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli explained. He added, "What's important too is that were able to preserve money and cap space going forward for the likes of [David] Krejci and [Milan] Lucic and [Johnny] Boychuk and [Dougie] Hamilton and [Torey] Krug and [Reilly] Smith." The Bruins might still make some moves this summer, but they probably won't do anything big.
Bruins looking for bargains down the road | 07/03/2014 9:51 AM
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The Boston Bruins are still combing over some options to change their roster for next season.
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Impact
"I'll look at some stuff. I wanted to let the market settle down," said GM Peter Chiarelli. "There are some guys that will maybe take less that I'll look at. We've got seven or eight names on our board, and we have seven or eight names that are subject of trade discussion. I'll look at some stuff and we'll see where it goes. I don't know where it will go, oftentimes there is a first wave, then the second wave really sometimes doesn't happen for a week or so." The Bruins are in the market for a replacement on the right side of their top line or third-line depth player.
Chris Bourque returns to the Bruins | 07/02/2014 11:07 AM
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Chris Bourque has signed with the Boston Bruins.
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Impact
The terms of the agreement weren't immediately available. Bourque had a goal and four points in 18 games with Boston in 2013. After that he spent a season in Europe, recording 13 points in 21 Swiss league games and another two points in 11 KHL contests.
Bruins ink Christopher Breen | 07/01/2014 5:38 PM
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The Boston Bruins have signed Christopher Breen.
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Impact
Breen had two assists in nine games with the Calgary Flames in 2013-14. He might get some playing time with Boston next season, but will probably start the campaign in the minors.
Jarome Iginla still might sign with Boston | 07/01/2014 8:27 AM
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Even though Jarome Iginla is about to become an unrestricted free agent, there's still a chance that he might re-sign with the Bruins.
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Impact
The fact that the salary cap is lower than projected though might ultimately price the Bruins out of the market. As Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli put it, it's not about what Iginla wants, it's about if they have the cap room to sign him.
Report: Iginla would accept less term for B's | 06/30/2014 9:39 AM
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Jarome Iginla is reportedly seeking a two-year deal.
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Impact
However, he would apparently only accept a one-year contract from the Boston Bruins. Iginla agreed to field offers from other teams to keep his options open, but he hasn't closed the door on returning to the Bruins for another season.
Wild eyes pending free agent Jarome Iginla | 06/29/2014 6:54 PM
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The Minnesota Wild have been in contact with pending free-agent forward Jarome Iginla, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.
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Impact
Iginla, who turns 37 Tuesday, scored 30 goals and 61 points with the Boston Bruins last season. His five goals led the Bruins in the Stanley Cup playoffs and his seven points were ranked third before Boston was eliminated by the Montreal Canadiens in seven games of the Eastern Conference second round. The Bruins have expressed an interest in re-signing Iginla, but may not be able to fit him in under the NHL salary cap of $69 million. The Wild also met face-to-face Sunday with Thomas Vanek, who will become an unrestricted free agent Tuesday. Vanek lives in Minnesota during the offseason.
Ryan Donato gets taken ahead of his father | 06/29/2014 9:21 AM
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By being taken with the 56th overall pick, Ryan Donato is a step ahead of where his father was at this point.
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Impact
Ted Donato, the father of Ryan, was also taken by Boston, but he had to wait for the 98th pick of the 1987 entry draft to hear his name called. "It was a little different day and age back then. It was a little more of a pipe dream for somebody that was 5-foot-9 to have a chance to play in the National Hockey League," Ted said. "I was at my friend's Jimmy and Steven O'Neal's backyard pool, and I was in the water when I got a call from him. Usually that was trouble, you know? I'm not even sure I remembered the draft was that day and then all of a sudden they were saying you got drafted by the Bruins." The elder Donato ended up with 150 goals and 347 points in 796 career NHL games.
Bruins could use Loui Eriksson on top line | 06/28/2014 10:38 PM
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Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli envisions Loui Eriksson playing on the top line if he cannot re-sign Jarome Iginla.
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Impact
No harm in figuring out the contingency plans now. Eriksson is an excellent two-way player who is plenty talented to play on the first line, despite scoring just 10 goals and recording 37 points in 61 games last season. "I have to hedge in case we don't sign Jarome," Chiarelli said. "I have no problem if we have to put Loui on that top line. He's played on top lines before and he's played with the Sedins in the Olympics, and he was terrific. He's better suited for an upper line. If that's what we have to do then we'll do it. I'm trying to be patient with this because I really feel at one point there's going to be a player that will fit, and want to come here." Eriksson has scored at least 26 goals in four seasons, and he's been a 70-plus-point player in three. He could bounce back in a big way next season.
Bruins GM, Iginla's agent still talking | 06/28/2014 10:34 PM
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The Bruins haven't given up hope in retaining Jarome Iginla.
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Impact
Boston has just over $1.6 million in cap space and a several other players to re-sign, so it seems unlikely Iginla, who made $1.8 million last season, will be back unless they are creative this offseason. That being said general manager Peter Chiarelli is still talking with Iginla's agent. "We're still talking to Jarome's agent. I spoke with him today," said Chiarelli. "I won't go into details, but we're still talking and we'll see how it goes. If we don't get Jarome signed to fit into our salary structure, I'm not going to go out hard to find a replacement for two reasons: the annual cost and the term."
Bruins looking to trade Jordan Caron | 06/28/2014 3:39 PM
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Boston has not given Jordan Caron a qualifying yet because they are trying to trade him.
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"We've got one prepared, but we're not sure yet," said GM Peter Chiarelli. "He's still young, he's been in and out of our lineup, and in fairness to him we've looked for another [NHL] spot for him. It wasn't out of the request of Jordan. He wants to stay in Boston, but at his age [24 in November], he also wants a chance to play on the regular basis." He suited up in 35 games with the Bruins in 2013-14 and he collected just three points.
Bruins take Boston-native Ryan Donato | 06/28/2014 12:31 PM
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The Boston Bruins took Ryan Donato with the 56th overall pick of the 2014 draft.
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He racked up 37 goals and 78 points in 30 games with Dexter School, which is a Brookline, Mass. Prep school. Donato hasn't decided yet if he'll return to Dexter for his senior season or head to the Omaha Lancers of the United States Hockey League for the 2014-15 season. According to NHL Central Scouting's David Gregory: "Ryan has unreal hockey sense and is really good with the puck. He plays in all situations and is one of those skilled offensive guys with good size. He can play physical in traffic and not be dominated."
NHL Cap determination bad for Bruins | 06/28/2014 8:34 AM
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With the NHL salary cap now set at $69 million for the 2014-15 season, it is doubtful the Bruins will be able to re-sign UFA Jarome Iginla.
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This should come as no surprise but there was a little hope left that the Bruins could retain Iginla had the NHL and the NHLPA announced Friday night that the cap was $70-71 million. With less money to work with and with other players such as Torey Krug and Reilly Smith to re-sign, the Bruins just won't have enough money to satisfy Iginla's contract requirements. That is of course, if they don't move a player or two. Stay tuned.
Pastrnak's happy to be close to idol Krejci | 06/28/2014 8:23 AM
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David Pastrnak, the 25th overall pick in the 2014 NHL entry draft, was thrilled to have been selected by the Bruins as he may get to play alongside his idol David Krejci.
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Pastrnak, who played in Sweden despite the fact that he is Czech by birth, has a similar game to Krejci which is no coincidence. "I'm really proud that Boston believed in me and picked me, and I'll do everything I can to pay them back," said Pastrnak. "I've tried to play like David Krejci from when I was just born. He was my idol from when I was small, and it's even better now that I've been drafted by Boston. If Pastrnak turns out to be 80 percent of what Krejci has become, the Bruins will have done very well out of the 25th slot.
David Pastrnak taken by Boston with 25th pick | 06/27/2014 9:40 PM
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David Pastrnak has been selected with the 25th overall pick by the Boston Bruins.
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David Pastrnak is a brash, dazzling forward blessed with gifted hands and shifty feet that make him a dangerous offensive weapon. He has a bullet shot and his fluid mobility make him an outstanding finisher, while his awareness, skating and work ethic all torment opposing defenders. The 5'10", 165-pound forward has plenty of bulking up to do and must work on his defensive game, but should get good experience playing in the Swedish elite league with grown men. Pastrnak has the potential to be an Ales Hemsky type player after a few years of fine-tuning in Sweden. That should suit the Bruins fine as they have the depth necessarily to afford to wait for him.
Jarome Iginla will listen to other teams | 06/26/2014 6:36 PM
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Jarome Iginla has informed the Bruins that he will meet with other teams to see what other offers are out there.
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Boston has a tight cap situation, so they may not be able to give the term and money that Iginla is seeking. On the other side, the Bruins may have to move a body or two to get Iginla, Reilly Smith and Torey Krug under contract. "We're in the midst of making these decisions and we want to see how the market plays out," GM Peter Chiarelli said. "You know, I guess my point is that these decisions may stretch into the summer, they may stretch into training camp, they may stretch into November." The decision on Iginla will have to come much sooner than that because he'll be an unrestricted free agent this coming Tuesday.
Jarome Iginla's agent to talk to B's Thursday | 06/26/2014 9:49 AM
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Jarome Iginla's agent, Don Meehan, will meet with Boston GM Peter Chiarelli on Thursday in Philadelphia ahead of the NHL Entry Draft.
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If Iginla wants more than a one-year, incentive-laden contract then he could end up testing unrestricted free agency. He earned $5.5 million in 2013-14 on a deal with the Bruins that carried a $1.8 million cap hit.
Patrice Bergeron earns plenty of honors | 06/26/2014 9:26 AM
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Patrice Bergeron won the EA NHL 15 cover vote.
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"Being featured on the cover of 'NHL 15' is a dream come true," Bergeron said. "The fact that the cover is selected entirely by fans is an incredible feeling. The passion and support from hockey fans, especially Bruins fans, is unlike any other sport and I'm so grateful to everyone who voted for me." He earned more votes than Montreal's P.K. Subban in the final. The winner was unveiled at the NHL Awards on Tuesday. Bergeron also walked away with the Frank J. Selke Trophy and the NHL Foundation Player Award. He placed fifth in the league in Hart Trophy voting as well.
Torey Krug is on the All-Rookie Team | 06/25/2014 7:57 AM
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Torey Krug was named to the NHL All-Rookie team.
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Krug also finished fourth in Calder Trophy voting. He led all rookie defensemen with 14 goals and 40 points in 79 games. He also had a plus-18 rating while averaging 17:30 minutes per contest.
Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask has been awarded the Vezina Trophy as the league's best goaltender for the 2013-14 season. | 06/24/2014 9:42 PM
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Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask has been awarded the Vezina Trophy as the league's best goaltender for the 2013-14 season.
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Boston goalies have taken three of the last six Vezina trophies. Rask was certainly deserving of the honor, winning 36 games for the B's this year while logging an impressive 2.04 GAA. Only Minnesota's Josh Harding (.933) had a higher save percentage than Rask (.930) during the regular season.
Tuukka Rask named NHL's top goalie | 06/24/2014 9:23 PM
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The Bruins Tuukka Rask took home his first career Vezina Trophy Tuesday, awarded to the NHL's top goaltender.
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Rask was superb last season as he posted a 2.04 GAA and .930 save percentage to go along with 36 victories, but he narrowly edged out Colorado's Semyon Varlamov for the award. Tampa Bay's Ben Bishop, Montreal's Carey Price and the Kings' Jonathan Quick followed them in the voting.
Patrice Bergeron wins 2nd Selke Trophy | 06/24/2014 8:51 PM
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Boston center Patrice Bergeron was awarded his second career Frank J. Selke Trophy Tuesday night, given to the NHL's best defensive forward.
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Bergeron is regarded as the pre-eminent two-way forward in the NHL so it's no shock to see him garner this honor for the second time in three seasons, but he did beat out some illustrious company to take home the hardware. Anze Kopitar, Jonathan Toews and David Backes followed Bergeron in the voting.
Zdeno Chara's hand is still on the mend | 06/24/2014 10:10 AM
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Zdeno Chara left hand is still on the mend after a pair of slashes in the second round against Montreal.
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"It's good. It's healed and we're still looking to get the full feeling," he said. "It should be something that we stay on top of and it'll get better." He suffered a broken pinky in Game 3 and a slice on his ring finger during Game 5. Chara still doesn't think that surgery will be necessary.
Chad Johnson bids farewell to the Bruins | 06/24/2014 9:38 AM
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Chad Johnson knows he won't be back playing for Boston next season.
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The team signed Niklas Svedberg to a one-year, one-way contract on Monday, which means he's slated to back up Tuukka Rask next season and Chad Johnson will be permitted to test unrestricted free agency. He told the Boston Globe's Amalie Benjamin via text: "It's unfortunate for me because I loved everything about Boston and the Bruins. With how tight the cap is in Boston ... as well as what the goalie market for a guy like myself is nothing really could work out." Johnson posted a 17-4-3 record with a 2.10 GAA and a save percentage of .925 during the 2013-14 season in Boston.
Bruins sign Niklas Svedberg to one-way deal | 06/23/2014 6:35 PM
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Niklas Svedberg has inked a one-year, $600,000 contract with the Boston Bruins.
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It's a one-way deal, which signals the Bruins commitment to using Svedberg as their backup goaltender in 2014-15. He had a 2.63 GAA and .910 save percentage in 45 AHL games last season.
Boston still wants to re-sign Jarome Iginla | 06/23/2014 4:33 PM
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The Boston Bruins remain committed to re-signing Jarome Iginla.
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Whether or not the Bruins are able to do so given their tight cap situation remains to be seen. Iginla would probably need to be willing to accept a one-year, incentive-laden deal if he wants to stay with Boston. Meanwhile, he's just over one week away from becoming an unrestricted free agent.
Milan Lucic, Dale Weise meet on Oct. 16 | 06/22/2014 6:20 PM
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The Oct. 16 game between the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens could be a date to circle for PIM purposes.
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Beyond being a rivalry game, Milan Lucic could conceivably drop the mitts with Dale Weise after their spirited exchange in the handshake line. Early-season games are frequently friendlier to "settling scores" than late or playoff games.
Bergeron favorite to win Selke Award | 06/21/2014 9:24 AM
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Patrice Bergeron is the favorite to win the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the NHL's top defensive forward.
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He is competing against the Kings' Anze Kopitar and the Blackhawks' Jonathan Toews. Toews won the award last season, while Bergeron won it in 2012. The Trophy will be awarded next week in Las Vegas.
Oddsmakers make Rask Vezina favorite | 06/21/2014 9:18 AM
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Oddsmakers have made Tuukka Rask the 5/6 favorite to win the Vezina Trophy as the NHL's top goalie this past season.
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The Trophy will be awarded next week in a taped broadcast from Las Vegas. According to those who set odds on these awards, Rask will nose out Semyon Varlamov (7/5) and Ben Bishop (11/2). Rask is certainly deserving of the honor after posting a 2.04 GAA, a .930 SP and 36 wins this past regular season.
Bruins lose assistant coach Geoff Ward | 06/20/2014 8:03 AM
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Boston assistant coach Geoff Ward has resigned.
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He will be the head coach of the Mannheim Eagles in Germany. Ward has been head coach Claude Julien's top assistant for the last seven years. He helped improve the Bruins' power play in 2013-14 and did a lot of work with the team in extra-attacker situations.
Bruins' cap penalty estimated at $4.75mil | 06/18/2014 8:12 AM
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It looks like the Boston Bruins' cap penalty stemming from performance bonuses will be $4.75 million.
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What happened is that when you sign a player to a contract that includes bonuses, only the player's base salary initially counts against the salary cap. If they achieve their bonuses, then they are applied to the cap as well, but because it happens after the fact, teams can actually exceed the ceiling by doing this. As punishment for doing so, the amount you exceeded the cap by is charged against the team for the following season, so the Bruins will consequently have a rather large cap penalty working against them for the 2014-15 campaign.
S. Thornton parting with Bruins on good terms | 06/17/2014 8:42 AM
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Shawn Thornton appreciates Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli did the "classy thing" by letting him know in advance that Boston would not re-sign him this summer.
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That allows Thornton to start the process of finding a new home sooner. He doesn't do much offensively, but he's a strong, gritty forward and would look good on a number of teams' fourth line.
Bruins won't re-sign Shawn Thornton | 06/16/2014 4:16 PM
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Shawn Thornton has been informed by the Bruins that they won't be re-signing him.
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As a result, he will be an unrestricted free agent in July. Thornton is a strong fourth-line player with leadership abilities, so he shouldn't have much of a problem finding a job somewhere else.
Boston Bruins favored to win Stanley Cup | 06/15/2014 9:42 AM
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The Boston Bruins are the favorites to be the 2015 Stanley Cup champions based on the vegas odds.
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That's not shocking. There's concerns that the fatigue will be a factor for the Los Angeles Kings after three long playoff runs and the Bruins are one of the best alternatives. Of course, it's way too early to know who the real favorites will be as we haven't even seen what kind of offseason each team will have.
Bruins focus on incentive deal for Iggy | 06/14/2014 9:13 AM
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The Bruins seem to still be focussed on an incentive-based deal for unrestricted free agent Jarome Inginla.
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In order to deal with cap issues, the Bruins are hoping they can convince Iginla to accept an incentive-laden contract with a low base salary simialr to the deal he inked last season. Iginla, on the other hand, is likely seeking a contract with guaranteed money. Negotiations are ongoing so stay tuned.
Chiarelli denies that Marchand's on the block | 06/13/2014 12:16 PM
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Boston Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli shot down rumors that the Bruins were looking to trade Brad Marchand.
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Chiarelli said that he doesn't have plans to trade Marchand and specifically shot down a rumor that he would be part of a trade to bring San Jose's Patrick Marleau to Boston. The Bruins are in a difficult cap situation and moving Marchand's $4.5 million annual salary would be useful to them for that reason. Teams usually don't disclose their plans to trade a player before it happens, so we recommend taking Chiarelli's denials with a grain of salt.
Matt Bartkowski will be an RFA in July | 06/12/2014 5:30 PM
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Matt Bartkowski will be a restricted free agent next month.
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He played well in 64 games during the regular season, but the playoffs proved that he still has some developing to do. Bartkowski will probably receive a raise from the $650,000 he earned in 2013-14, but he could also be used as trade bait for the Bruins as they look to shake up their roster a bit.
Bruins place high priority on signing Iginla | 06/12/2014 5:09 PM
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Getting Jarome Iginla signed before July 1 is reportedly No. 1 on the Bruins' priority list right now.
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According to a source with knowledge of negotiations, the Boston has essentially put talks with their other prospective free agents on hold to work on a deal with Iginla. The team has about $9 million to sign three forwards, two defensemen and a backup goaltender. The forwards also need to take up top-six roles and Iginla performed well in that capacity during the 2013-14 season.
Jarome Iginla, Bruins are in contract talks | 06/10/2014 8:23 AM
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Jarome Iginla is in contract talks with the Boston Bruins.
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The Bruins ability to sign Iginla will likely be dependent on what his demands are in terms of a base salary. Boston can stay under the cap ceiling while re-signing Iginla by offering him a contract with a low base salary and plenty of incentives like they did in 2013-14, but if Iginla wants more guaranteed money then he might end up testing the unrestricted free agent waters.
Detroit Red Wings might target Jarome Iginla | 06/08/2014 9:55 AM
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It wouldn't be surprising to see the Detroit Red Wings target Jarome Iginla.
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That's assuming of course that Iginla reaches free agency, which is far from a foregone conclusion considering the mutual interest between Iginla and the Boston Bruins. Still, if that doesn't work out, Iginla would be a nice short-term fit for Detroit, especially if Daniel Alfredsson decides to retire. The sticking point could be the fact that Detroit's in a transitional period at a time when Iginla is running out of chances to win the Stanley Cup. He might want to head to a team that he feels has a better shot of winning it all.
Bruins might deal Johnny Boychuk this summer | 06/08/2014 9:15 AM
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It wouldn't be shocking to see Boston trade Johnny Boychuk during the offseason.
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The Bruins could benefit from freeing up some cap space and Boychuk is a prime candidate to be moved as a result. He comes with a $3,366,667 cap hit for one more season before becoming an unrestricted free agent. He had 23 points and 45 penalty minutes in 75 contests in 2013-14.
Boston might trade Brad Marchand over summer | 06/08/2014 9:12 AM
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The Boston Bruins might shop Brad Marchand over the summer.
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Boston is in a rough position from a salary cap perspective and unloading Marchand's $4.5 million annual cap hit would go a long way towards fixing that. He's coming off of a solid season where he scored 25 goals and 53 points in 82 games despite a slow start, but he wasn't able to find the back of the net in the playoffs.
Dennis Seidenberg hopes for no big changes | 06/07/2014 7:16 AM
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Dennis Seidenberg is hoping that the Boston Bruins only tinker with their lineup in the off-season.
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The Bruins lost in the second round of the NHL playoffs last month and since many of the so-called pundits thought they would go to the Cup Final, drastic changes could be made. GM Peter Chiarelli and Bruins President Cam Neely stated that Boston would only tinker with the lineup but a hockey source told CSNNE.com that the Bruins will be 'very active' in the trade market. It should be an interesting off-season for the Boston Bruins.
Dennis Seidenberg should be ready for camp | 06/05/2014 5:32 PM
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Dennis Seidenberg (knee) expects to be ready for training camp in the fall.
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He was hoping to play at some point in the playoffs, but Boston was eliminated in Round 2 by Montreal so he didn't get a chance to see if his knee was game-ready. "We would have had some practices after Round 2, and would have seen how I was doing taking some contact and battling a little harder," said Seidenberg. "There definitely would have been a chance [for a return]. I'm sure for the guys that played [not moving on] was a little bit tougher." He's still not 100 percent, but he is recovering nicely.
Linus Arnesson signs with Boston | 05/30/2014 4:57 PM
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The Boston Bruins have agreed to terms with Linus Arnesson.
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Arnesson scored a goal and registered five assists in 44 Swedish league games in 2013-14. He was taken with the 60th overall pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.
Don Sweeney is sticking with Bruins for now | 05/28/2014 8:45 AM
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It looks like assistant general manager Don Sweeney won't be leaving the Boston Bruins at this time.
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Sweeney was believed to be in the running for the Washington Capitals' GM job, but that position ultimately went to Brian MacLellan. Boston has already lost Jim Benning to Vancouver, so while they would have been supportive had Sweeney left, they probably appreciate the fact that they won't have to find a replacement for him.
Khokhalchev could be a sleeper next season | 05/24/2014 11:03 AM
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If you are looking for a sleeper pick in 2014-15 consider the Bruins' Alexander Khokhlachev.
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The 20-year-old scored 21 goals and regsitered 57 points in his first North American pro season with Providence of the AHL. More impressive was his playoff showing. In 12 games with the Baby Bruins, Khokhlachev scored nine goals. He is an excellent skater, plays with some grit and has a scoring touch. Sounds like a recipe for success at the NHL level to us.
Chris Kelly had successful back surgery | 05/23/2014 1:27 PM
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Chris Kelly's back surgery was a success.
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Kelly is expected to be ready for the start of training camp. He had nine goals and 18 points in 57 contests in 2013-14.
Milan Lucic undergoes wrist surgery | 05/23/2014 1:25 PM
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Milan Lucic had successful wrist surgery.
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The Bruins previously revealed that Lucic hurt his wrist during Game 7 of the second round, but the extent of the injury wasn't clear at the time. Fortunately, he'll be fine by the start of training camp.
Marc Savard doing good; still has some issues | 05/22/2014 9:47 AM
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Marc Savard hasn't played a game since 2010-11 and even though he is still dealing with post-concussion syndrome, he is feeling better.
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"I'm doing good. Things are getting better for me," Savard told TSN 1050 in a radio interview last week. "I still have some issues, but I can't complain; life's pretty good. I've got a newborn, a son that's playing hockey and a daughter that's dancing, so things are pretty busy for me." He still has three years left on his remaining contract with the Bruins at a salary cap hit of $4,027,143 per season, which gets placed on long-term injured reserve.

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