Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Bruins sign St. Pierre and Thompson

Yesterday the Bruins signed forwards Martin St. Pierre and Nate Thompson. The Bruins didn't release details on years or money on either deal. Thompson played in 4 games last season with the Bruins, but spent most of the season with the Providence Bruins where he scored 19 goals. You can read more about St. Pierre in a previous blog post.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Bruins buy out Glen Murray

Today it was announced that the Bruins have bought out veteran Glen Murray's final year on his contract. Murray is now a free agent and can sign with any team. As I said in a previous post I want to wish Murray the best as he was a class act with the Bruins organization all of those years.

Bruins acquire Martin St. Pierre

On Thursday, the Bruins announced that they traded forward Pascal Pelletier to the Chicago Blackhawks for center Martin St. Pierre. Last season Pelletier played in 6 games for the Bruins but did not record any goals or assists. Last season St. Pierre played in 5 games for the Chicago Blackhawks and also recorded no goals or assists. He played the majority for the AHL Rockford IceHogs where he played in 69 games, recording 21 goals, 67 assists, 88 points, and 80 PIMs. St. Pierre will be 25 years old this year, is 5'9", 185 lbs., was born in Ontario, and he shoots left.

Looking at St. Pierre's stats on HockeyDB.com, his stats show that he is more of play-maker than a scorer, but he can score. He is a smaller player so he should fit into the new NHL. I'm not sure he'll make the Bruins lineup but he'll get a chance to.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Bruins sign Wideman and waive Murray

Today the Bruins re-signed defenseman Dennis Wideman to a 4-year contract worth $15.5 million. This is a good signing as Wideman has improved defensively and he has offensive touch which the Bruins need. Last season he scored 13 goals and had 23 assists in 81 games.

He'll see $3.25million the first year, $3.75 million the second year, $4 million the third and $4.5 million in the final year of the pact. Because of the structure of the deal, which includes a $250,000 bonus, Wideman's cap hit will be $3.25 million this year and then move up to $4 million next season.

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Also today the Bruins announced that they have placed veteran forward Glen Murray on waivers. It's tough to see the veteran go but he hasn't played the way he once did when Joe Thornton was feeding him those sweet passes. I wish Murray the best wherever he lands, he's a total class act. Maybe he'll land in San Jose and be reunited with Joe Thornton or maybe head back to Los Angeles and help the young kids over there.

It's not likely a team will claim Murray off waivers, but rather wait until the Bruins complete a buyout.

Here's the rationale, according to the Globe: "If Murray goes unclaimed and the Bruins complete the buyout, they will trim $2,766,667 from their 2008-09 cap hit, bringing their current number down to $55,469,999. They will carry Murray's remaining money of $1,383,333 on their 2009-10 payroll."

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Friday, July 18, 2008

Bruins 2008-09 schedule released

On Thursday the NHL released the 2008-09 season schedule.

The Bruins start their 2008-2009 campaign with a four game road trip where they will visit Colorado, Minnesota, Montreal and Ottawa. The season opener will be against the Avalanche on Thursday, October 9 at 10:00 p.m. ET. The Bruins and Avs did not play each other this past season and their most recent meeting was on March 6, 2007, where the Bruins fell at home 2-0.

Boston's home opener will take place Monday, October 20 at 7:00 p.m. ET against the Stanley Cup Finalist Pittsburgh Penguins. The teams split their four decisions last season, with the final meeting between the two clubs coming on February 28, 2008 in Boston, where the Bruins posted a 5-1 victory.

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Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Possible free agent pickups

With most of the big free agents already going to teams, I looked through the list of free agents and found some guys who may be "quiet" good additions to the Bruins.

Center/wing Jeff Hamilton who is 30 years old and is known as an ok/average player. He played last season for the Carolina Hurricanes, in 58 games, scored 9 goals and had 24 points. He had a good year the season before with the Chicago Blackhawks, but a down year last season.

Wing/center Zenon Konopka who is 27 years old, and mostly known as an agitator on the ice. He played only 3 games and had 15 PIMs for the Columbus Blue Jackets last season.

Defenseman/right wing Steve Montador who is 28 years old, is a solid defenseman who plays a rough tough game. Last season he played for the Florida Panthers in 73 games, with 8 goals, 23 points, and 73 PIMs.

Center/wing Mike York who is 30 years old, has been average to bad ever since his good rookie season with the New York Rangers. Last season he played for the Phoenix Coyotes in 63 games and he had 6 goals with 14 total points. He definitely would be a gamble to pick up but if you could get him for the league minimum then why not.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Bruins re-sign Petteri Nokelainen

On Wednesday, the Bruins signed forward Petteri Nokelainen to a multi-year contract. I think this is good for the Bruins, keeping Nokelainen as he played good for 3rd/4th line player during the season and in the playoffs.

The Imatra, Finland native spent the majority of the '07-'08 season playing in Boston and posted the highest NHL totals of his career for game appearances (57), goals (7), assists (3), and points (10). He also played in all seven games in the postseason for Boston and contributed two assists. Nokelainen began last season with Boston's American Hockey League affiliate in Providence and registered 3-5-8 totals in eight games there before being recalled to Boston on November 4, 2007 for the remainder of the season. Nokelainen rejoined Providence in the Calder Cup playoffs and tallied 4-1-5 totals in six appearances.

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Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Bruins sign Michael Ryder

Also today it was announced that the Bruins have signed former Montreal Canadiens forward Michael Ryder to a multi-year contract.
The 6-0, 186 pound Newfoundland native has spent his entire four-year NHL career playing in Montreal, recording 99 goals and 108 assists in 314 games. 46 of his 99 goals have come on the power play, including a career best 18 power play strikes in 2005-2006.

Last season, Ryder tallied 14-17-31 totals while playing in 70 games for the Canadiens. He also appeared in four playoff contests for the team during the most recent postseason.

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I'm not sure I like this move as Ryder had a bad season this past season. He was even scratched during some of the games vs the Bruins in the playoffs. He use to kill the Bruins so it's good he doesn't play for the Canadiens anymore. Hopefully he'll play better with coach Claude Julien once again as his coach.

Update on 7/4 @ 9:30pm
The deal is for three years at $4 million per season. I personally think that is a lot for Ryder. Hopefully he shows the Bruins that he is worth it.

Bruins sign Blake Wheeler

Today the Bruins signed forward Blake Wheeler. Wheeler is 6'5" 215 lbs and is 21 years old.
Wheeler, who recently finished his third year with the University of Minnesota, opted out of his senior season with the Gophers to turn pro. But Wheeler chose not to sign with the Phoenix Coyotes, who drafted him 5th overall in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, and became a free agent.

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