Sunday, June 21, 2009

Bruins win some award hardware

In case you missed it, coach Claude Julien, defenseman Zdeno Chara, goalie Tim Thomas all won some awards at the NHL awards.

Julien was named the winner of the 2009 Jack Adams Award, which is awarded "to the head coach who has contributed the most to his team's success."

Chara was named the winner of the 2009 Norris Trophy, which is awarded "to the defense player who demonstrates throughout the season the greatest all-round ability in the position."

Thomas Thomas was named the winner of the 2009 Vezina Trophy, which is awarded "to the goalkeeper adjudged to be the best at his position."

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Ference has successful surgery

Today Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference underwent successful surgery to repair an abdominal hernia and to perform an adductor release. Ference will be forced to miss approximately four to six weeks. Ference has always been a dependable defenseman and I hope he's ready to go when training camp starts for next season.

Bruins extend GM Chiarelli's contract

On Monday it was announced that the Bruins extended GM Peter Chiarelli to a 4-year contract. I have to say good move by the Bruins to extend Chiarelli to a long-term contract as he has done a great job since he's been here. I didn't know anything about Chiarelli before he came to Boston but now everyone should know his name as what he has done here in Boston with the Bruins.

Chiarelli's club enjoyed one of their best regular seasons in team history in 2008-09, as they posted an Eastern Conference leading 53-19-10 record. Their 53 wins and 116 points were both their third-highest totals in team history, while their 116 points ranked second overall in the NHL, one point behind the San Jose Sharks (117). The Bruins led the NHL in goals against (196) and goal differential (+78) and led the Eastern Conference in goals for (274), second overall in the NHL to the Detroit Red Wings (295). His club swept the Montreal Canadiens in the first round of the playoffs and earned their first Eastern Conference Semifinals berth since 1999. He was honored by The Sporting News as the 2008-09 NHL Executive of the Year from a poll of his peers, which included 39 coaches and executives.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Bruins re-sign Krejci to 3-year contract

The Bruins re-signed forward David Krejci to a 3-year contract (worth $11.25M, $3.75M per year, source).

Krejci established a career high in games played, goals, assists and points this season with 22-51-73 totals in 82 games. His 51 assists ranked him second on the team behind Marc Savard, and he led the NHL with a plus/minus rating of +37. In 2009, Krejci also received the Bruins Seventh Player Award, given to the player who performs above and beyond expectations.

This is good getting Krejci signed for a long-term contract as he is probably going to improve every season. Next season should be exicting. On Thursday Krejci underwent success hip surgery. Krejci will be forced to miss approximately four to six months.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Chara named finalist for Messier award

Today Bruins Captain Zdeno Chara was named a finalist for the 2008-2009 Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award. The other two finalists are Flames' Jarome Iginla and Penguins' Sydney Crosby. The Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award is an award that honors an individual who leads by positive example through on-ice performance, motivation of team members and a dedication to community activities and charitable causes.

Mark Messier solicits suggestions from club and League personnel and NHL fans in compiling a list of potential candidates. However, the selection of the three finalists and the ultimate winner is Messier’s alone.