Sunday, June 27, 2010

Marc Savard trade rumors

There are rumors all over the internet about Marc Savard being traded. I personally don't know why the Bruins would want to trade him but obviously the Bruins are now stacked with centers, even though Peter Chiarelli has mentioned that Tyler Seguin can play wing. Anyways right now the big story is Savard being traded to Toronto for Tomas Kaberle. It has been reported that Savard has waived his no-movement clause and has given the Bruins consent to trade him to the Toronto Maple Leafs or Ottawa Senators.

If I were the Bruins I would not want to trade Savard in the division but if those are the only teams he picked then the Bruins don't really have a choice. There were rumors earlier that the Senators were looking to trade Jason Spezza, would a possible Savard for Spezza trade happen? Probably not since Spezza is a center. Or would a Savard for Kaberle trade work best for the Bruins since they traded away Dennis Wideman? There was a possible trade rumor during the draft that the Bruins would acquire Brent Burns from the Minnesota Wild for a forward and a defenseman but that never materialized. If I hear anything on a Savard trade I will post about it of course.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Bruins in day 2 of NHL draft

Today was day 2 of the 2010 NHL entry draft and the Bruins made the following picks (more info about each player below):
  1. Forward Jared Knight (Round 2, 32nd overall), 5'11", 186lbs
  2. Forward Ryan Spooner (Round 2, 45th overall), 5'10", 172lbs
  3. Forward Craig Cunningham (Round 4, 97th overall), 5'10", 184lbs
  4. Forward Justin Florek (Round 5, 135th overall), 6'4", 194lbs
  5. Goalie Zane Gothberg (Round 6, 165th overall), 6'1", 177lbs
  6. Defenseman Maxim Chudinov (Round 7, 195th overall), 5'11", 187lbs
  7. Defenseman Zach Trotman (Round 7, 210th overall), 6'4", 202lbs

The Bruins also traded their 7th round pick in this year's draft to the Chicago Blackhawks for the 210th overall pick in this year's draft.

With their first pick in the second round (32nd overall), the Bruins selected forward Jared Knight from the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). The 18-year-old Battle Creek, Michigan native stands 5'11", 186 lbs. and tallied 36 goals and 21 assists for 57 points last season for the Knights while appearing in 63 games.

With their second pick in the second round (45th overall), the Bruins selected forward Ryan Spooner from the Peterborough Petes of the OHL. The 5'10", 172-pound Kanata, Ontario native played in only 47 regular season games last season for the Petes after suffering a broken collarbone on January 23. The 18-year-old Spooner recorded 19-35=54 totals.

With their fourth round pick (97th overall) the Bruins selected forward Craig Cunningham of the Vancouver Giants of the Western Hockey League (WHL). The 19-year-old native of Trail, British Columbia skated in 72 games for the Giants in 2009-2010, posting 37-60=97 totals and 44 penalty minutes.

With their fifth round pick (135th overall) the Bruins selected forward Justin Florek from Northern Michigan University. During the 2009-2010 season, he posted 12-23=35 totals in 41 games during his second year with the Wildcats, upping his career totals to 21 goals and 31 assists for 52 points. The 20-year-old weighs in at 194 pounds and stands 6'4".

With their sixth round pick (165th overall) the Bruins selected goalie Zane Gothberg from Thief River Falls (Minnesota) High School. The 6'1", 177-pound goaltender appeared in 25 games last season for his hometown school, recording three shutouts on his way to a 1.84 goals against average and .922 save percentage.

With their first pick in the seventh round (195th overall) the Bruins selected defenseman Maxim Chudinov, of the Cherepovets Severstal in Russia of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). The 5'11", 187-pound native of Cherepovets, Russia scored his first career points with Cherepovets last year, registering 6-7=13 totals in 47 games, adding 30 penalty minutes.

With their second pick in the seventh round (210th overall) the Bruins selected defenseman Zach Trotman of Lake Superior State College. The 6'4", 202-pound native of Novi, Michigan played in his freshman season last year for the Lakers, registering 2-6=8 totals in 36 games.

Bruins trade Sobotka to Blues

Today it was announced that the Bruins have traded forward Vladimir Sobotka to the St. Louis Blues for unsigned draft choice defenseman David Warsofsky.

The 20-year-old Warsofsky is currently a junior defenseman at Boston University and is a native of Marshfield, Massachusetts. He has played in 79 career games during his first two years at BU, registering 15 goals and 31 assists for 46 points and 75 penalty minutes. Last season, he played in 34 games and scored a career high 12 goals while tying his career high with 23 points. He has scored 23 points in each of his first two collegiate seasons, registering 3-20=23 totals during his freshman campaign. Warsofsky also played for the United States National Development team in 2007-2008, recording 4-2=6 totals while skating in 15 games.

The 5'9", 170-pound native of Marshfield, Massachusetts was originally drafted in the fourth round (95th overall) of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft by the St. Louis Blues.

With the acquisition of Gregory Campbell (who can also play wing) and drafting Tyler Seguin the Bruins were deep in the center position so this trade doesn't really surprise me. There are rumors that Marc Savard could be traded, but with his contract I don't see that happening. It's more likely that Tim Thomas is traded than Savard in my opinion.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Bruins sign Mark Recchi

Good news for all you Mark Recchi fans, TSN is reporting that the Bruins have re-signed Mark Recchi to a one-year contract. I think this is good not only for this season but I hope he and his work ethic rubs off on Seguin and the younger Bruins players.

The Boston Bruins have reached a one-year agreement with unrestricted free agent Mark Recchi.

The deal is expected to be for the same $1 million price tag that Recchi played for last season, but it will have significant game's played bonuses.

The team is expected to make the announcement Monday.

Bruins select Tyler Seguin

The Edmonton Oilers took Taylor Hall with the first overall pick and the Bruins just selected Tyler Seguin with their second pick in the first round of the NHL draft. We all knew it would be one of these two, and I'm hoping Seguin turns out to be the real deal. More information about Seguin is below.

Tyler, welcome to Boston. Thank you Toronto!

The Boston Bruins have picked forward Tyler Seguin with the 2nd overall pick in the first round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. Seguin is 6’1”, 172-pounds and has spent the past two seasons playing with the Plymouth Whalers in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). This past season Seguin led the OHL in scoring and had 48 goals and 58 assists for 106 points in 63 games while also compiling 54 penalty minutes. He shared the scoring title with fellow prospect Taylor Hall. The 18-year old from Brampton, Ontario played in nine playoff games for Windsor in 2010, scoring five goals and tallying five assists for 10 points. He played in 124 total games during his two years with Plymouth, recording 69-104-175 totals. Seguin then added 10-16-26 totals in 20 postseason contests. Seguin also won the 2009-2010 Red Tilson Trophy as the most outstanding player in the OHL and the 2009-2010 CHL Top Draft Prospect Award as the top eligible prospect for the NHL entry Draft from the Canadian Hockey League. NHL Central Scouting ranked Seguin as the number one prospect going into the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. The Bruins have seven picks remaining in this year's draft: in the second round (32nd and 45th overall), in the fourth round (97th and 105th overall), in the fifth round (135th overall), in the sixth round (165th overall), and in the seventh round (195th overall).

Tyler Seguin
Tyler Seguin
Image courtesy of AP

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Bruins sign Johnny Boychuk to extension

The Bruins have signed defenseman Johnny Boychuk to a 2-year contract extension. This is good news for the Bruins defense as Boychuk played good after being called upon even after being scratched for many games beforehand. It will be good to see him back next season. Everyone won't forget that huge hit he had on Matt Ellis in the Sabres series. Now the Bruins need to re-sign Mark Stuart next.

Last year marked Boychuk's first full-time NHL season and he registered 5 goals, 10 assists for 15 points and 43 penalty minutes in 51 games for Boston. Boychuk added 2-4=6 totals and 6 penalty minutes during the 13 playoff games he appeared in last postseason. Prior to last season, the 26-year-old Boychuk had skated in five regular season NHL games, splitting those contests between the Colorado Avalanche and the Bruins.

In total, Boychuk has appeared in 56 regular season NHL games while compiling 5-10=15 totals.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Bruins acquire Horton and Campbell from Panthers

Today it was announced that the Bruins have acquired forwards Nathan Horton and Gregory Campbell from the Florida Panthers for defenseman Dennis Wideman, the Bruins own first round pick in 2010 (15th overall), and the Bruins own third round pick in 2011.

The 25-year-old Horton is a veteran of 422 regular season games and has recorded 142 goals and 153 assists for 295 points in his career. He has tallied 20 or more goals in his last five NHL seasons, including a career high 31 in 2006-07. His career best for points in a single season is 62, which he tallied in back-to-back years in both 06-07 (31-31=62) and 07-08 (27-35=62). Last year, Horton registered 20-37=57 totals in 65 games for Florida. The 6'2", 229-pound native of Welland, Ontario was originally drafted by the Panthers in the first round (3rd overall) of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.

The 26-year-old Campbell skated in 60 games for Florida last season and registered 2-15=17 totals. He has skated in 363 games in his NHL career with 29-56=85 totals and 312 penalty minutes. The 6'0, 199-pound native of London Ontario was originally drafted by the Panthers in the third round (67th overall) of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.

I like this move by the Bruins. They need a winger who can score and they now got one in Horton. I'm looking for his goal numbers to improve if he plays on the same line with Marc Savard. Imagine if Savard played with Horton and Lucic, that may be one of the bigger (in size) scoring lines out there. Campbell brings grit and will be a good third or fourth liner. He's a restricted free agent right now so we'll see if the Bruins sign him or not. Remember Gregory Campbell is the son of Colin Campbell, the one who didn't suspend Matt Cooke last season. Stanley Cup of Chowder pointed out that this doesn't really effect the cap as "from a salary cap standpoint, the deal is a wash. The Bruins moved Dennis Wideman's $4 million contract ($3.85 million cap hit) and the Panthers moved Horton $4 million contract." (Source)

Nathan Horton
Nathan Horton
Image courtesy of AP

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Cam Neely named as President of Boston Bruins

Today it was announced that the Boston Bruins have named Cam Neely as President of the Boston Bruins. Neely becomes the 8th President in club history. He will oversee all hockey and business operations of the Boston Bruins.

Quotes from Cam Neely:

"I am honored and proud to be named the eighth team President in Boston Bruins history today," said Bruins President Cam Neely. "The last three seasons working in the Bruins front office has been an experience that I have truly enjoyed each and every day. We have made great strides as an organization in recent years both on and off the ice. But having said that, we understand much more progress can be made, and much more progress needs to be made if we are able to meet our ultimate objectives. As President, I embrace these challenges that lie ahead and look forward to taking this organization to new heights."

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Bruins sign Dennis Seidenberg to 4-year contract

On Saturday it was announced that the Bruins have re-signed defenseman Dennis Seidenberg to a 4-year contract. I think this is a good signing in bringing Seidenberg back to the Bruins. You saw when he joined the Bruins last season the defensive end for the Bruins got stronger. He's not going to put up many points but he impressed me last season with some of his offensive skills.

The 28-year-old Seidenberg is a veteran of 374 regular season NHL games and has compiled 18 goals, 98 assists and 116 points in his seven NHL seasons. This season marked Seidenberg’s first with the Bruins, as he was traded from Florida to Boston with Matt Bartkowski at this year’s trade deadline (March 3, 2010), for Craig Weller, Byron Bitz and a 2010 second round pick. Boston is the fifth NHL team Seidenberg has suited up for, along with Philadelphia, Phoenix, Carolina and Florida. He has appeared in 19 postseason games during his career with Philadelphia and Carolina and registered 1-5=6 totals in those playoff contests.

He skated in 17 games this year with the Black & Gold and tallied 2 goals, 7 assists and 9 points. For the season with Boston and Florida, Seidenberg set career highs in games played (79), assists (28) and points (32), in addition to potting four goals. He also led the NHL in blocked shots with 215.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Bruins sign Shawn Thornton to 2-year contract

Today it was announced that the Bruins have re-signed tough guy Shawn Thornton to a 2-year contract extension. I'm glad to hear this as Thornton has been one of the players that has done his job consistently over the years with the role he has.

The 32-year-old Thornton is a veteran of 290 regular season NHL games and has compiled 15 goals, 25 assists and 496 penalty minutes in his seven NHL seasons. This season marked Thornton’s third with the Bruins, after signing a three-year contract with Boston as an unrestricted free agent on July 1, 2007. Thornton joined the Bruins after a one year stint with the Anaheim Ducks, where he won the Stanley Cup in 2006-07.

Last year, he played in 74 regular season games for Boston and set career highs in assists (9) and penalty minutes (141), in addition to scoring one goal. His 21 fighting majors were tops on the team and ranked tied for the fifth most overall in the NHL. He skated in 12 of the team’s 13 playoff games in 2010, and has played in a total of 44 postseason contests in his NHL career.

In his three seasons with the Bruins, Thornton appeared in 211 games and tallied 11 goals, 17 assists, 28 points and 338 penalty minutes in the regular season and played 29 games with one goal and 16 penalty minutes in the playoffs.