Thursday, June 28, 2012

Report: Tuukka Rask signs 1-year deal with Bruins

Tuukka Rask
BOSTON, MA - NOVEMBER 07: Tuukka Rask #40 of the Boston Bruins stops a shot in the first period against the New York Islanders on November 7, 2011 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Earlier today ESPN reported that the Bruins and Tuukka Rask have agreed to a 1-year contract worth $3.5 million. Rask is set to be the starter this upcoming season for the Bruins with Tim Thomas not playing this upcoming season.

Rask started 22 games last season and went 11-8 with a 2.05 GAA and a .929 save percentage and recorded 3 shutouts.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Bruins picks on day 2 of 2012 NHL entry draft

Matthew Grzelcyk, 85th overall pick by the Boston Bruins
PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 23: Matthew Grzelcyk, 85th overall pick by the Boston Bruins, poses for a portrait during Day Two of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft at Consol Energy Center on June 23, 2012 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
Today was day 2 of the 2012 NHL entry draft and here are the Bruins selections.

Round 3, 85th overall pick, the Bruins selected defenseman Matthew Grzelcyk. Grzelcyk is 5'9" 171 lbs and a native of Charlestown, MA.
In 2011-12, Grzelcyk recorded three goals and 20 assists for 23 points in 60 games with the U.S. National Under-18 Team. He also led Team USA defensemen in plus-minus this past season with plus-8. Internationally, Gryzelcyk helped the U.S. earn its fourth straight gold medal at the IIHF World Under-18 Championship this past April, playing with a defense that gave up a tournament-record low four goals and recording a plus-minus of plus-5. In 2010-11, the defenseman played in 55 games with the U.S National Under-17 Team, tallying two goals and 16 assists. Grzelcyk also recorded 1-9=10 totals in two playoff games for Team USA, after helping the program reach its first postseason in the USHL.
The Bruins traded the rights to forward Benoit Pouliot to the Tampa Bay Lightning for forward Michel Ouellet and TB's 5th round pick. Ouellet is an unrestricted free agent so I'm going to guess that the Bruins will not sign him and get some cap space that they need.

Round 5, 131st overall pick, the Bruins selected forward Seth Griffith. Griffith is 5'11" 185 lbs and shoots right.
[Griffith] posted 45-40=85 totals with 49 penalty minutes in 68 games in 2011-12 with the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). Griffith ranked third in the OHL in goals scored and ninth in total points, and was named to the OHL Second All-Star Team. He helped the Knights claim the J. Ross Robertson Cup as OHL champions and advance to the Memorial Cup. In 19 playoff games, Griffith tallied 10 goals and 13 assists with 12 penalty minutes.

Round 5, 145th overall pick, the Bruins selected forward Cody Payne. Payne is 6'2" 201 lbs and shoots right. Payne has the name of a grinder and that may be his game as he had 107 PIMs with 60 games with 2 OHL teams last season.
[Payne] recorded two goals in 10 games with the Oshawa Generals of the OHL in 2011-12 before being traded to the Plymouth Whalers. With Plymouth, he tallied three goals and 11 assists in 50 games, and skated in nine OHL playoff games, recording an assist.

Round 6, 175th overall pick, the Bruins selected defenseman Matthew Benning. Benning is 6'0" 218 lbs and shoots right.
[Benning] recorded four goals and 14 assists in 44 games during the 2011-12 season with the Spruce Grove Saints in the Alberta Junior Hockey League. Benning also netted two goals in the 2012 AJHL Playoffs, both against the Fort McMurray Oil Barons.

Round 7, 205th overall pick, the Bruins selected forward Colton Hargrove. Hargrove is 6'1" 215 lbs and may be another grinding type of player.
[Hargrove] played his 2011-12 season with the Fargo Force of the USHL, where he recorded 16 goals and 22 assists for 38 total points. His 22 assists ranked him third on the team and second for forwards in assists. Hargrove also played in six games for the Force in the 2012 USHL playoffs. The 19-year-old netted 13 goals and tallied 14 assists in the 2010-11 season with Fargo, with his 13 goals ranking him fourth on the team for the regular season scoring record.

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Bruins draft goalie Malcolm Subban with 24th overall pick

Malcolm Subban, 24th overall pick by the Boston Bruins
PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 22: Malcolm Subban, 24th overall pick by the Boston Bruins, poses for a portrait during the 2012 NHL Entry Draft at Consol Energy Center on June 22, 2012 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
On Friday, with the 24th overall pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, the Boston Bruins drafted goalie Malcolm Subban. Subban was one of, if not the top, expected goalie to be taken in the late first round. Apparently Malcolm Subban is the opposite of P.K. Subban as he's more humble. As long as he doesn't flop around the ice like P.K. does I think this is a real good pick for the Bruins.


Subban, a 6'1", 188-pound goalie from Rexdale, Ontario, recorded a 2.50 goals-against average and .923 save percentage, posting a 25-14 record with three shutouts in 39 games during the 2011-12 season with the Belleville Bulls of the Ontario Hockey League. He finished the season fourth among OHL goalies in goals-against average and fifth in save percentage. Subban also played in six playoff games for the Bulls, posting a 2.93 goals-against average and .917 save percentage and earning a 2-3-1 record. Subban was named Vaughn OHL Goaltender of the Month in November of 2011, going 9-1-0 with a 1.48 GAA and .952 SV% with two shutouts. During the regular season, he was undefeated in three shootouts, stopping all 12 shots he faced. In April, Subban was ranked the top North American draft-eligible goaltender in the Central Scouting Bureau's rankings release.

In 2010-11, Subban was second among OHL rookie goaltenders with a 3.16 GAA and .900 SV% in 32 games for Belleville. Subban also recorded a 2.02 GAA and .933 SV% in three playoff games. In 81 career OHL games, he finished with a 2.76 GAA and .914 SV% with three shutouts. Internationally, Subban played for Canada’s National Men’s Under-18 Team at the 2011 IIHF World-Under 18 Championship in Germany, helping his team finish fourth with a 2.98 goals-against average and 3-2 record. He also attended Hockey Canada's Program of Excellence goaltending camp in Calgary, AB, in June 2011.

The goaltender played two games in 2009-10 with the Toronto Jr. Canadiens of the Ontario Junior Hockey League, in addition to a game with Belleville, prior to his past two seasons with the club. Subban was drafted by the Bulls 218th overall in the 11th round of the 2009 OHL Priority Draft.
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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Bruins 2012-2013 schedule released

The NHL has released the 2012-2013 schedule and we can now see the upcoming Bruins schedule here on BostonBruins.com. Here are some key dates:

September 25th - First preseason game

October 11th - Bruins start the season at the Philadelphia Flyers

October 16th - Bruins @ Montreal, first game against Montreal

October 18th - Montreal @ Bruins, nice home and home action

October 30th - Sabres @ Bruins

November 1st - Bruins @ Maple Leafs

November 2nd - Bruins @ Capitals

December 10th - Bruins @ Red Wings

December 17th - Kings @ Bruins

December 29th - Bruins @ Canucks

January 12th - Blackhawks @ Bruins

January 21st - Maple Leafs @ Bruins (Thank You Kessel! chant will be in full affect, especially if Dougie Hamilton makes the team)

April 13th - Last game of the season, Bruins @ Sabres

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Patrice Bergeron wins Selke Trophy

Patrice Bergeron wins Selke Trophy
Boston Bruins' Patrice Bergeron poses with the Selks Trophy after winning the award for best defensive forward during the NHL Awards, Wednesday, June 20, 2012, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson
Tonight were the NHL Awards and Boston Bruins Patrice Bergeron was the winner of the Selke Trophy, which is awarded to the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game. Congrats to Bergeron for winning the Selke. There is no doubt Bergeron should have won the award this year as he played great defensively for the Bruins while putting up a good amount of points as well.

The Frank J. Selke Trophy is an annual award given to the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game. The winner is selected in a poll of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association at the end of the regular season. Source: NHL.com

Bruins 2012 preseason schedule released

On Tuesday, the Bruins announced their preseason schedule and camp dates. Check it out below.

Friday, September 14
-Rookie Camp opens (Ristuccia Arena, Wilmington, MA)

Friday, September 21
-Training Camp opens (Ristuccia Arena, Wilmington, MA)

Tuesday, September 25
-Boston Bruins at Washington Capitals (Verizon Center, Washington, DC, 7:00 p.m. ET)

Wednesday, September 26
-Boston Bruins at Buffalo Sabres (First Niagara Center, Buffalo, NY, 7:00 p.m. ET)

Saturday, September 29
-Boston Bruins vs. Winnipeg Jets (Credit Union Centre, Saskatoon, SK, 7:00 p.m. local/9:00 p.m. ET)

Sunday, September 30
-Boston Bruins at Winnipeg Jets (MTS Centre, Winnipeg, MB, 7:00 p.m. local/8:00 p.m. ET)

Wednesday, October 3
-Boston Bruins vs. Washington Capitals (TD Garden, Boston, MA, 7:00 p.m. ET)

Friday, October 5
-Boston Bruins vs. Buffalo Sabres (TD Garden, Boston, MA, 7:00 p.m. ET)

Saturday, October 6
-Boston Bruins at Montreal Canadiens (Bell Centre, Montreal, QC, 7:00 p.m. ET)

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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Bruins re-sign Kelly and Campbell

On Wednesday, Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli announced that the Bruins have re-signed forwards Chris Kelly and Gregory Campbell. This is great news for Bruins fans as I thought it was going to be tough signing both of them but Chiarelli got it done. Kelly signed a 4-year contract worth $12 million ($3 million average). Campbell signed a 3-year contract worth $4.8 million ($1.6 million average).

The 2011-12 season marked the 28-year-old Campbell's second as a member of the Boston Bruins. In his two seasons with the club, he has skated in 158 regular season games with 21 goals, 24 assists and 173 penalty minutes. Campbell has appeared in 32 postseason contests with Boston and has tallied one goal and five assists for six points. During the Bruins 2011 Stanley Cup Championship run, Campbell played in all 25 playoff games and recorded 1-3=4 totals with four penalty minutes.

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The 2011-12 season was Kelly's first full season as a member of the Bruins after being acquired from Ottawa on February 15, 2011 in exchange for a 2011 second round pick (Shane Prince). In his tenure with Boston, the 31- year-old has skated in 106 games with 22 goals, 22 assists, and 47 penalty minutes. Kelly has appeared in 32 postseason contests with Boston and has tallied six goals and ten assists for 16 points. During the Bruins 2011 Stanley Cup Championship run, he played in all 25 playoff games and recorded 5-8=13 totals with six penalty minutes.
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Sunday, June 3, 2012

Tim Thomas confirms he won't play next season

Well isn't this some great news to hear [sarcasm], Tim Thomas will definitely be taking next season off. So we won't be seeing Thomas in the black and gold jersey on the ice next season, which sucks. Here's the message that Thomas posted on his official Facebook page:

From the earliest age I can remember, I've wanted to be a hockey player. I've been blessed in my life to not only be able to live that dream, but to achieve more than I ever thought possible.

The singleminded focus that is necessary to accomplish a dream of this magnitude entails (by necessity) sacrifice in other areas and relationships in life.

At the age of 38, I believe it is time to put my time and energies into those areas and relationships that I have neglected. That is why at this time I feel the most important thing I can do in my life is to reconnect with the three F's.

Friends, Family, and Faith.

This is what I plan on doing over the course of the next year.

On top of this, I will continue to train using the ARP/POV system www.ultrafitevosport.com and work with G-Form www.g-form.com in the development of protective equipment.

What does this portend for the future?

We'll see….God's will be done.

TT
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At the end there, I think Thomas meant to say that "God's will will be done."

Anyways, this really hurts the Bruins because Thomas' salary will still count against the cap. It will likely be more tougher to sign both unrestricted free agents Gregory Campbell and Chris Kelly now. I would assume that Chris Kelly will get a big deal overpaying him by some team due to the good year he had last season. So hopefully the Bruins can re-sign Campbell. If the Bruins lose both players that will be a big loss. As other Bruins fans have said, this really sucks, and well the Bruins will have to move on. The Bruins also have to re-sign next season's starting goalie Tuukka Rask, as he's a restricted free agent. Anton Khudobin will most likely be the backup goalie. Khudobin is an unrestricted free agent after next season.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Bruins re-sign Paille and Bourque and some Thomas news

Today the Bruins have re-signed two players, Daniel Paille and Chris Bourque. Paille was signed to a 3-year, $3.9 million extension. Bourque was signed to a 2-year contract, with the first year being a two-way deal making $550K in the NHL and $200K in Providence (AHL), and the second year being a one-way deal making $500K in the NHL or AHL.

In other news, a little weird news, Tim Thomas apparently may take next season off due to family/personal reasons. Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli answered questions today regarding Tim Thomas and the possibility of him not playing next season.

"As of right now I'm operating under the premise that there's a strong possibility that he'll be taking the year off and we'll have to go about our business without Tim Thomas for the year," Chiarelli said.

"We've got two very capable goalies in Tuukka and Khudobin so I'd be more than satisfied if that's who we have to go with," Chiarelli said.

"I remember one of the things that he told me after, the year before, we met, that he was really tired," Chiarelli said. "And we had exit meetings after we won the cup and he was really tired. And he said to me after these exit meetings he definitely was worn down a bit."
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According to Chiarelli, Thomas conveyed his thoughts through Bill Zito, his agent, sometime in May. Thomas cited fatigue and the desire to spend more time with his family. Thomas and wife Melissa have three children.

If Thomas follows through, the Bruins will most likely suspend the goalie for 2012-13. However, the team must carry Thomas’s $5 million annual cap hit. The team would most likely have to place Marc Savard on long-term injured reserve to negate some of Thomas’s hit. Savard carries an annual hit just north of $4 million.

"I'm disappointed," said Chiarelli, who acknowledged being surprised by Thomas’s declaration. "These things happen. You've got to roll with them. You've got to deal with them. When someone talks about their family, you have to respect that. You've got to deal with it. We're not too disabled on the cap side. But sure, that's the strength of our team."
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