Monday, July 23, 2012

Bruins sign Claude Julien to extension

Today Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli announced that coach Claude Julien has signed a multi-year contract. Julien will speak to the media tomorrow.

Julien, named the 28th head coach in Bruins history on June 21, 2007, led Boston to the club's first Stanley Cup Championship in 39 years in 2011, following a 4-0 victory over the Vancouver Canucks in Game 7. In five seasons behind the B's bench, Julien has led the club to an overall record of 228-132-50 (.617 win percentage). His 410 Bruins games coached rank third all-time in club history and he is fourth all-time in Boston wins, trailing only Art Ross (361), Milt Schmidt (245) and Don Cherry (231). During his tenure, Julien’s squads have never missed the postseason, registering a career playoff record of 36-27 (.571 win percentage) to rank first all-time among B’s bench bosses in post-season victories.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Bruins sign defenseman Aaron Johnson

Today Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli announced that the Bruins have signed defenseman Aaron Johnson to a 1-year 2-way contract, earning him $650,000 in the NHL and $105,000 in the AHL.

Johnson, a 6'1", 204-pound defenseman, skated in 56 games with the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2011-12, registering three goals and setting NHL career highs with 13 assists and 16 points, while collecting 16 penalty minutes.

In 2010-11, the 29-year-old played in 72 games with the American Hockey League's Milwaukee Admirals after signing as an unrestricted free agent with the Nashville Predators. He recorded AHL career highs in goals with nine, assists with 26 and points with 35, while recording a plus-10 rating and adding 70 penalty minutes. The 2009-10 season saw Johnson split time between the Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers, where he recorded a combined four goals, six assists and 35 penalty minutes in 41 games.

For his career, Johnson has played in 281 NHL games with the Columbus Blue Jackets, Edmonton Oilers, Calgary Flames, Chicago Blackhawks and New York Islanders, tallying 17 goals and 45 assists for 62 total points, with 217 penalty minutes.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Bruins resign Matt Bartkowski

Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli announced that the Bruins have resigned defenseman Matt Bartkowski, to a 1-year 2-way contract, worth $660,000 in the NHL level and $62,500 in the AHL.

Bartkowski began the 2011-12 season in Boston, skating in three NHL games before being assigned to the American Hockey League's Providence Bruins on October 20, 2011. The defenseman then appeared in 50 games for Providence, where he tallied three goals to go along with 19 assists and 38 penalty minutes.

In 2010-11, the 6'1", 203-pound native of Pittsburgh, PA recorded 5-18=23 totals with 42 penalty minutes in 69 games with Providence. Bartkowski led all club defensemen with 23 points and was also named the Best Defenseman in voting by his teammates at the conclusion of the season.

In addition to his time spent in Providence, Bartkowski appeared in six NHL games with Boston, where he registered four penalty minutes. His first three NHL games, played over three separate recalls from Providence, all came against his hometown Pittsburgh Penguins. For his career, Bartkowski has played in nine NHL games, all with the Bruins, recording four penalty minutes.

Bruins sign Exelby and resign MacDermid

The Bruins continue to add depth to their AHL Providence Bruins team by signing two tough guys, defenseman/forward Garnet Exelby and resigning forward Lane MacDermid. Both players were signed to 1-year 2-way contracts.

Exelby was once a somewhat reliable defenseman when he played for the Atlanta Thrashers years ago but after the lockout, the game got faster, and Exelby didn't play well. He's tough and a good team guy but doesn't have much speed, didn't show much with Toronto and takes dumb penalties at times. Bruins fans shouldn't worry about seeing him in the Bruins lineup unless there's a ton of injuries. MacDermid is most likely the guy who will take over Shawn Thornton's role on the team once Thornton retires so he may come up for a few games like last year if injuries occur. But both guys will most likely spend most if not all of next season in the AHL.

Exelby's contract is worth $600,000 at the NHL level and $130,000 at the AHL level over the course of the deal. MacDermid’s contract is worth $600,000 at the NHL level and $70,000 at the AHL level.

Exelby, a 6'1", 215-pound defenseman, spent the 2011-12 season with the American Hockey League’s Grand Rapids Griffins, after signing with the Detroit Red Wings as an unrestricted free agent on July 5, 2011. In 75 games, he recorded AHL career highs with seven goals, 14 assists and 21 points, and collected 177 penalty minutes with a plus-eight rating.

The 30-year-old is a veteran of 408 career NHL games with the Atlanta Thrashers and Toronto Maple Leafs, tallying seven goals and 43 assists for 50 points, along with 584 penalty minutes. For his AHL career, the defenseman has played in 280 games with Chicago, Rockford and Grand Rapids, tallying 16 goals and 34 assists for 50 points, along with 702 penalty minutes and a plus-18 rating.


MacDermid appeared in five games with Boston during the 2011-12 season, making his NHL debut on March 4 at the New York Rangers, where he earned his first NHL fighting major. The 22-year-old spent the majority of the season in Providence, recording four goals, 12 assists and 121 penalty minutes in 69 AHL games.

In 2010-11, the 6'3", 205-pound forward registered 7-12=19 totals with 158 penalty minutes in a team-high 78 games with Providence. The 158 penalty minutes ranked third on the team. In his first professional season in 2009-10, MacDermid skated in 65 games for Providence, tallying two goals and three assists. He led the team with 155 penalty minutes, including 21 fighting majors, which ranked second among all AHL rookies.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Bruins sign Christian Hanson

Yesterday Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli announced that the Bruins signed center Christian Hanson to a one-year, two-way contract.

Look for Hanson to be with Providence (AHL) and come up if injuries mount up on the Bruins. Hanson is a third/fourth line grinder who won't score much but plays physical at times. He's played against the Bruins when he played with Toronto and nothing really stood out to me. He's just a good character player. Of course, Hanson is more famous for being known as the son of Dave Hanson from the movie Slap Shot.

Hanson, a 6'4", 228-pound center, spent the 2011-12 season with the American Hockey League’s Hershey Bears, after signing as a restricted free agent with the Washington Capitals on July 11, 2011. He tallied 10 goals, 11 assists and 42 penalty minutes in 52 games, with a plus-five rating.

In 2010-11, the 26-year-old skated in 58 games with the AHL's Toronto Marlies, where he recorded career highs offensively with 13 goals and 21 assists for 34 points and added 51 penalty minutes. He finished tied for fifth on the team in points and seventh in goals. Hanson was recalled for six games with the Toronto Maple Leafs and collected four penalty minutes.

The 2009-10 season saw Hanson play a career-high 31 NHL games with the Maple Leafs, notching two goals and five assists for seven points, with 16 penalty minutes. In 38 games with the Marlies, he scored 12 goals and added 19 assists for 31 points, along with 35 penalty minutes, and was selected to the 2010 AHL All-Star Game.