Thursday, September 20, 2012

Few Bruins players going overseas to play

With the NHL lockout now in full effect, players are jumping overseas to play hockey, and that includes some Bruins players.

Young forward Tyler Seguin is going to Switzerland to play for EHC Biel in the Swiss National League.

Forward David Krejci is expected to sign with Pardubice in the Czech Republic.

Defenseman Andrew Ference has agreed to play for Budejovice in the Czech Republic.

Defenseman Dennis Seidenberg has agreed to play for Mannheim in Germany, along with his younger brother Yanick.

Goalie Anton Khudobin has signed with Atlant of the KHL of Russia.

Forward Rich Peverley has signed with Finnish team JYP.

Goalie Tuukka Rask has signed with HC Plzen of the Extraliga.

Patrice Bergeron has signed with HC Lugano in Switzerland.

Zdeno Chara has signed with HC Lev Praha of the KHL.

Updated on 9/27 and 10/4

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Bruins sign Lucic to 3-year extension

Milan Lucic celebrating a goal
Boston Bruins left wing Milan Lucic celebrates his goal as Ottawa Senators left wing Milan Michalek (9), of the Czech Republic, watches in the second period of an NHL hockey game in Boston, Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012. The Bruins won 4-3. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli continues to be busy locking up his young stars before the inevitable lockout by signing forward Milan Lucic to a 3-year contract extension. Lucic will get paid an average of $6 per season during the three seasons, making him the highest paid forward on the team, and second highest on the team behind Zdeno Chara.

Lucic, a 6'4", 220-pound native of Vancouver, B.C., has skated in 359 games with the Bruins over the course of five seasons from 2007-12, recording 90-122=212 totals with 525 penalty minutes and a plus-43 rating.

During the 2011-12 season, the forward skated in 81 games, registering an NHL career-high in assists with 35, and notching 26 goals for 61 total points, just one shy of his highest NHL career points total. He hit the 20-goal mark for the second straight season and was the first of six NHL players to reach both 20 goals and 100 penalty minutes on the season.

Some quotes from Milan Lucic:
"Being a competitor and a player here in the NHL, you always want to push yourself to get better every year," said Lucic when asked what he would like to improve in the coming seasons. "I think the last two years I think I’ve set a much higher standard for myself and, as a competitor you want to keep pushing that standard.

"There’s obviously a lot of sacrifices and a lot of responsibilities that have to be made on and off the ice, and those are things that I have to take upon myself to work on and do my best to get better at.

"I’m definitely more than willing to do that," added Milan. "It’s on me to live up to my expectations.

"It’s up to me to push the bar for myself."


"As a team we always look at no matter what the opponent is, is we want to win the hockey game," said Lucic, who added, "We’re not too worried about the fights."

Friday, September 14, 2012

Bruins assign players to Providence

On Friday, Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli announced that the Bruins have assigned some players to Providence (AHL). Check out the list below as there's no real surprises.

The following players have been assigned to Providence: Matt Bartkowski, Ryan Button, Carter Camper, Jordan Caron, Colby Cohen, Tommy Cross, Craig Cunningham, Justin Florek, Michael Hutchinson, Jared Knight, Torey Krug, Kevan Miller, Adam Morrison, Tyler Randell, Max Sauve, Ryan Spooner, Niklas Svedberg, Zach Trotman and David Warsofsky.

The following players have cleared waivers and have been assigned to Providence: Garnet Exelby, Christian Hanson, Jamie Tardif and Trent Whitfield.

Dougie Hamilton (Niagara IceDogs) and Malcolm Subban (Belleville Bulls) have been assigned to their junior teams in the Ontario Hockey League.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Bruins sign Seguin to 6-year extension

Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli has announced today that the Bruins have signed forward Tyler Seguin to a 6-year contract extension, worth an average of $5.75 million annually over the contract.

The 2011-12 season marked Seguin’s second NHL season with the Bruins. The 6’1”, 182-pound native of Brampton, Ontario registered NHL career highs in goals, assists and points, recording 29-38=67 totals, along with 30 penalty minutes. His 29 goals and 67 points both ranked highest on the Bruins roster, making him the youngest player in team history to hold the club’s scoring title. Seven of Seguin’s goals were game-winners, and his plus-34 rating ranked second in the league behind teammate Patrice Bergeron. He was also selected to play in the 2012 NHL All-Star Game, after having previously competed in the NHL All-Star SuperSkills Competition in 2011.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Bruins sign Marchand to 4-year extension

Today Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli announced that the Bruins have signed forward Brad Marchand to a 4-year contract extension. He'll make an average of $4.5 million per season.

The 2011-12 season marked Marchand's second full NHL season with the Bruins. The 5'9", 183-pound native of Hammonds Plains, Nova Scotia registered NHL career highs in goals, assists and points, recording 28-27=55 totals, along with 87 penalty minutes in 76 games. His 28 goals ranked second on the Bruins, behind Tyler Seguin's 29 tallies, and his plus-31 rating ranked fifth in the league.

In Marchand's first full season with Boston in 2010-11, he played in 77 games, notching 21-20=41 totals and 51 penalty minutes. He finished the season tied for third in the league with five shorthanded goals and recorded the second highest plus/minus rating among NHL rookies with plus-25. At the end of the regular season, Marchand received Boston's "7th Player Award," an annual award presented to the Bruin who went above and beyond the call of duty and exceed the expectations of Bruins fans during the regular season, as voted by the fans.

Bruins sign Subban to 3-year entry-level contract

It was announced on Thursday that the Bruins have signed goalie Malcolm Subban to a 3-year entry-level contract.

Subban, a 6'1", 188-pound goaltender from Rexdale, Ontario, was drafted by the Bruins 24th overall in the first round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. He spent the 2011-12 season with the Ontario Hockey League’s Belleville Bulls, posting a 2.50 goals-against average and .923 save percentage, with a 25-14 record and three shutouts in 39 games. He ranked fourth among OHL goalies in goals-against average and fifth in save percentage.

The 18-year-old 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 goals-against average and .952 save percentage, and posting two shutouts. During the regular season, he was undefeated in three shootouts, stopping all 12 shots he faced. This past April, Subban was ranked the top North American draft-eligible goaltender in the Central Scouting Bureau's rankings release.

Boston Bruins 2012 Ice Girls

With the lockout we may not see the Boston Bruins Ice Girls for awhile. Well you can see the final Bruins Ice Girls auditions video here and the 2012 team.