Saturday, July 20, 2013

Bruins 2013-14 season schedule released

This week the 2013-14 Bruins regular season schedule was released and you can see the full schedule here on bruins.nhl.com.

The NHL re-aligned their divisions, now with four, and the Bruins are in the Atlantic Division. See all of the divisions here. The Atlantic Division consists of: Boston, Buffalo, Detroit, Florida, Montreal, Ottawa, Tampa Bay and Toronto.

Here are some key dates from the Bruins 2013-14 regular season schedule:
Oct 3 - Lightning at Bruins (first game of the season)
Oct 5 - Red Wings at Bruins (first matchup)
Oct 12 - Bruins at Blue Jackets (Bruins players will get to check out the amazing zoo that "made up" Nathan Horton's mind to sign with Columbus)
Oct 23 - Bruins at Sabres (first matchup)
Oct 30 - Bruins at Penguins (first matchup)
Nov 5 - Stars at Bruins (Tyler Seguin returns to Boston playing for the Dallas Stars)
Nov 9 - Maple Leafs at Bruins (first matchup)
Nov 14 - Blue Jackets at Bruins (Nathan Horton returns to Boston, will Bruins fans cheer or boo him?)
Dec 5 - Bruins at Canadiens (first matchup)
Dec 10 - Bruins at Flames (Jarome Iginla's first game back in Calgary after leaving last season)
Dec 14 - Bruins at Canucks (let the mayhem begin, will Luongo lose his starting job after this game?)
Jan 19 - Bruins at Blackhawks (Stanley Cup rematch)
Feb 4 - Canucks at Bruins (mayhem continues in Boston)
Mar 27 - Blackhawks at Bruins
Apr 13 - Bruins at Devils (last game of the season)

Bruins 2013-14 preseason schedule released

Earlier this week the Bruins preseason schedule was released and here you go:

Sep 16: Bruins at Canadiens (Bell Centre, Montreal, QC)
Sep 17: Bruins at Capitals (1st Mariner Arena, Baltimore, MD)
Sep 19: Bruins vs Red Wings (TD Garden)
Sep 21: Bruins at Red Wings (Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, MI)
Sep 23: Bruins vs Capitals (TD Garden)
Sep 26: Bruins at Jets (MTS Center, Winnipeg, MB)
Sep 27: Bruins vs Jets (Credit Union Centre, Saskatoon, SK)

Friday, July 12, 2013

Bruins sign Patrice Bergeron to 8-year contract

Patrice Bergeron
CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 12: Patrice Bergeron #37 of the Boston Bruins plays against the Chicago Blackhawks during the third period of Game One of the 2013 Stanley Cup Final at the United Center on June 12, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images)
The Bruins have announced today that they have signed forward Patrice Bergeron to an 8-year contract extension, with an annual cap figure of $6.5 million.

Good to see the Bruins lock up their heart and soul as Bergeron has shown professionalism and hard work all throughout his career. Bruins fans will never forget the injuries he played through in the Stanley Cup Finals against the Chicago Blackhawks.

In 42 regular season games in 2013, Bergeron notched 10 goals (tied for fourth on the team) and 22 assists (second on the team) for 32 points (tied for third on the team) with a team leading plus-24 rating (sixth in the NHL). He led the NHL in faceoff percentage in 2013, winning draws at a 62.1% rate (549-for-844), and was plus or even in 37 of his 42 games. Over the last two seasons, the centerman has combined for a 60.3% faceoff win percentage and plus-60 rating, which ranks first overall in the NHL during that span.

In the 2013 postseason, the 27-year-old accumulated nine goals (tied for first on the team and tied for second in the NHL) and six assists for 15 points (tied for third on the team and tied fifth in the NHL). Bergeron won puck drops at a 61.5% clip in the playoffs, which led all skaters, winning 304-of-494 draws. The Bruins Alternate Captain earned two game winning goals in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, including a series-clinching overtime goal against Toronto in Game 7 of the Quarterfinal and a Game 3 OT tally versus Pittsburgh in the Conference Final. Bergeron’s three career playoff overtime goals tie him with Mel Hill and Terry O’Reilly for the most in club history.
Bergeron won the 2011-12 Selke Trophy as the league’s top defensive forward and was a finalist for the award this season (finished second overall). Also in 2013, he was named the recipient of the King Clancy Trophy, which is awarded annually to an NHL player who best exemplifies leadership qualities both on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in his community.

In 579 NHL games – all with the Bruins – Bergeron has amassed 153 goals and 280 assists for 433 points with 180 penalty minutes and a plus-70 rating. Bergeron has registered 29 game winning goals from 2003-13, including a career-high six in both the 2005-06 and 2006-07 season.

The Bruins centerman has skated in 83 career postseason games with Boston, accruing 20 goals and 37 helpers for 57 points with five game winning goals. Bergeron was a member of the 2011 Cup Championship team, contributing six goals (tied for seventh in the NHL) and 14 assists (tied for second in the NHL) in 23 games with a plus-15 rating (second in the NHL).
Source: bruins.nhl.com

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Bruins sign Tuukka Rask to 8-year contract

Tuukka Rask
BOSTON, MA - JUNE 24: Tuukka Rask #40 of the Boston Bruins looks on against the Chicago Blackhawks in Game Six of the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Final at TD Garden on June 24, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
The Bruins have announced today that they have signed goalie Tuukka Rask to a 8-year contract worth $56 million (annual $7 million cap figure).

Rask is now the highest paid Bruins player on the team. He also is now tied with Predator's goalie Pekka Rinne for the highest cap hit at $7 million for a goalie in the NHL.

In 36 regular season games in 2013, Rask compiled a 19-10-5 record with a GAA of 2.00 and a .929 save percentage with five shutouts. The B’s netminder finished the season tied for fourth in the NHL in wins (19), tied for first in shutouts (five), third in save percentage (.929) and tied for fourth in goals against (1.96). During the 2013 postseason, Rask led the NHL in save percentage (.940), tied for first in shutouts (three) and finished fourth in GAA (1.88) in 22 games. Rask set a club record for home playoff shutout streak at 193:16, spanning from game four of the Conference Final to game three of the Cup Final.

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In 138 NHL games, all of which have come with the Bruins, Rask has compiled a 66-45-16 record with 16 shutouts, a .927 save percentage and a 2.15 goals against average. The 26-year-old has appeared in 35 postseason games for the Bruins, amassing a 21-14 record, while posting a 2.15 GAA and a .930 save percentage with three shutouts.
Source: bruins.nhl.com

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Bruins re-sign Carter Camper

Carter Camper
Carter Camper
The Bruins have re-signed forward Carter Camper to a one-year, two-way contract, worth $550K at the NHL level and $75K at the AHL level.

Carter was not called up to the Bruins last season but played in three NHL games back in the 2011-2012 season. In those three games, Carter looked good and recorded his first NHL goal in his third game against Ottawa.

During the 2012-13 season with the Providence Bruins (American Hockey League), Camper appeared in 57 games, notching 10 goals (tied for seventh on the team) and 37 assists (second on the team) for 47 points (second on the team). The forward tallied six penalty minutes and ended the regular season with a plus-two rating.

The forward has skated 129 career AHL games – all with Providence – and has recorded 29 goals and 68 helpers for 97 points with 26 penalty minutes.

Camper played in 12 games during the 2012-13 AHL playoffs where he registered eight goals, which was the highest on the team for the P-Bruins, while his five assists ranked third. His 13 playoff points led the Providence squad (tied for eighth in the AHL).
Source: bruins.nhl.com

Friday, July 5, 2013

Bruins sign Iginla but lose a few players

Jarome Iginla
PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 03: Jarome Iginla #12 of the Pittsburgh Penguins moves the puck against the Boston Bruins in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Final during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Consol Energy Center on June 3, 2013 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/NHLI via Getty Images)
Today was the first day of free agency and some teams went a little nuts with big contracts once again. I guess they missed all of the buyouts that happened days earlier. Meanwhile the Bruins didn't go nuts handing out large contracts as they couldn't anyways with their salary cap but they did lose a few players and added one.

The Bruins signed forward Jarome Iginla to a 1-year contract for $6 million (base salary is worth $1,800,000 and carries incentives of $4,200,000, for an annual cap figure of $6 million). Yes, this is true, it's not a joke.

Players moving on
Defenseman Andrew Ference signed with the Edmonton Oilers for 4-years $13M, averaging $3.25M per season, going to his hometown of Edmonton, AB, Canada. Best of luck to Ference and it's nice to see a player return home to play there.

Forward Nathan Horton signed with the Columbus Blue Jackets for 7-years $37.1M. I guess he, or his family, wanted to be somewhere where there wasn't much pressure, and well he picked a good team for that. Best of luck to Horton but you go from a team that went to the Stanley Cup Finals twice in a few years to a team fighting its way to make the playoffs and stay out of the basement, well that speaks a lot for itself and so does the big contract.

Goalie Anton Khudobin signed with the Carolina Hurricanes for 1-year at $800K.

Defenseman Aaron Johnson signed with the New York Rangers for 1-year at $600K.

Minor signings
The Bruins have also signed goalie Chad Johnson to a one-year, one-way contract for $600K; forward Bobby Robins to a two-year, two-way contract, worth $600K at the NHL level and $100K at the AHL level; forward Nick Johnson to a one-year, two-way contract, worth $600K at the NHL level and $200K at the AHL level; and defenseman Mike Moore to a two-way, one-year contract, worth $550K at the NHL level and $150K at the AHL level.

The signing of Chad Johnson could mean that Providence Bruins goalie Niklas Svedberg will be the backup goalie behind Tuukka Rask for the Bruins. Svedberg had a strong season last year in the AHL going 37-8-2 with a 2.17 GAA and a .925 save percentage.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Bruins trade Tyler Seguin, get Loui Eriksson

Tyler Seguin
CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 22: Tyler Seguin #19 of the Boston Bruins plays against the Chicago Blackhawks in Game Five of the 2013 Stanley Cup Final at the United Center on June 22, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images)
Happy 4th of July everyone! It may not be a very happy one for Tyler Seguin and fans of his though, as Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli has traded Seguin to the Dallas Stars in a seven-player trade. The Bruins traded forwards Tyler Seguin, Rich Peverley and defenseman Ryan Button to the Dallas Stars for forwards Loui Eriksson, Matt Fraser, Reilly Smith and defenseman Joe Morrow.

With this trade, the Bruins get some cap relief as Seguin was going to be in the first year of his 6-year $34.5 million contract extension and the Bruins will save $3.25 million with Peverley gone as well. Eriksson has three years left on his contract at $4.25 million per season. Look at CapGeek.com for the salary numbers.

I think Eriksson will be perfect to fill in the hole that Nathan Horton will be leaving on the Krejci-Lucic line as he can play both left and right wing, he can shoot the puck well and is a good two-way player. Eriksson is 27 years old, 6'2" 196lbs, shoots left, is from Sweden and his career-high in goals is 36 in 82 games back in the 2008-2009 season. Eriksson had 12 goals and 17 assists last season in 48 games on a bad Dallas Stars team.

Loui Eriksson
DALLAS, TX - APRIL 09: Loui Eriksson #21 of the Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center on April 9, 2013 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Welcome to Boston
Matt Fraser is a right winger, 23 years old, 6'1" 204lbs and shoots left. He has played in 13 career NHL games and recorded 1 goal and 3 points. Smith is a right winger, 22 years old, 6'0" 185lbs and shoots left. He has played in 40 career NHL games and recorded 3 goals and 9 points. Morrow is a defenseman, 20 years old, was a 1st round draft pick by the Penguins in 2011, 6'1" 204lbs and shoots left. He has not played in any NHL games yet.

Could the Twitterverse have gotten Seguin traded?
Do you remember the comments that Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli had about Tyler Seguin when all of the trade talk came up before the NHL Entry Draft? Well during a conference call about this Bruins-Stars trade, apparently Chiarelli stated that he saw all kinds of things on Twitter about Seguin's "extra-curricular stuff" but he tried to make it seem that that wasn't why Seguin was traded. Read Chiarelli's comments below from BostonHerald.com.
Chiarelli touched several times on the speculation that the B's decision to say goodbye to the 21-year-old Seguin was a response not just to his sub-par play, but also his proclivity for enjoying Boston's nighlife.

The GM did concede: "It's not strictly an on-ice decision."

But he repeatedly defended Seguin, calling him, "a good kid and a terrific player" and "a tremendous package of speed and skill."

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"There was there was an opportunity to get a very good player, get some good prospects and to lower your cap," said Chiareli. "And then maybe to improve in the next market (free agency) starting tomorrow."

Chiarelli spoke at length about Seguin's reputed off-ice misbehavior. It was generally assumed that when the GM recently expressed concerns about the player's professionalism and focus, that's what he was talking about. But he insisted it was only small things about his preparation for games.

"I see the Twitterverse, whatever it's called, and all of these reports about his extra-curricular stuff," said the GM. "What has to be remembered in all of this is that he's 21 year old. He's a good kid and a terrific player. He liked to have fun like the rest of us. I don't really think it's that big a deal. When I said focus it was about little things, preparing to play. It was nothing about extra-curricluar activities."
Source: BostonHerald.com

*Update
Seguin partied a lot during Bruins-Leafs series?
Joe Haggerty of csnne.com has some info about Seguin and some things he pulled during the season and playoffs.
According to sources around the team, Seguin was out late in Toronto during the road trip to play the Leafs in the first round of the playoffs and the team had to hold a sit-down with the immature forward about his commitment to the team. Seguin showed up each day at the Air Canada Centre wearing the same clothes for three straight days and played badly in Games 3 and 4 of the first round against Toronto.

That incident coupled with stories of Seguin’s late night partying during the regular season prompted Peter Chiarelli to say that “[Seguin] needs to become more of a professional” during a tirade at draft weekend.
Source: csnne.com

Monday, July 1, 2013

Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli comments about Tyler Seguin

Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli had some criticism for young forward Tyler Seguin who had a less productive season than the season before and barely showing up during the playoffs (1 goal, 7 assists in 22 games).
"He's got to commit his mind and focus to the one task at hand," Chiarelli said. "He's got to become more of a professional. You know what? I can say that about a lot of 21-year-olds. I know he got criticized for playing on the periphery and all that stuff. He did. He's got to commit to being a professional and focusing on the game. Simple as that. He does that, we don't expect him to be crashing and banging. Just play your game."

Chiarelli hopes that the Seguin trade talk will make Seguin be more of a professional and stop whatever he was doing before and focus on hockey.
"I hope it does," Chiarelli said. "If it doesn't, I’d be more concerned. We gave Tyler a big contract because he projects and he had good performance. I would expect that going forward."

Quotes are from Fluto Shinzawa's blog post via Boston.com.

From the quotes and a look at the season and playoff stats, it does seem true that Seguin was not putting hockey first at times and doing things that a 21-year old would do as we've all been there. Hopefully Seguin gets the message and has a great 2013-14 season.

Bruins picks in 2013 NHL Entry Draft

The 2013 NHL Entry Draft was held on Sunday and with the Bruins having no first-round draft picks, it wasn't really an exciting draft for Bruins fans. Here are the Bruins draft selections from today.

Round 2, 60th overall pick, the Bruins selected defenseman Linus Arnesson. Arnesson is 6'1" 179lbs and from Stockholm, Sweden.
In 31 games with Djurgarden this season, the blueliner earned an assist and racked up eight penalty minutes. With the Djurgarden Junior team, Arnesson registered one goal and three assists with 22 penalty minutes in 13 appearances. The 18-year-old defenseman also skated in all six games for Sweden in the World Junior Championships in Ufa, Russia, where the team placed second and earned a silver medal.
Source: bruins.nhl.com

Round 3, 90th overall pick, the Bruins selected forward Peter Cehlarik. Cehlarik is 17-years old, 5'10" 168lbs and from Slovakia.

Round 4, 120th overall pick, the Bruins selected forward Ryan Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald is 18 years old, 5'10" 170lbs and from North Reading, MA. Fitzgerald is the son of former Bruin Tom Fitzgerald.

Round 5, 150th overall pick, the Bruins selected defenseman Wiley Sherman. Sherman is 18-years old, 6'6" 196lbs and from Greenwich, Connecticut.

Round 6, 180th overall pick, the Bruins selected forward Anton Blidh. Blidh is 6'0" 184lbs and from Sweden.

Round 7, 210th overall pick, the Bruins selected forward Mitchell Dempsey. Dempsey is 18-years old, 6'3" 210lbs and from Cambridge, Ontario.