Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Bergeron and Rask win awards

The NHL awards were last night and some Bruins will be coming home with some new hardware.

Patrice Bergeron won the 2014 Frank J. Selke Trophy. The Selke Trophy is awarded annually "to the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game." This is Bergeron's second time winning the Selke Trophy.

Patrice Bergeron won the 2014 NHL Foundation Award. The NHL Foundation Player Award is awarded annually to the NHL's player "who applies the core values of (ice) hockey—commitment, perseverance and teamwork—to enrich the lives of people in his community."

Tuukka Rask won the 2014 Vezina Trophy. The Vezina Trophy is awarded "to the goaltender adjudged to be the best at his position." This is Rask's first time winning the Vezina Trophy.
Rask finished the regular season establishing career bests in shutouts (seven), wins (36) and games played (58). His shutout total led all NHL goaltenders while his 36 wins ranked fifth. Rask also posted a 2.04 goals against average, which ranked fourth in the NHL while his .930 save percentage was second only to Minnesota's Josh Harding (.933 in 29 games). Rask surrendered two or less goals in 38 of his 58 appearances in the 2013-14 campaign.

Bruins sign goalie Niklas Svedberg to 1-year one-way contract

On Monday, the Bruins announced that they signed goalie Niklas Svedberg to a 1-year one-way contract. Svedberg's deal is worth an annual cap hit of $600,000. So Svedberg will be backing up Tuukka Rask next season with this signing and Chad Johnson will be moving on to somewhere else.
Svedberg appeared in his first and only NHL game last season with Boston, earning a win against the Nashville Predators in a 3-2 overtime victory, making 33 saves on 35 shots.

The Swedish netminder finished the 2013-14 season with Providence (American Hockey League), compiling a 25-15-4 record with a 2.63 goals against average and .910 save percentage with two shutouts in 45 appearances.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Bruins sign Linus Arnesson to entry-level contract

The Bruins announced that they signed 19-year old defenseman Linus Arnesson, their 2nd round draft pick (60th overall) of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, to an entry-level contract.
He also played a large role in helping lead Sweden to the gold-medal game at the World Junior Championship in Malmo, Sweden (Carl Soderberg's hometown) this past winter, where he recorded two assists in seven games as his squad earned silver.

Arnesson is a smooth skating, two-way defenseman who can support the offensive rush and get back quickly to start transition. He's a steady defender who can close on forwards quickly, taking away their time and space to operate.

As he matures, his focus remains on adding strength and power to his 6-foot-1, 188-pound frame. His confidence grew this season playing quality minutes for Djurgarden and will only continue to grow as he gets stronger.

NESN's Behind the B: episode 15 video

Here is episode 15 of Behind the B where it focuses on: Bruins vs Montreal in game 1 with Shawn Thornton mic'd up; Bruins vs Montreal in game 2; Bruins at Montreal in game 3; Bruins at Montreal in game 4 with Milan Lucic mic'd up; Bruins vs Montreal in game 5 with Jarome Iginla mic'd up; Bruins at Montreal in game 6 with Patrice Bergeron mic'd up; Bruins vs Montreal in game 7 with Johnny Boychuk mic'd up; and Bruins annual breakup day.

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