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Chad (Ochocinco) Johnson Wants to Fight Chara, Lucic (ICYMI)

By on September 20, 2014 at 8:50pm

Well by now, most of you have probably gotten pretty tired of Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson’s antics as an athlete. As a New England Patriot, he never failed to disappoint people with his on field and off field behavior. However, Johnson was relatively quiet until earlier this week when he made comments directed toward Milan Lucic and Zdeno Chara of the Boston Bruins, which may have reignited the feud between the Bruins and the Montreal Canadiens.

Johnson, who is a current member of the Montreal Alouette football team, stated via his twitter account that he planned to join the “Habs” so he can fight Chara and Lucic. Montreal is currently without a known fighter, as forward George Parros was released from the team during the offseason. If Ochocinco is in fact serious about his wishes to fight Chara or Lucic, he better have a medical team on stand-by. Lucic is a scrappy fighter who won’t hesitate to drop the gloves if he has to, and Chara well he’s Chara. Continue reading Chad (Ochocinco) Johnson Wants to Fight Chara, Lucic (ICYMI) »

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Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli, nesn.com

Are you familiar and comfortable with the Boston Bruins roster? Well don’t get too comfortable because there may be some changes with familiar faces in the near future. General Manager Peter Chiarelli expressed some angst recently about his ability to keep the current team intact.

The Bruins are currently very tight on cap space especially after signing David Krejci to a six year $43.5 million dollar contract. Both defenseman Torey Krug and forward Reilly Smith remains unsigned.

After a recent rookie game on Sunday September 14th Chiarelli addressed the team’s current situation by saying, “I can’t sign everybody, and I’d love to sign everybody, but we can’t for the numbers that they want,” he added, “Some things you have to let play out, and we have to be a little versatile ourselves when it comes to team-building and we’re forced to do that this year.”

Continue reading Chiarelli Acknowledges He May Not be Able to “Keep the Band Together” »

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Torey Krug and Reilly Smith (Getty Images)

The Boston Bruins have officially announced their 2014 camp roster, which includes tryout invitees Simon Gagne and Ville Leino. Missing from that list however, are unsigned RFAs Torey Krug and Reilly Smith. Krug and Smith have both yet to sign a contract, and reports indicate that both are pretty far apart from what the Bruins are prepared to offer them.

The good news, however, is that both players are entry-level free agents, which means they cannot receive offers from any team but the Bruins. In Krug, the B’s have a mobile defenseman with very high offensive skill who can run the powerplay and chip in with some points. Smith was a revelation last season, garnering 51 points on Patrice Bergeron‘s line with his smart possession play and good positioning. Both will likely sign with the team, but it’s possible they could miss camp and even the pre-season.

See the full list below:

BOSTON BRUINS TRAINING CAMP ROSTER:

Continue reading Bruins Announce Training Camp Roster, Krug and Smith to Hold Out »

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David Pastrnak (FILE/JOHN TLUMACKI/GLOBE STAFF)

The 2014 NHL Rookie Tournament is underway and the Bruins’ team lost to the Florida Panthers 2-0 in Game 1. I’m personally not going to read too much into this game; it’s just fun tournament to display some of the exciting young talent in the league.

What I will read into, however, is how the organization views some of these players and what their expectations are in them. What struck me in Game 1 was that they had 2014 First Round draft pick David Pastrnak play first line center. Pastrnak impressed everyone in Development Camp with his stick skills and skating abilities and has a solid chance to make the NHL roster as an 18-year old.

However, Pastrnak was drafted as a right winger. Why would they move him out of his natural position when that position is exactly what the Bruins need? The B’s already have extensive depth at center in Patrice Bergeron, David Krejci, Carl Soderberg, Chris Kelly, Gregory Campell and Ryan Spooner.

What we don’t have depth in is skilled wingers. After a gaping hole in the offense left by Jarome Iginla‘s departure, the Bruins are a little thin in that category. Furthermore, the only right handed forwards on the Bruins’ roster right now are centers Bergeron and Krejci. That’s insane.

So why the Bruins’ development coaches would opt to move a super talented young prospect from a position they need to a position they have great depth in beyond me. Could they possibly be moving a center like Kelly or Spooner and want to see if Pastrnak can excel in that position? Or maybe there’s an undisclosed injury we don’t know about.

Maybe I am reading a bit too much into this… it’s just one game in a rookie tournament. However, it just doesn’t make sense to me and if this continues going forward it is definitely something to watch.

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2014-2015 Bruins Preview: Goalies

September 10, 2014 at 11:38am in Bruins, Featured, Top Story
Tuukka Rask (espn.go.com)

There are only a handful of teams in the league that can boast having an elite goaltender who is in the prime of his career, and the Bruins are fortunate enough to be one of them. Tuukka Rask has been a rock between the pipes for the Black and Gold over the past several seasons, and he is poised to continue that success through 2014-2015 and beyond.

The Finnish netminder is 27 this year, entering the second year of his 8 year contract worth $56 million. It’s a hefty sum, but the salary cap is only going up. In 3 years, when goalies are hitting the free agency market and signing deals for $10 million or more, Rask’s cap hit of $7 million is going to look like a steal. Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli tends to get ahead on these kinds of things.

When you look at his stats, Rask is arguably the best goaltender in the world. He led the league in all categories during the regular season last year and even though the Bruins had an early exit, he still posted a cool 1.99 GAA and .928 SV% in the playoffs. Continue reading 2014-2015 Bruins Preview: Goalies »

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David Krejci (sportsthenandnow.com)

Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli has locked up yet another key franchise piece in David Krejci, extending him through the 2020-2021 season. Krejci will have a cap hit of $7.25 million and a no-move clause through the first four years of the deal.

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Great deal. Chiarelli likes to lock up his key guys before their contracts are up, as he did with Patrice Bergeron. In Krejci, the Bruins get a number 1 center capable of playing against the league’s best night in and night out. He’s also a proven playoff performer, as he led the postseason in points when the B’s won in 2011. Continue reading Analysis: Bruins extend David Krejci for 6 more years »

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Carol Vadnais

Carol Vadnais, a six-time all-star who played more 1,000 career games, has died. He was 68.

Vadnais played for the B’s from 1971-1976 and was a key cog on the B’s 1972 Stanley Cup-winning team.

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