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Quiet Off-Season Best Option for Bruins

By on July 15, 2014 at 7:00am
Peter Chiarelli (AP Photo/Winslow Townson) Peter Chiarelli's quiet off-season is for the best. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli has caught a lot of flak from B’s fans this summer for what has amounted to an uneventful offseason since being soundly beaten by the Canadiens in the second round. Arguments have been tossed around that he his too loyal to his “core” guys and that a few bad contracts are hurting the B’s cap situation. While there may be some validity to these arguments, in truth Chiarelli has done a masterful job in piecing together an elite roster.

As the saying goes, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Just because the Bruins got bounced in the second round by their kryptonite Montreal doesn’t mean that they have something fundamentally wrong with their line-up. This is a team that finished first in the regular season and made a solid playoff push despite starting four rookie defensemen. Continue reading Quiet Off-Season Best Option for Bruins »

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Well, it’s only day two of the NHL free agency, and already things are getting a little intense. Day one of the free agency showed us several moves that occurred impacting the Boston Bruins, which leads one to believe that there is more to come.

1. Money talks- One of many signings to occur this week was Jarome Iginla leaving the Boston Bruins and heading west, where he signed a 3-year, $16 million dollar deal with the Colorado Avalanche. Continue reading Jarome Iginla Departs Bruins in Flurry of Moves Across NHL »

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Shawn Thornton (Bob DeChiara, USA TODAY Sports)

Today marks the beginning of NHL Free Agency and it has been a whirlwind of activity so far. The Bruins have been quiet so far, but we have seen two friendly faces part ways: Shawn Thornton signed a 2-year deal with the Florida Panthers and Chad Johnson has signed a contract with the New York Islanders. Neither of these are surprises and both should do well with their respective new teams.

Other Notes:

  • Jason Spezza has been traded to the Stars. They also signed Ales Hemsky. Those are some great deals that make huge additions to their top 6.
  • Paul Stastny signed with the Blues. Good chance you see him centering Olympic teammates TJ Oshie and David Backes.
  • Ryan Miller signed with Vancouver.
  • Jonas Hiller to Calgary.
  • Benoit Pouliot signed with Edmonton for 5 years. Laughable contract.
  • Brooks Orpik signed with Washington for 5 years. See above.
  • Tomas Vanek signed with the MN Wild. Great signing for them.
  • Dan Boyle to the Rangers. He left money on the table because he really wanted to be a Blueshirt.
  • Mike Cammalleri to the Devils.

 

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After an exciting sports week following a team USA advancement to the semifinals in the World Cup and the opening of the NBA draft that saw the Celtics take two young studs, what better way to wrap up the month than with the NHL Draft? This is one of the most exciting nights of the year for NHL die-hards and tonight promises to be one of the best drafts in years.

As I’ve said in previous articles, there is plenty of reason to believe that the draft and subsequent free agent signing period will be an exciting one. There are several premier players that have demanded a trade, there is a wealth of free agent talent available, the salary cap is going up for the first time in a while, and many teams find themselves pressed against the cap and will need to make a trade.

Without further ado, here is a list of some of the things to watch for regarding the Bruins and around the league. Continue reading Quick Hits: 2014 NHL Draft Preview »

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Future backup goalie Niklas Svedberg in action, nesn.com

The Bruins have opted to sign goalie Niklas Svedberg and let Chad (don’t call me Ochocinco) Johnson test the free agent waters.

Johnson served as the backup to Tuukka Rask for the majority of the 2013-14 season and posted an impressive 17-4-3 record. In his 27 appearances he managed two shutouts, a 2.10 goals against average and a .925 save percentage. Svedberg, on the other hand, only played in one game for the Bruins, in which he allowed two goals on 33 shots and secured his first NHL victory. Other than his one NHL appearance, Svedberg was the starting goalie for the Providence Bruins during the 2013-14 season. Continue reading Bruins Sign Niklas Svedberg to back up Tuukka Rask »

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The offseason is now in full gear in the hockey world and it promises to be an exciting one around the league. There are a lot of big names on the market, and although the Bruins roster is in very good shape, there is always room for improvements. Here are a few names the Bruins could be targeting this summer.

Marian Gaborik, RW

This electric winger was dealt to the LA Kings at the deadline and went on to be a key contributor on the team en route to his first Stanley Cup win. A Slovakia native, Gaborik proved his playoff prowess and clutch performance by leading all teams in goals. He will be the “belle of the ball” this offseason. Continue reading Potential Free Agents for the Bruins »

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Well, would they? I mean Zdeno Chara has been far and away the best defensemen on the Boston’s squad and has been a top five defender since he joined the black and gold. However, keep in mind that the Chara is on the wrong side of 30 (37), and is set to make 7 million bucks next year. Plus, Chara seemed a bit slow and tired the last few playoffs, however he also has a very strong case to win the Norris trophy again for the best defensemen in the game.

So, what would the ramifications be with this trade? Who might the Bruins ultimately get?

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Chances are teams that are interested in Chara are teams yearning for a Stanley Cup and are missing that key addition to make that big run. The Bruins can acquire some major talent if the Bruins were to pull the trigger, but let’s just focus two theoretical trades: Continue reading Would the Bruins Ever Trade Zdeno Chara? »

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