Don Sweeney is not done making moves yet.

“There are a couple free agents that we’re still having conversations with that we feel might improve our club. If the financial component works, we’re not going to stop having those conversations because it might be the right thing to do,” Sweeney said recently. Continue reading Don Sweeney Still Looking for ‘D’ Help for Bruins »

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Since the Matt Beleskey and Jimmy Hayes signings, there have been rumors linking the Bruins to free agent defenseman, Cody Franson. At one point the Twitter world had rumors that the B’s had actually signed Franson to a deal. Those rumors turned out to be false though.

Franson is a veteran d-man, who played for the Toronto Maple Leafs at the beginning of last season and then was later traded to the Nashville Predators. He had a career season, scoring 36 points, with a +/- rating of -7. Continue reading Why the Bruins Should not go after Cody Franson »

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Bruins sign Matt Irwin

July 10, 2015 at 7:27pm in Bruins, Featured, News

On Friday, the Bruins announced that they signed defenseman Matt Irwin to a one year, $800,000 deal.

The 27 year old d-man has played on the San Jose Sharks for the past three seasons, scoring a total of 50 points during that time. He scored 19 points last season. Continue reading Bruins sign Matt Irwin »

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The Bruins announced on Monday that they had signed restricted free agents Jimmy Hayes and Brett Connolly. Hayes, who was recently acquired from Florida, signed for three years at $2.3 million per season. Connolly, acquired at last season’s trade deadline from Tampa Bay, signed a one year deal worth $1,025,000 million.

Hayes played in 72 games for Florida last season and was third on the team in goals with 19. Connolly saw limited action with the Bruins due to a broken hand, playing in five games and registering two assists with Boston. While with Tampa Bay last season, he scored 12 goals and notched three assists.

Connolly is only 23 years old and Hayes is 25, each being a player that the Bruins feel can improve and be a part of their future. Both players figure to be a significant part of the Bruins forward lines, with Connolly a top six forward and Hayes potentially moving between top six and bottom six depending on production.

The team also announced the signing of forward Brandon DeFazio to a one-year, two-way contract that is worth $575,000 if he plays at the NHL level.

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Over the last few days, many have wondered just what GM Don Sweeney has been trying to do. After sending Dougie Hamilton to Calgary and Milan Lucic to the Los Angeles Kings, then acquiring lifelong goon Zac Rinaldo from the Philadelphia Flyers for a 3rd round pick, Sweeney’s job at the helm so far looked shaky at best.

Then on Wednesday, the first day of the offseason that NHL teams were allowed to sign free agents, Sweeney regained the confidence of Bruins fans and people around the hockey world by making a trade and signing a key free agent. The Bruins also gave forward Ryan Spooner a 2-year-contract extension.

In the early afternoon it was announced that the Bruins received young forward Jimmy Hayes from the Florida Panthers in exchange for Reilly Smith and Marc Savard’s contract. Continue reading Bruins Trade for Jimmy Hayes, Sign Matt Belesky »

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Bruins acquired Zac Rinaldo for a third round pick

With his recent hiring as the ninth General Manager of the Boston Bruins, Don Sweeney has made one thing clear; he is not afraid to pull the trigger to make deals.

The past four days have included a great deal of moves for the Bruins. With Dougie Hamilton and Milan Lucic gone, Don Sweeney continued his sculpting of the Bruins roster by trading a 2017 third round draft pick to the Philadelphia Flyers for forward Zac Rinaldo. This move can be seen as puzzling due to the fact that Rinaldo only scored 1 goal last season as well as 5 assists. In four years in the NHL, Rinaldo has scored a meager 8 goals. Don’t expect him to light up the lamp this year. Continue reading Trader Donny? Looking at Bruins GM Don Sweeney’s Recent Trades »

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The Bruins sent recently acquired goalie Martin Jones to the San Jose Sharks in exchange for a 2016 first round pick on Tuesday. The Bruins also received center prospect Sean Kuraly as part of the deal. Jones had been acquired last week from Los Angeles as part of the return package for Milan Lucic.

Essentially, the Bruins dealt Lucic and have gotten a return of two first round picks and two prospects, which is a pretty impressive haul if the draft picks end up being used correctly. Although this move may not make the team better in 2015-16, it sets up well for the future. Jones, who had been a back up goalie for the Kings, was unlikely to stick around and this was likely the best offer Boston received for him.

The Sharks picked ninth in this years draft and aren’t likely to get better so this pick could end up being a high one for Boston. The Bruins also extended qualifying offers for Ryan Spooner and Brett Connolly on Tuesday, which are likely to be accepted. Don Sweeney has already made four trades in the last week and it is likely he is not done yet.

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