Tomas Hertl (wcbsports.com)

In fantasy hockey, offense is really the bread and butter of your team. They’re really the ones who will contribute in all categories and be the most valuable players in the fantasy hockey world. At least 7 or 8 of the first 10 draft picks will be forwards, and this is with good reason.

When drafting forwards, as with any position, its vital to know your league details. How do penalty minutes factor in? Do you get points for hits? Faceoff wins? People tend to draft purely on offensive skill and forget that some of the other categories are just as valuable. If face-offs count, Patrice Bergeron’s value goes up. If hits count, then someone like Hartnell or Lucic becomes more attractive. You get the point.

So when you’re drafting, don’t forget to fill out all categories. For example:

Player A: 76 points, 32 PIM, 19 PPP, 122 SOG
Player B: 60 points, 106 PIM, 24 PPP, 209 SOG

Which player would you rather have? Player A has much more points, but he’s not too stellar in the other categories, whereas player B has less points but contributes great numbers across the board.

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Krug and Smith Sign 1-Year Contract Extensions

September 29, 2014 at 11:49am in Bruins, NHL
Smith and Krug (rantsports.com)

The Bruins announced this morning that they have resigned both Torey Krug and Reilly Smith to contract extensions for one year at $1.4 million. Krug and Smith are already skating with the team again and will be expected to be ready for the rest of the preseason.

These are obviously bridge contracts for these two, which really makes sense. Both showed great things last season and surpassed expectations, and this contract offers them a chance to prove to the team that they’re worthy of long term teams for a bit more money.

Financially, for this year, this is great news for GM Peter Chiarelli who can now fit them under the cap. These deals absolutely help both the players as well as the team. There is a big list of players whose contracts will expire next year, but for now we are right back in the hunt with a healthy roster loaded with options.

There are still cuts to be made and, most likely, trades to be completed in order to get the team cap compliant with the best possible roster. But realistically, signing Smith and Krug was the last thing left on our “to-do” list and now we’re in good shape to get the season started. Great deals and great news for Bruins fans.

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Ryan Spooner preseason goal  (Jean-Yves Ahern/USA Today)

The Bruins lost their first preseason game against the Montreal Canadiens in the Bell Centre last night 3-2, with goals from Matt Fraser and Ryan Spooner. The B’s put forth a lineup mixed with veterans as well as rookies and played well, losing only after the Canadiens snuck in a goal with less than a minute left.

We won’t put too much stake into this game, but it is good to see Fraser and Spooner get on the board. These are obviously guys that we’re high on coming into this season to grab an NHL roster spot and them scoring is a good indication that they really want to make this team.

Malcom Subban and Niklas Svedberg split time between the pipes and did pretty well all things considered. Subban stopped 9 of 10 in the first period and Svedberg stopped 16 of 18 over the next two periods. Subban still will most likely be in Providence this season, but it’s good to see him doing well. He’s going to be a #1 NHL goalie in a few more years.

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2014-2015 Bruins Preview: Defense

September 23, 2014 at 8:34am in Bruins, NHL, Uncategorized
Hamilton and Chara (John Tlumacki/Globe Staff)

Any good coach will tell you that “defense wins championships” and that certainly strikes true in today’s NHL. All of the recent Stanley Cup winners have had very strong defensive cores and count on their guys to chip in in all three zones for their team to succeed. The Bruins under GM Peter Chiarelli have put themselves in a very good position with the crew they’ve acquired and will look for that to translate to postseason success.

Under veteran captain Zdeno Chara‘s leadership, the B’s defense has been among the league’s leader for the past several seasons. We’ve seen some old faces go and new faces come in, but the system of defense first has been forthright with tremendous success.

It’s no secret that Chara is getting up there in age, and his years of being a Norris trophy finalist are likely behind him. He may take a step back this year, but he is still a very good defenseman. For his size, range, and shot power alone he will be a powerful presence in all three zones. Continue reading 2014-2015 Bruins Preview: Defense »

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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.”

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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:

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