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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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Mike Cammalleri (Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports)

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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Introducing your 2015 Stanley Cup champions…The Boston Bruins. Well at least that is what the odds makers at vegasinsider.com seem to believe.

Not ones to revel in the past, Vegas bookmakers have released their odds for the 2015 Stanley Cup champions a mere three days after the Los Angeles Kings hoisted the vaunted trophy after defeating the New York Rangers in five games.

Well the Bruins aren’t favored outright to win the cup. If Vegas odds makers are right, they will be playing the Chicago Blackhawks in the finals, in which case it’s a coin toss as to who wins. Both Boston and Chicago are currently 8:1 favorites to win the cup. Continue reading Lord Stanley to Return to Boston in 2015, According to Las Vegas »

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Shawn Thornton

According to Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli, enforcer Shawn Thornton will not be returning to the Boston Bruins this offseason. Thornton has skated for the B’s for seven season and was a key role player when he helped the Bruins win the Stanley Cup in 2011, the second of his career.

At a time when the Bruins were the laughingstock of the league, Thornton was brought in to bring some toughness, leadership, and most importantly, accountability. He held his teammates responsible for their level of play and he held his opponents responsible for any antics they tried to inflict on his teammates. Bruins fans love him as a blue collar guy who played a simple game and was always willing to drop the gloves. Continue reading Bruins Not Re-Signing Shawn Thornton »

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The Stanley Cup Finals are over, and the Kings are the World Champions for the second time in three seasons. And what better way to clinch it than with a double overtime comeback? And that made three overtime games of five in the Finals, two of which were double overtime. Justin Williams skated off with the Conn Smythe Trophy for playoffs MVP, after getting nine goals and sixteen assists through all four rounds.

With many of experts picking the Kings to win, there wasn’t much room for improvement. But it was close, with four possible winners coming into the round. So what did it all mean for our contest? Without further ado, the winner of the 2014 NHL Playoffs Pick ‘Em is… Continue reading 2014 NHL Playoffs Expert Picks: Stanley Cup Results »

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