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Re: Bruins 2016-17:

Postby MattyB » Fri Sep 16, 2016 5:28 am

Boston Bruins Shakeup Their Front Office

The Boston Bruins announced several changes to the organization makeup of their front office on Thursday.

No, it’s not what you think. Jeremy Jacobs didn’t arise from the grave to smite all of those in the front office responsible for the Bruins performance over that last two years. (Although a little bit of smiting should happen over that whole Zac Rinaldo mess last season.) The Boston Bruins announced a number of personnel changes to their front office and their coaching staff yesterday evening.

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Re: Bruins 2016-17:

Postby MattyB » Mon Sep 19, 2016 5:38 am

No quick fix for Bruins with Don Sweeney’s long-term plan

Bruins veterans have been living with the ignominy of being deprived a playoff spot with their loss in the regular-season finale for five months now. But on Thursday, they can finally, mercifully turn the page when they report to Warrior Ice Arena in Brighton for training camp to prepare for the 2016-17 campaign.

Will it end any differently than the last two playoff-less seasons? Maybe. It will most likely come down to the final week, if not the final game once again.

A third straight postseason miss would understandably send the people who pay the exorbitant prices for tickets and concessions at the Garden into a frenzy. But the end result should not make or break general manager Don Sweeney, as some believe.

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Re: Bruins 2016-17:

Postby MattyB » Tue Sep 20, 2016 5:21 am

Defenseman Joe Morrow aims to seize opportunity with Boston Bruins

BRIGHTON -- To say this is a big season for Joe Morrow would be an understatement.

The former first-round pick is entering his fourth season with the Bruins organization and is, perhaps unbelievably, the final player still with Boston who was involved in the Tyler Seguin trade. Morrow, 23, had his best moments at the NHL level to date last season with a goal and seven points in 33 games and he remained on the Bruins roster from beginning to end.

So there was some level of opportunity for Morrow last season to establish himself as a young D-man worthy of playing in the top-6, but there were also long stretches of healthy scratches and inactivity. He was never able to truly seize that chance despite passing, shooting and size/strength skills that make him look like a potential top-4 defenseman at his best.

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Re: Bruins 2016-17:

Postby MattyB » Wed Sep 21, 2016 5:18 am

A more mature Mueller says his PTO with Bruins "is no joke"

BRIGHTON -- Peter Mueller says he’s matured a bit playing the last three years in Europe, and is just happy to be back in North America with a PTO in hand to try out for a winger spot on the Boston Bruins. The former eighth overall pick in the 2006 NHL Draft has had a bit a rocky road since a couple of pretty good seasons to start out his NHL career with the Coyotes, but found himself unable to secure NHL work following the lockout season with Florida in 2012-13.

“This has been going on since Jan. 1, but to be honest I was always checking the scores and the box scores to see what was going on in North America,” said the Minnesota-born Mueller, who had 22 goals and 54 points in his rookie season with the Coyotes back in 2007-08. “I was always following up with the guys, and I was very focused on making a push back [to the NHL] this year. I was very fortunate that Boston reached out with a PTO, and I gladly accepted. It’s a good chance for me to prove my worth.”

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Re: Bruins 2016-17:

Postby MattyB » Thu Sep 22, 2016 5:35 am

David Krejci wants to be a productive Bruin again

David Krejci knows enough than to lend credence to every trade rumor he’s been the subject of over the years. He doesn’t sweat every time his name hits the World Wide Web.

But Krejci, looking to regain his form after offseason hip surgery, became more than a bit curious after the Bruins signed David Backes to a five-year, $30 million contract on July 1.

It was easy to conjure up trade scenarios involving Krejci, however flawed they may have been. While Backes played some wing and apparently will continue to do so with the B’s, he is best known as a centerman who’s played on the top two lines. The Bruins were looking for a top-four defenseman. Krejci has seen the organization make some tough personnel decisions the last two years.

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Re: Bruins 2016-17:

Postby MattyB » Fri Sep 23, 2016 5:10 am

3 Interesting Storylines For Start of Bruins Training Camp

BOSTON (CBS) – Even with most of the attention of the hockey world focused on Toronto and World Cup of Hockey 2016, NHL training camps open Thursday.

The Bruins will report to Warrior Ice Arena for their off-ice testing and physicals and then begin their training camp without their coach Claude Julien, captain Zdeno Chara, best player Patrice Bergeron, top goal scorer Brad Marchand, biggest offseason addition David Backes, No. 1 goaltender Tuukka Rask and young future star David Pastrnak. Yes, camp is going to have a different feel for a few days until everyone comes back from Toronto.

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Re: Bruins 2016-17:

Postby MattyB » Sat Sep 24, 2016 10:21 am

Boston Bruins: Critical Year For David Krejci

The Boston Bruins have failed to make the playoffs the last two seasons. No one feels this pain more keenly than Bruins alternate captain David Krejci. He’s been battling injuries the last two seasons. Those injuries kept Krejci out of critical games, and his lack of production and presence cost the team dearly.

Now as the Bruins head into training camp, the 30-year old Czech native is ready to do all he can to have a solid 82-game season. Krejci and the Bruins medical staff are working hard on a reasonable rehabilitation program, and hopes are high that Krejci will be able to start on opening night on October 13.

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Re: Bruins 2016-17:

Postby MattyB » Mon Sep 26, 2016 5:17 am

Vatrano (foot surgery) expected to be sidelined for 3 months

Boston Bruins forward and East Longmeadow native Frank Vatrano is already facing an uphill battle in his second NHL season.

Bruins general manager Don Sweeney announced Saturday that Vatrano tore ligaments in his left foot while training before Boston's preseason camp and will need to undergo surgery. The expected recovery time for the surgery is three months.

Vatrano is set to undergo a surgical repair by Dr. George Theodore at Massachusetts General Hospital on Monday.

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Re: Bruins 2016-17:

Postby MattyB » Mon Oct 03, 2016 5:06 am

Boston Bruins Announce Multiple Roster Transactions

With the regular season looming, the Boston Bruins are looking to cut their roster down. Sunday marked the first day that the team made their first roster transactions to do so.

Per the team’s official website:

“Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney announced today, October 2, that the team has made the following transactions to its 2016 Training Camp roster: forwards Anton Blidh, Colby Cave, Peter Cehlarik, Colton Hargrove, Justin Hickman , defensemen Linus Arnesson, Matt Grzelcyk and goaltenders Zane McIntyre and Dan Vladar have been assigned to the Providence Bruins; forwards Jesse Gabrielle, Zach Senyshyn, and defensemen Jeremy Lauzon and Jakub Zboril have been returned to their Junior teams; forwards Mark Naclerio, A.J. White, defensemen Josh Atkinson, Chris Breen, Alex Roach, and goaltender Matt Ginn have been released from the Boston Bruins Training Camp and will join the Providence Bruins Training Camp; forward Peter Mueller has been released from his Professional Tryout Agreement; defensemen Chris Casto, Tommy Cross and Alex Grant have been placed on waivers for the purpose of reassignment.”

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Re: Bruins 2016-17:

Postby MattyB » Tue Oct 04, 2016 5:06 am

MARCHAND: TO RETIRE A MEMBER OF THE B'S "WOULD BE A DREAM COME TRUE"

BRIGHTON, Mass. -- Brad Marchand said he made no bones about his desire to retire a member of the Boston Bruins when talking contract extension with the only NHL organization he’s ever known, and now the B’s agitator will get that chance.

The 28-year-old Marchand signed an eight year contract extension worth $49 million last week that could conceivably make that happen, and will happen as long as he's somewhere close to the guy that posted 37 goals and 61 points last season.

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