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Report: Adidas to give Bruins a jersey makeover for 2017-18

05.25.17 at 10:12 am ET
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The Bruins have had the same jersey design since 2007. (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)

The Bruins have had the same jersey design since 2007. (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)

Adidas is apparently going to mess with a good thing.

According to Sportslogos.net, the Bruins will be one of 12 teams whose jerseys will be redesigned by Adidas, who will take for Reebok as the league’s official outfitter, for the 2017-18 season.

An Original Six franchise, the Bruins returned to their classic, three-striped look in 2007 after what was a rather bland look, including one heinous alternate jersey featuring the most timid bear in the world, from the mid-90s through the mid-2000s. The change has been a success for the club, too, as their jersey set remains one of the best looking in the entire NHL.

The Bruins have also worked in two alternate jerseys over that span, the first of which featuring the club’s third logo (worn on the shoulder of both their home and away jerseys) from 2008 to 2016, and then the newest one, which is the club’s throwback jersey worn at the 2016 Winter Classic.

It’s unknown exactly what tweaks Adidas is expected to make to the B’s jerseys, but Sportslogos.net’s Chris Creamer speculates — or as he says, hopes — that it’s something simple like a switch to the name or number font, as the Bruins do not need a full jersey makeover. He does, however, mention the possibility of the Bruins possibly wearing gold instead of white as their road jersey.

The Bruins have had 26 different jersey sets in their franchise’s 93-year history.

After another subpar season, Bruins appear at crossroads with Jimmy Hayes

05.24.17 at 6:33 pm ET
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Jimmy Hayes had two goals and five points in 58 games this season. (Marc DesRosiers/USA Today Sports)

Jimmy Hayes had two goals in 58 games this season. (Marc DesRosiers/USA Today Sports)

To say that Jimmy Hayes lost his footing in what was his worst NHL season to date — two goals and just five points in 58 games for the Bruins this season — would suggest that he’s ever had it since landing with the Bruins in a July 2015 trade with Florida. Which, by the way, he most definitely has not.

But 2016-17 was beyond rough for the 6-foot-5 winger.

“It was obviously a rough season for me just from a production standpoint,” Hayes, under contract for one more season at $2.3 million, said. “It was a struggle all year for me to find my game and I’ve got to take responsibility for that. It’s just something – you have to go back to the drawing board and figure it out; figure out a way to start producing again in this league.”

It’s rather remarkable how that production seemingly left the 27-year-old the second that he came to the Bruins, too. Acquired on the heels of a 19-goal, 35-point campaign in 72 games with the Panthers, Hayes has since scored just 15 goals and totaled 34 points in two seasons (133 games, to be exact) with the B’s.

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Charlie McAvoy, Team USA eliminated from 2017 World Championships

05.18.17 at 4:29 pm ET
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Charlie McAvoy made his debut in the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs. (Marc DesRosiers/USA Today Sports)

Charlie McAvoy made his debut in the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs. (Marc DesRosiers/USA Today Sports)

A beyond busy, five-team season of hockey that took him all over the globe is finally over for Bruins prospect Charlie McAvoy, as Team USA has been bounced from the 2017 World Championships by virtue of their 2-0 loss to Finland in today’s quarterfinals showdown.

In what was a staunch change from the top-pairing minutes he logged for Boston University, the U.S. team at the 2017 World Juniors Championship, P-Bruins, and even the Big B’s in the playoffs, McAvoy skated in more of a supporting role for Jeff Blashill’s USA squad.

It was there that McAvoy’s tournament comes to a close with the 19-year-old having put up one assist, a plus-5 rating, five shots on goal, and six minutes in penalties in eight games played.

So, in total, and between five different clubs, McAvoy’s final stat line on his 2016-17 season will read seven goals, 31 assists, 38 points, and a plus-21 rating over the course of 63 games played.

McAvoy was not the only B’s prospect skating for the U.S., by the way, as forward Anders Bjork also skated, but was used sparingly and served as the club’s extra forward most nights, with zero points and three shots on goal in five games. And with that dip into the international game over for Bjork, it’s expected that he and the Bruins will meet to discuss whether or not he’ll sign his entry-level contract or go back to Notre Dame for his senior season with the Fighting Irish.

P-Bruins punch ticket to AHL Eastern Conference Finals

05.18.17 at 12:27 am ET
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Zane McIntyre has backstopped the P-Bruins to the AHL Eastern Conference Finals. (Christopher Hanewinckel/USA TODAY Sports)

Zane McIntyre has backstopped the P-Bruins to the AHL Eastern Conference Finals. (Christopher Hanewinckel/USA TODAY Sports)

By way of their 4-2 victory over the Hershey Bears in Game 7 on Wednesday, the Providence Bruins decided that the Celtics aren’t going to be the only New England team skating in a conference final.

In yet another road elimination game, the P-Bruins were guided to victory behind two goals from Jordan Szwarz, three points from Wayne Simpson, the empty-net dagger from 2015 first-round pick Jake DeBrusk, and stops from goaltender Zane McIntyre on 15-of-17 shots.

In net for all 12 of the Baby B’s wins throughout this run, McIntyre now boasts a .921 save percentage (the sixth-best in the AHL) and 2.11 goals against average (the fourth-best among goaltenders).

With two assists in the victory, forward Danton Heinen’s playoff line now reads five goals (fourth-most among AHL postseason skaters) and 12 points in 12 contests. Only San Jose’s Ryan Carpenter, with 13 points, has more points through the first two rounds of postseason play. Heinen, in just his first pro season since making the jump from the college ranks in 2015-16, had zero points and seven shots in eight NHL games this season.

As a team, the P-Bruins made AHL history with the win, too, as it was their fourth road elimination victory of this run, which is a number that no other team has ever matched in the league’s 81-year history.

So it’s off to the third round for the P-Bruins, where they will meet the Syracuse Crunch beginning in Providence this Friday.

This will be Providence’s first trip to the third round since 2009’s five-game loss to the Bears.

The P-Bruins won their only Calder Cup appearance in franchise history, which came against the Rochester Americans in 1999.

Former Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli named finalist for NHL GM of the Year

05.17.17 at 6:03 pm ET
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Peter Chiarelli is among the three finalists for 2017 NHL GM of the Year. (Steve Mitchell/USA Today Sports)

Peter Chiarelli is among the three finalists for 2017 NHL GM of the Year. (Steve Mitchell/USA Today Sports)

Former Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli has more than landed on his feet since being fired by the B’s back in 2015.

The NHL has recognized that, too, as Chiarelli has been named as one of the three finalists for the the league’s GM of the Year Award.

It’s proof that, well, good things can happen to your career when you have the No. 1 pick in a draft year featuring a generational talent.

There’s no sense in denying the obvious luck Chiarelli backed into when he was able to nab the game’s best player in Connor McDavid with that aforementioned No. 1 pick  in 2015, and it only improved once No. 97 suited up for the Oilers.

But beyond that…

Chiarelli made his biggest free agent splashes to date when he added both Milan Lucic and Andrej Sekera on long-term deals. Sekera has delivered as a viable top-four defenseman for an Oilers team that has been a disaster defensively throughout their laborious rebuild, but Lucic has been utterly terrible at five-on-five play, and is under contract at $6 million per season until he’s 35. Chiarelli also pulled the trigger on one of the more unusual one-for-one player swaps in recent league history (and probably became the only GM in league history to trade both the No. 1 and No. 2 draft picks from one year’s draft class, I’d have to imagine), with Taylor Hall sent to the Devils in exchange for defenseman Adam Larsson last summer.

At the same time, Chiarelli has done a solid job of turning projects like Zack Kassian, Patrick Maroon, and defenseman Kris Russell into positive additions for the club, and for that he deserves a definite pat on the back. That is of course until he inevitably decides to overextend them, win a bidding war against himself, and sign them each to paydays they’ll never justify.

Nashville’s David Poile and Senators GM Pierre Dorion were named the other finalists.

Ryan Spooner pokes fun at himself, Bruins fans in tweet

05.17.17 at 5:48 pm ET
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Bruins center Ryan Spooner had a year to forget.

Bounced between the wing and his natural center position throughout the year, the 25-year-old tallied 11 goals and 39 points in 78 games during the regular season, and was scratched for the final two games of the B’s first round series loss to the Senators.

And it would appear that his woes have extended into the offseason.

https://twitter.com/RSpooner2376/status/864659127552933894

No word if Spooner was using Expedia to check out the potential cities that the B’s have tried shopping him to this offseason.

 

Malcolm Subban wants to show Bruins he can be an NHL goaltender

05.15.17 at 10:10 pm ET
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Malcolm Subban is still looking for his NHL breakthrough. (Bob DeChiara/USA Today Sports)

Malcolm Subban is still looking for his NHL breakthrough. (Bob DeChiara/USA Today Sports)

Drafted with the 24th overall pick in 2012, it doesn’t feel as if Bruins netminder Malcolm Subban is any closer to the NHL as he was then.

Even if the 23-year-old Subban has skated in two NHL games.

“My two outings weren’t very good — they were terrible, to be honest,” Subban, currently the No. 4 goalie on the B’s depth chart, admitted to the Boston Globe. “I am trying to prove to everyone here that I can play, that I deserve to play, and that I want to play in the NHL.”

It’s been two games, and two early exits for Subban.

His first NHL chance came back on Feb. 20, 2015, where Subban was lifted after he allowed three goals on six shots in a 31-minute loss to the Blues. Subban had to stew in the AHL for another season plus before his next shot came, on Oct. 25, 2016 against the Wild. That one didn’t go much better, and Subban was once again lifted early, this time after he allowed three goals on 16 shots thrown his way in 30:36 of action.

And when Anton Khudobin was waived, it was Zane McIntyre, not Subban, that was given the chance at the B’s backup job.

Still, Subban wants to make his mark with the Bruins.

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