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Bruins promote Scott Bradley, Ryan Nadeau, hire John Ferguson Jr.

06.27.14 at 10:31 am ET
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The Bruins announced three front-office moves Saturday, the most notable of which was the promotion of Scott Bradley to assistant general manager to replace the departed Jim Benning.

Ryan Nadeau, who had been serving as the director of hockey administration on the team’€™s scouting staff, was promoted to director of hockey operations/analytics.

Former Maple Leafs general manager John Ferguson Jr. was hired as executive director of player personnel. Bradley had been serving as director of player personnel.

Perhaps Ferguson’€™s most notable move as Maple Leafs GM was trading the rights to Tuukka Rask to the Bruins in exchange for Andrew Raycroft in June of 2006.

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Tuukka Rask wins Vezina, Patrice Bergeron wins Selke on big NHL Awards night for Bruins

06.24.14 at 9:00 pm ET
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The Bruins were well-represented among NHL award winners Tuesday night in Las Vegas, as goalie Tuukka Rask won the Vezina Trophy and center Patrice Bergeron received a number of distinctions highlighted by his second Frank J. Selke Trophy in three seasons.

Bergeron also won the NHL Foundation Player Award and finished fifth in Hart Trophy voting. He was also named as the cover athlete on next year’€™s NHL 15 video game.

Zdeno Chara, meanwhile, finished second in Norris Trophy voting, with Chicago defenseman Duncan Keith winning the award for the second time in his career. Chara finished a distant second, as Keith had 68 first-place votes and totaled 1033 points while Chara has only 21 first-place votes and had a total of 667 points.

Shea Weber finished just behind Chara with 638 points. He received more first-place votes than Chara, as Weber received 26. Chara received mostly second-place votes, as his 39 were more than anyone else.

With regard to the Selke, Bergeron, who led the league in Corsi and was second in CorsiRel, beat out Chicago’€™s Jonathan Toews (who narrowly won the Selke over Bergeron last season) and Kings center Anze Kopitar.

Bergeron received 112 first-place votes and totaled 1,283 points, with Kopitar (840 points) and Toews (624) finishing second and third, respectively.

In addition to his defensive prowess and strong work in the face-off circle (Bergeron finished third in the NHL with a 58.6 face-off percentage), the 28-year-old tied for the Bruins lead with 30 goals.

Bergeron’€™s plus-38 rating was second in the NHL, with only teammate David Krejci‘€™s plus-39 surpassing his mark.

As for the Vezina, Rask’€™s 103 points from NHL general managers surpassed Semyon Varlamov‘€™s 90 points and Ben Bishop‘€™s 32. Rask received half of the first-place votes.

Both Chara and Rask were named to the first-team NHL All Star Team, while defenseman Torey Krug was named to the All Rookie team.

Claude Julien was fourth in Jack Adams voting, with Peter Chiarelli finishing sixth in GM of the Year voting.

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Pat Burns elected to Hockey Hall of Fame

06.23.14 at 6:49 pm ET
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Former Bruins coach Pat Burns was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame Monday. Burns, who died of cancer in 2010, will be inducted in November along with Dominik Hasek, Peter Forsberg, Mike Modano, Rob Blake and referee Bill McCreary.

“On behalf of the Boston Bruins I would like to congratulate the family of Pat Burns on his election into the Hockey Hall of Fame,” Bruins President Cam Neely said in a statement. “Pat had an outstanding career in hockey, and we are very happy to see him rewarded with this great honor.”

Burns was a three-time Jack Adams Award winner as coach of the year, earning the distinction in 1998 while coaching the Bruins. He coached 14 seasons between Montreal, Toronto, Boston and New Jersey and won the Stanley Cup with the Devils in 2003.

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Bruins sign Niklas Svedberg to one-way contract, making Chad Johnson return unlikely

06.23.14 at 6:30 pm ET
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The Bruins signed goaltender Niklas Svedberg to a one-year, one-way contract worth $600,000, positioning Svedberg to be Tuukka Rask‘€™s backup and likely signaling the end of Chad Johnson‘€™s time with the team.

Svedberg, who has been with the Bruins for the last two seasons, has spent nearly his entire time with the organization playing for Providence. He won the Aldege ‘€œBaz’€ Bastien Memorial Award as the AHL’€™s top goalie in the 2012-13 season, posting a .925 save percentage and 2.17 goals-against average.

Last season, he had a .910 save percentage for Providence with a 2.63 GAA. He made his NHL debut (and only NHL start thus far) last season in a 3-2 win over Nashville on Jan. 2.

Johnson played last season on the same terms as Svedberg will get next season, and his performance as Rask’€™s backup made him a good candidate to get more money and playing time elsewhere, much like Anton Khudobin did last offseason.

With Svedberg a safe bet to be in Boston next season, 2012 first-round pick Malcolm Subban is in line to become Providence’€™s starting goaltender.

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Peter Chiarelli: Bruins won’t go big in free agency

06.23.14 at 1:18 pm ET
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Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli held a conference with the media Monday to discuss the upcoming draft and free agency periods. Here are some of the takeaways:

- Chiarelli declined comment on negotiations with Jarome Iginla, saying only that the team wants the free agent forward to stay in Boston. The B’€™s are facing $4.75 million in penalties from cap overages from last season, most of which were from the easily reached incentives in Iginla’€™s one-year contract.

Chiarelli said the team was willing to face such a situation when they signed Iginla last offseason, but hinted the team might be less inclined to do a similar deal given that they have to account for raises to other players (Chiarelli mentioned David Krejci, but Carl Soderberg can also be included) in the 2015-16 season. So, connecting the dots, perhaps the Bruins are more willing to do a multi-year deal with Iginla rather than another one-year, incentive laden deal.

If that were to happen, Iginla’€™s cap hit would be higher than it was last season ($1.8 million), but the team won’€™t have to deal with cap penalties in future seasons.

- Such a scenario might make things tight for the Bruins. The salary cap has yet to be announced for the coming season, but when factoring in Marc Savard‘€™s long-term injury reserve space, the Bruins are probably looking at about $8 million to $10 million to sign a group of players that includes Iginla, Reilly Smith and Torey Krug, among others. Asked whether he felt he needed to move a contract in order to get his players signed, Chiarelli said he has multiple potential game plans for this offseason, some of which include trading a player off the current roster.

- Chiarelli said the Bruins are not planning on using a compliance buyout at this time.

- The Bruins will look at ‘€œlesser deals’€ in free agency, according to Chiarelli. For both cap’€™s sake and chemistry’€™s sake, the team is not looking at bringing in a big-name free agent.

- Providence coach Bruce Cassidy is a potential candidate to take Geoff Ward‘€™s old job as one of Claude Julien‘€™s assistants, but Chiarelli noted the team might want to keep Cassidy in Providence because of how dependable he has been with developing younger players, especially on the back end.

- The number of new general managers has led to increased chatter among teams, Chiarelli said. He noted that the first-time managers seem eager to execute their plans, which has resulted in more teams talking.

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Bruins 2014-15 schedule released

06.22.14 at 4:16 pm ET
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The NHL announced the regular-season schedule for the 2014-15 season Sunday. The Bruins open on Oct. 8 against the Flyers at TD Garden and will play the next night in Detroit.

The B’€™s will play three of their four games against Montreal in the first two months of the season during a span of 17 games, the first of which will be Oct. 16 in Montreal. The teams’ last meeting of the season will be on Feb. 8.

The Bruins have 16 back-to-backs next season. They will play the Stanley Cup champion Kings on Dec. 2 in Los Angeles and Jan. 31 in Boston.

The entire schedule is as follows, with game times local to the location of the game: Read the rest of this entry »

Bruins to open season vs. Flyers

06.22.14 at 11:59 am ET
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The NHL has announced home openers for each team in the 2014-15 season, with the Bruins opening the season at home against the Flyers on Oct. 8.

From there, the B’€™s will head to Detroit to play the Red Wings on Oct. 9. Montreal will host the Bruins in its home opener on Oct. 16.

The entire schedule will be released Sunday at 4 p.m.

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