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Patrice Bergeron wins third Selke Trophy

06.24.15 at 7:18 pm ET
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Patrice Bergeron won his second consecutive Selke Trophy at Wednesday night’€™s NHL Awards in Las Vegas. The Boston center beat out Chicago’€™s Jonathan Toews and Los Angeles’€™ Anze Kopitar.

Bergeron is now a three-time winner of the Selke, which is given to the best defensive forward in the NHL as voted upon by the Pro Hockey Writers Association. Bergeron first won the award in the 2011-12 season and finished a close second to Toews in 2013 before earning consecutive Selke wins.

Bergeron is just the fifth player to win the Selke three times, joining Bob Gainey, Guy Carbonneau, Jere Lehtinen and Pavel Datstyuk. Only Gainey has won it four times.

The votes came down to the wire in Bergeron’s favor, as Bergeron recieved 1083 voting points to Toews’ 1051. Kopitar was a distant third with 364.

The 29-year-old Bergeron led the NHL with a 60.2 faceoff percentage this past season and was second in the league with an 8.99 percent CorsiRel. He also led the Bruins with 55 points, tying Dougie Hamilton for the team lead with 32 assists and scoring 23 goals.

While Toews’€™ quality of competition was higher than Bergeron’€™s this season, Bergeron had tougher shifts than both Toews and Kopitar based zone starts and boasted better possession numbers.

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Bruins to host Jets in 2015-16 home opener

06.24.15 at 12:08 pm ET
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The Bruins announced Wednesday that their home opener will take place Oct. 8. The B’€™s will host the Jets in the Garden’€™s first game of the 2015-16 season.

The rest of the NHL‘€™s schedules are expected to be released on Thursday.

Bruins sign Zane McIntyre to 2-year entry-level contract

06.23.15 at 3:25 pm ET
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The Bruins announced Tuesday that they have signed goaltender Zane McIntyre to a two-year entry-level contract.

Originally taken by the B’€™s in the sixth round of the 2010 draft, McIntyre has developed into one of the top goaltending prospects in hockey, finishing as a Hobey Baker finalist and winning the Mike Richter Award last season at North Dakota.

In three seasons at North Dakota, McIntyre set school records in career save percentage (.927) and goals against average (2.08). He posted a 58-24-9 career record.

Formerly Zane Gothberg, McIntyre changed his surname name to his mother’€™s maiden name following his grandmother’€™s passing in 2014. With his mother remarrying and sister getting married, McIntyre made the change to continue the family name.

The signing of McIntyre leaves the Bruins pretty loaded at goaltender, as 28-year-old Tuukka Rask is followed by 2012 first-round pick Malcolm Subban and McIntyre on the organizational depth chart. Boston still needs to sign a backup goaltender for the NHL team, however, as Niklas Svedberg departed for the KHL this offseason.

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NHL salary cap for 2015-16 set at $71.4 million

06.23.15 at 12:36 pm ET
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The NHL and NHLPA announced Tuesday that the salary cap upper limit for the 2015-16 season has been set at $71.4 million. The lower limit is $52.8 million.

The upper limit for the recently concluded season was $69 million, meaning teams will have $2.4 million more in cap space than was previously allotted.

Not counting Marc Savard, the Bruins currently have $59,841,667* against the cap committed to 15 players (nine forwards, five defensemen and one goalie) for next season, with Dougie Hamilton, Brett Connolly and Ryan Spooner all restricted free agents.

* The B’€™s have internal candidates (ex. Brian Ferlin, Joonas Kemppainen, Alexander Khokhlachev, Seth Griffith, Joe Morrow) to fill some of their roster vacancies, but only players with one-way contracts (or obvious NHLers such as David Pastrnak) were included in the aforementioned calculation.

Dougie Hamilton contract talks could pick up this week

06.22.15 at 4:04 pm ET
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Dougie Hamilton

Dougie Hamilton

Talks between the Bruins and restricted free agent Dougie Hamilton could soon pick up steam.

J.P. Barry, the agent for Hamilton, will be in Sunrise, Fla. later this week for the NHL draft. It’€™s expected that he and the B’€™s will talk shop as the sides look to find common ground on Hamilton’€™s next contract.

Hamilton, 22, is coming off his entry-level contract. Given his experience and his comparables, a long-term deal would likely command a steep cap hit, perhaps similar to that of Drew Doughty’€™s eight-year, $56 million deal signed back in 2011.

The Bruins could sign Hamilton to a shorter-term deal with a lower cap hit, but that would get Hamilton closer to unrestricted free agency, at which point he could command much more money.

If the Bruins and Hamilton do not strike a deal by July 1, Hamilton will be able to seek offer sheets from other teams. Should he sign with one of those teams, the Bruins would have seven days to either match that contract or take draft pick compensation instead.

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Don Sweeney says ‘highly unlikely’ Bruins bring back Carl Soderberg, offers ‘no comment’ on Dougie Hamilton

06.19.15 at 11:34 am ET
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Carl Soderberg (34) appears to be the latest salary cap casualty for the Bruins. (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Carl Soderberg appears to be the latest salary cap casualty for the Bruins. (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Carl Soderberg appears to be the latest casualty of the Bruins’ salary cap crunch.

The 29-year-old center had 13 goals and 31 assists this year while playing in all 82 games, playing out the final year of a three-year, $3 million contract. Soderberg will be looking for a big pay day as an unrestricted free agent.

The Bruins have just 16 players signed on their current roster and project to have $6.531 million in cap space remaining. Don Sweeney, preparing for his first NHL draft as general manager, knows he’s up against it.

“We’re trying to plan for every circumstance that may exist,” Sweeney said on a conference call Friday with reporters. “Carl was a very important part of our team this year. In a perfect world, we would be able to retain Carl. It’s highly unlikely at this point in time that that will be happening relative to our overall situation.”

With that eventuality in mind, the Bruins signed forward Joonas Kemppainen on May 21 to a one-year, two-way contract which would be worth a cap figure of $700,000 at the NHL level.

The 27-year-old played 59 games for Oulun Karpat in the Finnish Elite League during the 2014-15 season and recorded 11 goals, 21 assists and a plus-15 rating. In 19 playoff games for Karpat this year, the forward potted 10 goals and 14 assists for 24 points with a plus-14 rating. Kemppainen also competed in this year’€™s IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship where he ranked third on the Finnish team in goals (three), second in assists (six) and second in points (nine) in eight games played.

“I think Joonas represents a player of similar nature, similar skill set. He’s a big strong player,” Sweeney said. “He’s responsible. He’s 27 years old so he’s been through the pro ranks and he’s ready for it. He’s got some heaviness to his game. Look at his offensive production, it was pretty darned good this year in particular but really the last couple of year, he’s been very, very consistent and he rolled that right over to world championship, where again he was both very reliable, accountable as a two-player but also produced offensively, which is huge, huge for us.”

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Bruins announce 7-game preseason schedule

06.19.15 at 9:51 am ET
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Claude Julien will coach a ninth season with the Bruins. (Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

Claude Julien will coach a ninth season with the Bruins. (Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

The Bruins will have a distinctive New England feel to their seven-game preseason slate.

Four of the seven games the Bruins will play to get ready for the upcoming season will be in either Boston or Providence. The team announced its full preseason schedule Friday. Three of the games will be played at TD Garden.

The preseason will begin on Sunday, Sept. 20 in Providence, against the New Jersey Devils at the Dunkin Donuts Center. The Bruins also announced that they will release more information and dates in regards to the annual rookie camp and training camp, including rosters, later in the summer.

Here is the complete preseason schedule (subject to change):

Sunday, September 20 (Providence, RI)
New Jersey Devils at Boston Bruins (Dunkin’€™ Donuts Center, Providence, RI, 7:00 p.m. ET)

Tuesday, September 22 (Boston, MA)
Washington Capitals at Boston Bruins (TD Garden, Boston, MA, 7:00 p.m. ET)

Thursday, September 24 (Boston, MA)
New York Rangers at Boston Bruins (TD Garden, Boston, MA, 7:00 p.m. ET)

Saturday, September 26 (Detroit, MI)
-Boston Bruins at Detroit Red Wings (Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, MI, 7:00 p.m. ET)

Monday, September 28 (Boston, MA)
-Detroit Red Wings at Boston Bruins (TD Garden, Boston, MA, 7:00 p.m. ET)

Wednesday, September 30 (New York, NY)
-Boston Bruins at New York Rangers (Madison Square Garden, New York, NY, 7:00 p.m. ET)

Friday, October 2 (Washington, DC)
-Boston Bruins at Washington Capitals (Verizon Center, Washington, DC, 7:00 p.m. ET)

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