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Report: Rangers not yet giving Bruins permission to speak to Jeff Gorton

05.04.15 at 3:11 pm ET
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Jeff Gorton

Jeff Gorton

Rangers general manager Glen Sather told the New York Post’€™s Larry Brooks Monday that he has not given the Bruins permission to speak to former B’€™s interim GM and current Rangers assistant GM Jeff Gorton. Sather noted that he won’€™t give permission while the Rangers are in the playoffs and still might not after that.

“I haven’€™t given permission to anybody to speak to anyone and I won’€™t as long as we’€™re playing,” Sather told Brooks Monday. “And there’€™s a question whether I would, anyway, after it’€™s over.”

Gorton worked with the Bruins from 1992-2007, taking over as GM in March of 2006 until Peter Chiarelli was allowed to officially become GM on July 15 of that year. The Bruins had hired Chiarelli in May of 2006, but his non-compete clause in his Senators contract prevented an immediate move.

The Bruins did extremely well under Gorton during the brief transition. Technically, Gorton signed Zdeno Chara and Marc Savard, traded Andrew Raycroft for Tuukka Rask, and drafted Phil Kessel, Milan Lucic and Brad Marchand.

The Bruins fired Gorton the next offseason. They are now interested in bringing him back, with the Boston Herald reporting last month that the team had reached out to Gorton. ESPN’€™s Joe McDonald reported Sunday night that the B’€™s have come up with a short list of four finalists to replace Chiarelli, and it’€™s safe to say that Gorton is in that group.

It is not uncommon for potential interviews or hirings to be held up until a team’s season is over. The Canucks, for example, did not hire then-assistant GM Jim Benning away from the Bruins until a week after Boston was eliminated last season.

While Gorton is a serious candidate for the Bruins’€™ GM job, Bruins assistant general manager Don Sweeney remains a favorite to replace Chiarelli.

The Rangers, meanwhile, have incentive to keep Gorton. Sather is 71 years old, with Brooks writing that the current GM could either step down or take a higher position with the Rangers at some point, which would open up the general manager job for Gorton in New York.

Providence Bruins headed for Game 5 of first-round series with Hartford

04.28.15 at 9:24 pm ET
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Malcolm Subban

Malcolm Subban

PROVIDENCE — The Providence Bruins’€™ first-round series with the Hartford Wolf Pack will come down to a decisive Game 5, as the Baby B’€™s suffered a 2-1 Game 4 loss at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center Tuesday to leave the series knotted at two games apiece.

Seth Griffith scored his second goal in as many games as he fired a shot from the point past Yann Danis during a third-period man advantage, but it wasn’€™t enough on a night in which Providence squandered five of its six power plays.

Mat Bodie scored Hartford’€™s first goal, scoring off the rush in the second period following the expiration of Providence’€™s fourth power play of the game. Bodie’€™s shot, which came at 3:06 of the second, was just the fourth shot that Malcolm Subban faced on the night. Providence’€™s early power plays allowed them to outshoot Hartford, 8-2, in the first period. While that prevented Hartford from scoring early, it also left Providence’s goaltender cold.

“It’s pretty tough,” Subban said of not facing shots early. “You’re not really in the game and you’re trying to get in the game and they get a three-on-two. It’s kind of tough. Obviously the first goal, maybe if I’m in the game I make the save. It’s not that I can’t make it when I’m not in the game, it’s just it’s a really tough save to try to get into the game on.”

After a good chance for the Bruins during a late second-period power play, Joe Morrow took a cross-checking penalty to leave the sides playing four-on-four late in the period and give Hartford an abbreviated power play to open the third period. Less than a minute after that power play ended, Tyler Brown tipped a point shot past Subban to give Hartford a two-goal lead.

Minutes later, Providence forward Zach Phillips was assessed a double-minor for butt-ending, forcing the B’€™s to spend the next four minutes shorthanded. Providence survived the double-minor and eventually cashed on its next power play with Griffith’€™s goal with 7:06 remaining in regulation.

Providence was unable to find the equalizer in the final minutes, pulling Subban with about 90 seconds to play but failing to tie it.

“We’re going to put this behind us,” Providence coach Bruce Cassidy said after the game. “It wasn’t awful; it’s just we had the chance to finish the job and we didn’t. It’s that simple.”

David Pastrnak did not play in the game. He left Sunday’€™s Game 3 with a lower-body injury suffered on a hit from defenseman Dylan McIlrath. Pastrtnak’s status for Friday’s game is still unclear, Cassidy said.

Claude Julien was among those on hand, watching alongside assistant coach Doug Jarvis. Julien is still Boston’€™s head coach, but that could change once the Bruins hire their next general manager. Assistant GMs Don Sweeney and John Ferguson were also in attendance.

The Baby B’s finished the game with a 29-17 edge in shots on goal. Game 5 will be played Friday in Hartford.

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Milan Lucic’s father dies unexpectedly

04.25.15 at 3:29 pm ET
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The Bruins announced Saturday that Dobro Lucic, father of forward Milan Lucic, died unexpectedly this week.

“I learned on Wednesday, April 22 that my father passed away unexpectedly in Vancouver,” Lucic said in a statement. “My family and I am very grateful for the outpouring of support from the hockey community, friends and fans from around the world. We kindly ask everyone to respect our privacy during this difficult and sad time.”

Bruins president Cam Neely also issued a statement on the passing of Lucic’s father.

“On behalf of the Jacobs family and the entire Boston Bruins organization I would like to express our deepest condolences to Milan and his family on the passing of his father, Dobro,” Neely said. “Our thoughts will be with the Lucic family during this time, and we will be here to offer them support in any way that we can.”

Peter Chiarelli joins Oilers as president of hockey operations and general manager

04.24.15 at 5:00 pm ET
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Peter Chiarelli

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Former Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli was named president of hockey operations and general manager of the Oilers Friday.

Chiarelli enters a team with a number of highly skilled young forwards in Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Nail Yakupov, Jordan Eberle and Leon Draisaitl. Generational talent Connor McDavid will be added to that group with the first overall pick in June’€™s draft.

As such, Chiarelli was asked early in the press conference about the Bruins’€™ 2013 trade of Tyler Seguin to Dallas. Since the trade, Seguin has blossomed into one of the league’€™s best scorers.

“That was a trade that had underlying reasons hat I won’€™t get into, but he’€™s a terrific player, he was our leading scorer and that’€™s what I’€™ll say about that one’€ Chiarelli responded.

“In this business, you can’€™t be afraid to make trades. The way that the parity is developing, the way that the cap is closing in, the margins are really small. Those are ways to improve your team. I’€™m not afraid of doing it, but it has to be the right moment.

“There are some very good young players on this team. Doesn’€™t mean I’€™m going to trade any of them, but those are deals that you have to be willing to make. They have to be well-measured. You have to be well-informed.

“That deal, obviously he’€™s a very good player and there were reasons for doing it.”

Chiarelli said earlier in the press conference that he feels he can get more out of Edmonton’€™s young players.

“They play fast,” Chiarelli said. “I’€™d like to see them play a little harder.”

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Reports: Oilers to announce hiring of Peter Chiarelli Friday

04.23.15 at 10:52 pm ET
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According to multiple reports out of Canada, the Oilers will announce the hiring of former Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli in a press conference Friday.

It is unknown what exactly Chiarelli’€™s title with the team will be, but Elliotte Friedman of Hockey Night in Canada reported Thursday night that it will be something along the lines of president of hockey operations. Sportsnet’€™s Mark Spector reported Thursday that the Oilers will have a meeting Friday morning to notify staff of Chiarelli’€™s new position.

The Bruins have the right to draft pick compensation if another team hires Chiarelli. They could waive that right to ensure that Chiarelli takes another job, thereby getting the money owed to him over the rest of his Bruins contract off Boston’€™s books.

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Patrice Bergeron gives Claude Julien endorsement

04.23.15 at 1:58 pm ET
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Patrice Bergeron was made available to the media Thursday to discuss his Selke candidacy, but he was well aware that the Bruins have bigger things to worry about than awards this summer.

Bergeron gave Claude Julien a vote of confidence, saying that he enjoys playing for the longtime Bruins coach. Julien is currently in limbo, as the B’€™s recently fired general manager Peter Chiarelli and said that the next GM will decide whether Julien stays or goes. Julien has been Boston’€™s coach for the last eight years.

“By all means, I like Claude; I like playing for Claude,” Bergeron said. “We’€™ll see what happens with that.”

Bergeron said he sent Chiarelli a text last week expressing his gratitude for all Chiarelli had done for him. Chiarelli is reportedly in talks with the Oilers about joining their front office.

It is unknown who will replace Chiarelli, though the Bruins have some internal candidates in Don Sweeney and John Furguson. Bergeron said he’€™s confidently Neely will make the right decision.

“I’€™m not concerned. I’€™m a player. It’€™s definitely out of my control, but I have full confidence and support in what upper-management, the decision they’€™ll make,” Bergeron said. “[Nine] years ago now, they hired Peter and no one knew what was going to happen and we won a Stanley Cup. I’€™m definitely going to leave it in their hands again and I’€™m sure they’€™re going to make the right decision one more time.”

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Patrice Bergeron won’t play in World Championships

04.23.15 at 1:15 pm ET
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Bruins center Patrice Bergeron said Thursday that he will not participate in the upcoming IIHF World Championships in the Czech Republic.

Bergeron said that then-Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli, who has had a hand in management of Team Canada over the years, told him that the team was trending younger for next month’€™s tournament. This won’€™t damage Bergeron’€™s trophy case too badly, as he’€™s already a member of the Triple Gold club as a World Championship, Olympic and Stanley Cup champion.

Bergeron won the World Championship with Team Canada in 2004. The Czech Republic was the host country for the tournament that year as well.

The 29-year-old center will join Zdeno Chara and David Krejci as B’€™s players who will sit out the tournament. Torey Krug was named to Team USA when the initial roster announcement was made last week.

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