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Bruins draft right wing David Pastrnak in first round

06.27.14 at 9:49 pm ET
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The Bruins chose Czech right wing David Pastrnak with their first-round pick (25th overall) Friday night in Philadelphia.

The 5-foot-11, 170-pound Pastrnak has spent the last two seasons playing for Sodertalje in Sweden. A right shot, the 18-year-old was ranked the fifth-best European skater in the draft by NHL Central Scouting.

Pastrnak is Boston’s first first-round pick since 2012 (Malcolm Subban) and the team’s first pick since Keith Gretzky took over as the director or amateur scouting last August.

The Bruins will pick Saturday in the second round (56th overall), fourth round, fifth round and seventh round. Their third-round pick was traded to the Flyers at the trade deadline last season for Andrej Meszaros, while their sixth-round pick was traded to the Blues during the lockout-shortened 2013 season for Wade Redden.

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NHL salary cap set at $69 million for 2014-15 season

06.27.14 at 5:05 pm ET
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The NHL and NHL Players Association announced the payroll range for the 2014-15 season Friday, and the upper limit being lower than anticipated should make the Bruins’ offseason even more difficult than initially anticipated.

The lower limit is set at $51 million, with the upper limit set at $69 million. The upper limit was expected to be somewhere around $70 million, with recent speculation suggesting it could be higher. The Bruins, who have $67.58 million in cap space  committed to next season, but can go as far as $4.027 million over the upper limit if Marc Savard is placed on long-term injured reserve, will now be hard-pressed to retain their unsigned players — Jarome Iginla chief among them — without shedding a current contract or two.

Reilly Smith and Torey Krug are both restricted free agents, as are Matt Bartkowski and Jordan Caron.

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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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