|06.29.09 at 5:40 pm ET|
According to a TSN report, Bruins winger Peter Schaefer was placed on waivers on Monday along with St. Louis Blues defenseman Jay McKee and Florida Panthers forward Brett McLean. Schaefer spent the entire 2008-09 season with the Providence Bruins and scored 26 points in 47 AHL games — a casualty of the salary cap system where his $2.1 million cap hit would have proven unwieldy for the B’s at the NHL level last season. Schaefer scored 26 points in 63 games for the Bruins in 2006-07 after GM Peter Chiarelli traded for the former Ottawa Senator forward prior to the season.
Placing Schaefer on waivers could be a precursor for buying out the soon-to-be 32-year-old’s contract for the 2009-10 season, but that hasn’t taken place as of yet. Contract buyouts come at two-thirds the cost to the club, with the team gaining the ability to spread out the cost of the buyout over twice the amount of time remaining on the contract (eg. with one year left on the contract for each of these players, the cost against the team’s cap is spread out over the next two seasons). For Shaefer, that means a contract buyout would add a total of $700,000 to Boston’s cap hit for the next seasons.
|06.28.09 at 11:00 pm ET|
In case you missed our NHL draft coverage this past weekend, here’s a wrap-up including in-depth player profiles, analysis, and live blogging from Montreal by our Bruins expert – Joe Haggerty:
|06.27.09 at 3:54 pm ET|
MONTREAL — Boston Bruins winger Mark Recchi was in Montreal for the NHL Draft this weekend, and told the Inside Hockey Radio Show Saturday that the Bruins are his top choice as an unrestricted free agent. B’s GM Peter Chiarelli has also indicated that he’d like to have Recchi back in the Boston fold after showing he’s still got plenty to offer in terms of offense and leadership. It’s expected the Bruins will address Recchi and Boston’s other UFAs after making a decision on RFAs like Phil Kessel, Matt Hunwick and Byron Bitz.
The 41-year-old Recchi scored 61 points all-together in the 2008-09 hockey season, and finished with 10 goals and 6 assists in 18 games for the B’s following the trade deadline. Recchi was a factor on both the power play, and 5-on-5 as a pesky force tipping pucks in front of the net.
‘We talked to Peter and he just left me a message a few minutes ago,” said Recchi to the Inside Hockey Radio Show on Saturday. “The situation with Boston (Chiarelli) has got some things to figure out cap-wise. But Boston is my first choice and I’m going to give them every opportunity in the world to figure things out, so I can go back there. They treated me great after I came there at the trade deadline, and I’m more than willing to give them a little extra time to figure things out.’
|06.27.09 at 1:55 pm ET|
With their final pick, 206th overall in the seventh round, the Bruins selected center Ben Sexton. The 18-year-old played in the Central Junior ‘A’ Hockey League for the Nepean Raiders in 2008-09, where he scored 14 goals with 21 assists in 38 games.
Hailing from Ottawa, Sexton is the son of former Senators GM Randy Sexton (currently assistant GM for the Florida Panthers).
|06.27.09 at 1:20 pm ET|
After skipping the fifth round, the Bruin’s next pick came at the 176th overall slot.
Enter Tyler Randell.
While he only just turned 18 two weeks ago, the 6-foot-1, 191-pound right-winger is plenty experienced. Randell won a gold medal as a member of the under-17 Team Ontario club in 2007, and played in 19 playoff games as a member of the OHL’s Belleville Bulls. In 73 games for both the Bulls and the Kitchener Rangers (who traded for Randell midway through last season), Randell scored 24 goals with 13 assists for a total of 37 points in 2008-09.
Randell was the 13th ranked OHL player in 2009, according the NHL scouting report.
|06.27.09 at 12:22 pm ET|
With the 112th overall pick in the fourth round, the B’s selected Lane MacDermid from the Ontario Hockey League’s Windsor Spitfires. The 20-year-old left-winger scored seven goals with 14 assists in 38 regular season games played during 2008-09. Most notable, however, was the success MacDermid enjoyed during the Spitfires’ playoff run that culminated with them winning the OHL’s championship. In 20 playoff games, MacDermid scored four goals with five assists.
MacDermid is also known for his feisty play on the ice. He is especially notorious for his intense fighting and passion, logging 17 fights and 112 penalty minutes in the OHL. A standard Google search proves this as most of the results are YouTube videos of his numerous fights. At 6-foot-3 and 204-pounds, MacDermid is an imposing figure.
|06.27.09 at 11:45 am ET|
The Bruins seem to have made up for their lack of a second-round pick with their selection of Ryan Button in the third round. With the 86th overall pick, the Bruins took the 18-year-old defenseman from Edmonton.
Many expected Button to go in the second round, but of course anything can happen in the draft. The 6-foot, 185-pound lefty enjoyed a successful 2008-09 season for the Western Hockey League’s Prince Albert Raiders. In 70 games, Button recorded five goals and 32 assists, leading the team’s defensemen in the latter.
Button has excellent mobility and skating skills. Scouts and coaches say they like Button’s leadership qualities and the effort he consistently exerts. According to one scouting blogger, Button only threw down his gloves three times last year, but in each instance he was defending a teammate.
The NHL scouting report said the following about Button:
‘Button skates and plays the game with so much composure for a young player. His passes and movement around the rink are excellent. He uses his defensive partner well and he’s a team player that can buy time and space with his smarts for the game.’
Here’s a few personality tidbits on Caron’s likes, dislikes and favorite things courtesy of his prospect page at NHL.com:
NHL Player: Scott Niedermayer
Shootout move: ‘Spin-O-Rama’
Goal celebration: Jumping into the boards
Video Game: NHL ‘09
Reality Show: The Apprentice
Actor/Actress: Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie
Cartoon: Family Guy
Book: Night by Elie Wiesel
Pump-up song: ‘Kick Start My Heart’ by Motley Crue
Sport (other than hockey): Football
Place to visit: Dominican Republic
Superhero: Spider Man
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