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Bruins draft a guy few have heard of

06.30.13 at 9:44 pm ET
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The Patriots are known for drafting players who aren’t anywhere near the radar. When they drafted Rutgers safety Duron Harmon in the third round, Harmon’s mother asked her son why the television channels didn’t have clips of him.

The Bruins had one of those moments when they took a fellow named Anton Blidh in the sixth round. Blidh is a Swedish left wing, and upon his selection even the most knowledgeable of draft analysts were at a loss.

It was tough to find much of anything about Blidh online, though he had 17 goals and 10 assists for 27 points in 43 games for Frolunda Jr. last season.

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Peter Chiarelli says Tyler Seguin needs to be ‘more of a professional’

06.30.13 at 8:54 pm ET
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Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli didn’t trade Tyler Seguin during draft weekend, but it seems his patience is wearing thin with the young winger.

Chiarelli told reporters at the draft that Seguin’s commitment is an issue that needs fixing as he enters the first year of a six-year deal that will carry an annual cap hit of $5.75 million.

“He’s got to commit his mind and focus to the one task at hand,” Chiarelli told reporters. “He’s got to become more of a professional. You know what? I can say that about a lot of 21-year-olds. I know he got criticized for playing on the periphery and all that stuff. He did. He’s got to commit to being a professional and focusing on the game. Simple as that. He does that, we don’t expect him to be crashing and banging. Just play your game.”

According to Fluto Shinzawa of The Boston Globe, Chiarelli is seeking “an elite young player or prospect” if he is to move Seguin. Chiarelli said that he hopes the public knowledge of the B’s discussing him in trade talk will motive Seguin to improve.

“I hope it does,” Chiarelli told reporters. “If it doesn’t, I’d be more concerned. We gave Tyler a big contract because he projects and he had good performance. I would expect that going forward.”

Seguin led the Bruins with 29 goals two seasons ago and was second on the team with 16 goals this past season. His regression from his second season to his third season was capped with a rather quiet postseason in which he totaled just one goal in 22 games and was demoted from the second line to the third line.

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Bruins take Peter Cehlarik in third, Ryan Fitzgerald in fourth

06.30.13 at 8:42 pm ET
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The Bruins drafted Slovakian left wing Peter Cehlarik with their third round pick. Cehlarik played last season in Sweden, playing junior hockey for Lulea.

Cehlarik was nearly a point-a-game player for Lulea Jr., producing 17 goals and 20 assists for 37 points last season in 38 games.

The B’s used their fourth-round pick on center Ryan Fitzgerald, who is the son of former Bruin Tom Fitzgerald and the nephew of Bruins’ assistant director of scouting Scott Fitzgerald. The North Reading native is committed to play his college hockey at Boston College after playing at Malden Catholic.

In the fifth round, the B’s added another local player in defenseman Wiley Sherman. The 6-foot-6 Connecticut native is committed to play at Harvard.

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Bruins draft defenseman Linus Arnesson in second round

06.30.13 at 7:32 pm ET
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Swedish defenseman Linus Arnesson was the Bruins’ first selection of the 2013 draft, as the B’s nabbed him with their second-round pick, which was 60th overall.

The 6-foot-1, 185-pound blueliner spent the last two seasons playing for Djurgardens IF Stockholm. In 31 games last season, he had one assist, a minus-3 rating and eight penalty minutes.

The B’s were without a first-round pick, as it was dealt to the Stars in the Jaromir Jagr trade.

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Reports: Bruins shopping Tyler Seguin

06.29.13 at 2:54 pm ET
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According to multiple reports (first reported by TSN), the Bruins are shopping right wing Tyler Seguin.

While the idea of trading a player as young as Seguin (he is 21) might raise eyebrows, the B’s could get themselves off the hook for paying him too early, which they did when they gave him a six-year deal with an annual $5.75 million cap a year before his entry-level deal expired. In addition to shedding his contract and creating future cap space, the return on Seguin would likely be big, with reports stating the B’s could get a top 10 draft pick and an impact player in exchange for Seguin.

Seguin was the first selection made of the three that the B’s got in exchange for Phil Kessel. The Bruins chose Seguin second overall in the 2010 draft, and after a relatively quiet rookie year (11 goals, 11 assists), he blossomed in his second season and led the Bruins with 29 goals. Still, he has struggled mightily with consistency and scored just one goal this past postseason. Moving Seguin means its likely they’ll see him become a star with his next club, but the B’s might not be able to afford paying him what he’s due if he isn’t going to be one of their top players.

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Agent: Nathan Horton won’t be back with Bruins

06.29.13 at 2:45 pm ET
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Agent Paul Krepelka confirmed to WEEI.com Saturday that Nathan Horton has informed the Bruins he will not return to the team next season. TSN was the first to report the story.

Horton will hit unrestricted free agency when it opens next week and will has his pick of teams as one of the top free agents on the open market. The Bruins acquired Horton prior to their Stanley Cup-winning season in 2010-11, with Horton playing a large role in delivering Boston the Cup. Yet the sides never exchanged offers about a new contract before Horton informed the B’s of his decision. Given that Tuukka Rask still has to be signed, it was unlikely the Bruins would have had salary cap space to give Horton a fair contract without trading another player. Multiple outlets reported Saturday that the team is shopping right wing Tyler Seguin.

In three seasons with the Bruins, Horton had 56 goals and 51 assists for 107 points in 169 regular season games. It was the postseason where he stepped up his game the most, as he had 15 goals and 21 assists for 36 points in 43 playoff games for the B’s.

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Blackhawks buy full-page ad to thank Bruins, Boston

06.28.13 at 12:27 pm ET
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The feeling throughout the Stanley Cup finals was that there was mutual respect between the Bruins and Blackhawks, a mostly unspoken appreciation for the opposing team’s style and work ethic.

Now, four days after Chicago won the series in six games, that continues to be the case.

The Blackhawks bought a full-page ad in Friday’s Boston Globe to thank the Bruins, the city and “especially the citizens of Boston” for the hospitality given to not only the Blackhawks, but also their fans who visited Beantown during the finals.

“Hockey is a tough game,” the open letter opens. “As impressed as we were by the strength, talent, and competitive spirit of the Boston Bruins on the ice, we were deeply touched by what happened off the ice.

“From Boston’s political leadership to every member of the Bruins organization; from the players to the people on the streets, you demonstrated respect, good sportsmanship, and a genuine love for the great game of hockey.”

The letter, signed by Blackhawks president/CEO John McDonough and Wirtz Corporation chairman Rocky Wirtz, ends this way:

“Like the rest of the world, Chicagoans have been reminded in recent days of Boston’s strength. Please know we tip our hat to your city’s big heart and gracious spirit. You lead by example and have set the bar very high for others to follow.”

Chicago also is hosting its Stanley Cup victory parade Friday.

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