Archive for July, 2012

Bruins give Claude Julien multi-year extension

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

The Bruins have signed head coach Claude Julien to a multi-year contract extension.

Julien, the 28th coach in team history, has been with the team since 2007 and carries a record of 228-132-50 with the B’s, good for a .617 win percentage. He led Boston to its first Stanley Cup championship in 39 years in the 2010-11 season.

The Bruins will hold a press conference Tuesday at noon to announce the signing.

Rick Nash headed to Rangers, so that Bruins thing isn’t happening

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

One common solution to many Bruins fans’ problems has been for them to trade for Rick Nash. Their reported interest in the star winger has popped up multiple times over the last year, and while such a scenario never seemed likely, it definitely isn’t happening now.

According to TSN’s Darren Dreger, the Rangers and Blue Jackets have agreed to a deal that will send the seven-time 30-goal-scorer to New York. Headed to Columbus for the 2002 first overall pick will be forwards Artem Anisimov and Brandon Dubinsky as well as defenseman prospect Tim Erixon and a first-round pick.

While the Rangers have to take on six more years of a $7.8 million salary cap hit with the 28-year-old, it sure looks like New York got the better of the deal. The Rangers didn’t have to touch their core, and while Dubinsky (26) and Anisimov (24) might have their best years ahead of them, they have two 20-goal campaigns between them in eight combined seasons between them. Nash has scored 40 goals twice in nine seasons.

Also, when looking at the haul that the Blue Jackets got, it’s pretty clear the B’s could have easily gotten Nash if they really wanted him. Any one of Dougie Hamilton, Tyler Seguin or Tuukka Rask is a better piece than any of the players New York gave up.

A national view of Bruins prospects

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

Dougie Hamilton

ESPN released its organizational prospect rankings last week (ESPN Insider account required), with the Panthers and revamped Wild taking the No. 1 and 2 spots, respectively. The Bruins were ranked eighth (they were 14th last year), and having an elite NHL-ready blueliner like Dougie Hamilton certainly had a lot to do with that.

Writes Grant Sonier:

The 2012 draft did not yield much for the Bruins, other than highly touted, athletic goaltender Malcolm Subban (Belleville-OHL). Previous drafts, however, should have B’s fans excited as one of their top prospects has really matured well. D-man Dougie Hamilton (Niagara-OHL) will have a chance to play big minutes and should turn heads in camp this fall. Forward depth is among Boston’s assets in the form of Jared Knight (London-OHL), Alexander Khokhlachev (Windsor-OHL) and Ryan Spooner (Sarnia-OHL).

Sleeper Prospect: Tyler Randell, RW, (Kitchener-OHL/Providence-AHL) (sixth round/2009) I like his combination of size, grit and skill. His skating is on the upward swing and he shows potential.

To clarify, Kohkhlachev will play next season in the KHL, not OHL, and we’ll add another potential sleeper in 2011 third-round pick Anthony Camara. The Barrie Colts forward is tough as nails and has added some offense to his game over the last season, scoring 16 goals in 2011-12 after totaling eight in his draft year.

For a sense of where the Northeast Division stands, the Canadiens were ranked third, the Sabres were 12th, the Senators were 14th and the Maple Leafs were 22nd.

Daniel Paille: The other Bruin in ‘Ted’

Friday, July 20th, 2012

We needed an excuse to make another one of these images. (AP photo/WEEI.com image)

While Shawn Thornton makes a brief but notable appearance in the movie “Ted,” he isn’t the only Bruin in it. Standing next to Thornton in his scene is fellow Merlot-liner Daniel Paille.

The scene, which features the B’s tough guy screaming, “You’re an [expletive],” jumping out of the crowd at a Norah Jones concert and trying to attack Mark Wahlberg‘s character at the Hatch Shell, was shot last summer. While Thornton has a line in the brief cameo, standing next to him and minding his own business is Paille.

“I was standing there the whole time. I’m literally right beside him but you probably don’t see me because it’s more focused on him,” Paille told WEEI.com this week. “I believe the clip on him, you can barely recognize him. If you don’t know that Shawn’s in it, you won’t know [I am].

“I think Shawn did a great job. He shows his athletic skills,” Paille added with a laugh. “I don’t think there will be any bloopers of him. He did pretty good the whole time.”

Thornton got the gig by nearly having a cameo in the series finale of “Entourage.” He’d gone to the set of “Ted” to meet with Wahlberg about it during the 2010-11 season, and though the team’s Stanley Cup run that year conflicted with shooting, he had made enough of an impression on Seth MacFarlane to land the role in “Ted.” The story of how Paille wound up on screen is a bit more casual.

“Shawn was already pre-planned, and I got a call that night asking if I wanted to stand next to him,” Paille said. “I was more than willing to do that, and for me it was a lot more fun than — I don’t think I’d want a role if they asked me. I’d be nervous to make a mistake and waste film time. It was a lot of fun.”

Thornton himself was nervous about having a line as well (“I was like, ‘[Expletive], I can’t act. Don’t give me a line!’ “ Thornton said), but Paille feels he pulled off the line — consisting of one curse and two other words — pretty well.

“I’m sure he was OK with that,” Paille said. “He’s yelled some worse things.”

Daniel Paille does yoga for a good cause

Friday, July 20th, 2012

Daniel Paille

Daniel Paille‘s been busy this summer between his offseason training and his role as the Bruins’ NHLPA rep amidst CBA negotiations, but he took some time Thursday for a good cause.

Along with wife Dana, Paille did yoga with students at the Kennedy School at Franciscan hospital. It wasn’t hard to tell which of Pailles was new to yoga (Dana is a certified yoga instructor), but the B’s winger enjoyed it nonetheless.

“My wife is actually the one who’s the yoga fanatic and enjoys doing it,” Paille said. “I guess this is the only way she can get me to do yoga, because there’s no other way. This is not my offseason training.”

Added Paille: “It was fun to come here with the kids,” he said. “They seem to enjoy it very much, and with the help of the staff here they find creative ideas to entertain them. I think it’s something a lot of fun for all of them.”

For more on Paille and the CBA negotiations, click here.

Bruins add more defensive depth, sign Aaron Johnson

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

Aaron Johnson could be the Bruins' seventh defenseman or provide AHL depth. (AP)

The Bruins have signed defenseman Aaron Johnson to a one-year, two-way contract.

Johnson, 29, played 56 games for the Blue Jackets last year, registering three goals and 16 assists for a career-best 19 points. He had a minus-12 rating.

Johnson has bounced around in the league since being drafted by Columbus in 2001, as he played in the Islanders, Blackhawks, Oilers, Predators and Flames organizations before returning to the Blue Jackets last season.

The former third-round pick played the entire 2010-11 season in the AHL for the Milwaukee Admirals, notching nine goals and 26 assists for 35 points and 70 penalty minutes. He had a plus-10 rating in the AHL in 2010-11.

The fact that the Bruins have now signed a few fringe-NHL blueliners in Johnson, Garnet Exelby and brought back Matt Bartkowski without signing any true top-6 defensemen suggests that the team is indeed expecting Dougie Hamilton to make the team next season. Any one of the aforementioned three signings could serve as a seventh defenseman at the NHL level.

Coyotes reportedly interested in David Krejci

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

Elliotte Friedman’s “30 Thoughts” on CBC.ca is always worth reading, and Wednesday morning’s edition contains an interesting note regarding the Bruins and center David Krejci.

David Krejci had 62 points last season. (AP)

Wednesday’s post, his final one until next season, contains “bonus end-of-season thoughts.” The 35th thought is as follows:

35. Think the Coyotes, who are looking for offensive help, really like Boston’s David Krejci. I’m not as certain the Bruins are shopping Krejci, but they are loaded down the middle — especially as Tyler Seguin readies for an expanded role. That is probably where all the Keith Yandle rumours come from.

Krejci signed a three-year, $15.75 million deal last season that will begin in the coming season. His cap hit ($5.25 million) makes him Boston’s highest-paid forward. Last season, he had 23 goals and 39 assists for 62 points, good for third on the team behind Seguin (67) and Patrice Bergeron (64).

The interesting thing regarding Krejci’s presence in Boston is that it solidifies that Seguin, who was drafted as a center, will not have the opportunity to play the position full-time as long as Krejci’s around. Bergeron isn’t going anywhere and Chris Kelly and Gregory Campbell are both signed for the next three seasons — not that the Bruins would play Seguin on one of their bottom two lines anyway.

As an organization, the Bruins like having multiple guys who can take draws on a given line. Consider that Rich Peverley had also played plenty of center in his career before primarily playing wing on Kelly’s line in Boston. The second line is a similar case, as Bergeron centers a former full-time pivot in Seguin.

The 2010 No. 2 overall pick broke out last season with his 29-goal campaign, but there are still aspects of his game that could suggest he isn’t ready to make the move back to center quite yet. Seguin still has difficulty asserting himself when it comes to going into the corners, something that was often covered up by having a do-it-all center like Bergeron playing with him. Even so, if the Bruins were to trade Krejci, Seguin would likely be the logical replacement on the team’s top line given his offensive skill-set and success in the league despite being 20 years of age.