Archive for July, 2013

Bruins release preseason schedule

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

The Bruins announced their preseason schedule Tuesday, with rookie camp set to begin on Sept. 3 and regular training camp beginning on Sept. 11.

The rookies will open their camp at Ristuccia before spending Sept. 6-8 in Florida for a rookie tournament. The Bruins’ preseason game schedule is as follows:

Sept. 16 at Canadiens (Bell Centre)
Sept. 17 at Capitals (1st Mariner Arena, Baltimore)
Sept. 19 vs. Red Wings (TD Garden)
Sept. 21 at Red Wings (Joe Louis Arena)
Sept. 23 vs. Capitals (TD Garden)
Sept. 26 at Jets (MTS Centre)
Sept. 27 at Jets (Credit Union Centre, Saskatoon)

Peter Chiarelli re-rules out Jaromir Jagr return

Sunday, July 14th, 2013

Jaromir Jagr

WILMINGTON — Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said Sunday that the team is not considering signing free agent right wing Jaromir Jagr.

After trading for him last season, Chiarelli told Jagr at the team’s exit meetings that the B’s would not be signing him. However, upon Nathan Horton telling the B’s he was leaving, Chiarelli said prior to free agency that the B’s might consider looping back to the 41-year-old. He clarified Sunday that the team has decided to move on from him.

“We’re done,” Chiarelli said. “We’re done for now.”

Jagr does not plan on retiring and is reportedly interested in signing with the Hurricanes. In 11 regular-season games for the Bruins, he had two goals and seven assists for nine points. Playing mostly on Patrice Bergeron’s line in the postseason, he went without a goal and had 10 assists in 22 playoff games.

The Bruins have an opening in their bottom six, but Chiarelli plans on having an open competition among youngsters Matt Fraser, Reilly Smith and Jordan Caron, among others. Asked whether Jagr would be an option for that competition, Chiarelli said the B’s aren’t looking at him or anybody else.

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Bruins give Patrice Bergeron eight-year, $52 million extension

Friday, July 12th, 2013

Patrice Bergeron

The Bruins announced Friday that they have signed center Patrice Bergeron to an eight-year, $52 million contract extension. The deal will begin in 2014-15, after the expiration go his four-year, $20 million deal signed prior to the start of the 2010 season expires.

The 27-year-old Bergeron becomes the second player to get an eight-year deal from the Bruins in as many days, as goaltender Tuukka Rask signed an eight-year, $56 million contract on Thursday. Bergeron’s cap hit will be $6.5 million starting in 2014-15, which will be the third-highest on the B’s behind Rask ($7 million) and Zdeno Chara ($6.91 million).

Bergeron, who won the Selke Trophy as the league’s top defensive forward in 2011-12, has spent his entire professional career with the Bruins since being drafted in the second round of the 2003 draft. In 579 career regular-season games, he has 153 goals and 280 assists for 433 points. He has 20 goals and 37 assists for 57 points in 83 career playoff games.

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Peter Chiarelli: Bruins ‘very, very close’ to extension with Patrice Bergeron

Thursday, July 11th, 2013

Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said Thursday that the Bruins are “very, very close” to re-signing center Patrice Bergeron. The 2011 Selke Trophy winner is entering the final season of a four-year, $20 million deal signed prior to the start of the 2010 season.

Bergeron, 27, has spent his entire professional career with the Bruins since being drafted in the second round of the 2003 draft. In 579 career regular-season games, he has 153 goals and 280 assists for 433 points. He has 20 goals and 37 assists for 57 points in 83 career playoff games.

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Claude Julien: ‘There was no issue’ with Tyler Seguin

Thursday, July 11th, 2013

WILMINGTON — Bruins coach Claude Julien met with the media Thursday at Ristuccia Arena, discussing the trade of Tyler Seguin to the Stars and his relationship with the 2010 No. 2 overall pick.

Seguin had apparent maturity issues in his time with the Bruins, so much so that Peter Chiarelli called out his lack of professionalism prior to last week’s trade. Julien largely took the high road Wednesday, though he didn’t exactly deny that Seguin had strides to make. The coach said that Seguin took his job “as serious as any 21-year-old would.”

“Everybody as a 21-year-old doesn’t always have the maturity to be a professional, whether it’s in the gym, here or there,” Julien said. “You work with all those young guys the same way. Do different players have different challenges? Absolutely.”

From the day Seguin came to the Bruins, there were questions of whether Julien’s system was a good for him given that he was more of a scorer with elite skill than a two-way, defensively responsible player. Despite the fact that the two sides weren’t a perfect fit, Julien said that he had a good relationship with Seguin.

“There was no issue between Tyler and I, and I’m not afraid to say it,” Julien said. “You guys can ask him at some point. There were no issues there. I worked with him as a hockey player, I dealt with him as a person. With everything else, there were never any issues that I know about, anyway. I thought we had a good relationship.”

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Tuukka Rask gets eight years, $56 million from Bruins

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

Tuukka Rask has been rewarded with the biggest annual salary on the Bruins. (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com)

The Bruins announced Wednesday that they have signed goaltender Tuukka Rask to an eight-year, $56 million contract.

Though not the richest contract for a goalie in NHL history because there is now an eight-year limit on contract terms, Rask’s $7 million cap hit ties him with Nashville’s Pekka Rinne for the highest-paid goalie in the league.

Rask played on a one-year, $3.5 million deal last season, his first as a full-time starter for the B’s. He led the B’s to within two wins of a Stanley Cup victory as he led all postseason goalies with a .940 save percentage.

Rask’s new contract makes him the team’s highest-paid player, just ahead of Zdeno Chara, who makes $6.91 million a season.

In 36 regular-season games in 2013, Rask posted a 19-10-5 record with a GAA of 2.00 and a .929 save percentage with five shutouts. The B’s netminder finished the season tied for fourth in the NHL in wins (19), tied for first in shutouts (five), third in save percentage (.929) and tied for fourth in goals against (1.96).

During the 2013 postseason, Rask led the NHL in save percentage (.940), tied for first in shutouts (three) and finished fourth in GAA (1.88) in 22 games. Rask set a club record for home playoff shutout streak at 193:16, spanning from Game 4 of the conference finals to Game 3 of the Cup finals.

In Tim Thomas‘ final season with the Bruins (2011-12), Rask appeared in 23 games, recording an 11-8-3 record with a 2.05 GAA and a save percentage of .929. In 2009-10, Rask set a career high in wins (22) and led the NHL with a 1.97 GAA and .931 save percentage, becoming the first Bruins goaltender to have a GAA below 2.00 since 1998-99. His 1.97 GAA that season, was the lowest by any Bruins goaltender since 1938-39 season.

In 138 NHL games, all of which have come with the Bruins, Rask has compiled a 66-45-16 record with 16 shutouts, a .927 save percentage and a 2.15 goals against average. The 26-year-old has appeared in 35 postseason games for the Bruins, amassing a 21-14 record, while posting a 2.15 GAA and a .930 save percentage with three shutouts.

Prior to joining Boston, Rask spent the majority of two seasons with the Providence Bruins (AHL) from 2007-09, amassing a record of 60-33-6 with a 2.42 GAA and .910 save percentage. In his rookie season with Providence in 2007-08, Rask finished the season tied for fifth in wins (27) and the following year was tied for second (33).

The 6-foot-3, 185-pound native of Tampere, Finland, was selected in the first round (21st overall) of the 2005 NHL draft by the Maple Leafs. The Bruins acquired Rask from the Maple Leafs in exchange for Andrew Raycroft on June 24, 2006.

Mike Petraglia contributed to this report.

Malcolm Subban to play in AHL this season

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

WILMINGTON — Bruins assistant general manager Don Sweeney said after the open of the team’s development camp Wednesday that Malcolm Subban is expected to go pro this coming season. The 19-year-old goalie, whom the Bruins chose in the first round of the 2012 draft, will play in the AHL for at least a couple of seasons before he would be considered for a job in Boston.

Subban spent the last four seasons playing for the Belleville Bulls of the Ontario Hockey League. His older brother P.K. played for the Bulls prior to him, and his younger brother Jordan, who was drafted by the Canucks this year, currently plays for Belleville.

Last season was Subban’s best in the OHL, as he went 29-11-4 for the Bulls with a 2.14 goals-against average, .934 save percentage and five shutouts.

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