|Matt Irwin scores twice as Bruins beat Devils in preseason opener||09.20.15 at 9:52 pm ET|
The Bruins opened their preseason schedule with some of their newcomers helping them to a 2-0 win over the Devils Sunday night in Providence.
Zac Rinaldo, acquired from the Flyers in the offseason, drew a pair of penalties on the night, with both leading to power-play goals from free agent signing Matt Irwin. The former Sharks defenseman, who took a one-year, $800,000 contract in the offseason, figures to be one of Boston’s defensemen this season regardless of whether the Bruins carry seven or eight on the back end. Both of Irwin’s goals were assisted by Colin Miller, whom the B’s received in the Milan Lucic trade.
Among the potential members of this season’s NHL club to lace up for the Bruins Sunday night were Ryan Spooner, Jimmy Hayes, Brett Connolly, Joonas Kemppainen, Alexander Khokhlachev, Seth Griffith, Rinaldo, Irwin and Colin Miller. Spooner centered Hayes and Connolly, as he has done thus far in training camp practices. First-round picks Jakub Zboril and Jake DeBrusk were also in Boston’s lineup.
Griffith left the game with a lower-body injury and did not return.
Jonas Gustavsson, who is in camp with the Bruins on a professional tryout, got the start for the Bruins and stopped all 18 shots he faced. Jeremy Smith, who split time with Malcolm Subban in Providence last season, took over for Gustavsson in the second period and completed the shutout.
The Bruins will continue to practice throughout the week, with preseason games Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
|Bruins announce new role for Jay Pandolfo, hiring of Jamie Langenbrunner, other personnel moves||09.12.15 at 1:11 pm ET|
The Bruins announced a flurry of hockey operations personnel moves on Saturday. The most notable is that Jay Pandolfo has transitioned from development coach to director of player development. Pandolfo will now oversee and aid in the development of players and prospects throughout the Bruins’ system.
Sliding into the development coach role vacated by Pandolfo is one of his former Devils teammates, Jamie Langenbrunner. Langenbrunner played parts of 18 seasons in the NHL and won two Stanley Cups before retiring in January 2014.
In addition to those moves, Jeremy Rogalski has transitioned from video analyst to hockey operations assistant. The Bruins have also hired Dennis Bonvie as a professional scout, Alain Bissonnette as an amateur scout, Erkki Rajamaki as an amateur scout, Andrew Shaw as an amateur scout, Bob Wetick as an amateur scout, J.P. Buckley as video coordinator and Julie Nicoletti as a sports nutritionist.
|Bruins release 2015-16 regular season schedule||06.25.15 at 10:06 am ET|
The full 2015-16 regular season NHL schedule was released Thursday morning.
The Bruins will open the season against the Winnipeg Jets at TD Garden on Thursday, October 8 at 7:00 p.m. The highlight of the regular season will be the 2016 NHL Bridgestone Winter Classic vs. the Canadiens on New Year’s Day at Gillette Stadium.
For a full schedule, click here.
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|Zdeno Chara has no plans to retire before contract is up in 2018||06.15.15 at 12:26 pm ET|
In case anyone was thinking Zdeno Chara might consider retirement after a disappointing 2014-15 season, the defenseman made it clear that’s not on his mind.
Speaking to Postmedia Network late last week, Chara said he wants to play out his contract, which runs through the 2017-18 season, and help the Bruins return to the postseason.
“My contract goes for another three years and I’d like to play until then,” he said. “I think we still have a competitive team with some good young players.
“Being out of the playoffs just makes you want to get back there even more.”
Chara dealt with some physical issues this past season — most significantly a torn ligament in his left knee that knocked him out of the lineup from Oct. 23 until Dec. 11. He also suffered a fractured ankle in April, keeping off the Slovakian roster for the World Hockey Championship in Prague. He said the one good thing about the Bruins missing the playoffs is it’s given him more time to recover.
“You’d rather be playing at this time of year,” he said. “But at the same time, it’s given me a chance to heal and that’s important.”
|Poll: Were Bruins right to retain Claude Julien?||06.05.15 at 12:37 pm ET|
New Bruins general manager Don Sweeney announced Friday that Claude Julien will return for his ninth season behind the bench, despite the team’s disappointing 2014-15 season that ended with no postseason. Do you agree with Sweeney’s move?
Do you agree with the Bruins' decision to retain Claude Julien?
- Yes (77%, 364 Votes)
- No (23%, 108 Votes)
Total Voters: 472
|Report: Bruins sign Providence College C Noel Acciari||06.02.15 at 9:25 am ET|
According to ESPN’s John Buccigross, the Bruins have signed Providence College center Noel Acciari to a two-year, free agent deal.
Acciari, a captain with National Champion Providence this past year, finished with 15 goals and 17 assists. For his three years as a Friar, he scored 32 goals and had 33 assists. He graduated this past year, but had another year of eligibility left as he red-shirted his freshman year.
Noel Acciari of Providence College is a Boston @NHLBruins. Two year free agent deal. Strong, determined player.
‘ John Buccigross (@Buccigross) June 2, 2015
|Pre-combine look at defensemen Bruins could target in NHL Draft||05.31.15 at 9:47 pm ET|
The annual NHL scouting combine will take place this coming week in Buffalo, meaning the Bruins will get a close look at the prospects they’ll consider with the 14th overall pick in June’s draft.
Here’s a quick look at some of the guys who might be around the Bruins’ range and a few for whom they’d have to trade up to secure. Click here for a look at forwards. Following is a look at the defensemen.
GUYS THE BRUINS COULD GET
Jakub Zboril, Saint John (QMJHL), 6-foot-0 3/4, 184 pounds
The Czech native is described by NHL.com as an offensive defenseman, but many scouting reports note that he’s more of a traditional defender than many of his projected first-round peers. EliteProspects.com describes him as a “low-risk, high-reward” player. NHL.com’s Adam Kimelman projects Zboril to the Bruins in his latest mock draft.
Thomas Chabot, Saint John (QMJHL), 6-foot-1 1/2, 180 pounds
Like many of the first-round defense prospects, Chabot’s offensive tools are what figure to attract teams. This piece from the Buffalo News notes that Chabot’s decision-making must improve, however. Having admittedly never seen this guy play, these descriptions make him sound a little like a smaller Joe Morrow.
Jeremy Roy, Sherbrooke (QMJHL) 6-foot-0, 188 pounds
Roy is considered one of the better two-way defensemen in this draft. EliteProspects.com praises his play without the puck, awareness and intangibles, calling him a “catalyst for positive plays in all three zones.”
Jacob Larsson, Frolunda (Sweden Jr.), 6-foot-2, 191 pounds
Scouting reports note Larsson’s all-around game and plus decision-making. The Bruins got themselves a solid defensive prospect out of Sweden a couple years ago in Linus Arnesson, so perhaps they’ll turn their attention to scout P.J. Axelsson’s territory once again.
Noah Juulsen, Everett (WHL), 6-foot-1 1/2 174 pounds
Juulsen’s output increased tremendously from his first year in the WHL to this past season, jumping from 10 points in 59 games in 2013-14 to 52 points (nine goals, 43 assists) in 68 games this season. EliteProspects.com praises his poise with the puck, but also notes a tendency for him to overthink. Read the rest of this entry »