|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 »
|Bruins sign Finnish F Joonas Kemppainen to 1-year deal||05.21.15 at 9:27 pm ET|
The Bruins on Thursday announced the signing of forward Joonas Kemppainen to a one-year, two-way contract.
Kemppainen, 27, was second on the Finnish team in scoring at the IIHF World Championships, finishing with three goals and six assists in eight games.
Kemppainen, who stands 6-foot-2, 213-pounds, played for Oulun Karpat of the Finnish Elite League in 2014-15, recording 11 goals, 21 assists and a plus-15 rating in 59 games. He added 10 goals and 14 assists with a plus-14 rating in 19 playoff games.
He has played nine seasons in the Finnish Elite League with three teams, totaling 62 goals, 99 assists and a plus-41 rating in 464 regular-season games.
|Devils hire Ray Shero as general manager||05.04.15 at 5:11 pm ET|
There were better candidates for the Bruins’ vacant general manager job than Ray Shero, but it’s a moot point now anyway.
The Devils announced Monday that they have hired Shero as their new GM. Shero took this season off after being fired by the Penguins after eight seasons with the Penguins.
Shero will report to Lou Lamoriello, who will remain the Devils’ president.
Candidates for Boston’s GM job include assistant general managers Don Sweeney (Bruins) and Jeff Gorton (Rangers). New York GM Glen Sather said Monday that he has not yet given the Bruins permission to interview Gorton, who was Boston’s interim GM for a brief time in 2006.
|Report: Interview process underway for Bruins GM job||04.22.15 at 6:46 pm ET|
According to ESPN’s Joe McDonald, the Bruins have already begun interviewing candidates for their vacant general manager position.
Source: Bruins have had ongoing interviews and have spoken with candidates already for vacant GM job.
— Joe McDonald (@ESPNJoeyMac) April 22, 2015
The team fired Peter Chiarelli last week, ending his nine-year tenure with the team. Chiarelli met with the Oilers earlier Wednesday.