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Bruins’ pick from Sharks is No. 29 as Penguins win Stanley Cup 06.12.16 at 10:51 pm ET
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The Penguins are Stanley Cup champions after a series-clinching 3-1 victory in Game 6 vs. the Sharks. In winning the Cup, the Penguins became the first team from the Eastern Conference to do so since the Bruins in 2011.

Former Bruin Phil Kessel did not win the Conn Smythe, as Sidney Crosby was the recipient of the playoff MVP award. Kessel led the Penguins in postseason goals (10) and points (22).

The Sharks falling in the Final means that their first-round pick, which the Bruins have from last summer’s Martin Jones trade, will be 29th overall. Boston’s own first-rounder is 14th overall.

Panthers trade Marc Savard’s contract to Devils 06.10.16 at 8:50 pm ET
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Marc Savard’s contract has been traded again, as the Panthers flipped it to the Devils along with a second-round pick in 2018 for forwards Paul Thompson and Graham Black.

The value of Savard’s contract to a team is that they can use his $4.027 million cap hit to help them reach the cap floor next season while only paying him a $575,000 salary. Savard, who has not played since 2011 due to concussions, has only one year left on a contract that paid him $25.5 million in salary over the deal’s first four seasons but had a lesser cap hit due to significantly lower salaries ($1.5 million, $575,000, $575,000) in its final three seasons.

The Bruins initially shipped Savard’s contract to Florida last summer along with Reilly Smith in exchange for the rights to then-restricted free agent Jimmy Hayes.

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Bruins announce preseason schedule, details of training camp 05.31.16 at 3:24 pm ET
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The Bruins announced their preseason schedule Tuesday, also revealing details about rookie camp and the team’s general training camp.

Rookie camp will open on Sept. 15, while main camp will kick off on Sept. 22. The Bruins’ preseason games will begin on Sept. 26 when the B’s host the Blue Jackets at TD Garden. Included in the preseason schedule is the previously announced game between the B’s and Canadiens in Quebec City on Oct. 4.

The full schedule of preseason games is as follows:

Sept. 26 vs. Blue Jackets
Sept. 28 vs. Red Wings
Sept. 30 at Red Wings
Oct. 1 at Flyers
Oct. 4 at Canadiens (played at Videotron Center in Quebec City)
Oct. 6 at Blue Jackets
Oct. 8 vs. Flyers

Report: Alexander Khokhlachev to sign in KHL 05.31.16 at 2:34 pm ET
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According to a report out of Russia (non-Russian-speakers: Hit the translate button on your browser), Bruins 2011 second-round pick Alexander Khokhlachev will sign with SKA St. Petersburg of the KHL next month.

Khokhlachev, who is still 22 and had 70 points (23 goals, 47 assists) in 63 games for Providence last season, vented his frustrations with the Bruins organization during training camp prior to this season. The Russian center has played in just nine NHL games, registering no points. The B’s will retain his rights until he’s 27 in the event that Khokhlachev returns to the NHL.

Khokhlachev is the second player to leave the Bruins’ organization for the KHL this offseason, as center Joonas Kemppainen signed with Sibiu Novosibirsk earlier this month.

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A dumb takes scorecard for the Stanley Cup Final 05.30.16 at 9:18 pm ET
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Martin Jones is better than Tuukka Rask, according to someone, probably. (Aaron Doster/USA Today Sports)

Martin Jones is better than Tuukka Rask, according to someone, probably. (Aaron Doster/USA Today Sports)

This probably should have been written before the series started, but I didn’t think of it until now. As such, I started writing it during the national anthem of Game 1 and here it is.

These days, advanced metrics, GIFs, line-matching data and more are available to help inform the opinions of sports fans, media and even coaches.

Yet because a lot of people grew up without these things, it’s still relatively common for them to go ignored out of either laziness or one’s desire to share a very forced opinion, or what the internet unflatteringly calls a “hot take.”

You hear takes every day, many of which are horrifyingly dumb: Shea Weber deserves a Norris because he’s never won one, one-time 20-goal-scorer Matt Beleskey is better than two-time 30-goal-scorer Loui Eriksson, the Blues lost because of Vladimir Tarasenko, John Farrell moving Jackie Bradley Jr. up in the lineup killed his hit streak, etc.

Many Bruins followers are torn as to whom they should root for in the Stanley Cup Final between the Sharks and Penguins. Either way, they’ll see a big-name former Bruin who receives a laughable lack of credit for their career end up winning. From there, it’s tougher to decide, so it’s worth it to consider which scenario will bring about the dumbest takes and pick against that one. Here are some of them:


— Firing the coach is the way to go. Always fire the coach. Call it “parting ways” if need be, but get him out of there. And get the “C” off whoever the hell your captain is. These are proven ways of winning the Stanley Cup.

— Martin Jones is better than Tuukka Rask, the latter of whom hasn’t done anything since getting a big contract (except win the Vezina).

[By the way, as of the first period, Jones had allowed as many goals in one period as Rask did in 14 periods against the Penguins in the 2013 Eastern Conference finals. Jones obviously had a better year, albeit with a far better team and against far fewer high-danger chances.]

— It is technically true that Joe Thornton did not thrive under Claude Julien during his time in Boston, and now he’s off winning the Stanley Cup. Just another reason as to why Julien should be canned.

— Logan Couture (presumably) led the playoffs in scoring. Do the Bruins really have a guy who can do that?  Read the rest of this entry »

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Brad Marchand named to Team Canada’s World Cup of Hockey roster 05.27.16 at 7:23 pm ET
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Brad Marchand

Brad Marchand

Eight Bruins were selected to preliminary rosters for this fall’s World Cup of Hockey, none more notable than left wing Brad Marchand.

Marchand will join Bruins linemate Patrice Bergeron in representing Team Canada. His selection comes after he followed years of stout production as a first-liner and penalty killer with a career-best 36 goals.

Other Bruins who will play in the Toronto-hosted tournament are goaltender Tuukka Rask (Finland), defensemen Zdeno Chara and Dennis Seidenberg (Team Europe), David Krejci and David Pastrnak (Czech Republic) and winger Loui Eriksson (Sweden).

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Looking into the ‘low mileage’ claim with Kevan Miller 05.26.16 at 3:19 pm ET
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Screen Shot 2016-05-26 at 3.13.16 PMPart of the Bruins’ justification of re-signing Kevan Miller to a four-year, $10 million contract is that Miller has what Don Sweeney calls “relative low mileage.”

On paper, they’re in that maybe-kind-of-technically-correct area. Miller has still only played 180 NHL games, and Hall of Fame defenseman Denis Potvin’s theory is that it takes 300 games in the NHL before a defenseman’s development is complete.

“For a defenseman, you come into the NHL and I think the first 100 games are a freebie,” Potvin explained to back in 2014. “Guys around the league are seeing you develop; they’ve heard about you, there’s talk about first-round draft picks, that kind of thing. So you kind of get a freebie the first hundred games.

“The next hundred games, you’re starting to realize that they’re aware of you, and you’re starting to deal with the glove in the face and a little bit of backtalk, a little bit more hitting and a little more of them trying to get to you.

“The next hundred games are spent adjusting to life in the big leagues. By the time you get to 300 games, you’ve got a pretty good feel of where you belong, how you can play this game, how you fit with your own team. I think it takes that long, and we’re talking a good three years, four years before a guy can really reach his maximum.”

Here’s the thing, though: Miller, who will turn 29 in the second month of next season, is no spring chicken. And as for the mileage, it’s not like he wasn’t playing hockey while he was working his way to the NHL (163 AHL games). Furthermore, he’s spent enough seasons in the NHL (three) to suggest that staying healthy is a challenge. Best-case, he’ll hit that 300-game mark during the second year of his new contract. To say he likely won’t get worse is a safe enough assumption, but the Bruins say he’s still getting better. Common logic would suggest a player of Miller’s age might not a whole lot of untapped potential.

Miller’s contract will take up his age 29, 30, 31 and 32 seasons, years that should be considered rather harmless as far as depreciation goes. A University of British Columbia study published in 2014 found that defensemen typically perform “within 90 percent of their peak” from ages 24 to 34 years old, which is two years longer than the study found to be the case for forwards. IPOD (Incredible Pal of Deej) Ryan Lambert also took a diligent look at this, and found 32 to be the age where uh-oh time typically begins for defensemen.  Read the rest of this entry »

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