|Bruins sign goaltender Daniel Vladar to entry level contract||04.26.16 at 8:51 pm ET|
The Bruins announced the signing of an entry level contract for goaltender Daniel Vladar Tuesday.
Vladar, a third-round pick of the Bruins in the 2015 draft, hails from the Czech Republic but has spent this season in North America playing for the Chicago Steel of the USHL. He posted a .920 save percentage at the USHL level.
The 18-year-old netminder stands at 6-foot-6 and 185 pounds. He was the fourth goaltender taken in last June’s draft.
|Bruins lottery victory countdown: Watch Auston Matthews’ first Swiss League goal||04.25.16 at 12:50 pm ET|
The NHL draft lottery will be held Saturday night, and WEEI.com is preparing you for the one percent chance that the Bruins will win the first overall pick.
(Seriously. We have nothing better to do.)
Anyway, here’s projected first overall pick Auston Matthews’ first goal in the Swiss National League A:
|David Krejci, Torey Krug, Matt Beleskey have yet to undergo surgery||04.20.16 at 12:39 pm ET|
No Bruins players have gotten surgery yet this offseason, team president Cam Neely said Wednesday at TD Garden.
David Krejci is set to undergo surgery for a hip impingement with Dr. Brian Kelly, while Torey Krug and Matt Beleskey could undergo procedures for shoulder and hand injuries, respectively.
Krug and Beleskey’s statuses were up in the air at last week’s press conference with Don Sweeney, with the GM not saying that they would definitely require operations. Neely said Wednesday that Krug’s surgery was likely, while the team would “wait and see” with Beleskey.
|Cam Neely on Bruins keeping Claude Julien: ‘I had no problem with that at all’||04.20.16 at 11:55 am ET|
Bruins president Cam Neely said at Wednesday’s press conference that he fully supported general manager Don Sweeney’s preference to retain Claude Julien for a 10th season.
Julien’s status was up in the air after the Bruins missed the playoffs for a second consecutive season, but Sweeney announced last week that the team would be keeping Julien. Neely said that he viewed Julien as one of the positives for the team this season.
“I thought he did a great job coaching this year,” Neely said. “It was a big transition year for him. Different player personnel than he’s accustomed to. We tried to integrate a lot of younger players and I think he did a good job with the roster. There’s areas where we can all still evolve and I think Claude is looking at that. I think he did a great job with some of circumstances that he had throughout the year, so when Don said he wanted to keep Claude, I had no problem with that at all.”
Added Neely: “We have conversations throughout the year, and there wasn’t really a point of saying, ‘I want to bring him back.’ It was he wasn’t doing anything differently. Ultimately, that’s Don’s decision. If he comes to me and says, ‘Listen, I think we need to make a change here,’ I’ve got to go on his recommendation because he’s the one who deals with the coach on a daily basis.”
The Bruins fired assistant coach Doug Houda and the futures of Joe Sacco and Doug Jarvis, neither of whom have contracts, are up in the air. Neely said it was too early to rule out a return for Jarvis and Sacco, adding that Sweeney and Julien would interview assistant coaching candidates in short order.
“Don’s still working through that,” Neely said. “I think he’s got some people in place that he wants to get together with and interview, along with Claude. Obviously it’s a collaborative effort. Don’s out scouting right now, but I know when he gets back he’s going to sit down with Claude and they’re going to go over some names.”
|Jeremy Jacobs gives Cam Neely vote of confidence||04.20.16 at 11:29 am ET|
As expected, Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs attended Wednesday’s press conference with CEO Charlie Jacobs and Cam Neely. Since becoming CEO during the 2014-15 season, Charlie Jacobs had taken over many of the media responsibilities of his father.
Rumor had it that Jeremy Jacobs was not happy with the Bruins’ situation after missing the playoffs in two straight seasons, but the longtime owner gave Neely and his staff a vote of confidence Wednesday.
“He’s my leader right now and I ride with him,” Jacobs said.
Jacobs added that Neely, who played 10 seasons of a Hall of Fame career for the Jacobs-owned Bruins, deserves ample time to try to correct the organization’s path.
“Absolutely. He is the personality that I’m looking forward to seeing,” Jacobs said. “He’s got a clear deck right now to do it.
“He had a difficult year last year, but it wasn’t unanticipated in my mind. They said it would be rocky and it was. And it was disappointing in the end.”
Neely has been the team’s president since the 2010-11 season.
|Bruins prospect Jeremy Lauzon suffers neck laceration||04.16.16 at 12:22 am ET|
One of the Bruins’ most promising players selected in the 2015 draft suffered a frightening injury Friday night.
Though he was the Bruins’ sixth selection (52nd overall), defenseman Jeremy Lauzon may have jumped ahead of some of his draft classmates thanks to a strong season in the QMJHL. His playoffs with the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies were put on hold, however, when he took a skate to the neck Friday. Lauzon, who was bleeding heavily, was rushed to the hospital.
TSN’s Bob McKenzie reported after the game that Lauzon had suffered a neck laceration and required surgery.
Reps for Jeremy Lauzon, BOS prospect from Rouyn-Noranda taken to hospital, said he “sustained neck laceration and he’s out of danger.”
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) April 16, 2016
Lauzon undergoing surgery for neck laceration. BTW, Lauzon’s father, a surgeon, is with his son at hospital tho not performing the surgery.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) April 16, 2016
Lauzon is the second Bruins prospect in a matter of months to suffer an injury in the neck area. Malcolm Subban’s regular season was cut short when he took a puck to the throat and required surgery on his larynx back in February.
|Matt Beleskey, Torey Krug might need surgery||04.14.16 at 11:43 pm ET|
Bruins general manager Don Sweeney said at Thursday’s press conference that in addition to David Krejci, who is having hip surgery to fix a femoroacetabular impingement, two other Bruins are possibilities to have surgery this offseason.
Sweeney noted that Matt Beleskey (hand) and Torey Krug (shoulder) could require procedures. Krug missed only one game all season, while Beleskey missed two.
“Matt Beleskey had a hand injury that he’s taking care of,” Sweeney said. “Torey has a shoulder that we’re continuing to evaluate. There’s a possibility there as well, a strong possibility.”
Krejci’s surgery will be done by Brian Kelly, who has previously done hip surgeries for Krejci and Tim Thomas.
“He feels good that this will be done, it will be behind him, and he will be arguably a top center again in the league,” Sweeney said of Krejci. “We feel great about that. To have that one-two punch for us is really important.”