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Bruins hire Joe Sacco as assistant coach 07.24.14 at 10:52 am ET
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The Bruins on Thursday announced the hire of Medford native Joe Sacco as an assistant coach.

Sacco, who was the head coach of the Avalanche from 2009-13, will replace Geoff Ward, who departed the B’€™s this offseason for a head coaching job in Germany.

Last season Sacco served as an assistant coach for the Sabres but was let go after the season. As Avalanche head coach, he was a Jack Adams finalist in the 2009-10 season.

Prior to his NHL coaching career, Sacco coached in the AHL as an assistant for the Lowell Lock Monsters and Albany River Rats before serving as the head coach of the Lake Erie Monsters from 2007-09.

Sacco played 738 games in the NHL after being a fourth-round pick of the Maple Leafs in the 1987 draft. He played his college hockey at Boston University and went on to spend 13 seasons in the NHL between the Leafs, Mighty Ducks, Islanders, Capitals and Flyers.

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Bruins get 17 nationally televised games 07.22.14 at 11:02 am ET
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The NHL announced the national television schedule for the 2014-15 season on Tuesday, with the Bruins set to receive plenty of national attention.

The B’€™s will be featured on 17 nationally televised games, at least least 13 of which will air on NBC Sports Network, beginning with their opener on October 8 against the Flyers at TD Garden.

In addition to the aforementioned 13 NBCSN games, four Bruins games will be treated as flex games, meaning they will be on either NBC or NBCSN. All four of those games are weekend games.

The schedules as they relate to the Bruins are as follows:

NBC Sports Network (all times Eastern)

Wednesday, Oct. 8, vs. Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 15, at Detroit, 8 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 28, vs. Minnesota, 7 p.m. (non-exclusive)
Wednesday, Nov. 12, at Toronto, 8 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 24, vs. Pittsburgh, 7 p.m. (non-exclusive)
Wednesday, Dec. 17, at Minnesota, 8 p.m.
Monday, Dec. 29, vs. Detroit, 7 p.m. (non-exclusive)
Wednesday, Jan. 7, at Pittsburgh, 8 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 4, at New York Rangers, 8 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 8, vs. Montreal, 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, March 17, vs. Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 2, at Detroit, 7:30 p.m. (non-exclusive)
Wednesday, April 8, at Washington, 8 p.m.

Flex Games on NBC or NBCSN (all times Eastern)

Sunday, Feb. 22, at Chicago, 12:30 p.m./3 p.m. (NBC)
Sunday, March 8, vs. Detroit, 12:30 p.m./7:30 p.m. (NBC/NBCSN)
Sunday, March 15, at Washington, 12:30 p.m./7:30 p.m. (NBC/NBCSN)
Saturday, April 11, at Tampa Bay, 3 p.m./7:30 p.m. (non-exclusive, NBC/NBCSN)

Bruins sign Jordan Caron, Tommy Cross, Craig Cunningham, Tyler Randell, Zach Trotman and Justin Florek 07.18.14 at 2:11 pm ET
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The Bruins announced new contracts for Jordan Caron, Tommy Cross, Craig Cunningham, Tyler Randell, Zach Trotman and Justin Florek on Friday. All but Florek’€™s deals have been signed.

As was reported Thursday, Caron’€™s contract is a one-year, one-way deal for $600,000. The rest of the deals are two-way contracts, though Trotman’€™s contract is two-way in the first year and one-way in the second year. Trotman will make $650,000 in the second year of his deal.

Cross received a one-year, two-way contract worth $600,000 at the NHL level and $72,500 at the AHL level. Cunningham’s contract is a one-year, two-way deal worth $600,000 at the NHL level and $85,000 at the AHL level.

Florek received a one-year, two-way deal worth $600,000 at the NHL level and $90,000 at the AHL level. Randell’s deal is a one-year, two-way contract worth $575,000 at the NHL level and $70,000 at the AHL level.

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Source: Bruins sign Jordan Caron to 1-year deal 07.16.14 at 12:18 pm ET
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According to a league source, the Bruins have signed forward Jordan Caron to a one-year, one-way contract worth $600,000. The signing was first reported by Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports.

Caron, 23, was a restricted free agent after playing last season on a one-year, one-way, $640,000 pact. He served as the team’€™s 13th forward, skating in 35 regular-season games with a goal and two assists for three points.

The 2009 first-round pick also played seven playoff games, scoring in Game 3 of the first round against the Red Wings.

Though Caron is under contract with the Bruins, the team has been looking at trade options for him in order to find him a team that has more playing time to give him. A defensively sound wing, Caron has not played more than 48 NHL games in a season since turning pro in 2010.

With Caron now under contract, the Bruins have $3.818 million in salary cap space, assuming Marc Savard ($4.027 million cap hit) is placed on long-term injured reserve.

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Matt Bartkowski signs, but will he stick with Bruins? 07.15.14 at 3:51 pm ET
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The Matt Bartkowski story is simple, yet complicated: The Bruins somehow got him in the process of ripping off the Panthers in a trade for Dennis Seidenberg, he was the last cut on the team that won the Stanley Cup and since then he’€™s developed into a serviceable NHL defenseman.

And nobody ever knows whether he’€™s in or out, traded or kept.

As Bartkowski’€™s new one-year, $1.25 million deal was announced by the team Tuesday, those things still aren’€™t certain. The Bruins believe they have nine NHL defensemen right now. Zdeno Chara, Torey Krug, Seidenberg, Dougie Hamilton and Johnny Boychuk are locks for the lineup as long as they aren’€™t moved. From there, it’€™s Bartkowski, Kevan Miller, Adam McQuaid and David Warsofsky battling for one lineup spot and the extra D spot.

All of those guys can’€™t be here by the time the season starts. They simply can’€™t.

Training camp competition is one thing, but having a boatload of NHL-ready defensemen –€” especially when there are guys getting closer to ready at the AHL level in Zach Trotman and Joe Morrow – is impractical when some of them can be moved to fill other needs in the organization.

The fact that it’€™s public knowledge that the Bruins tried to trade him two seasons ago for Jarome Iginla makes Bartkowski a logical candidate to be moved in the right deal. Then again, if they move one of their pricier blueliners, Bartkowski is a pretty good bargain to keep for a million and a quarter.

“I think it’€™s only just a hindrance to worry about where you’€™re going to end up and all that,” Bartkowski said Tuesday. ‘€œYou just prepare for what you can, and the team you’€™re on, and if something happens, it happens. It’€™s out of our hands, so like I said, there’€™s really no reason for me to worry about it. I just try to focus on my summer workouts and being as ready as I can for next season.”

If Bartkowski stays and the five aforementioned locks are in Boston and healthy, playing time will be tough to come by. Depending on whether lefties Seidenberg or Krug are tried on the right side, there might not be a spot in the lineup for the left-shooting Bartkowski.

That would be a tough blow for Bartkowski for multiple reasons. For one, he played 64 NHL games last season, so a big cutback in playing time would hurt his progression. He’€™ll also be an unrestricted free agent at season’€™s end, so being an extra defenseman would hardly translate into a pay day.

Of course, things happen. Remember, a season ago, the Bruins were only occasionally rotating him into the lineup before an injury to Seidenberg catapulted him not only into the lineup, but onto the second pairing.

“When I say I expect to play, that’€™s what I expect out of myself,”€ Bartkowski said. “€œIt starts from having a good summer and being in shape coming into camp. You have to expect it out of yourself. Otherwise, what’€™s your motivation? What are you playing for? You want to be able to help the team every way you can, and I think expecting that of yourself to be able to play and be able to play well, night in, night out, is the best thing you can do.”

So many times, Bartkowski has looked destined to be the odd man out. Yet he keeps finding a way to see the ice, making him both a valuable trade chip or a player they might want to keep around.

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Bruins sign David Pastrnak, Matt Bartkowski 07.15.14 at 10:34 am ET
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The Bruins announced Tuesday that they have signed right wing David Pastrnak to an entry level contract. They also officially announced the signing of Matt Bartkowski to a one-year, $1.25 million deal.

Pastrnak, the team’s first-round pick (25th overall) in last month’s draft, was expected to be inked by Tuesday, as the team would have to pay more money to Sweden’s hockey federation if they were to sign him after.

Bartkowski’s contract allows the two sides to avoid arbitration, something for which the defenseman had filed.

“It’€™s always good if you can come to an agreement before the hearing,” general manager Peter Chiarelli said. “I think it sends a positive message to Matt that we want to have him back. It was going to be a contract anyways, because he elected arb, but I’€™m okay with that. It’€™s just good to get it done. It doesn’€™t mean you do it and your compromise or work around the edges, it’€™s to get a good result, and you try and do it in the best interest of the player also.”

Pastrnak signing means he will be in training camp in September. His three-year deal won’t begin until he turns pro, and can play up to nine games in the NHL this season without burning a year off the contract.

Chiarelli sang his praises following last week’s development camp, and the fact that he is a skilled right-shot wing — something the Bruins don’t currently have on their NHL roster — has led to speculation that he could make the team.

“He’€™ll get the experience of a training camp, and he’€™ll get some [preseason] games,” Chiarelli said Tuesday of Pastrnak. “He had a terrific development camp, and I know everyone’€™s talking about him. He’€™s a good young player, he’€™s just 18 years old and he’€™s a player ‘€“ it’€™s well-documented that we’€™re looking for skill and speed and he fits that bill, but let’€™s not put the cart before the horse with David. I think we’€™re fortunate to get him where we got him and he had a terrific camp, and we’€™ll see where it goes from there.”

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Report: Bruins, Matt Bartkowski settle arbitration case, agree to 1-year deal 07.14.14 at 11:12 am ET
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The Bruins have avoided arbitration with Matt Bartkowski by inking him to a one-year, $1.25 million deal, according to Elliotte Friedman of Hockey Night in Canada. Bartkowski was the only Bruin to file for arbitration.

Bartkowski served as an extra defenseman for the Bruins last season before becoming a second-pairing blue-liner in place of the injured Dennis Seidenberg. With the Bruins currently possessing a surplus of defenseman, Bartkowski could either return as an extra defenseman or be traded in a deal to get the B’s some help on the wing.

With Bartkowski now signed, the Bruins have approximately $4.418 million dollars in salary cap space. The team still has multiple players left to sign, including restricted free agents Matt Fraser and Jordan Caron as well as entry level free agents Reilly Smith and Torey Krug.

Neither Smith nor Krug can negotiate with other teams, as their entry level deals have expired but they are not yet eligible for restricted free agency.

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