|Bruins add more defensive depth, sign Aaron Johnson||07.18.12 at 2:25 pm ET|
The Bruins have signed defenseman Aaron Johnson to a one-year, two-way contract.
Johnson, 29, played 56 games for the Blue Jackets last year, registering three goals and 16 assists for a career-best 19 points. He had a minus-12 rating.
Johnson has bounced around in the league since being drafted by Columbus in 2001, as he played in the Islanders, Blackhawks, Oilers, Predators and Flames organizations before returning to the Blue Jackets last season.
The former third-round pick played the entire 2010-11 season in the AHL for the Milwaukee Admirals, notching nine goals and 26 assists for 35 points and 70 penalty minutes. He had a plus-10 rating in the AHL in 2010-11.
The fact that the Bruins have now signed a few fringe-NHL blueliners in Johnson, Garnet Exelby and brought back Matt Bartkowski without signing any true top-6 defensemen suggests that the team is indeed expecting Dougie Hamilton to make the team next season. Any one of the aforementioned three signings could serve as a seventh defenseman at the NHL level.
|Coyotes reportedly interested in David Krejci||07.18.12 at 11:53 am ET|
Wednesday’s post, his final one until next season, contains “bonus end-of-season thoughts.” The 35th thought is as follows:
35. Think the Coyotes, who are looking for offensive help, really like Boston’s David Krejci. I’m not as certain the Bruins are shopping Krejci, but they are loaded down the middle — especially as Tyler Seguin readies for an expanded role. That is probably where all the Keith Yandle rumours come from.
Krejci signed a three-year, $15.75 million deal last season that will begin in the coming season. His cap hit ($5.25 million) makes him Boston’s highest-paid forward. Last season, he had 23 goals and 39 assists for 62 points, good for third on the team behind Seguin (67) and Patrice Bergeron (64).
The interesting thing regarding Krejci’s presence in Boston is that it solidifies that Seguin, who was drafted as a center, will not have the opportunity to play the position full-time as long as Krejci’s around. Bergeron isn’t going anywhere and Chris Kelly and Gregory Campbell are both signed for the next three seasons — not that the Bruins would play Seguin on one of their bottom two lines anyway.
As an organization, the Bruins like having multiple guys who can take draws on a given line. Consider that Rich Peverley had also played plenty of center in his career before primarily playing wing on Kelly’s line in Boston. The second line is a similar case, as Bergeron centers a former full-time pivot in Seguin.
The 2010 No. 2 overall pick broke out last season with his 29-goal campaign, but there are still aspects of his game that could suggest he isn’t ready to make the move back to center quite yet. Seguin still has difficulty asserting himself when it comes to going into the corners, something that was often covered up by having a do-it-all center like Bergeron playing with him. Even so, if the Bruins were to trade Krejci, Seguin would likely be the logical replacement on the team’s top line given his offensive skill-set and success in the league despite being 20 years of age.
|Report: NHL teams interested in P.J. Axelsson||07.17.12 at 2:39 pm ET|
According to Finnish sportswriter Matias Strozyk last week (and a myriad of other reports since), old friend P.J. Axelsson has a couple of NHL teams interested in his services. Axelsson, who is currently playing for FrÃ¶lunda HC of the Elitserien league in Sweden, played 11 seasons in the NHL, all with the Bruins.
Axelsson has one year remaining on his contract with FrÃ¶lunda, but Strozyk tweeted last week that two NHL teams are interested in the 37-year-old. Former Bruin and current TSN analyst Aaron Ward tweeted Axelsson’s deal does not have an out clause that would allow him return to the NHL before the end of the deal.
The Bruins selected Axelsson in the seventh round (177th overall) of the 1995 draft. In 797 NHL games, the Swedish forward had 103 goals and 184 assists for 287 points and 276 penalty minutes.
|Bruins sign Garnet Exelby, Lane MacDermid to one-year deals||07.11.12 at 4:54 pm ET|
The Bruins announced a couple of minor signings Wednesday, inking defenseman Garnet Exelby and forward Lane MacDermid to one-year, two-way deals.
Both players spent last season in the AHL. Exelby, 30, put up seven goals and 14 assists for 21 points and 177 penalty minutes in 75 games for Grand Rapids, the Red Wings’ AHL affiliate. He’s played 408 NHL games between the Thrashers and Maple Leafs.
MacDermid played five games for the B’s last season and spent the rest of the season in Providence. He had four goals and 12 assists with 121 penalty minutes in 69 AHL contests.
|Lowell Spinners to host speed dating promotion with Tyler Seguin||07.10.12 at 3:23 pm ET|
The Lowell Spinners announced on Tuesday that they will host a speed dating promotion featuring Bruins right wing Tyler Seguin on Aug. 15.
Here is the press release:
LOWELL, MASS. – The Lowell Spinners, Class-A Affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, will once again unroll the black and gold carpet and welcome Boston Bruins star and Stanley Cup Champion Tyler Seguin to LeLacheur Park for a special “Speed Dating” promotion during the Spinners August 15 game against the Aberdeen Ironbirds.
Fans will have the opportunity throughout the evening to win a chance to spend time with the hockey superstar during the game. Each winner and their family will have the opportunity to spend five minutes with Seguin in a private suite, giving them the chance to ask the Stanley Cup Champion and NHL All Star questions, take photos, enjoy the game and who knows even score a phone number.
“When we asked the question “Who would be the one person in the Boston area that a Speed Dating Event Planner would want more than anyone?” The answer to us was Tyler Seguin,” said Spinners Vice President of Corporate Communications Jon Goode. “He is one of Boston’s most sought after Bachelors.”
Winners will be picked throughout the evening, through the Spinners Game Day program, Social Media sites, online auction and gameday contests.
“We want to offer a unique experience to our fans,” said Goode. “We are in the business of making memories and this is certain to be a memory that will last a lifetime.”
Seguin joins a long line of Bruins teammates to visit LeLacheur Park, as the Spinners play host to the annual Milan Lucic “Rock & Jock” Softball Classic each summer, during which many of Milan’s Bruins teammates participate.
Tickets to the game itself, in which the Spinners host the Aberdeen IronBirds, are available now at www.LowellSpinners.com or by phone at (978) 459-1702. Our “Speed Dating” contestants will be selected at the before and at the game itself.
|Bruins sign former Maple Leafs center Christian Hanson||07.09.12 at 6:09 pm ET|
The Bruins announced Monday that they have signed former Maple Leafs center Christian Hanson to a one-year, two-way deal. Hanson, 26, last played in the NHL in the 2010-11 season and spent last season playing for the Hershey Bears, the Capitals’ AHL affiliate.
Hanson will make $600,000 in the NHL or $105,000 in the AHL next season for the B’s. The 6-foot-4, 228-pounder had 10 goals and 11 assists for 21 points and 42 penalty minutes in 52 games for the Bears last season.
Hanson’s father is Dave Hanson, a former player who totaled 33 NHL games between the Red Wings and North Stars between 1978-1980, but is better known for playing Jack Hanson in the film “Slap Shot.”
|Ryan Spooner shines as Bruins prospects wrap up development camp||07.02.12 at 2:41 pm ET|
WILMINGTON — The Bruins’ sixth annual development camp is in the books, as the B’s prospects finished the six-day camp with a power skating session and a scrimmage Monday at Ristuccia Arena.
Forward Ryan Spooner was the star of the day, scoring two goals for the white team in the black and white scrimmage. Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli called Spooner “one of the usual suspects” when it comes to players pushing for an NHL job this season along with fellow 2010 second-round pick Jared Knight and defenseman Dougie Hamilton. Both Knight and Spooner will head to the AHL if they don’t make the team out of camp, as they finished their junior careers last season in the OHL.
More to come from camp.