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My NHL awards ballot 04.16.14 at 10:30 pm ET
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In the interest of transparency, following is my ballot for the 2013-14 NHL awards.

Before I jump into it, I will freely admit that the votes that you see here are the ones I had in the final hours before they were due Wednesday at 7 p.m. and I changed my mind on some of them several times leading up to the deadline.

I also didn’t arrive at my votes totally by myself –€“ nobody does –€“ but through discussions with other writers. In particular, I discussed the various awards with two non-voters in WEEI.com’€™s Scott McLaughlin — one of the premier advanced stats nerds and a major help to geezers like me who see a place in the world for some of the crazy numbers out there but can’€™t always understand them — and the MetroWest Daily News’€™ Dan Cagen. The Pro Hockey Writers’€™ Association cut the number of voters this season down to 150, with Cagen being Exhibit A of the baby being thrown out with the bath water.

At the end of the day, any votes here you don’€™t like are still my fault. Also, the PHWA doesn’t vote for the Vezina Trophy or the Jack Adams, as those are determined by NHL general managers and broadcasters, respectively.

[Also, in the interest of transparency, I will admit that the first explanation I wrote was for Hart and was way too long. Given that I had other work to get to, I decided to only write out explanations for the heavy hitters (Hart, Norris and Selke). If you have any questions about any of the votes, you can find me on Twitter @DJ_Bean.]

HART TROPHY
(“To the player adjudged to be the most valuable to his team”)

1. Sidney Crosby
2. Ryan Getzlaf
3. Patrice Bergeron
4. Tyler Seguin
5. Joe Pavelski

The Penguins led the NHL in man games lost due to injury with 429. While that was happening, Sidney Crosby was doing everything, and he finished with an NHL-best 104 points en route to leading the Penguins to the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference. Points-wise, it wasn’€™t even close, as nobody else had 100, or even 90. Getzlaf was second with 87. Plus, it wasn’€™t like achieved his numbers by being surrounded by Pittsburgh’€™s star forwards. His third most-common linemate was Lee Stempniak.

Bergeron was a real toughie, because I believe in the eye test over stats when appropriate. I gave Jonathan Quick a Hart vote the year they won the Cup for that reason even though other players had better numbers. Yet when determining a middle-of-the pack Hart candidate who didn’€™t have the traditional numbers, it’€™s difficult to figure out where they fall. For example, I had him ahead of Seguin despite not having similar numbers, so why wouldn’t I have him ahead of Getzlaf?

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Daniel Paille, Chris Kelly, Matt Bartkowski, Kevan Miller miss Bruins practice; Dennis Seidenberg skates again 04.16.14 at 11:12 am ET
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WILMINGTON – Daniel Paille and Chris Kelly both missed Wednesday’s practice. Both players missed the team’s final game of the regular season, with Kelly sitting out the last three with back spasms and Paille suffering what appeared to be a head injury in the team’s second to last game.

Also missing from practice were defensemen Matt Bartkowski and Kevan Miller. Claude Julien had said numerous Bruins were battling the flu Tuesday, but Patrice Bergeron, Andrej Meszaros and Loui Eriksson were all back at practice Wednesday as missing Tuesday’s skate.

The Bruins’ lines in practice were as follows:

Lucic – Krejci – Iginla
Marchand – Bergeron – Smith
Florek – Soderberg – Eriksson
Caron – Campbell – Thornton

Dennis Seidenberg skated again Wednesday, marking at least his third straight day on the ice. Seidenberg was on the ice for about 25 minutes and did the same thing as Tuesday, working with strength and conditioning coach John Whitesides as he did big circles, then smaller circles, shot and practiced taking pucks on the blue line and moving across it.

Adam McQuaid was not on the ice Wednesday and did not skate Tuesday.

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Multiple Bruins dealing with flu; no update on Daniel Paille 04.15.14 at 1:02 pm ET
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Multiple Bruins are dealing with the flu, Bruins coach Claude Julien said after Tuesday’s practice. Missing from the practice were Chris Kelly, Daniel Paille, Patrice Bergeron, Loui Eriksson, Matt Bartkowski, Andrej Meszaros and Kevan Miller.

Julien would not specify which Bruins have the flu and which were battling other ailments, but Kelly, Paille, Bergeron and Miller all missed time late in the season.

Asked specifically about Paille, who did not play in Sunday’s regular season finale after leaving Saturday’s game with what looked to be a head injury, Julien declined comment. Paille had two concussions earlier in the season,

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Bruins recall Justin Florek on emergency basis 04.15.14 at 11:03 am ET
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The Bruins recalled forward Justin Florek on an emergency basis prior to Tuesday’s practice.

The recall likely has something to do with the Bruins’ bottom-six forward situation, as Chris Kelly (back spasms) and Daniel Paille both missed time at the end of the regular season.

Florek played four games for the Bruins this season, scoring a goal and picking up an assist for two points.

Video: Dennis Seidenberg skates again before Bruins practice 04.15.14 at 10:59 am ET
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Dennis Seidenberg skated for at least the third time and second straight day Tuesday as he took the ice with strength and conditioning coach John Whitesides prior to Bruins practice at TD Garden. Fellow defenseman Adam McQuaid was not on the ice.

Seidenberg skated for at least 20-25 minutes and was moving pretty well, going hard for single laps at a time and later doing harder circles in the neutral zone. He also took passes from high in the zone before shooting (video below), but perhaps the most positive sign was that he took passes along the wall and moved laterally along the blue line before taking shots from the point.

Seidenberg wasn’t moving as quickly as he moved laterally, but the fact that he was doing it all should be taken as a good sign.

The Bruins initially ruled Seidenberg out for the season after he suffered the ACL/MCL tear on Dec. 27, but he is ahead in his recovery. Though the team won’t say they expect him back late in the playoffs, they also aren’t ruling him out.

‘€œWe’€™re not counting on Dennis to be back,’€ Peter Chiarelli said Monday. ‘€œWe’€™re going to be very cautious with his injury. He has been skating and that’€™s pretty much all I can say on it.’€

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Dennis Seidenberg skates again, Peter Chiarelli says Bruins aren’t counting on his return 04.14.14 at 12:06 pm ET
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Dennis Seidenberg skated Monday at TD Garden as he remains ahead of schedule in his recovery from ACL and MCL surgery, but Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli cautioned against expecting Seidenberg to return at some point during the playoffs.

The B’s have not ruled out a postseason return for Seidenberg, however, after initially declaring him out for the season at the time of his injury in late December.

“We’re not counting on Dennis to be back,” Chiarelli said Monday. “We’re going to be very cautious with his injury. He has been skating and that’s pretty much all I can say on it.”

Adam McQuaid also skated Monday in his comeback from a quad strain that limited to 30 games this season. Multiple setbacks in his recovery led to the team shutting him down for about a month in early March. Chiarelli said there isn’t much clarity on his situation.

“Not really, no,” Chiarelli said. “‘€¦ We want to be careful on it. It’s not a major injury; it’s a soft tissue injury. We’ve been doing OK with the D we have, so we want to be cautious with it.”

Given the emergence of Kevan Miller, it’s unlikely a healthy McQuaid would be needed unless a right-shot defenseman struggles or is injured.

Daniel Paille left Saturday’s game with what appeared to be a head injury, but Claude Julien told reporters Sunday that Paille was feeling “much better” and was day-to-day. Chiarelli said following his updates on Seidenberg and McQuaid that he hadn’t intended to give injury updates (common practice in the postseason) and as such did not offer an update on Paille’s status.

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Bruins-Red Wings schedule announced 04.13.14 at 8:12 pm ET
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The NHL released the schedules for the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs Sunday night. The Eastern Conference quarterfinal series between the first-seeded Bruins and eighth-seeded Red Wings will begin on Friday at TD Garden, with games every other day from there.

The schedule is as follows:

Game 1: Friday, April 18, 7:30 p.m. at TD Garden
Game 2: Sunday, April 20, 3 p.m. at TD Garden
Game 3: Tuesday, April 22, 7:30 p.m. at Joe Louis Arena
Game 4: Thursday, April 24, 8 p.m. at Joe Louis Arena
*Game 5: Saturday, April 26, 3 p.m. at TD Garden
*Game 6: Monday, April 28, TBD at Joe Louis Arena
*Game 7: Wednesday, April 30, TBD at TD Garden

*if necessary

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