|Bruins, Kevan Miller agree to 4-year, $10 million deal||05.24.16 at 2:55 pm ET|
The Bruins and Kevan Miller have agreed to a four-year, $10 million deal, according to his agent Peter Fish.
The 28-year-old defenseman played 71 games for the Bruins this past season, his third in the NHL, and posted a career-high 18 points (5 goals, 13 assists) while playing 19:04 per game.
Miller was set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. He was coming off a two-year, $1.6 million contract.
The new contract for Miller does not have any no-trade rights.
The Bruins also re-upped restricted free agent Seth Griffith with a one-year, two-way deal. The right wing was coming off his entry level contract.
|Bruce Cassidy, Jay Pandolfo promoted to NHL staff; Doug Jarvis let go by Bruins||05.24.16 at 10:43 am ET|
The Bruins announced a number of moves to their coaching staff Tuesday, most notably that Bruce Cassidy and Jay Pandolfo will join the NHL team as assistant coaches, while longtime assistant coach Doug Jarvis will not be retained.
Cassidy and Pandolfo will join Joe Sacco and Bob Essensa on Claude Julien’s staff. Both Sacco’s future with the team was up in the air following the season, but the B’s have retained the former Avalanche head coach.
For Cassidy, this will be his first time serving as an NHL coach since 2006, as he was let go by the Blackhawks after serving two years an assistant. Prior to that, he was head coach of the Capitals for a season and a half.
After coaching in the OHL, Cassidy was hired by the Bruins as an assistant for Providence in the 2008-09 season. He took over for Rob Murray as head coach after the 2010-11 season. He had a 207-128-45 record in five seasons with Providence.
After retiring in 2013, Pandolfo spent two seasons working in player development with the Bruins. Last season, he served as the organization’s director of player development, working extensively with Providence players. During his NHL career, Pandolfo played for Julien-coached teams in New Jersey and Boston.
Jarvis joins Doug Houda as assistant coaches the Bruins chose to let go after missing the playoffs for two straight seasons. Houda has since caught on with the Red Wings.
Additionally, the team named Paul Whissel director of sports performance and rehab.
|Brad Marchand wins gold medal with Team Canada at World Championships||05.22.16 at 7:50 pm ET|
Brad Marchand and Team Canada earned a gold medal in the 2016 IIHF World Championships Sunday, with Canada defeating Finland in the tournament’s championship in Russia.
Marchand had an assist on Canada’s second goal (an empty-netter) and had four goals and three assists for seven points over 10 games in the tournament. His biggest goal of the tournament came in Canada’s semifinal win over Team USA on Saturday.
Team USA, of which Bruins left wing Frank Vatrano was a member, lost to Russia in the bronze medal game Sunday. Vatrano finished the tournament with three goals and five assists for eight points in 10 games.
|Brad Marchand, Frank Vatrano to meet in World Championships semis||05.19.16 at 9:36 pm ET|
Brad Marchand and Frank Vatrano will meet in the IIHF World Championship semifinals Saturday, with the Bruins left wings representing Canada and the United States, respectively.
Marchand has three goals and a pair of assists for five points through eight games for Team Canada, while Vatrano has a goal and five assists for six points. Vatrano also has 24 shots on goal in the tournament.
The other semifinal game will be played between Finland and the tournament’s host country of Russia. The USA-Canada game will be played at 8:15 p.m. local time.
|Joonas Kemppainen signs 1-year deal in KHL||05.14.16 at 1:02 pm ET|
Center Joonas Kemppainen has signed a one-year deal to play for Sibiu Novosibirsk of the KHL, according to agent J.P. Barry. Kemppainen spent last season in the Bruins’ organization, marking the only season of the 28-year-old’s career spent in North America.
Kemppainen attempted to become an NHL regular after nine seasons in the Finnish Elite League. The Finland native, who came to the Bruins on a one-year deal with a reputation for being a stout defensive forward with faceoff prowess, proved no better than mediocre in each aspect of the game in the NHL and was limited to just five points (two goals, three assists) in 44 games. He also played 11 games for Providence of the AHL, scoring one goal and adding four helpers for five points.
It’s possible that Kemppainen will have company in leaving the Bruins organization for the KHL. Russian forward Alexander Khokhlachev, whom Boston drafted 40th overall in the 2011 draft, is unhappy with his usage within the organization. CBS Boston’s Matt Kalman reported earlier this month that Khokhlachev, who played in Russia during the 2012 lockout, intended to return to the KHL.
|Brad Marchand and Brendan Gallagher are friends, which makes sense because Brendan Gallagher likes everyone||05.11.16 at 3:26 pm ET|
As could be seen with his Andy Dalton admiration in the Road to the NHL Winter Classic show, it doesn’t take much for a professional athlete to impress Brendan Gallagher.
Yet the Canadiens forward’s latest friendship should raise some eyebrows, as it’s with Brad Marchand. The two have bonded while playing for Team Canada at the World Championships in Russia. Earlier this week, the two offered to jump one another for the sake of getting Connor McDavid on the cover of NHL ’17.
“It’s been the worst part about this trip,” Gallagher said in an interview with TSN. “He turned out to be a pretty good guy.”
While the two discussed how they’ve gotten along, they were also given the opportunity to share their grievances with the other player.
“When he does something, he always acts like he’s not sure what he did,” Gallagher said of Marchand. “He knows exactly what he did, but he puts his arms up and looks around like he’s the most innocent guy on the ice. He knows exactly what he did.”
Marchand said that Gallagher spears players and slashes them off the faceoffs, adding, “I’m not saying I don’t do that, too.”
Watch the full interview here.
|Red Wings hire former Bruins assistant coach Doug Houda||05.10.16 at 1:29 pm ET|
There was some fear that if the Bruins fired their head coach, he might end up in the Atlantic Division coaching against them.
Instead, it was assistant coach Doug Houda who was canned, and guess what? Same outcome.
The Red Wings announced Tuesday that they had hired Houda as an assistant coach to replace the departed Tony Granato. Houda, a former NHL defenseman who was teammates with Zdeno Chara with the Islanders, joined the Bruins as an assistant coach in 2006 under Dave Lewis and stayed on from the hiring of Claude Julien until Houda’s dismissal last month.
The Bruins have not made a formal announcement on the futures of assistant coaches Doug Jarvis and Joe Sacco, neither of whom have contracts.