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Report: Bruins send qualifying offer to Jordan Caron 06.30.14 at 4:30 pm ET
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According to a report from Dan Cagen of the MetroWest Daily News, the Bruins have extended a qualifying offer to Jordan Caron, meaning they have done so for all 11 of their restricted free agents.

General manager Peter Chiarelli had said over the weekend that the team had already qualified Reilly Smith, Torey Krug, Justin Florek, Matt Bartkowski, Matt Fraser, Zach Trotman, David Warsofsky, Craig Cunningham, Tommy Cross and Tyler Randell.

The B’€™s signed another one of their restricted free agents, goaltender Niklas Svedberg, last week.

Teams had until 5 p.m. Monday to send their restricted free agents qualifying offers.

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Jarome Iginla talking to other teams as Bruins face cap crunch 06.30.14 at 10:38 am ET
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Peter Chiarelli told reporters in Philadelphia over the weekend that Jarome Iginla and agent Don Meehan would talk to other teams, a process that has seemingly begun given that the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported the Wild contacted the soon-to-be free agent.

Free agency begins Tuesday, though teams have been able to talk to free-agents-to-be since last Wednesday. Iginla, who turns 37 Tuesday, figures to have plenty of potential suitors.

Chiarelli had also said that Iginla’€™s camp would stay in contact with the Bruins throughout the process, as the player wants to return to Boston but the Bruins have a little less than $6 million in salary cap space to sign a group of players that also includes Torey Krug and Reilly Smith.

If the Bruins are unable to bring Iginla back, there are plenty of contenders with ample cap space. The Lightning cleared cap space via trades Sunday night to give them somewhere around $13 million to spend, while the Wild have long to be believed to be spenders this offseason, either by signing Thomas Vanek or somebody else. Anaheim, Montreal and the Rangers are also among the contending teams with money to spend.

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Bruins draft Ryan Donato, son of Ted Donato, in second round 06.28.14 at 10:49 am ET
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The Bruins called a familiar name Saturday morning, drafting Ryan Donato in the second round of the NHL draft.

Donato is the son of former Bruin and current Harvard coach Ted Donato. The 18-year-old center, who grew up in Scituate, put up 37 goals and 41 assists in 30 games for the Dexter School this past season. Donato will either remain at Dexter or head to the Omaha Lancers of the United States Hockey League next season before going to Harvard to play for his father in the fall of 2015.

Scouting reports praise Donato’€™s hockey smarts and offensive skill, though writes that his skating could stand to improve.

The Bruins have taken forwards with their first two picks, as they drafted Czech right wing David Pastrnak in the first round. They did not have a third-round pick, as it was traded to the Flyers in exchange for Andrej Meszaros.

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Bruins draft right wing David Pastrnak in first round 06.27.14 at 9:49 pm ET
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The Bruins chose Czech right wing David Pastrnak with their first-round pick (25th overall) Friday night in Philadelphia.

The 5-foot-11, 170-pound Pastrnak has spent the last two seasons playing for Sodertalje in Sweden. A right shot, the 18-year-old was ranked the fifth-best European skater in the draft by NHL Central Scouting.

Pastrnak is Boston’s first first-round pick since 2012 (Malcolm Subban) and the team’s first pick since Keith Gretzky took over as the director or amateur scouting last August.

The Bruins will pick Saturday in the second round (56th overall), fourth round, fifth round and seventh round. Their third-round pick was traded to the Flyers at the trade deadline last season for Andrej Meszaros, while their sixth-round pick was traded to the Blues during the lockout-shortened 2013 season for Wade Redden.

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NHL salary cap set at $69 million for 2014-15 season 06.27.14 at 5:05 pm ET
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The NHL and NHL Players Association announced the payroll range for the 2014-15 season Friday, and the upper limit being lower than anticipated should make the Bruins’ offseason even more difficult than initially anticipated.

The lower limit is set at $51 million, with the upper limit set at $69 million. The upper limit was expected to be somewhere around $70 million, with recent speculation suggesting it could be higher. The Bruins, who have $67.58 million in cap space  committed to next season, but can go as far as $4.027 million over the upper limit if Marc Savard is placed on long-term injured reserve, will now be hard-pressed to retain their unsigned players — Jarome Iginla chief among them — without shedding a current contract or two.

Reilly Smith and Torey Krug are both restricted free agents, as are Matt Bartkowski and Jordan Caron.

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Bruins promote Scott Bradley, Ryan Nadeau, hire John Ferguson Jr. 06.27.14 at 10:31 am ET
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The Bruins announced three front-office moves Saturday, the most notable of which was the promotion of Scott Bradley to assistant general manager to replace the departed Jim Benning.

Ryan Nadeau, who had been serving as the director of hockey administration on the team’€™s scouting staff, was promoted to director of hockey operations/analytics.

Former Maple Leafs general manager John Ferguson Jr. was hired as executive director of player personnel. Bradley had been serving as director of player personnel.

Perhaps Ferguson’€™s most notable move as Maple Leafs GM was trading the rights to Tuukka Rask to the Bruins in exchange for Andrew Raycroft in June of 2006.

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Tuukka Rask wins Vezina, Patrice Bergeron wins Selke on big NHL Awards night for Bruins 06.24.14 at 9:00 pm ET
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The Bruins were well-represented among NHL award winners Tuesday night in Las Vegas, as goalie Tuukka Rask won the Vezina Trophy and center Patrice Bergeron received a number of distinctions highlighted by his second Frank J. Selke Trophy in three seasons.

Bergeron also won the NHL Foundation Player Award and finished fifth in Hart Trophy voting. He was also named as the cover athlete on next year’€™s NHL 15 video game.

Zdeno Chara, meanwhile, finished second in Norris Trophy voting, with Chicago defenseman Duncan Keith winning the award for the second time in his career. Chara finished a distant second, as Keith had 68 first-place votes and totaled 1033 points while Chara has only 21 first-place votes and had a total of 667 points.

Shea Weber finished just behind Chara with 638 points. He received more first-place votes than Chara, as Weber received 26. Chara received mostly second-place votes, as his 39 were more than anyone else.

With regard to the Selke, Bergeron, who led the league in Corsi and was second in CorsiRel, beat out Chicago’€™s Jonathan Toews (who narrowly won the Selke over Bergeron last season) and Kings center Anze Kopitar.

Bergeron received 112 first-place votes and totaled 1,283 points, with Kopitar (840 points) and Toews (624) finishing second and third, respectively.

In addition to his defensive prowess and strong work in the face-off circle (Bergeron finished third in the NHL with a 58.6 face-off percentage), the 28-year-old tied for the Bruins lead with 30 goals.

Bergeron’€™s plus-38 rating was second in the NHL, with only teammate David Krejci‘€™s plus-39 surpassing his mark.

As for the Vezina, Rask’€™s 103 points from NHL general managers surpassed Semyon Varlamov‘€™s 90 points and Ben Bishop‘€™s 32. Rask received half of the first-place votes.

Both Chara and Rask were named to the first-team NHL All Star Team, while defenseman Torey Krug was named to the All Rookie team.

Claude Julien was fourth in Jack Adams voting, with Peter Chiarelli finishing sixth in GM of the Year voting.

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