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Seguin: Boston ‘great place, great city’ 06.24.10 at 6:29 pm ET
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LOS ANGELES ‘€”  About 24 hours before he is likely to be selected by the Bruins with the second overall pick in Friday’€™s NHL draft, Tyler Seguin was sitting on a terrace balcony absorbing the buzz of downtown LA. But the skilled forward had little trouble quickly shifting his vision to thoughts of  playing in Boston.

‘€œIt’€™s a great place, great city,’€ Seguin said Thursday afternoon. ‘€œWhen I went there I thought the city looked like Europe. It was so different and so beautiful. The rink was great ‘€” a nice facility and a great fan base as well.’€

While the prevailing consensus among the hockey world is that the Edmonton Oilers will select Taylor Hall with the first pick in the draft and the Bruins will then take Seguin, the Brampton, Ontario, native is still not sure how everything will unfold.

‘€œI have no idea, I think its win-win if it’€™s Edmonton or Boston,’€ Seguin said. ‘€œI’€™m not expecting anything. There could be a trade, there could be anything. It’€™s going to be a fun day tomorrow.’€

After completing a strong junior hockey season with the Plymouth Whalers, in which he scored 48 goals and generated 58 assists, Seguin emerged as the top ranked prospect by NHL central scouting. He also impressed scouts and league GMs with a strong showing at the NHL combine last month.

Seguin’s work ethic is also prevalent during the draft week. He has managed to continue his training regime despite some heavy time demands.

‘€œI went to the hotel gym yesterday and I’€™m going to go today if I have some time,’€ Seguin said. ‘€œIt’€™s a little hard right now, it’€™s been a little crazy but after tomorrow, everything will slow down a little bit and I’€™ll be able to get back to my program.’€

Bruins say four more years to Seidenberg 06.05.10 at 12:58 pm ET
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Just three weeks after their season ended, the Bruins may already have taken care of one of their most pressing offseason concerns. The team announced Saturday that it has signed potential unrestricted free agent defenseman Dennis Seidenberg to a four-year deal worth a reported $13 million with an annual cap hit of $3.25 million.

Seidenberg played in just 17 games for the B’€™s after being acquired in a trade deadline deal with Florida on March 3. But during his brief tenure with the team, the 6-foot-1, 210-pound defenseman showcased solid physical play and the ability to generate offense from the blueline.

Generally skating with Zdeno Chara on the B’€™s top defensive pairing, the 28-year-old Seidenberg contributed two goals and seven assists for the Bruins and an impressive plus-nine rating. He generated an additional 23 points (2 goals, 21 assists) with Florida. His 32 total points and 28 assists for the season was the best offensive showing of his seven-year career.

The Bruins were 9-7-1 with Seidenberg in the lineup before he suffered a season-ending lacerated tendon in his forearm during a contest at Toronto on April 6.

By signing Seidenberg before July 1, the team avoided losing a top end defenseman to free agency. Boston is now assured that Chara, Seidenberg, Dennis Wideman, Matt Hunwick and Andrew Ference are locked in for next season.

Johnny Boychuk remains a potential unrestricted free agent on July 1, but has indicated he wants to stay in Boston.

Seidenberg and Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli will conduct a media conference call at 3 p.m. Saturday. Check back for updates.

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NHL Power Rankings, 3/10 03.10.10 at 12:44 pm ET
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The post-Olympics race for playoff spots is heating up. The high-powered Capitals remain atop our rankings, but there’s plenty of shifting going on.

1. (1) 44-13-9 Deadline deals by George McPhee, adding versatile center Eric Belanger, rugged Scott Walker and skilled defenseman Joe Corvo, make the Caps a serious contender.

2. (3) 43-17-5 The big game ability demonstrated by Patrick Kane in the Olympic gold medal game provides some indication the Blackhawks will have plenty of playoff leadership when the road gets tough.

3. (2) 42-14-9 Likewise, the no-show performance by Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau, Dany Heatley and Dan Boyle during the gold medal game shows the Sharks still have an unsurpassed ability to disappear when it matters.

4 . (9) 40-22-4 Would anyone really mind if Matt Cooke were suspended for the season?

5. (5 ) 39-22-4 A 6-0 blasting of Columbus on Monday showed the Kings have adjusted to the arrival of deadline acquisitions such as Fredrik Modin and are ready for a return to the playoffs.

6. (5) 39-22-5 Good luck in the desert, Derek Morris. Mr. Chiarelli found you a nice landing spot.

7. (7) 40-23-2 After their 14-game road trip ends Wednesday, the Canucks play 10 of their final 15 games at home. Welcome back, boys.

8. (6) 35-20-9 Has Ilya Kovalchuk made the Devils a better team? They’re just 3-6-1 in their last 10 games.

9. (8) 37-22-4 Talk about under the radar. Avalanche forward Chris Stewart suddenly received league-wide attention, being named as the NHL First Star for the week ending Sunday. Stewart leads Colorado in goals (24) and plus/minus (plus-13).

10. (11) 35-20-9 The Sabres will play just six of their final 17 games at home. A five-game road trip that begins Saturday in Detroit could greatly impact how the battle for the Northeast Division title plays out.

11. (10) 36-25-5 The Senators looked to end an 0-2-1 start to post-Olympic hockey with a contest in Edmonton Tuesday.

12. (14) 31-21-12 How funny would it be if the Red Wings grab the eighth playoff spot in the West and face the Sharks in the first round? Come on, the Sharks drawing the playoff-tested Wings in the opening round, that’s good stuff.

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NHL Power Rankings 2/10 02.10.10 at 12:11 am ET
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The snow and the wins keep piling up in Washington, as the Capitals remain atop the WEEI NHL Power Rankings:

1. (1) 41-12-6 More magic from Alex Ovechkin Sunday helped the Capitals extend their winning streak to 14 games. Next up, Montreal on Wednesday.

2. (2) 39-11-9 The Sharks open a six-game road trip with three straight wins. Yeah, it’s a good thing they’re not coming to Boston.

3. (3) 39-15-5 After dropping two in a row, the Blackhawks get back in winning form with two straight victories, including a 4-3 shootout win over Dallas Tuesday.

4. (6 ) 36-20-3 The Kings had a franchise-best nine-game winning streak snapped with a loss in Anaheim Monday. “It was a nice run, a very nice run,” coach Terry Murray said. Things are looking real good in LA.

5. (8) 36-19-5 Raise your hand if you think the Coyotes were the natural opponent for the Bruins to play in Prague opening next season? It makes sense, right?

6. (4) 36-20-2 After winning the Ilya Kovalchuk sweepstakes, the Devils should be a whole lot more fun to watch.

7. (7) 35-21-2 Five games into a record-setting 14-game road trip, the Canucks are 2-3 after a 3-1 loss in Tampa Bay Tuesday.

8. (10) 33-19-6 Leading scorer Paul Stastny ended a six-game goal-scoring drought with a tally Monday, helping the Avalanche beat St. Louis, 5-2.

9 . (9) 35-22-2 After Sunday’s high-tempo contest, we can only hope that the Penguins and Capitals square off in the playoffs again

10. (11) 34-22-4 The Senators had their impressive 11-game winning streak halted by Jean-Sebastien Giguere and the Maple Leafs Saturday, but they have served notice they are in the fight for the Northeast Division title.

11. (5) 32-18-8  Tuesday’s shootout loss to the Bruins was the fifth straight defeat for the Sabres.

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Julien: Krejci looking good for Tuesday 02.08.10 at 6:33 pm ET
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Bruins coach Claude Julien addressed various issues after an optional practice in Buffalo Monday afternoon. The first issue was the status of center David Krejci for Tuesday’€™s contest against the Sabres. Krejci left Sunday’€™s 3-0 victory in Montreal in the first period and did not return.

‘€œI think it’€™s looking good,’€ said Julien of Krejci’€™s availability Tuesday.’€It’€™s getting better. We’€™ll see tomorrow when he skates. It’€™s the leg obviously.’€

Julien was then asked about the play of Andrew Ference in his return after a 14-game absence with a groin injury.

‘€œHe handled himself really, really, well,’€ Julien said. ‘€œI felt he really stabilized our [defense] back there. He was an experienced guy coming in, he definitely stabilized and gave our back end some confidence.’€

In addition, Julien was favorably impressed with Blake Wheeler dropping the gloves and tangling with Montreal defenseman Ryan O’€™Byrne.

‘€œHe took on a guy who does it every once in awhile, he didn’€™t hesitate,’€ Julien said. ‘€œThe thing I like about it was that it showed players were willing to get out of their comfort zone and was going to show everybody they were willing to do something like that to turn things around. It was the intention for me that was impressive.’€

Bruins end losing streak 02.07.10 at 5:50 pm ET
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Marco Sturm had two goals, Adam McQuaid scored his first NHL goal and Tuukka Rask made 36 saves as the Bruins ended a ten-game losing streak with a 3-0 win in Montreal Sunday. Patrice Bergeron had two assists for the Bruins, who won for the first time since taking a 2-1 shootout win in San Jose on Jan. 14.

After McQuaid gave the Bruins the lead with 2:28 left in the opening period, Sturm pushed the B’€™s to a 2-0 advantage with just four seconds left in the first. He added an insurance goal midway though the third period. Center David Krejci was injured in the first period and did not return.

Three Stars

1. Tuukka Rask

Never let the Canadiens grab any momentum.

2. Marco Sturm

Scores twice to provide the Bruins a lead they would not relinquish.

3. Marc Savard

Sharp pass to set up McQuaid’€™s goal while skating with jump all over the ice.

Turning Point

With the clock winding down in the first period Sturm jumps on a rebound of a Zdeno Chara shot whisking it past Jaroslav Halak for a 2-0 Bruins advantage.

Key Play

As the Canadiens picked up their attack in the third period, Sturm beats Halak to put things out of reach.

Bruins go old school 02.03.10 at 1:24 pm ET
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BELMONT ‘€” Looking for some positive energy and a change of fortune, the Bruins got on the bus and went to school Wednesday.

Still mired in an extended losing streak following a 4-1 loss to the Washington Capitals Tuesday, the B’€™s opted to practice at the Belmont Hill School instead of their normal practice rink in Wilmington.

‘€œIt’€™s just a change of scenery, something a little different,’€ coach Claude Julien said. ‘€œIt’€™s something [GM] Peter [Chiarelli] thought would be good for the team.’€

Any kind of change for the B’€™s will probably be a good thing as they prepare to end an eight-game losing streak hosting Montreal Thursday.

‘€œIt’€™s fun, it’€™s nice facility,’€ said veteran forward Mark Recchi who has seen struggling teams try every trick in the book to end losing streaks.

‘€œWe’€™re just trying to work our way out of this, trying stay positive and to stick together,’€ said Recchi. ‘€œWherever we practice it doesn’€™t really matter. We still have to stay positive.’€

Skating on the Olympic-size rink at the school, the Bruins worked on finding ways to improve the team’€™s offense. The B’€™s have scored the fewest goals in the NHL, but are showing signs of starting break out of their scoring drought. They launched 42 shots at Capitals goalie Jose Theodore Tuesday.

‘€œWe had nine really good scoring chances in the second period and nothing to show for it,’€ Julien said. ‘€œWhen you have nine scoring chances you should at least have a goal or two or three. That’€™s where we are really getting hurt right now. Those scoring chances we’€™re not able to bury them.’€

Defenseman Matt Hunwick, who made a blind clearing pass that was intercepted and converted into the game-winning goal in Tuesday’€™s loss did not practice Wednesday. Julien said Hunwick and forward Steve Begin had been given a ‘€œmaintenance’€ day off.

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