|Bruins to open season vs. Flyers||06.22.14 at 11:59 am ET|
The NHL has announced home openers for each team in the 2014-15 season, with the Bruins opening the season at home against the Flyers on Oct. 8.
From there, the B’s will head to Detroit to play the Red Wings on Oct. 9. Montreal will host the Bruins in its home opener on Oct. 16.
The entire schedule will be released Sunday at 4 p.m.
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|Bruins announce preseason schedule||06.20.14 at 12:38 pm ET|
The Bruins announced their preseason schedule for the upcoming season Friday. Three of the team’s seven preseason games will be played at TD Garden, with the B’s hosting the Capitals, Islanders and Red Wings.
The schedule is as follows:
Saturday, September 27 (Detroit, MI)
-Boston Bruins at Detroit Red Wings (Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, MI, 7:00 p.m.)
Tuesday, September 30 (Boston, MA)
-Boston Bruins vs. New York Islanders (TD Garden, Boston, MA, 7:00 p.m. ET)
Friday, October 3 (Bridgeport, CT)
-Boston Bruins vs. New York Islanders (Webster Bank Arena, Bridgeport, CT, 7:30 p.m. ET)
Saturday, October 4 (Boston, MA)
Boston Bruins vs. Detroit Red Wings (TD Garden, Boston, MA, 5:30 p.m. ET)
|Geoff Ward leaving Bruins to coach in Germany||06.19.14 at 12:55 pm ET|
Bruins assistant coach Geoff Ward has resigned and is leaving the NHL, the Bruins announced Thursday.
Ward, who was responsible for the team’s power play, is headed to Germany to become the head coach of the Mannheim Eagles of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga.
Ward had been with the Bruins for seven years, joining the team when Claude Julien was brought in. Despite the power play’s struggles over the years, Ward was responsible for a very productive Bruins group that finished with the third-best power play efficiency in the NHL.
If Ward’s new team sounds familiar to Bruins fans, it should. Dennis Seidenberg spent the 2012-13 playing for the Mannheim Eagles with his brother, Yannic.
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|Shawn Thornton on D&C: ‘I’m very, very fortunate that I got to be here for 7 years’||06.17.14 at 11:44 am ET|
Thornton, who will hit free agency this offseason, was informed by Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli Monday that the team will not pursue re-signing him after seven seasons in Boston.
“I’ve been around a long time. I assumed it would’ve been [Chiarelli] talking to my agent Monday afternoon instead of me walking in there,” Thornton said. “There’s always a chance of me walking in there to see if I’d be a good soldier, be the extra guy for the next year or two. But I pretty much knew it was coming.
“I talked about it on Sunday with some friends and family. I got the text on Saturday saying he wanted to meet Monday. I kind of put my head around it.”
Thornton wouldn’t cite specific reasons given by Chiarelli for his decision, but the enforcer was grateful for the opportunities given to him over the years.
“It’s just the business. I said it yesterday, I did a few interviews, I’m very, very fortunate that I got to be here for seven years,” Thornton said. “It doesn’t happen anymore. Guys don’t stay around in one market, being a fourth-line guy and being a tough guy. I think you get moved around a lot more than that nowadays. So to do it in this city for seven years, I’m really fortunate.
“I think there are guys in Providence who are just ready to play, and you got to see a few of them do it last year. They’ve got to make some room for these guys. I could understand that.
“But [Chiarelli] didn’t have to tell me early. He didn’t have to tell me face to face. Everything about this organization from Day 1 until yesterday was first class, and I appreciate it.”
|Shawn Thornton sad to leave, grateful for time with Bruins||06.16.14 at 7:27 pm ET|
Shawn Thornton is holding no grudges after Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli told him Monday that the team would not be offering him a contract for next season.
Reflecting on his seven-year tenure with the Bruins, Thornton was more proud than anything else as he began to look ahead to the next and perhaps final stop of his NHL career.
“I was very lucky and very fortunate to be part of this city and organization for the last seven years,” Thornton said. “My first thought is I’m very appreciative of them keeping me around for seven years and [letting me] have the role that I’ve played here.
“They’ve been first-class from Day 1, when Cam [Neely] called me convincing me that this would be a good fit for me, to even today, Peter giving me a face-to-face meeting and a heads up before free agency that I wasn’t coming back. Everything in between was amazing. I’m very lucky and very thankful that I got treated so well when I was here.”
Thornton said he estimated his chances of being brought back as a ‘coin flip’ when Chiarelli told him at breakup day last month that he needed time to determine the team’s plan. The 36-year-old (he’ll be 37 next month) wants to play at least another season, and he’ll meet with teams to determine the best fit going forward.
Physically, Thornton said he feels better now than he did going into the season, as he dealt with some injuries that hindered his workouts last offseason.
As for the notion that the league is trending away from players like him, Thornton acknowledged that the Bruins have young forwards who are NHL-ready, but also said that fighting is far from extinct in the NHL.
“Obviously the league is trending away from it. You can tell. There’s no secret,” Thornton said. “It started when they put visors in and it’s just continuing on, but I think we’re all in agreement that the puck’s not going to drop next year on Oct. 7 and everyone’s going to be skating around with their gloves on all the time.
“I think it’ll probably start to be phased out eventually, but it’s around for the next couple of years at least. I see the point that’s being made, but I think it will still be here. On the other side, I think that one of the reasons I’ve had success and have been able to stick around as long as I have is that I bring more to the table than just the fighting. I think I can actually play hockey, too.”
|Peter Chiarelli: Bruins will not re-sign Shawn Thornton||06.16.14 at 3:40 pm ET|
In a video posted on the team’s website, Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli announced that the team will not be re-signing forward Shawn Thornton.
“Today I met with Shawn. We had a good meeting, and I informed him that we wouldn’t be re-signing him,” Chiarelli said in the video. “It was good in the sense that we talked about the time Shawn has spent here.
“I told him that he was one of the most significant acquisitions that we made — one, for the role that he played, and two, for the person that he is. It was nice to rehash his time. It was sad to tell him he wasn’t coming back.”
Thornton spent seven seasons in Boston, tallying 34 goals, 42 assists and 748 penalty minutes in 480 games. He added one goal, six assists and 62 penalty minutes in 86 playoff games and helped lead the Bruins to a Stanley Cup title in 2011.
|Blackhawks, Bruins top favorites to win 2015 Stanley Cup||06.15.14 at 6:44 pm ET|
Though neither team reached the Stanley Cup finals this season, oddsmakers have the Blackhawks as favorites to win the Cup in 2015, with the Bruins the second favorites.
The Kings, who are days removed from winning the Cup for the second time in the last three years, sit behind the Blackhawks, Bruins and Penguins.
Here are the odds, per Bovada:
Chicago Blackhawks: 15/2
Boston Bruins: 8/1
Pittsburgh Penguins: 9/1
Los Angeles Kings: 10/1
St. Louis Blues: 10/1
Anaheim Ducks: 14/1
San Jose Sharks: 14/1
Colorado Avalanche: 18/1
Minnesota Wild: 18/1
New York Rangers: 18/1
Detroit Red Wings: 22/1
Montreal Canadiens: 25/1
Tampa Bay Lightning: 25/1
Vancouver Canucks: 25/1
Philadelphia Flyers: 28/1
Dallas Stars: 33/1
Toronto Maple Leafs: 33/1
Washington Capitals: 33/1
Columbus Blue Jackets: 40/1
New Jersey Devils: 40/1
Carolina Hurricanes: 50/1
Edmonton Oilers: 50/1
Ottawa Senators: 50/1
Phoenix Coyotes: 50/1
Winnipeg Jets: 50/1
Calgary Flames: 66/1
Florida Panthers: 66/1
Nashville Predators: 66/1
New York Islanders: 66/1
Buffalo Sabres: 75/1
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