|Report: Daniel Alfredsson spurns Bruins for Red Wings||07.05.13 at 12:07 pm ET|
According to multiple reports, Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson has informed Ottawa that he plans to sign with the Red Wings.
The Bruins were said to be one of the finalists to land the services of the 40-year-old free agent, who has 426 goals and 682 assists in 1,178 games over 17 NHL seasons, all with Ottawa. He is the franchise’s regular-season and playoff record-holder for games, goals, assists and points.
The Swedish forward was chosen by the Sens in the sixth round of the 1994 NHL draft and won the Calder Trophy as the league’s top rookie in 1995-96. He has played in six All-Star Games, most recently in 2012.
|Report: Bruins hired guard to keep eye on Tyler Seguin||07.05.13 at 11:54 am ET|
Much has been made of the Bruins’ concerns with Tyler Seguin‘s after-hours activities in his days with the B’s, and the Boston Herald had a pretty interesting tidbit Friday.
According to veteran beat writer Steve Harris, the Bruins ordered Seguin to live in a hotel during the postseason, where they had a hired guard to make sure the 21-year-old didn’t leave.
It apparently got so bad that during the playoffs, the Bruins ordered Seguin to live in a hotel, where a guard was hired to make sure he stayed in his room.
It is widely believed that Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli spoke to Seguin about his off-ice choices during the first round of the playoffs against the Maple Leafs. Chiarelli publicly criticized Seguin’s professionalism last weekend at the NHL draft before trading the young scorer to the Stars on Thursday.
|Bruins trade doesn’t change Nathan Horton’s mind about leaving||07.04.13 at 4:55 pm ET|
Following the trade of Tyler Seguin to the Stars, the agent for Nathan Horton indicated that the Bruins’ recently freed-up cap space does not change Horton’s mind about his decision to not re-sign with the Bruins.
Horton’s agent, Paul Krepelka, told WEEI.com that the trade of Seguin and Rich Peverley — which leaves the B’s with over $13 million in cap space if they put Marc Savard on long-term injury reserve — “doesn’t change anything,” and that Horton’s choice to leave Boston “was a personal decision based on what he feels is best for his family.”
With Seguin, Horton, Jaromir Jagr and and Peverley gone, Shawn Thornton is the only right wing from last year’s team still on the roster.
Horton met with the Blue Jackets on Wednesday and should draw interest from multiple teams on the free agent market.
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|Poll: What do you think of Seguin being shipped to Dallas?||07.04.13 at 3:38 pm ET|
With the news of Tyler Seguin being sent to Dallas in a seven-player trade (that also includes Rich Peverly headed to the Stars), the debate regarding the 21-year-old forward will rage on. What are your thoughts?
|Bruins trade Tyler Seguin, Rich Peverley to Stars||07.04.13 at 3:02 pm ET|
The Bruins made a huge move Thursday, trading Tyler Seguin, Rich Peverley and Ryan Button to the Stars in exchange for forwards Loui Eriksson, Reilly Smith and Matt Fraser as well as defense prospect Joe Morrow.
The 27-year-old Eriksson has played the last seven seasons with the Stars, finishing with 12 goals and 17 assists in 48 games with Dallas last season. He has three years remaining on a six-year, $25.5 million contract.
Seguin will be entering the first season of a six-year deal that averages $5.75 million per year. The 21-year-old had 16 goals and 16 assists for the Bruins last season, notching just one goal and seven assists in the playoffs.
|Bruins coach Claude Julien a man of low profile, high achievement||07.04.13 at 10:30 am ET|
Claude Julien‘s New Jersey Devils had just defeated the Bruins, 3-1. Winners of four of their last five, with their stars finally healthy, the Devils stood second overall in the Eastern Conference with 102 points and appeared poised to make another extended postseason run.
“They are a good example of one of the best defensive teams in hockey,” Bruins coach Dave Lewis said during the postgame press conference. The defeat marked the eighth loss in the Bruins' last nine games, and Boston was firmly entrenched in the basement of the Northeast Division.
The game was played on April 1, 2007. The next day, Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello fired Julien. The biggest blemish for a coach in the National Hockey League is to lose his players. The loss of the coach’s job, naturally, soon follows. Speculation ran rampant that Julien had lost control of the players in the dressing room.
The reason for Julien's dismissal in New Jersey, in Lamoriello's eyes, was not complicated.
“I don't think we're at a point,” Lamoriello explained in 2007, “of being ready both mentally and [physically] to play the way that is necessary going into the playoffs.” Lamoriello, recognized as one of the finest executives in hockey since the day he arrived in East Rutherford in 1987, already had led to the Devils to three Stanley Cups. His words against Julien — a man whose life was completely intertwined with hockey — were condemning. He had lost his players.
A REBUILD IN BOSTON
Move ahead six years, and the Bruins, having just swept the extremely talented Penguins, huddled together to accept the Prince of Wales trophy. A collection of superstars, led by Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, were no match for Julien's well-balanced team.
In the midst of the ensuing postgame celebration, Julien was asked what going to the Stanley Cup finals for the second time in three years meant to him. ”What it means to us,” the polite Julien corrected, “it means a lot.”
While slowly silencing detractors, Julien has built a family on the ice in Boston. He is the longest-tenured Bruins coach since Milt Schmidt, who guided the Bruins from 1954 until 1961. Since his hire in 2007, Julien has won more playoff games (50) than any other coach except for Detroit's Mike Babcock (51). Two more victories would have catapulted Julien atop that list, as well as captured another Stanley Cup for his Bruins. Yet the man born in Blind River, Ontario, does not care to hear about his success or tell you how much he knows about the game. He has no time to share anecdotes from his playing days. Even after a painful defeat at the hands of the Blackhawks, his narrow lens is focused entirely on the ice.
“Our team likes to deflect credit,” says Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli. ”The humble roots of Claude and the team, it's an important part of our makeup. It starts from the top and works its way down.”
|Takeaways from Peter Chiarelli’s conference call: Right wing the priority||07.03.13 at 11:37 am ET|
With free agency set to begin on Friday, Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli held a conference call with the media Wednesday. Here are some quick notes from the call:
- The Bruins plan on getting Tuukka Rask‘s deal done “in short order,” and likely before free agency opens. If a deal isn’t signed by the time free agency opens, Chiarelli will approach free agency with a “placeholder number” for Rask in mind cap-wise. Rask is restricted, so there isn’t much of a threat of losing the player, as Rask would have to sign an offer sheet and then have the B’s not match it for him to leave. The chances of that are very slim.
- With a strong core of defensemen under contract, the Bruins will not be looking to add to their back end. Their priority is finding right wings to replace Nathan Horton and Jaromir Jagr. The team had met with Vincent Lecavalier on Saturday after Horton told them he would not re-sign with them, but ultimately Chiarelli decided to not further pursue Lecavalier for a number of reasons, one of which was that they want a “natural winger” and Lecavalier is a center who was willing to move to wing.
- Internal right wing options consist of Tyler Seguin, Rich Peverley, Jordan Caron and Jared Knight. The Bruins qualified Caron this week, but the thought here is that they’ve just never given him a long enough look at the NHL level. If Caron starts the season in the lineup, they need to show their faith in him by playing him for at least 20 games so they can see what he can be at the NHL level. They gave Chris Bourque 18 games last year, so they can stand to play Caron and actually give him a fair chance.
- Chiarelli told Jagr on breakup day that the B’s wouldn’t be resigning him, but that was before Horton told them he was leaving. As such, Chiarelli said he has thought about “circling back” to Jagr, but said that after telling the veteran winger was moving on from him, he wouldn’t be surprised if Jagr has since moved on from the idea of returning to Boston.
- With limited cap space (even with Marc Savard on long-term injured reserve, a $7 million cap hit for Rask would leave the B’s with less than $2.2 million in space), Chiarelli admitted that he is also exploring the trade market, saying there are “a couple of trades” the B’s are considering.
- Chiarelli and other GMs can talk to impending free agents for the two days before free agency opens, but Chiarelli did not comment on who he’s met with. He was asked if he had met with Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson and declined comment, though he did say that he believes the Bruins are a “destination” for older players seeking a Stanley Cup. Alfredsson has not yet signed with the Senators and is 41, though the Senators could be a strong contender next year as well and have tons of cap space. Chiarelli and Alfredsson go back to Chiarelli’s days in Ottawa, so the right wing would be an attractive option for the B’s were he to leave the Senators.
ESPN.com’s Pierre LeBrun reported shortly after the conference call that Chiarelli has indeed contacted Alfredsson’s camp.
- Chiarelli has had discussions with Anton Khudobin‘s agent, though the team’s priority is to sign Rask and then move their attention to Khudobin.
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