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Chiarelli tells Savard he’s staying 09.04.10 at 1:59 pm ET
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On the same day that the NHL dropped its investigation of Marc Savard‘s contract, Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli told ESPN’s James Murphy that he’s assured the center that he will remain in Boston.

“There is all these things that happen and there are always things that swirl around about moving guys, and I cannot respond to anything in kind because I don’t directly comment on trade rumors,” Chiarelli told Murphy. “I can tell you, though, that there was discussion and inquiries on Marc and they became public.

“There has been a number of inquires on a lot of the players, some become public and some don’t for obvious reasons, but as we told Marc, that’s part of the business and he understood that. I made sure he knows what we think of him: He is a Boston Bruin and an elite offensive player we’re happy to have on this team.”

Savard signed a contract extension with the Bruins worth $28.5 million over seven years in December. Under the rules at the time, the deal would call for a $4.007 million cap hit, but since it circumvented the cap by tacking on additional years to decrease the hit, the NHL opened an investigation that could have lead to it’s voiding. The investigation was dropped after the NHLPA agreed to calculate cap hits so that later years of contracts couldn’t drastically water down a player’s cap hit.

The coming season will be Savard’s fifth in Boston after originally joining the Bruins as a free agent in 2006.In 41 games last year (he missed time due a concussion suffered on the infamous Matt Cooke hit on March 6) Savard had 10 goals and 23 assists for 33 points. He had 88 points the year prior.

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Savard deal no longer an issue 09.03.10 at 7:10 pm ET
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According to TSN, the NHL and NHLPA have finally agreed to a change in rules regarding players’ contracts. As part of the agreement, longterm deals that were under investigation by the league (including Marc Savard’s deal) will be grandfathered. The rules, which will be explained below, will apply to all contracts filed after Friday.

The report includes two stipulations. Though the gist of it is well-understood here, rewording it may only confuse some. Here’s an excerpt from Darren Dreger:

“First: For long-term contracts extending beyond the age of 40, the contract’s average annual value for the years up to and including 40, are calculated by dividing total value in those years by the number of years up to and including 40. Then for the years covering ages 41 and beyond, the cap charge in each year is equal to the value of the contract in that year.

For example, say a 35-year old player agrees to a 7-year deal that is set to expire when the player is 42 years old. The deal is set up as follows: $7.6 million for the first four years followed by $4 million in the fourth year, then two final seasons at $525,000. Under the terms of the new amendment you would add up the first five years of the contract (to the age of 40) and calculate the average: $34.4 million divided by five years equals $6.88 million. That number would now be the player’s cap hit over those first five years. His cap hit in the final two years of his deal would be the actual value of the contract in those seasons, therefore a cap hit of $525,000 for years six and seven of the deal.

Secondly, for long-term contracts that include years in which the player is 36, 37, 38, 39 and 40; the amount used for purposes of calculating his average annual value is a minimum of $1 million in each of those years (even if his actual compensation is less during those seasons).

As an example, a player signs the exact same seven-year deal discussed above, however the deal is signed at the age of 32 and is set to expire when the player reaches 39 years old. For that contract, the two seasons at $525,000 would remain, however they would be treated as years at $1 million for the purpose of calculating the appropriate cap charge.”

The second stipulation would have applied to Savard, whose deal runs until he is 39.

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Reported NHL/NHLPA agreement could end Marc Savard saga 09.03.10 at 2:46 pm ET
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According to a tweet from TSN’s Darren Dreger, an agreement has been reached between the NHL and the NHLPA on a revision to the calculation of salary cap hits. As part of the settlement that has been agreed upon, the latest Ilya Kovalchuk contract proposal will be approved and, if previous reports prove consistent, so-called “retirement contracts” being investigated will be grandfathered.

Dreger tweets that the two sides are working to file the necessary paperwork on the revision by 5 p.m. Friday, the NHL’s deadline for the players’ association to accept their terms.

Previously, a player’s cap hit was calculated simply by dividing the contracts total money by the years of the deal. Teams found a loophole and capitalized on it by paying players big money up front and tacking on additional years for very little money. This meant a player would still get the high salaries they demanded while the team would have a managable cap hit.

Marc Savard‘s contact was viewed as such by the league, as the seven-year, $28.5 million pact paid far more up front than it did over the rest of its life (more than half the money is being paid out in the first two seasons, but his cap hit will be just $4.007 million).

The new rules will make it so that a player’s cap hit is calculated the same way as before, but with only years until the player’s 40th birthday counted. This prevents teams from dramatically lowering a highly paid player’s cap hit. For what it’s worth, Savard’s deal, which has been under investigation since December, would expire less than a month before his 40th birthday and would not be deemed illegal even by the new rules.

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Bruins release Training camp/Preseason schedule 09.03.10 at 12:59 pm ET
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Courtesy of the wonderful folks at the Bruins, here’s the team’s schedule for training camp and the preseason, all the way through the team’s first two regular season games with the Coyotes in Prague.

Tuesday, September 7 (Wilmington, MA)
– Captains’€™ Practice Ice, Ristuccia Arena, 10:00 a.m. ET

Wednesday, September 8 (Wilmington, MA)
– Captains’€™ Practice Ice, Ristuccia Arena, 10:00 a.m. ET

Thursday, September 9 (Wilmington, MA)
– Captains’€™ Practice Ice, Ristuccia Arena, 10:00 a.m. ET

Friday, September 10 (Wilmington, MA)
– Captains’€™ Practice Ice, Ristuccia Arena, 10:00 a.m. ET

Saturday, September 11
– OFF

Sunday, September 12 (Wilmington, MA)
– Rookie Fitness Testing, Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington, 9:30 a.m. ET (closed to public/closed to media)
– Rookie Ice, Ristuccia Arena, 12:00 noon ET

Monday, September 13 (Wilmington, MA/ Bolton, MA)
– Rookie Ice, Ristuccia Arena, 10:00 a.m. ET
– Bruins Foundation Golf Tournament, The International, 11:00 a.m. ET (159 Ballville Road, Bolton, MA 01740)

Tuesday, September 14 (Wilmington, MA)
– Rookie Ice, Ristuccia Arena, 10:00 a.m. ET
– Captains’€™ Practice Ice, Ristuccia Arena, 12:00 noon ET

Wednesday, September 15 (Wilmington, MA/ Boston, MA)
– Captains’€™ Practice Ice, Ristuccia Arena, 10:00 a.m. ET
– Rookie Morning Skate, TD Garden, 11:30 a.m. ET
– Bruins Rookies vs. Islanders Rookies, TD Garden, 7:00 p.m. ET

Thursday, September 16 (Wilmington, MA/ Boston, MA)
– Captains’€™ Practice Ice, Ristuccia Arena, 10:00 a.m. ET
– Rookie Morning Skate, TD Garden, 10:30 a.m. ET
– Bruins Rookies vs. Islanders Rookies, TD Garden, 7:00 p.m. ET

Friday, September 17 (Boston, MA)
– Veteran Fitness Testing, TD Garden, 9:45 a.m. ET (closed to public/closed to media)
– Veteran media availability will take place after fitness testing
– Optional Ice, TD Garden, 1:30 p.m. ET (100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114)

Saturday, September 18 (Boston, MA)
– Group A Ice, TD Garden, 10:00 a.m. ET
– Group B Ice, TD Garden, 12:30 p.m. ET

Sunday, September 19 (Boston, MA)
– Group B Ice, TD Garden, 10:00 a.m. ET
– Group A Ice, TD Garden, 12:30 p.m. ET

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Bruins release preseason roster 09.03.10 at 12:52 pm ET
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The Bruins have released the roster of players set to attend this season’s training camp, which starts with some captains practices next week before formally opening on September 17.

Here’s the list:

Forwards

Jamie Arniel
Patrice Bergeron
Gregory Campbell
Jordan Caron
Joe Colborne
Craig Cunningham
Zach Hamill
Nathan Horton

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Agent: Wyatt Smith signs with Bruins 09.02.10 at 11:54 pm ET
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According to agent Ben Hankinson on twitter, the Bruins have signed free agent center Wyatt Smith. He figures to replace what Trent Whitfield, who will miss the coming season due to an injury to his Achilles tendon, brings to the table as a depth guy at the AHL level.

A former ninth round pick of the Coyotes, Smith played last season in the Penguins‘ organization, playing for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. He had 13 goals and 35 assists for 48 points.

Smith last played in the NHL in 2007-08, picking up three assists and eight penalty minutes for the Avalanche.

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Neely among Lester Patrick award recipients 09.02.10 at 2:46 pm ET
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Bruins president Cam Neely is one of four recipients of the Lester Patrick trophy for outstanding service to ice hockey the United States. Joining him are Boston College coach Jerry York, Boston University’s Jack Parker, and American Hockey League president David Andrews.

The recipients of the award, which has been around since 1966 will be honored at a reception in Boston in late October.

Neely was named president of the Bruins on June 16. In 726 career games, he scored 395 goals with 299 assists for 694 points. He had 1,241 penalty minutes.

York and Parker have long been considered the elite among college coaches, winning four and three national championships, respectively. Parker was the most recent to do so when he led the Terriers past Miami of Ohio in a comeback victory in 2009.

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