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Peter Chiarelli: Bruins won’t go big in free agency 06.23.14 at 1:18 pm ET
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Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli held a conference with the media Monday to discuss the upcoming draft and free agency periods. Here are some of the takeaways:

- Chiarelli declined comment on negotiations with Jarome Iginla, saying only that the team wants the free agent forward to stay in Boston. The B’€™s are facing $4.75 million in penalties from cap overages from last season, most of which were from the easily reached incentives in Iginla’€™s one-year contract.

Chiarelli said the team was willing to face such a situation when they signed Iginla last offseason, but hinted the team might be less inclined to do a similar deal given that they have to account for raises to other players (Chiarelli mentioned David Krejci, but Carl Soderberg can also be included) in the 2015-16 season. So, connecting the dots, perhaps the Bruins are more willing to do a multi-year deal with Iginla rather than another one-year, incentive laden deal.

If that were to happen, Iginla’€™s cap hit would be higher than it was last season ($1.8 million), but the team won’€™t have to deal with cap penalties in future seasons.

- Such a scenario might make things tight for the Bruins. The salary cap has yet to be announced for the coming season, but when factoring in Marc Savard‘€™s long-term injury reserve space, the Bruins are probably looking at about $8 million to $10 million to sign a group of players that includes Iginla, Reilly Smith and Torey Krug, among others. Asked whether he felt he needed to move a contract in order to get his players signed, Chiarelli said he has multiple potential game plans for this offseason, some of which include trading a player off the current roster.

- Chiarelli said the Bruins are not planning on using a compliance buyout at this time.

- The Bruins will look at ‘€œlesser deals’€ in free agency, according to Chiarelli. For both cap’€™s sake and chemistry’€™s sake, the team is not looking at bringing in a big-name free agent.

- Providence coach Bruce Cassidy is a potential candidate to take Geoff Ward‘€™s old job as one of Claude Julien‘€™s assistants, but Chiarelli noted the team might want to keep Cassidy in Providence because of how dependable he has been with developing younger players, especially on the back end.

- The number of new general managers has led to increased chatter among teams, Chiarelli said. He noted that the first-time managers seem eager to execute their plans, which has resulted in more teams talking.

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Bruins 2014-15 schedule released 06.22.14 at 4:16 pm ET
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The NHL announced the regular-season schedule for the 2014-15 season Sunday. The Bruins open on Oct. 8 against the Flyers at TD Garden and will play the next night in Detroit.

The B’€™s will play three of their four games against Montreal in the first two months of the season during a span of 17 games, the first of which will be Oct. 16 in Montreal. The teams’ last meeting of the season will be on Feb. 8.

The Bruins have 16 back-to-backs next season. They will play the Stanley Cup champion Kings on Dec. 2 in Los Angeles and Jan. 31 in Boston.

The entire schedule is as follows, with game times local to the location of the game: Read the rest of this entry »

Bruins to open season vs. Flyers 06.22.14 at 11:59 am ET
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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.

For more Bruins news, visit weei.com/bruins.

Bruins announce preseason schedule 06.20.14 at 12:38 pm ET
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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:

Tuesday, September 23 (Montreal, QC)
-Boston Bruins at Montreal Canadiens (Bell Centre, Montreal QC, 7:30 p.m. ET)

Wednesday, September 24 (Boston, MA)
-Boston Bruins vs. Washington Capitals (TD Garden, Boston, MA, 7:00 p.m. ET)

Friday, September 26 (Washington, DC)
-Boston Bruins at Washington Capitals (Verizon Center, Washington, DC, 7:00 p.m. ET)

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
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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.

For more Bruins news, visit weei.com/bruins.

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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
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Former Bruins forward Shawn Thornton joined Dennis & Callahan on Tuesday to discuss the end of his time in Boston. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

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.

“€œBut [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.”

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Shawn Thornton sad to leave, grateful for time with Bruins 06.16.14 at 7:27 pm ET
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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. “€œMy 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 ‘€œcoin 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.”

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