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Why Bruins should extend Dougie Hamilton for as long as they can 04.17.15 at 1:41 pm ET
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On Friday the Stars announced a seven-year extension with an annual cap hit of $4.25 million for John Klingberg, a promising defenseman coming off his entry-level deal. This offseason the Bruins ideally would use Klingberg’€™s contract as a template for Dougie Hamilton’€™s next deal. Hamilton’€™s camp likely will have other comps in mind.

One of those comps wears No. 76 for the Canadiens. You may have heard of him.

When it comes to Hamilton’€™s worth at the end of his entry-level deal, P.K. Subban is a very realistic comparable. Just look at their numbers through each of their first contracts:

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In terms of points per game, Hamilton also is in some pricey company:

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Hamilton will become a restricted free agent on July 1. The Bruins probably want to give him a long-term deal, but if he takes a shorter deal and gets to sign his third contract soon, he could potentially make a lot more money.

That’€™s what happened with Subban. The Canadiens were actually unwilling to give him the long-term deal he wanted after his entry-level deal expired, so he took a two-year deal worth just $2.875 million per. Subban shoved that in Marc Bergevin’€™s face by winning the Norris in the first year of that deal and later cashing in with an eight-year deal with an annual cap hit of $9 million.

The Bruins should avoid that scenario at all costs. Hamilton already is the Bruins’€™ second-best defenseman and easily is worth $5 million a year, and probably more.

The Bruins should give Hamilton a number that high for as long as he’€™ll take. Seven years at $5 million-plus per would buy out three years of unrestricted free agency, delaying perhaps Hamilton’€™s biggest payday until he is 29.

Because of that, Hamilton’€™s camp will demand more per year the longer the deal goes. A shorter deal will mean a smaller cap hit, as Hamilton will easily make up that money in free agency sooner if he gets there.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Dougie Hamilton will not play in Bruins’ regular-season finale 04.10.15 at 3:17 pm ET
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Dougie Hamilton

Dougie Hamilton

TAMPA, Fla. — There will be no rush-job in Dougie Hamilton’s recovery from an upper-body injury. His March 21 injury was expected to keep him out for the rest of the regular season and will indeed do so.

Hamilton has been skating since Monday but has yet to practice with the team. He did not travel with the Bruins for their current three-game road trip. Asked whether Hamilton would play Sunday, Chiarelli reiterated he would not. Claude Julien had said on Tuesday that Hamilton would not go on the trip, though the Bruins were in less of a bind before losing two straight in regulation.

If the Bruins are still in playoff contention at the time, Saturday night’s game against the Lightning will be a must-win. They could be eliminated prior by either a Penguins win Friday or a Senators win earlier Saturday.

In 72 games this season, Hamilton had 10 goals and 32 assists for 42 points. As of Friday, his 21:20 time on ice per game ranked third on the Bruins, while his 54.91 Corsi for percentage in five-on-five play ranks fifth among Bruins players with at least five games played this season.

The 21-year-old will be a restricted free agent following the season.

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Zdeno Chara returns to Bruins practice, Dougie Hamilton won’t travel 04.07.15 at 11:19 am ET
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WILMINGTON — Zdeno Chara took the ice early and participated in Tuesday’€™s practice with his teammates. The Bruins captain missed Monday’€™s skate due to an injury suffered blocking a shot with his left foot/ankle Saturday.

Claude Julien had said after Monday’s practice that Chara’s situation was “day-to-day.” The fact that Chara stayed out for practice and did not appear limited is an encouraging sign.

Dennis Seidenberg was the only player missing from Tuesday’€™s practice. Julien said Tuesday that Seidenberg was under the weather but would travel with the team for their upcoming three-game road trip. Dougie Hamilton, who skated by himself for the second straight day, will not travel. The possibility always exists that Hamilton could meet the team for one of the final couple games of the regular season if he is ready to return.

Joe Morrow, who was recalled Monday morning on an emergency basis, remains with the team.

The lineup in practice was as follows:

Marchand-Bergeron-Eriksson
Lucic-Krejci-Pastrnak
Kelly/Paille-Spooner-Connolly
Campbell-Soderberg-Smith/Talbot

Chara-McQuaid
Morrow-Trotman
Bartkowski-Krug

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Pierre McGuire on MFB: ‘Targeting [injuries] is a very real thing in our league’ 04.02.15 at 1:42 pm ET
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Pierre McGuire

Pierre McGuire

NBC Sports NHL analyst Pierre McGuire made his weekly appearance Thursday on Middays with MFB to talk about the Bruins and their playoff push, as well as other NHL league matters. To hear the interview, go to the MFB audio on demand page.

Wednesday night Celtics forward Kelly Olynyk revealed Bruins defenseman Dougie Hamilton has broken ribs and is trying to work his way back for the playoffs. The Bruins did not disclose Hamilton’s injury, and that is because of the nature of the NHL and how other teams can potentially target injuries.

“It would be difficult — very, very difficult,” McGuire said of playing with broken ribs. “That is why we don’t have injury, whatever, revealing of injuries. Most teams will just go overall body soreness so you don’t know. Targeting is a very real thing in our league because we have sticks, we have boards and we don’t have out of bounds. Things happen and you can target guys and that is why everyone is guarded in terms of their medical rooms and medical staffs. You don’t see any breaches usually when it comes to that stuff.”

The Bruins are starting to play well once again and are now three points ahead of the Senators for eighth place in the Eastern Conference and just two points behind the Red Wings for seventh. McGuire feels the Bruins’ success now and potentially in the playoffs depends on their injuries.

“A lot of it obviously has to do with injury situations,” he said. “The Dougie Hamilton thing is very unfortunate. You see what has happened, the leadership has come to the fore. Whether it’s Patrice Bergeron. Whether it’s Dennis Seidenberg. You can look around, so many guys have really stepped up and produced for the team, it’s been phenomenal to watch. Obviously Milan [Lucic]. Milan the other day against the Rangers just took the team on his back and turned it over.”

With David Krejci coming back after missing significant time, McGuire likes what the Bruins have done with their lines and wouldn’t change a thing as the playoffs get closer and closer.

“I really like what has gone on and obviously Krejci’s really fit in pretty well playing along side with [Brad] Marchand and [Patrice] Bergeron,” McGuire said. “I wouldn’t be messing around. The one thing I am encouraged by is it looks like Reilly Smith is starting to percolate a little bit. That is a real important thing and obviously [Carl] Soderberg and [Loui] Eriksson have had some key plays lately which has helped a lot, whether it’s Loui scoring or Soderberg making an assist, especially on the [David] Pastrnak goal the other day in Carolina. There are things that are starting to happen with the group that has to get you a little bit excited if you’re a fan of the Bruins.”

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Kelly Olynyk: Dougie Hamilton ‘broke his ribs’ and is ‘trying to come back before playoffs’ 04.01.15 at 11:05 pm ET
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Kelly Olynyk of the Celtics played with a closed left eye Wednesday, inspired by friend Dougie Hamilton. (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com)

Kelly Olynyk of the Celtics played with a closed left eye Wednesday, inspired by friend Dougie Hamilton. (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com)

An unexpected party has weighed in on Dougie Hamilton’s injury situation.

After playing with one eye shut due to an elbow from a teammate in a shootaround earlier in the day, Kelly Olynyk announced he was inspired by the young Bruins defenseman. In the process, he said that Hamilton’s injury — previously only reported as upper-body while the team hasn’t said word one — is broken ribs.

“I remember two days ago I was texting Dougie Hamilton and he told me he broke his ribs and he’€™s trying to come back before the playoffs and I was like, man I can’€™t sit out, he’€™s gonna rip me,” said Olynyk, who was wearing a Toronto Blue Jays hat.

“All those hockey guys would have killed me so I had to do it.”

Hamilton has missed the last five games since leaving with an injury in a 2-1 shootout loss at Florida on March 21. Teams are traditionally very closed lipped about releasing the details of any injury news, especially this close to the playoffs. WEEI.com reported last week that Hamilton’s injury would keep him out weeks, not months.

Video: Kelly Olynyk spills beans on Dougie Hamilton and his broken ribs.

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Zach Trotman hopes to make up for loss of Dougie Hamilton 03.26.15 at 3:07 pm ET
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Zach Trotman

Zach Trotman

There is no positive to Dougie Hamilton being out of the lineup. He is too good and the Bruins’ situation is too dire. It could be the injury that finally does them in.

Yet with Hamilton out for a number of weeks (and most likely the rest of the regular season unless he’€™s rushed back from his upper-body injury), the Bruins must make one last push for a playoff spot with their back end depleted.

Injuries to Hamilton and Kevan Miller (out for the season after getting shoulder surgery last month) meant that Adam McQuaid was Boston’€™s only right-shot defenseman left. As such, the Bruins opted for the right-shooting Zach Trotman over the left-shooting Joe Morrow when they made the call to Providence for a replacement.

The call was familiar for Trotman, who had already played 17 games this season (Sunday’€™s loss to the Lightning made it 18). In fact, Trotman said that given all of Boston’€™s injuries this season, the feeling in Providence has been different from years past. To this point, the Bruins’ number of callups has hit the 30s.

“Going into weekends, you never know who’€™s going to be there when the weekend starts and who’€™s going to be there when the weekend ends,”€ Trotman said of the vibe around the Baby B’€™s.

While the margin for error is extremely slim during this recall, this situation isn’€™t completely new to Trotman. After all, he was in the Bruins’€™ lineup for the team’€™s 1-2-4 stretch in early December, so getting into games when wins are of the utmost importance shouldn’€™t be a major development.

“It’€™s a little familiar, but now it’€™s definitely a lot more into crunch time,” Trotman said Thursday. “It’€™s a lot more serious now. That’€™s really all there is to it.”

Trotman has been skating on a third pairing with Matt Bartkowski the last three days after seeing time mostly with Zdeno Chara against the Lightning. The Bartkowski-Trotman pairing means that usual No. 5/6 Torey Krug is being elevated to a second pairing.

Claude Julien hasn’€™t been afraid to tinker with his lineup this season, however, and with every game a must-win down the stretch, tinker he will. Whatever the number of shifts with whomever, Trotman thinks he’€™ll be able to handle it.

“I’€™ve played with Bart many times before,” he said. “I played with Seids quite a bit when I was up last time. Krug a little bit. I played with Zee some last game, and I’€™ve played with him in training camp before. I’€™m pretty comfortable with everyone right now.”

Trotman is big, strong and responsible, but he doesn’€™t bring the skill set that Hamilton brings. The team doesn’€™t expect him to replace Hamilton, who is easily Boston’€™s second-best defenseman and the team’€™s second leader in points in this season.

What they do expect is for him to be a serviceable third-pairing player on a back end that needs to be solid enough to get the Bruins into the playoffs.

“We realize we have to get things done now,” Trotman said. “It’€™s a backs-in-the-corner kind of deal. It’€™s a tougher situation than normal maybe to come up in, but I’€™m just trying to do my part, play my game, be simple, play hard and try to help the team win as many games as possible here.”

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David Krejci replaces Dougie Hamilton on power play in practice 03.25.15 at 11:17 am ET
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WILMINGTON — The Bruins practiced for over an hour Wednesday, a rarity this late in the season, but it did mean David Krejci got in a significant workday as he aims to return to Boston’s lineup.

Following the practice, Krejci said “we’ll see” when asked if he could return Thursday. In a positive sign that he could be a go against the Ducks, Krejci practiced on the Bruins’€™ first power play unit.

Krejci took the spot of Dougie Hamilton, who is out for multiple weeks with an upper-body injury. Ryan Spooner, who initially replaced Krejci on the power play following Krejci’€™s torn MCL, remains on the first unit.

The power play units were as follows:

PP1:

Krug-Krejci
Eriksson, Bergeron, Spooner

PP2:

Smith/Trotman-Chara
Lucic, Soderberberg, Pastrnak

As for the extra-long practice, Claude Julien didn’t sound too worried about overworking his players ahead of a critical three games in four days.

“We’€™re fortunate that have that,” Julien said of his team’s practice days. “There’€™s certain areas that we wanted to kind of work on, and it gave us that opportunity.”

Boston’€™s lines and defense pairings were unchanged from Tuesday’€™s practice:

Marchand-Bergeron-Krejci (Paille)
Lucic-Spooner-Pastrnak
Smith-Soderberg-Eriksson
Kelly-Campbell-Talbot (Ferlin)

Chara-McQuaid
Krug-Seidenberg
Bartkowski-Trotman

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