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Peter Chiarelli on Patrice Bergeron: ‘Of course he was at risk’ 06.26.13 at 9:52 pm ET
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The only thing Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli felt certain of when it came to Patrice Bergeron Wednesday was that Bergeron was putting himself at some risk by playing with a broken rib and torn cartilage in Game 6 against Chicago.

Chiarelli confirmed that Bergeron, who also suffered a separated shoulder in the first period of Game 6, went to the hospital after the Blackhawks won the Cup and remained there for observation after it was determined that he had a small puncture in his lung.

Chiarelli said that Bergeron took a shot for the pain in his ribs before Game 6, “freezing” the area in pain.

“Of course he was at risk. Anytime anyone gets frozen up they’€™re at risk,” Chiarelli said. “Not for future injury, but from a pain perspective, and certainly he was at risk from the lung perspective, but it was a small puncture and he’€™s fine now.”

What was not clear from Chiarelli or Claude Julien on Wednesday is exactly when he suffered the puncture.

“There’€™s a freezing type of procedure, the nerve block, that Patrice opted to do so he could play in [Game 6], and at some point before or after the game, it could have been the cracked rib, there was a puncture in his lung,” Chiarelli said. “That’€™s why he was under observation following the game. It was a very small hole, and he’€™s fine. Patrice is fine. I don’€™t know when it happened.

“I don’€™t think he could have played if it happened during the game. I just, I don’€™t. I’€™m not a doctor, but I don’€™t think he could have played if it happened. He was aware of the risk going into it.”

Did Bergeron put his life at risk by playing?

“No, I don’€™t know exactly what had happened, but he couldn’€™t have played if it had happened during the game, so it may have happened after,” Chiarelli said. “We caught it and it was like he had a pain in his lung and we brought him to the hospital.”

It was Claude Julien who watched Bergeron closely from behind the bench throughout Game 6.

“If [punctured lung] had happened during the game, he wouldn’€™t have been able to recover as far as having that little puncture in his lung,” Julien said. “He wouldn’€™t have been able to recover, so the biggest speculation is that it didn’€™t happen during the game.”

“If it had happened during the game, he would have felt the pain and then he wouldn’€™t have been able to play, and the same thing, he would have been sent to the hospital and it would have been rectified,” Chiarelli said.

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Zdeno Chara played with hip flexor at 1:37 pm ET
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Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli was not very forthcoming in regard to players’ injuries at Wednesday’s breakup day, though he did say that Zdeno Chara was playing through a hip flexor that was “pretty potent.”

Chara did not want to discuss his injury with reporters. Chiarelli added that he believes Nathan Horton (bankart procedure on his shoulder) is the the only player set to have offseason surgery.

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Claude Julien: Bruins relish being a part of a fabulous final four ‘it’s pretty impressive’ 05.30.13 at 5:39 pm ET
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WILMINGTON — As the Bruins wrap up preparations for Game 1 of the Eastern finals Saturday night in Pittsburgh, they are taking a very brief moment to relish what it’s like to be part of a little recent history.

The quartet of the Bruins, Penguins, Blackhawks and Kings isn’t just a made-for-TV dream for NBC, they represent the most successful franchises in hockey over the last four years, as measured by Stanley Cup banners.

Each team has lifted the Cup once in the previous four seasons, starting with the Penguins in 2009, the Blackhawks in 2010, the Bruins in 2011 and the newbies, the Kings, who won their first in franchise history last year.

“I think it’€™s pretty impressive, knowing about parity in the league and how hard it is to get back there,” Claude Julien said. “To know that somebody is going to win it twice in, at the most, four years is pretty impressive, I think. That’€™s what we have here. It’€™s an opportunity for all of us here to duplicate what we’€™ve wanted to duplicate here for a while.”

Tyler Seguin was a mere 19-year-old pup when the Bruins last made a deep run, as he was a rookie in 2011. But that doesn’t mean he can’t appreciate what the Bruins, Penguins, Blackhawks and Kings have all accomplished.

“It’s very cool,” Seguin said. “It’s great to be a part of it. I don’t know if that’s happened too often throughout history but it’s going to make for a great final finish. I think experience has always been huge, especially when it comes to playoffs. We have so much experience in our locker room we can face different types of adversity and I think when it comes to playoffs, teams that have experience are always going to have the edge. There’s always the underdogs or teams that surprise other teams but this year, I think it’s a little different because the last four winners are in the final four.

“I think chemistry can definitely be huge at times, especially when you’re making playoff runs of more than one in the last few years for all four of us. I think chemistry is big in those situations and experience goes a long way.”

Julien also appreciates the job his boss, GM Peter Chiarelli has done in keeping a young core together and in tact, ready to compete for a title, year-in and year-out.

“You know it becomes harder when you win,” Julien said after Thursday’s practice. “We won a couple years ago and he’€™s managed to keep the core and most of the players around. He’€™s done a great job. I’€™ve said it all along, to have an opportunity to coach a team that’€™s deep because of the players he’€™s provided us with. Thats’€™a credit to him and his group. The coach is as good as the people that surround him; that means the assistant coaches, but also means the players, and obviously management.

“That’€™s always been the case, it’€™s not something that’€™s new. It’€™s more about you have to realize what you have and we have a good group of people here, players, coaching staff, and then management. Everybody seems to be doing a good job at what they have to do and allows us the opportunity right now to be in the top four.”

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Peter Chiarelli on Claude Julien: ‘As long as I’m here, his job is safe’ 05.15.13 at 3:16 pm ET
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Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said during an appearance on Salk & Holley on Wednesday that the team will not fire Claude Julien as long as he is the general manager.

“I feel strongly about our coach, and his job is safe,” Chiarelli said of Julien, acknowledging that he had heard heard rumors that both he and the coach would be fired if the Bruins lost Game 7 against the Maple Leafs, but saying, “As long as I’m here, his job is safe.”

Chiarelli added that Julien has won the second-most playoff games of any NHL coach (behind Detroit’s Mike Babcock) since taking over behind the Bruins bench.

“He’s been producing consistently,” Chiarelli said. “He’s a terrific coach.”

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Peter Chiarelli says Bruins underachieved down the stretch 04.29.13 at 3:37 pm ET
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Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said on a conference call Monday that the B’s are going to need to turn in better play than they did over the last two months of the season if they want to be successful in the postseason.

After starting out strong (8-1-1 in their first 10 games), the B’s struggled down the stretch and went 3-5-2 over their final 10 games of the 48-game season. It ended Sunday with the B’s failing to secure the Northeast Division by losing to the Senators in the regular-season finale. As the No. 4 seed, the B’s will play the No. 5 Maple Leafs in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals.

“I’m not going to offer any excuses. We didn’t perform to the level we were capable of performing on a number of different fronts,” Chiarelli said. “It was good that we had a strong front and were able to finish where we finished. If I’m going to judge our team on the latter half of the year, I’m going to have to say that we’re going to have to really step up our performance to have success in the playoffs.”

Chiarelli compared a season to a dam with holes to fill, noting that “there just seems to be more holes this year.” Asked where the team’s confidence level is at this point of the season, he said it has been “average” over the last month.

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Jarome Iginla coming to Boston after spurning Bruins 04.18.13 at 5:42 pm ET
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It isn’t the way that people may have expected at around 10:30 p.m. on March 27, but Jarome Iginla is coming to Boston.

Just over three weeks after squashing a trade to the Bruins, Iginla will take the Garden ice Friday with the Penguins, the team he told Flames general manager Jay Feaster to deal him to after Feaster had told the Bruins they had the player.

The story is ancient history by now: Iginla, in the final year of his deal, told the Flames he would waive his no-trade clause for the Bruins, Penguins, Kings or Blackhawks. The Bruins submitted an offer of Alexander Khokhlachev, Matt Bartkowski and their first-round pick this year, and Feaster told Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli around noon of the 27th that the deal was done. Both sides scratched their players that night, but Iginla told Feaster he’d only go to the Penguins. Feaster avoided Chiarelli’s calls throughout the day, finally calling him back to say that Iginla wanted to be a Penguin and that the Flames were forced to make a deal with them.

So how do you think he’ll be accepted Friday?

“I’m sure the fans are going to be all over him,” Milan Lucic said Thursday. “I think it will just increase this rivalry that is kind of increasing as this season’s gone on.”

Yet as fired up as the fans may be to give Iginla a hard time, the Bruins say there are no hard feelings. There should be obvious motivation to prove Iginla’s decision wrong, but the B’s insist they weren’t offended by the veteran power forward’s refusal to play in Boston.

“We’ve put that behind us,” Brad Marchand said. “We can’t let that affect us. We can’t let that determine how we’re going to play tomorrow. He felt that they have a good team, and they do. They’ve got some great players over there. That’s fine. That’s his decision. We can’t hold that against him. He’s got a certain level of respect that he’s owed. He’s played a long time in this league, and for him to make that decision, that’s fine. We’re not going to judge him for that. It’s not going to alter or determine how we play tomorrow.”

Marchand said the whole ordeal was made easier by the acquisition of Jaromir Jagr, a former Penguin himself who adds his own twist to the rivalry. Jagr has seven points (one goal, six assists) in seven games for the Bruins, while Iginla has two goals and four assists for six points through eight games for Pittsburgh.

“The team did a great job at bouncing back and getting another great player. He’s one of the best players to ever play the game,” Marchand said. “‘€¦ We’re lucky to have Jags here.”

Not only did Jagr not think the Stars would trade him, but he too thought that Iginla was a Bruin when reports of the deal began surfacing. He played 11 seasons as a Penguin and ruffled feathers when he opted to sign with the rival Flyers rather than going to where he began his career when he returned to the NHL prior to last season. Between being the consolation prize in the Iginla derby and his history with Pittsburgh, there should be plenty of reasons for him get up for Friday’s game. He has another in mind.

“They’re first in our conference,” Jagr said. “Maybe we’re going to meet them in the playoffs, so we have to do our best to show them that we can play against them.”

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Peter Chiarelli expects Chris Kelly to return to Bruins ‘soon’ 04.03.13 at 5:30 pm ET
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Bruins center Chris Kelly skated for the third consecutive day when he took the ice Wednesday at Ristuccia Arena. Kelly has been out since suffering a broken tibia on March 11 against the Senators and was ruled out indefinitely at the time, though general manager Peter Chiarelli said Wednesday that the center is nearing a return.

“He’ll be back soon,” Chiarelli said of Kelly. “I know you’d like a little more detail, but I’m satisfied with his prospective return date and he’ll be playing for us soon.”

Chiarelli said that knowing Kelly would be back in the lineup in short order impacted his approach at the trade deadline. The Bruins, who lost Patrice Bergeron for the time being with a concussion, didn’t add any centers, though recently acquired winger Kaspars Daugavins can play in the middle.

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