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What the NHL CBA situation means for junior-eligible players 08.20.12 at 2:22 pm ET
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Here’s a minor detail that should get some more attention if the league and NHLPA don’t agree on a new CBA by Sept. 15: What happens to the younger players with junior eligibility?

The current agreement between the NHL and CHL states that players under the age of 20 that don’t make the NHL after the first nine games of the season have to be returned to their junior clubs (in the OHL, QMJHL and WHL) for the rest of the season. Those players are not eligible to play in the AHL.

Once a player goes to their junior league for the season, they can’t go the NHL in that season. This raises questions over what would happen if the NHL season started late.

Because the 2004-05 season was cancelled entirely and the following season started on time, there was no precedent set during the last lockout for NHL-ready players starting the season with their junior clubs and then going to the NHL when the season started. There isn’t a rule in place to cover such a scenario, so an amendment to the NHL and CHL’s transfer agreement — which recently expired, making this all the more confusing — would be required.

Per a league source, teams are still waiting to be advised on which players will be allowed to play in the AHL should there be a lockout. The source assumed that the potential amendment of CHL/NHL eligibility would also be discussed at that time.

In the 2004-05 season, all NHL players (meaning players who had played in the NHL, not NHL-ready prospects) under the age of 22 were allowed to play in the AHL. Patrice Bergeron — who had played the previous season in Boston — was among them, and in this case a player like Tyler Seguin would be allowed to play in the AHL since he is 20 years old.

The question for the Bruins, as touched upon in Sunday’s column, is what would happen with 19-year-old Dougie Hamilton. He’s expected to make the Bruins out of training camp this season, but if he starts the season in the OHL with the Niagara IceDogs, the NHL and CHL would need to amend the transfer agreement to allow players in his situation to go to the NHL. It would be hard to imagine the CHL drawing a hard line and not allowing players to leave, as their relationship with the NHL has prevented them from losing young stars (such as a Hamilton last year) to the AHL during normal seasons.

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Tyler Seguin escapes injury scare during Lowell Spinners speed-dating promotion 08.16.12 at 12:19 pm ET
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Tyler Seguin barely survived his speed dating promotion at Wednesday night’s Lowell Spinner’s game, as a foul ball nearly hit the Bruins star in the back of the head during one of his “dates.”

Fortunately for Seguin, he was saved by Spinners vice president Dan Beaulieu, who used his cell-phone to protect the young winger. The phone was completely destroyed. Check out the video below, which shows the ball coming for Seguin and Beaulieu raising his phone to block the ball.

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Coyotes reportedly interested in David Krejci 07.18.12 at 11:53 am ET
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Elliotte Friedman’s “30 Thoughts” on is always worth reading, and Wednesday morning’s edition contains an interesting note regarding the Bruins and center David Krejci.

Wednesday’s post, his final one until next season, contains “bonus end-of-season thoughts.” The 35th thought is as follows:

35. Think the Coyotes, who are looking for offensive help, really like Boston’s David Krejci. I’m not as certain the Bruins are shopping Krejci, but they are loaded down the middle — especially as Tyler Seguin readies for an expanded role. That is probably where all the Keith Yandle rumours come from.

Krejci signed a three-year, $15.75 million deal last season that will begin in the coming season. His cap hit ($5.25 million) makes him Boston’s highest-paid forward. Last season, he had 23 goals and 39 assists for 62 points, good for third on the team behind Seguin (67) and Patrice Bergeron (64).

The interesting thing regarding Krejci’s presence in Boston is that it solidifies that Seguin, who was drafted as a center, will not have the opportunity to play the position full-time as long as Krejci’s around. Bergeron isn’t going anywhere and Chris Kelly and Gregory Campbell are both signed for the next three seasons — not that the Bruins would play Seguin on one of their bottom two lines anyway.

As an organization, the Bruins like having multiple guys who can take draws on a given line. Consider that Rich Peverley had also played plenty of center in his career before primarily playing wing on Kelly’s line in Boston. The second line is a similar case, as Bergeron centers a former full-time pivot in Seguin.

The 2010 No. 2 overall pick broke out last season with his 29-goal campaign, but there are still aspects of his game that could suggest he isn’t ready to make the move back to center quite yet. Seguin still has difficulty asserting himself when it comes to going into the corners, something that was often covered up by having a do-it-all center like Bergeron playing with him. Even so, if the Bruins were to trade Krejci, Seguin would likely be the logical replacement on the team’s top line given his offensive skill-set and success in the league despite being 20 years of age.

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Lowell Spinners to host speed dating promotion with Tyler Seguin 07.10.12 at 3:23 pm ET
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The Lowell Spinners announced on Tuesday that they will host a speed dating promotion featuring Bruins right wing Tyler Seguin on Aug. 15.

Here is the press release:

LOWELL, MASS. – The Lowell Spinners, Class-A Affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, will once again unroll the black and gold carpet and welcome Boston Bruins star and Stanley Cup Champion Tyler Seguin to LeLacheur Park for a special “Speed Dating” promotion during the Spinners August 15 game against the Aberdeen Ironbirds.

Fans will have the opportunity throughout the evening to win a chance to spend time with the hockey superstar during the game. Each winner and their family will have the opportunity to spend five minutes with Seguin in a private suite, giving them the chance to ask the Stanley Cup Champion and NHL All Star questions, take photos, enjoy the game and who knows even score a phone number.

“When we asked the question “Who would be the one person in the Boston area that a Speed Dating Event Planner would want more than anyone?” The answer to us was Tyler Seguin,” said Spinners Vice President of Corporate Communications Jon Goode. “He is one of Boston’s most sought after Bachelors.”

Winners will be picked throughout the evening, through the Spinners Game Day program, Social Media sites, online auction and gameday contests.

“We want to offer a unique experience to our fans,” said Goode. “We are in the business of making memories and this is certain to be a memory that will last a lifetime.”

Seguin joins a long line of Bruins teammates to visit LeLacheur Park, as the Spinners play host to the annual Milan Lucic “Rock & Jock” Softball Classic each summer, during which many of Milan’s Bruins teammates participate.

Tickets to the game itself, in which the Spinners host the Aberdeen IronBirds, are available now at or by phone at (978) 459-1702. Our “Speed Dating” contestants will be selected at the before and at the game itself.

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Looking back and ahead: Tyler Seguin 05.11.12 at 1:16 am ET
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With the Bruins’ season in the books, will take a look at each player on the roster one-by-one to provide some perspective on what went wrong this season and what the future holds for the 2011 champions.

Tyler Seguin

Age: 20

2011-12 stats: 81 games played, 29 goals (career-high), 38 assists (career-high), 67 points (career-high), plus-34 (career-high)

Contract status: Signed through 2012-13 season ($3.55 million cap hit), restricted free agent after next season

Looking back: After serving as a bottom-six forward and occasional healthy scratch as a rookie, the second overall pick in the 2010 draft entered the 2011-12 season as a third-liner, but it was clear that he would be given more opportunities in his sophomore campaign.

Both production and opportunity would come early on for Seguin, as he racked up three assists over the first two games and was eventually bumped up to the top line when David Krejci missed three games in October with a lower-body injury. He found some good chemistry with Milan Lucic while playing on that line, and he eventually found a full-time job as Patrice Bergeron‘s right wing on the second line with Brad Marchand.

The combination of added experience and an opportunity to play on both Bergeron’s line and the power play paid huge dividends for Seguin and the Bruins. He more than tripled his total of 22 points from his rookie year and led the Bruins in both goals and points. He averaged 16:56 of ice time in the regular season after averaging 12:13 as a rookie.

Seguin showed in his second year that he still isn’t as willing to go into the corners and take contact as some of his more physical teammates, and while that may be frustrating to watch, physicality has never been part of what Seguin offers. To his credit, he was at his toughest when it mattered most after a very quiet start to the playoffs, as he lunged toward three Washington bodies in the second period of Game 7 against the Capitals to tie the game at one goal apiece. It was one of two goals he scored in the first round, with the other one coming in the form of a game-winning goal in overtime of Game 6 to force the series’ final game.

It wouldn’t be a proper evaluation of Seguin’s sophomore campaign if Winnipeg wasn’t mentioned, as Seguin was scratched for missing a team breakfast and meeting the day of the Bruins’ Dec. 6 loss to the Jets. The story was beaten to death — he used the time zone excuse without realizing the time zone excuse couldn’t apply to the situation, Claude Julien announced to the media that it wasn’t a story, etc. — but it was a major story for good reason. It all served as a reminder that Seguin is still maturing both on and off the ice.

Looking ahead: As far as production goes, the sky is the limit for Seguin. He’ll continue to be a top-six forward for the Bruins and a major part of the team’s attempt to ice an improved power play going forward. He’ll still be just 20 years of age at the start of next season, and the expectation should be for him to put up nothing less than a 30-goal season after knocking on the door in his second campaign.

The biggest question with Seguin regards which position he will play. He played center in the Ontario Hockey League and his play as a pivot earned him comparisons to Steve Yzerman. He was drafted as a center, but since coming to the Bruins has played primarily as a right wing.

Because of Seguin’s shortcomings in the defensive zone, he benefits from skating on a line with Bergeron, so will the B’s keep him as a winger on Bergeron’s line or enter next season with a plan to make him a full-time center? Depending on where things stand with Nathan Horton, Seguin could also skate on Krejci’s line as a winger, as he did for a stretch late in the regular season and in the final games of the first round.

Eventually, the Bruins would probably have to hope that Seguin could develop into the team’s first-line center. Whether that will happen in the youngster’s third season remains to be seen.

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Bruins explain injuries to Patrice Bergeron, Adam McQuaid, Tyler Seguin 04.27.12 at 1:30 pm ET
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Bruins center Patrice Bergeron had to play the final four games of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals with a strained oblique and a broken nose.

The oblique injury was suffered in Game 3 against the Capitals, and it got worse before eventually forcing him out of Game 5 in the third period. He played in Games 6 and 7, but only took one faceoff in each of the final two games.

Bergeron had a scoring opportunity in overtime against the Capitals in Game 7, but couldn’t control the puck and sent it wide of the net. Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said Friday that the injury prevented him from making the play, noting that Bergeron “couldn’t stretch for it.”

Adam McQuaid did indeed have a concussion from the hit that he took from Capitals forward Jason Chimera on March 29. McQuaid suffered a cut above his eye, causing pain that he said may have masked his concussion symptoms at the time. He tried returning on April 5 against the Senators, but didn’t feel right and came out of the game in the second period.

In other injury news, Tyler Seguin might need surgery on a detached tendon in one of his knuckles on his left hand.

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Bruins-Capitals Game 7 preview: Seven stats, players to watch and keys to victory 04.25.12 at 12:08 am ET
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It’s all about seven as the Bruins host the Capitals in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals. Here’s everything you need to know and more, with seven the central theme.


‘€¢ According to some impressive research done by Brian McNally of the Washington Examiner, Jay Beagle has an incredible 61.6 success rate in the faceoff circle (53-for-86). Even more impressive is that he’s won 13-of-21 faceoffs against Patrice Bergeron, who led the league in faceoff wins during the regular season.

‘€¢ Tim Thomas‘ 14 goals allowed through the first six games of the series equals the total he allowed in the first six games of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals last season against the Canadiens. He faced only 12 more shots against the Habs through six than he has entering Wednesday’s Game 7.

‘€¢ Alexander Ovechkin has two goals and two assists for four points and a minus-1 rating in four career Game 7s. He and the Capitals have gone 1-3 in those games.

This series, Ovechkin is tied with Rich Peverley with five points.

‘€¢ Brad Marchand and Milan Lucic each have four career points in Game 7s to lead the Bruins. Lucic has three goals and an assist in six Game 7s while Marchand had two goals and two assists in three Game 7s last postseason.

‘€¢ This series is the only one in NHL history to have the first six games decided by one goal. Both teams have scored 14 goals apiece with no empty-netters.

‘€¢ Dennis Seidenberg has played in four Game 7s and won them all. He has four assists and plus-4 rating in those games, and has never had a negative rating in a Game 7.

‘€¢ The Bruins have scored on the power play in just one of their six Game 7s since 2008. That game was Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Flyers, a contest in which they scored two on the man advantage. Since 2008, the B’s are 2-for-13 on the power play in Game 7s.

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