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Boston Bruins Offseason Options

With a bleak 2012 free agent class and the re-signings of Daniel Paille, Gregory Campbell and Chris Kelly, it’s likely that the Boston Bruins may not be active players in free agency. The team’s limited needs paired with their cap space will most likely restrict what they can and can’t do come July 1. It’s a storyline that should play out similarly to offseasons of the past for the Bruins where minor moves are made to address smaller needs. For general manager Peter Chiarelli, it’s obvious that the team’s impeccable chemistry and strong prospect pool are more important than searching for free agents to fill gaps.

A brief look at the Bruins’ projected roster for the 2012-13 season doesn’t reveal many openings. In fact, the Bruins could take the ice tomorrow with the players already signed and boast a lineup that doesn’t look much different on paper than the 2011-12 team–sans Tim Thomas, of course. It’s all but guaranteed that the Bruins will spend close to the cap this year and since they’re already near the ceiling, there’s a good possibility that this offseason will be just like the one before it: pretty quiet.

by · June 14, 2012 · 1 comment · Boston Bruins
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Goons and Cheap Shots: Keeping Hockey Out Of The Mainstream

Expectations We have within us an innate sense of right and wrong. Along with that comes a desire to see justice done and for equality. When we see injustice and […]

by · June 7, 2012 · Comments are Disabled · News/Commentary
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2012 Men’s World Championship: Russia Poised For Final Win!

So Russia looks poised to capture another World Championship later today as they face Slovakia in the final. Now they have been tested at times in the tournament but it […]

by · May 20, 2012 · Comments are Disabled · International Hockey
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Five free agent forwards that the Boston Bruins should target

The Boston Bruins’ breakup day came approximately six weeks earlier than it did the season before. During the day’s interviews and meetings, Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli indicated that while he didn’t foresee any major changes, he would like to “add some pieces.” The Bruins will need bottom-six players with one or two to have the potential to move into the top-six group, if necessary. With the current situation as is for the Bruins, here’s a look at five free agent forwards that the Bruins should target.

by · May 15, 2012 · 7 comments · Boston Bruins, Free Agents
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Presenting the 2012 THW Year-End Awards

Every year, the National Hockey League’s awards are voted upon by the league’s general managers or the Professional Hockey Writers Association. The idea is to get a balanced cross-section of […]

by · May 14, 2012 · Comments are Disabled · Ottawa Senators, Pittsburgh Penguins, Washington Capitals
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Captain’s Log: Playoff Edition

Leadership is an important trait for a team in the Stanley Cup playoffs.  It’s no surprise why teams looking to get over the hump are always scouring for that vet […]

by · April 27, 2012 · Comments are Disabled · Uncategorized
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Early Exit Could Help Boston Bruins Franchise

By Wayne Whittaker, Boston Bruins Correspondent The long season has ended, and today Bruins players picked up their gear and departed the TD Garden. When reflecting on his team’s latest […]

by · April 27, 2012 · Comments are Disabled · Boston Bruins, News/Commentary
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Closing the book on the 2011-12 Boston Bruins

Last year, I drove from Boston to Rhode Island to watch both the Eastern Conference Final and the Stanley Cup Final Game 7s. I figured that if I had the chance to watch my favorite team growing up win a championship, I would want to witness it with my dad, the person who influenced me to fall in love with this crazy sport. Of course, the Bruins won both games and I watched it all in with my dad and younger brother right beside me. Somewhere amongst the celebrations, the hugs and the complete shock, I recall my dad telling me to take everything in that’s happening, because there will never be another run quite like the one we had just saw.

Think about it: a total of 25 games including three Game 7 victories, two series of coming back from a 0-2 deficit and a first round victory that was clinched without scoring any power play goals. The 2010-11 Boston Bruins weren’t just good, they were lucky and every single fan who watched any of those games could have told you that. It was magic.

On Wednesday night, Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals between the Bruins and the Washington Capitals, that same mentality of thinking that the team was special, perhaps invincible, last year in the postseason ended up becoming the worse possible thing for every Bruins’ fan’s psyche.

by · April 26, 2012 · 1 comment · Boston Bruins
Joose Antonen has a skill set that could see him develop into a useful and versatile player like Zack Smith (Marc DesRosiers-US PRESSWIRE)

Fun With Numbers: 2011/2012 NHL Regular Season Edition

As another NHL regular season has passed us by, hockey stat junkies everywhere have another endless sea of numbers to sift through, everything from goals to goals against, shots on […]

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Chris Kelly, Bruins spoil Braden Holtby’s impressive outing

BOSTON– The story coming out of Game 1 between the Washington Capitals and the Boston Bruins should have been about the performance of rookie goaltender Braden Holtby.

Chris Kelly had other plans.

Just 1:18 into overtime, Kelly scored the Bruins’ first and only goal of the game to seal the victory and take the 1-0 series lead for Boston.

by · April 13, 2012 · Comments are Disabled · Boston Bruins, Uncategorized, Washington Capitals
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Bruins vs. Capitals Series Preview, Part III: Goaltending and Special-Teams

The second-seed Boston Bruins will face off against the seventh-seed Washington Capitals on Thursday in TD Garden. There, the Bruins hope to start their title-defense with a bang and the […]

by · April 10, 2012 · Comments are Disabled · Boston Bruins, Previews and Predictions, Washington Capitals
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NHL Playoffs Predictions: Who Will Prevail in the East’s First Round?

There’s a certain Christmas tune that comes on the radio at just about every turn that describes the time of year that the NHL is embarking on: “It’s the most […]

by · April 9, 2012 · Comments are Disabled · News/Commentary, Previews and Predictions