Player News - Bruins

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The Boston Bruins have signed Reilly Smith to a two-year, $6.85 million contract extension.

Smith will consequently come with an annual cap hit of $3,425,000 through the 2016-17 campaign. He has 12 goals and 35 points in 63 games this season. Smith, who comes with a $1.4 million cap hit in 2014-15, would have become a restricted free agent this summer.
Mar 6 - 11:49 AM

Torey Krug has agreed to a one-year, $3.4 million extension with Boston.

Krug is getting a big raise over the $1.4 million he's earning for the 2014-15 campaign. That's to be expected though as he has 11 goals and 31 points in 59 contests. He would have been eligible to become a restricted free agent this summer.
Mar 6 - 11:46 AM

Justin Hickman has signed an entry-level contract with the Boston Bruins.

The 20-year-old has played five seasons with the Seattle Thunderbirds of the WHL. The undrafted forward also skated in five games with the AHL's Bridgeport Sound Tigers in 2013-14 on an amateur tryout agreement.
Mar 6 - 9:03 AM

Loui Eriksson scored his 15th goal of the season, but he also missed his shootout attempt in Boston's 4-3 shootout loss to Calgary on Thursday night.

It was Eriksson's second goal in five games, and also his fourth point over that span. He also led all shooters with seven shots during his 20:18 of ice time, over six minutes of which was spent on special teams. Eriksson now ranks second on the team in points with 36.
Mar 5 - 11:23 PM

Milan Lucic scored his 14th goal of the season on Thursday night, but he also missed his shootout attempt in Boston's 4-3 shootout loss to Calgary.

It was a pretty goal, too. David Pastrnak and Ryan Spooner did well to confuse Karri Ramo and Calgary's defense as Lucic held his grown by the side of the net. Before Calgary knew it, it was 2-1 Boston just 2:30 into the second period. Lucic is now tied with four others with 35 points, good for third on the team.
Mar 5 - 11:19 PM

Brad Marchand scored his 19th goal of the season and missed his shootout attempt Thursday's 4-3 overtime loss to Calgary.

It was a pretty goal as Marchand was able to beat Karri Ramo to the post for the wrap-around goal, opening the scoring early on in the first period. Marchand would go on to add two more shots, two hits, and a block over his 18:27 of ice time. He ranks third on the team with 35 points.
Mar 5 - 11:16 PM

Tuukka Rask made 29 saves through overtime, and six more in the shootout, but the Bruins ultimately fell to the Flames 4-3.

Rask may want two of those goals back during regulation, as they were saves the normally well-positioned elite netminder makes. Rask wasn't the reason Boston lost, but he didn't help much either. The defeat drops his record to 25-16-10 with a .920 save percentage and a 2.35 GAA.
Mar 5 - 11:07 PM

Tuukka Rask will get the start in Thursday's game against the Calgary Flames.

Rask is coming off a 31 save performance in the Bruins' last game against Arizona. The 27-year-old has a 25-16-9 record with a 2.34 goals-against-average and a .920 save percentage. He has won two of his last three starts but he has a 2-4-2 record in his last eight decisions.
Mar 5 - 6:44 PM

Gregory Campbell (upper body) won't play Thursday versus Calgary.

He hasn't played since Feb. 22 due to an upper-body injury. It's believed that he is close to returning.
Mar 5 - 2:03 PM

Maxime Talbot will play in his first game with Boston on Thursday.

He can play center or the wing, but it appears he'll start on the wing with Chris Kelly in the middle on the fourth line.
Mar 5 - 2:01 PM

Maxime Talbot skated on the fourth line at practice on Wednesday.

It's still unclear if he'll be in the lineup on Thursday. Talbot has good leadership qualities and he can kill penalties, but don't expect him to contribute to your fantasy team.
Mar 5 - 10:35 AM

Brett Connolly sustained a broken finger and he'll miss six weeks.

Boston just acquired Connolly from Tampa Bay and he didn't even get to play before getting injured in his second practice with his new teammates. He was struck by a shot from Dennis Seidenberg on Wednesday.
Mar 4 - 3:37 PM

Brett Connolly had to leave practice Wednesday after he was struck in the right hand/wrist area by a shot.

"He got hit in the hand with a puck, so he's gone to see our team doctor to be evaluated," coach Claude Julien said. Connolly was skating with Carl Soderberg and Loui Eriksson in the session. He wasn't able to return.
Source: WEEI.com
Mar 4 - 1:02 PM

Coach Claude Julien hasn't decided where to play Brett Connolly yet.

GM Peter Chiarelli acquired Connolly with the belief that he could play in Boston's top-six group, but he skated on the fourth line with Gregory Campbell, Chris Kelly, and Brian Ferlin during his first practice. "I'll have to see," Julien said. "I think he's got skill. I know he can shoot the puck, but we'll see how he fits in with our hockey club and where he fits in with time."
Mar 4 - 9:58 AM

Maxime Talbot could start with the Bruins as a healthy scratch.

Gregory Campbell is close to returning from a three-game absence due to an undisclosed injury, which could result in Talbot being forced to wait for an opening. It's uncertain what Boston's lineup will look like going into Thursday's game versus Calgary at this time.
Mar 3 - 9:05 AM


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