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Ryan Spooner was impressive down the stretch for Boston, but he knows he still has improvements to make.

The first item on that list is his 45.4 percent success rate on faceoffs. "I had some ups and downs on that. I had some games where I've been good, some games where I was bad," Spooner said. "And then I'd say probably, I guess, defensively (I have to improve). It's going to take some time, too. I've only played like (56 NHL games) so I'm going to try to work on that too." Spooner is a restricted free agent this summer and he should fit into the team's plans next season.
Apr 27 - 10:35 AM

Milan Lucic's father passed away unexpectedly last Wednesday in Vancouver.

"My family and I am very grateful for the outpouring of support from the hockey community, friends, and fans from around the world," said Lucic in a statement. "We kindly ask everyone to respect our privacy during this difficult and sad time." We would like to extend our deepest condolences to Milan and his family for their loss.
Apr 27 - 10:21 AM

The Bruins could get a second-round draft pick in one of the next three years as compensation from the Oilers for the signing of Boston's former general manager, Peter Chiarelli.

Even though the Bruins' fired Chiarelli, compensation is usually granted when a GM has a number of years left on a long-term deal. Chiarelli had three more years outstanding in his contract with Boston at the time of his termination. By the way, assistant GM Don Sweeney seems to be the frontrunner to replace Chiarelli.
Apr 25 - 9:14 AM

Patrice Bergeron is one of the three finalists for the Selke Trophy.

Bergeron should be considered the favorite to win this award for the third time in four years. The Selke Trophy honors the league's top defensive forward and Bergeron led the league with a 60.2 success rate on the draw and looked very good from a Fenwick perspective as well. His relative 5-on-5 Fenwick percentage, which measures how his team did in that category while he was on the ice compared to how they did when he wasn't, was plus-9.35.
Apr 22 - 7:20 PM

The Boston Bruins confirmed that Zdeno Chara does indeed have a fractured bone.

More specifically, the fracture is in his left fibula and it's non-displaced. He won't need surgery and should be fine in four weeks. He is no longer expected to play in the 2015 World Championships as a result.
Apr 21 - 6:28 PM

Zdeno Chara apparently suffered a fractured ankle near the end of the 2014-15 campaign.

Chara will not play in the World Championships as a result. He might have sustained the injury when he was struck by the puck on April 4. That would mean that he played through the injury for three games as the Bruins tried to make the playoffs.
Apr 21 - 3:44 PM

The buzz is starting to get louder around Mike Milbury’s name as a coaching fit in Boston, according to HNIC’s Elliotte Friedman.

Of course, the first step is firing coach Claude Julien after the team missed the playoffs for the first time in eight years. Boston went 41-27-14 this season. Milbury is currently an analyst for NBC, and the 62-year-old has not coached since 1998-99, though he began his coaching career in the late 80s with the Bruins.
Apr 18 - 8:04 PM

Carl Soderberg, one of Boston's five unrestricted free agents, has stated that staying in Boston is his first preference.

Soderberg had a nice season as the Bruins' third-line center (tied for 3rd in team scoring with 44 points) and will likely cost the team more than they are willing to spend ($3-4 million per season). There may also not be a spot for Soderberg given the emergence of Ryan Spooner and with both Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci ahead of him on the center depth chart. Our best guess is that despite Soderberg's desire to remain in Beantown, he signs with another team for two years and $6 million.
Apr 18 - 8:48 AM

Look for the Bruins to bolster their roster with players who can improve the team's transition game.

The Bruins had trouble moving from their defensive zone to the offensive zone this past season and did not create as many chances as in the past off the rush. It is likely they will be looking at acquiring a puck-moving and/or sharp passing defenseman this off-season as well as a few forwards who are quick and gritty who can generate scoring opportunities off the rush and by cycling in the opponents' zone. Cam Neely has the Boston helm at the moment. He will no no doubt be hiring a GM who shares his vision.
Apr 18 - 8:40 AM

Boston let go of three scouts on Wednesday.

Amateur scouts Mike Chiarelli and Denis Leblanc, as well as European head scout Jukka Holtari were fired. The Bruins started the day by relieving GM Peter Chiarelli of his position and whoever takes over for him will make a decision on what to do with head coach Claude Julien.
Apr 15 - 4:40 PM

The Boston Bruins have relieved Peter Chiarelli of his duties as General Manager of the team.

"We are grateful for Peter's service to the Bruins organization over the last nine seasons," said team president Cam Neely. "His efforts undoubtedly helped the team achieve great success during his tenure and he helped restore the proud tradition of Boston Bruins hockey. We ultimately feel that this change is necessary in order to ensure sustainable success for the club both in the short term and the long term. Our search for a new General Manager will begin immediately." Chiarelli has been the GM of the Bruins for the past nine seasons and his rosters compiled a 386-233-85 record under his watch.
Apr 15 - 10:57 AM

Torey Krug will join Team USA for the first time at the World Hockey Championships in the Czech Republic for the May tournament.

Krug is coming off a sophomore season that was nearly as great as his rookie, registering 12 goals and 39 points (one shy from last year's total) while skating 19:36 over 78 games this season.
Source: USA Hockey
Apr 14 - 8:38 PM

Zach Trotman has been assigned to the minors.

He was up with the Bruins on an emergency basis because of Dougie Hamilton's injury late in the season. Trotman suited up in 27 matches with Boston this season and he contributed five points along with 44 hits and 33 blocks.
Apr 14 - 8:52 AM

Boston has sent down Ryan Spooner to Providence.

He will help the Boston's AHL affiliate in the postseason. Spooner made an impact with Bruins down the stretch, as the team looked to qualify for the NHL playoffs. In 29 games with the big club, he posted eight goals and 10 assists. He'll be back in the NHL next campaign.
Apr 14 - 8:49 AM

David Pastrnak has been assigned to the minors.

He will help Providence in the playoffs. In 46 games with Boston, the 18-year-old forward recorded 10 goals and 27 points along with 93 shots and a plus-12 rating. He has a bright future ahead of him with the organization and should be back on the big club's roster next season.
Apr 14 - 8:46 AM

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