Player News - Bruins

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Jeremy Lauzon is expected to play in the QMJHL again in 2016-17.

Lauzon has specific areas to work on for the rest of the summer and the next campaign. "They want to see me get more mobile in the defensive zone, and to get bigger and more physical," said Lauzon, referring to the Boston Bruins' requests. "I think I did that pretty well last year, and offensively that was pretty good, too. I thought I had a great season, and the offense was really rolling. Now I’m coming here with that in the background, and hopefully at main camp this year that I’m going to be ready. He had 10 goals, 50 points, and 80 penalty minutes in 46 QMJHL games with the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies. He also showed his dedication when he returned for the Memorial Cup after an errant skate severed a nerve and muscle in his neck and he needed surgery to repair the damage.
Jul 21 - 10:11 AM

Kevin Dean has been selected as the new head coach of the AHL's Providence Bruins.

Dean spent the previous five years as an assistant coach with Providence. He also had four campaigns as an assistant coach with the AHL's Lowell Devils and was the bench boss of the ECHL's Trenton Devils for a season back in 2010-11.
Jul 19 - 3:19 PM

David Krejci (hip) might not be available for the World Cup.

Krejci is recovering from a hip surgery he had in April. Even if he can't participate in the World Cup, he should be ready for the start of the regular season.
Jul 18 - 4:14 AM

The Boston Bruins have begun their contract negotiations with Brad Marchand.

Marchand still has one season left on his four-year, $18 million deal, so re-signing him isn't urgent, but the Bruins want him to play a big role in their long-term plans. "I think I’ve been pretty upfront with the fact that we’ve identified [Marchand] as a core guy, and we want to continue down that path. It always takes two sides to make a deal, and I would envision that he’d like to be a part of this organization for what could arguably be his whole career," Bruins GM Don Sweeney said. "Brad has a say in this as well, but as far as talking contracts that’s about as far as I’ll go in that regard." Marchand is coming off a big season for him where he scored 37 goals and 60 points in 77 contests.
Jul 16 - 5:15 AM

Joe Morrow has agreed to a one-year, $800,000 contract.

Morrow's deal is one-way, so he'll earn the full salary even if he's sent to the minors. He had a goal and seven points in 33 contests with Boston last season.
Jul 15 - 11:46 AM

Colin Miller has signed a two-year, $2 million contract with the Boston Bruins.

Miller had three goals and 16 points in 42 games with Boston in 2015-16. He also had four goals and 12 points in 20 AHL contests. After securing this contract, it seems Boston plans to keep him in the NHL for the entire 2016-17 campaign.
Jul 15 - 11:45 AM

Jake DeBrusk thinks he made progress in 2015-16 despite his offensive production dipping.

DeBrusk had 21 goals and 65 points in 61 WHL contests last season, down from 42 goals and 81 points in 72 WHL games in 2014-15. "I think I just got better in my defensive zone and defensive awareness," said DeBrusk. "I was used on the penalty kill and in all situations. On Swift Current, I played all three (forward) positions in the game and I played around 30 minutes a game, and that’s really good for the development and for me to learn different parts of the game. I’d be going up against top lines every single night and top defense pairings. It was a big learning curve, and I felt it got better as it went along." It's worth noting that DeBrusk did add eight goals and 17 points in 17 WHL playoff games. He's eligible to play in the AHL next season if he can't make Boston's opening game roster.
Jul 12 - 9:36 AM

John-Michael Liles' one-year contract with the Boston Bruins is worth up to $2,250,000.

Liles will receive $2 million in a base salary and he could earn an additional $250,000 in playoff bonuses. He had six goals and 21 points in 81 games last season.
Jul 8 - 11:36 AM

The Boston Bruins don't plan on signing any restricted free agents to an offer sheet.

"[The offer sheet] is certainly an avenue that we wouldn’t shy away from if the opportunity felt that it was the right player and the situation and the flexibility was there," said Bruins GM Don Sweeney. "For us at this point in time I don’t think that’s part of our plan and focus. You know, it doesn’t mean I’ll stop making calls and seeing whether or not there’s an opportunity to continue to improve and add to our club in the right areas and target some players. I don't foresee [the offer sheet to an RFA] at this point in time, no." As the Bruins are in a market for a top-four defenseman, there was speculation that Boston might pursue RFA Jacob Trouba specifically. It seems the Bruins won't be going that route though.
Jul 6 - 4:10 AM

The Boston Bruins have inked Alex Grant to a one-year, two-way contract.

Grant can earn $600,000 at the NHL level or $225,000 in the minors. He had 11 goals and 42 points in 69 AHL contests in 2015-16.
Jul 5 - 11:21 AM

Patrice Bergeron is looking forward to playing on the same team as David Backes.

Both players are natural centers, so they probably won't see much ice time together, but that won't stop Bergeron from being excited about the acquisition. "I’m really happy that David is joining the team," Bergeron said in a text message to the Herald. "He brings lots of intangibles that will make our team better. He also brings lots of experience and leadership. I’m looking forward to being his teammate."
Jul 3 - 10:42 AM

David Backes feels like the Bruins are a perfect fit for him.

Backes left the Blues and joined the Bruins as a free agent on July 1st. He feels like Boston plays a style that he can appreciate. "From my time playing against Boston and my history with the team, it’s a blue-collar, hard-nosed, don’t-take-crap-from-anybody type of team and that’s kind of the way that I feel I’ve built my game in 10 years in the league," said Backes. "And I think it will be a seamless fit that will fill a few holes or deficiencies that, through the interview process, were identified and are strengths of mine, in all facets of the game — 5-on-5, power play, penalty kill. It just seemed like an awesome fit, hockey-wise and the more I learn about the New England area and the family life there, that seems like a match made in heaven as well."
Jul 3 - 10:39 AM

David Backes ultimately didn’t return to the Blues because they didn’t agree to a fifth year on his contract.

The Bruins signed him to a five-year, $30 million contract on Day 1 of free agency. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Jeremy Rutherford says that St. Louis was close on the Bruins’ annual average value. Backes said the Blues wanted him to take a four-year deal then operate year-to-year. "If you can’t agree on term, and both sides are pretty stuck on term, I don’t know how you get a three-quarter year or a half year ... to find a happy medium there," Backes said. "It wasn’t like, 'Hey, we’re a half-million dollars away, let’s meet in the middle and stop this lunacy.' That’s a very bridgeable gap that wouldn’t be a question. But when it’s term ..."
Jul 3 - 12:01 AM

Anton Khudobin and the Bruins are very happy that the veteran back-up netminder is back in Boston.

Khudobin teamed with Tuukka Rask in the 2012-13 season and the pair were very successful with Khudobin posting a 9-4-1 record with a 2.32 goals against average and .920 save percentage over 14 games. The signing of Khudobin was deemed necessary as goalie of the future Malcolm Subban is recovering from a fractured larynx. We expect Khudobin to be a solid understudy for Rask playing in about 15-20 games.
Jul 2 - 8:56 AM

It is not clear at this point whether recently-signed David Backes will play predominently as a center or as a right winger for the Bruins.

Backes is capable of playing both positions more than competently. The original thought was that he would play the wing with David Krejci, but it seems if the flank is where he will end up, it will likely be alongside Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand. On the other hand, Backes, who like Krejci and Bergeron is a right-handed pivot, could be destined to play in the middle. In that scenario some are speculating that Krejci could be traded for the puck-moving defenseman the Bruins need. Stay tuned.
Jul 2 - 8:44 AM


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