Player News - Bruins

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Adam McQuaid might fall victim to the Bruins' off-season cap crisis, as the team has to trim their salary significantly in order to sign their prized restricted free agents and fill their roster.

McQuaid is entering the final season of a three year contract which pays him $1.57 million annually. The Bruins are currently over a million dollars over the cap ceiling with young blueline star Torey Krug and offensive bullet Reilly Smith still to sign. The B's have a few options, which involve trading fellow defensemen Matt Bartkowski who has a $1.25 million salary, trading veteran Johnny Boychuk who carries a $3.37 million salary, or parting with some of the skilled players on their forward crop.
Aug 31 - 11:54 AM

The Boston Bruins have reportedly had "casual discussions" with David Krejci about a contract extension.

He is eligible for unrestricted free agency after the 2014-15 campaign. A source familiar with the negotiations reports that talks should heat up in the near future. Krejci led the Bruins in scoring last season with 50 assists and 69 points in 80 games.
Source: WEEI.com
Aug 29 - 10:25 AM

Johnny Boychuk would like to stay with the Bruins.

He's been surrounded by trade rumors and can become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 21014-15 season. Boychuk has faith that Boston can work out their cap issues. "Our GM (Peter Chiarelli) is a mastermind ... he's good with doing things like this (cap struggles) and we have some good players we've developed the last couple of years, but nobody's heard of them over on the west side (NHL)," he said. "You always want to stay with the team you're with (and won a championship). They're my (hockey) family."
Aug 28 - 5:08 PM

Boston announced a long-term affiliation agreement with the Providence Bruins on Wednesday.

Assistant GM Don Sweeney will serve as the GM of the AHL club and Jay Pandolfo has been hired as development coach. "On behalf of the Bruins organization we are happy to have our relationship with the Providence Bruins extended," said Bruins president Cam Neely. "Having our AHL affiliate so close is a great asset to not only our hockey team, but to our fans, as they can watch our prospects develop. I'd like to thank H. Larue Renfroe, Jeff Fear and Matt Poore and the rest of the Providence Bruins organization for their continued commitment to Bruins Hockey. I would also like to congratulate Don Sweeney on being named General Manager of the Providence Bruins."
Aug 28 - 9:51 AM

Anthony Camara isn't likely to make the Bruins when the regular opens, but he's working hard to be among the next in line to play in Boston should a spot become available.

"Now I know what to expect, and I'm able to prepare mentally for what's to come this year," said Camara, who played in his first AHL season last year. "The schedule was something for me. Playing three games in three nights, and knowing you can't take a night off because all of the guys are fighting for it out there. The knowledge of the game and knowing where to be so I could quickly react were things I had to learn. I've been working with our video guys on where to be [in the defensive zone] in certain situations, and working on my timing. I was also playing a little bit underweight last year, so I'm bulking up a bit." Camara had nine goals and 22 points in 58 games with Providence last campaign.
Aug 25 - 9:57 AM

Torey Krug blossomed in his rookie year, notching 40 points in 79 games, but the 23 year-old isn't a lock to play an expanded role next year.

The 23 year-old's offensive talent and fantasy upside is very high entering the 2013-14, and the Livonia, MI native may well grow into a top-four defenseman in the foreseeable future. But for the time being Krug still has touble playing in his own zone, as demonstrated by his team-low 23.8 percent of defensive zone starts off of faceoffs. The Bruins will give the kid plenty of power play time and chances to retain his 40 point total, but Krug has yet to prove he deserves to play 20 minutes per night, as opposed to the 17 minutes per game he played last season.
Aug 24 - 11:30 AM

Matt Bartkowski has surfaced in trade rumors with the Bruins in some salary cap trouble.

Boston will save some cap space when Marc Savard is moved to LTIR, but they still have roughly $4.75 million in overage penalties to account for and need to clear up some space to re-sign Reilly Smith and Torey Krug. Bartkowski and Johnny Boychuk have emerged as possible trade candidates because they would bring back the most value.
Aug 22 - 10:00 AM

Dennis Seidenberg has recovered from a season-ending knee injury and he said he'll be ready for training camp.

"I think the more I go on [the ice], the more my knee gets used to it, and like always, I never feel good when I start skating every summer, so it will take some time, but once training camp starts, I should be fine," Seidenberg told the Bruins website. He underwent surgery to repair an ACL/MCL injury in his right knee in early January and his last appearance came on Dec. 27.
Source: NHL.com
Aug 20 - 9:30 AM

Matt Fraser has a chance to crack the Bruins' roster out of training camp, but is in a tough competition trying to make a deep team that's built to win and has a few other prospects on the cusp.

Fraser's body is NHL ready at 6’2 and 202 pounds. The 24 year old also boasts a terrific shot can play tough, especially below the faceoff dots. But if the physically imposing winger can't catch on full-time with the Bruins, he'll likely receive top minutes in the AHL as well as an NHL call-up depending on injuries.
Aug 16 - 6:30 PM

According to Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports and Journal de Montreal, Simon Gagne will attend Boston's training camp on a tryout basis.

Gagne didn't play at all during the 2013-14 campaign. He spent the lockout-shortened season with the Los Angeles Kings and Philadelphia Flyers. Gagne should be considered a long shot to make the Bruins' roster.
Aug 15 - 3:13 PM

Tuukka Rask isn't going to let winning the Vezina Trophy go to his head.

"It doesn't feel different. It's in the past. I'll start thinking about those things when I stop playing hockey and I'll feel good about it," Rask said. "The main focus has to be the next season. You always have to prove yourself and be good. It doesn't matter if you win Vezinas or not. You still have to be good." Rask always wants to improve whether he enjoys success or experiences failure. "I think it's a never-ending circle. There's always something," he explained. "If you play unbelievable, then you have to be as good. If you sucked, then you have to be a lot better. There's always something. It doesn’t really matter if you win or not, you always have to be better. That’s my mindset."
Aug 13 - 9:45 AM

Loui Eriksson is confident he can contribute more this season.

"I thought it would be easier to adjust to a different system, but it took some time. It was definitely hard. It wasn't easy with those concussions, too," he said. "After the Olympics I felt better and I'd learned the system a little better and I also felt really good." He started to click with Carl Soderberg late in the year, but he's projected to skate with David Krejci and Milan Lucic on the top line this campaign.
Aug 12 - 11:43 AM

Ryan Spooner and Alexander Khokhlachev are expected to strong pushes for NHL roster spots at training camp in September.

Spooner had 11 assists in 23 games with Boston last season, while recording 46 points in 49 matches with AHL Providence. Khokhlachev recorded 21 goals and 57 points in 65 games in the minors last season. He also appeared in one game with the big club. The talented center farmhands will be fighting for bottom-six forward spots.
Aug 12 - 10:01 AM

There's a chance that Daniel Paille could move up from the fourth line this season.

Boston's fourth line won't have Shawn Thornton on it this year after he was permitted to leave as a free agent. The team's third and fourth lines could undergo some changes as a result. "I know my role here on the team and I have no complaints playing on the fourth line, but if I get to play that third-line role, then I’ll have no complaints there, either," said Paille. He has moved up before as an injury replacement.
Aug 12 - 9:42 AM

Marc Savard will reportedly join the Ottawa 67's of the OHL as a scout.

Chris Stevenson of "NHL Home Ice" on XM Satellite Radio announced the news via his Twitter account on Monday. Savard still has another three years left on his contract and he's expected to remain on Boston's long-term injured reserved list during that time. He hasn't played a game since 2010-11 because of post-concussion syndrome.
Aug 12 - 9:30 AM


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