Player News - Bruins

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Jakub Lauko has a chip on his shoulder after being selected 77th overall by the Boston Bruins in the 2018 NHL Draft.

"Now I can prove to everyone that I'm one of the biggest steals in the draft," said Lauko. "That's motivation for me and maybe a good thing for me." He is a threat off the rush because of his tremendous speed. The 18-year-old forward notched nine points for Pirati Chomutov of the Czech Extraliga in 42 games last season.
Jun 24 - 9:41 AM

Axel Andersson was Boston's first pick of the 2018 NHL Entry Draft.

Andersson was chosen in the second round with the 57th overall pick. He is a smooth-skating, quick defenseman who has great passing skills and can quarterback a power play. Andersson collected 31 points, including 25 assists, in 42 games for Djurgardens IF J20 of Sweden's SuperElit last season.
Jun 24 - 9:26 AM

Bruins GM Don Sweeney admitted that it was "painful" for the team not to have a first-round pick in 2018.

The Bruins traded their first-rounder to the New York Rangers for Rick Nash. "Painful. That was excruciating. Let’s try not to let that happen again," Sweeney said of not drafting in the first round. "You’re really disappointed that you’re coming out empty-handed [on Friday] night. I’ve said all along that draft and development is going to be a lifeline. I still don’t regret at the time making the decision. We were really looking upon our hockey club and we all said that we were in it to win it."
Jun 23 - 10:55 AM

It seems likely at this point that Rick Nash will test the free agent market.

Boston GM Don Sweeney did note that if the Bruins are successful in their efforts to sign Ilya Kovalchuk then that would end their pursuit of Nash. "We continue to talk to Rick, and he’s going to continue to take some time to make the decision that he wants to make," said Sweeney. "Time is on his side. He gets to make that [decision] into looking at that. Obviously, we close the door [on Nash talks] if we were fortunate enough to sign Ilya, but you’re kind of jockeying simultaneously. He will have options [in free agency] as well." The Bruins acquired Nash from the Rangers to aide in their postseason push. Nash had 21 goals and 34 points in 71 contests in 2017-18.
Jun 22 - 5:27 AM

Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron underwent groin surgery 10 days ago.

Bergeron made the announcement during his media availability in Vegas ahead of the NHL Awards ceremony, which will take place on Wednesday night. He's expecting to be back at full strength by early August. Bergeron had 30 goals and 63 points in 64 games last season.
Jun 19 - 10:54 PM

Look for Anton Khudobin to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

There are a few teams in need of a starting goaltender and with Tuukka Rask firmly entrenched in Boston, Khudobin could be looking for a starting gig elsewhere. If he is going to be a backup, then Boston should still be in the running as he didn't appear to be looking elsewhere six weeks ago. But the Bruins have yet to sign him and with less than two weeks to go, he may decide to wait and see. He was 16-6-7 last season with a 2.56 GAA and a .913 save percentage and there should be teams interested in his services.
Jun 18 - 6:55 AM

Bruins GM Don Sweeney said he's not actively shopping Torey Krug.

"Look, you never know," Sweeney said. "I'm not actively shopping Torey. People call on a lot of different guys that we have. I have private conversations with each and every general manager, but we value what Torey brings to the table. It's very difficult to replace a 60-point guy. He's grown with our organization. He's grown into a leadership role on and off the ice. He's a big part of our success. I'd say it's unlikely." The 27-year-old had 14 goals and 59 points in 76 games last season. Odds are that the Bruins will keep Krug, but stranger things have happened.
Source: NHL.com
Jun 15 - 9:28 PM

The Boston Bruins have signed Matt Grzelcyk to a two-year, $2.8 million contract extension.

The 24-year-old had three goals and 12 assists in 61 games in his first extended look in the NHL. He added one assist and a minus-2 rating in 11 postseason contests. Grzelcyk didn't look out of place with the Bruins this year and they rewarded him with a nice bump in pay. Expect him to be a regular on the blue line next season, but that doesn't mean he'll have any fantasy value.
Jun 15 - 7:43 PM

The Boston Bruins have received calls about the availability of David Krejci, according to Darren Dreger.

Dreger added that Bruins GM Don Sweeney is reluctant to move Krejci, which isn't surprising given that he's a significant offensive threat. Krejci had 17 goals and 44 points in 64 contests in the regular season and then stepped up in the playoffs with 10 points in 12 games. It wouldn't be surprising if Boston does make a trade in the coming weeks, but the odds of Krejci being the one moved is probably not that great.
Source: WGR 550
Jun 15 - 5:20 PM

Urho Vaakanainen is expected to get a serious look during training camp.

Boston inked Vaakanainen to an entry-level contract on Wednesday. The 19-year-old has spent parts of the last three seasons playing against men in Finland's top league, so he's coming to North America with plenty of valuable experience. Boston took him with the 18th overall pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.
Jun 15 - 3:52 AM

Martin Bakos has inked a one-year, two-way contract with the Boston Bruins.

Bakos can earn $700,000 at the NHL level. The 28-year-old forward had 14 goals and 40 points in 52 Czech league games last season. This will be his first professional campaign in North America.
Source: NHL.com
Jun 14 - 5:36 PM

Urho Vaakanainen has agreed to a three-year, entry-level contract with the Boston Bruins.

Vaakanainen had four goals and 11 points in 43 Finnish league games last season. He was selected by Boston with the 18th overall pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.
Source: NHL.com
Jun 13 - 4:11 PM

Patrice Bergeron was glad to see Acadie-Bathurst win the Memorial Cup.

Junior hockey's top prize was one trophy that Bergeron was not able to win during what has already been an impressive playing career. "I've always kept an eye on them and how they were doing," said Bergeron referring to the Titan. "They've had some tough years in the past, but they've had a really good team now the past couple of years — so I've kept a close eye on them. It brought back a lot of memories, really, seeing them win. Really, really happy for them." He played 74 games with Acadie-Bathurst over two seasons before jumping to the NHL. Bergeron has a Stanley Cup (2011), four Frank J. Selke Trophy victories, the King Clancy Memorial Trophy (2013), and the Foundational Player Award (2014). He has also enjoyed plenty of success internationally with Team Canada.
Jun 10 - 9:55 AM

Tim Schaller would like to re-sign with Boston for the 2018-19 campaign.

Schaller is set to become an unrestricted free agent after completing his one-year, $775K contract. The 27-year-old hadn't firmly established himself in the NHL going in 2017-18, but he was a steady bottom-six presence for the Bruins with 12 goals and 22 points in 82 games. He'll likely be seeking a pay raise after that campaign, so the question is if that falls into the Bruins' budget plans.
Jun 5 - 9:02 AM

Boston's first pick in the upcoming NHL Draft isn't until the second round (No. 57) and Bruins GM Don Sweeney isn't optimistic that he will be able to move up.

"I've had previous discussions," said Sweeney, "whether or not those things change between now and after interviews and such, we'll have to find out in the next couple of weeks. I do think it will be difficult." Boston would like to strengthen the left side of their defense corps this off-season, but it seems like free agency or a trade will be their alternative options. The Bruins currently hold just five picks in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft.
Jun 4 - 9:43 AM


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