Player News - Bruins

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Mark Recchi has been elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Recchi had to wait four years to receive the honor, but he finally got the call on Monday. The three-time Stanley Cup champion amassed 1,533 career points in 1,652 contests.
Source: NHL.com
Jun 26 - 3:50 PM

John-Michael Liles is eligible for unrestricted free agency on July 1, but he may get an offer from the Bruins.

Boston could present Liles with a deal, but it would probably be below the $2 million he made last season. The 36-year-old defender suited up in just 36 games in 2016-17, while serving as a depth option.
Jun 26 - 9:58 AM

The Boston Bruins drafted three defensemen in this year's entry draft.

The Bruins had only six picks and wanted to fill two holes in their roster, a left-handed shooting defenseman and a top-six forward. Although they were not successful in getting either in a trade to date, they are hoping to develop one from the players they drafted. Urho Vaakanaianien, Victor Berglund and Daniel Bukac, the blueliners drafted by the Bruins, will need time before they are NHL ready, so look for Boston to continue to look for a deal to acquire a top-four lefty rearguard prior to the start of the season.
Jun 25 - 7:37 AM

Urho Vaakanaienen admitted that he wasn't expecting to be drafted by the Boston Bruins.

"I think I’m a great skater…good with the puck," said Vaakenainen. "I have a great first pass. I’m a complete package and a two-way defenseman, steady guy. My expectation was to go in the first round. I wasn’t expecting to go Boston, but the first round was my expectation. I met them at the combine, but that was it. That was the only meeting in person." His offensive upside has been called into question, but the Bruins have enough young blue liners coming up that they can be patient with Vaakanainen.
Jun 24 - 9:48 AM

The Boston Bruins have taken Urho Vaakaninen with the 18th overall pick in the 2017 Draft.

The Bruins need some help on the blueline and took the Finnish defenseman. Vaakanainen spent the majority of last season in Finland’s top league with Jyp HT Jyvaskyla, where he put up two goals and four assists in six games. The 18-year-old then went to the under-18 World Hockey Championship. He was a big part of Finland’s silver-medal winning club, as he posted three goals and three assists in five tournament games. Vaakanainen is a solid all-around blue liner with a great shot and the ability to play in his own end. Turnovers are sometimes a problem with him, but it’s a part of his game he can iron out down the road.
Jun 23 - 8:55 PM

Patrice Bergeron has captured his fourth Frank J. Selke Trophy as the league's top defensive forward.

Bergeron has tied Bob Gainey, who presented the award to him, for the most in NHL history. He has won the award four times in the last six years. Bergeron contributes points, faceoff wins and plays in all situations for the Boston Bruins against the best players on the opposition.
Jun 21 - 8:28 PM

Malcolm Subban is an option for the Golden Knights in the expansion draft.

It's not surprising that the Bruins exposed him given that they could only protect one goaltender and that was obviously going to be Tuukka Rask. Subban hasn't developed into the goaltender that the Bruins were hoping for when they took him with the 24th overall pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, but he's still just 23-years-old, so it's too early to write him off. The Golden Knights have plenty of good goaltenders to choose from, but it would be interesting if they took Subban in the hopes that he'll still eventually develop into a starter.
Jun 19 - 9:13 AM

As expected, the Bruins left Colin Miller and Adam McQuaid unprotected for Tuesday's expansion draft.

The Bruins protected forwards David Backes, Patrice Bergeron, David Krejci, Brad Marchand, Riley Nash, David Pastrnak and Ryan Spooner and defensemen Zdeno Chara, Torey Krug and Kevan Miller. They also obviously protected goalie Tuukka Rask. Look for the Vegas Golden Knights to focus in on Miller and McQuaid Tuesday night.
Source: TSN.ca
Jun 18 - 10:47 AM

Tommy Cross has agreed to a one-year, two-way contract with Boston.

Cross will be able to earn $650,000 if he plays at the NHL level. He notched 12 goals and 35 points in 74 games with Providence of the AHL in 2016-17. Cross skated in one playoff with Boston and he appeared in three regular season contests with the big club in 2015-16.
Jun 14 - 12:43 PM

Boston has promoted Kevin Dean from AHL Providence to the big club.

Dean served as an assistant on Bruce Cassidy's staff in Providence for five seasons and now they have been reunited in the NHL. He was in charge of the team's defense, so he has already worked with Torey Krug, Brandon Carlo, Kevan Miller, Colin Miller, and Joe Morrow before.
Jun 14 - 10:01 AM

Zac Rinaldo will reportedly be an unrestricted free agent in July.

Andy Strickland of Fox Sports Midwest reports that the Boston Bruins won't give Rinaldo a qualifying offer. Rinaldo spent all of his time in the AHL during the 2016-17 campaign, but he played in just 29 games. He played in 52 games with Boston in 2015-16 and he amassed 83 penalty minutes.
Jun 14 - 9:23 AM

Bruins legend Bobby Orr believes his former team isn't that far away from being Stanley Cup contenders again.

"If you look around the league, there's not a big difference," Orr said. "Just take a peak. Everybody can't have (Sidney) Crosby and (Evgeni) Malkin on the same team. But you look around, the teams are close. So, the Bruins aren't that far away." Boston made it back in the playoffs in 2017, but they were eliminated in the first round by Ottawa. Still, the team some good young talent coming through their system and solid veterans who are capable of moving the team forward if the right pieces come into the lineup to supplement them.
Source: NESN.com
Jun 13 - 9:22 PM

Zdeno Chara was not asked to waive his no-movement clause ahead of Monday's deadline for the expansion draft.

David Krejci, Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand and David Backes also have no-move clauses on the Bruins and they were not asked to waive either. None of this is surprising except maybe for Chara. The 40-year-old defenseman has one more season on his contract and Boston likes his veteran presence on the back end, but it's doubtful that he would have interested the Golden Knights.

Don't be surprised if the Bruins trade for a defenseman this off-season.

Boston is in dire need of a left-handed rearguard who can play top-four minutes as Torey Krug is a little exposed in that role in five-on-five situations. Most expect the Wild to move Jonas Brodin or Matthew Dumba, while Sami Vatanen and Tyson Barrie may also be available via trade. Stay tuned.
Jun 11 - 8:52 AM

Bruins general manager Don Sweeney is open to trading his team's first-round pick in 2017.

"It’s an effort to try and improve our hockey club," said Sweeney. "We have had a number of selections the last couple of years and we feel that they’ll all materialize into very good players for the Boston Bruins and I wouldn’t be doing my job if I didn’t explore what could improve our hockey club now in the shorter term. I owe it to our players and the organization to continue to do that. Whether or not it happens, I don’t know." The Bruins have had plenty of draft picks during Sweeney's tenure, but with gaping holes on their roster, it's no surprise that they're willing to deal their top pick. Many respected hockey minds have suggested that the 2017 draft has one of the weaker crops in recent years. Boston currently owns the 18th overall pick.
Jun 2 - 9:51 PM


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