Player News - Bruins

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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

Zdeno Chara expects to return to form next season.

"I know people talk about my age and this and that, but trust me, it’s not an issue," said the 38-year-old blueliner. "If it wasn't an issue last year, why would it be an issue this year? One year (doesn’t change) everything. It's something where an injury did happen and it obviously slows down the season." He wasn't 100 percent when he returned from a torn PCL, but he feels fully recovered now even though he plans to wear knee braces for the rest of his career. Chara had 20 points and an even plus-minus rating in 63 games.
Apr 14 - 8:41 AM

Tuukka Rask admitted that the 2014-15 season was taxing physically as well as mentally.

"I'm fine playing 70 games, or even more," he said. "When you play a lot, and when you're battling for a playoff spot the games become more important and it wears on you mentally. It wears on anybody." Rask also said, "You play 70 games, (do you) physically feel good or physically feel bad? It's just a matter of what kind of games they are, and this year the games were tough." If that's the case the Bruins will probably look to keep his appearances down a bit more in 2015-16.
Apr 14 - 8:34 AM

Milan Lucic would like to stay with the Boston Bruins.

"It would be really, really hard to see myself in different colors or in a different jersey or in a different city in a different organization," Lucic said. "I hope to continue being a Bruin and I hope they want me here as well. Because it has to come from both sides and both ends." He will make $6.5 million ($6 million cap hit) in the last year of his contract next year. The Bruins still need to have a discussion on what to do with him.
Apr 14 - 8:24 AM

Coach Claude Julien admitted that he could have gotten more out of his players in 2014-15.

"I have to look at myself as a coach and say what else can I do to get the most out of some of these players," said Julien. "The core group for the most part was always good. They came and played hard. I still have to ... and I've said that before, I've said that to Peter, my job as a coach is to get the most out of everybody, and that wasn't the case this year. I have to take ownership of that as well." Julien and GM Peter Chiarelli are in danger of losing their jobs after the Bruins underperformed and failed to make the playoffs.
Apr 14 - 8:17 AM

Forward Brad Marchand says his Boston teammates thought they were better than they were during the past regular season.

"Hockey's a humbling game for everyone and just when you think you're at the top, it'll knock you down and keep you grounded again," Marchand said. "I think that's what happened to this team. We might've thought we were better than we actually are and maybe [thought we were] a little too skilled and we didn't play to the system the right way, and ultimately that's what has allowed us to win the past." The Bruins did not make the playoffs this season. The lack of consistency cost the Bruins at both ends of the ice. Their offense ranked in the bottom third of the NHL most of the season and their leading scorer, Patrice Bergeron, had only 55 points.
Source: NHL.com
Apr 13 - 9:59 PM

Gregory Campbell won't be re-signed by the Bruins.

He has been told by the team that he'll be testing the open market as a free agent this summer. Campbell was scratched for the last two games of the year and he had 12 points in 70 outings.
Apr 13 - 3:42 PM


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