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Zac Rinaldo is promising to change his game next season.

"I don't plan on getting suspended; that's the last thing I want to do," Rinaldo said. "I don't plan on taking stupid penalties; that's the last thing I want to do, is hurt my team. Changing for the better will happen. More opportunity, a different role, perhaps, and I'm open to anything to help the team win." He plans to continue to play a gritty game, but he's also hoping to do more offensively. We aren't expecting him to ever make noteworthy contributions from a points perspective, but he might end up recording fewer penalty minutes per game than he did in Philadelphia. He has 572 penalty minutes in 223 career contests.
Jul 23 - 7:49 AM

Ville Leino has signed with the KHL's Dinamo Riga.

Leino had seven goals and 15 points in 28 KHL contests last season. He recorded 40 goals and 119 points in 286 career NHL games.
Jul 21 - 1:05 PM

Zach Senyshyn, the Bruins’ No. 15 overall pick in the 2015 NHL draft, turned heads at development camp.

Many scouts had the forward pegged as a second-rounder, but the Bruins took him in the first round, the same pick that they acquired in the trade that sent Dougie Hamilton to the Flames. "There was a spotlight put on Zachary by earmarking him as the pick of [the Dougie Hamilton trade] that people were excited to see him. I don’t think he disappointed," said general manager Don Sweeney. "He’s a really young player with a tremendous upside, and we’re happy to have him and we’re going to work with him from a development standpoint." Last season, Senyshyn had 26 goals and 45 points with Sault Ste Marie of the OHL.
Jul 19 - 1:23 PM

Bruins GM Don Sweeney said on Friday that he's looking towards free agency to bolster his blueline and help out the aging Zdeno Chara and his younger, inexperienced teammates.

"There are a couple free agents that we still have conversations with that we felt might improve our club if the financial component works," said Sweeney. Trading Dougie Hamilton and Johnny Boychuk over the past two years have created the need for some experience and a power play specialist on the blueline. Christian Ehrhoff and Marek Zidlicky are two that could fill both of those roles, while Cody Franson is another option for Sweeney, though he might be too expensive for the Bruins.
Jul 18 - 12:22 PM

Jakub Zboril figures he'll probably spend the 2015-16 campaign with QMJHL Saint John's.

Zboril is expected to participate in the Bruins' training camp after being taken with the 13th overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, but he realizes that him making the team would likely take "some miracle to happen." Even still, he's very upbeat after inking an entry-level contract. "I'm really happy they believe in me, and I’m really thankful to the Bruins," Zboril said.
Jul 17 - 10:22 AM

Jakub Zboril has signed a three-year, entry-level contract.

Zboril was taken with the 13th overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. He had 33 points and 73 penalty minutes in 44 QMJHL contests in 2014-15. He has the potential to develop into a high-end defenseman, but we don't expect him to make the Bruins' opening game roster.
Jul 16 - 12:15 PM

Danton Heinen made a good impression during the Bruins' development camp.

"You can tell he's talented," development coach Jay Pandolfo said. "He's got a lot of poise with the puck. He's got a great release, great shot. He's going to be a really good player. He's still needs to get a little stronger. That'll help him with protecting pucks, but he looks really good. I thought he stood out today." Heinen had 16 goals and 45 points in 40 games with the University of Denver last season. He was taken with the 116th overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.
Jul 16 - 9:59 AM

Zane McIntyre is attending his sixth prospect camp with the Boston Bruins.

That's a franchise record. The reason for that is because he was originally drafted back in 2010, but opted to continue to play in the high school and then college levels rather than go pro. In fact, he would have been eligible to become an unrestricted free agent this summer had he wanted to go that route, but he instead signed a two-year, entry-level deal with Boston. He's got a shot of making the Bruins' 2015-16 roster as Tuukka Rask's backup.
Jul 15 - 9:38 AM

Matt Irwin has inked a one-year, $800,000 contract with the Boston Bruins.

Irwin had eight goals and 19 points in 53 games with the San Jose Sharks in 2014-15. He'll probably end up serving as the Bruins' sixth or seventh defenseman.
Jul 10 - 2:13 PM

Bobby Robins has decided to hang up his skates after suffering a concussion in his NHL debut on Oct. 8.

Robins went on to play in two other games for the Boston Bruins in October before being shutdown for the remainder of the season. He's back to 100% now, but he doesn't want to risk his health by resuming his playing career. "Hockey is what I know. It's what I do. But after getting my head banged up like that, it was -- no pun intended -- a no-brainer for me," Robins said. "I couldn't do it anymore. After the lowest points that I experienced, to where I am now, where I feel like myself again, there was no way I was ever going to risk getting hit in the head again or going through that again." Robins will turn 34 in October. His lengthy journey to the NHL involved spending parts of seven seasons in the minors and an additional two campaigns in Europe.
Jul 9 - 6:35 PM

Matt Beleskey is happy he ended up in Boston.

Beleskey inked a five-year, $19 million contract with the Bruins as an unrestricted free agent. "I looked at their team and I talked with my agent and my family, and it's always been a place that I've liked," he said. "The Big Bad Bruins play that physical style, and they've always been a team that I've liked watching. Cam Neely (currently the team president) is in the front office, and watching him play was always exciting. They've always been a team I’ve been drawn to." Beleskey's physical game certainly meshes with that philosophy. With Milan Lucic gone, he also has an opportunity to play on the Bruins' top line.
Jul 8 - 9:33 AM

Brandon DeFazio has agreed to a one-year, two-way deal with Boston.

If DeFazio spends the season in the NHL, then he will earn $575,000. He had 43 points and 92 penalty minutes in 75 AHL contests in 2014-15.
Jul 6 - 3:41 PM

The Boston Bruins have signed Brett Connolly to a one-year, $1,025,000 contract.

Connolly had 12 goals and 17 points in 55 games with the Boston Bruins and Tampa Bay Lightning in 2014-15. He has more offensive upside than those numbers suggest though and will be worth keeping an eye on during training camp to see if he can secure a top-six role.
Jul 6 - 3:40 PM

Jimmy Hayes has inked a three-year, $6.9 million contract with the Boston Bruins

Boston acquired Hayes from Florida in exchange for Reilly Smith and Marc Savard's contract. Hayes was a restricted free agent. He had 19 goals and 35 points in 72 contests last season.
Jul 6 - 3:37 PM

Matt Beleskey might end up playing on the top line in Boston.

The Bruins signed Beleskey to a five-year, $19 million contract over the summer. There team has a sizable hole in its lineup after trading Milan Lucic, but Beleskey might be able to partially fill it while playing alongside David Krejci. Don't get too excited though. Beleskey often played alongside Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry in Anaheim and still finished with a modest 32 points in 65 contests.
Jul 6 - 9:23 AM

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