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Bruins coach Claude Julien and general manager Don Sweeney will meet this week, according to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman.

Friedman says the two will determine if they see eye-to-eye on roster changes and the style of play. Julien’s multi-year contract extension is set to kick in this season. He has led the Bruins to a 351-192-79 record and seven consecutive playoff appearances, a streak that was snapped after a 41-27-14 record this year.
May 23 - 11:15 PM

Newly minted Boston Bruins GM Don Sweeney is in no rush to decide on head coach Claude Julien's fate.

"He’s had a tremendous amount of success," Sweeney said of Julien. "I need to make the right decision." Now potentially entering his ninth season as Boston's bench boss, Julien's success may be highlighted by his pair of Cup Final appearances, and victory in 2011, but it's underscored by where he ranks in the franchise's record books. Julien sits just 37 wins shy of passing Art Ross, yes that Art Ross, for most all-time. A sum Julien has cleared in each season, and was within striking distance of in the truncated 2012-13 season with 28. Julien also has the the second-best winning percentage at .582. But it's his reluctance to trust young players, as Tyler Seguin and Ryan Spooner found out, that seems to be the main point of contention. All of which sits beneath two essential determinations, which direction does Sweeney want to take the franchise, and where does the Big Bad Bruins lore fit in moving forward?
May 23 - 6:40 PM

There is a very good chance Matt Bartkowski will not be back in Boston next season.

The 26-year-old defenseman is an unrestricted free agent and did not have a stellar season with the Bruins in 2014-15. Bartkowski was often a healthy scratch and fell well short of Boston management's expectations. Look for him to find employment somewhere else in the NHL this upcoming campaign.
May 23 - 8:42 AM

Bruins GM Don Sweeney suggested that he won't make a rash decision regarding head coach Claude Julien.

"Like I said, I have a tremendous amount of respect for Claude. We'll continue to have discussions. It would be foolhardy of me to make a sort of impetuous decision [on Julien's future]," Sweeney said. "I need to make the right decision." Sweeney was the Bruins' assistant general manager before assuming his current role, so he should already be familiar with the situation and all the variables involved. With that in mind we don't imagine it will take Sweeney long to come to a decision even if he doesn't want to rush things. That being said, if he wants to fire Julien, but decides to hold onto him for a little while longer, division rivals Detroit and Buffalo might sign coaches in the interim, thus preventing Julien from joining either of those teams.
May 22 - 9:45 AM

Joonas Kemppainen has inked a one-year, two-way deal with the Boston Bruins.

Kemppainen comes with a $700,000 annual cap hit at the NHL level. He had 11 goals and 32 points in 59 SM-liiga contests in 2014-15. He's worth keeping an eye on, but we wouldn't count on him having much, if any, fantasy value in standard leagues.
May 22 - 9:40 AM

The future of head coach Claude Julien will be at the top of new GM Don Sweeney's priority list.

CEO Charlie Jacobs and president Cam Neely may think it's time for a change, but they said the decision will be Sweeney's to make. It's going to be a busy off-season for him, as he'll prepare for the draft, re-sign RFA Dougie Hamilton and seek a backup goaltender among other responsibilities. His to-do list may also include a new coach if he decides to part ways with Julien.
May 21 - 11:05 AM

The Boston Bruins have named Don Sweeney as their new general manager.

Sweeney is replacing Peter Chiarelli, who was let go after the Bruins failed to make the playoffs for the first time since 2007. This announcement doesn't come as a surprise as he was wildly regarded as the frontrunner for the job. Sweeney spent the previous six years as the Bruins assistant general manager. "Don Sweeney stood out amongst an incredibly talented group of candidates that we considered for this hire," said Bruins CEO Charlie Jacobs. "He carries a unique and impressive mix of playing experience, front office experience and business acumen. Don has complete understanding of what it means to be a Bruin and we have full confidence in him to steward the organization back to being Stanley Cup contenders year in and year out."
May 20 - 9:09 AM

Sometimes players speak vaguely so they don't create a soundbite for the media at large, this isn't one of those times as Boston Bruins' defender Dennis Seidenberg made it known where he wants to play moving forward.

"People expect big things from you, and if you don’t bring it then they’re on you," Seidenberg said of the fans in Boston. "But that’s normal, and that’s what you want." The veteran blue liner will be entering his age-34 season in September and has been a valuable member of defense corps during his time in Boston. Seidenberg has averaged five goals, 19 points, 28 PIMs, 138 blocks, and 148 hits over the past five seasons. "I want to stay. There’s no question about it." He'll also ding the cap at $4M for another three seasons.
May 19 - 8:16 PM

The Big Bad Bruins identity is all Milan Lucic wants from Boston.

"It's that Big Bad Bruins team, that championship team. I think I speak for everyone when I say that's what we want to see with this team moving forward. That's my take on it." Whether or not that's ideal for the Lucic or the organization is another story, but Lucic has certainly personified the "team identity". Now through eight seasons in his career Lucic has averaged 17 goals, 43 points, 97 PIMs, and 143 hits per season. Lucic also has one season left at $6M towards the cap coming into his age 27 season.
May 19 - 7:37 PM

Zane McIntyre might not sign before July 1, but he's expected to agree to terms with the Boston Bruins either way.

McIntyre was drafted by Boston in 2010, which means that at this point he has the option of just waiting out the clock and signing with any NHL team he chooses. He reportedly is loyal to the Bruins though. McIntyre had a 2.05 GAA and .929 save percentage in 42 NCAA games in 2014-15.
Source: Sportsnet
May 19 - 2:11 PM

The Boston Bruins plan to have Harry Sinden play a larger role in their front office.

Sinden, 82, has decades worth of experience but in recent years he's played a background role as a senior advisor. With former GM Peter Chiarelli no longer part of the picture though, owner Jeremy Jacobs has reportedly asked Sinden to play a larger role because he feels his son, CEO Charlie Jacobs, and team president Cam Neely lack experience when it came to running an NHL franchise. Sinden might also be involved in the hiring of the team's next general manager.
May 19 - 9:24 AM

The Boston Bruins have interviewed George McPhee for their vacant General Manager position.

Many believe that Don Sweeney is the favorite to be named Boston's next GM, but reports have also surfaced that Rangers assistant GM Jeff Gorton is in the running. It is now believed to be a three horse race between these three candidates. McPhee was Washington's General Manager for just over 16 seasons before being fired. This season, he served as a scout for the Islanders while aiding in putting together Team Canada's roster for the World Hockey Championship.
May 17 - 8:28 PM

Zdeno Chara admits that he doesn't like when people judge him because of his age.

Chara, 38, missed 19 games because of torn ligaments in his knee early in the year, and he was also dealing with a non displaced fracture of his left fibula at the end of the season. "I don’t understand why all of a sudden my age is an issue just because I got hurt and I missed a lot of games, a big chunk of the season," said Chara, 38. "I don’t like it. I don’t like when people start to judge you based on age or the amount of games you played.I still feel very motivated, very confident that I’m going to be healthy and strong next season. I don’t know. Obviously I am planning to play beyond what maybe people are guessing or expecting. My plans have always been to play in this league at a high level for a long time."
May 17 - 10:46 AM

Although many believe that Don Sweeney has Boston's GM position locked up, there is some talk that the Bruins are waiting for New York to be eliminated from the playoffs to speak to Ranger Assistant GM Jeff Gorton.

Gorton briefly worked as the Bruins' interim GM and headed up the Bruins' 2006 entry draft. He is credited with selecting Milan Lucic, Brad Marchand and Phil Kessel and signing Zdeno Chara and Marc Savard as free agents. so he certainly has built up a lot of goodwill in Boston. Stay tuned.
May 16 - 9:36 AM

Torey Krug has enjoyed taking on a larger role with the United States at the World Hockey Championships.

"When the other teams' top lines are going out, to get the tap on the shoulder from the coach to get out there and to shut them down has been a different experience for me," said Krug. "It's a pretty amazing feeling, really. It's a lot different." He's been seeing time on the penalty kill and he collected five points (two goals, three assists) in seven games during the preliminary round. He wants to be a top-four defender for the Bruins next season and he played well at the end of the year after the team lost Kevan Miller and Dougie Hamilton to injuries. Gaining all this confidence should bode well for him going into 2015-16.
May 14 - 10:56 AM


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