Player News - Bruins

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Torey Krug, speaking about his shoulder, said he feels great.

Krug underwent shoulder surgery back in May and he was initially projected to need about six months to recover. That would suggest that he won't be ready for the start of the regular season, though he did specify that his target is to participate in the opener.
Jun 30 - 5:27 PM

The Boston Bruins have signed Torey Krug to a four-year, $21 million contract.

Krug was about to become a restricted free agent with arbitration rights. He was coming off of a $3.4 million deal for 2015-16. After he recorded between 39 and 44 points in each of his last three seasons, this seems like a solid deal for Krug.
Jun 30 - 2:41 PM

Dennis Seidenberg has been placed on waivers for the purpose of being bought out.

Seidenberg had a full no-trade clause and wanted to remain with the Bruins, but it seems they had other plans. The 34-year-old defenseman had a goal and 12 points in 61 games last season. He still might bounce back, so he could be a good value pickup for another club. From a cap perspective, Boston will save about $2.8 million in 2016-17 and $1.8 million in 2017-18, but they'll have a penalty of about $1.2 million in each of the two seasons that follow.
Jun 30 - 12:49 PM

Loui Eriksson and Andrew Ladd have spoken to the Nashville Predators prior to the start of free agency.

"Forward-wise, we're always looking to get a little bit better," Predators general manager David Poile said Tuesday. "That could be a trade, that could be a free agent, that could be a combination of both of those. We've had meetings and we've talked about a number of players."
Jun 29 - 2:55 PM

Torey Krug received a qualifying offer from Boston on Monday.

He is expected to get a boost in salary either through negotiation or arbitration from the $3.4 million he made in 2015-16. Boston also tendered qualifying offers to Colin Miller, Joe Morrow, Chris Casto, Brian Ferlin, and Alexander Khokhlachev.
Jun 28 - 8:55 AM

Boston didn't give Ben Sexton a qualifying offer so he can become an unrestricted free agent on Friday.

He was a seventh round of the 2009 draft and he hasn't played in the NHL yet. Sexton recorded four goals and one assist in 29 games with Providence of the AHL last year. There's a chance he still could be re-signed by the Bruins, though.
Jun 28 - 8:50 AM

Boston did not tender a qualifying offer to Landon Ferraro.

He can become an unrestricted free agent on Friday as a result, but still could re-sign with the Bruins. Boston claimed him off waivers from Detroit on Nov. 22 and he appeared in 58 games. He picked up five goals and five assists over that span.
Jun 27 - 6:43 PM

Brett Connolly didn't get a qualifying offer from Boston.

He can become an unrestricted free agent on July 1 as a result, but Bruins GM Don Sweeney hasn't ruled out re-signing him. Connolly potted nine goals and 25 points in 71 games with the Bruins in 2015-16.
Jun 27 - 6:40 PM

Trent Frederic was probably a reach at pick No. 29, but he was a player the Bruins wanted.

"We really needed a big centerman," head of amateur scouting Keith Gretzky said. "At 29, we just said, 'Hey, this is a guy that we really wanted,' and we didn't want to risk waiting until 49. It's a need and we believe he's going to play. Yeah, it's high, but you take a chance. We believe in his ability. He's going to a good school and a good program and he's going to take some time." Frederic will play for the University of Wisconsin in 2016-17.
Jun 27 - 9:13 AM

The Boston Bruins will need Jimmy Hayes to step up in 2016-17.

The big forward struggled with consistency in 2015-16. He finished the year with no points in his last 16 games and had one point in 15 games during a stretch in late-November to early-December. "I think Jimmy had a pretty start to the year, but he really tailed off when the team needed him most," said GM Don Sweeney. "He should take some responsibility for that. We had a pretty frank discussion about that to challenge him to take his game to another level, and be able to help out a younger player."
Jun 26 - 1:17 PM

The Boston Bruins have taken Ryan Lindgren with the 49th overall pick in the 2016 Draft.

Ryan Lindgren has twice-captained the Americans to medals in World Juniors, capturing six points in 13 games internationally. He's also posted just 25 points in two seasons in the USA's national development program, which aptly states his offensively capabilities. Still, the rugged, tenacious, and wise defender makes up for his lack of a booming shot with the willingness and ability to defender and clear his own zone with a dying brand of angry grit and proficiency. With plenty of NHL experience in the family, Ryan Lindgren appears on track to make his own mark once he's done with the University of Minnesota.
Jun 25 - 1:05 PM

The Bruins, who are desperate to pick up a puck-rushing defenseman, do not want to trade emerging forward David Pastrnak.

Apparently many teams had approached Boston GM Don Sweeney with offers of such a rearguard but the asking price was two first round picks and/or Pastrnak. "We want to be competitive and improve our team, and we’ll be active in the free agent market to fill holes while allowing our young players to push through" said Sweeney. "But I wasn’t trading David Pastrnak. We’ve been criticized, and rightfully so at times, for being impatient with our younger, skilled players. This represents a good opportunity that we don’t want to do that." Boston will have to find another way to get the blueliner they need.
Jun 25 - 8:50 AM

The Boston Bruins have selected Trent Frederic with the 29th overall pick.

The Bruins went off the board to take Frederic. He had 20 goals and 40 points in 61 games with the US National Under-18 team. He's not likely to develop into a major offensive threat at the NHL level, but there is a good chance that he'll eventually be able to play in the top league. It helps that he possesses size and speed along with the ability to play a physical game.
Jun 24 - 10:47 PM

The Boston Bruins have taken Charles McAvoy with the 14th overall pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.

Charles McAvoy was the youngest player in the NCAA last season, and still managed to draw favorable comparison to Noah Hanifin and Zach Werenski. The big praise certainly seems warranted for the 18-year-old, who posted 22 assists and 25 points in 37 games for Boston University as a freshman. McAvoy possesses uncommon poise, decision making abilities, a heavy shot and skates well too. To wit, his stocky frame at 6’0" and 210 lbs allows him to play physically as well. With Zdeno Chara in the twilight of his career and Dennis Seidenberg not far off, it's not surprising to see the Bruins go with a defenseman and obviously McAvoy already has a link to the city through his NCAA play.
Jun 24 - 8:56 PM

It's looking like Loui Eriksson and the Boston Bruins won't be able to agree to a new contract.

It sounds like the length of the deal is the issue as Eriksson is looking for a six-year deal while Boston doesn't want to go over four years. Eriksson will turn 31 on July 17 so we can see why the Bruins would balk at that length.
Jun 22 - 6:56 PM


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