Player News - Bruins

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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

Boston could use at least one of their first round picks in the 2016 NHL Draft on a defenseman.

The Bruins have picks No. 14 and No. 29, which could put them in a spot to take Boston University rearguard Charlie McAvoy. However, that wouldn't address their need of a puck-moving defennder going into the 2016-17 campaign. "I think he's got a great future ahead of him," BU coach David Quinn said. "Is he ready for the NHL next season? No, no. He understands that. Probably the hardest position to transition from college to pro is defense."
Jun 21 - 8:40 AM

Loui Eriksson’s agent and the Bruins have stayed in touch, though there has not been a contract offer.

Eriksson is set to be an unrestricted free agent. After a 30-goal, 63-point season, he’s likely due a raise from the $4.25 average annual value of his last contract. "(GM) Don (Sweeney) and I have been in regular communication," agent J.P. Barry said. "We were expecting a new offer from the club at some point but we haven’t received one yet. I’m sure we will speak again prior to the draft about their intentions."
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 18 - 8:41 PM

The Boston Bruins have inked Peter Cehlarik to a three-year, entry-level deal.

Cehlarik had 11 goals and 20 points in 46 games last season with Lulea HF of the Swedish league. Boston took him with the 90th overall pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.
Jun 16 - 6:00 PM

CSN New England's Joe Haggerty believes Brad Marchand's next cap hit will be roughly $6 million annually.

The Bruins are expected to attempt to re-sign Marchand this summer, but there won't be any official news until July 1 at the earliest as he's not eligible to be re-signed prior to that date. He has one season left on his four-year, $18 million deal.
Jun 16 - 8:05 AM

An unidentified NHL general manager expects one of the bigger free agent wingers to land with the Canucks this offseason, according to Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet.

Friedman says that the "word out of the combine" was that Loui Eriksson would go there. The Canucks finished 29th in goals per game this season. They will need much more than one marquee free agent to turn things around.
Jun 11 - 7:34 PM

In addition to signing free agents Loui Eriksson and Torey Krug, Boston GM Don Sweeney will be working hard to try and negotiate a contract extension with Brad Marchand.

Marchand had a breakout season with 37 goals and 61 points in 77 games in 2015-16 and the Bruins would like to tie him up at a reasonable price for the next five seasons or so as he is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent after the 2016-17 campaign. The club can't officially sign an extension with the pesky winger until July 1st, so stay tuned.
Jun 4 - 9:21 AM

Boston GM Don Sweeney indicated that he has had some positive contract discussions with the agent for Loui Eriksson over the past few weeks.

Eriksson is slated to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1st and the Bruins seem interested in re-signing the winger. That said, the free agent signing date is looming and Eriksson may wish to dip his toe in the free-agent water as he is allegedly looking for a 5-6 year deal netting out $30-35 million after a 63-point campaign. The Bruins may not be willing to go there. Stay tuned. This situation is fluid.
Jun 4 - 9:07 AM

The Bruins are hoping Seth Griffith will be a more consistent player going forward.

"I think with Seth, he came in a couple years ago and had a bit of a stint, and you know he did okay. But I think from him probably consistency is what I’m hearing. I don’t see him playing all the time in Providence. All I can rely on a little bit is what he’s done here. And you know he came up for a few games this year; we didn’t quite see enough so he ended up going back," Bruins coach Claude Julien said. "He’s had some good spurts there in Providence is what I’m being told. Consistency is probably what you want from Griff." Griffith was excellent overall though with 24 goals and 77 points in 57 AHL contests. With the Boston Bruins he added an assist in four games.
Jun 3 - 8:45 AM


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