Player News - Bruins

Date: Team: Pos:

Look for Anton Khudobin to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

There are a few teams in need of a starting goaltender and with Tuukka Rask firmly entrenched in Boston, Khudobin could be looking for a starting gig elsewhere. If he is going to be a backup, then Boston should still be in the running as he didn't appear to be looking elsewhere six weeks ago. But the Bruins have yet to sign him and with less than two weeks to go, he may decide to wait and see. He was 16-6-7 last season with a 2.56 GAA and a .913 save percentage and there should be teams interested in his services.
Jun 18 - 6:55 AM

Bruins GM Don Sweeney said he's not actively shopping Torey Krug.

"Look, you never know," Sweeney said. "I'm not actively shopping Torey. People call on a lot of different guys that we have. I have private conversations with each and every general manager, but we value what Torey brings to the table. It's very difficult to replace a 60-point guy. He's grown with our organization. He's grown into a leadership role on and off the ice. He's a big part of our success. I'd say it's unlikely." The 27-year-old had 14 goals and 59 points in 76 games last season. Odds are that the Bruins will keep Krug, but stranger things have happened.
Source: NHL.com
Jun 15 - 9:28 PM

The Boston Bruins have signed Matt Grzelcyk to a two-year, $2.8 million contract extension.

The 24-year-old had three goals and 12 assists in 61 games in his first extended look in the NHL. He added one assist and a minus-2 rating in 11 postseason contests. Grzelcyk didn't look out of place with the Bruins this year and they rewarded him with a nice bump in pay. Expect him to be a regular on the blue line next season, but that doesn't mean he'll have any fantasy value.
Jun 15 - 7:43 PM

The Boston Bruins have received calls about the availability of David Krejci, according to Darren Dreger.

Dreger added that Bruins GM Don Sweeney is reluctant to move Krejci, which isn't surprising given that he's a significant offensive threat. Krejci had 17 goals and 44 points in 64 contests in the regular season and then stepped up in the playoffs with 10 points in 12 games. It wouldn't be surprising if Boston does make a trade in the coming weeks, but the odds of Krejci being the one moved is probably not that great.
Source: WGR 550
Jun 15 - 5:20 PM

Urho Vaakanainen is expected to get a serious look during training camp.

Boston inked Vaakanainen to an entry-level contract on Wednesday. The 19-year-old has spent parts of the last three seasons playing against men in Finland's top league, so he's coming to North America with plenty of valuable experience. Boston took him with the 18th overall pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.
Jun 15 - 3:52 AM

Martin Bakos has inked a one-year, two-way contract with the Boston Bruins.

Bakos can earn $700,000 at the NHL level. The 28-year-old forward had 14 goals and 40 points in 52 Czech league games last season. This will be his first professional campaign in North America.
Source: NHL.com
Jun 14 - 5:36 PM

Urho Vaakanainen has agreed to a three-year, entry-level contract with the Boston Bruins.

Vaakanainen had four goals and 11 points in 43 Finnish league games last season. He was selected by Boston with the 18th overall pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.
Source: NHL.com
Jun 13 - 4:11 PM

Patrice Bergeron was glad to see Acadie-Bathurst win the Memorial Cup.

Junior hockey's top prize was one trophy that Bergeron was not able to win during what has already been an impressive playing career. "I've always kept an eye on them and how they were doing," said Bergeron referring to the Titan. "They've had some tough years in the past, but they've had a really good team now the past couple of years — so I've kept a close eye on them. It brought back a lot of memories, really, seeing them win. Really, really happy for them." He played 74 games with Acadie-Bathurst over two seasons before jumping to the NHL. Bergeron has a Stanley Cup (2011), four Frank J. Selke Trophy victories, the King Clancy Memorial Trophy (2013), and the Foundational Player Award (2014). He has also enjoyed plenty of success internationally with Team Canada.
Jun 10 - 9:55 AM

Tim Schaller would like to re-sign with Boston for the 2018-19 campaign.

Schaller is set to become an unrestricted free agent after completing his one-year, $775K contract. The 27-year-old hadn't firmly established himself in the NHL going in 2017-18, but he was a steady bottom-six presence for the Bruins with 12 goals and 22 points in 82 games. He'll likely be seeking a pay raise after that campaign, so the question is if that falls into the Bruins' budget plans.
Jun 5 - 9:02 AM

Boston's first pick in the upcoming NHL Draft isn't until the second round (No. 57) and Bruins GM Don Sweeney isn't optimistic that he will be able to move up.

"I've had previous discussions," said Sweeney, "whether or not those things change between now and after interviews and such, we'll have to find out in the next couple of weeks. I do think it will be difficult." Boston would like to strengthen the left side of their defense corps this off-season, but it seems like free agency or a trade will be their alternative options. The Bruins currently hold just five picks in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft.
Jun 4 - 9:43 AM

Jakub Zboril will get a chance to prove himself at training camp and during the preseason.

"Well, we hope that with a full year of the American Hockey League and the amount of games that Jakub Zboril played that he would be looking to take another step," said Bruins GM Don Sweeney. "He certainly has peers that have played in the National Hockey League, so he is anxious to see where he fits, and training camp will be a great indication." Zboril notched four goals and 19 points in 68 contests for Providence in 2017-18 after he impressed Boston with his progress at last year's training camp.
Jun 3 - 10:26 AM

Urho Vaakanainen is expected to sign with Boston and come over to North America for the 2018-19 campaign.

"Vaakanainen will also be signing and playing over here," said Bruins GM Don Sweeney. "He played two full years in the Finnish Elite League against men and averaging about 23 minutes this year. Another one that - we'll see. We'll see how they handle those things, and it will start right in rookie camp and work their way through." Boston selected him with the 18th overall pick in the 2017 NHL Draft.
Jun 3 - 10:22 AM

David Pastrnak might be back with David Krejci next year.

"We had three people at the World Championships come back and said, 'Boy, Krejci and Pastrnak really played well together,' so those things filter back to the coaches," said Boston GM Don Sweeney. "We know that that's an option for us." Pastrnak has had success alongside Krejci before, but he played very well with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand on Boston's dominant top line during the 2017-18 season. The Bruins may want to change things to get more depth scoring, but that may not last long if it does happen. This could be a situation worth monitoring at training camp.
Jun 3 - 10:17 AM

Matthew Grzelcyk needs a new contract this off-season.

Grzelcyk will become a restricted free agent in July and he can file for arbitration. Boston GM Don Sweeney hopes to avoid going to salary arbitration. He posted 15 points and a plus-21 rating in 61 games with Boston during the 2017-18 campaign.
Jun 3 - 10:08 AM

Sean Kuraly will be a restricted free agent this summer.

Kuraly has salary arbitration rights, but Boston GM Don Sweeney wants to work something out so that process isn't necessary. He contributed 14 points in 75 games during his first full season in the NHL.
Jun 3 - 10:05 AM


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