Player News - Bruins

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The Boston Bruins have reportedly offered David Pastrnak a six-year, $36 million contract, per the Boston Herald.

Pastrnak, who is currently a restricted free agent, is likely looking at the contract Edmonton's Leon Draisaitl got yesterday as a comparable (eight years, $8.5 million per year). The 21-year-old put up a career-high 34 goals and 70 points in 75 games with the Bruins last season. The highest cap hit on Boston's roster belongs to David Krejci ($7.25 million). The Bruins have just over $10.15 million in cap space.
Aug 17 - 9:43 AM

Boston Bruins GM Don Sweeney said he isn't interested in trading David Pastrnak.

Yesterday, NHL Network analyst Brian Lawton reported that the Bruins were willing to deal Pastrnak, but Sweeney denied that. In a text message to the Boston Globe, Sweeney said: "Not trading Pastrnak" (pretty straight forward). The 21-year-old had 34 goals and 70 points in 75 games last season. Both sides are still working toward a contract extension. Pastrnak is currently a restricted free agent.
Aug 15 - 1:16 PM

The Boston Bruins have hired Mike Dunham to be their goalie development coach.

Dunham had spent the last 11 seasons as the New York Islanders' goalie coach, but he was let go by the Islanders this offseason. The Bruins have had a hard time developing a quality goalie behind starter Tuukka Rask, so adding a guy with Dunham's experience could certainly make a difference down the line. "We feel real fortunate that we found a really highly experienced guy that we can drop right in there and feel very comfortable about," GM Don Sweeney said of Dunham. "I do believe the organization could have been served better had we done this years ago. We feel that, despite great proximity-wise, we just feel that our goaltending position, that we can do a better job overall of giving more resources to our individual players on a daily basis, whether it’s through daily interaction in practices or video work, or supplemental work."
Aug 14 - 7:42 PM

The Boston Bruins might be thinking about trading restricted free agent David Pastrnak, according to former NHL GM Brian Lawton.

Lawton now serves as an analyst on the NHL Network. Pastrnak and the Bruins have been working toward a new contract this offseason, but they still haven't been able to hammer something out. The 21-year-old had an impressive 34 goals and 70 points in 75 games last season. Even though there are trade rumblings surrounding Pastrnak, it would be shocking to see Boston part ways with him.
Aug 14 - 5:44 PM

David Pastrnak's contract situation reportedly has some monetary hold-ups that are complicating the process.

Sources had indicated to CSN that there was progress on a contract that was going to fall slightly short of Brad Marchand's deal in term and average annual value, but now those talks are in a "holding pattern." It's believed Boston would like to keep Pastrnak's numbers below Marchand, who has a $6.125 million cap hit for the next seven seasons. Edmonton's Leon Draisaitl is also an unsigned RFA and his next contract could influence the process because he is viewed as a comparable. It's believed that Pastrnak and Draisaitl could end up somewhere in the $7-8 million range. Boston has to stay within their salary structure, but may have to adjust their plans to meet the league's growing market value of young talents.
Aug 13 - 11:40 AM

Anders Bjork admits that the chance to challenge for an NHL roster spot was part of the reason why he turned pro.

"That was definitely a factor," said Bjork, who decided not to return for his senior year with Notre Dame. "[General manager] Don Sweeney told me there is good opportunity here, especially for wingers. That's exciting for me." He shoots from the left side, but is more comfortable at right wing. If he plays on the left then he could have a better chance at landing a spot on the second line because David Pastrnak and David Backes could line up on the right.
Aug 11 - 5:21 PM

Zdeno Chara will begin his 20th NHL season at training camp in September.

The 40-year-old blueliner doesn't know how much longer his career will last, but he hasn't lost his drive for playing. "I just want to have fun, play, and compete and work hard," said Chara. "I love everything about it. I love the sacrifice. I love the pain that goes with it. Love playing with young guys. Love playing with older guys." Chara is expected to play on Boston's shutdown pair alongside Brandon Carlo this season. He has one more year left on his contract and would like to stay with the Bruins until he feels it's time to retire.
Aug 10 - 1:20 PM

David Pastrnak is busy preparing for the upcoming season as he awaits a new contract with the Bruins.

"I'm just waiting, leaving it all to my agent (J.P. Barry) to communicate with them," he said. "I'm just focusing on getting ready for next season. I'm focusing on getting better and I'm trying not to think about that stuff. I just let it go and something will happen." Pastrnak wants to build on his 2016-17 breakout performance when he scored 34 goals and 70 points in 75 games. Boston GM Don Sweeney stated earlier this month that the two sides were in a "holding pattern" in negotiations, but he was hopeful that an agreement will be reached before the start of the year.
Aug 10 - 11:11 AM

Drew Stafford has reportedly kept in contact with the Boston Bruins over the summer.

However, Stafford "might be one of those players who needs to go into an camp on a tryout basis," according to Joe Haggerty of CSN New England. Boston would probably want to keep their options open because they want some of their prospects to challenge for roster spots.
Aug 9 - 4:05 PM

Zach Senyshyn understands that he may need some seasoning in the minors before he is ready to contribute in the NHL.

Senyshyn will probably start the 2017-18 campaign in the minors, but his speed and offensive upside could put him in Boston's lineup at some point soon. He knows his all-around game and play without the puck will have to improve, though. "I think it's just knowing that you always have to be doing something, whether you have the puck on your stick or not," he said. "Using your speed not just to score goals but to break up goals and create offense by turning it the other way. Being able to track hard and being defensively responsible. I think that's the one thing I really learned from moving up to the AHL, is you can't take your foot off the pedal, ever." Senyshyn was selected 15th overall in the 2015 NHL Draft.
Aug 8 - 1:58 PM

Sean Kuraly is eyeing a roster spot with Boston out of training camp.

Kuraly performed well in the playoffs last year after he appeared in eight matches with the big club during the regular season. "It starts all over again," he said. "Did I help myself by scoring two goals in the playoffs and playing my role? Absolutely. But it really does start over. We have so many good, young players going to camp." Kuraly has been trying to improve his skating over the summer and knows he'll have to be good at both ends of the ice to play regularly at the NHL level.
Aug 8 - 12:12 PM

Bob Essensa will get more time to work with Boston's goaltenders this season.

A year ago, he was responsible for helping every goalie in the system, but now the Bruins have Mike Dunham as goaltender development coach to look after the keepers not on the NHL roster. "[Last] year was unique in that we had a young goaltender here for an extended period of time," GM Don Sweeney said. "It took a lot of Bob's time to be here and make sure he's working with them as they're going through things unique to the NHL level." Essensa will get to focus his attention on Tuukka Rask and possibly Anton Khudobin, while Dunham will prepare the other goalies.
Aug 6 - 9:18 AM

David Backes wants to prove himself this campaign after a tough first year with Boston.

Backes recorded just 38 points in 74 games in 2016-17. He has been working on his agility, quickness, and explosiveness during the off-season to better prepare for the speedier NHL. The 33-year-old power forward hopes that an increase in quickness will help him get in on the opposition more effectively and place him in better spots to contribute with his linemates.
Aug 5 - 7:40 PM

There's still plenty of time to sign David Pastrnak to a new contract, but Bruins GM Don Sweeney hopes the process was moving further along.

"I haven't made as much progress as I would have liked," said Sweeney. "We still have plenty of opportunity and time to continue to talk — and we'll find a landing spot." Pastrnak is a restricted free agent and two sides have apparently reached "a holding pattern" in their negotiations.
Aug 1 - 1:22 PM

Boston prospect Urho Vaakanainen is confident that the 2018 World Junior Championship will be much better for Finland.

That probably won't be too difficult after they had to go through the relegation round last year. "It's going to be a great tournament for us in Buffalo because we have a really good team this year," Vaakanainen said. "I think we have a great chance to win the whole tournament, so it's pretty exciting." Including himself, the Finns may have five first-round NHL draft picks on their defense corps. Miro Heiskanen (No. 3 to Dallas), Juuso Valimaki (No. 16 to Calgary) and Henri Jokiharju (No. 29 to Chicago) were also chosen in the 2017 draft class, while Olli Juolevi (No. 5 to Vancouver) was chosen in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.
Aug 1 - 9:25 AM


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