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Zdeno Chara Waiting On More Information From The NHL

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

For the moment, the Bruins remain without a captain, albeit with Zdeno Chara still technically the old man in the “C”.

However, Chara, 43, remains an unrestricted free agent and this is the longest stretch in his storied career that he has not had a deal in place for the upcoming season (if).

According to Big Z’s agent, Matt Keator, other clubs have inquired about signing Chara, who is still in town with wife and kids and remains committed to striking an extension with Bruins GM Don Sweeney.

“Don has been very communicative throughout the process,” said Keator, Chara’s agent from even before the Trencin Tower of Power signed here in 2006. “Once we find out the format of the coming season, Z will be in more of a position to make a decision for himself and his family.”

Sweeney still has some $6.6 million in his cap wallet — per puckpedia.com — a portion of it earmarked to re-sign restricted free agent Jake DeBrusk (no arbitration rights). If DeBrusk lands upward of $3 million a year, that should leave enough to bring back Chara, who banked $3.5 million last year ($2 million base plus bonuses).

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Tuukka Rask In The Goaltending Plans For The Boston Bruins

from Amalie Benjamin of NHL.com,

The Boston Bruins are approaching this season aware that it's "full steam ahead" with Tuukka Rask, according to coach Bruce Cassidy, after the goalie left the bubble for family reasons during the Stanley Cup Playoffs last season.

"I think everything that happened in the bubble has been addressed, dealt with," Cassidy said Wednesday. "We're moving on, getting ready to win next year. That includes our goaltender."

Rask left Toronto, the hub city for the Eastern Conference in the Stanley Cup Qualifiers and the first two rounds of the playoffs, on Aug. 15 and later told the Boston Herald that he made the decision because of a medical emergency with his daughter.

The Bruins turned to goalie Jaroslav Halak and defeated the Carolina Hurricanes in five games in the best-of-7 Eastern Conference First Round before losing to the Tampa Bay Lightning in five games in the second round.

"I think Tuukka, he can speak for himself," Cassidy said. "But I think he just wants to get back in the net and play hockey and play well and give us a chance to win. Probably nobody more excited on our team to [be] getting back in there. I would assume that Tuukka would sort of say hey, I'm still the goalie I was last year and I'm ready to go. Family's good, I'm good. Everyone's in a good place. Let's play hockey."


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Injury Update From The Boston Bruins

BOSTON - The Boston Bruins have issued the following updates on offseason surgeries for forwards Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak and defenseman Charlie McAvoy : 

Brad Marchand underwent a sports hernia repair, performed by Dr. Brian Busconi and Dr. Demetrius Litwin at the UMass Memorial Medical Center, on September 14. The surgery was successful, rehabilitation has gone well, and he is on target to make a full recovery in approximately four months from the date of procedure.

David Pastrnak underwent a right hip arthroscopy and labral repair, performed by Dr. Bryan Kelly at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, on September 16. The surgery was successful, rehabilitation has gone well, and he is on target to make a full recovery in approximately five months from the date of procedure. 

Charlie McAvoy underwent a right knee arthroscopy, performed by Dr. Peter Asnis at Massachusetts General Hospital, on September 8. The surgery was successful, and he has been cleared to resume normal offseason activities and will be fully available for the start of next season.

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Afternoon Line- Derek Sanderson

“Stay healthy if you can, because being 74 really, really sucks.”

-Derek Sanderson, retired NHL player.  Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe has more on Sanderson and other topics.

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Window Closed In Boston?

from Matt Porter of the Boston Globe,

In this space, we believe in the fickle bounces of the frozen biscuit, which is to say that anything can happen in this sport.

The Bruins could ride a rejuvenated Tuukka Rask and a duck boat’s worth of lucky goals to the Stanley Cup in 2021. Hope springs eternal. You never know.

But as team president Cam Neely acknowledged this past week, this is a gut-check offseason for the local hockey club. He knows the work of the weeks ahead, before the draft (Oct. 6 and 7) and the opening of free agency (Oct. 9), involves taking “a hard look at our roster and our organization and [seeing] where we should be going for this next year or two.”///

Offer sheets are rare as is, and the Bruins, bleeding draft picks for several seasons as they try to remain elite, would not be a candidate to use that tool on a restricted free agent such as Pierre-Luc Dubois, Anthony Mantha or Tyler Bertuzzi.

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One of the damning playoff numbers from an analytics perspective: minus-10.96, which was the Bruins' rate of expected goals against actual goals they scored at five on five. Some teams outscore their expected goals numbers. The Islanders and Lightning have. The Stars and Golden Knights have not. Of the 24 teams involved in the restart, one team scored less against expectation than the Bruins. That would be Vegas, which has created more, finished more, and gotten more saves, and has little issue getting pucks and bodies to the net.

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Bruce Cassidy Wins The Jack Adams Award

EDMONTON (Sept. 9, 2020) – Bruce Cassidy of the Boston Bruins is the 2019-20 recipient of the Jack Adams Award as "the NHL coach adjudged to have contributed the most to his team's success," as selected by the NHL Broadcasters’ Association.

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The Future Of Zdeno Chara In Boston

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

Less than a week after the Bruins closed up shop for 2019-20, all we know for sure is that free agent Zdeno Chara, their 43-year-old captain, would like another kick at the can.

“I want to be a Boston Bruin,” Big Z proclaimed to one and all on Thursday, placing the negotiating puck squarely on GM Don Sweeney’s desk.

What we don’t know is whether Sweeney cares to extend Chara that opportunity, particularly if he wants to make a bold play and offer, say, St. Louis free agent Alex Pietrangelo huge dough to be the next franchise defenseman hitched to the Bobby Orr-Brad Park-Ray Bourque-Chara legacy train.

We get lost in a lot of discussions around here, but that has been one incredible, unparalleled string of backline dominance. Orr, Park, and Bourque all have been inducted in the Hall of Fame. Chara’s plaque is at the Yonge Street pickup window. The continuum, dating to Orr’s arrival in Boston in 1966, was interrupted only by the six years between Bourque leaving in the spring of 2000 until Chara was hired on in the summer of ’06.

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Morning Line- Don Brennan On Zdeno Chara

Chara, at 6-foot-9 the tallest player in league history, is also currently the oldest at 43. On Monday, his Bruins were eliminated from the playoffs by the Lightning in double-overtime of Game 5, after which he said he would be “open-minded” while contemplating his future.

The next announcement coming from “Big Z” should be his retirement … unless he has a real desire to unseat the great Gordie Howe as the career games played king.

-Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun where you can read more on this topic.

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The Season Is Over In Boston

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

All done in Bubbledom.

The Bruins ended their longest season Monday night in Toronto with a 3-2 double OT loss to Tampa Bay, the Lightning clinching their Round 2 playoff series, 4 games to 1.

The end came at 14:10 of the second overtime when Victor Hedman snapped home a short-range wrister with Patrick Maroon setting a screen in front of Jaro Halak.

Thus ended Boston’s hopes of winning the franchise’s seventh Stanley Cup. It ended a season that began Oct. 3, 2019 in Dallas and ended Aug. 31, some 11 months later, amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic that interrupted the season for some five months.

“We prepared. We worked. And these things have to work out perfect to win,” said veteran winger Brad Maerchand. “Everything has to go your way — the calls, the bounces. Everyrone needs to play their best all the way through and it’s tough to look back and say ’What if …’ ”


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Video- Nick Ritchie Five For Boarding Yanni Gourde

Further discipline coming?


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