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Charlie McAvoy Agrees To A Three-Year Deal With The Boston Bruins


added 11:03am, Boston press release is below.

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The Boston Bruins Are Ready For Another Cup Run

from Matt Porter of the Boston Globe,

Short of coming off a Stanley Cup celebration, Sweeney, coming off a season in which he was named GM of the Year in the NHL, is where every GM wants to be.

The structure of his team is rock-solid. Bergeron, Krejci, Coyle, and Sean Kuraly are as good a set of centers as any in the league. Speed, skill, and grit abound on the wings, though a few jobs are up for grabs. Rask and Halak are happy to share net duties for another year. The defense may have its early bumps, since Chara, 42, is on borrowed time, John Moore (shoulder) and Kevan Miller (knee) are recovering, and McAvoy and Carlo are contractual question marks. But there are no malcontents. Once everyone’s back in the room, there is more than enough depth and talent to make another run.

Aided greatly by bargain deals for his three elite forwards (combined price tag of Bergeron, Pastrnak, and Marchand: $19.7 million), Sweeney has drafted and developed this franchise to the elite the last three years, after two years out of the playoffs. It has been the right method because a few kids a year have arrived to supplement the core. It has allowed Sweeney to make intelligent trades (Coyle for Ryan Donato; Johansson for picks) and free agent signings.

Though the McAvoy and Carlo deals are likely to eat up all the remaining $7.4 million in cap space and then some, and eventual extensions for Krug (who could command some $8 million on the open market) and DeBrusk, the Bruins this summer committed more money to their coach — Bruce Cassidy, believed to be earning in the $3 million range on a three-year extension signed this past week — than incoming talent. The July 1 prudence sits in stark contrast to some of Sweeney’s less-inspired signings, such as giving five years each to Matt Beleskey (2015) and David Backes (2016).

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A Multi-Year Contract Extension For Bruce Cassidy

BOSTON - Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney announced today, September 11, that the team has signed Head Coach Bruce Cassidy to a multi-year contract extension.

Cassidy owns a 117-52-22 record in 191 career games with Boston, good for the fourth-best winning percentage (.670) in team history. He required the second-fewest games among Bruins head coaches to record his first 100 wins with the franchise (166 games), trailing only Tom Johnson (138 games). Since taking the helm, Cassidy has led the Bruins to 256 points, second-most in the NHL over that span to Tampa Bay (283 points).

In just his second full season behind the bench in 2018-19, Cassidy led the Bruins to a berth in the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 2013, following a regular season in which the team amassed a 49-24-9 record (107 points) and finished in second place in the Eastern Conference. It was the second-straight season the team hit the 100-point mark. The team ranked second in the NHL in wins (49), points (107), goal differential (plus-44) and power-play percentage (25.9). Cassidy also led the team on a 19-game point streak from January 29 - March 9, which was the second-longest streak in team history.

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What Will Jeremy Jacobs’ Legacy Be?

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globem

Jeremy Jacobs, who revealed this past week that he has transferred ownership of the Bruins to his six children, was sole proprietor of the NHL franchise for 44 years, stepping back in recent months as his 80th birthday approaches in January.

Jacobs’s tenure, which began in August 1975, ran virtually in lockstep length with that of Tom Yawkey, who purchased the Red Sox and Fenway Park in February 1933 (cost: $1.25 million) and was seen regularly in his rooftop owner’s box up until the weeks leading to his death in July 1976.

It remains to be seen how Jacobs’s legacy will be viewed over time, both in Boston and around the NHL. Well into the first quarter-century of his ownership, he was villainized as an absentee skinflint, interested far more in shaping the franchise into a cash cow than investing in the player talent that could vie for Stanley Cup championships.

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Jeremy Jacobs Signs Over The Bruins To His Children

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

There was no press release issued here at Bruins headquarters at the edge of Lake Erie.

Back in Boston, where his Bruins stand ready to enter the 2019-20 NHL season (home opener Oct. 12), Jeremy Jacobs is still considered by fans and players to be the guy who owns the entire Black and Gold — kit, caboodle, and cash register.

Nope. Not anymore.

The billionaire Delaware North concession czar, who will turn 80 in January, revealed to the Globe that he has signed over his Original Six franchise to his three sons (Jerry Jr., Lou, and Charlie) and three daughters (Lisann, Lynn, and Katie).

The consortium of Jacobs progeny, including Boston-area residents Charlie and Lynn, is expected to maintain ownership and the running of the franchise in perpetuity, all part of a long-planned succession that the senior Jacobs said he finally executed earlier this year.

“I have given it to my kids,” said Jacobs. “They are paying me some of the proceeds that come out of this. It happened this year. This was done on the basis that the longevity is going to continue in the hands of the Jacobs children, and the next generation will have it.


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Video- Season Preview Of The Boston Bruins

Less than 5 minutes to watch.


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The RFA Picture For The Boston Bruins

from Matt Porter of the Boston Globe,

Negotiations are crawling between Toronto and Mitch Marner, Tampa Bay and Brayden Point, Colorado and Mikko Rantanen. All but standing still are Calgary and Matthew Tkachuk, Winnipeg and both Patrik Laine and Kyle Connor, Columbus and Zach Werenski, and Vancouver and Brock Boeser.

Likewise here in the Hub, where GM Don Sweeney sees nothing but red lights with Charlie McAvoy and Brandon Carlo. Neither young defenseman has arbitration rights, the threat of which cleared the recent roadblock with Danton Heinen (two years and $5.6 million, both sides walking away clean before the muck and grinding of hearing). The threat of an offer sheet to change the flow is not possible in McAvoy’s case (he’s not eligible), and not likely in Carlo’s (though a plucky GM could break with tradition). So like anyone driving out of downtown Boston after 3 p.m., or standing on a Red line platform . . . we wait.

Neither McAvoy nor Carlo has reason to budge. Not at this point, after digging in all of last season and holding firm through free agency, Sweeney’s July 1 to-do list be damned. They won’t miss a day of summer training or a single dollar until Sept. 30, when the first paychecks of 2019-20 are cut. The rubber doesn’t really hit the road until Dec. 1, when the NHL puts up a detour sign for any RFA still withholding services.

Yes, this thing could drag on through Thanksgiving, as it could for any of the aforementioned young stars, none of whom have arbitration rights. For those here who want to see McAvoy and Carlo flying around on the Boston back end, it would be as frustrating as hanging around for that next train to Alewife, which should arrive . . . someday.

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Video- In Case You Have Missed Brad Marchand

Watch 5 minutes worth of his top plays from the past season.


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Video- Mic’d Up During The Stanley Cup Final

Just short of 19 minutes to watch.


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Jeremy Jacobs Met With The Media Today

from Rich Thompson of the Boston Herald,

The quality of the officiating in the NHL playoffs is a subject matter with staying power in the offseason.

“I think we’re professional sports and I think we suffer with what all professional sports are trying to get done,” Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs, who serves on the NHL Board of Governors, said Tuesday at a Garden press conference.

“We are trying to be perfect without interfering with the game. We try and make all the correct judgments and it’s clear we are not there yet. That’s pretty vague but I’m going to stay that way.”

The Bruins were the victims of several dubious calls over the course of four series against the Toronto Maple Leafs, Columbus Blue Jackets, Carolina Hurricanes and St. Louis Blues.

Jacobs addressed the delicate balance of maintaining the integrity of play on the ice without saturating the game with endless video reviews that take away from fan enjoyment.

“I think we will see some real changes and I’m hopeful that we can do it better in a very quick way,” said Jeremy Jacobs. “It is important that this game not be interrupted but at what cost.”


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