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Report- Patrice Bergeron Wants To Play Another Season

from Steve Conroy of the Boston Herald,

The Bruins have not faced this much uncertainty since the organization dumped GM Mike O’Connell at the end of 2005-06, just a few months after he traded perceived cornerstone player Joe Thornton.

As we await the puffs of white smoke to appear over Causeway Street announcing the B’s new coach – whether it be Jay Leach, David Quinn, Jim Montgomery or some other unforeseen candidate — a new bench boss is just one of a few mammoth issues facing this organization. There’s the fact that the B’s will be without two of their best players — Brad Marchand and Charlie McAvoy — until possibly Thanksgiving. There’s the uncertain future of David Pastrnak, set to become a UFA after this upcoming season.

And then there’s the issue that could most immediately affect how the club approaches its presumed reset/retool/rebuild, whatever you want to call it. That’s the looming decision for Patrice Bergeron on whether he wants to continue playing or not.

Which way is he going to go? Well, we’re still in the clue-sifting stage. But it’s worth noting that over this past week, a couple of well-placed league sources believe that Bergeron does indeed want to return for one more season.

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The Boston Bruins Will Be In Rebuild Mode If David Pastrnak Walks

from Fluto Shinzawa of The Athletic,

After the 2019-20 season, Torey Krug’s contract was expiring. Bruins general manager Don Sweeney did not stand in the way of the defenseman’s exit to St. Louis. 

A year later, David Krejci’s deal was up. Upon season’s end, Krejci considered relocating his family to Czechia. Sweeney did not make it worth the center’s while to change his mind.

In both cases, David Pastrnak was watching.

“88 had seen how Don has treated his two best friends,” a source close to Pastrnak wrote The Athletic in a text. “No chance he comes back with Sweens as GM.”

Pastrnak, 26, is approaching the final season of his six-year, $40 million contract. The right wing will be free to sign an extension July 13. The Bruins want that to happen.

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Bruce Cassidy Didn’t Deserve To Be Fired

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

Without stating a reason for cause other than noting he wanted a “new voice” behind his team’s bench, Bruins general manager Don Sweeney dismissed Bruce Cassidy as coach shortly after 7 p.m. Monday.

Beyond the obvious — choosing to operate only via a news release trivializes such an important decision and also slights Cassidy’s exceptional work since taking over coaching duties in February 2017 — it’s an irrational, short-sighted, and scapegoating move by Sweeney and team president Cam Neely.

The dismissal, which Neely foreshadowed in his end-of-season comments on May 19, came just more than three weeks after the Bruins were ousted by the Canes in Game 7 in the opening round of the playoffs.

It was the 73rd postseason game of Cassidy’s coaching tenure here, and the end result again revealed the Bruins for what they are: A team, as constructed by Sweeney and Neely, with not enough parts to last more than a round or two in the NHL postseason. Cassidy took the fall for their collective shortcoming.

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Bruce Cassidy Done In Boston

BOSTON - Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney announced today, June 6, that the team has relieved Bruce Cassidy of his duties as head coach.

Cassidy has served as head coach of the team since February 7, 2017.

The search for the next head coach of the Boston Bruins will begin immediately.

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Patrice Bergeron Wins The Selke Trophy

NEW YORK (June 5, 2022) – Center Patrice Bergeron of the Boston Bruins is the 2021-22 recipient of the Frank J. Selke Trophy, recognizing "the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game," as selected by the Professional Hockey Writers Association.

Bergeron is a Selke Trophy recipient for a record fifth time in his career, adding to his wins in 2011-12, 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2016-17. He had been tied with Bob Gainey, who captured the trophy in each of the first four years it was awarded (1977-78 through 1980-81 with Montreal).

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Retooling The Boston Bruins

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

This could be the summer Sweeney is forced to alter his approach and take some bold risks, with an eye focused on acquiring a needed top center — no matter Patrice Bergeron’s career decision. The need is acute even if Bergeron stays, all the more severe if he goes.

Again, the June draft won’t deliver a fix for 2022-23. For the moment, the UFA market has three interesting centers in Nazem Kadri, Claude Giroux, and Evgeni Malkin. Their collective cap hit this season was just over $22 million.

The best fit among those three could be Kadri, who posted a career season (28-59—87) with the high-flying Avalanche, but it is almost unfathomable that the fiery (combustible?) ex-Maple Leaf would be targeted as part of the fix for the Bruins’ issue at 1-2 center. But the need is great, meaning Kadri, 32 at next season’s start, cannot be dismissed out of hand.

Sweeney has a ready-to-ship asset in Jake DeBrusk, the left winger’s trade request dating to November. The other name Sweeney could consider, though it would hurt from the front office suits down to the TD Garden suites, would be defenseman Brandon Carlo.

Together, the 25-year-olds, each with proven NHL résumés, would enable Sweeney to enter the trade market in pursuit of a legit, young (maximum age 24-27), potentially primo center.

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There Will Be A Game 7 Between The Boston Bruins And Carolina Hurricanes

from Julian Benbow of the Boston Globe,

Even as the Bruins fell behind two games to none, even as the odds and the history tilted against them, they braced themselves for the long game.

Carolina was clearly formidable. Three regular-season losses made that clear to the Bruins.

But the Hurricanes were an upstart. The Bruins were a team with postseason war stories.

Add this one to the list.

The Bruins forced Game 7 with a 5-2 win Thursday at TD Garden.

“I love it,” said Bruin coach Bruce Cassidy. “This is what you play for. Guys should be excited. Game 7, Stanley Cup playoffs. Home or road. We’d rather be at home, not going to lie to you, but we’d play them on Mars if we had to. That’s what it’s all about. I’m sure they’d say the same thing.”

Sort of.

Faced with a winner-takes-all scenario, Hurricanes coach Rod Brind’Amour understood the unpredictability of a Game 7.

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The Boston Bruins Face Elimination On Thursday

frm Julian Benbow of the Boston Globe,

There was still 1:34 to drain from the clock in a game that turned lopsided on the Bruins in the third period but was probably over in the first.

When the puck went into the bench and stopped play, it gave the PNC Arena DJ a chance to have some fun.

The Carolina Hurricanes had a 5-1 win in the bag, and DJ Mista Illz decided the most fitting sounds for a late-game celebration was a Boston favorite: “Sweet Caroline.” The 19,163 fans on hand belted out the “Ohs” as if they were at Fenway Park.

Whether it was coincidental or it was a twist of the dagger the Hurricanes had already driven into the Bruins, it served its purpose.

The Bruins, facing elimination in their first-round series, had to grin, bear it, and hope they got a chance to hear the tune when they return to TD Garden on Thursday for Game 6.

Even with Charlie McAvoy arriving at the last minute after being cleared from NHL COVID protocols, the Bruins were overwhelmed. The Hurricanes are a different monster at home and a different monster with a lead and they pushed the Bruins, who had just climbed out of a 2-0 hole to even the series.

“Obviously, do-or-die situation is not the one we want to be in,” said the Bruins’ Brad Marchand. “But all that matters is that we regroup and get prepared for the next one.

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The Boston Bruins Are Back In Their Series Against The Carolina Hurricanes

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

The Bruins rediscovered a much-needed spark Friday night, with timely goaltending from Jeremy Swayman and a pair of power-play goals (David Pastrnak and Taylor Hall), and tiptoed away from what looked a fast exit from the postseason.

Their 4-2 win over the Hurricanes at the Garden, in the wake of two dispiriting losses in Carolina, left the Bruins in a 2-1 deficit in the best-of-seven Round 1 playoff series.

But in playoff hockey, emotion counts, and often counts for a lot, and especially so for the Bruins when they have the force of 17,565 believers, some still dressed in faded No. 4 Bobby Orr sweaters, filling their building in the old West End.

“We know what’s at stake,” said Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy, noting what he felt was the club’s “calm” start. “The crowd gives you a lift, obviously, you score a huge goal ...”

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