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From Chad Finn at Bruins Blog:
Bruins forward David Krejci, slated to be a restricted free agent this offseason, won’t be going anywhere.
General manager Peter Chiarelli announced this afternoon via press release that the club has signed the gifted 23-year-old to a multiyear contract extension. No terms were disclosed, per club policy.
Krejci established a career high in games, goals, assists, and points this season with 22-51—73 totals in 82 games. His 51 assists ranked second on the team behind Marc Savard, and he led the NHL with a plus/minus rating of plus-36.
Update 5:47pm ET: From TSN—
The contract is a three year deal at $3.5, $3.75 and $4 million per year, respectively.
from Fluto Shinzawa of Bruins Blog at the Boston Globe,
Owner Jeremy Jacobs and principal Charlie Jacobs have concluded a conference call in which they looked back at the 2008-09 season and shared their insight on other team and league matters….
Jeremy Jacobs said he expects the 2009-10 Winter Classic to be played at Fenway Park, although the league will not confirm it until July….
Negotiations continue with Peter Chiarelli on extending the GM’s contract. Chiarelli will be entering the fourth and final year of his deal. Charlie Jacobs said he anticipates an agreement taking place this summer.
Scott Walker with the OT goal and the Canes move on to face the Pittsburgh Penguins.
What two teams will be playing Chicago and Pittsburgh in the Conference Finals?
from Chip Alexander of the News & Observer,
What’s left to be said? Not a lot. The Hurricanes either win tonight and keep the Stanley Cup in their sights, or they have a bittersweet ending to their season and start facing the speculation about who returns and who won’t for next season.
“It’s Game 7. You want to play in those games,” Staal said. “Obviously, we wanted to finish it off when we could, but it didn’t happen. We look forward to Game 7, look forward to the challenge. You dream of playing in those games growing up as a kid, and it’s going to be fun.”
When they led 3-1 in the series, the Canes talked about theurgency of winning Game 5 andand finishing off the Bruins in Boston.
Now, the common refrain—as if the Canes were trying to convince themselves of it—is that that they gladly would have accepted and embraced a one-game, winner-take-all scenario before the series began against the Eastern Conference’s top seed.
Imagine losing power at 3:00am this morning and the first thing that comes into your mind is how in the heck am I going to watch the game 7’s tonight?
Thankfully power was restored about ten minutes ago and all is well.
I am sure many of the fans who have teams involved in game 7 tonight are trying to make the hands of the clock spin faster. It is a day of anticipation, both in a good and bad way and I hope you are dealing with it in the best way you can.
from Dan Shaughnessy of the Boston Globe,
Claude Julien’s skaters are attempting to do what no Bruins team has done in 20 previous tries: come back to win a series after trailing, three games to one. Milt Schmidt’s Bruins couldn’t do it in 1947 against the Canadiens. Bobby Orr and Friends couldn’t do it against the Rangers in ‘73. Cam Neely and Ray Bourque couldn’t make it happen in ‘95 against the Devils.
So it’s up to Chara and Tim Thomas to boldly go where no Bruins have gone.
“From the time we fell behind, three games to one, our goal was to create Game 7,” said Julien (who enjoyed one of those Bill Belichick nights in which everything he touched turned to gold). “We’re there now. We need to decide what we’re going to do with it.”
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