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Key Bruins Working Hard To Get Back

from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

This year, starting with this week in Wilmington, both natives of La Belle Province (Bergeron hails from Quebec City, Fernandez from Montreal) are hoping 2008-09 will be scripted in a different fashion.

“It’s obviously going to be a step-by-step kind of thing,” said Fernandez, who skated with Bergeron and Providence assistant coach Rob Murray for approximately an hour yesterday. “It’s been a long time. But I want to get in there. I need to get in there.”...

Bergeron has been symptom-free all summer and has been working out six times a week, mimicking the workouts he has gone through during previous offseasons.

“It does feel like routine,” Bergeron said. “I’ve been working out like this every summer since I’ve been playing pro. The only thing that’s different is that I started a little bit earlier.”

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Bruins Need Defensive Help

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

Something else has to happen, specifically along the blue line, if the Bruins are going to return to the playoffs next spring. Even with Dennis Wideman plugged back into the equation - and his pending arbitration case makes that a question - the defensive corps needs an upgrade or two, specifically to enhance the transition game, a body or two to deliver the ever-elusive first quick pass out of the zone.

continued and many NHL notes too…

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Ryder Was Wanted

from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

“Claude played a big factor based on his relationship with him,” Chiarelli said. “They have a real good relationship and trust. Cam spoke about the city and the growing emergence of the Bruins, how we’re trying to turn things around. He’s seen that firsthand. He liked what he saw.”

According to Chiarelli, Montreal granted exclusive negotiating rights to Ryder to an undisclosed team prior to free agency. Chiarelli said there were at least two other teams chasing Ryder.

more on the Bruins who are at the cap max…

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Ryder Agrees To Terms With Bruins

via TSN,

The Boston Bruins have agreed to terms with winger Michael Ryder on a three-year deal at $4 million per season.

The contract is still being finalized but the two parties have agreed to terms pending the final paperwork being in order.

 

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Too Much For Hossa

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

The Bruins, who yesterday agreed to terms on a new deal for forward Petteri Nokelainen (two years, average $850,000), won’t shop in Hossa’s ‘hood. Their cap already stands right around $50 million, leaving them with slightly less than $7 million in potential shopping dollars. A tight budget and a squeezed market for top free agent talent most likely will have the Bruins cautious from the start.

General manager Peter Chiarelli, reached by phone late yesterday afternoon, sounded as if he is prepared to ignore the early wave of emotional bidding, then look to move in for a value purchase (the $2 million to $4 million-a-year range) once the market begins to cool.

read on

 

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Wideman Files for Arbitration

From Kevin Dupont at Bruins Blog,

Bruins defenseman Dennis Wideman, in line for a big pay boost as a restricted free agent, has filed for salary arbitration, which could affect how the club conducts business around the upcoming free agency period that begins Tuesday.

The action by Wideman, confirmed this afternoon by a source with first-hand knowledge of the on-going negotiations between the Bruins and the defenseman, allows the club not to be concerned about buying out players prior to Monday’s deadline.

continued… with more Bruins personnel updates

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Bruins Prepare For Free Agency

from Steve Conroy of the Boston Herald,

“I’m going to have to be in position to do it, if I’m going to get the player or players that I want,” Chiarelli said in a conference call yesterday. “I have to at least set the table. In a perfect world, if you want to do it that way, you’d like to move the money first and then get the player, but it doesn’t always happen that way. It may be that you get the player and you move the money at some point in the summer or the season.”

Chiarelli said that, if push came to shove and he really wanted to make a move to free up spending money, he feels he could do so. The B’s could use the buyout option on winger Glen Murray’s current or go the trade route.

more on the Bruins…

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Bruins Extend Stuart

from The Boston Bruins,

Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that the club has signed defenseman Mark Stuart to a multi-year contract extension.  Per club policy, terms of the deal will not be disclosed.

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Bruins Mum On Hossa

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

Could the Bruins already be talking contract with superstar winger Marian Hossa?

Asked that question last night, Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli offered little in the way of candor.

“Very good question,” he responded in a terse e-mail. “But can’t comment. Cheers.”

It’s highly possible that talks between Boston and Hossa have begun, because it has become a trend for clubs to be granted permission to speak with pending unrestricted free agents well ahead of the July 1 start of the NHL’s open marketplace.

continued

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Wheeler Will Sign With Bruins

from the Bruins Blog at the Boston Globe,

Blake Wheeler, the highly-sought winger from the University of Minnesota, has advised his agent to finalize terms of a contract with the Bruins, a two-year deal that won’t be made official until July 1, in keeping with NHL bylaws that govern the movement and signing of unrestricted free agents.

continued

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