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BOSTON, MA - Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today, Saturday, October 4, that the club has traded defenseman Johnny Boychuk to the New York Islanders in exchange for two second round draft picks (the Philadelphia Flyers second round pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft and the New York Islanders second round pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft) and a conditional third round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft.
The Bruins would acquire the conditional 2015 third round pick from the Isles if New York trades Boychuk during the 2014-15 season to an Eastern Conference team. Chiarelli will be available to the media on Saturday, October 4 to discuss the transaction.
Boychuk has skated in 321 regular season NHL games -- four with Colorado and 317 with Boston – and has accrued 19 goals and 56 assists for 75 points with a combined +89 rating. The defenseman appeared in 79 postseason contests with Boston, where he tallied 13 goals and 14 assists. During the Bruins 2011 Stanley Cup Championship run, Boychuk skated in all 25 games and notched three goals and six assists.
“Gordie is, in my mind, the greatest ever. His numbers are outrageous and most of that was with the six teams, when it was a lot tougher. I don’t think there’s any question. Play any way you want to play…he was special.”
-Bobby Orr on Gordie Howe. More from Orr by Ken Campbell of The Hockey News including Orr warning the game is too fast.
from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,
The Bruins have three preseason games to determine their roster for the Oct. 8 season opener against Philadelphia. Jobs are up for grabs on the third and fourth lines. But re-signing Krug and Smith gives the Bruins a clearer snapshot of how they’ll break camp, both in terms of dollars and roster strength.
They will still move a defenseman, most likely for futures. But once they account for the bonus overage and Marc Savard’s long-term injury exception, they will not have to move big bucks — namely Johnny Boychuk’s $3,366,667 — to get the league’s green light.
This is a good thing. After this season, Boychuk will command an annual salary north of $6 million. This is not money the Bruins are in good position to spend.
But trading Boychuk would not improve the team. He is an experienced and dependable second-pairing defenseman. Because of the pot that awaits, Boychuk will be motivated to play well. The Bruins will benefit from that.
This puts Matt Bartkowski and Adam McQuaid at highest risk to be moved.
from the Boston Bruins,
Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today, September 29, that the club has signed defenseman Torey Krug and forward Reilly Smith to one-year contracts through the 2014-15 season, each worth an annual cap figure of $1.4 million.
from Steve Conroy of the Boston Herald,
In his time as the Bruins general manager, Peter Chiarelli has usually valued his players’ peace of mind over the loose change that could be won in contract blood feuds.
But in the case of unsigned players Torey Krug and Reilly Smith, he’s so far shown that he’s willing to hold the line. With slightly more than $3 million available to him under the cap, he’s got no other choice, at least not one that’s palatable to him.
The B’s have not budged off their original offers of one-year bridge deals, believed to be worth between $1-$1.5 million. Are the B’s being unfair to Smith and Krug? No, they are simply using the leverage afforded to them by the CBA, just as both players were able to work things to their advantage when they wanted to a burn the first year of their entry level deals by playing less than a handful of NHL games at the end of their respective college careers, with Smith signing with Dallas as a third-round pick and Krug (a highly sought-after undrafted free agent) signing with the Bruins in the spring of 2012.
Hardball is not part of Chiarelli’s game. Not only have his spending tendencies helped transform the Bruins’ image from that of a skinflint operation into one that treats its players more than fairly, Chiarelli seems to truly believe that having his best players squared away financially produces a better on-ice product.
from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE,
It’s been a couple of years since Adam McQuaid was able to play his punishing stay-at-home defenseman game without worrying about some health issue or another.
Two years ago, it was returning from a blood clot that left him in a weakened state entering the season. Last season, he was dogged by lower body problems throughout a season that ended for him in January....
“I think he came out and tried to make a statement that he’s ready to play, and that he wants to be here,” said coach Claude Julien. “I thought he played a really strong game. I give him high marks for his first game back.”...
That’s great news for the Bruins in that they may be getting back a player that finished with 15 points and a plus-30 three seasons ago as big, strong bottom-pairing defenseman It’s also a positive development if the B’s opt to deal him from their D-man surplus now that he’s shown he’s once again healthy.
from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE,
Krug finished a spectacular rookie season with 14 goals and 40 points, and shocked the kind of charge into the B’s power play that would make a defibrillator jealous.
He also finished fourth in the Calder Trophy voting, and then watched two of the award finalists (Tyler Johnson, Ondrej Palat) get locked up with three year, $10 million contracts as RFA’s. It’s natural that Krug thought a healthy payday was coming to him, and Boston’s offer of one year and $1.25 million – the exact same deal given to Matt Bartkowski – seemed like a bit of a lowball offer.
It’s also lower than what Krug made last season when he toped $1.75 million based on salary plus the $850,000 in bonuses he earned by reaching a few milestone statistics (25 assists and 40 points). Technically he’d be taking a pay cut with what the Bruins currently have on the table as an offer. That’s a tough sell to a skilled player ready to take off, but that might be why Johnny Boychuk has been front and center about the trade rumors.
“There’s times when you get paid very well, and there’s times when you don’t,” said (Jeremy) Jacobs. “That’s how the [salary cap] system is built, and it’s functioning and doing very well. We’ve never had more money to spend than we have right now, and we spent every cent that we had.
“It isn’t like these people are necessarily underpaid. [It’s not like] they can’t live on it. They just want to do better. I don’t blame them. I can’t think of a person in this room that doesn’t want to do better. But their time will come, and if they’re great players moving forward then they’ll be compensated as they get older.”
from Caryn Switaj of BostonBruins.com,
"... you don’t wish one of these d-men to be traded, but we just have too many d-men. So at some point I’m going to have to do it, and most of the teams in the League will like one of these defensemen. And I know everybody’s wondering 'will he make a move?' 'will he make a move?' but I’m going to see what’s going to happen, see who fits well with whom."
The trade market right now is "pretty good," according to Chiarelli, and has been that way all summer.
"I've said that I'm looking to trade a defenseman, but I'm very eager to see the competition," he said. "There's spots, there are no restrictions - if I have to open with eight D, I can, so there's no real pressing need to do it, other than it's not ideal."
The Bruins nearly opened last season with eight defensemen, before Kevan Miller was the final cut.
"Seven spots ideally, but I could carry eight."
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from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE,
“I feel like I’ve turned the corner in the last week or week-and-a-half, so that’s a positive. But I’m still working to get it up to 100 percent,” said Lucic, who had a hard cast on his left arm from elbow to hand for the majority of the summer. "I’m just exciting to be back with everyone, and to get things going. You don’t want to do anything to have any setbacks, so you have to be smart about it. It’s turned the corner for the better as far as rehab has gone.
“I’m just working to get the strength back in it. It’s been a good last two weeks, and hopefully it still gets strong as the month goes along. Every time you have surgery it never really goes all the way back to 100 percent, but you hope you get back to a point where you’re feeling as good as you did before the surgery.”
from Steve Conroy of the Boston Herald,
Winger Reilly Smith and defenseman Torey Krug are still both unsigned. General manager Peter Chiarelli said he hoped they’d be in camp, but he would not comment on negotiations. And while that situation plays itself out, there’s the likelihood of a trade happening. Chiarelli all but said he’ll be moving one of his nine defensemen.
“I’ve always tried to get the team together signed and get them in place and give them a level of security. I always feel that with that, they will perform,” Chiarelli said between periods of a rookie tournament game against the Tampa Bay Lightning. “Of course, I’ve got to see the performance to get to that point. They’ve seen that we’ve tried to keep this team together as much as we can; we’ve had a lot of success with this group of guys.
“Around the fringes, guys have to go . . . I think they understand that we always want to ice a Cup-winning team, and with that comes some casualties. This year, I’m looking forward to it, to a certain degree; there’s a lot of competition, there’s a lot of spots, including — you don’t wish one of these (defensemen) to be traded, but we just have too many. At some point, I’m going to have to do it, and all the teams in the league, most of the teams in the league would like one.
“And I know everyone’s waiting, ‘What move will (he) make? What move will (he) make?’ Well, I have to see what’s going to happen, see who fits well with whom, but the uncertainty is something this year that is a byproduct of the cap and a successful team and locking up those guys, and eventually there’s other guys that are just going to get too expensive. I don’t cast any aspersions on them for being at that level, but that’s what it’s at.”
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