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from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,
Well, this has to fall under the category of “Rather Odd” when it comes to off-season hockey news. And given everything that has happened since the puck last dropped a month ago, that’s saying something.
Fresh off their appearance in the Stanley Cup final, the Boston Bruins have fired their longtime director of amateur scouting, Wayne Smith.
Smith, who was one of Peter Chiarelli’s first hires after he took over as Bruins GM in 2006, was hired as a scout, then became head scout a year later and oversaw a department that had done a strong drafting job and signed key college free agent Torey Krug, who was an integral piece of the roster that came within a late meltdown of going to Game 7 of the Stanley Cup final.
It seems rather odd, given that Chiarelli admits that Smith is his good friend and is a very good scout. Their prospect list was solid, ranking them 12th among NHL organizations in THN’s Future Watch edition in 2013.
Boston, MA - Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today, July 12, that the club has signed forward Patrice Bergeron to an eight-year contract extension through the 2021-22 season. Bergeron’s salary is worth an annual cap figure of $6,500,000.
from Christopher L, Gasper of the Boston Globe,
Both the Bruins and Twitter being Seguin-free seem like good ideas right now, quick fixes to aggravating problems. But they might prove rash overreactions in the end. Professional athletes have to learn how to deal with the consequences of celebrity in the social media age and patience has to be shown with a potential franchise player whose talent level far exceeds his maturity level.
The Bruins gave up on Seguin too soon, trading him July 4 to the Dallas Stars and confining him to the dustbin of failed face-of-the-franchise forwards along with Joe Thornton and Phil Kessel after just three seasons. He needed more time and more tough love to grow as a person and a player in Boston. He was too young and too talented to send packing post-haste after one lukewarm season, one feckless playoff run, and one too many late nights.
Seguin’s exile to Texas shows a lack of growth and commitment by both sides, and the aftermath of the trade has been undignified with anonymous tales of Seguin’s misdeeds paired with Seguin’s parents sniping back at the Bruins.
from Tim Wharnsby of CBC,
Three months ago, Chiarelli thought he had a deal with the Calgary Flames to bring Iginla to Boston at the trade deadline. But faced with a decision because of his no-movement clause, Iginla instead chose to join the Pittsburgh Penguins.
We all know how that worked out. The Bruins were bitter about Iginla's decision and took out their fury with an impressive sweep of Iginla and the mighty Penguins in the East final.
Iginla came away impressed. He loved the Bruins brand of play, and let's face it, Iginla fits in better with Boston's blue-collar approach than the Penguins firebrand ways.
So when it became apparent that he was no longer in the Penguins' plans because of their swollen payroll, he asked Meehan to look into the possibility of landing in Boston.
Iginla was smitten with Boston.
The Boston Bruins and Dallas Stars have completed a blockbuster seven-player trade that will see two prominent players swap jerseys.
The Bruins traded Tyler Seguin, Rich Peverley and Ryan Button to the Stars in exchange for Loui Eriksson, Joe Morrow, Reilly Smith, and Matt Fraser.
TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.com says that Eriksson agreed to waive his no-trade clause earlier on Thursday.
Seguin has yet to begin a six-year, $34.5 million contract he signed just prior to the beginning of the lockout. The deal has an annual salary cap hit of $5.75 million and runs until the 2018-19 season.
The 21-year-old forward was selected second overall in the first round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft by the Bruins and spent the first three seasons of his NHL career with the team.
added 3:23pm, from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,
Seguin would go a long way to making that wish come true. Listed at 6-1, 182, Seguin is a fast skater, a skilled puck handler and a right-handed shot. He has been playing almost exclusively on the wing because of Boston’s depth at center, so he would get a chance to return to his natural position, as well. While the loss of Eriksson would be a serious blow for the Stars, it would open the door for players like Alex Chiasson, Brett Ritchie or Valeri Nichushkin to play in the top six or would create an opportunity for a veteran like Erik Cole to step up.
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
The Boston Bruins have reached out to captain Daniel Alfredsson to gauge his interest in going to Beantown when the unrestricted free agent market opens Friday at noon, league sources confirmed to the Ottawa Sun.
Speaking on a conference call with reporters Wednesday morning, Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli wouldn’t speak specifically about the club’s 40-year-old captain but confirmed Boston is looking to rebuild its right side.
He also said he feels it could be a good destination for an older player looking for a chance to win a Stanley Cup.
Talks between the Senators and Alfredsson’s agent J.P. Barry are continuing Wednesday to try to get a deal done. If the club doesn’t have a contract in place by Friday at noon it will be the first time in Alfredsson’s career he will be allowed to test the market.
Alfredsson’s camp has made it clear he wants to return to Ottawa but the two sides have to decide what his market value is to make a deal. Listening to Chiarelli, a former Ottawa assistant GM, the Senators could have competition.
from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE,
So Horton is likely moving on to a locale like Florida or Tampa where he can play in relative anonymity after seeing how the other half live for three years in Boston. That leaves the Bruins looking for a replacement to step into a first-line right-wing role alongside Milan Lucic and David Krejci, a spot that’s pretty critical to Boston’s overall success.
“That’ll be tough," Chiarelli said of replacing Horton. "There’s obviously chemistry there. There’s different ways to look at building your lines. You guys have heard about building in pairs, and maybe that's something we look at other than getting an exact replacement for Horton. But to attempt to try and recreate the chemistry, that would be hard. You'd like to have a shooter in that line.
“We've got a good strong core and we're going to try to keep this core, and there will be players. There will be players who want to win; there will be shooters that we can fill in on that line.”
There’s no doubting that the Boston Bruins have become a destination spot around the NHL given their established core, their sustained success over the last five years, and the rabid fan base that’s pushed Boston back into its prior glory as a wonderful hockey town.
Here is a quick overview of Horton’s potential replacements:
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