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from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE,
While Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli admitted that the Bruins face some "hard choices" because of their salary cap situation, the GM also confirmed that the team doesn't plan on using either of their compliance buyouts.
The Bruins could be facing close to a $5 million ($4.7 million) cap penalty for player bonuses to Jarome Iginla, Torey Krug, Dougie Hamilton and Ryan Spooner that went over their cap limit during the 2013-14 season. That could cancel out the Marc Savard LTI (long term injured reserve) money allotted to the Bruins to go above and beyond the salary cap, and then some for a team that has less than $9 million to re-sign Iginla, Krug, Reilly Smith, Matt Bartkowski as well as find a fourth line winger and backup goaltender.
One option currently available to the Bruins would have been buying out the contract of third line center Chris Kelly, and wiping his $3 million cap hit off the books.
from Amalie Benjamin of the Boston Globe,
... it will be telling to see what happens to the large number of free agent enforcers this summer, with quite a few set to be unrestricted, a quirk of enforcers mostly getting short-term contracts. In addition to Thornton, George Parros, Paul Bissonnette, Kevin Westgarth and John Scott, among others, are without deals.
“I think if you look across the league, you look at more and more teams rolling four lines and getting some production out of the fourth line, like we’ve had for a number of years,” Neely said.
“If you look at certain players, their ice time is two or three minutes a game. I think coaches probably look and say, ‘I could really use someone who could give me six, seven, eight, 10 minutes a game.’ I think that’s where you see things going, more than just fighting getting out of the game completely.”
That, of course, was what Thornton was for the Bruins.
“Everybody’s been talking about it for a few years that the guy that does nothing but sit on the bench and play one minute a game isn’t as relevant as they used to be, and I’ll definitely agree with that,” Thornton said. “But because there’s only a couple of them in the game, I’m not sure why the guys that can play and have played get thrown into that grouping.”
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from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE,
Shawn Thornton isn’t going to see the end of enforcer era as an NHL player, but everybody knows it’s coming eventually.
The 36-year-old fourth line fighter will sign elsewhere for next season after GM Peter Chiarelli broke the news to him on Monday that the Bruins won’t be pursuing his services for the 2014-15 season. Thornton will be a great fit on a young, playoff team that’s in need of toughness, veteran leadership and a little bit of swaggering attitude to put them over the top.
Thornton brought attitude, swagger, work ethic, character, leadership and good humor into the Bruins dressing room over the last seven years, and that is still in demand because the right wing can still play. He was an individual that always opened his home to young players on their own for the first time, and befriended shy or introverted players to make life easier for them in the day-to-day world of the NHL.
Peter Chiarelli talks about not re-signing Shawn Thornton.
via DJ Bean of WEEI,
Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli told WEEI.com Friday morning that he has no plans to trade forward Brad Marchand. He also refuted a rumor from Thursday that the team was discussing a trade of the pesky forward for Sharks veteran Patrick Marleau.
“I have had no discussions for Marchand and I have no plans to trade him,” Chiarelli said. “I don’t make it a practice to respond to reports in the social media but occasionally it is necessary.”
from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,
Here are the Bruin ingredients, with some fun chipped in.
You need a freaky, huge, gifted and intelligent monster of a defenceman like Zdeno Chara, who intimidates most attackers and downright terrifies almost all Euro forwards. Stanley and Livingstone may have to be hired as scouts to find that guy.
Then you need a mobile, surly yet gifted monster like Milan Lucic who will combine with Chara and the likes of Shawn Thornton (who can be found anywhere) to give your team that personality of the bully. It empowers every player on your team to play tougher. Guys like Lucic are extremely difficult to find, but we suppose it’s possible.
Then it would help if you are able to get your owner elected chairman of the Board of Governors and perhaps even get him on the committee which determines the compensation of the commissioner.
Then it might, repeat might, be helpful if you can have a player on your team whose father is way up the ladder in the decision-making process of the league. And then you need to recognize as a team that the officials can only call so many penalties against one team on most nights, and given the way you play you’re going to need outstanding goaltending and an excellent penalty kill.
Then you are going to play tough, take those first two, maybe even three calls, but then once that happens, you’ll be able to walk around punching people in the face or sticking them any time you feel like it and nothing will be called, at least until you get a couple of power-play chances of your own.
That’s how the Bruins are perceived out here, at least. Can you pull that off, Trev?
“I think that it speaks to what’s now become sort of the Boston model. People do want to copy what you’re doing because of the success we’re seeing. We didn’t win this year, (but) we got to the Final the year before — these are enviable positions to be in.”
“It’s a leadership team and Cam (Neely) leads and is part of it Starting with Charlie (Jacobs), through Peter (Chiarelli), through Claude (Julien) and Cam. I think they have met and exceeded our expectations, my expectations at least. I think we’ve done a terrific job to create a winning institution. I think we have delivered on what we promised.”
-Jeremy Jacobs, owner of the Boston Bruins on the reports of assistant GM Jim Benning being named GM of the Vancouver Canucks. More from Mike Cole of NESN.
from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,
Under the divisional playoff format, it’s possible that the Bruins could repeatedly clash with Montreal and Detroit. Both teams emphasize skill and speed. The Bruins have to get faster and quicker to avoid future hiccups. They spent too much time chasing the Canadiens instead of controlling the pace, and lost to them in seven games.
The best way to defend is to spend minimal time in the defensive zone. Dougie Hamilton is good at triggering the transition with a seam pass or a puck-pushing rush. Torey Krug can do it, too. The Bruins require another defenseman with a similar tool kit.
Keith Yandle and Alex Edler are two who fit the profile.
Yandle led Phoenix in scoring with 8 goals and 45 assists for 53 points. The 27-year-old Milton native likes to push the pace.
Edler is coming off a down season in Vancouver. He had 7 goals and 15 assists in 63 games under one-and-done coach John Tortorella. If Jim Benning, Chiarelli’s assistant, lands the Vancouver GM job as Mike Gillis’s replacement, his knowledge of the Bruins system could make a deal easier.
So it was once again Wednesday evening, the Bruins minced to pieces by Les Glorieux in a Game 7, their nerves frayed from the opening faceoff, their bumbling newbie defensemen dripping rivulets behind the ears, their top two lines frozen in time and in the futility of their goal-scoring ineptitude.
The final sight was a brutish, agitated Milan Lucic (0-0—0 in the final four games) jawing his way through the sacrosanct handshake line. The perturbed big man was a fright, not only in the utter incompetence of his production, but also his inability to abide politely by the time-honored code of respecting one’s conqueror in the goodbye line at center ice.
-Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe where you can read more on the Bruins/Canadiens...
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