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Zdeno Chara Changed The Bruins

from Kevin Paul Dupont Of The Boston Globe,

The most vivid memory of Zdeno Chara’s time with the Bruins undoubtedly will be the night of June 15, 2011, in Vancouver. The bearded Bruins captain, then 34, took the handoff from NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and shook the glimmering Stanley Cup vigorously over his head, turning the trophy into an oversized salt shaker to sprinkle grains of joy.

In that one cathartic moment, the franchise’s 39-year championship drought finally came to an end. The days of the Big Bad Bruins, of Orr and Espo, of leather skates and wooden sticks and a dusty, fetid Garden, officially were relegated to a distant corner of the memory vault. All of it certified in that joyful moment some 3,200 miles west of Causeway Street by the towering Big Z.

More powerful and lasting, though, is the Chara legacy here of the last decade-plus, his combination of Herculean work ethic, athleticism, and professionalism that delivered a much-needed culture change that the organization prays can linger for many more years to come.

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A Big Loss For Hampus Lindholm

from Matt Porter of the Boston Globe,

A fire was ripping through his home. The windows and rooms were blacked out with smoke. Flames danced and grew, feeding on oxygen from the seaside breeze and the air trapped in his attic. Over an agonizing 12 hours that followed, nearly everything inside the house would be destroyed.

The local fire department of Höganäs had to call in reinforcements from nearby Ängelholm, Helsingborg, and Landskrona. Lindholm saw about 100 first responders “working their asses off” to tame the blaze.

“The firemen were there quick,” Lindholm said, recounting the incident in the Bruins’ dressing room this past week. “I got into the mode of telling the firemen, how can I help them out?

“But then after, you can’t do much. You just stand there and look at your house burning.”

Lindholm purchased the place four years ago with hopes of renovating it into a summertime haven. By the time of his March 2022 trade from the Ducks to the Bruins, it had become his paradise. It had a porch that overlooked the Öresund, the waterway between southwestern Sweden and northeast Denmark. He liked to sit and listen to the birds while drinking his morning coffee, and get out on the water during the sunny Swedish evenings.

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David Krejci Back With The Bruins

BOSTON - Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney announced today, August 8, that the team has signed forward David Krejci to a one-year contract through the 2022-23 season worth $1 million, plus an additional $2 million in performance-based incentives.

Krejci, 36, played the 2021-22 season in the Czechia league for HC Olomouc. In 51 games, Krejci led his team in goals (20), assists (26) and points (46). The Sternberk, Czech Republic native also represented his country at the 2022 Winter Olympic Games in Beijing, China and at the IIHF World Championship in Finland. In four Olympic Games, Krejci recorded one goal and three assists. At the World Championships, Krejci finished second on his team in scoring with three goals and nine assists for 12 points to help his team win a bronze medal.

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Patrice Bergeron Returning For Another Season

BOSTON - Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney announced today, August 8, that the team has signed forward Patrice Bergeron to a one-year contract through the 2022-23 season worth $2.5 million, plus an additional $2.5 million in performance-based incentives. 

Bergeron, 37, is entering his 19th NHL season, all with the Bruins. The L'Ancienne-Lorette, Quebec native ranks third in Bruins history in games played (1,216) and game-winning goals (74), fourth in goals (400), assists (582) and points (982). The 6-foot-1, 195-pound centerman also ranks second in Bruins history in playoff games played (167), playoff points (127), third in playoff assists (78) and tied for third in playoff goals (49).

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Next Player To Be Paid Johnny Gaudreau Money Is David Pastrnak

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

Johnny Gaudreau’s stunning big-bucks touchdown in Columbus on Wednesday could serve as an interesting road map if David Pastrnak opts to play out the final season of his contract for a crack at the UFA market next July.

Speculation in recent days was that “Pasta” and general manager Don Sweeney will settle on an eight-year extension long before then, perhaps even before September training camp. Even then, Gaudreau’s experience — and the limited market he was left to consider — could factor in Pastrnak’s approach.

In the end, Gaudreau secured the richest deal of this year’s UFA period, ringing the bell for $9.75 million over each of the next seven seasons. Upon agreeing to terms Wednesday night, Johnny Hockey ranked 16th on the league’s top-20 pay list, just a smidge behind ex-Bruins winger Tyler Seguin’s $9.85 million (for five more seasons). Edmonton’s Connor McDavid rightly leads the payroll parade with a $12.5 million AAV.

Truth is, though, the market for Gaudreau was rather small, in part because he turned down a longer, richer deal offered by Calgary. Flames management, reported to have offered eight years at $10.5 million per, was left to believe that he wanted out of Alberta to play in his hometown Philadelphia-New Jersey-New York market.

Other clubs around the Original 32 could have been interested — with Gaudreau fresh off a career-best 115-point season — but no doubt sat on their hands when it sounded like his heart was fixed on heading home. Well, the ex-Boston College standout landed some 500 miles west, in what is not a hockey hotbed, playing for a franchise that historically has struggled to keep its own free agents from bolting town faster than the fuse burns down on that cannon that blasts after each Blue Jackets goal at Nationwide Arena.

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Jim Montgomery Is The New Head Coach For The Boston Bruins

BOSTON - Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney announced today, July 1, that Jim Montgomery has been named the 29th head coach of the Boston Bruins.

"The Boston Bruins are pleased to introduce Jim Montgomery as the next head coach of the Boston Bruins and welcome Jim, his wife, Emily, and his children, JP, Colin, Ava and Olivia, to the city of Boston," said Sweeney. "Jim has a winning history, and throughout the interview process he conveyed his ability to connect with all types of players while also demanding that his teams play with structure. We are excited for Jim to begin to make his imprint on our team."

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Report- Patrice Bergeron Wants To Play Another Season

from Steve Conroy of the Boston Herald,

The Bruins have not faced this much uncertainty since the organization dumped GM Mike O’Connell at the end of 2005-06, just a few months after he traded perceived cornerstone player Joe Thornton.

As we await the puffs of white smoke to appear over Causeway Street announcing the B’s new coach – whether it be Jay Leach, David Quinn, Jim Montgomery or some other unforeseen candidate — a new bench boss is just one of a few mammoth issues facing this organization. There’s the fact that the B’s will be without two of their best players — Brad Marchand and Charlie McAvoy — until possibly Thanksgiving. There’s the uncertain future of David Pastrnak, set to become a UFA after this upcoming season.

And then there’s the issue that could most immediately affect how the club approaches its presumed reset/retool/rebuild, whatever you want to call it. That’s the looming decision for Patrice Bergeron on whether he wants to continue playing or not.

Which way is he going to go? Well, we’re still in the clue-sifting stage. But it’s worth noting that over this past week, a couple of well-placed league sources believe that Bergeron does indeed want to return for one more season.


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The Boston Bruins Will Be In Rebuild Mode If David Pastrnak Walks

from Fluto Shinzawa of The Athletic,

After the 2019-20 season, Torey Krug’s contract was expiring. Bruins general manager Don Sweeney did not stand in the way of the defenseman’s exit to St. Louis. 

A year later, David Krejci’s deal was up. Upon season’s end, Krejci considered relocating his family to Czechia. Sweeney did not make it worth the center’s while to change his mind.

In both cases, David Pastrnak was watching.

“88 had seen how Don has treated his two best friends,” a source close to Pastrnak wrote The Athletic in a text. “No chance he comes back with Sweens as GM.”

Pastrnak, 26, is approaching the final season of his six-year, $40 million contract. The right wing will be free to sign an extension July 13. The Bruins want that to happen.

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Bruce Cassidy Didn’t Deserve To Be Fired

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

Without stating a reason for cause other than noting he wanted a “new voice” behind his team’s bench, Bruins general manager Don Sweeney dismissed Bruce Cassidy as coach shortly after 7 p.m. Monday.

Beyond the obvious — choosing to operate only via a news release trivializes such an important decision and also slights Cassidy’s exceptional work since taking over coaching duties in February 2017 — it’s an irrational, short-sighted, and scapegoating move by Sweeney and team president Cam Neely.

The dismissal, which Neely foreshadowed in his end-of-season comments on May 19, came just more than three weeks after the Bruins were ousted by the Canes in Game 7 in the opening round of the playoffs.

It was the 73rd postseason game of Cassidy’s coaching tenure here, and the end result again revealed the Bruins for what they are: A team, as constructed by Sweeney and Neely, with not enough parts to last more than a round or two in the NHL postseason. Cassidy took the fall for their collective shortcoming.


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