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John Beecher Boston Bruins
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Matt Kalman
June 21, 2019 - 11:44 pm
The Bruins know two or three years down the road they might be looking at life without star centers Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci, or at least those two cornerstones will be taking lesser roles. In an effort to make sure they have at least one center of the future in the pipeline the Bruins...
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Don Sweeney Boston Bruins
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Matt Kalman
June 20, 2019 - 8:11 pm
Bruins general manager Don Sweeney admitted Thursday that Boston’s run to Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final, where the St. Louis Blues prevailed, did more than cause him heartache. The lengthy run may have also made him play catchup to most of the other GMs in the NHL. “Well I’m probably a little...
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Don Sweeney Boston Bruins
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Scott McLaughlin
June 19, 2019 - 8:58 pm
Don Sweeney has built a team that has topped 100 points in back-to-back seasons and came within one win of a Stanley Cup this season, and for his work he won the NHL General Manager of the Year Award Wednesday night. The Bruins GM added important depth last summer, signing Joakim Nordstrom, Chris...
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David Backes
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Matt Kalman
June 19, 2019 - 2:19 pm
Was it ever likely the Bruins were going to buy out David Backes? Probably not on this planet, unless general manager Don Sweeney was trying to proceed with some sort of a mercy cut to let the 35-year-old forward continue his career somewhere he might be able to earn some fourth-line playing time...
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Zdeno Chara Boston Bruins
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Matt Kalman
June 18, 2019 - 5:11 pm
In the 33 years since he was acquired by the Bruins in a trade with Vancouver, team president Cam Neely has been the perfect personification of toughness. Even he was amazed by captain Zdeno Chara’s threshold for pain in the Stanley Cup Final. Chara suffered several fractures to his jaw when a shot...
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David Krejci Boston Bruins
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Matt Kalman
June 18, 2019 - 4:14 pm
If the Bruins are going to ignore the obvious solution to their top-six forward problem and are going to keep David Pastrnak with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand rather than move Pastrnak to David Krejci’s right side , then they’re going to have to find a right wing for Krejci and Jake DeBrusk...
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Patrice Bergeron
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Matt Kalman
June 18, 2019 - 1:37 pm
The Bruins played until June 12 but came one win shy of winning the Stanley Cup. One of the few rewards they get for reaching Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final but coming up short against the St. Louis Blues is a somewhat abbreviated preseason schedule in the fall. The Bruins announced Tuesday they...
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Zdeno Chara
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Matt Kalman
June 17, 2019 - 3:48 pm
Zdeno Chara already revealed last week it’s going to take five to six weeks for him to be recovered from multiple jaw fractures the Bruins defenseman suffered in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final. Turns out he’ll be recuperating from some other surgery as well over that span. “Zdeno is having a small...
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Brad Marchand Boston Bruins
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Alex Reimer
June 15, 2019 - 5:45 pm
Brad Marchand isn't sorry for partying. The Bruins winger, fresh off an ill-timed line change that shifted the balance of the Stanley Cup Final, was videotaped dancing shirtless with ski goggles on the stage of an undisclosed club early Saturday morning. Marchand confirmed his identity in a tweet...
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David Backes Boston Bruins
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Matt Kalman
June 15, 2019 - 2:14 pm
Here’s where David Backes was on coach Bruce Cassidy’s pecking order when making a lineup for Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final: Cassidy opted to continue to dress Noel Acciari with a fractured sternum instead of the 35-year-old Backes. The Minnesota native had no points in six games playing with...
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