Catching up on some of the early season Bruins news, as Claude Julien and Peter Chiarelli have been busy as of late…
Signing Zdeno Chara to a contract extension had to be priority No. 1 for the Bruins before the 6-foot-9 defense-men was set to become a restricted free agent after the season. Boston inked the captain to a seven-year, $45.5 million extension that will guarantee his spot on the blue line until at least the 2017-18 season. He is entering his fifth season with the B’s and led the team with a plus-19 rating last season.
Tyler Seguin scored his first NHL goal today, on a nice breakaway move by the prized No. 2 pick in this years draft. Seguin’s goal was a fitting way to cap the Bruins game on Sunday, puting the B’s up 3-0 before they eventually won by the same score.
Patrice Bergeron got himself a three-year, $15 million contract extension earlier this week as the 25-year-old center has worked his way back to the second line after dealing with concussion problems the past few seasons.
It will be interesting to monitor the goaltender duties this season with two No. 1 goalies on the roster in Tim Thomas and Tuukka Rask. Rask made 32 saves in a 5-2 loss on Saturday and Tim Thomas made 29 saves in a 3-0 win on Sunday. Rask played in every single playoff game last season but with a healthy Thomas, (who battled hip problems all last year) the Bruins may find it hard to play the young Rask over former Vezina Trophy winner Thomas.