The Need To Trade Kessel Was Evident

Bruins Forced To Move Young Talent

Sometimes things just don’t work out.  That’s exactly what happened between the Boston Bruins and Phil Kessel this offseason as the Bruins sent the 21-year-old right-winger to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for a first-and-second-round draft picks in 2010, and a first-round pick in 2011.  The Leafs in return, signed the talented scorer to a five-year $27 million deal.  

Kessel has a ton of upside offensively but proved to be a bit to pricy for the B’s to retain this season especially with the likes of Aaron Ward and other free agents coming back to the Hub.  Many believe that Kessel was a product of a good offense and line-mate in Marc Savard and that he was overrated, even with 36 goals in 70 games.  What cannot be disputed is that the B’s and Kessel didn’t develop a long-lasting agreement and relationship that could’ve kept the 21-year-old in Boston for the long run. 

Bruins Sign Julien To Extension

B’s Lock Up Julien To Multi-Year Extension

After a successful two-year stint on the Garden ice, Claude Julien earned a multi-year extension from Jeremy Jacobs and the Boston Bruins in which he signed on Friday.  Julien, winner of the Jack Adams Award, led the Bruins to the best record in the Eastern Conference with 116 points while compiling a .640 winning percentage in two years with Boston.  

The Black and Gold eventually fell to the Carolina Hurricanes in seven games in the Eastern Conference semi-finals last season.  Julien started his NHL head coaching career with Montreal in the 2003-2004 season, leading the Canadiens past the Bruins in the 2004 playoffs.  

The terms of the deal are undisclosed but the multi-year extension should keep Julien on the B’s bench for many years to come. 

Puttin’ The Pieces Together

Boston Bruins Re-Sign Matt Hunwick

Matt Hunwick had to shut it down earlier than expected in the 2008-2009 playoffs due to a ruptured spleen, but the Boston Bruins liked what they saw from anyway, as the restricted free agent put up six goals and 21 assists in 53 games last season for the B’s.

The former University of Michigan star made only one playoff appearance against the Montreal Canadiens before having to remove his spleen.  His signing could very well bring about the end of Phil Kessel’s tenure in Boston due to salary cap space.  Hunwick’s two-year extension will cost the Bruins roughy $2.9 million with the defense-man making $1.35 million next season.

Bitz Signs Extension With Bruins

B’s Lock Up Young Talent For The Long-Term

The Boston Bruins signed Byron Bitz to a multi-year extension on Wednesday as the 24-year-old Bitz became a free agent on this first day of July.

Bitz played in 35 games for the Bruins this past season, scoring just four goals and three assists, but the big forward was a dynamic force in the playoffs and fans can remember him for his opening goal at the TD Banknorth Garden in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals with the Carolina Hurricanes.

Details on the extension have yet to be released.

Bruins Receive Some Hardware

B’s Leave Las Vegas With Some Awards

The Boston Bruins were in Las Vegas on Thursday for the NHL awards ceremony and three Bruins went home with decorated accolades.  

Tim Thomas, Zhendo Chara, and Claude Julien all recieved awards for being tops at their position in 2009.  Thomas won the Vezina Trohpy which goes to the top goaltender.  Chara won the Norris Trohpy which goes to the leagues top defenseman and coach Julien was honored with the Jack Adams Awarad which goes to the NHL’s top coach.

In a 2008-2009 season that gave Boston fans lots to cheer about and lots to look forward to next year, it’s nice to know that some Bruins were honored for their astounding success on the ice this past season.

Bruins Move Closer To Series Comeback

B’s Dominate Canes To Force Game 7 In Boston

The top-seeded Boston Bruins refused to be sucker punched out of the playoffs by the Carolina Hurricanes as Mark Recchi and company jumped on the Canes early and often on their way to a 4-2 victory Tuesday night.

Boston staked an 2-0 advantage early on thanks in large part to Recchi and Steve Montador.  Carolina got on the scoreboard early in the second but Marc Savards goal halfway through the second period gave Boston all the scoring it would need as Chuck Kobasew added a goal late in the second to give Claude Julien and Bruins some breathing room for the final period.

Tim Thomas made 31 stops for the B’s as Patrice Bergeron had two assists. Aaron Ward, the victim of a cheap punch by Carolina’s Scott Walker in Game 5, played 20 minutes for the Black and Gold even with a broken orbital bone.

The two teams will square off in Game 7 of the series on Thursday night at the TD Banknorth Garden to determine who will face the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Eastern Conference finals.

(AP Photo)

Bruins Stayin’ Alive With Win Over Canes

The Boston Bruins brought a halt to their three-game losing streak in their Eastern Conference seminfinals matchup with the Carolina Hurricanes by shutting out the Canes 4-0 at the TD Banknorth Garden.
The Bruins attacked the Hurricanes early and often in Game 5 by putting 40 shots on Cam Ward while the Canes only managed to muster 19 shots against Tim Thomas who recorded his first NHL playoff shutout.
Phil Kessel scored two goals for the B’s as Marc Savard added two assists for the Black and Gold.  Kessel scored his first goal of the series after scoring four in Boston’s first round matchup with the Montreal Canadiens.  Mark Recchi scored Boston’s first goal of the game for his 49th career playoff goal.
Milan Lucic and Zdeno Chara set the physical tone early for the Bruins before Chara left the game with a leg injury in the second period.  His return in the third helped spark the Bruins faithful and players, who now face two elimination games in order to make it to the Eastern Conference finals.
The Bruins and Hurricanes hit the ice again in Carolina on Tuesday.

This kid rocks!

If you were watching the Bruins game last night you must have seen this kid.He was awesome and deserves a free t-shirt!

Bruins Skating On Thin Ice

Hurricanes Have Boston Bruins Against The Ropes

The Boston Bruins skated through the first round without any obstacles, so what suddenly has the Bruins facing a 3-1 series deficit in the second round?
Well, the forecast called for Hurricanes and that’s just what the Bruins find themselves in right now.
Needing to win three straight games in order to make it to the Eastern Conference finals, the Bruins must rely upon what got them into the playoffs.
Tough nose defense. Good Goaltending. Heady play.
There is a thought that in the playoffs you need one of two things to prevail.  Timely plays.  Hot goaltending.  The Bruins have lacked both in the last three games when their opponent has capitalized on both.  So can the Black and Gold turn it around in time to keep the season going?
Yes, if they play like they can.
Boston hosts Carolina at the TD Banknorth Garden on Sunday as Claude Julien and the B’s hope that a Game 5 turn around will swing the momentum back over to the Black and Gold.