Bruins Lock Up Goalie Of The Future

Rask Agrees To Extension With B’s

The Boston Bruins may already have net-minder Tim Thomas locked up for four-years but that won’t stop Peter Chiarelli and the B’s from making sure their goalie of the future isn’t going anywhere as well.

The B’s signed backup goaltender Tuukka Rask to a two-year extension keeping the 22-year-old in Boston until the 2011-12 season.  The rookie has played in four games this year with a 2-1-1 record and an average of 2.41 goals per game. 

Bruins Lay An Egg In New York

Rangers Shut Out B’s At Madison Square Garden

The Boston Bruins continued its pattern of winning a game then losing a game on Sunday as the B’s lost 1-0 to the New York Rangers, a day after defeating the Edmonton Oilers.

The lone goal of the contest came in the second period as Marian Gaborik snuck the puck past Tim Thomas to deliver the game’s only goal and the Rangers their ninth win of the season. Boston (6-6-1) managed only 29 shots on Henrik Lundqvist and couldn’t capitalize in the third period when the B’s had four straight minutes of power-play time.    

The Bruins are set to head to Detriot to face the Red Wings on Tuesday, marking the middle game of a tough three-game stretch for the Black and Gold.  The B’s will then face the Montreal Canadiens at the Garden on Thursday.  

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Bruins Hit Hard With Injury Bug

B’s Lose Another Key Player Due To Injury

First it was Milan Lucic.  Now its Marc Savard.  The Boston Bruins have lost their leading goal scorer to injury reserve as the Boston forward has a broken left foot.

It will take about four to six weeks for Savard to heal and be back with the B’s.  Savard played in all 82 games for the Black and Gold last season and lead the team with seven points in seven games.  

The Bruins recalled forward Trent Whitfield from Providence to take Savard’s spot on the roster.

Bruins Acquire Some Much Needed Help

B’s Send Chuck Kobasew To Minnesota

There is no secret that the Boston Bruins have yet to live up to their lofty 2009 expectations. So in their first effort to shake things up, the Bruins sent right winger Chuck Kobasew to the Minnesota Wild in exchange for Craig Weller and Alexander Fallstrom.

The B’s also obtained the rights to the Wild’s second-round pick in the 2011 NHL draft.  The Bruins recalled three players from Providence in accordance with the move.  

It’s about time the Bruins turn things around as it won’t get any easier for the Black and Gold with Milan Lucic out for an extended period of time. 

Bad News Bears For Bruins

Bruins Loss Lucic To Injury

The Boston Bruins will be without winger Milan Lucic for about four to six weeks after Lucic had surgery to repair an injured right index finger.

The 21-year-old Lucic suffered an injury to his index finger on Friday in Dallas and will be forced to miss at least 10 games as the aggressive winger who had gotten off to a slow start in 2009, much like the rest of his Bruins teammates, was placed on long-term injured reserve on Sunday.

Boston’s Comeback Bid Comes Up Short

Bruins Off To Rough Start In 2009


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The Boston Bruins had hopes of stealing the game away from the Colorado Avalanche with a late surge in the final two periods, but Colombus Day belonged to the Avs as David Jones’ short-handed goal lifted the Avalanche to a 4-3 victory over the Bruins on Monday at the TD Banknorth Garden.
The Bruins pulled off an improbable comeback on Saturday night, scoring three goals in the last eight minutes before finishing off the New York Islanders in a shootout. However, the Bruins didn’t receive the same type of gift from the Avalanche this holiday.  

Boston (2-3) is off to a surprisingly slow start as Tuukka Rask fell to 1-1 on the season, giving up four goals on 22 shots.  The B’s have a few days to practice before they head out to Dallas to face the Stars on Friday. 

B’s Lock Up Lucic With New Deal

Bruins Award Punisher Lucic With A Contract Extension

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Boston Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli wanted to lock up forward Milan Lucic for the long-term.  And that’s exactly what Chiarelli did by signing Lucic to a three-year contract extension, which will keep the hard-hitting forward in Boston through the 2012-2013 season.  

If Chiarelli hadn’t signed Lucic to an extension, he would have become a restricted free agent at the end of this season.  Lucic had a career high in goals, 17, and assists, 25, last season and lead the team wit a plus-12 rating in last year’s playoffs.

The 21-year-old Lucic signed a deal believed to be worth $12.25 million in which the left winger will make $4 million in the first two years of the contract with the final year netting him $4.25 million.  

Its The End Of The World As We Know It…

Bruins Falter In Season Opener Against Capitals

Cue the R.E.M. song.  The Boston Bruins lost last night in the first game of the 2009 NHL season and its time to start panicking.  Alright, I may be overeacting just a little bit here but the Bruins did produce a clunker in last nights 4-1 loss to the Washington Capitals at the TD Banknorth Garden.

Unfortunately for B’s fans, there’s no cash for clunkers program that allows us to trade in a bad performance for a better result (or cash). Heading into this 2009-2010 season, the Bruins have lofty goals and expectation and on Thursday night they disappointed.  

Two-time defending NHL Most Valuable Player Alexander Ovechikin dazzled in his season debut with two goals and an assist as opposing net-minder Jose Theodore stopped a meager 19 shots from Boston in route to the easy victory.  Patrice Bergeron added the lone goal for the B’s in the third period on a nifty break-away move.  Defending Vezina Trophy winner, Tim Thomas, made 30 saves while giving up four goals.  

The Black N’ Gold host the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday in the second game of their five-game home stand.

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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.