The Bruins player everyone was waiting to be a failure provided plenty of fodder for his detractors at the outset of his stint with Boston after arriving via free agency from Montreal.
The week of the NHL draft traditionally creates an excitable trade market after months of slumber since the in-season trading deadline.
While Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli today described the level of trade talk around the league as high, he didn’t sound like a man ready to pull off any blockbusters before or during the draft in Pittsburgh this weekend.
According to the official NHL draft order released by the league today, the Bruins will have five picks June 22-23 in Pittsburgh.
Their first pick is scheduled to be 24th overall in the first round.
Eleven goals probably wasn’t the total the Bruins were looking for when they brought Rich Peverley back for the 2011-12 season after a successful performance during the run to the Stanley Cup the June prior, and then signed him to a three-year extension worth $3.25 million per season starting this season.
A Steve Staios slap shot to the face in early November didn’t make Daniel Paille rethink his career choice.
Instead he underwent surgery, sported one of the ugliest shiner/broken nose combinations in recent memory around the Bruins’ dressing room and then, 10 days later, got right back into the Bruins’ lineup in his role as Boston’s fourth-line left winger.
The signings of Gregory Campbell and Chris Kelly to multi-year contracts that keep both veterans off the free-agent market also gives the Bruins all four of their regular centers from last season on next season’s roster.
That probably means more time on the wing for natural center Tyler Seguin.
With the Bruins making it official today that center Gregory Campbell has signed a three-year deal with the club and fellow pivot Chris Kelly has reached an agreement in principle on a four-year deal with the team, Boston now has 12 forwards who played a major role on last year’s team under contract for the 2012-13 season.
After taking the NHL’s version of a three-stop tour of the New York area through the first several seasons of his career, Mike Mottau finally got to come home.
The balance that has to be struck is the same for every rugged defenseman.
Like those before him and others currently skating in the NHL, Adam McQuaid is going to have to figure out how to play his all-out physical style at the sport’s highest level without enduring the type of injuries that keep him out of the lineup for extended periods.
Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli continued to lock up members of his 2011-12 club by re-signing two key centers Monday, according to a Tweet from TSN reporter Bob McKenzie.
Chris Kelly (four years, $12 million) and Gregory Campbell (three years, $4.8 million) have re-signed with the club less than a month before they were scheduled to become unrestricted free agents.
Good brat or bad brat?
After Bruins head coach Claude Julien applied those terms to the two sides of forward Brad Marchand, that was the question running through the coach’s mind and everyone else’s thoughts seemingly every time Marchand took the ice.
All the 100-plus-PIM seasons in junior hockey, and two plus seasons of more than 100 penalty minutes with the Bruins’ Providence (AHL) farm club finally paid off in 2011-12 for Lane MacDermid.
The annual summer prospect exhibition that is Bruins Development Camp will commence June 28 and continue through July 2 at Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington.
Although the roster has yet to be finalized, you can figure 2011 first-round pick Dougie Hamilton will probably be among the group of players on hand, which will include Boston’s 2012 draft picks from the draft June 22-23.
We all know the expectations that Milan Lucic will be the next Cam Neely are unfair.
The problem is, Lucic seems to be struggling just to become the Milan Lucic he and the Bruins expect him to be, and the player Bruins cast him and pay him to be.
In light of today’s news that Alexander Radulov will not be returning to Nashville, I ask you readers of TheBruinsBlog.net: