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POSTED ON Thursday, 05.22.2014 / 5:43 PM
By Caryn Switaj - BostonBruins.com / Bruins Blog

BostonBruins.com - On Wednesday night, it was announced that Bruins Assistant General Manager Jim Benning had been named the new general manager of the Vancouver Canucks.

With the Bruins for eight seasons, Benning has worked in scouting and management in the NHL for more than 20 years.

"Jim was a valuable member of our hockey operations staff for the past eight seasons," Bruins President Cam Neely said in a statement released by the team on Thursday. "Our organization is appreciative of the contributions he made and we wish him and his family the best in their new endeavor in Vancouver."

"Jim was a valuable member of our organization, whose experience, work ethic and hockey acumen was greatly appreciated in the course of his time here," Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli said in a statement. "We wish him the best of luck in his new position. Jim will have no further obligations to the Bruins effective immediately. We will look internally and externally to replace that position."

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POSTED ON Thursday, 05.22.2014 / 2:04 PM
By Caryn Switaj - BostonBruins.com / Bruins Blog

BostonBruins.com - On July 5, 2006, a 29-year-old Zdeno Chara was introduced as a Boston Bruin. He was entering his ninth season in the NHL.

The Bruins had not made the Conference Semifinal since 1999. They hadn't reached the Conference Final since 1992. They hadn't reached the Final since 1990. They hadn't won the Cup since 1972.

"I’m just very happy to be a part of this organization," Chara had said, among his first words to Boston media on that July day. "Hopefully, we can turn it around."

Their window of opportunity was starting to re-open, with a nudge from a 6-foot-9, 255-pound defenseman.

"I just want to be involved in this whole process. I am not afraid of a challenge," he said, of choosing Boston as a highly sought-after free agent.

"I am willing to lead by my example with hard work, dedication, discipline, and drive. I want to put this team on the winning track. Once we do that, I want to contend for a Cup and be champions."

Chara was named the 18th Captain in Bruins' history on October 3, 2006, with Patrice Bergeron named an alternate captain, as a ripe 21-year-old, who played well beyond his years. Future alternate captain David Krejci played just six games in the League that season in 2006-07, Chara's first in the Spoked-B. He was 20. He, too, would help push the window open.


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POSTED ON Wednesday, 05.21.2014 / 10:20 PM
By Caryn Switaj - BostonBruins.com / Bruins Blog

BostonBruins.com - If the Providence Bruins were going to be knocked out of the Calder Cup Playoffs, it was only fitting that they would find a way to battle right until the end.

On Wednesday night, the P-Bruins fell to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals.

They found themselves in a 5-0 hole, before David Warsofsky reduced the deficit to 5-1 with a shorthanded goal just 54 seconds before the end of the second period.

Ryan Spooner scored just 23 seconds into the third period, and Alexander Khokhlachev put up back-to-back goals to make it a one-goal game. His second score came on the power play at 9:55 into the final frame, assisted by Spooner. Providence led shots 13-3 in the third.

Their torrid comeback fell just short, falling to the Penguins 5-4. The P-Bruins had staved off elimination and forced a Game 7 with a 4-1 win over Wilkes-Barre on Monday night.

In their first-round series, they had won two straight elimination games to overcome a veteran Springfield Falcons team in five games and advance.


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POSTED ON Tuesday, 05.20.2014 / 3:24 PM
By Caryn Switaj - BostonBruins.com / Bruins Blog

BOSTON, MA - As the players have all dispersed for the offseason, the Bruins held their annual year-end media availability with Bruins Owner Jeremy Jacobs, Principal Charlie Jacobs and President Cam Neely on Tuesday morning at TD Garden.

Naturally, the overwhelming feeling is disappointment, as was shown by the players, and from General Manager Peter Chiarelli and Head Coach Claude Julien on May 16, as they all gathered for exit meetings and their final interviews with reporters.

The regular season was the most consistent this group has seen in their tenure; the postseason was not.

Now, the focus is on evaluation and making the necessary adjustments to continue building around a strong core that is set on bringing the Cup back to Boston.

"Well we still have to sit down with our group and talk about the season and what our team will look like moving forward," said Neely.

"Again, we’ve built a pretty good team, a successful team. This year is probably especially disappointing because of the regular season that we had, and how we felt that we could be more successful in the playoffs. So, again, we will get together shortly and meet as a group and talk about what we think we need to do to improve."


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POSTED ON Monday, 05.19.2014 / 5:29 PM
By Caryn Switaj - BostonBruins.com / Bruins Blog

BostonBruins.com - Dennis Seidenberg was given a timetable after he tore his ACL/MCL in his right knee on December 27: six to eight months.

The latter would have put him ready and recovered sometime around August, just in time to ramp up for training camp.

"If you have an injury like that, you want to make sure it heals right, properly. Still go with 6-8 months, there's nothing I can change," the defenseman had said back on December 30.

Although, if you're an athlete, especially Seidenberg, that isn't necessarily your mindset.

A little over four and a half months following surgery, the defenseman was close to a return to game action. If the Bruins had advanced to the Eastern Conference Final, he could have made that return, in mid-May.

"I think right from the beginning I thought, I mean they do tell you six to eight months, but I know people that come back in a shorter period of time, and so I just told myself, why not?" said Seidenberg, speaking with media on May 16, for the first time since December 30. "I'll try my best and see where it takes me."

It took him farther than anyone - except for maybe Seidenberg - originally thought.


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POSTED ON Monday, 05.19.2014 / 10:56 AM
By Caryn Switaj - BostonBruins.com / Bruins Blog

BostonBruins.com - On Friday, every Bruin - one by one - sat down with General Manager Peter Chiarelli for a customary season-ending exit meeting at TD Garden.

"What I can tell you, and these aren’t the ones that are making the decisions, but every player to a T that I have seen so far this morning has been like, you know, we should have been there - meaning going all the way - or we will be there next year," said Chiarelli.

"We definitely feel strong. Now part of my job is to filter that stuff out because I’m the manager, they’re the players."

Every player was emotional about the way that 2013-14 ended. They didn't lay everything on the line. On Friday, as they went in and out of meetings with Chiarelli and their head coach Claude Julien, and in and out of the locker room to speak with reporters, they were coming to terms with the reality of what had happened.

"I know it’s frustrating for everybody," said Julien. "Our players are extremely disappointed. They feel like they let the city, our fans and everybody down. I know that for a fact. I’ve heard it from a lot of players and our guys take a lot of pride in representing this city and this organization."

Now, though, comes the time to move on.


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POSTED ON Saturday, 05.17.2014 / 9:53 AM
By Caryn Switaj - BostonBruins.com / Bruins Blog

BostonBruins.com - The Bruins gathered at TD Garden on Friday for their year-end meetings and media availability, before packing up their equipment and parting ways for the offseason.

Part 1 of the day's rundown includes quotes from Zdeno Chara, Patrice Bergeron, Tuukka Rask, Jarome Iginla and Shawn Thornton. It also includes thoughts from Chris Kelly, Dennis Seidenberg and Adam McQuaid, all sidelined by injuries this season.

Below you can find Part 2, with David Krejci, Milan Lucic, Gregory Campbell, Daniel Paille, Brad Marchand, Johnny Boychuk, Loui Eriksson and Carl Soderberg


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POSTED ON Friday, 05.16.2014 / 6:40 PM
By Caryn Switaj - BostonBruins.com / Bruins Blog

BostonBruins.com - The Bruins gathered at TD Garden on Friday for their year-end meetings and media availability, before packing up their equipment and parting ways for the offseason.

It's always a somber time, with plenty of reflecting and rehashing of the entire season. For a few hours, players bounce from physicals, to meetings with Head Coach Claude Julien and General Manager Peter Chiarelli, to speaking with reporters.

sAt the end of it all, they grab their equipment bags, sticks and head out for a few months, before reconvening in August, and doing it all over again - just with a better result.

"The only time this group's been smiling at the end of the year is a few years back," said Chris Kelly. "So expectations are extremely high here, and rightfully so. We have such a good group, it's just unfortunate the way it ended this year."

While there are plenty of stories we'll bring you on BostonBruins.com in the coming week, reflecting on the 2013-14 Bruins, here's a run-down from each player's final meeting with reporters...


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POSTED ON Thursday, 05.15.2014 / 6:46 PM
By Caryn Switaj - BostonBruins.com / Bruins Blog

BostonBruins.com - It may be too soon for the 'silver lining.'

There's nothing hopeful or comforting about the fact that the Bruins' 2013-14 season came to an unhappy end.

On Friday, the Black & Gold are gathering for their season-ending media availability at TD Garden, before going their separate ways for a summer and offseason that is far too long for their liking.

There will be a lot of reflecting, from the players - the veterans and the young guns alike - and from the coach and general manager.

How did one of the most consistent seasons in franchise history end in disappointment? How did this group not find a way?

Those lingering questions likely kept them awake all Wednesday night, and will creep into their minds all throughout the summer, as they prepare for 2014-15.

It's important to stew over that frustration, but maybe more important, is the reaction to it.

Once the players part ways, and the questions are all answered, that's all they can do - react - by learning from it, taking the positives, getting better, moving on and coming back raring and ready to go.

When Bruins President Cam Neely joined 98.5 The Sports Hub on Thursday afternoon for his weekly "Felger & Mazz" call-in with Michael Felger and Tony Massarotti, he was asked what those positives were that he could take from the situation.


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POSTED ON Thursday, 05.15.2014 / 1:12 AM
By Caryn Switaj - BostonBruins.com / Bruins Blog

BOSTON - When the Bruins skated off the TD Garden ice on Wednesday night and down the tunnel, there was no more sense of hope.

All hope had been left on the ice, along with the scattered gold rally towels that had made their way to the ice.

The men in the Spoked-B had gone through their handshake line with the men in Bleu, Blacn et Rouge, saluted the crowd for their undying support and headed to the locker room to try and process what had just happened.

Game 7. A 3-1 loss to the rival Habs. It likely hurts just reading the words alone.

"You’re never satisfied in playoffs unless you win and you go all the way," said Brad Marchand, trying to adjust to the shock to the system that is losing a Game 7 in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

"But we didn’t play our best hockey at the right time and that’s what you need to do in playoffs. You need to play your best hockey of the season in playoff time and we didn’t do that."

It had been 224 days since Opening Night, just under a year since Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final. There was unfinished business, and the Bruins didn't get it done.

"No, no. You can’t [process it]. It’s been five minutes since the game was over," said Patrice Bergeron, who stood in front of his stall, his hands shaking as he tried to formulate words for all of the gathered reporters. "You can’t, and it’s going to take a while to sink in."


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