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POSTED ON Friday, 07.1.2016 / 8:15 PM ET
By Eric Russo - / Bruins Blog

BOSTON – David Backes has twice scored 30 goals in a season.

He has potted at least 20 goals in three straight campaigns and six times overall. He was an All-Star and the Frank J. Selke Trophy runner-up in 2011.

The list of accolades is lengthy.

But perhaps his biggest – and most important – asset is his ability to lead.

Backes wore a letter for seven of his 10 seasons in St. Louis, including the last five as captain. And when the Bruins began to court Backes last weekend that was very much on their minds.

The possibility of adding Backes to a roster that includes other accomplished veterans like Patrice Bergeron, David Krejci, Brad Marchand, and Zdeno Chara was too tantalizing for Bruins general manager Don Sweeney to pass up – particularly with the amount of young players beginning to emerge throughout Boston’s system.

POSTED ON Friday, 07.1.2016 / 5:33 PM ET
By Eric Russo - / Bruins Blog – The Boston Bruins signed forward Tim Schaller to a one-year, two-way contract worth $600,000 on Friday.

Learn more about Schaller:

Tim Schaller

Position: Forward

Height: 6-2

Weight: 219 pounds

Birthday: Nov. 16, 1990 (25 years old)

Hometown: Merrimack, N.H.

Shoots: Left

2015-16 totals: 1-2—3 in 17 games

Contract: 1 year, two-way, $600,000 AAV

Last team: Buffalo Sabres

POSTED ON Friday, 07.1.2016 / 5:29 PM ET
By Eric Russo - / Bruins Blog – The Bruins signed goalie Anton Khudobin to a two-year contract worth an annual average value of $1.2 million on Friday.

Learn more about Khudobin:

Anton Khudobin

Position: Goaltender

Height: 5-11

Weight: 203 pounds

Birthday: May 7, 1986 (30 years old)

Hometown: Kamenogorsk, Kazakhstan

Catches: Left

2015-16 totals: 3-3-0, 2.70 goals against average, .909 save percentage

Contract: 2 years, $1.2 million AAV

Last team: Anaheim Ducks

POSTED ON Friday, 07.1.2016 / 5:20 PM ET
By Eric Russo - / Bruins Blog – The Bruins signed forward Riley Nash to a two-year contract worth $900,000 per season on Friday.

Learn more about Nash:

Riley Nash

Position: Forward

Height: 6-1

Weight: 200 pounds

Birthday: May 9, 1989 (27 years old)

Hometown: Consort, Alberta

Shoots: Right

2015-16 totals: 9-13—22 in 64 games

Contract: 2 years, $900,000 AAV

Last team: Carolina Hurricanes

POSTED ON Friday, 07.1.2016 / 5:15 PM ET
By Eric Russo - / Bruins Blog – In addition to the four external free-agent signings on Friday, the Bruins also re-signed defensemen John-Michael Liles and Tommy Cross and forward Tyler Randell.

Liles was inked to a one-year contract worth an average annual value of $2 million. Cross and Randell were signed to one-year, two-way deals worth an AAV of $600,000.

Liles was acquired from the Carolina Hurricanes at last season’s trade deadline, in exchange for prospect Anthony Camara, a 2016 third-round pick, and a 2017 fifth-round pick. In 17 games for the Bruins, the 12-year NHL veteran registered six assists.

Cross, who was drafted by the Bruins with the 35th overall pick in the 2007 NHL Draft, has played the last five seasons with Providence, amassing 11 goals and 52 assists in 217 games. The Boston College alum (he won two national titles with the Eagles) made his NHL debut last season, playing three games for Boston and registering one assist.

POSTED ON Friday, 07.1.2016 / 2:33 PM ET
By Eric Russo - / Bruins Blog – The Boston Bruins signed forward David Backes to a five-year, $6 million contract on Friday.

Learn more about him:

David Backes

Position: Forward

Height: 6-3

Weight: 221 pounds

Birthday: May 1, 1984 (32 years old)

Hometown: Minneapolis, Minn.

Shoots: Right

2015-16 totals: 21-24—45 in 79 games

Contract: 5 years, $6 million AAV

Last team: St. Louis Blues

POSTED ON Thursday, 06.30.2016 / 7:24 PM ET
By Eric Russo - / Bruins Blog

BOSTON Torey Krug grew up in a hockey hotbed.

He knew what it was like to live in a city and a region enthralled with the game.

Krug’s hometown of Livonia, Mich., sits just 20 minutes west of Detroit – prime Red Wings territory and smack dab in the middle of Hockeytown’s reach.

So when he arrived in Boston as a 20-year-old, fresh out of Michigan State, Krug had high expectations for hockey culture.

It did not take long for those expectations to be trumped.

“I knew that Boston people were hard-working. They work for what they get and they earn it,” Krug said after signing a new four-year contract with the Bruins on Thursday afternoon.

“They’re very deeply involved and tied to their sports teams. But what I didn’t know was how big of a hockey town it is. I grew up in Detroit, which is nicknamed Hockeytown, but going through the Stanley Cup playoffs and the Finals, it really spoke volumes to me.

“And the passion that the fans have for hockey out here and the way the game is, with all the college teams…It seems to be a different culture out here.”

POSTED ON Saturday, 06.25.2016 / 1:55 PM ET
By Eric Russo - / Bruins Blog – The Boston Bruins selected forward Oskar Steen with the 165th overall pick Saturday afternoon at the 2016 NHL Entry Draft in Buffalo.

"It’s really fun to be drafted," said Steen. "I always been dreaming about that and I’m really like excited now and to be drafted by Boston Bruins, it’s nice club and yeah it’s really fun."

Steen, who can play wing and center, described himself as a good two-way player.

"Very good team player, who can play an offensive game and a defensive game," said Steen. "So I think that’s my strength. I have really good passing and my shot is okay. And I think my playmaking is my biggest positive."

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POSTED ON Saturday, 06.25.2016 / 1:52 PM ET
By Eric Russo - / Bruins Blog – The Boston Bruins selected defenseman Cam Clarke with the 136th overall pick Saturday afternoon at the 2016 NHL Entry Draft in Buffalo.

"It’s a feeling like no other," Clarke said from his home in Michigan, where he watched from home alongside his parents and girlfriend. "I was just sitting in there with my family and when it happened, it was just pure excitement, and to go to Boston, they’re an Original Six organization. It’s just — it’s something you dream of growing up and it’s a great feeling."

Clarke said he models his game after Washington Capitals blueliner John Carlson.

"I’m a good skating defenseman, good puck mover," said Clarke. "I’m really good with the puck and I have really great vision. I’m really good when I get into the offensive zone and making that first pass out of our D zone."

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POSTED ON Saturday, 06.25.2016 / 1:48 PM ET
By Eric Russo - / Bruins Blog – The Boston Bruins selected forward Joona Koppanen with the 135th overall pick Saturday afternoon at the 2016 NHL Entry Draft in Buffalo.

"I think that the draft was awesome and I’m really excited for the draft to Boston," said Koppanen.

The Finland native admitted he didn't know much about Boston, but was well aware that one of his countrymen mans the Bruins' net.

"I know that Tuukka Rask plays there....he’s Finnish guy and I like that," said Koppanen.

Check out more facts and figures below:

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1 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
2 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
3 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
4 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
5 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
6 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
7 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
8 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69


P. Bergeron 80 32 36 12 68
L. Eriksson 82 30 33 13 63
D. Krejci 72 17 46 4 63
B. Marchand 77 37 24 21 61
R. Spooner 80 13 36 -9 49
T. Krug 81 4 40 9 44
M. Beleskey 80 15 22 6 37
Z. Chara 80 9 28 12 37
J. Hayes 75 13 16 -12 29
D. Pastrnak 51 15 11 3 26
T. Rask 31 22 8 .915 2.56
J. Gustavsson 11 9 1 .908 2.72
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