BostonBruins.com - "That would be an ideal situation, I think, to play here forever. I hope we can make that happen."
Those were Tuukka Rask's words to Boston reporters gathered near his stall at TD Garden during the team's "break-up day" on June 26 before they parted ways for the offseason.
Rask was set to become a restricted free agent on July 5. He joked that day he was heading to his general manager's office to take care of the paperwork.
"I am going to go see Peter right now. Have it signed by this afternoon?" he had quipped.
Fast forward two weeks to July 10, five days after the Bruins' starting goaltender became an RFA, and the goaltender is now locked up for the foreseeable future with a new eight-year contract that will keep him a Bruin until at least 2020-21, when he turns 34.
His annual cap hit is $7 million. The length is the longest term any player can be signed to, under the NHL's new Collective Bargaining Agreement that went into effect this season.
BostonBruins.com - Just as you may have seen throughout the NHL in the past week, once the majority of current NHLers part ways for the offseason to re-energize and train, the first half of July often features teams' prospects taking part in development camps.
Photos, stories and videos of the NHL's next crop of athletes filter through Twitter streams, and across websites and social media.
Starting today, we'll be no different. The Bruins' prospects and camp attendees have made their way into the Boston area and are about to begin a week of on-ice practices, off-ice testing, meetings and activities, all geared towards - you guessed it - their development.
This year's crop of 24 attendees includes Bruins' draft picks, signings and invites. They come from colleges, junior hockey, Massachusetts and Sweden. Some are first-timers; others are third year "veterans" who will be counted on to fill leadership roles.
BostonBruins.com - The seventh annual Bruins Development Camp is set to begin Wednesday, July 10, at the B's practice facility of Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington, Mass.
Throughout the past two days, the 24 prospects and camp attendees have been arriving from all over, some like recent second-round draft pick Linus Arnesson coming all the way from Sweden, and others like Matt Grzelcyk and Ryan Fitzgerald, driving a short way from Charlestown and North Reading.
Lugging their hockey bags through Logan International Airport, the out-of-town prospects made their way to the team hotel, where we caught up with a few of them before camp kicks off.
Two two B's prospects flew over together from Canada, 2012 first-round pick, goaltender Malcolm Subban, and 2011 draft pick, forward Anthony Camara. The pair both spent this past season in the Ontario Hockey League, Camara for the Barrie Colts and Subban between the pipes for the Belleville Bulls. Both will challenge for spots on the Providence roster for next season.
BostonBruins.com - We don't know too much about Loui Eriksson here in Boston….yet.
We know that the 27-year-old is from Goteborg, Sweden. He's a seven-year NHL veteran who turns 28 soon, on July 17 to be exact. We know that he's a 6-foot-2, 196-pound forward with a left-shot, who can play both sides, though he prefers the right wing.
We know that in the past five seasons, Eriksson has only missed three games. Through his seven seasons as a Star, he put up 150 goals and 207 assists for 357 points with a plus-31 rating in 501 career games. He was drafted in the infamous 2003 draft (often labeled as the "best in history"), 33rd overall, 12 picks before the Black & Gold selected Patrice Bergeron.
We also now know that he's appreciative of his time with Dallas - but he's very excited to be a Boston Bruin.
"I’m really looking forward to playing in Boston. It’s a real good team and for the last couple years they’ve been one of the best teams in the league," said Eriksson, on a conference call with Boston media for the first time on Monday morning (July 8).
BostonBruins.com - Patrice Bergeron is currently under contract with the Bruins until the 2013-14 season. As of Friday at noon, Tuukka Rask is a restricted free agent, having signed a one-year deal prior to the 2012-13 season, in which he would assume the No. 1 goaltending role.
"We’re very close on both Tuukka and Bergy," Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli divulged Saturday during a conference call with media, on the the contract extensions for the pair of Bruins.
It's been well-documented on this site, how Bergeron and Rask both want to spend their careers here; they've made it well-known.
The 27-year-old Bergeron has been a Bruin for a decade, drafted 45th overall by Boston in the ever-acclaimed 2003 NHL Draft. He's only known Black & Gold - and doesn't wish it any other way.
With the possible contract extension on the horizon, the center said during his season-ending media availability that he is "very confident" that he and Boston would be able to work something out. He just wasn't sure exactly how long it was going to take.
BostonBruins.com - Jarome Iginla agreed to a one-year deal with the Bruins on Friday on the opening day of free agency. Being an unrestricted free agent, the right wing chose to come here.
In fact, his agent reached out to General Manager Peter Chiarelli on Thursday to inform him that Iginla was interested in talking with the Bruins about joining their team. At the time, Chiarelli was in discussions with Daniel Alfredsson and his agent (before the former Sens captain signed with Detroit).
"But it certainly peaked my interest as Jarome was a player we tried to get at the trade deadline, as you are all aware," Chiarelli told media on a conference call with Iginla Saturday afternoon, to discuss the deal.
"My opinion of him hasn’t changed as a person or as a player. I know he’s a terrific player. He plays the type of game we’re looking for. He plays a heavy game, heavy shot, heavy forecheck. A power forward type of game and we needed a right wing with Nathan Horton leaving and Tyler Seguin being traded."
BOSTON, MA - Jarome Iginla is a Boston Bruin.
The words sound familiar to you, given the well-chronicled brief saga of the former Calgary Flames captain choosing to go to Pittsburgh in a trade on March 28, over the spoked-B. And the saga that spilled into the Eastern Conference Final, when the Bruins swept the Penguins.
But, this time, it's true. When free agency opened on Friday, by 8:30 p.m., the veteran right winger had become a member of the Bruins, signing a one-year contract.
I caught up with B's General Manager Peter Chiarelli to get a few brief thoughts just moments after the deal.
"We’ve come to terms on a one-year deal with Jarome Iginla. There’s been much report about him from before, but we tried to get him before, and now we have him," said the GM, acknowledging the aforementioned "saga."
BostonBruins.com - The NHL's 'Free Agent Frenzy' - as its often labeled - began at noon today, and in the past seven hours (as it just hit past 7:00 p.m. ET here in Boston), we've seen at least 30 unrestricted free agents join teams and be taken off the market.
Of those 30 UFA's, four Bruins from the 2012-13 roster have moved on to other teams. And all had different scenarios heading into free agency. Here's a look at their new destinations...
10:25 a.m. - Ference to Edmonton
Andrew Ference has gone back home, as he joined the Edmonton Oilers today. The defenseman had been enriched in the Bruins and Boston for seven seasons, and it has been well-documented on this site how much he meant to the spoked-B, and how difficult it was for General Manager Peter Chiarelli and the B's to depart with the steady blueliner to clear up space with the new constraints of the lower salary cap.
"With the current cap, Peter isn’t going to be able to keep me," Ference had said on the team's break-up day. "He’s got to re-sign Tuukka, and obviously do his side of the business. Also, unfortunately with the new CBA, he’s restricted. Wish it wasn’t so, but that’s the way it is."
BostonBruins.com - The NHL's free agency period in under way as of today, July 5, at noon (ET).
Usually beginning on the first day of July, the date was pushed back this year following the lockout shortened season and the league's new Collective Bargaining Agreement.
General Manager Peter Chiarelli and the Bruins' mindset heading into the period was to rebuild their right side. Right wing Nathan Horton had informed the GM that he was opting to not re-sign with the team and would explore the free agent market with his unrestricted free agent status as of today at noon. UFA Jaromir Jagr is likely to not return, though Chiarelli said the team had thought of circling back with the 41-year-old veteran after learning of Horton's decision.
Horton's status pushed the Bruins' GM and his staff to take a different direction than they had anticipated, looking to the free agent and trade markets to reconstruct the right.
BOSTON, MA - Heading into the free agency period that begins on July 5, the Bruins priority was rebuilding their right side.
With Nathan Horton opting to head to free agency instead of re-signing with Boston, and Jaromir Jagr also likely to not return, General Manager Peter Chiarelli made a significant step towards filling those holes on Thursday, with a blockbuster, seven-player trade with the Dallas Stars.
The centerpiece of the trade for Boston brings in Loui Eriksson, a quick, two-way, consistent winger who can play both sides, though Chiarelli has him slotted for the right wing.
The Bruins also acquired three high-end prospects in defenseman Joe Morrow, and wingers Matt Fraser and Reilly Smith.
For the Bruins, though, Eriksson is the "major piece."