BostonBruins.com - In what is likely to be his final media availability before the preseason kicks back into gear, Bruins' General Manager Peter Chiarelli was content with where his club stood heading into 2013-14.
With the re-signing of Tuukka Rask and extension for Patrice Bergeron - both eight-year deals - complete, and the right side nearly filled out with the offseason additions of Loui Eriksson and Jarome Iginla, it doesn't appear that the Bruins will be making any more transactions this summer.
"We’re done for now," said Chiarelli from Ristuccia Arena on Sunday, where the last day of on-ice workouts for the prospects at Development Camp had wrapped up.
"There’s some little things that you need to take care of but nothing significant."
It was a busy end of the season for Chiarelli and his staff, going from the Stanley Cup Final, to the draft, trade with Dallas, free agency and into Development Camp. The GM was prepared for the busy offseason, though.
WILMINGTON, MA - As Development Camp hits Day 4, the prospects have now gone through session after session of on-ice drills and scrimmages, along with off-ice fitness testing.
On Saturday, the competitiveness began to reach a higher level, and the scrimmages and game-like situations showcased a quicker pace to the game. Most of the attendees haven't skated in weeks or even months, so as they get their legs under them, the tempo picks up as well.
"We’re here to develop skills and the off-ice [part of the game]," say Providence Bruins Head Coach Bruce Cassidy, who is helping lead the camp this week, said following Day 4's workouts.
"Scouts obviously love to see that to see what they’ve drafted and as coaches we like it, too."
The prospects are given a chance to display their skill sets on the ice, but they're also tested off the ice. They are faced with new challenges every day, and every day gets progressively harder.
BostonBruins.com - On Friday, General Manager Peter Chairelli announced that the Bruins Patrice Bergeron to an eight-year contract extension, that makes him a Boston Bruin until at least the 2021-22 season.
As voiced numerous times by everyone in the Bruins' organization, from Chiarelli, to Head Coach Claude Julien, to the assistant general managers, to his teammates, Bergeron epitomizes the spoked-B on and off the ice everyday. He's the model, the example they use, when described what they want in a Bruin.
The constant preaching came to fruition for the entire hockey world - and beyond - in the Stanley Cup Final, when Bergeron ended up playing through a broken rib and torn cartilage on his left side, along with a separated right shoulder, and a puncture in his lung.
When Bergeron and Chiarelli joined media on a conference call Friday to discuss the new extension, the alternate captain said his recovery for the aforementioned injuries is "going well."
BostonBruins.com - Patrice Bergeron has been a Boston Bruins for 10 years. Do you believe it? A decade in the Black & Gold.
Now, the 27-year-old leader will be wearing the spoked-B for at least nine more years.
Fresh off Tuukka Rask's new eight-year deal that was announced by General Manager Peter Chiarelli on Thursday, the Bruins signed Bergeron to an eight-year extension on Friday that will keep him a Bruin at least until the 2021-22 season.
The centerman still has a year left on his current three-year deal that was signed during the 2011 preseason, before the run to the Stanley Cup. The new contract will kick in for the 2014-15 season.
An eight-year deal is the longest length a contract can be in the NHL.
BostonBruins.com - Tuukka Rask will be a Boston Bruin between the pipes until at least the 2020-21 season.
After signing a new, eight-year contract with the Black & Gold, the goaltender addressed media via conference call on Thursday from Finland, where he's relaxing and regrouping for the 2013-14 season, one that will mark the first of his long-term status. The contract comes on the heels of a solidifying season, in which he took the reigns of the No. 1 role.
Rask gave opening remarks, first and foremost, thanking the organization for giving him the opportunity to be a Bruin in the first place.
"We all know it’s a huge honor to play for the Bruins and I’ve had such a great time throughout my years with the Bruins," he said. "I’m looking forward to keep that going and hopefully bring the Cup back to Boston where it belongs."
Before the long-term deal, Rask had infamously said it would be ideal, of course, to be a Bruin "forever."
BostonBruins.com - During a conference call with media regarding Tuukka Rask's new eight-year deal on Thursday afternoon, GM Peter Chiarelli told media that the Bruins are "very close" on a contract extension for alternate captain Patrice Bergeron.
"Last [conference] call, we were very close with Tuukka and Bergy, and we’re very, very close now," Chiarelli presumably smiled through the phone.
We know it's coming soon. And whenever ever it does indeed happen, Head Coach Claude Julien, who also spoke with reporters Thursday, knows it will come with grand fanfare.
"Probably the same thing it means to you and the fans," Julien told media, when asked what Bergeron's extension would mean to him. "He’s such an elite player for what he does and I don't know that there’s too many guys in this league that does what he does as well as him."
WILMINGTON, MA - The second day of the Bruins' seventh annual Development Camp kicked off today, with the 24 prospects hitting the ice for long sessions of stickhandling work.
In between sessions, Bruins' Head Coach Claude Julien addressed the slew of media gathered at Ristuccia Arena for camp.
Julien, along with his assistant coaches, and nearly the B's entire scouting, management and coaching staff has been perched on the top bench of the arena for the past two days, peering down, watching the prospects closely.
But on Thursday, there was more news to discuss than just the latest crop of Bruins' hopefuls making their way through drills.
Here's a look at what was discussed...
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.