BostonBruins.com - On Wednesday morning, Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli held his usual media availability prior to the NHL's free agency period, which begins this Friday, July 5, at noon ET.
The most notable impending free agent on Boston's roster is restricted free agent, goaltender Tuukka Rask. Heading into the 2012-13 season, the netminder had signed a one-year deal, with an annual cap figure of $3,500,000.
Other impending free agents, Nathan Horton and Andrew Ference, are both set to become unrestricted free agents on July 5. According to Chiarelli, Horton has already informed the Bruins that he is heading to free agency. We found out on the Bruins' break-up day (June 26) that Ference would not be able to be re-signed, due to the lower salary cap for next season.
The Bruins are currently about $5,000,000 below the cap hit for 2013-14 of $64,300,000.
For Chiarelli, the priority it to re-sign Rask.
BostonBruins.com - Patrice Bergeron is currently under contract with the Boston Bruins until the 2013-14 season. But, as Bergeron well knows and has voiced countless times, he wants to be a Bruin for life.
With a possible contract extension on the horizon, the center said he is "very confident" that he and Boston will be able to work something out; he's just not sure exactly how long it's going to take.
"It would mean a lot," he said, when he spoke with media on the morning of Tuesday, July 2, during his season-end availability. Bergeron had missed the team's break-up day on June 26 when he was still in the hospital recovering from a punctured lung, broken rib and torn cartilage (along with a separate shoulder), all byproducts of the Stanley Cup Final.
"That's the goal since the beginning," he added, on playing out the rest of his NHL career as a member of the Bruins. "It's a team that believed in me when I was 18 and when I was coming up and now, like I said before, it’s my home."
BOSTON, MA - Patrice Bergeron missed his team's break-up day last week (June 26) because he was still in the hospital recovering from a laundry list of injuries. So, on Tuesday morning at TD Garden, with a week to reflect on how the season had transpired, Bergeron addressed media for his year-end availability.
For Bergeron, the season ended - first and foremost - in pain, and the greatest of ailments did not come from his injuries.
"It hurts to see them hoisting the Cup," Bergeron had said following the Game 6 loss to Chicago.
The center had played through the game with a broken rib and torn cartilage on his left side, along with a separated right shoulder sustained in the opening period. It was learned after the game that he also had a puncture in his lung.
"I’m feeling a lot better," Bergeron said on Tuesday, as he met with media inside the Bruins' locker room.
"The ribs and the shoulder now just needs to get some time to rest but it’s a lot better."
BostonBruins.com - When the No. 60 pick in the 2013 NHL Draft came around in the final half of the second round, the Bruins were on the clock.
It marked Boston's first selection of the afternoon (their 29th overall pick was owned by the Dallas Stars, a piece of the Jaromir Jagr trade), and they were pleased with the defenseman available to them, a 6-foot-1, 179-pound native of Stockholm, Sweden, Linus Arnesson.
"We were really excited about getting our first pick Linus Arnesson," said Bruins Director of Amateur Scouting Wayne Smith from the draft floor once the last round concluded.
"I think that we had envisioned that we weren’t going to be able to get him, so any time you can get a player who played in the World Junior tournament as an underage player, we get excited about those types of players."
NEWARK, NJ - When Ryan Fitzgerald heard his name called by the Boston Bruins at the 2013 NHL Draft, he had a flood of emotions.
From growing up around Boston in North Reading, Mass., from running around the locker room as a kid when his dad, Tom, finished out his 17-season NHL career with the Bruins, from watching games and dreaming of one day wearing the spoked-B. He was also, just excited to be drafted.
"I think, every round, I was kind of holding my breath when the Bruins were picking," said Fitzgerald, a centerman who was chosen by the Bruins with their 120th overall pick in the fourth round.
"And finally they called my name, and it was definitely something special."
"I grew up with this. A lot of kids didn't have this growing up with a dad who played and the bloodlines I have, so honestly, to come to this day and be part of the Bruins' organization, is huge."
NEWARK, NJ - Entering Sunday's one-day NHL Draft at the Prudential Center, the Bruins' first selection was coming at No. 60 in the second round.
Their first rounder (29th overall) was owned by the Dallas Stars. When the Bruins traded for Jaromir Jagr at the deadline, Dallas acquired a conditional second-round pick that became a first-round selection if the Bruins reached the Eastern Conference Finals.
As such, General Manager Peter Chiarelli said "of course" he would have interest getting into the first round.
"I think any GM who went into the draft without a first round would have to do that," he said.
When trade talks slowed on Sunday, the Bruins stayed firm to their picks, which included a selection in each round, 2-7 (overall picks: 60, 90, 120, 150, 180, 210).
JERSEY CITY, NJ - With the NHL Draft on tap Sunday in Newark, NJ (3:00 p.m. ET, NBC Sports Network, TSN), General Manager Peter Chiarelli addressed media from the team's hotel in the morning.
Chiarelli confirmed that Nathan Horton's camp had told him the forward was planning to go to free agency. Horton is set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 5, when the NHL's free agency period begins.
"Yeah, I was surprised," said the Bruins' GM. "And I respect someone's decision to go to free agency. I think it was a real tough decision for him and his family."
"And I guess I could never say never. Maybe he'll want to come back and revisit it, but the message I got was that he was going to test free agency and wants kind of a new beginning."
In Chiarelli's season-ending press conference, he shared with media that he told Horton he'd like him to come back. "We'll see how it goes," the GM had said.
JERSEY CITY, NJ - After a lengthy postseason, there is no rest for the weary as the Bruins' brass traveled to New Jersey this weekend for the 2013 NHL Draft, commencing on Sunday afternoon at the Prudential Center.
The Bruins currently have six picks in the draft, beginning with pick No. 60 in the second round. Their first rounder (29th overall) is owned by the Dallas Stars. When the Bruins traded for Jaromir Jagr, Dallas acquired a conditional second-round pick that became a first-round selection if the Bruins reached the Eastern Conference Finals.
As such, the B's have a pick each in rounds 2-7 (60, 90, 120, 150, 180, 210).
On Saturday morning, as General Manager Peter Chiarelli and his staff were hard at work in meetings, he took a moment to address media from the team's hotel prior to Sunday's Draft.
BOSTON, MA - There's no use in rehashing those final moments of the season again (sorry, really, to even bring it up).
But the past week has been a reflection of the entire season as a whole, and, as General Manager Peter Chairelli would say, from the broader view of 30,000 feet above, it was quite a sight to see.
Success is usually defined by championships, by the amount of Stanley Cups.
But, it too, can be defined by impact. And the Bruins certainly had a successful impact this season - on each other, the team, the organization, Boston, greater New England, and maybe a further extension than that.
So, when Bruins' Owner Jeremy Jacobs, Principal and Alternate Governor Charlie Jacobs and President Cam Neely addressed media Friday morning during their usual year-end press conference, there was disappointment at what could have been, yes, but there was also an immense amount of pride in what the Bruins accomplished this season.
BOSTON, MA - On Friday morning, Bruins' ownership and President Cam Neely addressed reporters at TD Garden for their end-of-season press conference.
During the media availability, Neely said that Patrice Bergeron is now out of the hospital, after being held there for observation following Game Six.
General Manager Peter Chiarelli had revealed during the team's "break-up day" on Wednesday that, in addition to the broken rib and torn cartilage Bergeron entered Game Six with, and the separated shoulder he sustained in the first period and played with, the center also had a small puncture in his lung that was found following the game. He added that the center was fine.
"He played through all of this, and he was a warrior," said the GM. "I can’t say enough about his performance and what he did while being injured."