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POSTED ON Tuesday, 04.30.2013 / 6:39 PM
By Caryn Switaj - BostonBruins.com / Bruins Blog

BOSTON, MA
- The Bruins were back to practice Tuesday at TD Garden prior to Game 1 against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday night.

Nathan Horton joined the team on the ice for the first time, since being out day-to-day with an upper-body injury after leaving the game on April 20 against Pittsburgh. Horton was reunited with Milan Lucic and David Krejci on the line sporting white jerseys.

Though the strong forward has been skating on his own, he was certainly excited to get back with his teammates - and the timing couldn't be better.

"It's nice to be out there again," Horton said following practice. "Working hard and I feel pretty good out there."

"I've been skating on my own every day, for four or five days now. Feel great."

When Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien was asked if Horton would be in the lineup Wednesday night, he said, "we’ll see how he is tomorrow before we make that decision."


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POSTED ON Tuesday, 04.30.2013 / 6:26 PM
By Caryn Switaj - BostonBruins.com / Bruins Blog
Nathan Horton and Jaromir Jagr were back skating with the team during Tuesday's practice at TD Garden, as the Bruins prepare for Game 1 vs the Leafs.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 04.30.2013 / 12:06 PM
By Caryn Switaj - BostonBruins.com / Bruins Blog

BOSTON, MA - Following Monday's off day with no practice, the Bruins were back together at TD Garden on Tuesday morning for a hard-working, methodical practice prior to facing off against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday night in Game 1.

The morning started with goaltending coach Bob Essensa spending time on the ice with Tuukka Rask and Anton Khudobin, as Rask shifts into playoff mode.

Joining the B's on the ice was Nathan Horton, who had been out day-to-day with an upper-body injury since leaving the April 21st game against Pittsburgh. Horton was reunited with Milan Lucic and David Krejci in white.

Jaromir Jagr
Right Wing - BOS
GOALS: 16 | ASST: 19 | PTS: 35
SOG: 115 | +/-: -2
Jaromir Jagr also rejoined the Bruins after missing Friday's practice with flu-like symptoms and subsequently, not being available for the games on Saturday or Sunday. He was sporting the grey jersey today, alongside Chris Kelly and Kaspars Daugavins, who had an impressive showing Sunday night vs Ottawa skating mostly alongside Milan Lucic and David Krejci, earning his first assist as a Bruin and putting up three shots on goal, including a prime scoring opportunity after showing strong stickhandling in close.

There wasn't too much extracurricular activity or joking around for the group during practice, who ran through their paces for nearly 40 minutes, before scrimmaging and taking part in battling five-on-five drills down low. With Jagr back on the ice, he also rejoined the power-play drills.

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POSTED ON Monday, 04.29.2013 / 5:56 PM
By Caryn Switaj - BostonBruins.com / Bruins Blog
BostonBruins.com's Caryn Switaj spoke with GM Peter Chiarelli about the team's play heading into the playoffs and what he expects from the first round against Toronto.

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POSTED ON Monday, 04.29.2013 / 5:11 PM
By Caryn Switaj - BostonBruins.com / Bruins Blog
BostonBruins.com - The Bruins were off on Monday with no practice, as they rest and regroup prior to facing off against the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals on Wednesday night at TD Garden.

Following the Bruins' 48-game regular season, in which they went 28-14-6, I caught up with General Manager Peter Chiarelli to assess the team's readiness heading into the postseason.

"I look at the last three games, although it's a small sample size, we've done some things leading up to this last segment. I've liked our physicality in those games, our chances, we've been outnumbering the other team," said Chiarelli on the 1-1-1 stretch against Tampa Bay, Washington and Ottawa, following the let's-forget-it-ever-happened loss to Philadelphia that kick-started the B's into gear.

"A couple of our players that have been struggling have been coming around, so those are the positives."

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POSTED ON Monday, 04.29.2013 / 12:11 AM
By Caryn Switaj - BostonBruins.com / Bruins Blog

BOSTON, MA Jaromir Jagr is the only Bruin on the current roster who was born when the Black & Gold and Toronto Maple Leafs last played in the postseason. It hasn’t been since the 1974 quarterfinals that these two Original Six rivals squared off in the playoffs.

But, after a 4-2 loss to the Ottawa Senators at TD Garden on Sunday night, the B’s were locked into the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference and a meeting with their Northeast rivals. It will be the 14th time in playoff history that the Leafs and Bruins face off in the second season (the Bruins have won five of the previous 13 series).

More: Bruins Announce First Round Playoff Schedule

Just moments after the Bruins loss to Ottawa, B’s Head Coach Claude Julien was already focused in on the playoffs. Although the Bruins didn’t finish the season as well as they would’ve have liked – they went 3-5-2 over their last 10 games – Julien said his team is looking forward to turning the page and starting the quest for their second Stanley Cup in three seasons.

“I think we’ve got to turn the page here on tonight’s game and what’s happened lately,” said Julien.

“All I know is that we’re starting a new season, sometime this week. We’ve earned a spot in the playoffs, which we should be proud of that. There’s a lot of teams right now that are doing something a lot different than what we’re doing, and we should be happy about that."


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POSTED ON Wednesday, 04.03.2013 / 4:30 PM
By Caryn Switaj - BostonBruins.com / Trade Deadline Coverage

Trade Deadline Day 2013 is a wrap.

Bruins' GM Peter Chiarelli officially announced at 4:30 p.m. - when the team's press release was issued - that the club has acquired defenseman Wade Redden from the St. Louis Blues in exchange for a conditional seventh round draft pick in 2014. The pick becomes a sixth rounder if Redden plays in at least one game of the 2013 playoffs.

Earlier today, the B's confirmed they had acquired center Rob Flick from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for forward Max Sauve.

Here's the run-down on Redden, who is the former teammate of Captain Zdeno Chara and Chris Kelly on the Ottawa Senators. He and Zee played together for four seasons from 2002-06.

Redden has appeared in 23 games this year with the St. Louis Blues, scoring two goals and three assists with 11 penalty minutes - the Blues currently sit in the eighth playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The 35-year-old veteran has skated in 1017 NHL games between the Ottawa Senators (1995-2008), New York Rangers (2008-2010) and the St. Louis Blues (2012-2013) througout his career and has registered 108 goals and 347 assists for 455 points during that span. Redden recently skated in his 1,000 NHL game on February 7, 2013 against the Detroit Red Wings and is the 10th active defenseman to reach that milestone.

The 6'2", 205-pound native of Lloydminster, Saskatchewan was drafted by the New York Islanders in the first round (second overall) of the 1995 NHL Entry Draft. He is a former teammate of current Bruins Zdeno Chara and Chris Kelly during his stint with the Senators.

Coupled with the addition of Jaromir Jagr on Tuesday, the Bruins just picked up 1,397 more games of NHL experience.

GM Peter Chiarelli is addressing the Boston media at TD Garden at 5:00 p.m. so be sure to follow the live stream via BostonBruins.com and live tweets @NHLBruins.

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 04.03.2013 / 2:50 PM
By Caryn Switaj - BostonBruins.com / Trade Deadline Coverage

2:50 PM - Not much to update at this point in the juncture, but there are 10 minutes left until the official trade deadline at 3:00 p.m. ET. Though, as in years past, you can expect trades to be announced past that time, as the NHL files through the technicalities from a flurry of last-minute deals.

So far, only eight trades have been reported, including the B's deal with Chicago for Rob Flick in exchange for Max Sauve that kicked it all off.

Stay tuned...

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 04.03.2013 / 1:01 PM
By Caryn Switaj - BostonBruins.com / Trade Deadline Coverage



1:01 p.m.
- The start of Trade Deadline Day saw crickets in the early morning until we hit past noon, but on the inside of course, the 30 NHL general managers, including B's GM Peter Chiarelli, were sure to be working the phones as hard as ever.

As such, the Bruins confirm that they have acquired forward Rob Flick from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for Max Sauve.

A few notes on Flick....

The center has skated in 51 games with the AHL's Rockford IceHogs this season and has registered three goals and two assists with 97 penalty minutes (ranks 5th on the team). The 22-year old has appeared in 96 AHL games, tallying 10 goals and 8 assists with 188 penality minutes during that span.

Prior to joining the Rockford IceHogs, Flick spent three seasons (2008-2010) with the Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors in the OHL where he skated in 181 games and notched 46 goals and 53 assists. Flick also played in 17 games with the ECHL's Toledo Walleye in 2012, where he potted four goals and six assists with 43 penalty minutes. The forward racked up 393 penalty minutes with Mississauga and led the team in 2010 and 2011 with 157 and 167 penalty minutes, respectively. In 46 playoff OHL playoff games with Mississauga, Flick earned 11 goals and 11 assists for 16 points, while accumulating 92 penalty minutes.

The 6'2", 208-pound native of London, Ontario was drafted in the fourth round (120th overall) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft by the Chicago Blackhawks.

With the deal, the B's send Sauve to the 'Hawks. In his time in the B's system, Sauve has skated in 52 games this year with the Providence Bruins this season and has scored 10 goals and earned 13 assists. In total, Sauve has appeared in 158 games with the P-Bruins and has registered 44 goals and 45 assists. The forward skated in one NHL game with Boston.

The 6'2", 184-pound forward hails from of Tours, France and was drafted in the second round (47th overall) of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft by the Boston Bruins.

Stay tuned...

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 04.03.2013 / 12:10 PM
By Caryn Switaj - BostonBruins.com / Trade Deadline Coverage

12:10 p.m. - With less than three hours until the 3:00 p.m. cut-off, and as we await another update from GM Peter Chiarelli, let's take a look back at recent trades surrounding the deadline during the Chiarelli era in Boston, and particularly the key acquisitions that played a role in the 2011 Stanley Cup. This isn't meant to be a precursor of what's to come, but a mere perspective on what has been done on the always highly anticipated day that has impacted the spoked-B...

February 28, 2011

The most important trades surrounding the 2011 deadline were the ones that happened in the lead-up to the day. On February 15, Chiarelli announced that the Bruins had acquired center Chris Kelly from the Ottawa Senators for a 2011 second-round draft pick (Shane Prince). As many deals often are, this one had been worked on for months, with Chiarelli initially uncomfortable with Ottawa's asking price for a second-round pick.

"The price for Kells did not change and was not going to change as we waited," he remarked after the trade.

Three days later, on February 18, Boston acquired the versatile Rich Peverley from the now-defunct Atlanta Thrashers (along with Boris Valabik) for Mark Stuart and Blake Wheeler. Then, prospect Joe Colborne and two draft picks were sent to Toronto for defenseman Tomas Kaberle. All three deals had been intertwined, as the Peverley trade needed to happen in order to clear enough cap space to bring in Kaberle.

While Kaberle is no longer with the B's, the 2011 Cup speaks for itself, and the fact that two main pieces - Kelly and Peverley - are still an important part of Boston's core.

Lost in the shuffle at the time may have been the acquisition on Deadline Day of goaltender Anton Khudobin from the Minnesota Wild in exchange for Jeff Penner and Mikko Lehtonen. Now serving as a strong complement to Tuukka Rask as the B's goalie tandem through the compact shortened season, his value is in full effect.

March 3, 2010

Two trades went down on the 2010 trade deadline of March 3, one involving a prospect, and one involving a main component in the Bruins' D-corp and an up-and-comer who's beginning to find his groove.

Chiarelli moved Derek Morris to Phoenix for a 2011 third-round draft pick, which ended up being OHL breakout Anthony Camara with the Barrie Colts, who tallied career highs in goals, assists and points this season with 36-24=60 totals.

The B's GM also picked up defensemen Dennis Seidenberg and Matt Bartkowski from the Florida Panthers in exchange for Byron Bitz, Craig Weller and Tampa Bay's 2010 second-round draft pick (Alexander Petrovic). Though Seidenberg was injured shortly after that acquisition, in the time following, he has been a major part of the B's back end.

Bartkowski may have been a lesser name at the time, but the recent Iginla almost-trade has pushed his name more into the spotlight. And more so in years past, the call-up who has been with Boston since March 22, according to both Chiarelli and Coach Julien, is looking much more comfortable on NHL ice.

March 4, 2009

Through a move that paid dividends on and off the ice, in every aspects of the B's game, and especially for the younger players on the team, Chiarelli brought in Mark Recchi from the Tampa Bay Lightning (along with a 2010 second-round pick which was later traded to Florida in the deal that brought in Seidenberg) in exchange for Matt Lashoff and Martin Karsums.

"I just want to tell everybody how excited I am to be part of the Boston Bruins organization," Recchi said after joining Boston. "And I am looking forward to being a piece of the puzzle to help this team be successful."

And that he did….

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Ranging from immediate impacts, to prospects down the road, to draft picks acquired and used in future deals, it's always interesting to think of the implications any one deal could have on the future….

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