Has the dust settled on the Bruins roster for next season?

According to Peter Charelli and Cam Neely the answer is yes. So everyone can stop pushing the rumor of Chris Kelly and Brad Marchand making the next move. Not happening.

The team has faced major changes in the last month. Starting with letting go of Bruins defender Andrew Ference. Number 21 was told that we didn’t have the money to fund his stay in Boston, and with the talent we found in Krug and Bartkowski it was decided to let him go. I think the Bruins lost out on a huge part of their locker room. Ference is the one behind the Rangers jacket this post season, and the lock and chain last post season, and the 80’s jacket during the Stanley Cup winning run in 2011. Ference is also a big face in the Boston community, and a huge advocate for going green. Ference has signed with the Edmonton Oilers, his hometown team for four years. Fear not, the former Bruin would like to return to Boston after his playing career.

The first of many shocking moves came when Nathan Horton told the Bruins he wasn’t interested in returning next year and wanted to explore the market. Evidently this worked out for him, he signed with the Columbus Blue Jackets for a 7 years and $37.1 million contract.

On Thursday July fourth, it wasn’t fireworks you were hearing, but the millions of Seguinista hearts breaking as Seguin was traded with Rich Peverley to the Dallas Stars. Seguin had a nearly invisible post season, after a mediocre half season, and Charelli thought it was time to give up on Seguin’s shiny potential. Seguin was playing scared, letting go of pucks that he should have battled down the boards for and was too afraid of getting hit to really commit to the Bruins style of play. The Western Conference is known for playing more finesse hockey, so if Seguin was going to shine, here is his opportunity to play his game. It worked out well for Michael Ryder, who went to the Stars in 2011 and doubled the number of goals he had the previous season with Boston. (Ryder was also a free agent this summer, and Boston had interest but the winger signed with the NJD)

Tuukka Rask inked an 8-year contract extension with the Bruins, valued at $56 million. Rask has been with the Bruins since he was drafted in 2007 and admitted that he would like to be a Bruin “forever”. His save percentage for this season and last season were both 0.929, this season he played in 36 games with a goals against average of 2, and in 2011-2012 he played 36 games with a goals against average of 2.05.

Patrice Bergeron also signed an extension as well, eight years for $52 million. He would love to spend his entire career in Boston, and when he spoke to the media on the 2nd he said,

“That’s the goal since the beginning. It’s the team that believed in me when I was 18 and I was coming up. Now, it’s my home. I feel like it is. I love the city. I love the people. I definitely love the organization. It would mean a lot to me. Hopefully we can work something out” (Boston Globe).

As far as adding to the team, Charelli acquired Loui Erikkson along with three prospects from Dallas. The prospects are Reilly Smith, Matt Fraser, and Joe Morrow, two right wingers and a defender. Charelli noted that “It’s been well-documented, we’ve got to rebuild our right side so [Eriksson]’s the first piece. We are going to have a couple younger guys challenging him. We may go out and get another guy, too” (ESPN.com)

And get another guy they did. Jerome Iginla will be putting on a spoked B’s jersey next season. For anyone who could forget, Iginla was all set to come to Boston this season, but instead at the last second he opted for the Pittsburgh Penguins. A factor that may have fueled the Bruins in their sweep of the Penguins in their run for the cup this year.

It is going to be exciting to see the Bruins experiment with three new altered lines, the Merlot line being the only one still standing. Along with the decision the team faces when it comes to defense with the valiant efforts of Krug and Bartkowski in the playoffs, and with Dougie Hamilton also available.

Lets Go B’s!

-Kaylin

Injuries Impairing Bruins Run – Kelly, McQuaid, Krejci

Sorry for the delay, I decided to hop across the pond for Spring Break and the spotty internet connection found WordPress too much to handle. In any case I picked the worst week to leave yeah? Shawn Thornton scored not once, but TWICE, and the reasonably healthy Bruins hit major roadblocks with injuries.

Chris Kelly

After Bruins called up Jordan Caron, the third line played their best game during Saturday’s matinée against the Philadelphia Flyers. Then Monday against the Ottawa Senators, they proceeded to lose Chris Kelly with an injury. The leg-on-leg hit was first presumed to be a knee injury for Kelly, after the swelling subsided it was found to be a broken tibia. CSNNE reporter Joe Haggerty thinks it could be the end of Kelly for the rest of this season.

 

The Bruins are not putting a time on Kelly’s recovery so time will tell. Good news for Jay Pandolfo, getting to play alongside Rich Peverely and Caron, and now Ryan Spooner.

Adam McQuaid

Unfortunately the Bruins were not out of the woods. Adam McQuaid left the game on Tuesday the 12th against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the midst of the 2nd, not to return. He then sat out of Thursday’s game against the Florida Panthers, only to return for the weekend.

The next week, on Tuesday March 19th, McQuaid found himself slamming into the boards after only 56 seconds of ice time. Leaving immediately, it was discovered yesterday that he is expected to be out for 3-4 weeks with a strained shoulder.

David Krejci

During the third period of Sunday’s loss to the Penguins, David Krejci took a Johnny Boychuk slap shot (Johnny Rocket) to the knee. He was helped off the ice, putting no pressure on the injured leg, and not seen again that game. Post game the center was seen walking, gingerly, but solo to the team bus.

Fortunately tonight found the return of Krejci to the line up! Howver Andy Brickley and Jack Edwards are commenting on his skating, noting that he must still be in serious pain. Krejci should not be pushing an injury with the schedule so packed, but as Edwards’ claimed the Bruins won’t forget Krejci’s drive.

 

The Bruins have been on the lucky side when it comes to injuries this season, apparently their luck is changing. Peter Charelli could be feeling the heat to make a trade as the Bruins are faced with these long-term injuries.

Ottawa just scored, lets hope the Bruins can turn this around. Go Bs!

-Kaylin