Several other countries also released rosters for their Olympics camps.
Team Canada will hold an orientation camp Aug. 25-28 in Calgary to discuss its plans for the games in Sochi, Russia, in February. The final team sent to the games will be chosen from the 47 players invited to orientation.
Bergeron was a member of the 2010 Canadian Olympic team that won the gold medal in Vancouver. Earlier Monday, Bruins coach Claude Julien was named to be an associate coach for Team Canada, and general manager Peter Chiarelli will serve in an advisory role.
Lucic and Marchand have not previously been involved in Canada's highest level of international competition.
The Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks had five players named to the Canadian roster, and the Penguins and Sharks each had four.
Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask faces perhaps the stiffest competition for a starting spot on Finland's roster because Finland has so many top-tier goalies, including Vezina Trophy finalist Antti Niemi and Predators goalie Pekka Rinne. Finland announced its Olympic camp roster on Monday.
Forward Loui Eriksson, acquired in the recent Tyler Seguin trade, will be at Sweden's Olympics camp.
Bruins forward David Krejci and defenseman Zdeno Chara are likely selections for the Czech Republic and Slovakia, respectively.
The United States released its 48-player camp roster, but it did not include any Bruins players.
Bruins’ head coach Claude Julien has been named an associate coach for Team Canada in the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Mike Babcock of the Detroit Red Wings will serve as the head coach, while Julien, St. Louis’ Ken Hitchcock, and Dallas’ Lindy Ruff will serve as his assistants.
Julien has served as the Bruins head coach for the past six seasons, winning 256 games, the second most of any coach in Bruins history. The Bruins have made the playoffs in every season of Julien’s tenure, including three division titles, two Prince of Wales trophies as the Eastern Conference champions, and the 2011 Stanley Cup championship, the franchise’s first in 39 years.
Julien previously served on Canadian coaching staffs on four occasions: as an assistant coach at the 2006 IIHF World Championship; winning a bronze medal as head coach of Canada’s National Junior Team at the 2000 IIHF World Junior Championship; a silver medal as an assistant coach at the 1999 IIHF World Junior Championship; and a gold medal as head coach of Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team at the 1997 Three Nations Cup.
Team Canada is looking to win their second straight Olympic Gold Medal, after winning at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, in which they defeated the United States 3-2 in overtime in the gold medal game, with Sidney Crosby scoring the medal-clinching goal.
The Boston Bruins’ dressing room at the TD Garden has a large Bruins’ logo on the floor in the middle of the room. Like many other sports arenas, it is an unwritten rule that no one is to ever step on that logo – it's considered disrespectful and can be seen as a precursor to cursing the team.
After a recent fiasco at the United Center in Chicago involving Justin Bieber stepping on the Blackhawks' logo, it was reported that TD Garden roped off the Bruins’ spoked B in the team's dressing room in order to “Bieber-proof” the premises in preparation for the pop star’s July 20 Boston show.
Despite wide reporting that this was the case, Bruins’ public relations representative Matt Chmura addressed the situation in the following tweets on Monday morning:
For those asking, the picture circulating of the logo in our locker room was not taken this weekend. It hasn't been roped off recently.— Matthew Chmura (@mchmura) July 22, 2013
Also for those wondering - there wasn't anyone in our locker room this past weekend.— Matthew Chmura (@mchmura) July 22, 2013
During a trip to Chicago for a July 9 concert, Bieber was photographed in the Blackhawks’ dressing room snapping a close-up of the Stanley Cup while the singer was standing directly on top of the Blackhawks’ logo, prompting criticism of the 19-year-old Canadian and known hockey fan, including a jab from Blackhawks’ forward Andrew Shaw:
On a side note: prior to the Bieber concert in Boston last week, Rich Shertenlieb, co-host of “Toucher & Rich” on 98.5 The Sports Hub, had some fun with Bieber fans outside the hotel that the pop star was allegedly staying at last week. View the video of Rich’s prank here.
The Bruins will open the 2013-14 season on Thursday, Oct. 3, against the Lightning at TD Garden, the NHL announced Friday.
The full NHL schedule was revealed Friday shortly after an announcement that the NHL would take a 17-day break in February to allow its players to compete in the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
The NHL regular-season begins on Oct. 1
The Bruins open with a three-game homestand vs. Tampa Bay, Detroit (Oct. 5), and Colorado (Oct. 10). Their first of four games against the Canadiens is Dec. 5 in Montreal. The season ends April 13 at New Jersey.
The annual day-after-Thanksgiving game will be against the New York Rangers on Nov. 29 at 1 p.m. On Nov. 5, recently traded Tyler Seguin and the Dallas Stars will visit TD Garden.
The Bruins also get a pair of rematches with the Chicago Blackhawks, who defeated Boston in the Stanley Cup Finals, on Jan. 19 in Chicago and on March 27 at TD Garden.
The NHL confirmed it will realign its divisions, and the Bruins will now play in the Eastern Conference Atlantic along with Buffalo, Detroit, Florida, Montreal, Ottawa, Tampa Bay and Toronto.
The other divisions are as follows:
Eastern Conference Metropolitan: Carolina, Columbus, New Jersey, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Washington.
Western Conference Pacific: Anaheim, Calgary, Edmonton, Los Angeles, Phoenix, San Jose, Vancouver.
Western Conference Central: Chicago, Colorado, Dallas, Minnesota, Nashville, St. Louis, Winnipeg.
There will be six outdoor games next season. The Winter Classic, matching the Maple Leafs vs. the Red Wings, will be at Michigan Stadium Jan. 1. The other five are Kings-Ducks at Dodger Stadium Jan. 25; Rangers-Devils at Yankee Stadium Jan. 26; Rangers-Islanders at Yankee Stadium Jan. 29; Penguins-Blackhawks at Soldier Field March 1; and Senators-Canucks at BC Place March 2.
Bruins 2013-14 Schedule
Thursday, Oct. 3: Lightning at Bruins, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 5: Red Wings at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NHLN)
Thursday, Oct. 10: Avalanche at Bruins, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 12: Bruins at Blue Jackets, 7 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 14: Red Wings at Bruins, 1 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 17: Bruins at Panthers, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 19: Bruins at Lightning, 7 p.m.
Wednesday. Oct. 23: Bruins at Sabres, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
Thursday, Oct. 24: Sharks at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NHLN)
Saturday, Oct. 26: Devils at Bruins, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct 30: Bruins at Penguins, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
Thursday, Oct 31: Ducks at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NHLN)
Saturday, Nov. 2: Bruins at Islanders, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 5: Stars at Bruins 7 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 7: Panthers at Bruins, 7 p.m.
Saturday. Nov. 9: Maple Leafs at Bruins 7 p.m. (CBC, NHLN)
Monday, Nov. 11: Lightning at Bruins, 1 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 14: Blue Jackets at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NHLN)
Friday, Nov. 15: Bruins at Senators, 7:30 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 18: Bruins at Hurricanes, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 19: Bruins at Rangers, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
Thursday, Nov. 21: Blues at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NHLN)
Saturday, Nov. 23: Hurricanes at Bruins, 1 p.m. (NHLN)
Monday, Nov. 25: Penguins at Bruins, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 27: Bruins at Red Wings, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
Friday, Nov. 29: Rangers at Bruins, 1 p.m. (NBC)
Saturday, Nov. 30: Blue Jackets at Bruins, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 5: Bruins at Canadiens, 7:30 p.m. (RDS)
Saturday, Dec. 7: Penguins at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NHLN)
Sunday, Dec. 8: Bruins at Maple Leafs, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 10: Bruins at Flames, 9:30 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 12: Bruins at Oilers, 9:30 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 14: Bruins at Canucks, 10 p.m. (CBC)
Tuesday. Dec. 17: Flames at Bruins, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 19: Bruins at Sabres, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 21: Sabres at Bruins, 7 p.m.
Monday, Dec. 23: Bruins at Predators, 8 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 27: Senators at Bruins, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 28: Bruins at Senators, 7 p.m. (CBC)
Tuesday, Dec. 31: Islanders at Bruins, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Jan 2: Predators at Bruins, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 4: Jets at Bruins, 1 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 7: Bruins at Ducks, 10 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 9: Bruins at Kings, 10:30 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 11: Bruins at Sharks, 10:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 14: Maple Leafs at Bruins, 7 p.m.
Thursday., Jan. 16: Bruins at Stars, 8:30 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 19: Bruins at Blackhawks, 3 p.m. (NBC, NBCSN)
Monday, Jan. 20: Kings at Bruins, 1 p.m. (NHLN)
Saturday, Jan. 25: Bruins at Flyers, 1 p.m.
Monday, Jan. 27: Bruins at Islanders, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 28: Panthers at Bruins, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 30: Canadiens at Bruins, 7 p.m. (RDS, NHLN)
Saturday, Feb. 1: Oilers at Bruins, 1 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 4: Canucks at Bruins, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 6: Bruins at Blues, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
Saturday, Feb. 8: Senators at Bruins, 3 p.m. (CBC)
Wednesday, Feb. 26: Bruins at Sabres, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
Saturday, Mar. 1: Capitals at Bruins, 1 p.m. (NHLN)
Sunday, Mar. 2: Bruins at Rangers, 12:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
Tuesday, Mar. 4: Panthers at Bruins, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Mar. 6: Capitals at Bruins, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Mar. 8: Bruins at Lightning, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Mar. 9: Bruins at Panthers, 5 p.m.
Wednesday, Mar. 12: Bruins at Canadiens, 7:30 p.m. (RDS, NBCSN)
Thursday, Mar. 13: Coyotes at Bruins, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Mar. 15: Hurricanes at Bruins 1 p.m.
Monday, Mar. 17: Wild at Bruins, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
Tuesday, Mar. 18: Bruins at Devils, 7 p.m.
Friday, Mar. 21: Bruins at Avalanche, 9 p.m.
Saturday, Mar. 22: Bruins at Coyotes, 9 p.m.
Monday, Mar. 24: Canadiens at Bruins, 7:30 p.m. (RDS, NBCSN)
Thursday, Mar. 27: Blackhawks at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NHLN)
Saturday, Mar. 29: Bruins at Capitals, 12:30 p.m.
Sunday, Mar. 30: Bruins at Flyers, 7:30 p.m. (NBC, NBCSN)
Wednesday, Apr. 2: Bruins at Red Wings, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
Thursday, Apr. 3: Bruins at Maple Leafs, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Apr. 5: Flyers at Bruins, 1 p.m. (NHLN)
Tuesday, Apr. 8: Bruins at Wild, 8 p.m.
Thursday, Apr. 10: Bruins at Jets, 8 p.m.
Saturday, Apr. 12: Sabres at Bruins, 12:30 p.m.
Sunday, Apr. 13: Bruins at Devils, 3 p.m.
The Bruins have released their preseason schedule, which includes seven games, just two of which are in Boston.
Rookie camp begins on Sept. 3 in Wilmington and Coral Springs, Fla., with the full training camp starting on Sept. 11 at Ristuccia Arena.
The Bruins then make trips to Montreal, Baltimore (Capitals), Detroit, Winnipeg, and Saskatoon, before the season starts, likely in early October. (The regular season schedule is expected to be released this week.)
Here's the full schedule:
Sept. 16: Bruins at Canadiens (Bell Centre, Montreal, QC)
Sept. 17: Bruins at Capitals (1st Mariner Arena, Baltimore, MD)
Sept. 19: Bruins vs. Red Wings (TD Garden)
Sept. 21: Bruins at Red Wings (Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, MI)
Sept. 23: Bruins vs. Capitals (TD Garden)
Sept. 26: Bruins at Jets (MTS Center, Winnipeg, MB)
Sept. 27: Bruins vs. Jets (Credit Union Centre, Saskatoon, SK)
"I want to retire as a Bruin," Bergeron said on a conference call announcing the deal on Friday.
And the Bruins seem ready to make that happen.
"He embodies a lot of what the Bruins stand for," general manager Peter Chiarelli said. "He’s a responsible player. He’s a hard player. He’s a leader. He’s a clutch player. And he’s just got a kind of classic way of carrying himself that I like to be part of and the Bruins like to be part of."
Chiarelli admitted that Bergeron could have gotten more money had he gone on the open market. But he didn't, deciding that staying in Boston – and still getting a contract that will pay him an average of $6.5 million per year – was more important than getting every last dollar.
"We love the organization, we also love the city," Bergeron said. "It really feels like home now. We don't want to go anywhere else. So it was an easy decision for me and my family."
It was the same thought he expressed before he signed his last deal, a three-year, $15-million pact that was set to expire after the 2013-2014 season.
"There wasn't any question that he would be able to get more on the open market here," Chiarelli said. "So Patrice really helped us in the team building aspect too. I give a lot of credit to him because he sees what we’re trying to do here and the AAV is nice for team building and it’s something that helps us in future years."
For now, Bergeron is restricted in his activities as he recovers from injuries he suffered during the Stanley Cup Final. Monday marks three weeks from Game 6, when he sustained a punctured lung and separated shoulder. Bergeron has been told by doctors not to get his heart rate up for four weeks because of the collapsed lung. He plans to start working out again at the end of next week, and expects to be ready for training camp.
"It's more about the lung and making sure," Bergeron said. "They put a hole through my rib cage to I guess get the air out and make sure that my lung was going back to its place and staying there.
"So now the four weeks is to make sure that everything heals and that it doesn't collapse again. So it’s more for my lung than anything else. My shoulder and my ribs are feeling better. It’s still not 100 percent obviously."
After having been passed around the Bruins locker room throughout the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs, the team's Army Ranger jacket given to the player of the game following each Bruins playoff win has found a final resting place.
Prior to his departure to Edmonton, former Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference stopped by the home of former Norwood hockey player Matt Brown to pass off the jacket one final time. Following his visit, Ference tweeted he “couldn’t think of a more worthy final recipient” than Brown.
Brown was paralyzed in 2010 after breaking his fourth and fifth cervical vertebrae in a hockey game against Weymouth. He is now a sophomore at Stonehill College.
"When I knew I wasn’t going to be re-signed here and I knew I had a lot of people I wanted to say goodbye to," Ference said. "I was thinking of Matty and I admire his attitude.
"Everything the jacket represented, he’s just that to a T, so I knew it would be special to him and I knew it would be special to me."
Ference contacted Brown on Wednesday to ask if he could stop by before he headed out of town. Brown suspected the former Bruin just wanted to say goodbye.
“He came in with a bag and I wasn’t expecting really anything, I just wanted to see him,” Brown said. “I wanted to wish him luck and when he pulled it out I just felt all the breath leave my body, I was really shocked and really excited.”
Brown and Ference have become close friends following Brown's injury.
“Every game I go to I see him, he’s always checking to see how I’m doing and I’m checking to see how he’s doing,” Brown said.
Ference took the jacket following the Bruins' break-up day, and wasn't sure what to do with it. It was either going to be hung up in the basement of his Canada home, or he was going to pass it along to someone who deserved it.
"I think the whole purpose of that thing is to represent people and it doesn’t get much more special than him," Ference said.
When Ference stopped by Brown’s home on Thursday, he assured Brown his home was the proper place for the Army jacket to retire.
“It’s been in the house for a couple hours,” Brown said. “I’ve really just been looking at it really shocked, but my family and I want to find a good place to put it.”
The Dallas Stars held a news conference Tuesday to formally introduce Tyler Seguin, their new top-line center, along with forward Shawn Horcoff. It was the first time Seguin made public comments since he was traded from the Boston Bruins.
The 21-year-old former No. 2 overall draft pick was dealt to Dallas on July 4 along with Rich Peverley and prospect Ryan Button for winger Loui Eriksson and three Stars prospects.
"I am very excited for the new experience [in Dallas],” Seguin said. “I am very excited in earning the respect of my new teammates, the management, and definitely the fans.”
In addition to speculation that his off-ice transgressions had to do with getting him traded, Seguin was questioned about a controversial tweet on his Twitter account that included a gay slur. Seguin said his account was “hacked” and he had nothing to down with the tweet in question. He shut down his Twitter account before heading to Dallas.
“We thought it was the right decision to shut down my Twitter,” he said. “It didn't feel good that my name was out there saying a negative thing, and I want to apologize to anyone who was hurt by what I said and I am happy to be moving on.”
Seguin is expected to be moved back to center in Dallas, which is the position that he grew up playing all the way through juniors.He spent the past three years in Boston as a right wing.
“I am very excited to be moving to center, that is my more natural position,” he said. “I am happy to say that I have played wing as well and that I can play in different areas, but I am looking forward to playing center and earning my spot.”
Seguin had 121 points in 203 games with the Bruins. He will wear number 91 in Dallas, because his old number 19 is retired by the Stars in honor of the late Bill Masterton.
Camper projects to be a top-two center in Providence in 2013-14. The 25-year-old Camper is a clever but undersized pivot. The 5-foot-9, 173-pound Camper scored 10 goals and 37 assists in 57 games for Providence last season.
Camper has dressed for three NHL games. Camper was a restricted free agent.
Loui Eriksson has a no-trade clause. But Eriksson waived it when informed of the Bruins’ interest.
“It was an easy decision for me to make that decision to go and play with Boston,” Eriksson said during a conference call on Monday. “I know it’s a good team. They really wanted me too. I’m really looking forward to it.”
Eriksson, acquired from Dallas last Thursday in the Tyler Seguin trade, projects to be Patrice Bergeron’s right wing on the No. 2 line. Eriksson played both sides in Dallas, and said he likes the right side. Eriksson is a left-shot forward.
Eriksson had 12 goals and 17 assists this past season, but considered it a down year. Eriksson noted that he played on every line and never found a comfortable spot.
“It was kind of disappointing for me,” Eriksson said. “It was a tough year for me. I’m looking to rebound next year.”
Here’s how Eriksson might fit into a prospective 2013-14 lineup:
Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Jarome Iginla
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Loui Eriksson
Carl Soderberg-Chris Kelly-Jordan Caron
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton
Zdeno Chara-Dougie Hamilton
Dennis Seidenberg-Johnny Boychuk
Matt Bartkowski-Adam McQuaid
“I’m very happy and appreciative of another opportunity to talk and see if we could find something,” Iginla said during a conference call with GM Peter Chiarelli. “I was thrilled when we did. I wasn’t sure how it would be received. Peter and the organization were great. I’m thrilled they gave me another opportunity.”
Talks began on Thursday night. Don Meehan, Iginla’s agent, called Chiarelli to relay his client’s interest. The Bruins were still chasing Daniel Alfredsson at the time.
When Alfredsson informed Chiarelli he would sign with Detroit, the Bruins turned their focus solely on Iginla. They did not kick the tires on Bobby Ryan, who was traded to Ottawa.
The sides agreed on a one-year, $6 million deal last night. Iginla’s base salary will be $1.8 million. Iginla will make $4.2 million in performance bonuses, most of which will be attainable.
Iginla projects to be the team’s No. 1 right wing next to Milan Lucic and David Krejci. Iginla played mostly on the left side in Pittsburgh. Iginla said he feels more comfortable on the right side.
Iginla will also help replace the leadership vacuum caused by the departures of Andrew Ference, Nathan Horton, and Rich Peverley.
“We acquired a terrific player, a Hall of Fame player,” Chiarelli said. “We lost some leadership when Andy Ference left, and Pev and Horts. I feel Jarome will bring us terrific leadership and terrific performance. He’s a highly motivated, elite player.”
* Chiarelli said they’re very close to extending Tuukka Rask and Patrice Bergeron. The Bruins will use the long-term injury exception with Marc Savard to create space for Rask. Chiarelli does not expect to make any more major signings or trades.
* The Bruins did not pursue Anton Khudobin because they wanted a lower cap number for their backup goalie, said Chiarelli. Khudobin signed a one-year, $800,000 deal with Carolina. The Bruins signed Chad Johnson to a one-year, $600,000 contract.
Because Iginla, 36, is working on a 35-and-older contract, the Bruins can apply the $4.2 million in incentives toward the bonus cushion. Teams can exceed the $64.3 million cap by 7.5 percent ($4,822,500) by using the bonus cushion.
If a team exceeds the cushion, it must carry an overage penalty by that number the following season.
By exercising the bonus cushion with Iginla’s 35-and-older contract, and by using the long-term injury exception with Marc Savard, the Bruins have enough cap space to sign Tuukka Rask.
The Globe's Fluto Shinzawa has confirmed that the Bruins have signed free agent forward Jarome Iginla, the player who chose the Pittsburgh Penguins over the Bruins at last season's trade deadline. The Bruins then swept the Penguins out of the playoffs in the Eastern Conference finals.
Iginla, who was traded from the Calgary Flames to the Penguins in March, will receive a one-year, $6 million contract, according to TSN's Darren Dreger.
Here's a review:
Jarome Iginla: The forward who spurned the Bruins at last season's trade deadline has reportedly agreed to a one-year, $6 million deal to come to Boston.
Chad Johnson: Goaltender signed a one-year, one-way contract with a cap figure of $600,000.
Bobby Robins: Forward signed a two-year, two-way contract. Salary is $600,000 at NHL level, $100,000 in AHL.
Nick Johnson: Signed one-year, two-way deal worth $600,000 in NHL and $200,000 in AHL.
Mike Moore: Signed a two-way, one-year contract worth $550,000 in NHL and $150,000 in AHL.
Nathan Horton: The first-line forward signed a seven-year, $37.1 million deal with the Columbus Blue Jackets. "This is a team on the rise with great players and I'm looking forward to being a part of it," Horton said.
Andrew Ference: The defenseman signed a four-year, $13 million deal with the Edmonton Oilers. Ference is from Edmonton. He spent seven seasons in Boston.
Anton Khudobin: The backup goaltender signed a one-year, $800,000 deal with the Carolina Hurricanes. “Anton proved to be a very capable NHL backup for the Bruins last year,” Carolina GM Jim Rutherford said. “This solidifies an elite goaltending tandem for the Hurricanes.”
Aaron Johnson: The defenseman who played 10 games with the Bruins has signed a one-year, $600,000 deal with the New York Rangers.
The Bruins chased Alfredsson during the interview period. Alfredsson would have been Nathan Horton’s replacement as the No. 1 right wing next to Milan Lucic and David Krejci.
The Bruins will have to look elsewhere to fill their holes at right wing. They are down Horton, Jaromir Jagr, Tyler Seguin, and Rich Peverley. Loui Eriksson could be their No. 2 right wing.
GM Peter Chiarelli wants a shooter to play alongside Lucic and Krejci.
Tyler Seguin is an ex-Bruin. The No. 2 pick of the 2010 draft is going to Dallas in a blockbuster trade, a team source confirmed Thursday.
Also headed to Dallas are Rich Peverley and defensive prospect Ryan Button. The Bruins receive left wing Loui Eriksson, young NHL forwards Reilly Smith and Matt Fraser, and defense prospect Joe Morrow.
The trade rivals the deal that eventually brought Seguin to Boston. On Sept. 18, 2009, the Bruins flipped Phil Kessel to Toronto for a 2010 first-round pick, a 2011 first-round pick, and a 2010 second-rounder. The Bruins used those picks to draft Seguin, Dougie Hamilton, and Jared Knight.
“He came here with much pomp and circumstance,” Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said during a conference call. “He played very well for a young player. This year wasn’t his best year. It was a trying year, a weird year to assess players. Tyler’s a real good kid. I see in the Twitterverse a lot of reports about extracurricular stuff. I made comments as to his professionalism and acting more like a professional. You have to remember he’s 21 years old. He’s a good kid. He’s a terrific player. He’s probably better suited for center. He was very good for us as a winger.”
This season, Seguin had 16 goals and 16 assists in 48 regular-season games. Seguin had one goal and seven assists in 22 playoff games. He concludes his Boston career with 56 goals and 65 assists in 203 regular-season games.
Seguin is coming off his entry-level contract, and will earn $34.5 million over the next six seasons. Seguin’s $5.75 million annual cap hit would have been second among team forwards after Milan Lucic ($6 million). The gap between Seguin’s pay and projected performance made the right wing expendable. The Bruins must commit big bucks to goalie Tuukka Rask (restricted) and center Patrice Bergeron (unrestricted after 2013-14).
“Signing someone to a big deal and trading him doesn’t mean you don’t like the player or he’s not an important part of the team,” Chiarelli said. “What you have to understand in this environment right now is the cap goes down $7 million. You have to make some hard choices and hard decisions. The fact that we signed Tyler had nothing to do with us trading him. It was an opportunity to get a very good player – a natural winger – to get some good prospects, and lower your cap.”
The Bruins once projected Seguin to be a Steven Stamkos-like offensive threat. But Seguin’s hockey sense and battle level didn’t develop to match his speed and shot. Seguin played most of the postseason on the third line.
Seguin played center in junior hockey. But Seguin was not going to displace David Krejci or Patrice Bergeron in the middle. The Bruins tried to play Seguin in the middle this season when Bergeron was unavailable because of a concussion, but he did not fare well at center, displaying neither the smarts nor courage required of the position.
“Tyler is a dynamic player that will be a part of our core group for a long time to come,” Stars general manager Jim Nill told NHL.com. “A player at his age, position and talent level are extremely difficult to acquire and we’re thrilled to bring him into our organization.”
The Bruins are now down four right wings from their playoff roster: Seguin, Peverley, Nathan Horton, and Jaromir Jagr. The Bruins continue to pursue Daniel Alfredsson. The Ottawa captain is free to sign a deal tomorrow.
The 27-year-old Eriksson carries a $4.25 million annual hit through 2015-16, according to www.capgeek.com. The left-shot Eriksson most recently played on Dallas’s first line alongside Ray Whitney and Jamie Benn, the position held by Jaromir Jagr prior to his trade to Boston.
Eriksson is a smart, responsible, two-way player who had 12 goals and 17 assists this past season. Eriksson is an ideal fit for Claude Julien’s defense-first system.
Morrow is the top prospect in the deal. Morrow, formerly Pittsburgh’s first-round pick in 2011, was traded to Dallas for Brenden Morrow.
Peverley will carry a $3.25 million cap hit next season. The Bruins needed to clear Peverley’s salary for other moves.
Button was a marginal blue-line prospect.
So with their top two right wings headed elsewhere, the Bruins are looking at free agents and trades to fill out the position.
“We’re doing a thorough sweep of those guys,” general manager Peter Chiarelli said during a conference call on Wednesday. “With Nathan gone, we’re going to look to the right side and assess how we can reconstruct the right side – the players from within who may be able to fill it, and a sweep of players available in trades and free agency. I’d like to think we’re a destination for an older player, older, relatively speaking, who wants a chance to win.”
The free agency signing period in the NHL begins on Friday.
The Bruins lost out on Vincent Lecavalier. The former Tampa Bay captain agreed to a five-year, $22.5 million contract with Philadelphia on Tuesday. Lecavalier would have had to change positions in Boston, and the Bruins were not prepared to give him the contract he landed with the Flyers.
Pascal Dupuis is also off the market. Sidney Crosby’s right wing signed a four-year, $15 million extension with the Penguins.
Other possibilities include Jarome Iginla, Dan Cleary, and Michael Ryder. A darkhorse is Daniel Alfredsson if the Ottawa captain decides not to re-up with the Senators. The Bruins can speak to free agents on the phone during the current interview period.
Internally, this may be Jordan Caron’s best shot at regular playing time. The Bruins qualified Caron, who is now a restricted free agent. Re-signing Caron should not be a challenge.
* Chiarelli said he’s confident he can re-sign Rask prior to Friday. The Bruins have not ruled out re-signing Anton Khudobin, even if the backup reaches the open market.
* The Bruins are not looking at defensemen, according to Chiarelli.
Bergeron tore rib cartilage in Game 4 when he was checked by Chicago’s Michael Frolik, and he broke a rib on his left side in Game 5. Bergeron required a visit to a Chicago hospital because team doctors were concerned about an injured spleen. Bergeron flew back to Boston with his teammates the next morning.
To dull the pain on his left side, Bergeron had a nerve-blocking shot prior to Game 6. Bergeron separated his right shoulder during the first period of Game 6 when, he said, he was trying to protect his left side and fell awkwardly on his right side.
Doctors gave Bergeron another nerve-blocking shot during the first intermission. Neither Bergeron nor doctors have determined whether the second shot or the broken rib caused a punctured lung that sent him to the hospital for two days after Game 6. Bergeron said he felt his energy wane during Game 6.
After Game 6, Bergeron had trouble breathing, and he went to Massachusetts General Hospital, where doctors discovered his lung had collapsed. Bergeron stayed at MGH for two more days.
“I felt like my chest was closing in on me,” Bergeron said Tuesday at TD Garden, where he met with media because he missed last week's exit-day interviews. “The doctors didn’t want to take any chances. There is an X-ray machine here. But you couldn’t tell, really. It wasn’t clear enough for them. So they wanted to make sure. Luckily enough, they made the right decision. I went there right away and they found out my lung had collapsed.”
Bergeron is close to signing an eight-year extension. It could allow Bergeron to stay with the Bruins for his entire career.