The Bruins were named the Sports Team of the Year at the SportsBusiness Journals' 2012 Sports Business Awards Wednesday. 

Other teams nominated for the award included the Texas Rangers, Dayton Dragons, Sporting Kansas City and Stewart-Haas Racing. The Bruins are the fifth team to win the award. 

Bruins president Cam Neely joined owner Jeremy Jacobs and principal Charlie Jacobs Thursday at TD Garden to assess the 2011-12 season and discuss the future of the team. 

Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask said Friday that he hopes to sign a long term deal with the team this offseason. A restricted free agent, Rask could refuse to sign with the team and force his way out of town, but the 25-year-old netminder said his plan is to stay. 

"I think you guys know the answer to that question," he said. "I've always said that I like it here and I want to come back, so that's about it."

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Bruins center Patrice Bergeron had to play the final four games of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals with a strained oblique and a broken nose. 

The oblique injury was suffered in Game 3 against the Capitals, and it got worse before eventually forcing him out of Game 5 in the third period. He played in Games 6 and 7, but only took one faceoff in each of the final two games. 

Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference made his final weekly appearance of the season with Dennis & Callahan Friday morning to discuss the B's loss to the Capitals in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Ference said it's not accurate to say the Capitals wanted it more than the Bruins, following Washington's overtime victory in Game 7 of a series in which every game was decided by one goal.

The Bruins issued the following statement Thursday in light of the racist comments that were tweeted by fans following Joel Ward's series-clinching overtime goal on Wednesday.

The Bruins are very disappointed by the racist comments that were made following the game last night. These classless, ignorant views are in no way a reflection of anyone associated with the Bruins organization.

Bruins captain Zdeno Chara was among the three finalists for the Norris Trophy, which is awarded to “to the defense player who demonstrates throughout the season the greatest all-round ability in the position.” The other finalists are Nashville's Shea Weber and Ottawa's Erik Karlsson. 

Chara had a career-best 52 points (12 goals, 40 assists) during the regular season and his plus-33 rating was tops among all defensemen. This is his fourth nomination for the Norris, which he won in 2009. 

Capitals owner Ted Leonsis weighed in on the barrage of racist tweets that went public after Joel Ward, a black player, scored the game-winning goal for the Caps in their 2-1 overtime victory over the Bruins in Wednesday night's Game 7. And Ward's agent said the player is aware of the comments but won't allow them to affect him.

NBC Sports analyst Pierre McGuire joined the Mut & Merloni show Thursday morning to talk about the Bruins' Game 7 loss to the Capitals.

"I was here when Boston lost to Carolina in a Game 7 [in 2009] and it was just an amazingly similar, eerie feeling last night, obviously, when Joel Ward scored on the rebound," said McGuire, a former NHL coach and executive.

Looking at reasons for the Bruins' disappointing first-round exit one year after they won the Stanley Cup, McGuire said there are a number of factors to consider.