ESPN NFL draft analyst Todd McShay said on Friday’€™s Dale & Holley program that UConn defensive back Byron Jones would be a smart pick for the Patriots in next week’€™s draft.

The Bruins announced Saturday that Dobro Lucic, father of forward Milan Lucic, died unexpectedly this week.

The Bruins announced Saturday that Dobro Lucic, father of forward Milan Lucic, died unexpectedly this week.

“I learned on Wednesday, April 22 that my father passed away unexpectedly in Vancouver,” Lucic said in a statement. “My family and I am very grateful for the outpouring of support from the hockey community, friends and fans from around the world. We kindly ask everyone to respect our privacy during this difficult and sad time.”

Bruins president Cam Neely also issued a statement on the passing of Lucic’s father.

“On behalf of the Jacobs family and the entire Boston Bruins organization I would like to express our deepest condolences to Milan and his family on the passing of his father, Dobro,” Neely said. “Our thoughts will be with the Lucic family during this time, and we will be here to offer them support in any way that we can.”

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DJ Bean

Former Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli was named president of hockey operations and general manager of the Oilers Friday.

Peter Chiarelli

Peter ChiarelliPeter 

Former Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli was named president of hockey operations and general manager of the Oilers Friday.

Chiarelli enters a team with a number of highly skilled young forwards in Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Nail Yakupov, Jordan Eberle and Leon Draisaitl. Generational talent Connor McDavid will be added to that group with the first overall pick in June’€™s draft.

As such, Chiarelli was asked early in the press conference about the Bruins’€™ 2013 trade of Tyler Seguin to Dallas. Since the trade, Seguin has blossomed into one of the league’€™s best scorers.

“That was a trade that had underlying reasons hat I won’€™t get into, but he’€™s a terrific player, he was our leading scorer and that’€™s what I’€™ll say about that one’€ Chiarelli responded.

“In this business, you can’€™t be afraid to make trades. The way that the parity is developing, the way that the cap is closing in, the margins are really small. Those are ways to improve your team. I’€™m not afraid of doing it, but it has to be the right moment.

“There are some very good young players on this team. Doesn’€™t mean I’€™m going to trade any of them, but those are deals that you have to be willing to make. They have to be well-measured. You have to be well-informed.

“That deal, obviously he’€™s a very good player and there were reasons for doing it.”

Chiarelli said earlier in the press conference that he feels he can get more out of Ottawa’€™s young players.

“They play fast,” Chiarelli said. “I’€™d like to see them play a little harder.”

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DJ Bean

According to multiple reports out of Canada, the Oilers will announce the hiring of former Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli in a press conference Friday.

According to multiple reports out of Canada, the Oilers will announce the hiring of former Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli in a press conference Friday.

It is unknown what exactly Chiarelli’€™s title with the team will be, but Elliotte Friedman of Hockey Night in Canada reported Thursday night that it will be something along the lines of president of hockey operations. Sportsnet’€™s Mark Spector reported Thursday that the Oilers will have a meeting Friday morning to notify staff of Chiarelli’€™s new position.

The Bruins have the right to draft pick compensation if another team hires Chiarelli. They could waive that right to ensure that Chiarelli takes another job, thereby getting the money owed to him over the rest of his Bruins contract off Boston’€™s books.

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DJ Bean

Patrice Bergeron was made available to the media Thursday to discuss his Selke candidacy, but he was well aware that the Bruins have bigger things to worry about than awards this summer.

Patrice Bergeron was made available to the media Thursday to discuss his Selke candidacy, but he was well aware that the Bruins have bigger things to worry about than awards this summer.

Bergeron gave Claude Julien a vote of confidence, saying that he enjoys playing for the longtime Bruins coach. Julien is currently in limbo, as the B’€™s recently fired general manager Peter Chiarelli and said that the next GM will decide whether Julien stays or goes. Julien has been Boston’€™s coach for the last eight years.

“By all means, I like Claude; I like playing for Claude,” Bergeron said. “We’€™ll see what happens with that.”

Bergeron said he sent Chiarelli a text last week expressing his gratitude for all Chiarelli had done for him. Chiarelli is reportedly in talks with the Oilers about joining their front office.

It is unknown who will replace Chiarelli, though the Bruins have some internal candidates in Don Sweeney and John Furguson. Bergeron said he’€™s confidently Neely will make the right decision.

“I’€™m not concerned. I’€™m a player. It’€™s definitely out of my control, but I have full confidence and support in what upper-management, the decision they’€™ll make,” Bergeron said. “[Nine] years ago now, they hired Peter and no one knew what was going to happen and we won a Stanley Cup. I’€™m definitely going to leave it in their hands again and I’€™m sure they’€™re going to make the right decision one more time.”

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DJ Bean

Bruins center Patrice Bergeron said Thursday that he will not participate in the upcoming IIHF World Championships in the Czech Republic.

Bergeron said that then-Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli, who has had a hand in management of Team Canada over the years, told him that the team was trending younger for next month’€™s tournament. This won’€™t damage Bergeron’€™s trophy case too badly, as he’€™s already a member of the Triple Gold club as a World Championship, Olympic and Stanley Cup champion.

Bergeron won the World Championship with Team Canada in 2004. The Czech Republic was the host country for the tournament that year as well.

The 29-year-old center will join Zdeno Chara and David Krejci as B’€™s players who will sit out the tournament. Torey Krug was named to Team USA when the initial roster announcement was made last week.

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DJ Bean