Bruins captain Zdeno Chara was named a second-team NHL All-Star Wednesday, marking the sixth time he's been named an All-Star for a full season. 

It's Chara's fourth time being named to the second team, as he's been a first-team All-Star twice in his career. He had a career-best 52 points (12 goals, 40 assists) during the regular season with a plus-33 rating to lead all defensemen. 

Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron won the Frank J. Selke Trophy Wednesday night, earning for the first time in his career the coveted awarded for the forward “who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game.” Bergeron beat out St. Louis' David Backes and three-time winner Pavel Datsyuk. 

During the regular season, Bergeron led the NHL in plus/minus (plus-36) and was second in faceoff percentage (59.3). He has never won the Selke in his career.

Ottawa defenseman Erik Karlsson beat Bruins captain Zdeno Chara for the Norris Trophy Wednesday night. The award is given to "the defensive player who demonstrates throughout the season the greatest all-around ability in the position."

 

The late, great Terry Kath once sang that he wanted to be free. There aren't many Bruins who can identify with that, thanks to what Peter Chiarelli has cultivated in Boston.



On a conference call with general manager Peter Chiarelli and teammate Gregory Campbell Wednesday, Bruins forward Chris Kelly said that passing up free agency was an easy decision. On Monday the veteran forward agreed in principal to a four-year, $12 million deal that he won't officially sign until July 1 because of what Chiarelli called "payroll tagging issues."

Kelly, who scored a career-high 20 goals and 39 points last season, skipped testing the open market in order to remain with the Bruins. He said Wednesday that it was his plan all along. 

On the same night that another team raised the Stanley Cup, the Bruins made two moves to keep members of their Cup-winning team in Boston. 



According to TSN's Bob McKenzie on Twitter, the Bruins have re-signed centers Chris Kelly and Gregory Campbell to multi-year deals. McKenzie reports that Kelly's deal is for four years and $12 million while Campbell will get three years and $4.8 million. 

According to a pair of tweets from TSN's Bob McKenzie, the Bruins are close to locking up centers Chris Kelly and Gregory Campbell. 

McKenzie tweeted the following on Saturday:

They are not done yet, but Chris Kelly and Gregory Campbell are closing in on new multi-year deals with BOS. Both are UFA on July 1.

Point is, unless there is some unexpected last-minute hitch in final stages of negotiations, both will be back in BOS next season.

For all of the talk of Tim Thomas leaving his teammates high and dry, he sure did come up big for the guy who sits next to him in the Bruins’ dressing room. 



Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli and president Cam Neely weighed in Monday on the likelihood that Tim Thomas will not play next season. The veteran goalie posted on Facebook Sunday that he will spend the next year focusing on "friends, family and faith."