Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said Thursday in Minnesota that he does not expect the team to do anything crazy movement-wise with the ninth overall pick in Friday's draft. The team holds a top-10 pick for the second consecutive year thanks to the Phil Kessel trade. After selecting Tyler Seguin a season ago with the second overall pick, Chiarelli said he doesn't envision the team picking that high again. 

The NHL announced the 2011-12 regular-season schedule on Thursday. The Stanley Cup champion Bruins will kick off the season by raising their championship banner at TD Garden vs. the Flyers on Oct. 6. 

The Bruins will then host the Lightning, the team they eliminated in the Eastern Conference finals, on Oct. 8. Their first meeting with the Canadiens will come on Oct. 27, when they host the Habs at the Garden. 

There were plenty of things one could question during Wednesday night’s NHL Awards in Las Vegas, though nothing hockey-related could touch the bewilderment brought on by Criss Angel’s presence, any of Jay Mohr’s accents or Donny Osmond’s insistence that everyone know his life story.  



Bruins goalie Tim Thomas was named the 2010-11 recipient of the Vezina trophy, awarded to the league's top goaltender in the regular season. 

Thomas beat Vancouver's Roberto Luongo and Nashville's Pekka Rinne for the trophy, winning it for the second time in the last three years. Thomas led the NHL with a .938 save percentage and a 2.00 goals against average. His save percentage is the best in a single season since the statistic began being recorded by the league. 

Red Wings defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom was named the 2011 recipient of the James Norris Memorial trophy at Wednesday's NHL Awards in Las Vegas, edging out Bruins captain Zdeno Chara and Predators blueliner Shea Weber.

Lidstrom has now won the award, given to the league's top defensive player, seven times in his career. Only Bobby Orr has won it more, as he achieved the honor eight times in his career. 

Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty signed a two-year contract extension with the team this week, and upon signing told The Score that he could not watch the Bruins celebrate winning the Stanley Cup last week given that the Habs nearly eliminated the B's in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals. Pacioretty did not play in the series, of course, as he missed the rest of the season after a March 8 hit into the stanchion at the Bell Centre from Zdeno Chara left him severely concussed and with a fractured vertebrae. 

Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference joined John Dennis and Dale Arnold on the Dennis & Callahan show to talk about his life post-Stanley Cup. The blue-liner told the guys that unfortunately the Cup itself is no longer in Boston but is rather on its way to Las Vegas for the NHL Awards Ceremony. Ference also deemed Brad Marchand the "runaway winner" for the team's resulting celebrations after beating the Canucks in seven games to take home the most prized trophy of the four major sports.

Shawn Thornton of the Stanley Cup champion Bruins joined The Big Show Monday to discuss the team's championship run and the days that have followed winning the city's first Cup in 39 years. 

Thornton was among a group of B's players who brought the trophy to Foxwoods on Saturday night, and noted that because he isn't a champagne drinker, he might not be able to tell the difference between a cheap bottle and the $100,000 bottle he and teammates purchased. 

Bruins left winger Milan Lucic admitted Sunday at the team's breakup day that Tyler Seguin broke his right big toe with a slap shot at a practice during the team's championship run. Lucic, who said he had played the end of the regular season and into the playoffs with a sinus infection, said it was painful for him to play through it but that he wanted to remain in the lineup. 

Bruins defenseman Tomas Kaberle, who is set to become an unrestricted free agent July 1, said Sunday at TD Garden that his preference is to return to the Stanley Cup champions. 

Kaberle was acquired on Feb. 18 from the Maple Leafs in exchange for the Bruins' first-round pick, center Joe Colborne and a 2012 second-round pick. The defenseman struggled with the B's through the end of the season and into the playoffs but turned in a fine performance in the Stanley Cup finals vs. Vancouver and led all B's defensemen in playoff points.