WILMINGTON -- A record crowd turned out at Ristuccia Arena for the final day of the Bruins development camp on Saturday.

 

A crowd estimated at over 1,200 filled the entire seating section to see top pick Tyler Seguin, along with other prospects Joe Colborne and Yuri Alexandrov, as they ran through drills and finished with an intrasquad scrimmage. Two extra sections, normally reserved for Bruins staff and media, were opened to accommodate the overflow crowd that stretched out the door of the Wilmington practice facility. 

 

WILMINGTON -- Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli announced on Friday that the team had re-signed defenseman Mark Stuart to a one-year deal. 

 

Stuart, 26, is a veteran of 252 NHL regular season games and has 12 goals, 23 assists for 35 points and 261 penalty minutes in those contests. He also has 22 Stanley Cup Playoff games, with two career assists in those 22 games.

 

A source confirmed to WEEI.com Thursday night that an agreement between the Bruins and restricted free agent Mark Stuart is a "done deal." The contract is a one-year, $1.675 million pact, a raise from the $1.3 million he made the past two seasons. The Boston Globe was the first to report the story. 

 

WILMINGTON -- Injured Bruins center David Krejci told reporters Thursday that he plans to be ready for training camp upon getting screws removed from his wrist in a month. Out since the beginning of Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals, Krejci has frequented Ristuccia Arena as he continues to recover.

 

A source has told WEEI.com that the Bruins and restricted free agent Mark Stuart are "very close" to reaching a one-year deal. Stuart recently chose against filing for arbitration, as he felt comfortable enough that he would be able to come to agreement with the Bruins. 

 

In 56 games this past season, the defenseman had two goals, five assists and racked up 80 penalty minutes. He set a career high in points in the 2008-2009 season with 17. For more on the Bruins, go to weei.com/Bruins.

Entering the 2009-2010 season, the Bruins’ biggest recent offseason move was temporary subtraction that many believed could eventually mean some big additions.



WILMINGTON -- Though the first day of on-ice activities for Bruins prospects at development camp featured 26 hopefuls on display, second overall pick Tyler Seguin attracted much of the attention. Those in attendance at Ristuccia arena frequently chanted his name and cheered or moaned depending on whether he scored in drills. 

 

“Usually if anyone’s talking about me it’s like Seguini or Seegin or something,” Seguin said with a laugh. “These guys, they have it right on point.”

 

Agent Matt Keator confirmed to WEEI.com that Bruins left wing Blake Wheeler filed for arbitration before Monday’s 5 p.m. deadline. The Boston Globe was the first to report the story.

 

Defenseman Mark Stuart, the other Bruin eligible for arbitration, did not file, as Keator, who represents both players, indicated the two sides felt they were close enough to reaching a one-year deal that they didn’t feel it was necessary.

 

Speaking on a conference call following the re-signing of left-wing Daniel Paille, Bruins general manager reflected on what proved to be a predictably slow first day of free agency given the fact that the club now has the highest payroll in the league.

 

The offseason has been full of trade rumors for the Bruins, with center Marc Savard and his $4 million cap hit getting plenty of attention. Though the team has made offensive improvements by acquiring Nathan Horton and Tyler Seguin, would moving Savard be in the team's best interest? Head to the Big Bad Blog to cast your vote.