Boston fans should consider themselves lucky this time of year.



In a perfect black and gold world, defenseman Dennis Seidenberg was set to recover from a lacerated forearm and return to the Bruins lineup in time for the Stanley Cup Finals. 



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The Bruins announced that they have signed defenseman Dennis Seidenberg to a four-year contract extension. The B's acquired Seidenberg at the trade deadline from the Florida Panthers, playing in 17 games with Boston before suffering a lacerated tendon in his left forearm. ESPN.com reports that the deal is worth $3.25 million annually.

 

As he heads to Boston this weekend, top NHL prospect Taylor Hall is not being shy about his interest in being selected by the Bruins during the NHL draft in Los Angeles on June 25. Speaking with the media in Philadelphia  before Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals Friday, Hall was asked about meeting with the B's management. "Boston is a team that's already there, they have a lot of good players on their team, probably an older team," said Hall. "That's a team that's going to contend for the playoffs every year.  That's an exciting opportunity for myself."

Speaking with the media Friday afternoon in a conference call, newly re-upped Bruins forward Shawn Thornton and general manager Peter Chiarelli hit on what led to the tough winger's two-year extension.

 

"I wanted to be a Bruin as long as possible," Thornton said. I love the city, I love being here and I'm still here so I'm really happy to be back and I'm glad we could make it happen."

 

Bruins winger Shawn Thornton has agreed to a two-year deal to remain in Boston, the team confirmed Friday morning. Thornton reportedly will earn $825,000 next season and $800,000 in 2011-12. Thornton had one goal and nine assists this season with a team-high 141 penality minutes, including 21 fighting majors. The 32-year-old has played three seasons with the Bruins and seven seasons in the NHL. He won a Stanley Cup with the Anaheim Ducks in 2007, which followed stints with the Maple Leafs and Blackhawks.

A source has told WEEI.com that Windsor Spitfires left wing Taylor Hall will be in Boston this weekend visiting with the Bruins front office. A group of prospects will be making the trip, though Hall, who tied for the OHL with 106 points and won his second consecutive Memorial Cup MVP last month, will certainly be the most interesting of the bunch for the team.

 

With the Memorial Cup and the NHL Scouting Combine in the rearview mirror and the draft quickly approaching, it's time for the fans to be heard in the Tyler Seguin vs. Taylor Hall debate. Who do you want the Bruins to get with the second overall pick this month in Los Angeles? Vote at the Big Bad Blog

Add Stanley Cup victor and current general manager of the back-to-back Memorial Cup champion Windsor Spitfires Warren Rychel to the list of hockey figures to weigh in on the ever-growing Tyler Seguin/



You’ve heard it since April 13, when the 2010 first-round draft pick acquired from the Maple Leafs in the Phil Kessel deal held up in the lottery to be the second overall choice: The Bruins have outrageous organizational depth at center.