PRAGUE -- There Zdeno Chara and Peter Chiarelli sat, fielding questions in different languages and smiling through disappointment following the team's 5-2 season-opening loss as they discussed the defenseman's re-signing.



PRAGUE -- The Bruins entered the 2010-11 season as one of the NHL's elite teams on paper. They did everything they could for the first two periods of Saturday's season-opener to suggest otherwise, and the glimpses of promise they did show in the third period proved to be too little, too late. The team showed all sorts of offensive and defensive weaknesses as they dropped the opener in Prague, 5-2, to the Coyotes.

 

PRAGUE -- The Bruins and captain Zdeno Chara have agreed to a contract extension hours before the season-opener against the Coyotes at O2 Arena in Prague. The deal, first reported by the Boston Globe, is for seven years and will begin in the 2011-12 season.

 

PRAGUE -- Patrice Bergeron boasted both a new contract (three years, $15 million) and optimism for the direction of the franchise as both he and general manager Peter Chiarelli adressed reporters in a press conference following Friday's skate. Now 25, Bergeron will play out the last year of his current contract at a $4.75 million cap hit before coming in at $5 million in each of the next three seasons. Bergeron's camp and Chiarelli negotiated the deal throughout the offseason, but the center made clear that he knew the outcome of the negotiations long before the agreement was reached.

PRAGUE -- Having been overseas for just over a week now and with the Bruins' season a day away from beginning, it seemed as good a time as ever to bust out a mailbag (the name of it was not my idea).



PRAGUE -- The Bruins and center Patrice Bergeron have agreed to a three-year contract extension worth $15 million, the team announced late Friday morning. The deal will carry an annual cap hit of $5 million, making him tied with Tim Thomas for the team's highest cap hit in the 2011-12 season (captain Zdeno Chara remains unsigned following the coming season). RDS was the first to report the agreement.

 

PRAGUE -- According to a tweet from ESPNBoston's James Murphy, the Bruins have tentatively agreed to terms with forward Brian McGrattan, who has been with the team throughout the preseason on a tryout basis. Murphy is reporting that the deal will not be finalized until Monday.

 

PRAGUE -- According to multiple reports, rookie defenseman Matt Bartkowski was notified on Wednesday by general manager Peter Chiarelli that he would be the final player released from Bruins camp before the team opens the regular season with two games against the Coyotes (the team is allowed to carry an extra goalie overseas, but Nolan Schaefer will also likely be sent to Providence before the team begins play in North America).

 

LIBEREC, Czech Republic -- Patrice Bergeron had five points and newcomers Tyler Seguin and Nathan Horton scored again as the Bruins finished their preseason with a 7-1 victory over Liberec HC in Liberec, Czech Republic. 

 

Bergeron scored in the second and third periods, while also assisting Seguin's goal, a snipe from the point on the power play, as well as tallies from Jordan Caron and Blake Wheeler. Trade acquisitions Nathan Horton and Gregory Campbell also picked up goals in the first and third periods, respectively. 

 

PRAGUE -- Czech Republic native David Krejci has found ways to impress on different levels so far in his NHL career. On the ice, he's a rising star who at 24 years of age may be a year or two from his prime seasons.