This is just a picture of Steven Stamkos. Relax. (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports)

This is just a picture of Steven Stamkos. Relax. (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports)

Here’s an interesting tidbit from Wednesday’s conference call with Bruins general manager Don Sweeney and coach Claude Julien: When asked what he wanted to fix, Sweeney listed center as a position he’d like to address via free agency or trade.

At least at the NHL level, center is the one position where the Bruins seem completely set. The team has Patrice Bergeron signed through 2021-22, David Krejci signed through 2020-21, Ryan Spooner signed for another year and Noel Acciari still on his entry level contract.

“We’ve got areas that we want to address in the depth of our organization, more likely in the forward position, either on the right wing or the center and again on the back end,” Sweeney said. “But we’re exploring a bunch of different things trade-wise. It’s difficult in this league, but I think that we’re in a position with two first-round picks to either be selecting really good players or to be in the marketplace.”

In terms of organizational depth, the B’s probably could use bodies in the middle, as Providence first-liner is expected to leave North America to play in the KHL. Or, if Bruins fans want, they can take Sweeney’s answer as a “saying there’s a chance” quote to attach to pipe dreams of Steven Stamkos coming to Boston. Whichever.

Some other quick takeaways from the conference call:

– Sweeney said the Bruins still hope to sign Loui Eriksson.

– New assistant coaches Bruce Cassidy and Jay Pandolfo will have specific roles. Cassidy will be on the bench, running the defense. Pandolfo, who will officially be a coach for the first time after spending the last two seasons in player development, will be the team’s “eye in the sky,” meaning he’ll work from the press level.

– The Bruins have had discussions with restricted free agent Torey Krug and intend to sign him. That shouldn’t come as breaking news, but then again the Dougie Hamilton fiasco told us that good RFA defensemen and this team are no sure thing.

– On the impact of Kevan Miller’s new contract, Sweeney answered a question about possibly trading Adam McQuaid or Dennis Seidenberg by saying that he will explore anything and everything. A non-committal answer, yes, but he certainly doesn’t sound married to the idea of keeping the defensemen he has under contract.

– Sweeney has not told any of the Bruins’ free agents — restricted or unrestricted — that they won’t be back yet. The GM said he might have those discussions this week.

Blog Author: 
DJ Bean

The signing of Kevan Miller does not figure to impact what ends up happening with Loui Eriksson.

Loui Eriksson

Loui Eriksson

The signing of Kevan Miller does not figure to impact what ends up happening with Loui Eriksson.

Speaking on a conference call Wednesday, Bruins general manager Don Sweeney said that the team remains interested in retaining Eriksson, who was one of three 30-goal-scorers for Boston last season. Playing in his third season with the B’s since coming over from Dallas in the Tyler Sequin trade, Eriksson added 33 assists to his 30 goals for a total of 63 points.

“We’ve been in discussions with Loui and have a pretty good idea where they would like to be at. We’ll see whether or not we can find common ground there, but we have been having ongoing discussions on that front.

“As I’ve always said, [I] really respect him as a player. He had a fabulous year. Would love to be able to retain him.”

The Bruins offered Eriksson a four-year contract prior to the trade deadline, but Eriksson’s camp has insisted on at least five. The veteran wing will turn 31 in July.

The team floated after the trade deadline that the player was not in high demand on the trade market, an idea that Eriksson didn’t necessarily believe.

“It’s hard to tell [if teams didn’t offer the Bruins high draft picks],” Eriksson told WEEI.com after the season. “I don’t know. There was a lot of things going on at around that time.

“I think the type of player that I am, I think a lot of teams want that type of player. We’ll see what’s going to happen.”

Eriksson is coming off a four-year contract worth an average annual value of $4.25 million. He figures to get somewhere in the $5 million or $6 million range annually depending on term.

Blog Author: 
DJ Bean

Kevan Miller is a third-pairing defender on whom the Bruins have relied too much. (Bob DeChiara/Getty Images)On Oct.



The Bruins and Kevan Miller have agreed to a four-year, $10 million deal, according to his agent Peter Fish.

The 28-year-old defenseman played 71 games for the Bruins this past season, his third in the NHL, and posted a career-high 18 points (5 goals, 13 assists) while playing 19:04 per game.

Miller was set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

Kevan Miller

Kevan Miller

The Bruins and Kevan Miller have agreed to a four-year, $10 million deal, according to his agent Peter Fish.

The 28-year-old defenseman played 71 games for the Bruins this past season, his third in the NHL, and posted a career-high 18 points (5 goals, 13 assists) while playing 19:04 per game.

Miller was set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

Blog Author: 
DJ Bean

The Bruins announced a number of moves to their coaching staff Tuesday, most notably that Bruce Cassidy and Jay Pandolfo will join the NHL team as assistant coaches, while longtime assistant coach Doug Jarvis will not be retained.

The Bruins announced a number of moves to their coaching staff Tuesday, most notably that Bruce Cassidy and Jay Pandolfo will join the NHL team as assistant coaches, while longtime assistant coach Doug Jarvis will not be retained.

Cassidy and Pandolfo will join Joe Sacco and Bob Essensa on Claude Julien’s staff. Both Sacco’s future with the team was up in the air following the season, but the B’s have retained the former Avalanche head coach.

For Cassidy, this will be the second time serving as an NHL coach since 2006, as he was let go by the Blackhawks after serving two years an assistant. Prior to that, he was head coach of the Capitals for a season and a half.

After coaching in the OHL, Cassidy was hired by the Bruins as an assistant for Providence in the 2008-09 season. He took over for Rob Murray as head coach after the 2010-11 season. He had a 207-128-45 record in five seasons with Providence.

Since retiring in 2013, Pandolfo has been involved in player development with the Bruins. Last season, he served as the organization’s director of player development, working extensively with Providence players. During his NHL career, Pandolfo played for Julien-coached teams in New Jersey and Boston.

Jarvis joins Doug Houda as assistant coaches the Bruins chose to let go after missing the playoffs for two straight seasons. Houda has since caught on with the Red Wings.

Additionally, the team named Paul Whissel director of sports performance and rehab.

Blog Author: 
DJ Bean

Dennis Seidenberg has two years left on his contract. (Kelvin Kuo/USA Today Sports)Players can find out a lot in exit meetings.



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