There’s no two ways about it: This NHL 15 commercial, starring Patrice Bergeron, is the weirdest.

Bergeron, who was voted the cover athlete of the EA Sports video game, beat out P.K. Subban to get on the cover. That means more bright lights for the quiet and humble center, and, apparently, poetry. This is a far cry from Bergeron’s license plate commercial from when he was a rookie in 2003-04.

As I’m posting this, I remember that GIFs exist. This is going to be interesting.

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DJ Bean

The Bruins announced Wednesday that they have extended their affiliation with the Providence Bruins and hired former Bruins forward Jay Pandolfo as a development coach. They also announced that Don Sweeney, currently an assistant general manager for the Bruins, will also serve as GM of the Providence Bruins.

The Bruins announced Wednesday that they have extended their affiliation with the Providence Bruins and hired former Bruins forward Jay Pandolfo as a development coach. They also announced that Don Sweeney, currently an assistant general manager for the Bruins, will also serve as GM of the Providence Bruins.

Pandolfo, a Winchester native and Boston University graduate, spent the majority of his 15-year NHL career with the Devils. After a season with the Islanders in 2011-12, Pandolfo finished his career with the Bruins in 2012-13. In playing for Boston, he was also reunited with former Devils coach Claude Julien.

Sweeney is entering his ninth year in the Bruins’€™ front office. He will retain his current responsibilities as assistant GM in addition to his new Providence duties.

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DJ Bean

Though two key free agents remain unsigned in Torey Krug and Reilly Smith, the team has had talks to avoid a similar situation with one of their top players next summer.

David Krejci is entering the final year of his contract. (Getty Images)

David Krejci is entering the final year of his contract. (Getty Images)

Though two key free agents remain unsigned in Torey Krug and Reilly Smith, the team has had talks to avoid a similar situation with one of their top players next summer.

According to a source familiar with the negotiations, the Bruins have had “casual discussions” with David Krejci‘€™s camp about a contract extension for the first-line center. Krejci, 28, is entering the final year of a three-year, $15.75 million contract and is set to be an unrestricted free agent after the coming season.

The source said there is an expectation that talks will accelerate in the near future. Historically, Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli has tried to get deals with his franchise players done before they enter their contract years. Chiarelli did it prior to the 2010-11 season, when he locked up free-agents-to-be Zdeno Chara and Patrice Bergeron, and last summer, when he signed Bergeron to an eight-year extension.

Krejci’€™s current contract was signed during his contract year, as Krejci was months away from restricted free agency when the B’€™s gave him the three-year pact in December of 2011.

The Czech center is coming off the second-most productive regular season of his career. His 69 points (19 goals, 50 assists) were the most he put up since posting 73 points in the 2008-09 season. Krejci enjoyed the successful regular season while centering Boston’s top line with longtime linemate Milan Lucic and the since-departed Jarome Iginla. With Iginla now in Colorado, Loui Eriksson is expected to serve as the Bruins’ first-line right wing.

Krejci fell short in the postseason, however, scoring no goals and contributing four assists in 12 playoff games. His quiet playoff performance was rather uncharacteristic of him, as he had led two of the previous three postseasons in points.

As for Smith and Krug, both players are entry level free agents, meaning they are at the end of their entry level contracts but have not accrued enough NHL service time to qualify for restricted free agency. As such, neither player can negotiate with other teams. Using figures from Capgeek.com, Bruins currently have 3.218 million in cap space, assuming Marc Savard will be placed on long-term injured reserve.

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DJ Bean

The Bruins announced their training camp schedule, as well as the particulars of their rookie tournament in Antioch, Tenn. on Thursday.

Rookie camp begins on Sept. 11, after which the B’€™s youngsters will head south for a tournament against prospects from the Predators, Panthers and Lightning organizations. Highlighted by 2014 first-round pick David Pastrnak, the roster for that camp is as follows:

FORWARDS: Andrew Aamon*, Spencer Asuchak*, Anthony Camara, Mitchell Dempsey, Alex Fallstrom, Brian Ferlin, Seth Griffith, Cory Kane*, Dawson Leedahl*, Matt Lindblad, Pastrnak, Ben Sexton, Kevin Sullivan*.

DEFENSEMEN: Linus Arnesson, Bryce Aneloski*, Mickael Beauregard*, Chris Casto, Lee Moffie*, Frankie Simonelli*, Mike Young*.

GOALTENDERS: Adam Morrison, Malcolm Subban

Aamon, Aneloski, Asuchak, Beauregard, Leedahl, Moffie, Simonelli, Sullivan and Young will all attend the camp on a tryout basis.

Per the press release, the schedule for the rookie camp and training camp is as follows:

Thursday, September 11 (Wilmington, MA)
-Rookie practice, Ristuccia Arena, 12:00 noon ET

Friday, September 12 (Boston, MA / Antioch, TN)
-Travel to Nashville, TN
-Rookie practice, Ford Ice Center, 4:00 p.m. CT

Saturday, September 13 (Antioch, TN)
-Game vs. Florida Panthers Rookies, Ford Ice Center, 1:00 p.m. CT

Sunday, September 14 (Antioch, TN)
-Game vs. Nashville Predators Rookies, Ford Ice Center, 4:00 p.m. CT

Monday, September 15 (Antioch, TN)
-Practice, Ford Ice Center, 10:30 a.m.

Tuesday, September 16 (Antioch, TN)
-Game vs. Tampa Bay Lightning Rookies, Ford Ice Center, 10:00 a.m. CT

Wednesday, September 17
-TBD

Thursday, September 18
-Off-ice testing, TBD (closed to public/media)

Friday, September 19 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice #1 at Ristuccia Arena, 10:00 a.m.
-Practice #2 at Ristuccia Arena, 12:15 p.m.

Saturday, September 20 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice #1 at Ristuccia Arena, 10:00 a.m.
-Practice #2 at Ristuccia Arena, 12:15 p.m.

Sunday, September 21 (Wilmington, MA / Providence, RI)
-Practice #1 at Ristuccia Arena, 10:00 a.m.
-Practice #2 at Ristuccia Arena, 11:00 a.m.
-Black & Gold Game in Providence, RI, Dunkin Donuts Center (1 La Salle Square, Providence, RI 02903) at 7:00 p.m.

Monday, September 22 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice #1 at Ristuccia Arena, 11:00 a.m.
-Practice #2 at Ristuccia Arena, 1:15 p.m.

Tuesday, September 23 (Wilmington, MA / Montreal, QC)
-Practice #1 at Ristuccia Arena, 10:00 a.m.
-Practice #2 at Ristuccia Arena, 11:15 a.m.
-Travel to Montreal, QC
-Away preseason game vs. Montreal Canadiens, Bell Centre, 7:30 p.m.
-Travel to Boston, MA

Wednesday, September 24 (Boston, MA)
-Practice #1 at TD Garden, 10:00 a.m.
-Practice #2 at TD Garden, 11:15 a.m.
-Home preseason game vs. Washington Capitals, TD Garden, 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, September 25
-TBD

Friday, September 26 (Wilmington, MA / Washington, DC)
-Practice #1 at Ristuccia Arena, 10:00 a.m.
-Practice #2 at Ristuccia Arena, 11:15 a.m.
-Travel to Washington, DC
-Away preseason game vs. Washington Capitals, Verizon Center, 7:00 p.m.
-Travel to Detroit, MI

Saturday, September 27 (Detroit, MI / Boston, MA)
-Pregame skate and media availability TBD
-Away preseason game vs. Detroit Red Wings, Joe Louis Arena, 7:00 p.m.
-Travel to Boston, MA

Sunday, September 28 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice at Ristuccia Arena, 11:00 a.m.

Monday, September 29 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice at Ristuccia Arena, 10:30 a.m.

Tuesday, September 30 (Boston, MA)
-Practice #1 at TD Garden, 10:00 a.m.
-Practice #2 at TD Garden, 11:15 a.m.
-Home preseason game vs. New York Islanders, TD Garden, 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, October 1
TBD

Thursday, October 2 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice at Ristuccia Arena, 10:30 a.m.

Friday, October 3 (Wilmington, MA / Bridgeport, CT)
-Pregame skate at Ristuccia Arena, 11:00 a.m.
-Travel to Bridgeport, CT
-Away preseason game vs. New York Islanders, Webster Bank Arena (600 Main Street, Bridgeport, CT 06604), 7:30 p.m.
-Travel to Boston, MA

Blog Author: 
DJ Bean

The Rangers announced Wednesday that they have signed free agent forward Kevin Hayes to an entry level contract. Hayes, a first-round pick of the Blackhawks who played his college hockey at Boston College and chose not to sign with Chicago, had reportedly drawn interest from the Bruins.

Hayes is a left shot, something of which the Bruins currently have a surplus when it comes to their wingers, but adding a prospect of his offensive caliber would have been a good get. In his senior season at BC, Hayes put up 65 points ‘€” second-most in the nation ‘€” in 40 games.

The Dorchester native needed to sign with the Blackhawks by Aug. 15 in order to remain the team’€™s property. In signing with the Rangers, he has the chance to be reunited with former Boston College teammate Chris Kreider.

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DJ Bean

According to Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports, the Bruins have invited veteran left wing Simon Gagne to next month’€™s training camp on a tryout.

Simon Gagné will be at the Bruins training camp on a try out. #tvasports

According to Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports, the Bruins have invited veteran left wing Simon Gagne to next month’€™s training camp on a tryout.

Now 34 years old, the longtime Flyer bounced around the league in recent seasons, spending 2010-11 in Tampa Bay before heading to the Kings for parts of two seasons and spending the lockout-shortened 2013 season between Los Angeles and Philadelhia. He did not play in the NHL last season.

Gagne was known to be a Bruins killer in his Bruins career, most notably scoring the game-winners for Philadelphia in Games 4 and 7 of the 2010 Eastern Conference semifinals, a series that the Bruins had led, 3-0.

On paper, Gagne’€™s odds of catching on with the B’€™s would appear to be slim. The Bruins have a number of young wingers competing for either one or two wing spots, depending on whether Gregory Campbell plays center or left wing.

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Blog Author: 
DJ Bean

Tuukka Rask has a bright, well-paid future ahead of him. It would take such a good situation ahead to not want to hold onto a past that includes his first Vezina Trophy.