The NHL and NHL Players Association announced the payroll range for the 2014-15 season Friday, and the upper limit being lower than anticipated should make the Bruins’ offseason even more difficult than initially anticipated.

The lower limit is set at $51 million, with the upper limit set at $69 million. The upper limit was expected to be somewhere around $70 million, with recent speculation suggesting it could be higher. The Bruins, who have $67.58 million in cap space  committed to next season, but can go as far as $4.027 million over the upper limit if Marc Savard is placed on long-term injured reserve, will now be hard-pressed to retain their unsigned players — Jarome Iginla chief among them — without shedding a current contract or two.

Reilly Smith and Torey Krug are both restricted free agents, as are Matt Bartkowski and Jordan Caron.

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Blog Author: 
DJ Bean

The Bruins announced three front-office moves Saturday, the most notable of which was the promotion of Scott Bradley to assistant general manager to replace the departed Jim Benning.

Ryan Nadeau, who had been serving as the director of hockey administration on the team’€™s scouting staff, was promoted to director of hockey operations/analytics.

The Bruins announced three front-office moves Saturday, the most notable of which was the promotion of Scott Bradley to assistant general manager to replace the departed Jim Benning.

Ryan Nadeau, who had been serving as the director of hockey administration on the team’€™s scouting staff, was promoted to director of hockey operations/analytics.

Former Maple Leafs general manager John Ferguson Jr. was hired as executive director of player personnel. Bradley had been serving as director of player personnel.

Perhaps Ferguson’€™s most notable move as Maple Leafs GM was trading the rights to Tuukka Rask to the Bruins in exchange for Andrew Raycroft in June of 2006.

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DJ Bean

Tuesday night’s NHL Awards had to be tough to watch for Bruins fans. 



The Bruins were well-represented among NHL award winners Tuesday night in Las Vegas, as goalie Tuukka Rask won the Vezina Trophy and center Patrice Bergeron received a number of distinctions highlighted by his second Frank J. Selke Trophy in three seasons.

Bergeron also won the NHL Foundation Player Award and finished fifth in Hart Trophy voting. He was also named as the cover athlete on next year’s NHL 15 video game.

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WEEI
Patrice Bergeron has won the Selke in two of the last three seasons. (AP)

Patrice Bergeron has won the Selke in two of the last three seasons. (AP)

The Bruins were well-represented among NHL award winners Tuesday night in Las Vegas, as goalie Tuukka Rask won the Vezina Trophy and center Patrice Bergeron received a number of distinctions highlighted by his second Frank J. Selke Trophy in three seasons.

Bergeron also won the NHL Foundation Player Award and finished fifth in Hart Trophy voting. He was also named as the cover athlete on next year’s NHL 15 video game.

Zdeno Chara, meanwhile, finished second in Norris Trophy voting, with Chicago defenseman Duncan Keith winning the award for the second time in his career. Chara finished a distant second, as Keith had 68 first-place votes and totaled 1033 points while Chara has only 21 first-place votes and had a total of 667 points.

Shea Weber finished just behind Chara with 638 points. He received more first-place votes than Chara, as Weber received 26. Chara received mostly second-place votes, as his 39 were more than anyone else.

With regard to the Selke, Bergeron, who led the league in Corsi and was second in CorsiRel, beat out Chicago’s Jonathan Toews (who narrowly won the Selke over Bergeron last season) and Kings center Anze Kopitar.

Bergeron received 112 first-place votes and totaled 1,283 points, with Kopitar (840 points) and Toews (624) finishing second and third, respectively.

In addition to his defensive prowess and strong work in the face-off circle (Bergeron finished third in the NHL with a 58.6 face-off percentage), the 28-year-old tied for the Bruins lead with 30 goals.

Bergeron’s plus-38 rating was second in the NHL, with only teammate David Krejci’s plus-39 surpassing his mark.

As for the Vezina, Rask’s 103 points from NHL general managers surpassed Semyon Varlamov’s 90 points and Ben Bishop’s 32. Rask received half of the first-place votes.

Both Chara and Rask were named to the first-team NHL All Star Team, while defenseman Torey Krug was named to the All Rookie team.

Claude Julien was fourth in Jack Adams voting, with Peter Chiarelli finishing sixth in GM of the Year voting.

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Blog Author: 
DJ Bean
Blog Author: 
DJ Bean

When Peter Chiarelli said Monday that he didn’t plan on using compliance buyouts this offseason -- his last chance at wiping as many as two contracts off the Bruins’ books with no cap penalty -- the social media response looked like Season 1 American Idol voting.

Kelly.

Kelly. 

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Former Bruins coach Pat Burns was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame Monday. Burns, who died of cancer in 2010, will be inducted in November along with Dominik Hasek, Peter Forsberg, Mike Modano, Rob Blake and referee Bill McCreary.