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DJ Bean grew up in Section 127 of Fenway Park thanks to his grandfather's season ticket package and has immersed himself in the Boston sports scene ever since. In addition to co-founding multi-sport draft site DraftEmpire.com, DJ has written for the Boston Metro and 890 ESPN, among other outlets. He has been writing for WEEI.com since the summer of 2009 and continues to spread the Byron Leftwich gospel on Guest Street.

 
 
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DJ Bean
03/19/2014 - 1:13am
Peter Chiarelli had a busy offseason last summer, and by the looks of it, the Bruins appear to be in for a busy postseason. 
DJ Bean
03/17/2014 - 2:24pm
On paper, the Bruins are playing their best hockey since their outrageous 21-2-1 run in November and December of 2011.  On paper. 
DJ Bean
03/15/2014 - 5:27pm
They're the No. 1 team in the Eastern Conference, a legitimate contender for the President's Trophy (the only trophy in the league that should always followed by "Who cares?") and are picking up two points every time they take the ice. 
DJ Bean
03/14/2014 - 1:20am
Dougie Hamilton is a good player who is having a good season.  He’s also a young player, a top-10 draft pick, a brainiac and a number of other things, but a frequently forgotten tidbit around these parts is that he’s a good player who is having a good season. 
DJ Bean
03/12/2014 - 11:37pm
MONTREAL -- The Bruins believe they’re good enough to beat any team in the league, but it was nice to get an actual reminder that they can play a game against their biggest rivals without being held to one goal in a frustrating loss. 
DJ Bean
03/11/2014 - 5:25pm
MONTREAL -- Bruins players were out to dinner in Florida Monday night when Twitter brought them the horrifying news: Former teammate Rich Peverley had collapsed on the bench in the Stars-Blue Jackets game and had to be defibrillated due to a cardiac episode. 
DJ Bean
03/09/2014 - 1:52am
You should know the story by now with the Bruins: Don’t get too carried away with the good or the bad in the regular season, as long as the personnel is right. That much was learned a season ago when they failed to win the division due to inconsistent play and marched to the Stanley Cup finals. 
DJ Bean
03/07/2014 - 12:17am
This story has been written before.  It's the "Things are starting to look up for Loui Eriksson" story. The one about him turning a corner and finally emerging as the player that looked to be the perfect top-six forward for the Bruins when they decided Tyler Seguin wasn't a fit. 
DJ Bean
03/06/2014 - 1:54am
For the last two-plus months, all anyone could talk about regarding this Bruins team was that it needed at least another defenseman, and maybe two. 
DJ Bean
03/05/2014 - 1:00am
The trade deadline is hours away, and given that Peter Chiarelli has yet to pull the trigger on a deal, you can expect a few interesting hours leading up to Wednesday at 3 p.m.  Though the Bruins haven't improved, their Eastern Conference competition hasn't done anything drastic yet, either. Here are some final thoughts on the trade market and the Bruins entering the trade deadline. DEFENSIVE OPTIONS STILL REMAIN
DJ Bean
03/03/2014 - 11:40pm
It's getting to crunch time as Wednesday's NHL trade deadline approaches. The Bruins are still looking for a defenseman, and fortunately for them, none of the top options have been dealt yet. 
DJ Bean
03/01/2014 - 6:12pm
The Bruins’ back end has chosen a bad time to struggle.  With just a few days until the NHL’s trade deadline, Boston’s defense could use this time to prove to Peter Chiarelli that none of its players need to be upgraded and that nothing outside of a depth player or two will be required. 
DJ Bean
02/28/2014 - 10:53pm
WILMINGTON – Chris Kelly knows that Peter Chiarelli has a knack for diagnosing what player his team needs and then going out and getting him. He probably knows that as well as anyone, as Kelly was a trade deadline acquisition back in 2011. 
DJ Bean
02/27/2014 - 1:25am
One day, the Bruins will be able to look back on Wednesday’s overtime loss to the Sabres and laugh. In the meantime, they should probably work on that not happening again.  Though the two-week Olympic break should undoubtedly benefit them in the long run, the Bruins looked every bit the part of a team that had spent the last couple weeks out of NHL game action as their flubs cost them against a far inferior team that had played the previous night.
DJ Bean
02/25/2014 - 9:54pm
As the Bruins return from the Olympic break, they find themselves in the stretch run of the NHL season with the trade deadline just days away and 25 games remaining on the schedule. 
DJ Bean
02/24/2014 - 9:27pm
The coming months will tell us whether the NHL's days of sending players to the Olympics are over for the time being. If the owners get their way and cut off the NHL/Olympic connection, it will be just another bad move from a group that’s had no trouble making bad decisions for its league over the years.
DJ Bean
02/22/2014 - 2:53pm
WILMINGTON -- Adam McQuaid has been hurt enough this season, but in a campaign that's seen plenty of time in the trainer's room, the one thing he doesn't need is the wambulance. 
DJ Bean
02/22/2014 - 3:14am
If the Bruins have their druthers, Chad Johnson won't see any ice time during the postseason, but he might see quite a bit of it before then.
DJ Bean
02/10/2014 - 10:23pm
For the most part, players are chosen for the Olympics for a simple reason: They’re the best players in the world.  Yet, as is seen in sports time and time again, there’s a difference between being the best and being able to win. In the case of many of the Bruins in the 2014 Winter Olympics, they have both things going for them. 
DJ Bean
02/08/2014 - 8:41pm
With 57 games in the books and the Olympic break upon them, the Bruins should feel pretty good with where they stand – in the Eastern Conference, at least.
DJ Bean
02/07/2014 - 2:48am
Encouraging losses are usually associated with bad teams. If a squad with no hopes of the postseason can hang around with an annual Cup contender, maybe it softens the blow and builds some confidence. 
DJ Bean
02/05/2014 - 2:05am
The Bruins have asked for a lot out of their system’s young defensemen and have gotten a lot this season. For the next two games, they’ll be asked to do something especially tough: look like the Bruins without Zdeno Chara. 
DJ Bean
02/03/2014 - 5:03pm
WILMINGTON -- When Brad Marchand taunted a Canucks team that was routing the Bruins in December with Stanley Cup-themed gestures, one of the many issues that people took was the fact that Marchand hadn't moved on. The Bruins beat the Canucks three seasons ago and were still flaunting it. 
DJ Bean
01/31/2014 - 7:01pm
Players leave teams all the time, and then they play those teams. In today's world of heavily turned-over rosters in professional sports, it's nothing new. 
DJ Bean
01/31/2014 - 3:37am
The Bruins hadn't played from behind in a long time, so maybe that's why they were so bad at it Thursday. 


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