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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
01/19/2014 - 6:06pm
CHICAGO -- In the middle of December, Brad Marchand couldn't buy a goal as a slump dating back to last year's Cup finals continued. The only way he would get into the highlights was for acting like a punk against the Canucks and ticking off the Flames with a bad hit. 
DJ Bean
01/18/2014 - 7:12pm
CHICAGO – The Bruins were hurt by their loss to the Blackhawks in the Stanley Cup finals and still are. One can’t help but wonder what things would have been like if they weren’t so hurt at the time. 
DJ Bean
01/17/2014 - 4:39pm
CHICAGO – Ryan Spooner is waiting, but then again he’s patient. That’s a useful asset as the skilled center looks for both his first goal and a future in the Bruins’ lineup. 
DJ Bean
01/15/2014 - 2:04am
Eleventh and 12th.  That’s where the Bruins’ power play and penalty kill rank, respectively, but the major struggles of both of late have the Bruins both scratching their heads and losing games. 
DJ Bean
01/13/2014 - 6:32pm
Matt Bartkowski began the season as a healthy scratch, and now he’s the Bruins’ best left-shot defense option not named Zdeno Chara. 
DJ Bean
01/10/2014 - 4:54am
When it comes to replacing what Dennis Seidenberg has brought the Bruins the last three postseasons, there may be no better trade option than New York free agent-to-be Dan Girardi. He’s strong, blocks shots, kills penalties and plays a lot of minutes.
DJ Bean
01/08/2014 - 11:50am
Great goalies have dips in their production. Is this Tuukka Rask’s dip or have the last few games been an indication of what life without Dennis Seidenberg could be like for the Bruins?
DJ Bean
01/04/2014 - 6:34pm
Time off can do wonders for a player, even if it’s due to an injury. A good example of that right now would be Daniel Paille.   Paille is doing it all since returning from a mild concussion: He’s scoring goals, assisting goals and, for the first time all season, taking penalties.  At the time he was sent back from the team's Canadian road trip and forced to miss eight contests, he had two goals and two assists for four points through 30 games.
DJ Bean
01/03/2014 - 9:44am
Reilly Smith was not a throw-in in last summer’s trade between the Bruins and Stars.  "Oh, no. Absolutely not,” Peter Chiarelli says. “No, no, no." Here’s what Smith is, among other things: a player the Bruins had eyed for years, a skilled, slippery forward, a 22-year-old who is mature beyond his years -- and one more thing.
DJ Bean
01/01/2014 - 3:54am
Sometimes, starting goaltenders have to look over their shoulders at a promising backup. Right now Chad Johnson is a backup who might be looking over his shoulder at Niklas Svedberg. 
DJ Bean
12/28/2013 - 9:12pm
Injuries have inconvenienced the Bruins all season, but things have gotten serious now that Dennis Seidenberg is done for the season with a torn ACL/MCL. It hurts them now, sure, but it won’t truly hurt them until the postseason rolls around. 
DJ Bean
12/28/2013 - 12:52am
The Bruins proved that a team could win the Stanley Cup without a power play. Just imagine what they’ll be able to do now that they have one.  With Jarome Iginla’s power-play goal Friday – his second in as many games and the Bruins' fourth over the last two contests – the Bruins are scoring on 22.6 percent of their power plays. 
DJ Bean
12/24/2013 - 2:26am
Ryan Spooner is the next argument player in the Bruins' storied history.
DJ Bean
12/23/2013 - 1:16am
For the first time in the NHL, Torey Krug is cold.  Well, statistically he’s cold. After bursting onto the scene with four goals last postseason and six goals through the first 15 games of this season, the 22-year-old is dealing with something of uncharted waters.  Krug has gone the last 21 games with just two goals (seven assists), which leaves him with a still-impressive eight goals on the season but obviously is a step back from his earlier pace. 
DJ Bean
12/22/2013 - 8:47am
Teams need their best players to perform in order to win games, and that’s more true for the Bruins now than ever given all the forwards they have missing from their lineup. 
DJ Bean
12/20/2013 - 5:16pm
WILMINGTON -- If there's any silver lining of the Bruins having as many injuries as they've had, Peter Chiarelli said this week, it's that they've gotten a chance to see how some of their promising young players stashed in Providence fare at the NHL level. 
DJ Bean
12/20/2013 - 3:50am
Brad Marchand hasn’t been very good this season, but by no means should his days in Boston be numbered.  Peter Chiarelli did a very rare thing for a general manager to do Thursday morning when he came out and said he wasn’t trading a player that nobody thought he was trading. 
DJ Bean
12/18/2013 - 4:19am
Tough, physical teams need to walk the line in order to be at their best, but at this moment in time, the Bruins might be best served to just take a couple of steps back from it.  With players dropping like flies due to injury, illness or suspension and the Bruins not exactly having painted themselves in the most flattering light of late, now wouldn’t be the best time for them to see any more consequences of crossing that line.  In other words, there is never a good time to make a bad decision on the ice, but this really isn’t the time. 
DJ Bean
12/16/2013 - 9:24pm
Shawn Thornton is really sorry for what he did to Brooks Orpik, but he is appealing his punishment. Please think for a minute before jumping to the easiest conclusion.
DJ Bean
12/15/2013 - 6:43am
Fighting is the most controversial thing in hockey right now and there might not be a team in the midst of more heat than the Boston Bruins. 
DJ Bean
12/13/2013 - 3:28am
Before the season, Claude Julien insisted that Milan Lucic was a good enough skater to hold his own on bigger ice in the Olympics.  Last month, he reiterated that stance. Perhaps it needed reiterating given that Lucic is known more for being a big body than fleet of foot, but if you’ve watched Lucic this season, you’ve probably seen Julien’s point. 
DJ Bean
12/09/2013 - 2:34am
The Bruins will take the wins as they're getting them, but at this rate they're going to enter the playoffs with a third of their lineup represented by ECHLers. 
DJ Bean
12/08/2013 - 10:56am
The biggest problem with Saturday night’s game was that Shawn Thornton went berserk and attacked a guy.
DJ Bean
12/06/2013 - 1:27am
MONTREAL -- Bold take: The Bruins defense could have done without Johnny Boychuk getting hurt.  This season had been trying enough for the Bruins defense without Boychuk’s injury Thursday night. The squad really didn’t need it. 


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