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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
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. 
DJ Bean
12/02/2013 - 4:55pm
WILMINGTON -- Earlier in the season, David Krejci summarized linemate Milan Lucic’s work in the 2013-14 campaign rather succinctly. “He’s in the prime of his career,” Krejci said. “He’s an animal.”
DJ Bean
12/01/2013 - 3:34am
Before Loui Eriksson got to Boston, he was considered one of the most underrated players in the league, but a stop-and-go start to his Bruins career prevented him from rocketing to local superstardom out of the gate.  
DJ Bean
11/29/2013 - 6:42pm
Two seasons ago, Ryan McDonagh's first-period goal might have signaled the end of Friday’s game. Fortunately for the Bruins, times have changed. 
DJ Bean
11/28/2013 - 2:23am
When teams are playing well early on in the season, they want to sustain it. When they aren’t playing well, they want to be playing well by Thanksgiving, which, remember has served as something of a loose deadline for being in the playoff picture if you want to compete in the postseason.  After Wednesday night’s loss, the Bruins might be a little bit of both.
DJ Bean
11/26/2013 - 12:52am
The Bruins probably shouldn't go into games any more hoping for solid 60-minute efforts. That would assume these games are only going to be 60 minutes.  That has not been the case for six of their last 13 games, as the B's have gone into overtime regularly. Luckily for them, they're at least starting to avoid the shootout. 
DJ Bean
11/23/2013 - 6:33pm
The second period of Saturday's game was positively a laugh riot. The Bruins were outshooting and out-everything-ing the Hurricanes. There was even a guy dressed as Jesus in the stands. Really crazy stuff over at TD Garden. 
DJ Bean
11/22/2013 - 12:29am
In the world we live in, a game can go from having that “If you’re not watching this game, turn it on now” status to, “See? This is what's wrong with the NHL” pretty quickly.  Thursday night’s game between the Bruins and Blues was the poster child for why the shootout's days should be numbered. 
DJ Bean
11/20/2013 - 6:39am
Here we thought Chad Johnson was going to start playing more. 
DJ Bean
11/19/2013 - 1:10am
It was a minor surprise to see that Jordan Caron was in the Bruins’ lineup Monday night in Carolina in place of Shawn Thornton, but seeing him on the second line by the end of the game was what really raised eyebrows. 
DJ Bean
11/16/2013 - 12:52am
This isn’t an overreaction to seeing Matt Bartkowski have a productive first period Friday night, but an exploration of just how far the Bruins are willing to bend as they embrace a more offensive back end: Can Matt Bartkowski find a way to earn himself something at least loosely resembling a full-time job in the Bruins’ lineup as Adam McQuaid recovers from his lower-body injury?
DJ Bean
11/15/2013 - 12:32am
Chad Johnson needed that. 
DJ Bean
11/13/2013 - 5:05pm
The Bruins paid Tuukka Rask $56 million to be the $3.5 million Tuukka Rask, as all they could have hoped for were eight repeat performances of his 2013 season. So far, they’re getting the same guy, and one who doesn’t seem changed by his newfound wealth.   
DJ Bean
11/11/2013 - 6:39pm
From looking at the standings, you wouldn’t guess that the Bruins are just turning a corner as they try to hit their stride and get all of their new guys comfortable in their system.  That’s because as of Monday evening, after shutting out the Lightning in a 3-0 win, the B’s and their 23 points are just a point back of the Eastern Conference-leading Tampa squad. 
DJ Bean
11/10/2013 - 2:03am
The Bruins are two winning third periods separated from the early season malaise that plagued them, but while some areas have improved in order to get the Bruins some wins, it’s been more of the same from Boston’s first-liners. That’s been a good thing. 
DJ Bean
11/08/2013 - 6:15pm
Two games, three goals. So far, so good for the Carl Sodereberg - Chris Kelly - Reilly Smith trio. 
DJ Bean
11/08/2013 - 12:46am
When it’s worked, it’s been exciting to see the Bruins’ young defensemen join the rush as Boston’s back end receives a slight makeover in the post-Andrew Ference era. 
DJ Bean
11/07/2013 - 4:11pm
Claude Julien is right. Tim Thomas did not singlehandedly win the Bruins a Stanley Cup. 
DJ Bean
11/06/2013 - 12:55am
To paraphrase Dave Grohl, one last thing before I quit writing about Tyler Seguin until January: What happened Tuesday night was really surprising. 
DJ Bean
11/04/2013 - 1:31am
Whatever was going on during Tyler Seguin’s one-goal postseason wasn’t the reason the Bruins traded him.  That postseason was a reason, sure, but it was just one of the reasons why Seguin’s days in black and gold came to an end after just three seasons. 
DJ Bean
11/03/2013 - 1:18am
The Bruins aren’t very good right now, so forgive the lack of serious concern.


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