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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
02/28/2014 - 9:53pm
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 - 12:25am
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. 
DJ Bean
02/25/2014 - 8:54pm
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 - 8:27pm
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 - 1:53pm
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 - 2:14am
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 - 9:23pm
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 - 7:41pm
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 - 1:48am
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 - 1:05am
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 - 4:03pm
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 - 6:01pm
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 - 2:37am
The Bruins hadn't played from behind in a long time, so maybe that's why they were so bad at it Thursday. 
DJ Bean
01/29/2014 - 12:59am
After Ryan Spooner’s three-point, six shot-on-goal performance Dec. 23 in Nashville, it appeared inevitable that Spooner would become the next young player with whom Bruins fans would become enamored.  
DJ Bean
01/28/2014 - 12:30am
With last offseason’s trade with the Stars, Patrice Bergeron’s line was supposed to be better this season than it was last season. It may have taken longer than expected and the personnel may be different than initially planned, but right now it is. 
DJ Bean
01/25/2014 - 6:49pm
In two of the last three seasons -- the ones that saw the Bruins reach the Stanley Cup finals -- Peter Chiarelli pulled off at least one semi-significant trade for a forward. This season -- assuming the injury bug doesn't hit hard in the next month-plus -- he won’t need to work quite as hard. 
DJ Bean
01/24/2014 - 9:10am
Zdeno Chara’s father used to push him to the point of tears as he would train the growing teenager to become a professional hockey player.
DJ Bean
01/20/2014 - 9:29pm
Sunday and Monday could have been an ugly stretch for the Bruins, and considering that they lost Adam McQuaid in the second period in Chicago, the Bruins should feel pretty good about coming out of a back-to-back against the last two Stanley Cup champions with three points to show for it. 
DJ Bean
01/19/2014 - 5:06pm
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 - 6:12pm
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 - 3:39pm
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
01/17/2014 - 2:23am
DALLAS – Tyler Seguin has been compared to other scorers since he got into the NHL: first Taylor Hall, then
DJ Bean
01/15/2014 - 1:04am
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 - 5:32pm
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 - 3:54am
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.


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