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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
01/04/2014 - 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. 
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. 
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. 
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. 
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. 
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.
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. 
DJ Bean
11/20/2013 - 6:39am
Here we thought Chad Johnson was going to start playing more. 


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