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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
01/31/2014 - 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.
DJ Bean
01/08/2014 - 10:50am
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 - 5:34pm
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 - 8:44am
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 - 2:54am
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 - 8:12pm
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
12/27/2013 - 11:52pm
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 - 1:26am
Ryan Spooner is the next argument player in the Bruins' storied history.
DJ Bean
12/23/2013 - 12:16am
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 - 7:47am
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 - 4:16pm
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 - 2:50am
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. 


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