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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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09/01/15 04:05 EST
WILMINGTON -- Last summer, David Pastrnak set a very lofty goal. After being drafted 25th overall by Boston that June, the 18-year-old was determined to skip the typical years of lower-level development and go to the NHL. Less than two months into the season, he did just that. A couple months later, he was an NHL regular. So, after setting and achieving such a difficult goal last season, what's his goal for this season? To score 20 goals? Maybe to pull a Tyler Seguin and lead the team in goals in his second season? "I have the same goal [as last season]," Pastrnak said Tuesday."First of all, I have to make the team and then I can think about other goals. I'll start [focusing] on the first one." To answer the question, Pastrnak's goal is apparently to be really, really modest. The Bruins are depending on Pastrnak to do much more than simply make the team. After an offseason shuffle of wings that saw Milan Lucic, Reilly Smith and Carl Soderberg (who played something of
08/25/15 01:53 EST
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Last season there wasn’t much of a question as to where Kevan Miller would fit in the Bruins lineup. At worst he’d be a bottom-pair guy and at best he’d pick up the recently departed Johnny Boychuk’s minutes. One injury-plagued season for Miller and an extremely weird summer for the Bruins later, how Miller ends up fitting with the Bruins this season really is anyone’s guess. Uncertainty surrounds Boston’s back end in general, but it applies to Miller more so than others. Between his recovery from shoulder surgery, the team’s perplexing decision to re-sign the man he figured to replace in Adam McQuaid and the fact he’ll be an unrestricted free agent next season, it’s extremely difficult to gauge how the Bruins will use him. The team is overflowing with third-pairing defensemen, where Miller is best-served, but he’s an inexpensive option at just an $800,000 cap hit. “To be honest, I don’t really delve too much into
07/31/15 12:13 EST
Part of this week’s Winter Classic announcement was a post-press conference feeding frenzy for the hockey media. Reporters from Boston and our neighbors to the north were free to swarm the likes of Gary Bettman, Cam Neely, Patrice Bergeron and the Jacobs family, among others, and fill their recorders with days’ worth of material. With both Jeremy Jacobs and Charlie Jacobs speaking, the past and present Bruins bosses were able to give their assessments of the job the Cam Neely administration has done since canning Peter Chiarelli. In the least-surprising development of a very surprising summer, they gave rave reviews. Unlike seemingly everyone who has observed this offseason, the Jacobs were left with zero questions with the moves made. “I thought Don Sweeney did a great job over the summer,” Charlie said. “What he’s done player-personnel-wise, the changes he’s made ... I really couldn’t be happier with what he’s done.” “Cam
07/29/15 10:36 EST
In a summer that has already seen Peter Chiarelli, Dougie Hamilton, Milan Lucic and several others leave, Torey Krug has done just the opposite: he’s become a full-time Boston resident. The Michigan native decided to make the move this year, returning to Boston after a post-World Championships vacation in Europe with his wife. After years of packing up and leaving following hockey seasons at various levels, Krug is an official Bostonian. That’s a pretty gutsy move for a guy on a one-year deal playing for a team that’s made some unpredictable moves. Then again, Krug has never minded taking his chances. “If you haven’t noticed by now, I’m a pretty determined individual,” Krug said with a laugh Wednesday. Chiarelli, who signed Krug as an undrafted free agent in 2011 and also inked him to the $3.4 million deal on which he’ll play this coming season, is gone. He preferred a one-year deal because he wanted to parlay a big performance into a



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Bruins GM Don Sweeney wit…

Bruins GM Don Sweeney with Dale and Holley

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Fluto Shinzawa, NHL reporter for the Boston Globe, joins the Sunday Skate crew to discuss the future of the Bruins franchise 4-19-15

The awesomely knowledgeable Fluto Shinzawa calls DJ, Naoko and Pete to talk about his thoughts on the future of the B's. He discusses his column from earlier this week on Cam Neely wanting to give Claude the ax earlier in the season but not getting the ok. Fluto shares his thoughts on Chiarelli's firing, the future for Claude and where the Bruins should go from here. He also gives his opinion on potential moves the team can make, who would fit in here, his thoughts on the NHL playoffs so far and more.

Sunday Skate with DJ Bean, Naoko Funayama and Pete Blackburn - HOUR #2 - 4-19-15

In the final hour of the "midseason finale" as DJ likes to call it, the crew discuss more about the future of the Bruins franchise, the possible power struggle in the front office and who should be the head coach going forward. They talk to intelligent and talented Fluto Shinzawa about all of these thing and more in an excellent interview, and finally, DJ says THANK YOU!

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Schilling emailed Awful Announcing.

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