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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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07/02/15 05:05 EST
There isn’t much not to like about how Don Sweeney has shaped the Bruins’ top nine. The Bruins have changed (and likely improved) their first three lines with the trade of Milan Lucic, the extension of Ryan Spooner and the surprisingly reasonable signing of Matt Beleskey. Assuming Brett Connolly and Hayes sign, the Bruins’ top nine should be set, and it’s pretty good. So as you look at the team’s roster, the Bruins can only hope that you stay focused on those forwards. Don’t think about the idea of Zac Rinaldo on the fourth line, and whatever you do, don't scroll down. You don’t want to see that. If training camp were to begin today, the Bruins would have one heck of a competition for spots on defense. They would not, however, have one heck of a defense. While there have been several changes to the roster this summer, none will have a greater impact than the departure of Dougie Hamilton. In losing Hamilton, a defense that could have already stood
07/02/15 12:10 EST
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Don Sweeney may have looked like a rookie at his first draft, but he looked like a seasoned vet in his first free agency period. In addition to shipping Reilly Smith and Marc Savard’s contract to Florida for the rights to local boy Jimmy Hayes, Sweeney landed the top forward in a wretched free agent class without overpaying. Signing left wing Matt Beleskey was not going to be a boilerplate affair. He was going to be in demand, and as had been well-documented leading up to free agency, the risk was there for a team to destroy both its and the player’s future with a massive contract. With permission to spend, avoiding bad contracts is always easier said than done, especially in free agency. So while Beleskey’s career trajectory and long-term role with the team can be further dissected in the coming weeks, it can be done so without the fear that the Bruins have a grenade in their hands. The Bruins gave Beleskey, a one-time 20-goal scorer and two-time 10-goal-scorer, a
06/30/15 06:27 EST
“It takes a big man to admit his mistake, and I am that big man.” - Michael Scott An apology to Don Sweeney is in order. A partial apology, but an apology nonetheless. It is a travesty that Dougie Hamilton is not a Boston Bruin and the team was unable to get a major haul for the budding defenseman. The second part is Sweeney’s fault for not holding a longer auction. That’s a major, major problem, and Sweeney still deserves a ton of criticism. He just doesn’t deserve all of it. When the trade that sent Hamilton to Calgary went down Friday, Sweeney hinted that Hamilton didn’t want to be in Boston. He clarified that Hamilton didn’t demand a trade, but he hinted that Hamilton didn’t want to be in Boston. In the days since, more and more grumblings emerged indicating such might be the case. Then Hamilton more or less confirmed he wanted to play elsewhere when he signed a team-friendly deal with the Flames for $5.75 million a year over six years.
06/29/15 09:57 EST
If I were in a room with Cam Neely, I would calmly walk out of it, hit Sports Etc. in Arlington, dress myself head to toe in the very best padding, walk back into that room, duck, and sheepishly utter four words: “Who has final say?” You see, Neely hates that question. He doesn’t understand why people need to know who’s behind the moves a team makes. “I don’t know what the big deal is about this,” the Bruins president said on May 20, the day the Bruins named Don Sweeney general manager. “I really don’t. I know someone wants total autonomy. I get that, but I think there’s a lot of great hockey minds in the organization.” The big deal is that in times like these, it would be nice to know who’s behind these moves, because they haven’t made much sense. Monday saw the Bruins send a 2017 third-round pick to the Flyers for Zac Rinaldo. It marked the second trade in four days that displayed troubling asset management.



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