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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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07/24/14 04:45 EST
The Bruins were the only NHL team to take a serious look at Joe Sacco after the veteran coach was let go by the Sabres at the end of the season. Even if it was the only scenario for him to coach in the NHL this year, it certainly looked to be the best-case scenario. For Sacco, a Medford native and product of Boston University, location is just part of what makes his new gig as Bruins assistant coach so appetizing. The former Avalanche head coach and Sabres assistant coach, who replaces Geoff Ward after Ward departed for a head-coaching job in Germany, is mostly happy to be working with a staff and group of players that has grown accustomed to winning. “There’s so many things that are attractive about coming back [to Boston] … with the organization and the structure that they have in place, and with the current team and the success,” Sacco said Thursday. “Coming back to this part where it all kind of started, it’s just an added bonus for myself and my
07/14/14 07:28 EST
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Here’s a semi-far-fetched theory: What if the Bruins had next season in mind when they made their first-round pick last month? In the NHL, such logic is batty. You don’t get teenaged players who can make the jump to the world’s highest level of competition outside the top 10 picks in the draft unless you hit a home run, as Mike O’Connell and friends did in the second round in 2003 with Patrice Bergeron. As such, teams are wise to spend a pick on the best player available unless they are organizationally depleted at a position. But, what if the Bruins, knowing that a right-shot right winger was their biggest need on their NHL roster for the coming season (there's no clear-cut candidate there), simply took a chance and grabbed a right-shot right winger that they thought had even the tiniest chance of making an immediate leap? Depending on what he shows in training camp, they can get their nine-game look at him to begin the season and determine from there whether they
07/13/14 07:44 EST
It’s been a while since the Bruins had three forward spots in their lineup up for grabs. The offseason is far from over and those spots may be filled one way or another, but if cap limitations require them to be filled internally, the B’s have enough candidates to create a wide-open competition. As things currently stand, the Bruins have right wing vacancies on both the third and fourth lines, with their 13th forward not set in stone either. The in-house candidates for those jobs include Matt Fraser, Jordan Caron (assuming he’s here), Justin Florek, Craig Cunningham, Ryan Spooner, Alexander Khokhlachev, Seth Griffith and Bobby Robins. On Saturday, Bruce Cassidy, the man who has coached all of those players, discussed the NHL-readiness of the collection of forwards, with his belief that many of them should push for jobs in Boston. Of the aforementioned players, all but Griffith and Robins have NHL games under their belts, though Khokhlachev has played just one game for
07/11/14 09:24 EST
Zane Gothberg caught himself using a cliche when describing his development this week at Bruins development camp. "Good things take time," the 21-year-old goalie said. That might summarize the Bruins' organizational goaltending depth perfectly. The Bruins are known for their ability to develop defensemen in bulk, but the goaltending position isn’t far behind as organizational strengths go, for behind Vezina winner Tuukka Rask sits a collection of Providence goaltenders past, present and future, with all serving as legitimate NHL prospects. Thanks to Rask being there, the Bruins can develop the players at the right pace and allow them all the seasoning they need before they become NHL players. Niklas Svedberg, a free agent signing they got from Sweden a couple years back, Malcolm Subban, the team’s first-round pick in 2012 and Gothberg, a sixth-round seed planted back in 2010, all show promise in their own right, giving the Bruins both stability behind their



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