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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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07/29/15 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
07/28/15 12:15 EST
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When free agent defenseman Cody Franson said last week that he was in talks with the Bruins, it should have come as no surprise. In fact, it would have been very worrisome if the B’s weren’t looking into signing the former Maple Leaf. Any interest in Franson is confirmation of what everyone knows: The Bruins as currently constituted have a lot of questions on defense. Sure, they still have a dominant No. 1 in Zdeno Chara, but every player after him comes with some sort of uncertainty based on either last season’s performance (Dennis Seidenberg), how they might fare in an increased role (Torey Krug, Adam McQuaid), inexperience (Joe Morrow, Colin Miller, Zach Trotman) or simply their place on the roster (Kevan Miller, Matt Irwin). The B’s needed help on defense going into the offseason, and that was before they traded Dougie Hamilton. While they did add Colin Miller to a group of prospects pushing for minutes in the NHL, they still need a top-4 right shot
07/25/15 09:57 EST
On-ice drills and impressive shootout moves made up just one part of the Bruins’ development camp earlier this month. The team stresses each year that the main point of the annual gathering of prospects is to educate young players on how to be a professional. Players are put through the paces on the ice, but much of the learning comes off it. They’re instructed on how to train, how to eat and how to behave. Different sessions are devoted to different teachings. For one of the lessons this year, the Bruins brought in the big guns. Veteran defenseman Torey Krug came in and talked to the 37 NHL hopefuls in attendance, but it wasn’t about how to quarterback a power play or launch one-timers. It was about not being stupid on the internet, also known as social media training. A couple weeks ago, Stars captain Jamie Benn became the latest player to slip up online, asking teammate Jason Demers on Twitter whether he liked to perform a certain grown-up act. In addition to being
07/21/15 11:41 EST
Zac Rinaldo’s excitement to be a Bruin is evident. Meeting with the media on Tuesday, the former Flyer was every bit as amped as Don Sweeney had described him following the trade last month. Unfortunately for Rinaldo, it isn’t his excitement that’s in question. What’s in question is why Sweeney was so excited to trade for him. Rinaldo, a 25-year-old enforcer, is statistically one of the worst players in the league. The only thing he’s proven at the NHL level is that he’s fast, dirty (14 career games suspended) and lacks the hockey sense of the average NHLer. When the Bruins traded a third-round pick for him, Flyers general manager Ron Hextall was praised as a miracle worker, while it provided another bump in a rocky start to Sweeney’s tenure as Boston GM. Though Rinaldo has an extremely positive attitude, he faces the difficult task of justifying one of the most puzzling moves of the offseason. In today’s NHL, players like Rinaldo are not in



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Xander Bogaerts Player of the Game 07-24-15

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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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