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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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02/26/15 09:18 EST
The trade market is passing the Bruins by. That might not be such a bad thing. This week has seen some of the bigger names on the trade market get moved, as top rental defenseman Andrej Sekera and forwards Sean Bergenheim, Jiri Tlusty, Daniel Winnik can officially be crossed off the Bruins’ list. As teams like the Penguins (Winnik), Jets (Tlusty) and Kings (Sekera) went out and improved their rosters, the Bruins remained quiet. Given what those teams had to give up, the Bruins were better off. Even with David Krejci’s injury — he’s expected to be back before the postseason — the only way this roster stands a better-than-OK chance of making a run is if it adds a legitimate top-four defenseman. It is their biggest need, and Sekera would have been a great fit. Yet the Kings parted with a first-rounder — this year’s if they make the playoffs and next year’s if they don’t — as well as defenseman Roland McKeown, the team’s
02/24/15 11:18 EST
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The stakes are way higher than they were the last time David Krejci was out. Milan Lucic needs to be one of the Bruins’ best players or the team could miss the playoffs. Lucic has not been the same player when he hasn’t been with Krejci this season. With Krejci, Lucic has scored 2.70 goals per 60 minutes (even strength). That number drops to 2.31 without him, and Lucic and his non-Krejci linemates have been scored on more when Krejci hasn’t been in the lineup. None of that should come as a surprise. Krejci is one of the premier two-way centers in the NHL. He creates offense and is responsible in his own end. He makes players around him better, and no one has benefited over the years from that more than Lucic. With Krejci out for the next four-to-six weeks (potentially more if the Bruins choose to manipulate the salary cap), Lucic needs to produce more than he did when Krejci missed a total of 20 games with lower-body injuries earlier in the season. Lucic had just one
02/23/15 10:23 EST
David Krejci being out until April does not end the Bruins’ season. It just makes the next six days a lot more interesting for Peter Chiarelli. The salary cap does not exist in the postseason. By placing Krejci on long-term injured reserve, the Bruins can exceed the cap by his $5.25 million hit. Given that Krejci is expected to return a week or two before the end of the regular season, the team could in theory sit him a few extra game and then be able to ice a roster that exceeds the salary cap once the postseason begins. Should the Bruins put Krejci and Kevan Miller on LTIR, the WEEI.com Department of Arithmetic estimates the Bruins could have somewhere around $7.7 million in cap space going into next Monday’s trade deadline. The actual figure could be more than that and it could be less than that. The Bruins have a lot of needs, and though Krejci’s injury means they now have more space to fit such players, it doesn’t bring down their teams' asking prices. The
02/20/15 03:56 EST
If you think the solution to any of the Bruins’ problems is trading Zdeno Chara, you are horrifically wrong and possibly crazy. Ditto for the idea that trading Tuukka Rask could have anything to do with making the team better. This is coming from someone who doesn’t have the answers for this Bruins team, but I can promise you getting rid of a Hall of Fame defenseman who has not fallen off the way fans decided he has and/or a Vezina winner whose best years could very well be ahead of him is not the way to improve. We’ll get into how important to the Bruins these players are in a minute, but the biggest question that swats down such logic is this: What would you get for these players that would make them a better team? If you say “cap relief,” you’re dumb. Chara is due $17.8 million against the cap the next three seasons combined ($6.9 million the next two seasons, $4 million in the final year of his deal), while Rask carries a $7 million cap hit for the



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