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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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09/21/14 01:45 EST
Since David Krejci became the team’s first-line center to start the 2010-11 season, the Bruins have offered the top two lines of their opponents this unappetizing choice: either play against Patrice Bergeron’s line and Zdeno Chara’s pairing and struggle to score, or face the physical challenge of playing against Krejci’s bookend power forwards. That time is over. “I think it’s going to be fun to have a little bit of change,” Milan Lucic said Saturday. “I think obviously there’s more responsibility on myself as far as that goes, but I don’t think much changes. I think you still have to be that physical force and that physical presence that you know you can be.” Power forwards are big, strong, bruising players who can skate (well enough) and score. Already equipped with one in the then-22-year-old Lucic in the summer of 2010, Peter Chiarelli sought another top-end one and traded a first-round pick and defenseman Dennis Wideman
09/17/14 11:25 EST
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Training camp is set to kick off and this preseason figures to be one of the more interesting ones for the Bruins in recent memory. There will probably be a trade, there will be signings and there will be multiple job competitions on a team that is used to having things pretty much set in stone headed into camp. The first line job is up for grabs, while Carl Soderberg centering the third line is the only positional certainty the Bruins have in their bottom six. Here’s what we’ll be watching in training camp: When will the moves be made? Because they will be made. The Bruins will trade a defenseman and they’ll sign Torey Krug and Reilly Smith. Both Krug and Smith figure to be missing from camp to begin with, as the Bruins don’t have enough cap room (they've got $3.218 in cap space) to sign them and, as entry level free agents, the players can’t negotiate with any other teams. [One clarification: Smith and Krug are not holding out. They do not have contracts, so
09/17/14 12:24 EST
ANTIOCH, Tenn. -- In the days after they beat the Canucks to win the Stanley Cup in 2011, it seemed the Bruins were high on being the Bruins, and for good reason. In front of strong goaltending and a stingy top two defensive pairings, Boston’s forwards intimidated more skilled players and wore down Vancouver’s talented skaters. The B's were the last team standing, and they did it by being the team that no one wanted to play. So, looking back, maybe the fact that they drafted Anthony Camara in the third round nine days later shouldn’t have been such a surprise. After drafting Dougie Hamilton ninth overall and Alexander Khokhlachev in the second round, the Bruins turned heads by picking Camara, an OHL bully whose skating wasn’t nearly the threat that his suspendable hits were and who had amassed nearly 10 times as many penalty minutes (228) in two junior seasons as he had points (29). Three years later and one year into his professional career, the now 21-year-old
09/15/14 12:04 EST
ANTIOCH, Tenn. — It’s no longer a wild theory: The Bruins are seriously entertaining the idea of David Pastrnak making the team this season, and though nothing is set in stone, he’s definitely worth the look he’s getting. Pastrnak, who is 18 years and four months old (younger thanTyler Seguinwas at this time when he was making his bid to make the Bruins following his draft year), is Boston’s most skilled player at the rookie tournament currently being hosted by the Predators. Playing outside of his normal position in his first game in a B's sweater, he was the best player on the ice in a game that featured his draft class' first overall pick. His skill is enough to make him worth the look the Bruins will give him once rookie camp ends and veteran camp begins, but Pastrnak still has plenty of learning to do. He’s tremendous with the puck on his stick, but his defensive play might be too risky forClaude Julien’s liking. For example, let's look at two



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