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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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05/22/15 01:58 EST
Since the Bruins promoted Don Sweeney to general manager, lots of folks have weighed in with to-do lists. Some have been good and some have been dumbfounding. None of them will serve as perfect predictions for this offseason, so treat these the same way you'd treat a mock draft. Here’s ours, with as little fluff as possible: 1. Make a decision on Claude Julien Sweeney won’t say for sure whether Julien will stay with the Bruins for a ninth season. Given that the best head coach candidates available this offseason have already taken new jobs, there’s little reason to dismiss Julien. 2. Make a decision on Milan Lucic Lucic is entering the final year of a three-year, $18 million deal. Sweeney called Lucic a “foundational type player” on Wednesday, but he’s well aware of the power forward’s dropoff over the years. As such, Sweeney intends to get a feel for Lucic’s future contract demands before deciding to extend him, trade him or take him into
05/21/15 12:01 EST
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Don Sweeney is Cam Neely’s guy. That can end up being either a good thing or a bad thing for the Bruins. The first general manager that the Bruins’ president has hired since taking over in 2010 also happens to be both a longtime teammate of his and someone who has long worked under him in Boston’s front office. Yet while there are obvious reasons as to why Neely would be inclined to hire Sweeney based on their relationship, Sweeney is a very bright hockey mind who was probably ready to become a general manager somewhere anyway. He is qualified for the job, so he should do it the same way he would anywhere else. Revealing who has final say is a taboo subject in the Bruins’ front office, but Sweeney should be given the same power Peter Chiarelli had. Forcing him to be a yes-man who merely executes tasks for Neely would be a waste. Sweeney says that he will be a decision-maker who isn’t afraid to challenge his president. “Some people might think I’m
05/19/15 10:58 EST
This is the most important offseason of Milan Lucic’s career. The only thing he wants to focus on is its length and how he can take advantage of it. Of course, there’s more to it than that. Next season is the final year of his contract. The Bruins’ next GM could either trade Lucic, extend him, or make him prove himself in a contract year after seeing his point production drop off since the 2010-11 season. This offseason has already been both a difficult and busy time for Lucic. The soon-to-be 27-year-old left wing lost his father unexpectedly late last month, while he and his wife are expecting their second child. “Any day now,” Lucic said with a grin Monday evening at Rob Ninkovich’s celebrity ping pong tournament. There have certainly been bigger things than hockey occupying the first month-plus of Lucic’s offseason, but he’s already begun his training for next season. Once the baby comes, he’ll head home to Vancouver, where he will
05/05/15 11:26 EST
Jeff Gorton had a magical 105 days as general manager of the Bruins. It’s a big reason why he has his current job with the Rangers and a big reason why the Bruins are interested in him as they look for their next GM. Yet if a team is able to hire Gorton away from Glen Sather, it won’t be interested in a 105-day GM, but someone who can produce long term. As such, to look at Gorton’s stint with the Bruins as a brief time pulling the trigger on major moves such as the Zdeno Chara signing, the trade of Andrew Raycroft for Tuukka Raskand the pivotal 2006 draft would be to avoid the bigger picture. Gorton spent 15 years with the Bruins, seven of which were in the role of assistant general manager, the role he currently has in New York. Gorton, who started in the Bruins’ PR department in 1992, made the move to hockey operations two years later as the team’s director of scouting information. When Mike O’Connell was promoted to general manager in 2000, he tabbed



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