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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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09/15/14 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
09/10/14 11:38 EST
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Johnny Boychuk is in the prime of his career and a season away from unrestricted free agency. He is going to get paid a lot of money. In a vacuum, that’s nothing new for the Bruins. From Marc Savard in 2009 to Zdeno Chara and Patrice Bergeron in 2010 to Nathan Horton in 2013 to last week with David Krejci, the Bruins have faced the idea of being a season away from rolling the dice with one of their top players on the open market many times before. Yet it usually doesn't get to that, which is why the case of Boychuk, especially considering the Bruins’ cap situation, is so interesting. Based on Peter Chiarelli’s track record, if you’re a star player (let's qualify this as top-six forward, top-four defenseman or starting goaltender) in the prime of your career, Chiarelli isn’t letting you simply walk. He’ll probably sign you before the start of your final season, but few believe that to be likely with Boychuk given the cap crunch they face. [ICYMI:
09/09/14 09:07 EST
Different people have different thoughts on Loui Eriksson being the Bruins’ first-line right wing, but when David Krejci spoke Monday, he wasn’t just on board with it, he almost sounded like he was lobbying for Eriksson to be on his line. The biggest reason? Krejci likes the idea of having another creative player on his line. Since 2010-11, Krejci has skated with power forwards on both sides of him. He’s had Milan Lucic to his left and either Nathan Horton or Jarome Iginla to his right. For his career, Iginla is in a totally different class than Eriksson. Iginla is one of the best to ever play the game, and he’ll one day be in the Hall of Fame for it. Yet the differences in style between the two is intriguing. What Eriksson lacks in physicality he makes up for in skating and two-way play, but Krejci has his eye on Eriksson’s passing. “I like playing with him,” Krejci said of Eriksson. “He’s a great player, he can pass the puck, and I
09/05/14 04:56 EST
WILMINGTON — David Krejci’s new contract doesn’t hurt the status of unsigned entry level free agents Torey Krug and Reilly Smith, but it also doesn’t get them any closer to signed. Speaking to the media to discuss Krejci’s signing, Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli didn’t go into detail regarding either player’s status other than offering that he’d like them to be signed before training camp practices begin on Sept. 19. “I want them to be part of this team and I want them obviously to have a full camp,” Chiarelli said. “In my tenure here, I’ve never had anyone not attend, but that doesn’t mean they won’t.” This is something of uncharted territory for Chiarelli and the Bruins. The closest recent situation that comes to mind is that of Brad Marchand prior to the 2011-12 season, as he remained and unsigned restricted free agent right up until two days before training camp. The Bruins weren’t



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