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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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11/26/14 08:57 EST
WILMINGTON — It’s admirable that David Pastrnak wants to be a responsible player, but he should worry about doing that later. The Bruins apparently liked enough of what they saw in the 2014 first-round pick’s four shifts with Patrice Bergeron against he Penguins to give him a longer top-six look. Wednesday’s practice saw Pastrnak skate on the right wing of Bergeron’s line with Brad Marchand. Pastrnak is an extremely gifted skater and scorer. He wants to one day be a two-way guy like his idol, David Krejci, but such development can take years and Pastrnak is the youngest player in the NHL. As such, the Bruins shouldn’t discourage him from being one-dimensional as he gets is feet wet in Boston. If he is solely an offensive threat, the Bergeron line becomes the most explosive it’s been since Tyler Seguin skated in his current spot. That trio was Boston’s best line in the 2011-12 season. Seguin was limited as a player, but he put up a
11/24/14 11:43 EST
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The Bruins have prided themselves on offensive depth for the better part of the last five seasons. Right now, they’ll happily take having two good lines. Boston’s injuries on offense — specifically David Krejci and Chris Kelly given that Brad Marchand returned to the lineup Monday — has forced Claude Julien to exercise a bit of offensive patchwork in order to have some semblance of lines he’s comfortable playing. That doesn’t mean it’s working, but it means it’s happening. With Marchand coming off injured reserve Monday, the Bruins opted to send Seth Griffith to Providence for now in order to meet the 23-man roster limit. Given the waiver process and the fact that someone had to be off the roster before Monday’s game, the Bruins’ only other options were to send Jordan Caron or David Pastrnak down, but both players were recalled Sunday as the B’s gave Providence’s first line a look at the NHL level. Julien has said
11/22/14 11:29 EST
The Bruins’ latest loss to the Canadiens was not for lack of trying, but that doesn’t matter. The bottom line on a nightly basis is whether a team get points. Those points are hard to come by right now for the Bruins, who needed a third-period comeback and a seven-round shootout in order to eek past the lowly Blue Jackets Friday before getting shut out by the Habs on Saturday. Call it an excuse, but it's the truth: You can’t expect a team as banged-up as the Bruins to beat a team as good as the Eastern Conference-leading Canadiens. Saturday saw Boston’s injuries pile up even more with the news that Chris Kelly is battling an injury suffered in Columbus. His absence, combined with the continued absences of David Krejci and Brad Marchand in addition to the team’s injuries on defense, left Boston sporting a much more Providence lineup than usual as it skated to a 2-0 loss. Injuries happen, but when lots of them happen, their impact on a team and how a coach must
11/20/14 05:06 EST
If the Bruins had their way in the 2013 offseason, Nathan Horton would still be playing for them. If they had their way now, Horton would still be playing anywhere. Things haven’t worked out that way, however, and everyone is worse off for it. The Blue Jackets are worse off because their prized free agent acquisition hasn’t been able to play, while Horton’s worse off because his career could very well be over at age 29. Horton, who left the Bruins via free agency in the summer of 2013 despite the team’s efforts to re-sign him, continues to deal with a degenerative back injury. The only solution to his problems — he says he can’t sleep, stand correctly or get in and out of a car like he used to — would be to have career-ending surgery. Lots of Bruins can relate to Horton in certain ways, but none of them know the exact physical and mental pain that their former teammate is currently experiencing. “It’s very difficult to come to a



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