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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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04/16/14 08:55 EST
Last year, Dougie Hamilton could only watch from the press box as the Bruins came so close to their goal of winning the Stanley Cup. He was a rookie then, and the Bruins didn’t need him on the blue line. Now they do, and in a big way. “For me, the biggest thing is his defending and his strength on the puck, and it's gotten so much better,” general manager Peter Chiarelli said this week. “It still has to get better, because I project him to be a top defenseman.” Hamilton has to be a top-pairing defenseman for the Bruins, as Dennis Seidenberg’s absence means that Zdeno Chara is without his usual postseason partner. Hamilton had been Chara’s partner in 13 of the Bruins’ first 37 games leading up until Seidenberg tore his ACL and MCL, but he wouldn’t have been a top-pairing candidate in the playoffs unless the B’s had plans to put Seidenberg, a left shot who plays both sides, in Andrew Ference’s old spot on the second pairing in
04/15/14 08:13 EST
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The Red Wings will be a pretty tough matchup for the Bruins, but the Bruins are a nightmare matchup for anyone. The first round of the playoffs matches the Bruins against a Detroit team that handled them in the regular season (the Red Wings won three of the four games, including a 6-1 drubbing at Joe Louis Arena on Nov. 27), and is getting healthier than it was for much of the season. The Bruins haven’t seen Pavel Datsyuk since Oct. 14, but he’s back. Henrik Zetterberg could return from back surgery at some point as well. As such, the Bruins will see a different Red Wings team than they saw over their last couple of meetings. "I think they’re a classic puck possession team," Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said Monday. "You can tell they’re very well-coached. For a team that skates, a team that moves the puck well, they’re strong on the puck. I think that’s a bit of a trickle-down from guys like Zetterberg and Datsyuk, who are among
04/14/14 10:22 EST
In perhaps the strangest way, the Bruins were better than anyone expected them to be this season. They lost their second-best defenseman and got relatively little production from the player perceived to be their biggest offseason acquisition, but the B's won the Presidents' Trophy, had by far the best differential in the league (plus-84; the next team was plus-57) and had terrific special teams (third in power play, eighth in penalty kill). With that said, it's worth looking back on what we expected the Bruins to do as individuals and how they fared. The biggest surprises were Carl Soderberg and Reilly Smith, while guys like Jarome Iginla were able to match lofty expectations. Players such as Matt Bartkowski and Kevan Miller, neither of whom were expected to play a ton, are not included given that we made no 82-game projections for them. All projections were under the assumption that the players would play around a full season, with an asterisk denoting players having missed 10 or more
04/12/14 06:00 EST
You don’t see many 30-goal seasons around these parts. It might be a long time before anyone sees another like Patrice Bergeron’s. Since Claude Julien has taken over as head coach of the Bruins, the 30-goal plateau – which is hit by 25-35 players throughout the league each season – has been a mysterious place for the B’s despite regularly being one of the league’s top teams and often having one of the league’s top offenses. Prior to this season, only Phil Kessel (36 goals in 2008-09) and Milan Lucic (30 in 2010-11) had scored 30 for the B’s since Julien took over in 2007. Add in the fact that it’s Bergeron – a player who has never and will never cut a corner for the sake of a goal – and this 30-goal season is more of a feat than Alexander Ovechkin’s 50-goal season. Ovechkin takes the ice each night to score, which is fine, but not always productive (he has a minus-35, which is third-worst in the league and the Capitals



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