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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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05/24/16 06:15 EST
On Oct. 3, 2013, Peter Chiarelli signed Dennis Seidenberg to a four-year extension that would lock him up through his mid-30s. One year and one day later, Chiarelli traded Johnny Boychuk for futures. Less than nine months after that, Don Sweeney traded Dougie Hamilton for futures. The Bruins, slowly and tragically, made their bed on defense. Since the Hamilton trade, fans have wrinkled their noses time and again at the process of lying in it. When you don’t have a No. 1 defenseman who wasn’t born in the 70s, a rising star or a sure-fire way of landing either, you end up being the team that doles out long-term contracts to third-pairing defensemen. Why? Because it might the best you can do. The Bruins screwed up colossally over the years. Chiarelli wouldn’t have traded Hamilton, but if he foresaw a scenario in which the player would not be back after his entry level contract, he might have let Seidenberg go and signed Boychuk. Instead, each move he made with regard to
05/24/16 12:24 EST
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Players can find out a lot in exit meetings. In addition to reviewing their season with higher-ups, those whose statuses might be in limbo can learn about their team’s intentions. In years past, that’s where players like Andrew Ference, Jaromir Jagr, Gregory Campbell and Daniel Paille were told they wouldn’t be offered contracts, and where Rich Peverley learned of the Bruins’ plans to trade him. So what did Dennis Seidenberg, he of declining play, two more years of a $4 million cap hit and, presumably, an upcoming 35th birthday party, learn last month from general manager Don Sweeney? “I’ll get bought out and I’m done playing hockey,” Seidenberg quipped Monday night. While the veteran defenseman was joking, there’s a pretty decent contingent of Bruins fans that wishes he wasn’t. After missing the first 14 games due to back surgery last season, Seidenberg never looked like the player he was in his early 30s. The fact that he logged
05/10/16 09:43 EST
There are ample suggestions at this point that the Bruins will be the team that steals Jimmy Vesey away from the Predators. What’s not yet clear is why Vesey would find that to be in his best interests. Vesey, who will be an unrestricted free agent on Aug. 15, took a big gamble by spurning the Predators. Now that he’s got his pick of the litter, why would he go to a fledgling team that doesn’t need bodies at the position he plays? As you’ve probably heard by now, Vesey is an NHL-ready stud left wing who hails from North Reading and won the Hobey Baker this season as a senior at Harvard. He’s the son of former NHL player Jim Vesey and the older brother of Maple Leafs prospect Nolan Vesey. Yet most importantly, you’ve heard about what happened in March between Vesey and the Predators, who drafted him 66th overall back in 2012. Vesey notified the Predators a couple months back that he would go to free agency rather than signing with Nashville, leading to a
04/21/16 12:41 EST
The Bruins used Wednesday’s press conference to preach patience with their plan, among other things. Lumped in there with the other things: tossing a decent helping of shade at former general manager Peter Chiarelli. This isn’t an ode to Chiarelli — even if he was the adult in the room, he’d botched enough things in the years leading up to his firing — but the message the Bruins are trying to send that their missteps since canning Chiarelli are an attempt to clean up some sort of mess left behind is incorrect. Bruins fans are likely to buy the message because they’re rightfully upset with the trades of Tyler Seguin and Johnny Boychuk as well as years of poor drafting, but they shouldn’t overlook the current management group’s missteps in the process. There were multiple instances in which either Cam Neely, Jeremy Jacobs or Charlie Jacobs took a subtle or not-so-subtle shot at the former GM. It's a wonder that they showed enough restraint to



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