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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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08/25/15 01:53 EST
Last season there wasn’t much of a question as to where Kevan Miller would fit in the Bruins lineup. At worst he’d be a bottom-pair guy and at best he’d pick up the recently departed Johnny Boychuk’s minutes. One injury-plagued season for Miller and an extremely weird summer for the Bruins later, how Miller ends up fitting with the Bruins this season really is anyone’s guess. Uncertainty surrounds Boston’s back end in general, but it applies to Miller more so than others. Between his recovery from shoulder surgery, the team’s perplexing decision to re-sign the man he figured to replace in Adam McQuaid and the fact he’ll be an unrestricted free agent next season, it’s extremely difficult to gauge how the Bruins will use him. The team is overflowing with third-pairing defensemen, where Miller is best-served, but he’s an inexpensive option at just an $800,000 cap hit. “To be honest, I don’t really delve too much into
07/31/15 12:13 EST
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Part of this week’s Winter Classic announcement was a post-press conference feeding frenzy for the hockey media. Reporters from Boston and our neighbors to the north were free to swarm the likes of Gary Bettman, Cam Neely, Patrice Bergeron and the Jacobs family, among others, and fill their recorders with days’ worth of material. With both Jeremy Jacobs and Charlie Jacobs speaking, the past and present Bruins bosses were able to give their assessments of the job the Cam Neely administration has done since canning Peter Chiarelli. In the least-surprising development of a very surprising summer, they gave rave reviews. Unlike seemingly everyone who has observed this offseason, the Jacobs were left with zero questions with the moves made. “I thought Don Sweeney did a great job over the summer,” Charlie said. “What he’s done player-personnel-wise, the changes he’s made ... I really couldn’t be happier with what he’s done.” “Cam
07/29/15 10:36 EST
In a summer that has already seen Peter Chiarelli, Dougie Hamilton, Milan Lucic and several others leave, Torey Krug has done just the opposite: he’s become a full-time Boston resident. The Michigan native decided to make the move this year, returning to Boston after a post-World Championships vacation in Europe with his wife. After years of packing up and leaving following hockey seasons at various levels, Krug is an official Bostonian. That’s a pretty gutsy move for a guy on a one-year deal playing for a team that’s made some unpredictable moves. Then again, Krug has never minded taking his chances. “If you haven’t noticed by now, I’m a pretty determined individual,” Krug said with a laugh Wednesday. Chiarelli, who signed Krug as an undrafted free agent in 2011 and also inked him to the $3.4 million deal on which he’ll play this coming season, is gone. He preferred a one-year deal because he wanted to parlay a big performance into a
07/28/15 12:15 EST
When free agent defenseman Cody Franson said last week that he was in talks with the Bruins, it should have come as no surprise. In fact, it would have been very worrisome if the B’s weren’t looking into signing the former Maple Leaf. Any interest in Franson is confirmation of what everyone knows: The Bruins as currently constituted have a lot of questions on defense. Sure, they still have a dominant No. 1 in Zdeno Chara, but every player after him comes with some sort of uncertainty based on either last season’s performance (Dennis Seidenberg), how they might fare in an increased role (Torey Krug, Adam McQuaid), inexperience (Joe Morrow, Colin Miller, Zach Trotman) or simply their place on the roster (Kevan Miller, Matt Irwin). The B’s needed help on defense going into the offseason, and that was before they traded Dougie Hamilton. While they did add Colin Miller to a group of prospects pushing for minutes in the NHL, they still need a top-4 right shot



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The awesomely knowledgeable Fluto Shinzawa calls DJ, Naoko and Pete to talk about his thoughts on the future of the B's. He discusses his column from earlier this week on Cam Neely wanting to give Claude the ax earlier in the season but not getting the ok. Fluto shares his thoughts on Chiarelli's firing, the future for Claude and where the Bruins should go from here. He also gives his opinion on potential moves the team can make, who would fit in here, his thoughts on the NHL playoffs so far and more.

Sunday Skate with DJ Bean, Naoko Funayama and Pete Blackburn - HOUR #2 - 4-19-15

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