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DJ Bean has been writing for WEEI.com since 2009 and took over as EEI's Bruins beat writer in 2010. He is also the editor of Not the Game, WEEI's pop culture section, and host of Sunday Skate. DJ can be seen on Comcast Sportsnet. 

 
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09/26/16 03:38 EST
For how much he pisses off everyone else, Brad Marchand has been a freaking saint to the Bruins. He does everything well. Few players in the league have his combination of skill, smarts and responsibility. When skating alongside a good right-shot center, he’s lethal offensively. He never gets hurt; in the most twisted way possible, his games suspended replace the handful of games the average player would miss due to injury. And for all his dirty plays, he doesn’t take as many ill-timed penalties as you’d think. It’s actually rare to see Marchand sitting in the box late in the third period of a one-goal game. Now, after six years of increasingly good service, Marchand has done the Bruins perhaps his biggest favor since he wheeled around the right circle and sent a backhand pass to Patrice Bergeron for a Stanley Cup-Clinching goal on June 15, 2011: He’s signed a deal that should have the Bruins jumping for joy the way they did when (see the above thing about
09/21/16 01:05 EST
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I’m well aware that this sounds like a ridiculous take at face value, but please read the whole thing and bear with me: The disaster that was Team USA at the World Cup of Hockey was kind of the Bruins’ fault. The 2011 Bruins winning the Stanley Cup wasn’t a victory just for Boston, but for hockey. Lifers who believed in danger over dangling, mean over metrics and snarl over skill rejoiced, for the punch-you-in-the-mouth Bruins had taken down the talented Canucks in one of the most dramatic matchups in the history of the sport. This missed the point that the 2011 Bruins were straight-up unbelievable, but toughness is shiny. It stands out. So teams became obsessed with grit, a horrible misinterpretation of Boston's success. Everyone who overrated it was validated, with the Bruins themselves chief among the offenders. A week after winning the Cup, Boston spent a third-round pick – a pretty good commodity in the NHL – on tough guy Anthony Camara, a forward who had
09/16/16 02:21 EST
Even if Don Sweeney skipped his math classes at Harvard, he’s a bright enough guy to know upon looking at his group on defense that things don’t quite add up. He’s got seven guys signed to one-way contracts: four lefties (Zdeno Chara, Torey Krug, John-Michael Liles, Joe Morrow) and three righties (Adam McQuaid, Kevan Miller, Colin Miller). None of the righties belong on a top pair, and even if they moved Krug or Liles to the right side to make up for that deficiency, that would mean that someone too good to be a seventh defenseman — one of the Millers or McQuaid — would be moved out of the lineup and probably not a happy camper. Furthermore, Sweeney has skipped past the your-time-will-come messages that some managers give during rookie camp and all but invited the organization’s younger players to claim a spot. “I told them today, the best players will play,” Sweeney said Thursday. “If they [outperform] the guys that are here, the
09/13/16 08:50 EST
It is only rational to be skeptical of Don Sweeney. Being skeptical is defined as “having doubts or reservations,” and the proof of Sweeney’s abilities as a general manager is in a pudding that isn’t ready to serve. To question Sweeney is not to say he is necessarily a bad GM; it’s to say that simply not enough time has elapsed to tell which of his decisions have been correct. It’s plain to see what Sweeney likes -- youth, grit, character, stockpiling depth, promoting from within -- and what he doesn’t like -- that 2017 third-round pick he traded for Zac Rinaldo -- but it’s often been hard to get a read on whether he’s in win-now mode, rebuild mode, or something in between. If anything, his second offseason as general manager has showed that he’s leaning more toward rebuilding while trying to remain a bubble team. That’s a perfectly fine path to take, even if it might be frustrating to follow. As training camp approaches,



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