Jarome Iginla

Jarome Iginla

Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli held a conference with the media Monday to discuss the upcoming draft and free agency periods. Here are some of the takeaways:

- Chiarelli declined comment on negotiations with Jarome Iginla, saying only that the team wants the free agent forward to stay in Boston. The B’€™s are facing $4.75 million in penalties from cap overages from last season, most of which were from the easily reached incentives in Iginla’€™s one-year contract.

Chiarelli said the team was willing to face such a situation when they signed Iginla last offseason, but hinted the team might be less inclined to do a similar deal given that they have to account for raises to other players (Chiarelli mentioned David Krejci, but Carl Soderberg can also be included) in the 2015-16 season. So, connecting the dots, perhaps the Bruins are more willing to do a multi-year deal with Iginla rather than another one-year, incentive laden deal.

If that were to happen, Iginla’€™s cap hit would be higher than it was last season ($1.8 million), but the team won’€™t have to deal with cap penalties in future seasons.

- Such a scenario might make things tight for the Bruins. The salary cap has yet to be announced for the coming season, but when factoring in Marc Savard‘€™s long-term injury reserve space, the Bruins are probably looking at about $8 million to $10 million to sign a group of players that includes Iginla, Reilly Smith and Torey Krug, among others. Asked whether he felt he needed to move a contract in order to get his players signed, Chiarelli said he has multiple potential game plans for this offseason, some of which include trading a player off the current roster.

- Chiarelli said the Bruins are not planning on using a compliance buyout at this time.

- The Bruins will look at ‘€œlesser deals’€ in free agency, according to Chiarelli. For both cap’€™s sake and chemistry’€™s sake, the team is not looking at bringing in a big-name free agent.

- Providence coach Bruce Cassidy is a potential candidate to take Geoff Ward‘€™s old job as one of Claude Julien‘€™s assistants, but Chiarelli noted the team might want to keep Cassidy in Providence because of how dependable he has been with developing younger players, especially on the back end.

- The number of new general managers has led to increased chatter among teams, Chiarelli said. He noted that the first-time managers seem eager to execute their plans, which has resulted in more teams talking.

Blog Author: 
DJ Bean

The NHL announced the regular-season schedule for the 2014-15 season Sunday. The Bruins open on Oct. 8 against the Flyers at TD Garden and will play the next night in Detroit.

The B’€™s will play three of their four games against Montreal in the first two months of the season during a span of 17 games, the first of which will be Oct. 16 in Montreal. The teams’ last meeting of the season will be on Feb. 8.

The NHL announced the regular-season schedule for the 2014-15 season Sunday. The Bruins open on Oct. 8 against the Flyers at TD Garden and will play the next night in Detroit.

The B’€™s will play three of their four games against Montreal in the first two months of the season during a span of 17 games, the first of which will be Oct. 16 in Montreal. The teams’ last meeting of the season will be on Feb. 8.

The Bruins have 16 back-to-backs next season. They will play the Stanley Cup champion Kings on Dec. 2 in Los Angeles and Jan. 31 in Boston.

The entire schedule is as follows, with game times local to the location of the game:

Wed. Oct. 8 vs. Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m.
Thurs. Oct. 9 at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.
Sat. Oct. 11 vs. Washington, 7:00 p.m.
Mon. Oct. 13 vs. Colorado, 1:00 p.m.
Wed. Oct. 15 at Detroit, 8:00 p.m.
Thurs. Oct. 16 at Montreal, 7:30 p.m.
Sat. Oct. 18 at Buffalo, 7:00 p.m.
Tues. Oct. 21 vs. San Jose, 7:00 p.m.
Thurs. Oct. 23 vs. N.Y. Islanders, 7:00 p.m.
Sat. Oct. 25 at Toronto, 7:00 p.m.
Tues. Oct. 28 vs. Minnesota, 7:00 p.m.
Thurs. Oct. 30 at Buffalo, 7:00 p.m.
Sat. Nov. 1 vs. Ottawa, 7:00 p.m.
Tues. Nov. 4. vs. Florida, 7:00 p.m.
Thurs. Nov. 6 vs. Edmonton 7:00 p.m.
Mon. Nov. 10 vs. New Jersey 7:00 p.m.
Wed. Nov. 12 at Toronto, 8:00 p.m.
Thurs. Nov. 13 at Montreal, 7:30 p.m.
Sat. Nov. 15 vs. Carolina, 1:00 p.m.
Tues. Nov. 18 vs. St. Louis, 7:00 p.m.
Fri. Nov. 21 at Columbus, 7:00 p.m.
Sat. Nov. 22 vs. Montreal, 7:00 p.m.
Mon. Nov. 24 vs. Pittsburgh, 7:00 p.m.
Fri. Nov. 28 vs. Winnipeg, 7:00 p.m.
Mon. Dec. 1 at Anaheim, 7:00 p.m.
Tues. Dec. 2 at Los Angeles, 7:30 p.m.
Thurs. Dec. 4 at San Jose, 7:30 p.m.
Sat. Dec. 6 at Phoenix, 6:00 p.m.
Thurs. Dec. 11 vs. Chicago, 7:00 p.m.
Sat. Dec. 13 vs. Ottawa, 1:00 p.m.
Tues. Dec. 16 at Nashville, 7:00 p.m.
Wed. Dec. 17 at Minnesota, 7:00 p.m.
Fri. Dec. 19 at Winnipeg, 7:00 p.m.
Sun. Dec. 21 vs. Buffalo, 7:00 p.m.
Tues. Dec. 23 vs. Nashville, 7:00 p.m.
Sat. Dec. 27 at Columbus, 7:00 p.m.
Mon. Dec. 29 vs. Detroit, 7:00 p.m.
Wed. Dec. 31 vs. Toronto, 7:00 p.m.
Sat. Jan. 3 vs. Ottawa, 1:00 p.m.
Sun. Jan. 4 at Carolina, 1:00 p.m.
Wed. Jan. 7 at Pittsburgh, 8:00 p.m.
Thurs. Jan. 8 vs. New Jersey, 7:00 p.m.
Sat. Jan. 10 at Philadelphia,1:00 p.m.
Tues. Jan. 13 vs. Tampa Bay, 7:00 p.m.
Thurs. Jan. 15 vs. N.Y. Rangers, 7:00 p.m.
Sat. Jan. 17 vs. Columbus, 7:00 p.m.
Tues. Jan. 20 at Dallas, 7:30 p.m.
Wed. Jan. 21. at Colorado, 8:00 p.m.
Thurs. Jan. 29 at N.Y. Islanders, 7:00 p.m.
Sat. Jan. 31 vs. Los Angeles, 7:00 p.m.
Wed. Feb. 4 at N.Y. Rangers, 8:00 p.m.
Sat. Feb. 7 vs. N.Y. Islanders, 7:00 p.m.
Sun. Feb. 8 vs. Montreal, 7:30 p.m.
Tues. Feb. 10 vs. Dallas, 7:00 p.m.
Fri. Feb. 13 at Vancouver, 7:00 p.m.
Mon. Feb. 16 at Calgary, 7:00 p.m.
Wed. Feb. 18 at Edmonton, 8:00 p.m.
Fri. Feb. 20 at St. Louis, 7:00 p.m.
Sun. Feb. 22 at Chicago, 2:00 p.m.
Tues. Feb. 24 vs. Vancouver, 7:00 p.m.
Fri. Feb. 27 at New Jersey, 7:00 p.m.
Sat. Feb. 28 vs. Phoenix, 5:30 p.m.
Thurs. Mar. 5 vs. Calgary, 7:00 p.m.
Sat. Mar. 7 vs. Philadelphia, 1:00 p.m.
Sun. Mar. 8 vs. Detroit, 7:30 p.m.
Tues. Mar. 10 at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m.
Thurs. Mar. 12 vs. Tampa Bay, 7:00 p.m.
Sat. Mar. 14 at Pittsburgh, 1:00 p.m.
Sun. Mar. 15 at Washington, 7:30 p.m.
Tues. Mar. 17 vs. Buffalo, 7:00 p.m.
Thurs. Mar. 19 at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m.
Sat. Mar. 21 at Florida, 7:00 p.m.
Sun. Mar. 22 at Tampa Bay, 5:00 p.m.
Thurs. Mar. 26 vs. Anaheim, 7:00 p.m.
Sat. Mar. 28 vs. N.Y. Rangers, 1:00 p.m.
Sun. Mar. 29 at Carolina, 5:00 p.m.
Tues. Mar. 31 vs. Florida, 7:00 p.m.
Thurs. Apr. 2 at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.
Sat. Apr. 4 vs. Toronto, 7:00 p.m.
Wed. Apr. 8 at Washington, 8:00 p.m.
Thurs. Apr. 9 at Florida, 7:30 p.m.
Sat. Apr. 11 at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.

Blog Author: 
DJ Bean

The NHL has announced home openers for each team in the 2014-15 season, with the Bruins opening the season at home against the Flyers on Oct. 8.

From there, the B’€™s will head to Detroit to play the Red Wings on Oct. 9. Montreal will host the Bruins in its home opener on Oct. 16.

The entire schedule will be released Sunday at 4 p.m.

For more Bruins news, visit weei.com/bruins.

The NHL has announced home openers for each team in the 2014-15 season, with the Bruins opening the season at home against the Flyers on Oct. 8.

From there, the B’€™s will head to Detroit to play the Red Wings on Oct. 9. Montreal will host the Bruins in its home opener on Oct. 16.

The entire schedule will be released Sunday at 4 p.m.

For more Bruins news, visit weei.com/bruins.

Blog Author: 
DJ Bean

The Bruins announced their preseason schedule for the upcoming season Friday. Three of the team’s seven preseason games will be played at TD Garden, with the B’s hosting the Capitals, Islanders and Red Wings.

The schedule is as follows:

Tuesday, September 23 (Montreal, QC)
-Boston Bruins at Montreal Canadiens (Bell Centre, Montreal QC, 7:30 p.m. ET)

Wednesday, September 24 (Boston, MA)
-Boston Bruins vs. Washington Capitals (TD Garden, Boston, MA, 7:00 p.m. ET)

Friday, September 26 (Washington, DC)
-Boston Bruins at Washington Capitals (Verizon Center, Washington, DC, 7:00 p.m. ET)

Saturday, September 27 (Detroit, MI)
-Boston Bruins at Detroit Red Wings (Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, MI, 7:00 p.m.)

Tuesday, September 30 (Boston, MA)
-Boston Bruins vs. New York Islanders (TD Garden, Boston, MA, 7:00 p.m. ET)

Friday, October 3 (Bridgeport, CT)
-Boston Bruins vs. New York Islanders (Webster Bank Arena, Bridgeport, CT, 7:30 p.m. ET)

Saturday, October 4 (Boston, MA)
Boston Bruins vs. Detroit Red Wings (TD Garden, Boston, MA, 5:30 p.m. ET)

Blog Author: 
DJ Bean

Bruins assistant coach Geoff Ward has resigned and is leaving the NHL, the Bruins announced Thursday.

Ward, who was responsible for the team’€™s power play, is headed to Germany to become the head coach of the Mannheim Eagles of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga.

Bruins assistant coach Geoff Ward has resigned and is leaving the NHL, the Bruins announced Thursday.

Ward, who was responsible for the team’€™s power play, is headed to Germany to become the head coach of the Mannheim Eagles of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga.

Ward had been with the Bruins for seven years, joining the team when Claude Julien was brought in. Despite the power play’€™s struggles over the years, Ward was responsible for a very productive Bruins group that finished with the third-best power play efficiency in the NHL.

If Ward’€™s new team sounds familiar to Bruins fans, it should. Dennis Seidenberg spent the 2012-13 playing for the Mannheim Eagles with his brother, Yannic.

For more Bruins news, visit weei.com/bruins.

Blog Author: 
DJ Bean

Former Bruins forward Shawn Thornton joined Dennis & Callahan on Tuesday to discuss the end of his time in Boston. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

Former Bruins forward Shawn Thornton joined Dennis & Callahan on Tuesday to discuss the end of his time in Boston. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

Thornton, who will hit free agency this offseason, was informed by Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli Monday that the team will not pursue re-signing him after seven seasons in Boston.

“I’ve been around a long time. I assumed it would’ve been [Chiarelli] talking to my agent Monday afternoon instead of me walking in there,” Thornton said. “There’€™s always a chance of me walking in there to see if I’€™d be a good soldier, be the extra guy for the next year or two. But I pretty much knew it was coming.

“I talked about it on Sunday with some friends and family. I got the text on Saturday saying he wanted to meet Monday. I kind of put my head around it.”

Thornton wouldn’t cite specific reasons given by Chiarelli for his decision, but the enforcer was grateful for the opportunities given to him over the years.

“It’€™s just the business. I said it yesterday, I did a few interviews, I’€™m very, very fortunate that I got to be here for seven years,” Thornton said. “It doesn’t happen anymore. Guys don’€™t stay around in one market, being a fourth-line guy and being a tough guy. I think you get moved around a lot more than that nowadays. So to do it in this city for seven years, I’€™m really fortunate.

“€I think there are guys in Providence who are just ready to play, and you got to see a few of them do it last year. They’ve got to make some room for these guys. I could understand that.

“€œBut [Chiarelli] didn’t have to tell me early. He didn’t have to tell me face to face. Everything about this organization from Day 1 until yesterday was first class, and I appreciate it.”

One reason for Thornton’s departure that’s been suggested is the league’s trend away from fighting, something Thornton has been known for throughout his career.

“I know I fight, I know I do it a lot. It’€™s my job and I embrace that job and stick up for my teammates,” he said. “But I think a lot of people over the last seven years said that we’ve been a great fourth line. That doesn’t come from me just fighting. Being able to play helps that.

“The league’€™s trying to phase it out slowly, but people are going to be fighting next year. There’€™s still a lot of tough guys in this league that have jobs next year and I think that it’s not going to be gone for the next few years.”

Thornton, however, doesn’t see fighting leaving the NHL down the road, either.

“I don’€™t think it’€™ll be completely gone. I’€™m not sure. It trends, too. When Carolina won it in ‘€™06 you couldn’t find a job as a tough guy the next year because they didn’t have any,” Thornton said. “When we won it in Anaheim in ‘€™07, guys were signing million dollar deals coming out of it because we were the biggest, baddest team in the league that year.

“Same thing in ‘€™11, when we won it here. The next year everyone wanted to have the biggest, baddest team. This year, Montreal gets by us and it’€™s, ‘€˜Oh my God, we’ve got to go that way.’€™ I think the game’s the game and I think it goes up and down, there’s waves of how it goes. I don’t think it’s going anywhere.

“Now, the one-dimensional guy that sits on the bench and takes up space and only plays a minute a night, that’s been getting phased out for the last five or six years. I agree with that. But there will always be fighting.

Thornton said his lasting memories with the Bruins, aside from winning the Stanley Cup in 2011, include playing in the Winter Classic in 2010 and scoring on a penalty shot in a 2012 game.

“There were a lot of things over the seven years that were above and beyond what should have happened for my career, especially coming from having one full year in the NHL to nine in the minors to what’s happened to me over the last seven years,” he said. “It’€™s pretty amazing how the city embraced me.”

Following are more highlights from the interview. For more on the Bruins, go to weei.com/bruins.

On how disappointed he was with the way this season ended: “More than a little. I still think — and this isn’t to take anything away from New York or Pittsburgh — I thought we were the only team that could’ve competed with a couple of those teams in the West once it got down to the final seven games. Just the way we were built.

“We’€™re just as much in shock as anyone else that we weren’t playing until last week.”

On the thought of potentially having to fight a former teammate down the road: “It’s just a job. I’ve done it a number of times. It’€™s a part of the game. I think there’s one time where I had five fights in a row against guys I had probably roomed with in previous years.

“It’s part of it, but I don’t think about it, either. Hopefully when I come back into town we just play hockey. If something needs to be done, somebody has to talk to me or I have to talk to somebody, then it happens. It’s not something I’ll be looking to do. I don’t have any ill will against the organization or anybody here. I loved every part of it. My teammates were amazing the whole time I was here.”

On his plans for next season: “It’s not the end of the road at all. I’m hoping there’s interest out there. I talked to my agent yesterday around 2:30. He’s going to start putting some calls. We hear things through the rumor mill that there might be interest here or there. Let’s hope there’s a lot and I can move on and play for a couple of years somewhere else and come back and probably just take over your show.”

Blog Author: 
Nick Canelas