LOS ANGELES -- The Edmonton Oilers selected Windsor Spitfires left winger Taylor Hall with the first overall pick in the NHL draft, clearing the way for the Bruins to take Plymouth Whalers center Tyler Seguin second overall.

 

Hall, 18, was ranked second behind Seguin by the NHL's Central Scouting Bureau but had a better OHL resume, having played in the league for three season's to Seguin's two. In 57 games for the Spitfires this past season, Hall scored 40 goals and 66 assists for 106 points, which tied him with Seguin for the lead league in points.

 

 LOS ANGELES — The 30 NHL teams are going through a roll call minutes before the opening round of the draft. The Bruins indicated that general manager Peter Chiarelli will announce the team's selection. The Bruins have the second overall pick. 

Amidst rumors that the Flyers are looking to shed payroll in order to take on Tim Thomas' contract, a source close to the situation is saying talk that Simon Gagne could be swapped to the Bruins for the goaltender is bogus.

 

"This is not an accurate rumor at all," the source said. Salary-wise, it makes sense, as Gagne will carry a $5.25 million cap hit next season, the final year of his deal, while Thomas has three years remaining at $5 million per season. For more on the Bruins, check the Big Bad Blog

MARINA DEL REY, Calif. — The Bruins are continuing to speak with the Edmonton Oilers regarding a possible deal to swap draft picks in Friday’s NHL draft.

 

“We talked this morning and I imagine we are going to have a discussion on the draft floor, in fact I know we will,” Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said Friday morning before departing for downtown Los Angeles and the opening round of the draft. 

 

MARINA DEL REY, Calif. — Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli confirmed that the team has reached an agreement with Mark Recchi that will keep the 42-year-old forward skating in Boston next season. The deal will be formally announced on Monday.

 

Recchi had 18 goals and 25 assists this season, his 21st in the NHL.

 

NESN is reporting the Bruins have reached a one-year agreement with unrestricted winger Mark Recchi. The 42-year-old future Hall of Famer was acquired at the trade deadline in 2009 and has totaled 59 points in 99 games with the Bruins. A veteran of 21 years, Recchi has 563 goals and 922 assists, good for 1485 points. The deal is expected to be announced Monday. 

 

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The following advice may be hard to follow, as Tyler Seguin/Taylor Hall has seemingly been a Boston Bruin since May 15, the morning following the team’s catastrophic playoff exit



LOS ANGELES -- New Bruins president Cam Neely was busy taking care of business at the NHL Board of Governors meeting in Los Angeles on Thursday, but he now has to play a waiting game like everyone else.

 

 

LOS ANGELES — About 24 hours before he is likely to be selected by the Bruins with the second overall pick in Friday’s NHL draft, Tyler Seguin was sitting on a terrace balcony absorbing the buzz of downtown LA. But the skilled forward had little trouble quickly shifting his vision to thoughts of playing in Boston.

 

In re-signing Johnny Boychuk, the Bruins kept some stability on their defense just two days after shipping Dennis Wideman off to the Panthers. Speaking with the media, Boychuk, who stepped up to play alongside Zdeno Chara in the playoffs, is excited for a bigger role with the defense next season.