Multiple reports have indicated the Bruins have been trying to trade goaltender Tim Thomas. Such talks were expected, as the former Vezina Trophy winner lost his starting job to Tuukka Rask last season and carries an annual cap hit of $5 million. ESPN is reporting that the Bruins have received calls from interested teams following Montreal's trade of Jaroslav Halak to the Blues, while Comcast Sportsnet, who mentioned talk of such chatter first on Monday, has indicated the Sharks, Flyers, and Lightning could be in on Thomas.

 Speaking with members of the media on Monday in a conference call, Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli indicated he doesn't expect to get a deal done with Edmonton Oilers GM Steve Tambellini involving the first and second overall picks of Friday's NHL draft, the latter of which the Bruins own. 

 

It appears the Bruins may not be on the verge of acquiring Florida Panthers forward Nathan Horton, according to a source close to the situation. Reports surfaced this weekend that the Bruins had been closing in on a trade for the former third overall pick, but the Bruins were just one of multiple teams to nearly have a deal with the Panthers. 

 

"They were close, as were a few other teams," the source said of the Bruins' chances of getting Horton. It was unclear where a potential trade stood as of Sunday night.

 

“I hate losing more than I like winning,” may have been the most resonant words to come out of President No. 8’s mouth Wednesday. 

And thus the Neely administration has begun. 



As was expected, the Bruins promoted vice president Cam Neely to president of the organization on Wednesday. Former president Harry Sinden, general manager Peter Chiarelli, and both Jeremy and Charlie Jacobs were on hand for the announcement. 

 

"There are a lot of things we want to accomplish," Neely said of the team's direction with him in charge. "First and foremost s winning the Stanley Cup and I can tell you without question that our ownership is strongly committed to bringing the Stanley Cup back to Boston."

 

BOSTON -- Speaking at Cam Neely's introductory press conference on Wednesday, general manager Peter Chiarelli made assurances that the team will not trade down from the No. 2 spot in next Friday's NHL draft in Los Angeles and will select either Taylor Hall or Tyler Seguin. 

 

 

“I’m not moving it,” Chiarelli said of the second pick, one of two first-round selections received in the Phil Kessel trade. “We’re going to take one of those two forwards." 

WEEI has confirmed a report that the Bruins, who are set to hold a press conference Wednesday at 2 p.m., will name current vice president Cam Neely president of the club. Neely, who has been a part of the team's front office since September of 2007, had 590 points in 10 seasons with the Bruins. The story was first reported by Comcast SportsNet.

Oilers general manager Steve Tambellini told the Edmonton Journal Thursday that he has not received an offer for the first overall pick in this month's NHL draft from Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli.

 

“Last time I talked to Peter was the general managers’ meetings in Philly [between Games 3 and 4 of the Stanley Cup finals]. Peter hasn’t thrown any names at me. No proposals. But I’m all ears,” Tambellini told the paper.

 

Boston fans should consider themselves lucky this time of year.



In a perfect black and gold world, defenseman Dennis Seidenberg was set to recover from a lacerated forearm and return to the Bruins lineup in time for the Stanley Cup Finals. 



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