Touching base with WEEI.com Tuesday afternoon, Miami of Ohio coach Enrico Blasi said that center Sean Kuraly, whose rights the Bruins acquired earlier in the day, will stay in school for his senior season next year.

Blasi sang the praises of Kuraly, whom he called a “horse,” and noted that the 22-year-old will be the Red Hawks’€™ captain this season. The Bruins are aware of Kuraly’€™s intention to stay in school.

After the Bruins got Kuraly and San Jose’€™s 2016 first-round pick for goaltender Martin Jones, former Blue Jackets general manager Doug MacLean tweeted that Kuraly was a ‘€œsteal’€ for Boston and that he is an NHL-ready player. The B’€™s will have to wait, it seems.

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>What a deal for boston. 1st for Jones and Sean Kuraly. Kuraly will play in NHL now if he decides to leave school. Steal in deal!</p>&mdash; Doug Maclean (@DougMaclean) <a href=”https://twitter.com/DougMaclean/status/615933718625173504″>June 30, 2015</a></blockquote>
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Kuraly was a fifth-round pick of the Sharks in the 2011 draft. The Bruins will still have his rights when he finishes his senior season. He scored 19 goals and added 10 assists for 29 points in 40 games last season for the Red Hawks.

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DJ Bean

The Martin Jones era is over.

(Martin Jones was on the Bruins.)

Shortly after acquiring him from the Kings in the Milan Lucic trade, the Bruins have flipped the goaltender to the Sharks, according to ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun.

The Martin Jones era is over.

(Martin Jones was on the Bruins.)

Shortly after acquiring him from the Kings in the Milan Lucic trade, the Bruins have flipped the goaltender to the Sharks, according to ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun.

It’s unclear what the Bruins got for Jones, a restricted free agent who figured to be more of a starting goaltender than a backup.

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DJ Bean

Don Sweeney is adamant that the Bruins are not going through a rebuild.

Bruins general manager Don Sweeney shared in Tuesday’€™s pre-free agency conference call with reporters that the Bruins sent qualifying offers to restricted free agents Ryan Spooner, Brett Connolly and Martin Jones.

Don Sweeney is adamant that the Bruins are not going through a rebuild.

To some degree, his actions reflect that he doesn’€™t think the Bruins will bottom out. For example, no team planning on rebuilding would send a third-round pick in two years away in exchange for bottom-of-the-roster player, as the B’€™s did this week by acquiring Zac Rinaldo for a 2017 third-round pick.

Speaking to reporters Tuesday, Sweeney’€™s stance on his team’€™s direction remained unchanged from the weekend.

“I don’€™t think it’€™s a rebuild,” Sweeney said. “We didn’€™t strip this down.”

The Bruins have made a number of moves of late, which have left fans believing the Bruins are indeed undergoing an overhaul. The trades of Dougie Hamilton and Milan Lucic have made the current roster considerably worse, while the re-signing of Adam McQuaid and the trade for Rinaldo have been met with confusion.

The Bruins still have a core of Zdeno Chara, Tuukka Rask and Patrice Bergeron in place, which could still allow them to contend for the playoffs. Further moves figure to better indicate the team’€™s direction.

Sweeney insisted that one piece of the team’€™s core will remain in Boston. Tuukka Rask was rumored to be discussed at some length, however small, during the draft in Florida over the weekend, but Sweeney rejected the notion that he would trade his goaltender.

“Tuukka Rask not on the market,” Sweeney said. “I’€™m not sure where that necessarily came from. I can deliver emphatically that did not happen.”

Rask has six years remaining on an eight-year deal with an annual cap hit of $7 million.

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DJ Bean
Don Sweeney

Don Sweeney

Bruins general manager Don Sweeney shared in Tuesday’€™s pre-free agency conference call with reporters that the Bruins sent qualifying offers to restricted free agents Ryan Spooner, Brett Connolly and Martin Jones. The team declined to qualify Matt Lindblad, Rob Flick and Adam Morrison.

Sweeney said that the door has not been closed on Lindblad, Flick or Morrison potentially returning to the B’€™s.

He also noted that the Bruins are facing nearly a million dollars in cap overages from last season.

Sweeney said that bonuses to Dougie Hamilton and a couple of other players from last season leave the Bruins facing approximately $969,000 in overages that will go against this season’€™s salary cap.

As such, the Bruins will have nearly $3.7 million in dead money against the cap in the coming season. The Bruins dealt with a similar issue last season, when they had nearly $5 million in cap overages, due largely to the bonus-laden contract given to Jarome Iginla a season earlier.

With Sweeney’€™s estimate and the newly acquired Zac Rinaldo factored into our running count of Boston’€™s cap space, the B’€™s now have $61,160,667 committed to 16 players (not counting Marc Savard). Many young players on two-way contracts could also push for spots, such as Joe Morrow, Brian Ferlin and Colin Miller. Sweeney said that the Bruins remain in talks with teams about trading Savard, whose $4.017 is put on long-term injured reserve each season but could help a team trying to get to the cap floor. The Flyers made a similar move over the weekend by trading Chris Pronger‘s contract to Arizona.

The salary cap’€™s upper limit for next season is $71.4 million.

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DJ Bean

The Bruins' front office made another puzzling move Monday. (Boston Bruins photo)If I were in a room with Cam Neely, I would calmly walk out of it, hit Sports Etc.



The Bruins continued their bewildering offseason Monday by swinging a trade with the Flyers for forward Zac Rinaldo.

The Bruins continued their bewildering offseason Monday by swinging a trade with the Flyers for forward Zac Rinaldo.

Boston sent a third-round pick in the 2017 draft to Philadelphia for Rinaldo, a 25-year-old who has been suspended as many games as he has scored goals in his NHL career (8).

Rinaldo has two years remaining on his contract, which carries a cap hit of $850,000.

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DJ Bean