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06/24/2010 - 3:25pm
Boychuk eager to become top four defender
By: DJ Bean

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.

 

"When they moved Dennis, obviously it maybe makes an opening for me to maybe jump into the top four and play little more minutes than being a five or six guy," Boychuk said. "When they moved him, it kind of just maybe sent a message to me saying 'You'd better be ready to be a top four guy.' And even if I'm not, I want to play like I am." 

 

Boychuk, who said he was "still kind of shell-shocked" by the Bruins' Game 7 loss to the Flyers in the Eastern Conference semifinals, said returning to the core of players and coaches in Boston was his top priority as he was set to hit unrestricted free agency...

06/24/2010 - 2:57pm
Bruins confirm Boychuk extension

MARINA DEL RAY, Calif. - The Bruins have confirmed that they have re-signed defenseman Johnny Boychuk to a two-year contract extenstion. GM Peter Chiarelli announced the deal while meeting with reporters prior to Friday's NHL draft in Los Angeles.

 

Boychuk was a healthy scratch for the Bruins during much of the early season, but emerged as one of the team's most steady contributors late in the season and during the playoffs. 

 

“He made great strides this year,” said Chiarelli. “He was patient before he got into the lineup, he learned our system, he’s got a dimensional shot, he competes, he’s got size, but the biggest thing that I saw was that he improved from being the defenseman of the year in the [AHL] to being maybe our seventh [defenseman] to start [while] patiently waiting to learn along the way. We have a very good defensive system and Johnny has picked it up and showed improvement...

06/24/2010 - 12:46pm
Lowell expected to go on disabled list

Red Sox corner infielder Mike Lowell is expected to be placed on the 15-day disabled list (right hip) prior to tonight's game against the Colorado Rockies. The move would clear a roster spot for pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka, who is scheduled to start in Denver on Thursday night. Prior to his game-ending, pinch-hitting appearance on Tuesday night, Lowell had not appeared in a game in nine days.

 

Lowell is hitting .213 this year with a .308 OBP, .350 slugging mark and .658 OPS. Since May 16, he is 2-for-27 (.074) and has made just six starts.


06/24/2010 - 12:41pm
Report: Boychuk re-signs with Bruins

According to multiple reports, defenseman Johnny Boychuk signed a two-year deal worth approximately $3.75 million to return to the Bruins. Boychuck was due to become an unrestricted free agent July 1. Check the Big Bad Blog for more information as it becomes available.


06/24/2010 - 12:34pm
Twellman on D&H: Brazil should win Cup

Revolution forward Taylor Twellman joined the Dale & Holley show Thursday to talk about the World Cup. Twellman, who was placed on the season-ending injury list Wednesday due to problems recovering from a concussion, commented on Italy's 3-2 loss to Slovakia Thursday that eliminated the defending champion Italians from the tournament. "They were very methodical, very slow," Twellman said. "There was just no urgency."

 

Looking at the United States' success this year, Twellman said the Americans no longer are the underdogs. "We're making teams a little nervous when they're playing us," he said. "We're not just that team that's going to run hard, fight hard and kick guys. We're now going to do that, but we're also going to play a little soccer, which is great."

 

Asked why the United States will beat Ghana, Twellman had two reasons. "One, it's a redemption," he said. "...

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