• Connolly Inks One-Year Deal With Bruins

    News: Brett Connolly signed a one-year, $1.025 million contract with the Bruins on Monday.
    Analysis: In the wake of the departures of fellow forwards Carl Soderberg and Milan Lucic this offseason, Brett Connolly -- whom the Bruins obtained from Tampa Bay this past March -- has a real shot at sliding into the team's top-six forward mix in 2015-16. The 6-2, 181-pound winger tallied 12 goals and 17 points in 55 NHL games overall last season, and at age 23, the 2010 first-rounder could be poised for a break-out in his first full campaign with the B's.
  • RFA Connolly Gets Qualifying Offer From Bruins

    News: The Bruins have extended a qualifying offer to Brett Connolly, csnne.com reports.
    Analysis: The same applies to fellow forward Ryan Spooner, with both restricted free agents ticketed for regular duty this coming season, more so with the the team having parted ways with forwards Carl Soderberg and Milan Lucic. While it's too early to get a great read on how the B's lines might shake out next season, Brett Connolly has a shot to land a top-six role and in such a scenario, he could emerge on the fantasy radar. He's coming off a 2014-15 campaign in which he recorded 12 goals and 17 points in 55 NHL games, including five in a Boston uniform following his trade from Tampa Bay.
  • Productive Bruins Debut For Connolly

    News: Brett Connolly, making his return from a finger injury and his Bruins debut, was key to Thursday's comeback win over Detroit, assisting on his team's first goal as well as the game-winner late in the third period.
    Analysis: He skated just a modest 12:44 in his first game as a Bruin, but certainly fit right in despite having missed a month of action thanks to the finger issue. Brett Connolly never got a great chance in Tampa Bay, but it wouldn't be terribly surprising to see 2010's No. 6 overall pick flourish in Boston.
  • Bruins' Connolly Set To Make Debut Thursday

    News: Brett Connolly (finger) is taking part in line rushes during the Bruins' pregame warmups, suggesting he'll play Thursday against the Red Wings, Amalie Benjamin of the Boston Globe reports.
    Analysis: Acquired by the Bruins prior to the trade deadline, Brett Connolly suffered a broken finger in his second practice with the team and missed a month due to the injury. He was initially projected to sit out the rest of the season, but improved quicker than anticipated and now looks poised to make his long-awaited team debut. The winger is slated to skate on the fourth line with Chris Kelly and Gregory Campbell.
  • Bruins' Connolly Could Play Thursday

    News: When asked if Brett Connolly (finger) will play Thursday against Detroit, coach Claude Julien said "we'll see."
    Analysis: Brett Connolly's status for the contest probably won't be clarified until pre-game warmups, though if he does suit up, he'll likely debut on the B's fourth line, making him a speculative fantasy play in such a scenario.
  • Bruins' Connolly Poised To Return

    News: Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe suggests that there's a good chance that Brett Connolly (finger) will suit up Thursday against the Red Wings.
    Analysis: "I feel good enough to go," Brett Connolly indicated. "I don't really think the finger can get worse. I think I'm pretty much ready to go." Look for added info on the winger's status to arrive following the Bruins' morning skate, but based on Wednesday's practice, if Connolly does join the B's lineup Thursday, he'll likely work on the team's fourth line.
  • Bruins' Connolly Nears Return

    News: Brett Connolly (finger) -- who absorbed contact at practice Wednesday -- hasn't been ruled out for Thursday's game against Detroit.
    Analysis: Per csnne.com, Brett Connolly saw some work with the B's fourth line during Wednesday's practice and even if the winger doesn't play Thursday, his return to action doesn't seem far off at this stage. Prior to injuring his finger back on March 4, Connolly recorded 12 goals and 15 points in 50 games for the Lighting.
  • Bruins' Connolly Progressing

    News: Brett Connolly (finger) took part in contact drills at end of Wednesday's practice, Joe Haggerty of CSNNE.com reports.
    Analysis: Absorbing contact represents further progress for Brett Connolly, who suffered a broken right index finger back on March 4. The Bruins have five more regular season games on tap and it now looks like there's a solid chance we'll see Connolly in the lineup before the team's slate concludes.
  • Bruins' Connolly Skates In Warmups

    News: Brett Connolly (finger) skated during the Bruins' pregame warmups Tuesday, Amalie Benjamin of the Boston Globe reports.
    Analysis: While Brett Connolly won't make his team debut in Tuesday's tilt with the Panthers, his participation in warmups is further evidence that he's nearly recovered from the broken finger. He could start seeing increased contact work and upcoming practices before getting cleared for the Bruins' final few games of the regular season.
  • Bruins' Connolly Progressing

    News: According to coach Claude Julien, Brett Connolly (finger) is "getting closer" to a return to action.
    Analysis: Brett Connolly has been able to skate with the B's, so once he gets the green light from the team's doctors, the forward's return will largely hinge on his comfort level while shooting and battling for pucks.