Posted on: February 25, 2012 11:20 pm
Edited on: February 26, 2012 3:04 pm
By: Adam Gretz
Ottawa Senators forward Kyle Turris is not an overly physical player. In 36 games this season he's been credited with just 16 hits (and yes, I'm aware of how flawed and biased the "hit" statistic can be), which is why it's kind of surprising to see him involved in a questionable hit to the head that may receive some extra attention from the NHL.
Late in the third period of the Senators 5-3 loss to the Bruins, Turris caught Boston defenseman Joe Corvo with what appeared to be an elbow to the head, resulting in a two-minute minor for boarding and a pretty incredible rant from Bruins announcer Jack Edwards.
(Also featured: Chris Neil's big hit on Johnny Boychuk earlier in the period.)
The NHL looks at everything, so this hit is definitely going to be reviewed, it's just a matter of whether or not Brendan Shanahan and Co. feel it's worthy of additional punishment.
These two teams meet again Tuesday night in Boston.
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Posted on: February 14, 2012 3:03 pm
The Boston Bruins reportedly sewn up another one of their core players before they ever even hit the free-agent market. This time they have locked in defenseman Johnny Boychuk to a three-year contract for an average annual salary of $3.36 million as first reported by TSN's Bob McKenzie.
Boychuk, who is currently carrying a cap of $1.875 million, was set to become an unrestricted free agent after this season. Now he joins the litany of Bruins players who aren't going anywhere, not yet.
Boston GM Peter Chiarelli has done an even more remarkable job of locking in his players to team-friendly contracts while building a powerhouse team. They manage to maintain space under the cap and keeping all of their players together, for the most part. Boychuk is the latest example. Why even let the guys hit the free market?
For Boychuk it's a very nice pay day. Like every position in the league it seems except for the enforcer, defensive defensemen have been seeing a nice bump in value. Although it doesn't seem as incredibly friendly to the team as some other deals have been under Chiarelli, the headaches of going on the free-agent market are taking care of.
But it's not like he's a scrub. He gives the Bruins more than 20 minutes of ice time per night and is a big hitter.
Boychuk doesn't give a whole lot at all in the offensive categories, his job is to stop pucks from going in the net. On the season Boychuk has three goals and seven assists to speak of. Outside of captain Zdeno Chara, he makes up a great but quiet group of defensemen. They mostly leave the scoring up to the Bruins' four lines of offense.
The new deal for Boychuk leaves the Bruins with only one more of their top six defenseman unsigned through next season, that's Joe Corvo. Chris Kelly, Gregory Campbell, Daniel Paille and Shawn Thornton are unsigned through this season. Benoit Pouliot and Tuukka Rask are restricted free agent after this season. Chances are you'll see most of them sticking around if Chiarelli's track record is any indication.
Posted on: December 1, 2011 9:59 am
Edited on: December 1, 2011 2:13 pm
The Boston Bruins announced on Thursday morning that they have re-signed forward David Krejci to a three-year extension. This comes on the heels of the Anaheim Ducks firing head coach Randy Carlyle and replacing him with Bruce Boudreau.
How are these related, you ask? It was only speculation, but in the Bobby Ryan trade rumors, a swap with the Bruins involving Krejci was a popular rumor, so with the Carlyle firing it appears more like Ryan could be staying put. Thus, Krejci is for sure staying put in Boston.
Krejci's cap hit will be $5.25 million for the three seasons of his deal.
The salary on the deal is a bit high. He doesn't exactly scream $5 million-plus player, now does he? Seeing how Krejci hasn't matched his 2008-209 totals of 22 goals and 51 assists since, but he's still only 25 years old.
But I'll give GM Peter Chiarelli a little benefit of the doubt. Theoretically, this new contract extension will carry Krejci through his prime years, of which he is just entering.
Krejci's playoff performances probably helped, too. In 44 career playoff games Krejci has 19 goals and 25 assists, including 12 goals, 11 assists in last season's run to the Stanley Cup.
Chiarelli has done an excellent job building the Bruins for the future in addition to the now. By locking in Krejci for a few more seasons, the B's have the core of their team under contract for next season now. The biggest name unsigned for next season is Tuukka Rask, after that they are looking at Chris Kelly, Gregory Campbell, Benoit Pouliot, Daniel Paille, Shawn Thornton, Joe Corvo and Johnny Boychuk.
On top of it, according to Cap Geek, Chiarelli still has around $11 million to sign any of those players or wait until free agency and pick up some. He really has done a pretty masterful job not only building a Stanley Cup-quality team, but doing it in a financially responsible way. This Krejci deal might not fall completely in line with that, but he is capable of giving the Bruins about 60 points per season, so it's not a bad investment.
Make the grade: What does Chiarelli earn for this signing?
Photo: Getty Images
Posted on: October 11, 2011 12:43 pm
The Bruins have a lot of players to try and re-sign before next season, so GM Peter Chiarelli got started early with Rich Peverley. The B's inked the 29-year-old forward to a three-year contract on Tuesday, giving him a healthy raise to #3.25 million annually.
Peverley, set to become an unrestricted free agent after this season, will make $1.325 million this season before the new deal kicks in.
Peverley was acquired by the Bruins before the trade deadline last season in a deal with Atlanta/Winnipeg. along with Boris Valabik for Blake Wheeler and Mark Stuart. In 23 games with Boston, he had four goals and three assists. He picks up the numbers a little in the postseason when he had four goals and eight assists in 25 games. This season he is off to a nice start, scoring two goals in the first three games for Boston.
Chiarelli had a nice luxury last offseason, being able to largely sit back and enjoy his team's championship. There was little to do with almost every under contract except re-sign Brad Marchand. Next summer will be a different story though as David Krejci, Chris Kelly, Gregory Campbell, Benoit Pouliot, Daniel Paille, Shawn Thornton, Joe Corvo, Johnny Boychuk and Tuukka Rask all are in the final years of their contracts.
Peverley has proven to be a quality addition to Boston's second line. He brings a lot of speed to a team that could benefit from some. That has helped him to establish himself as a guy capable of routinely putting up 20 goals per season or more. His career high was 22 with the Thrashers.
It's a nice deal for Peverley, who is getting a raise he deserves and is probably the biggest unrestricted free agent the Bruins have.
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Posted on: June 14, 2011 9:42 pm
Edited on: June 14, 2011 10:34 pm
Vancouver Canucks general manager Mike Gillis questioned the collision in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final that left Mason Raymond, one of his top forwards, with a serious back injury.
“I didn't see the puck around him,” Gillis said Tuesday. “I thought the Boston player [defenseman Johnny Boychuk] used a can opener and drove him into the boards with enough force to break his back. That's what I saw.”
No penalty was called on the play and no disciplinary hearing was scheduled by the league. The collision occurred seconds into Monday’s game, a contest won by the Bruins, 5-2.
The team announced earlier Tuesday that Raymond had suffered vertebral compression fracture and would be out three to four months. Gillis said Raymond was in the hospital as of Tuesday evening and could remain there until Wednesday as he gets fitted for a corset to stabilize his spine.
“It wasn't a chipped vertebrae or cracked vertebrae,” Gillis said. “It's broken through the belly of his vertebrae, so it's a very serious injury. You never want to see any player on any team have an injury like that.”
Raymond fell awkwardly into the boards and remained on the ice for a few minutes. Despite the back injury, Raymond skated off the ice with assistance. Gillis said he didn’t know why Raymond was not strapped to a headboard and stretchered off.
“I'm unsure,” Gillis said. “I think because he began to move his feet and he had feeling. We wondered about that as well, but I haven't had the chance to ask [trainer] Mike [Burnstein]. But our trainers are excellent trainers, so I'm sure they felt there was no risk at that point because of what he was saying and what he was doing on the ice.”
Gillis said the team is hopeful that surgery won’t be required.
“He's going to face a long, hard recovery,” Gillis said. “We've been told it's going to be very challenging for him and he's going to be in a difficult position for some time.”
Beyond Gillis, many in Vancouver thought the league should have given Monday’s collision as much scrutiny as the Game 3 check that led to the suspension of Canucks defenseman Aaron Rome. Rome was given a five-minute major for interference and a game misconduct on a check that left Boston forward Nathan Norton with a severe concussion.
In that instance, the league said the fact the Horton would miss the remainder of the playoffs factored into its decision to ban Rome.
“I'm not in charge of supplementary discipline, so I'm not the right person to ask about that,” Gillis said.
Jeff Tambellini will likely be re-inserted into the lineup to replace Raymond as Canucks coach Alain Vigneault will have to shuffle the lines. Raymond, who had no points in the Finals, was playing wing on the team’s second line.
“For us, injuries and adversity have been part of our daily routine throughout this season and we faced every one of them head on,” Vigneault said. “It's very unfortunate for Mason not to be able to play in the seventh game, but the guys that we have available are going to jump on the opportunity.”
-- A.J. Perez