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Bruins' John Beecher: Strong showing at Summer Showcase
Beecher was impressive during the recent World Junior Summer Showcase, NHL.com's Adam Kimelman reports, scoring four goals in five games.
Since being taken 30th overall by the Bruins in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft, Beecher's star has been on the rise. His first-round selection, originally viewed by some as a bit of a reach, now looks like a strong one, following the 6-foot-3, 210-pounder's outstanding performance in this year's version of the World Junior Summer Showcase. While the 18-year-old center worked as a bottom-six forward with the USA Hockey National Team Development Program Under-18 team last season, he was given the opportunity to play in a top-six role during the recent WJSS. Beecher, who is bound for the University of Michigan this fall, is years (not months) away from an NHL job, but if he is able to fully harness his good size/speed combo and continue to develop his scoring touch, he could end up centering Boston's first or second line down the road.... See More ... See Less
Bruins' Pavel Shen: Headed to North America
The Bruins have signed Shen to a three-year, entry-level contract.
His deal, which runs through the 2021-22 season, carries an annual NHL cap hit of $809,167. The Bruins took Shen 212th overall in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft, but since then the 6-foot-1, 183-pounder has seen his prospect profile rise with his recent play in Russia, as well as in international competition. Per Joe Haggerty of NBC Sports Boston, Shen was "pretty solid during (the Bruins') development camp with playmaking and puck possession." The 19-year-old presumably needs some seasoning at the AHL level, but the improvement Shen has displayed since being drafted by Boston suggests that he could make a run at a job with the big club in time.... See More ... See Less
Bruins' Danton Heinen: Lands extension with Bruins
Heinen signed a two-year extension with the Bruins on Tuesday.
Heinen totaled 34 points (11 goals and 23 assists) in 77 games for Boston last season and was heading towards arbitration, but he and the team were instead able to reach a new deal. The 24-year-old will look to rediscover the production from his rookie campaign in 2017-18 when he tallied 47 points.... See More ... See Less
Bruins' Peter Cehlarik: Lands two-way deal
Cehlarik and the Bruins agreed on a one-year, two-way contract Sunday.
Cehlarik was qualified by the team as a restricted free agent, and will stay on a contract valued at $700,000. The 2013 third-rounder has yet to establish himself as an NHL regular, but Cehlarik has performed well enough during his stints with the big club and retains some untapped potential. Cehlarik played just 20 games with the big club last season, potting four goals and six points in that span. He'll have an opportunity to fight for a roster spot with the big club to start the coming season, but the Bruins seem to be stacked with young talent up front.... See More ... See Less
Bruins' Danton Heinen: Files for arbitration
Heinen filed for salary arbitration Friday.
Heinen saw ice time in 77 games in each of his last two seasons with Boston, logging 81 points (27 goals, 54 assists) over that span. The 24-year-old took a small step back in 2018-19, but his overall production on offense and efficiency on defense could indicate that the Bruins want to settle on a new deal before the arbitration hearings.... See More ... See Less
Bruins' Ryan Fitzgerald: Signs two-way deal
The Bruins have signed Fitzgerald to a one-year, two-way contract with an NHL salary cap hit of $700,000.
On the heels of a 2018-19 season in which he recorded nine goals and 37 points in 61 games with AHL Providence, the 2013 fourth-rounder is back in the fold as a depth forward for the Bruins' organization. At 5-foot-9 and 172 pounds, Fitzgerald still has to demonstrate that he can handle the physical rigors of the NHL game, but the 24-year-old retains a degree of upside as a playmaker, which could pave his way to an NHL role down the road.... See More ... See Less
Bruins' Brendan Gaunce: Signs two-way deal
The Bruins have signed Gaunce to a one-year, two-way deal with an NHL cap hit of $700,000.
The 25-year-old hasn't produced much offense at the NHL level (six goals and 15 points in 117 games to date), but the 2012 first-rounder gives the Bruins some added size (he's 6-foot-2 and 217 pounds) to their depth forward corps and will be a candidate for bottom-six duty with the team in 2019-20.... See More ... See Less
Bruins' Par Lindholm: Headed for Boston
The Bruins have signed Lindholm to a two-year deal with an annual salary cap hit of $850,000.
The Bruins also signed Brett Ritchie to a one-year, $1 million deal, a pair of signings that bolster the team's bottom-six forward corps in the wake of Noel Acciari's departure. Lindholm isn't really on the fantasy radar, however, after logging just one goal and 13 points in 65 games (61 with Toronto and four with Winnipeg) last season. The 27-year-old can play both center and wing, a trait the Bruins like in their depth guys up front and given his production in Sweden prior to last season, the 6-0, 183 pounder probably has a degree of untapped offensive upside.... See More ... See Less
Bruins' Brett Ritchie: Secures one-year pact
Ritchie agreed to terms on a one-year, $1 million contract with Boston on Monday, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.
Ritchie bounced in and out of the lineup for Dallas last season, as he appeared in just 53 games. When he was in the lineup, the winger tallied a mere four goals and two assists. The Ontario native's primary fantasy value comes in the form of hits, as he racked up 126 in 2018-19 and should deliver punishment in a fourth-line checking role for Boston.... See More ... See Less
Bruins' Max Lagace: Heads to Bean Town
Lagace signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Bruins on Monday, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.
Lagace spent most of the 2018-19 campaign with AHL Chicago, compiling a 16-16-2 record while posting a 2.43 GAA and .914 save percentage in 33 appearances. The 26-year-old will likely spend the entirety of the upcoming season in the minors, so there's no reason for fantasy owners to track his status.... See More ... See Less
Bruins' Connor Clifton: Inks extension
The Bruins and Clifton have agreed to terms on a three-year extension, worth $3 million, Frank Seravalli of TSN.ca reports.
Clifton was originally a fifth-round draft pick by the Coyotes in 2013, but after not signing with Arizona, he ended up joining AHL Providence in August of 2017. The Quinnipiac product's efforts there resulted in him inking a deal with the big club, and then injuries led to the 24-year-old earning an NHL promotion this past season. Over 19 regular-season contests with Boston, Clifton logged just one helper and 15 PIM to go along with a plus-5 rating, but in the process, he played well enough to establish himself as a valuable member of the team's blue line rotation. During the Bruins' postseason run, Clifton chipped in two goals and five points in 18 games and earned himself an extension, a move that gives him some financial security, while giving the team a solid blue line piece at a team-friendly cap cost. Looking ahead, Clifton isn't a big fantasy factor, given that he doesn't see much power-play duty, but he is capable in the transition game and isn't rattled by the physical aspect of the NHL duty, despite his 5-foot-11, 175-pound frame.... See More ... See Less
Bruins' Ryan Fitzgerald: Draws qualifying offer
The Bruins have extended a qualifying offer to Fitzgerald.
The 2013 fourth-rounder is coming a 2018-19 season in which he recorded nine goals and 37 points in 61 games with AHL Providence. At 5-foot-9, 172 pounds, Fitzgerald still needs to prove that he's up to the physical rigors of the NHL, but the 24-year-old does have some upside as a playmaker, which could help him see some action with the big club next season.... See More ... See Less
Bruins' Peter Cehlarik: Lands qualifying offer
The Bruins have extended a qualifying offer to Cehlarik.
The 2013 third-rounder has yet to establish himself as an NHL regular, but Cehlarik has performed well enough during his stints with the big club and retains some untapped potential. To date, the 6-foot-2, 202-pounder has logged five goals and 10 points in 37 games with the B's over the past three seasons. He'll have an opportunity to fight for a roster spot with the big club to start the coming season, but there's going to be a numbers game in play that may not favor Cehlarik, at least out of the gate.... See More ... See Less
Bruins' Danton Heinen: Gets qualifying offer
The Bruins have extended a qualifying offer to Heinen, Matt Porter of the Boston Globe reports.
Though Heinen took a bit of step back in his second full season with the Bruins, en route to logging 11 goals and 34 points in 77 games, the 23-year-old forward is someone the team would like to keep around. Even when he's not a big producer on offense, the 2014 fourth-rounder is a responsible two-way player. At times, Heinen has displayed the skill it takes to be a top-six forward at the NHL level, but the consistency hasn't always been there. As a result, the 6-foot-1, 188-pounder seems ideally suited for third-line duties at this stage of his career.... See More ... See Less
Bruins' Brandon Carlo: Receives qualifying offer
The Bruins have extended a qualifying offer to Carlo, Matt Porter of the Boston Globe reports.
The same applies to fellow impending restricted free agents Charlie McAvoy and Danton Heinen, with retaining the trio an offseason priority for the Bruins. Carlo -- who logged two goals and 10 points in 72 games this past season -- isn't much of a fantasy factor, but the 6-foot-5, 212-pounder has developed into a reliable shut-down defender for the Bruins. He's obviously someone the team would like to keep around, with the clock ticking on the NHL career of 42-year-old Zdeno Chara.... See More ... See Less
Bruins' Charlie McAvoy: Wants to stay in Boston
McAvoy, who is poised to become a restricted free agent, hopes to remain with the Bruins for the long haul, Ricky Doyle of NESN.com reports. "I don't want to go anywhere. (Boston) is the best place on earth," McAvoy recently noted on the team's breakup day following the playoffs. "This is home for me now. I live here in the summer. I love it here. I want to be here forever."
McAvoy's words are certainly encouraging with regard to the Bruins' chances of inking the ascending blueliner to a long-term deal. Retaining him, as well as fellow impending RFAs Brandon Carlo and Danton Heinen, is a priority for the team, though in the case of McAvoy, there are some variables. When healthy, as he was in the playoffs, the 21-year-old is a minute-gobbling two-way force on the Boston back line. McAvoy has, however, dealt with some injury/health woes during his two full seasons with the organization, so the team will have to balance concerns on that front with the obvious upside the 2016 first-rounder possesses. Given how much McAvoy seems to enjoy his team context, we doubt there's much chance he'll sign an offer sheet with another squad, but at the same time, he doesn't seem inclined to take much of a hometown discount after spurning an extension offer last offseason, as reported by The Athletic's Fluto Shinzawa.... See More ... See Less
Bruins' Charlie McAvoy: Staying in Boston
McAvoy was given a qualifying offer by Boston on Tuesday, Matt Porter of The Boston Globe reports.
McAvoy, 21, was one of Boston's best defenseman in 2018-19. Due for a raise on his entry-level contract, McAvoy and the Bruins are expected to hash out a deal prior to July 1, but whether the two parties settle on a bridge deal or one featuring a longer term remains to be seen.... See More ... See Less
Bruins' Steve Kampfer: Inks two-year extension
Kampfer signed a two-year deal worth $1.6 million with the Bruins on Monday, Frank Seravalli of TSN.ca reports.
Kampfer tallied three goals and six points in 35 games with the Bruins last season. The 30-year-old blueliner would've been an unrestricted free agent on July 1, but Boston locked him up as a depth defenseman for the next two seasons.... See More ... See Less
Bruins' Quinn Olson: Newest member of Bruins
Olson was drafted 92nd overall by the Bruins at the 2019 NHL Entry Draft on Saturday.
A Calgary native who has been playing in the AJHL to maintain his 2020-21 collegiate eligibility for the University of Minnesota-Duluth, Olson is a ball of energy with legitimate offensive talent. He's prone to taking bad penalties and his temper can get the best of him at times, but there's bottom-six potential here if Olson can rein in his emotions.... See More ... See Less
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