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B’s Beat: Four Questions Heading Into Bruins Training Camp

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Rejoice Bruins’ fans, the hockey season is almost upon us! The B’s opened up training camp yesterday and I am faithfully here to provide you with four important questions to keep track of throughout camp.

When are the Bruins going to re-sign Torey Krug and Reilly Smith?




Ah the big one. Before I begin I should probably get this out of the way first: The B’s are not going to trade either one of them, it isn’t going to happen. Don’t believe me? Here is a quote from General Manager Peter Chiarelli during last night’s state of the Bruins meeting with season ticket holders:

“My intention is to have these players playing for the Bruins, and they’re not going anywhere, so I can tell you that and it’s just a matter of working through these things.”

Now it is easy to say that we have heard this type of lip service, but I believe him. Krug and Smith don’t have any leverage. They can’t sign anywhere else, and holding out is honestly hurting themselves as they will lack the necessary preparation for the upcoming season. The B’s obviously want them under contract, but don’t necessarily have the cap space to do so right this second. These two are going to be in the black and gold this season and many others after that. It’s just a matter of making a trade to clear some space to sign them, which leads me to my next question…

Who are the Bruins going to trade to clear some cap space?

Before you start screaming at your computer “Chris Kelly, Adam McQuaid, Jordan Caron, and Matt Bartkowski!”, remember that these aren’t hot trade chips that every team is clamoring for. Both Chris Kelly and Adam McQuaid are coming off of substantial injuries and are going to need to prove that they can still play to build up their trade value again. Caron is literally a throw in to any trade the B’s make, I believe he can be a serviceable bottom six forward given a fresh start somewhere, but he’s done in Boston. We know, he knows it, and potential trade partners know it.

Bartkowski is a worthy trade chip, but his value might be limited due to his pretty terrible playoff performance last season. I believe he is on the outs in Boston and the B’s are looking for the best possible options before pulling the trigger, even if it means some important young players are without new deals. The other possibility is Johnny Boychuk who could simultaneously give the team its biggest cap relief, and garner the best return. However it appears as if it is a last resort, as it seems as if the team wants to retain him for one last run. This situation will be resolved soon, so stay tuned.

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Free Agent Frenzy: Shawn Thornton Heads to Florida

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Well, Boston fans, it’s official:

Former depth forward and longtime Bruins fan favorite Shawn Thornton is headed south.

According to CBS Sports, the Florida Panthers picked up Thornton about an hour after Free Agency opened on Tuesday, July 1st.

Thornton has been signed to a two-year, $1.2 million dollar deal by Boston’s division rivals, which is only a slight raise from the $1.1 million he was receiving from the B’s. Quite a steal for Florida, who are still sitting under the salary floor two hours after negotiations began.

Boston is going to miss Thorty, who was not only an effective enforcer on the ice, but was a leader on the team in the locker room. Best of luck, and here’s to all the season matchups against Florida that will give Boston fans the opportunity to see one of the team’s favorite guys for the past few years.

B’s Beat: Saying Goodbye To Shawn Thornton

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The Boston Bruins have announced today that they will not re-signing enforcer Shawn Thornton. While the news isn’t necessarily shocking given the direction of the team; it is still tough to see a fan favorite move on. We as B’s fans had to do so last season when Andrew Ference was given notice that he would not be re-signed by the team.

Hockey is a business, and this is unfortunate part of that business.

Thornton was signed by the Bruins as a free agent in 2007. He was coming off of his first Stanley Cup Championship with the Anaheim Ducks. He has been a Bruin ever since, and one of the faces of the team’s renaissance from laughing stock to elite contender.

He is a surprisingly skilled fourth line pugilist as well as an exceptional leader. Unfortunately he is 36 years old (he will 37 in July) and there are plenty of players in Providence that can step in and possibly make more of an impact. It’s also tough to ask someone at his age to keep fighting on a nightly basis. This point is further built upon by the league trending away from fighting.

In truth; guys like Shawn Thornton, leadership and character notwithstanding, are becoming a thing of the past in the NHL.

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Bruins Ink: The Infamous Water Bottle Incident (PHOTOS)

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The now Infamous Water Bottle Incident from Game 5 between the Bruins and Canadiens is going to live in hockey playoff lore for eternity. At the time, it seemed like a hilarious, harmless and downright agitating tactic by Bruins enforcer Shawn Thornton to get under the Habs’ P.K. Subban’s skin.

Unfortunately, “Water Bottle Gate” backfired on the Black & Gold as Montreal took this as disrespect and used it as a rallying cry.

We all know what happened the rest of the series and we are still trying to forget, but not this Bruins fan:

It’s a sweet tattoo don’t get me wrong, but I don’t think I would want a constant reminder on my body on how the Bruins lost a series that should have won.

That’s like keeping your ex-girlfriends name tattooed on your arm after she banged your buddy.

FILE UNDER: TOO PAINFUL

Boston Bruins: Eastern Conference Semifinals By The Numbers

Coming into the postseason, the Bruins were expected to make another deep run and possibly contend for their third Stanley Cup in four seasons. Unfortunately for them, however, they ran into the red-hot Canadiens and saw their offense go cold at the worst possible time. Despite a heartbreaking loss in Game 7 at the Garden, there were still a lot of memorable moments in the series and, like always, plenty of interesting stats and facts to go around (and, yes, there are a lot). This series featured a record number of Game 7 meetings for the B’s and Habs, one Boston rookie doing something only one other player had done in the last 75 years, a new NHL record concerning consecutive seasons with a Game 7 appearance and Montreal’s netminder joining a goaltending legend as the only two to accomplish one particular feat. This, for the final time in 2013-14, is Boston Bruins: Eastern Conference Semifinals By The Numbers.

The Canadiens frustrated the Bruins in the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs and earned a series win in seven games.

The Canadiens frustrated the Bruins in the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs and earned a series win in seven games.

0: The Canadiens had zero players with a positive rating through Game 2.

0: The Merlot line had zero shots on goal in Game 4. And Game 6. And Game 7. Brutal.

0: Boston’s first line scored zero five-on-five goals in the series.

1: P.K. Subban’s game-winner in Game 1 was the first overtime goal of his postseason career.

1: Matt Fraser made his playoff debut in Game 4 after being called up from Providence earlier in the day. He scored his first postseason goal in the game and it was a pretty big one. In doing so, he became the first player in history to score an overtime goal in both the AHL and NHL playoffs in the same season, according to Elias Sports.

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Bruins-Habs: Boston Bar To Raise Money To Pay Shawn Thornton’s Water Bottle Fine (PHOTOS)

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Our friends at the Harp Boston are bringing Bruins fans together for Game 6 to raise money to pay Shawn Thornton’s fine for spraying the Habs’ P.K. Subban in the face in the waning seconds of Game 5.

All proceeds will be donated to the Shawn Thornton Foundation.

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Yes, every Habs fan is MAD about this utter H2O atrocity versus mankind.

They will be even madder when they will be doing this:

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Sorry…NOT Sorry.

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