Boston Bruins: 2015-16 Back-Up Goalie Options

The Boston Bruins will undoubtedly have a very busy offseason during the upcoming summer months and one of their problems to solve is who will be backing up Tuukka Rask come October. 
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17 hours ago  |  Discuss

Don Sweeney: Bruins ‘Not As Far Away As What People May Think’

BOSTON — The Bruins finished with 96 points this season, the most of any non-playoff team in NHL history. Despite falling short of the goal of winning a Stanley Cup, new general manager Don Sweeney doesn’t think the Original Six club is far away from contending again. “I’m excited about the challenge in front of us to get back to where we need to get to,” Sweeney said Wednesday...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Don Sweeney Should Make Smooth Transition To Bruins General Manager Role

Two of the advantages in hiring a new general manager from within the organization are the minimal amount of adjustments and small learning curve involved. He already understands the team’s prospects, its on-ice philosophy and has relationships with the coaching staff and players. These are among the reasons why Don Sweeney should make a smooth transition to his new role of...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Patrice Bergeron, Bruins Not Caught Up In GM Search Despite Curiosity

This embed is invalid" /> BOSTON — It’s not like there’s chaos on Causeway Street or bedlam inside TD Garden. On the surface, it looks like the Bruins are going about business as usual in the absence of a general manager. But curiosity can’t be contained. With Boston’s search for a new GM continuing one month after the B’s fired Peter Chiarelli...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

Zane McIntyre negotiating with Bruins

Hobey Baker Finalist and Mike Richter Award winner Zane McIntyre (via Boston Herald)According to the Grand Forks Herald, Zane McIntyre is prepared to make the leap into hockey's biggest stage. McIntyre's family advisor confirmed this news and at a great time. McIntyre was the 165th overall pick in the sixth round of the 2010 draft, and it would be perfect timing to join the Boston...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

Bruins lose backup goalie Svedberg to KHL

The Bruins will need to add goaltending to their to-do list for the summer. Backup netminder Niklas Svedberg left the team to sign with Salavat Yulaev of the KHL, according to his agent. Boston did not display much confidence in Svedberg this season, as Tuukka Rask played 70 of the Bruins' 82 games, the most of Rask's career. Svedberg played in 18 games and compiled a 7-5-1 record...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Reports: Bruins Goalie Niklas Svedberg Signs With KHL Team Salavat

The Boston Bruins need to find a new backup for No. 1 goalie Tuukka Rask. Niklas Svedberg, who served as Rask’s backup this season, has signed with KHL team Salavat Yulaev. Igor Eronko of R-Sport first reported the story Sunday, and Svedberg’s agent confirmed his client has signed a one-year contract with Salavat. Svedberg played in just 18 games for the Bruins this season...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Assessing Boston Bruins’ Goaltending Depth Entering 2015 Offseason

Goaltender is the most important position in hockey and the Boston Bruins are fortunate to have plenty of depth and skill in this area throughout the organization. The B’s have one of the NHL’s best No. 1 goalies in Tuukka Rask and two of the top prospects in Malcolm Subban and Zane McIntyre. Here’s a year-end analysis of Boston’s goaltender depth. Boston Bruins Tuukka Rask...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

Projecting Boston Bruins’ Blue Line For 2015-16 NHL Season

The Boston Bruins were not the defensive juggernaut this season that they had been in previous years. Injuries to key players, including Zdeno Chara and Dougie Hamilton, forced young players into larger roles, and the preseason trade of Johnny Boychuk created a need for a top-four defenseman that was never filled. As a result of these factors and others, the Bruins fell to 20th...
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

Boston Bruins: The clock has struck midnight

In the world that is Boston sports, losing simply isn’t a part of the culture. All four major sports teams are expected to make deep postseason runs and contend for titles year in and year out. The Boston Bruins stayed true to this code, making the playoffs each of the last seven seasons with Head Coach Claude Julien at the helm, however Saturday night that trend of success snapped...
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April 14, 2015  |  Discuss

David Pastrnak, Tuukka Rask Among Positives From Bruins’ 2014-15 Season

BOSTON — The Bruins didn’t meet expectations this season and missed the playoffs for the first time since the 2006-07 campaign. That said, there were a few positives that emerged from the 2014-15 season. On Sunday, I wrote about the problem areas for the B’s, so now it’s time to look at three things that went right for the Original Six club over the last seven months....
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April 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Berkshire Bank Faceoff: Projected Lines, Pairings For Bruins-Lightning

The Boston Bruins still have an opportunity to clinch a spot in the 2015 Stanley Cup playoffs, but they need to first take care of business in Saturday night’s regular-season finale against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena. Even with the Ottawa Senators securing a playoff spot with a 3-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday afternoon, the Bruins can still reach the...
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April 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Bruins-Lightning Preview: B’s Face Must-Win On Final Day Of Playoff Race

It all comes down to this. The Boston Bruins need to beat the Tampa Bay Lightning in Saturday’s regular-season finale, preferably in regulation, to have any chance of reaching the 2015 Stanley Cup playoffs. Boston doesn’t control its own destiny after losing in regulation to the Florida Panthers on Thursday, but it still can clinch one of the two wild-card playoff spots in the...
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April 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Bruins-Capitals Preview: Goalie Showdown Expected In Washington

The Boston Bruins still control their own destiny in the Eastern Conference playoff race, but they don’t have any easy matchups in their three remaining regular-season games. The first challenge is Wednesday night against the Washington Capitals, an opponent with two wins by a combined score of 6-0 in two previous meetings with Boston this season. “This is a good time of the...
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April 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Bruins’ Tuukka Rask Playing At High Level Despite Heavy Workload

WILMINGTON, Mass. — Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask has played more games in 2014-15 than any other season in his NHL career, but this heavy workload hasn’t prevented him from being Boston’s most important player. Rask has appeared in 67 games, which ties him with New Jersey Devils netminder Cory Schneider for the third-most in the league. Braden Holtby of the Washington Capitals...
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April 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Boston Bruins: Make late season push

The race in the East is close, extremely close. The Boston Bruins have been battling to keep a playoff position, and they have been doing quite well with this regard. The Bruins are currently in the seventh spot, as they are tied with the Pittsburgh Penguins (sixth), and the Detroit Red Wings (eighth). With only three games left in the regular season, and with the points race so...
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April 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Bruins’ Defense, Goaltending Stepping Up At Most Important Part Of Season

BOSTON — The Bruins have had trouble scoring goals all season, but they still find themselves in an excellent position to secure a playoff spot with three regular-season games remaining. Their improved play defensively and stellar goaltending from Tuukka Rask are the two main reasons why. Boston’s latest defensive gem came Saturday night in a 2-1 shootout win over the Toronto...
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April 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Bruins-Red Wings Notes: Tuukka Rask Gives Excellent Performance In 3-2 Win

The Bruins were outplayed for nearly all of Thursday night’s 3-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings, but they were able to come away with two much-needed points because Tuukka Rask kept the score close until Boston finally turned the tide in the third period. The B’s were out shot in every period and 37-25 overall, including a 62-38 disadvantage in shot attempts (45-21 at even strength...
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April 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Bruins’ Tuukka Rask Lays Out To Make Save On Gustav Nyquist (Video)

The Boston Bruins took a big 3-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday, and Tuukka Rask was a huge part of that. The Bruins goaltender turned in a 35-save performance in Boston’s comeback victory, and one in particular was a sight to see. Detroit brought its A-game in the first period, and if it wasn’t for Rask, Boston likely would not have entered...
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April 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Zach Trotman’s First Career NHL Goal Gives Bruins 3-2 Win Over Red Wings (Video)

The Boston Bruins didn’t play particularly well Thursday night, but a three-goal third period and stellar goaltending from Tuukka Rask propelled the Original Six club to a 3-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena. Boston has moved into a third-place tie with the Red Wings in the Atlantic Division as a result of the victory. The B’s also have won four straight games...
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April 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Boston Bruins Setting Up Their Pieces for the Playoffs

Niklas Svedberg #72 of the Boston Bruins leans back to make a save against Jesper Fast #19 of the New York Rangers at the TD Garden on March 28, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Mandatory Credit: Brian Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images) Look at the Boston Bruins from a distance and you may see a team stumbling their way into a wild card playoff spot not knowing how they got there themselves...
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April 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Berkshire Bank Faceoff: Projected Lines, Pairings For Bruins-Panthers

BOSTON — The Bruins host the Florida Panthers at TD Garden on Tuesday night in a game with huge playoff implications. The Panthers are four poitns behind the Bruins for the second wild-card playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, but Florida still has a chance to catch Boston with two more games against the Original Six club. That’s one reason why the B’s can’t relax after...
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March 31, 2015  |  Discuss

The Bruins dress 50-year old Bob Essensa as a backup

With Tuukka Rask exiting Saturday afternoon’s game against the Rangers early due to dehydration, the Bruins decided to dress a 50-year old Bob Essensa and put him on the bench to backup Niklas Svedberg. Of course this was an act of desperation and to avoid the lunacy that happened a few weeks ago with the Florida […]
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March 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Claude Julien: Tuukka Rask ‘Fine’ After Leaving Bruins-Rangers Early

BOSTON — Bruins fans had cause for concern when goaltender Tuukka Rask left Saturday’s game against the New York Rangers just 10 seconds into the second period. Rask took himself out of the game and didn’t return after stopping all 14 shots he faced in 20:10 of ice time. Luckily for the Bruins, Rask didn’t suffer an injury and head coach Claude Julien said the Finnish goaltender...
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March 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Claude Julien Pleased With Bruins’ Performance Against NHL’s Elite (Video)

To be the best, you often need to beat the best. The Boston Bruins aren’t near the top of the heap this season, but they proved they still could hang with the NHL’s top teams in a pair of impressive performances. After taking the Western Conference-leading Anaheim Ducks to overtime Thursday night, the B’s took care of business Saturday against the East’s top squad with a...
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March 28, 2015  |  Discuss
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