Bruins Rumors & News

  • Bruins looking to add depth after missing out on Kovalchuk, GM says "The Boston Bruins were in the running to bring Ilya Kovalchuk back to the NHL after more than five seasons in the Kontinental Hockey League. Now they're shifting to plan B after Kovalchuk agreed to terms on a three-year contract with the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday. Part of the..." June 24

  • Sweeney: Bruins will close door on Nash if team signs Kovalchuk

    TSN "Boston Bruins general manager Don Sweeney confirmed Thursday he's spoken to Ilya Kovalchuk's camp and is interested in adding the Russian winger to his roster this summer. “We’ve spoken to their camp. We have not met with them in person, but we’ve spoken..." June 22

  • Could Bruins-Klefbom talks be heating up?

    NBC Sports Boston "It’s more smoke than fire, hours ahead of the first round of the NHL draft at the American Airlines Center in Dallas on Friday night, but the rumblings involving Oscar Klefbom and the Bruins are out there in hockey circles. Klefbom, 24, the Edmonton Oilers defenseman,..." June 22

  • Report: Kovalchuk's agent expected to meet with Bruins, Kings, Knights, Sharks

    The Score "After weeks of speculation, Ilya Kovalchuk's preferred NHL destination is starting to become much clearer, as the highly sought-after winger's agent is expected to meet with four teams Friday to discuss acquiring the sniper's services, according to The Athletic's Pierre..." June 22

  • Bruins GM Don Sweeney ready to do all kinds of business

    Boston Herald "Less than 24 hours before the NHL draft commences today at American Airlines Center, Bruins general manager Don Sweeney was still dealing with some unknowns. Sweeney has kicked the tires on some trades but doesn’t know if he’ll click with another team. He continues talking..." June 22

  • NHL Announces 2017-18 All-Rookie Team

    Hockey Fights "The National Hockey League announced today the 2017-18 NHL All-Rookie Team, including the three players voted as finalists for the Calder Memorial Trophy as the League’s top rookie: forwards Mathew Barzal of the New York Islanders, Brock Boeser of the Vancouver Canucks and Clayton Keller..." June 21

  • Bruce Cassidy admits envisioning how Ilya Kovalchuk could impact Bruins

    ESPN "Bruce Cassidy was in Las Vegas this week because his Boston Bruins went 50-20-12 for 112 points, a performance that earned him a Jack Adams nomination for coach of the year. But after a second-round playoff exit, Cassidy has been thinking about how his Bruins could be even better next season,..." June 20

  • Bruins defenseman Matt Grzelcyk turns his full attention to improving his game

    Boston Herald "Matt Grzelcyk, the second-year Bruins defenseman from Charlestown, feels confident about his future after he signed a two-year contract last Friday. Grzelcyk said the deal eliminated uncertainty from his offseason regimen and he is satisfied with the contract negotiated by agent Peter..." June 19

  • Don Sweeney's time to strengthen Bruins is now

    Boston Herald "The most important two-plus weeks in the National Hockey League offseason are upon us. The trade season usually gets kickstarted at the draft, which takes place on Friday and Saturday in Dallas. Then comes the opening of free agency on July 1. By July 2, we could have an idea whether..." June 18

  • Boston Bruins Getting Interest In David Krejci

    98.5 The Sports Hub "David Krejci has rarely been mentioned as part of actual trade rumors over the course of his career. He's simultaneously been a lightning rod for many who have longed to see the Bruins move on from him as his tenure has progressed. Well, it sounds like those who want Krejci gone..." June 15

  • Bruins Re-Sign Matt Grzelcyk To Two-Year Deal

    The Hockey Writers "The Boston Bruins have re-signed defender Matt Grzelcyk to a two-year contract worth $2.8 million, the team announced Friday. The deal will carry a $1.4 million in each of the two seasons and was first reported by Marisa Ingemi. The extension will keep Grzelcyk under contract through the..." June 15

  • Bruins sign 2017 first-round pick Urho Vaakanainen

    Yardbarker "The Boston Bruins have inked one of their top prospects, signing 2017 first-round pick Urho Vaakanainen to a three-year entry-level contract. The deal will carry a $925K NHL cap hit, plus any performance bonuses that he might achieve. Vaakanainen, 19, was the 18th overall selection a..." June 13

  • Bruins may look to make a splash by signing Kovalchuk

    NBC Sports Boston "Clearly, the Bruins fell short in the offensive depth department during this spring’s postseason run. Now it seems like they’re making significant plans to address that shortcoming.  According to a report from TSN’s Darren Dreger, the B's are one of the..." June 12

  • Oddsmakers peg Lightning, Knights as 2019 Cup favorites

    The Score "The Vegas Golden Knights fell just short of taking home the 2018 Stanley Cup title in the club's inaugural season, but that isn't getting in the way of hometown oddsmakers naming the Knights as the second favorite to take home the 2019 crown. Bookmakers in Vegas have..." June 08

  • Could trade talks be cooking between the B's and Oilers?

    NBC Sports Boston "With the Stanley Cup Final soon to be over, trade talks will be kicking up across the NHL very soon with free agency just a few weeks away.  The Boston Bruins will be no different given some of the improvements that clearly need to be made after a second-round exit from the..." June 07

  • Bruins GM Don Sweeney Says Nothing’s ‘Set In Stone’ With Team’s Top Line

    NESN "The Boston Bruins’ top line was dominant during the 2017-18 NHL season. The trio of David Pastrnak, Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron combined to tally 99 goals and 129 assists, with each player scoring 30 or more goals in the campaign. " June 04

  • Nash, Bruins to have contract talks "Rick Nash and the Boston Bruins will resume contract talks before the forward becomes an unrestricted free agent July 1, general manager Don Sweeney told The Boston Globe on Friday. "We're going to have follow-up conversations this week," Sweeney told the newspaper...." June 02

  • Bruins won't bring back Gionta, 2 other pending free agents

    The Score "If Brian Gionta is going to play in the NHL again, it won't be with the Boston Bruins, as general manager Don Sweeney announced Thursday that the diminutive winger won't be offered a contract. Sweeney also announced defenseman Paul Postma and..." June 01

  • Bruins look to get back into first round; Sweeney: It’ll be ‘difficult’

    NBC Sports Boston "As it stands right now, the Bruins don’t pick until the 57th overall selection, a second-round pick, in the June 22-23 NHL Draft.  The last time they were in that position, the Bruins selected Swedish defenseman Linus Arnesson with the 60th pick in 2013. To this point in..." June 01

  • Bruins GM Don Sweeney looking at a number of subjects at the NHL combine

    Boston Herald "Bruins general manager Don Sweeney has been on a busy schedule of interviewing potential draftees here at the NHL scouting combine. Since Monday and running through today, Sweeney estimated he and his group of scouts will have met with about 80 players out of the 104 that have been..." June 01

  • NHL projects salary cap to be around $80M for 2018-19 season

    The Score "NHL deputy commissioner and chief legal officer Bill Daly confirmed during a press conference Monday that the salary cap for the 2018-2019 season is projected to be around $80 million, up from $75 million this season. A set number for next season has not yet been agreed upon..." May 29

  • NHL’s ‘Smart Puck’ will enhance fan experience

    Pro Hockey Talk "The NHL has already announced that the Smart Puck era is quickly approaching, which is exciting news for hockey fans all over the globe. The league is planning on having this added technology at their disposal for the start of the 2019-20 season, but there’s a chance that we..." May 24

  • Stick with Anton Khudobin or find a new backup plan?

    NBC Sports Boston "It was a bit eyebrow-raising when Bruins team president Cam Neely last week mentioned backup goaltending as a priority for the Bruins on their offseason shopping list. The assumption was that the Bruins would find common ground with looming free agent Anton Khudobin after a stellar season in..." May 22

  • Cam Neely working to get the Bruins to become Stanley Cup contenders

    Boston Herald "If you told Bruins management back in September that their team would win 50 regular season games before getting bounced in the second round by a Stanley Cup favorite, president Cam Neely and owner Jeremy Jacobs would have taken it. But while Jacobs did term the 2017-18 season as..." May 17

  • Bruins owner optimistic about future of youthful team "Boston Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs is pleased but not satisfied by the improvement they showed this season. "Of my 43 years [as owner], there's only one that I was really happy with, and that was '11," Jacobs said Wednesday, referring to the 2011 Stanley Cup..." May 16

  • Bruins owner: Quebec doesn't have numbers to bring back Nordiques

    The Score "The math doesn't add up for the NHL to return to Quebec City, according to Boston Bruins owner and NHL executive committee chairman Jeremy Jacobs. Speaking at an end-of-season press conference Wednesday, Jacobs was questioned on a variety of topics, including the..." May 16

  • Neely: Marchand was spoken to about 'putting a negative focus' on himself and B's

    NBC Sports Boston "Bruins ownership and upper management made it pretty clear on Wednesday morning that the bosses’ patience has run out with some of Brad Marchand’s antics after the licking incidents in the Stanley Cup playoffs.  Marchand was never penalized or hit with supplemental..." May 16

  • Jaromir Jagr Will Play In Czech Republic In 2018-19

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Though there is still bound to be speculation over a return to the NHL this summer, Nova Sport in the Czech Republic is reporting that Jaromir Jagr has agreed to return as a player for Kladno, the Czech team he owns. There apparently had been interest from the DEL in..." May 15

  • Bruins GM wants to keep roster intact, says it's not realistic "The Boston Bruins would like to keep the group intact that reached the Eastern Conference Second Round this season, but general manager Don Sweeney said Thursday that the realities of the NHL salary cap could make that difficult. Forwards Rick Nash and Riley Nash, and goaltender Anton Khudobin,..." May 10

  • Charlie McAvoy added to US team in World Championships

    Boston Globe "Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy has been added to the roster of the US team that is currently competing in the hockey World Championships in Denmark. Coached by Jeff Blashill of the Detroit Red Wings, the US is unbeaten through four preliminary-round games, including a shootout win over..." May 10

  • Jeremy Roenick Slams Brad Marchand Over 'Disgusting' Face Licks

    TMZ "Jeremy Roenick says he's sick and tired of Brad Marchand's face-licking antics on the ice ... and says the guy needs to save his tongue for the bedroom. Marchand went on a mouthy tear during the NHL playoffs -- licking opponents faces at close range to try and piss them off. Shocker, it..." May 09

  • Anton Khudobin hopes to stay with the Bruins

    Yardbarker "The Boston Bruins have some tough decisions to be made on whether or not to bring back several of their pending unrestricted free agents, but while most of the spotlight is on Rick Nash, another player may be even more important. That’s Anton Khudobin, who was an excellent compliment to Tuukka..." May 09

  • Bruins not likely to find goaltending upgrade on trade or free-agent market

    NBC Sports Boston "One of the interesting questions facing the Bruins now that their season is over: What, if anything, to do about their goaltending situation? Tuukka Rask finished up Boston’s 12-game playoff run with a 2.88 goals-against average and a .903 save percentage, placing him 10th and 12th,..." May 09

  • Bruins’ Tuukka Rask Takes Criticism In Stride With Blunt Perspective

    NESN "Tuukka Rask knows the drill. The Bruins goaltender has been around long enough to know that Boston fans will call him out for his shortcomings, and that there will be plenty of negative chatter after an up-and-down 2018 postseason that ended Sunday at the hands of the Tampa Bay..." May 09

  • ‘I’ve got to cut that [expletive] out’: Marchand admits he went too far

    Pro Hockey Talk "Leading up to Bruins media day on Wednesday, we hadn’t heard anything suggesting Brad Marchand regretted the licks heard around the hockey world. His tune has suddenly changed. During the team’s final media availability of the season, the 29-year-old admitted that what he did was..." May 09

  • Depth up front was a factor in Bruins’ demise

    Boston Herald "As well-built and deep as the Tampa Bay Lightning are, the Bruins should not have been expected to win this series. Yet, we all believed that the B’s had a reasonable chance to knock off the Lightning. Nope. Blame a couple of bad non-calls for affecting the outcome of this series, and..." May 08

  • Marchand: The whole NHL licking situation 'is pretty stupid'

    NBC Sports Boston "Brad Marchand isn’t typically on the same wavelength as the NHL with a lot of the decisions they make when it comes to anything involving the Bruins winger, and so it is with them coming down on him for his habit of licking opponents during this spring’s playoffs. Marchand called the entire..." May 07

  • It’s this simple: Brad Marchand needs to grow up quickly

    Boston Herald "In the end, it was the Boston Bruins who got licked. Too soon? This is where hard-core hockey people are supposed to jump over the boards and complain that Brad Marchand’s penchant for licking the faces of opposing players has nothing to do with why the Bruins were eliminated by the Tampa..." May 07

  • Bruins need fast start in Game 5 against Lightning "Be on time. The Boston Bruins players need to hear those words in their sleep Saturday night. They need to hear them on repeat Sunday before they take the ice at Amalie Arena for Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Second Round against the Tampa Bay Lightning (3 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, TVAS). If the..." May 06

  • Bruins shuffle lines for win-or-go-home Game 5

    The Score "Bruce Cassidy is shaking things up with his club on the brink of elimination. The Boston Bruins head coach made more than one tweak to his forward lines ahead of Game 5 against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday, with the Bruins trailing the second-round series 3-1." May 06

  • Bruins' Backes leaves Game 5 after collision with Lightning's Miller

    Sporting News "David Backes is known for being a physical player, but in Sunday's Game 5 the Bruins forward was on the receiving end of a hit that he typically delivers. Near the midway point of the second period with the game tied 1-1, Lightning forward J.T. Miller collided with Backes by the Boston..." May 06

  • Steven Stamkos: Winning four straight against Bruins was a surprise

    Larry Brown Sports "The Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Boston Bruins 3-1 on Sunday to become the first team to advance to the conference finals in the Stanley Cup Playoffs this year. After dropping Game 1 of the series, the Lightning won four straight to seal the series. Winning four in a row against Boston came as a..." May 06

  • Bruins coach to Brad Marchand: 'Find another way' to agitate that doesn't involve licking

    USA Today "Boston Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy told Brad Marchand to “find another way” to annoy other players that does not include licking them. Marchand spoke to senior vice president of hockey operations Colin Campbell and general manager Don Sweeney on Saturday as the league issued a warning to stop..." May 06

  • Bruins’ Torey Krug Suffers Apparent Ankle Injury In Third Period Of Game 4 Vs. Lightning

    CBS Boston "The Boston Bruins are one loss away from elimination, and they seem likely to be without defenseman Torey Krug as they look to save their season. Krug suffered a serious-looking ankle injury in the third period of Game 4 against the Tampa Bay Lightning. He pursued a puck in the corner in the..." May 05

  • Bruins' Torey Krug out for Game 5 with lower-body injury

    Sporting News "The Bruins' back line will be even shorter handed for Game 5. According to, defenseman Torey Krug did not make the trip to Tampa Bay after suffering a lower-body injury during Friday's 4-3 loss in overtime to the Lightning. A member of the All-Rookie team in 2013-14, Krug injured his..." May 05

  • Sean Avery says Brad Marchand's playoff act isn't worth a lick: 'It’s stupidity'

    Sporting News "Sean Avery stopped at nothing during his NHL career to get under the skin of his opponents. He would dive if he thought he could draw a penalty. He would say things most people would never even dream of saying, even away from microphones. Perhaps most notably, he decided to face Martin Brodeur in..." May 05

  • Bruins’ Torey Krug out for remainder of series against Lightning

    Sportsnet "The Boston Bruins received a big blow with news that power-play quarterback Torey Krug won’t be available for the remainder of their second round series against the Lightning. Krug didn’t join his teammates on the flight to Tampa after crashing into the end boards during Friday’s 4-3 overtime..." May 05

  • NHL addressing licking controversy, Marchand will be told to stop

    The Score "The league office is apparently taking measures to ensure Brad Marchand doesn't lick any more opponents. For real this time. The NHL is involved and Marchand will be told to cut it out immediately, TSN's Darren Dreger reports. The Boston Bruins' talented agitator did it again Friday..." May 05

  • Bruins top line has been first-rate in playoffs "It took a while for Brad Marchand to speak up. There, in the middle, was Patrice Bergeron, the talented center who has always seemed wise beyond his years. There, on the right side, was future Hall of Famer Mark Recchi. There, on the left wing, was Marchand. He knew enough to keep his..." May 05

  • Bruce Cassidy rips officials after another no-call costs Bruins

    Larry Brown Sports "The Boston Bruins can once again point to poor officiating as one of the reasons they lost a playoff game to the Tampa Bay Lightning, and head coach Bruce Cassidy has no problem calling attention to how lopsided things have been. Boston was leading Tampa 3-2 midway through the third period in..." May 05

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