Bruins Sign Coyle, Wagner To Multi-Year Extensions

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By: Patrick Donnelly | Follow me on Twitter @PatDonn12

Bruins general manager Don Sweeney announced on Wednesday that the team has signed forwards Charlie Coyle and Chris Wagner to multi-year contract extensions. Both were set to become unrestricted free agents at the end of their current deals, which expire on July 1, 2020.

Coyle’s deal is for six years and will carry an average annual value of $5.25 million, running through the 2025-26 season, while Wagner’s is a three-year deal worth $1.35 million per season through the 2022-23 campaign.

Coyle’s current contract, which he signed in late 2014, went into effect during the 2015-16 campaign, carrying an AAV of $3.2 million. A native of East Weymouth, Mass. Coyle was dealt to the Bruins from the Minnesota Wild before last year’s trade deadline, and was originally drafted 28th-overall by the San Jose Sharks in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

This season, the Boston University product has 5-9-14 numbers through 24 games, making for 98-164-262 in 524 games on his career. In 68 playoff games, the “Mayor of Weymouth” has 16 goals and 15 assists for 31 points.

As for Wagner, the Walpole, Mass. native signed a two-year deal worth $1.25 million per year with Boston prior to last season, after spending time with the Anaheim Ducks, Colorado Avalanche, and New York Islanders organizations. Wagner was drafted 122nd-overall by Anaheim in 2010.

The “Mayor of Walpole” has 30-23-53 numbers in 273 career games, including a goal and four assists through 23 games this season; he also leads the team in hits with 65. In 33 career playoff games, Wagner has five goals to his name. Last season, Wagner was voted as the recipient of NESN’s 7th Player Award, going above and beyond the expectations of fans as he posted a career-best 12 goals and seven assists for 19 points to go along with a team-high 247 hits.

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Bruins’ Cassidy Provides Injury Updates On Bergeron And Co.

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Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy provided injury updates on Par Lindholm, Brett Ritchie, and most notably, Patrice Bergeron at Warrior Ice Arena, following Boston’s practice on Monday afternoon. Cassidy said Bergeron will not travel for the team’s next two games in Montreal and Ottawa as he is dealing with a lower-body injury similar to the one that kept him out of the lineup recently; the 34-year-old did not skate at practice.

Cassidy also noted that Ritchie, who continues to nurse an infection, will not travel with the team and did not practice either, after returning to the lineup during Saturday’s 5-4 overtime win versus Minnesota. Lindholm returned to practice and will return to the lineup Tuesday night after missing Saturday’s contest due to a cut suffered against Buffalo on Thursday, per Cassidy.

This season, Bergeron has eight goals and 16 assists for 24 points over the course of 21 games centering the lethal top line. As for Ritchie, the hulking winger has two goals and two assists to his name while Lindholm has one goal on the year.

The Bruins’ bench boss included Brendan Gaunce and Jack Studnicka in the real of possibility when looking at players that could potentially earn call-ups from AHL Providence.

Studnicka has been on fire lately with goals in five-straight games as well as eight total points in that span, making for 9-9-18 totals in 21 games this season. Meanwhile, Gaunce has been productive in his own right for the P-Bruins with 6-5-11 numbers in 14 games on the year, including five points (2g, 3a) in his last four games.

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Bruins’ Cassidy Provides Injury Updates On Krug, Miller, And Co.

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Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy issued several injury updates during his media availability at Warrior Ice Arena on Friday afternoon. Most notably, Cassidy said Torey Krug, who was placed on injured reserve just under a week ago, is “probable” for Saturday’s tilt with the Minnesota Wild. The 28-year-old has not played since November 10, and has 2-11-13 totals through 17 games this season.

Cassidy also provided the following injury updates: Patrice Bergeron, who did not skate at practice, had a maintenance day, Par Lindholm was cut during Thursday’s game versus Buffalo and required stitches (he is not ruled out for Saturday), and Brett Ritchie, who is dealing with an ongoing issue, felt “much better.”

Additionally, the Bruins’ bench boss said defenseman Kevan Miller suffered a “little setback.” However, the team does not think it is anything too serious, but is remaining cautious with the 32-year-old. Miller has not played since April 4 after undergoing surgery for a fractured kneecap.

Cassidy noted that defenseman John Moore is back to being a full-participant at practices, shedding the red “no-contact” sweater, but is still a couple weeks away from making his season debut. The 29-year-old had shoulder surgery during the offseason.

After taking down the Sabres by a 3-2 final at TD Garden on Thursday night, the Bruins return to action tomorrow at home against the Minnesota Wild. Boston will look to make it three-straight wins after going 1-2-3 in the team’s previous six games before Tuesday’s win at New Jersey.

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Bruins’ Chara Honored With Hockey Legacy Award

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Bruins captain Zdeno Chara was honored with the Hockey Legacy Award at the Sport Museum’s 18th annual The Tradition ceremony at TD Garden on Wednesday night. Bruins legend Johnny Bucyk presented Chara with the award.

Chara joined Manny Ramirez, Michelle Kwan, Paul Silas, Matt Light, and Ben Crenshaw as the other honorees at this year’s edition of the ceremony. Other sports icons that have been honored at The Tradition include: Bobby Orr, Ted Williams, Larry Bird, Ty Law, Nancy Kerrigan, and more.

The Slovak was drafted 56th-overall by the New York Islanders in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft. After spending the first four seasons of his professional career in the Isles organization, Chara was dealt to the Senators as part of a package deal before the 2001-02 campaign.

The 42-year-old spent four seasons with the Sens before signing with Boston as a free agent in 2006, immediately being named captain and helping to lead the team to a Stanley Cup in 2011. With the Bruins, Chara won a Norris Trophy as the NHL’s best defenseman in 2009 as well as the Mark Messier Leadership Award in 2011.

On his career, Chara has six NHL All-Star Game selections, is a three-time NHL First Team All-Star, is a four-time NHL Second Team All-Star, and is a six-time Norris Trophy finalist. He is also the oldest defenseman to ever score a goal in the Stanley Cup Final at 42 years and 83 days of age as well as the oldest d-man to score a game-winning goal in the Stanley Cup Playoffs at 42 years and 30 days of age.

As the tallest player to ever play in the NHL at 6-foot-9, Chara also holds the record for the hardest shot ever recorded at the NHL All-Star Skills Competition (108.8 mph set in 2012). In 1,506 career NHL games, Chara has 650 points (204g, 446a), 475 of which have come with Boston. So far this season, “Big Zee” has 4-4-8 totals in 21 games.

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David Pastrnak Named Second Star Of The Month For October

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Bruins forward David Pastrnak has been named the NHL’s Second Star of the Month for October. Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson took him First Star of the Month honors after his historic start the the season, while Edmonton Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl rounds out the pack as Third Star of the Month.

Pastrnak had an unbelievable start to the season through the first month as he posted 11-13-24 numbers in just 12 games. His 11 goals are good enough for a share of the league-lead with Draisaitl, while his 24 points are second to Draisaitl’s 25. The Oilers’ skater just recently passed Pastrnak as he had a three-point night on Wednesday while the Bruins have remained out of action since Tuesday night.

The Bruins most-productive forward, Pastrnak has been a lethal offensive threat for the last few seasons. In 332 career games, the 23-year-old has 144-164-308 totals to go along with a plus-50 rating. The Czech phenom has been one of the key reasons the Bruins have been able to trot out one of the league’s most dangerous power plays as he has 49 power play goals and 97 power play points.

The 25th-overall pick to Boston in the first round of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, Pastrnak has grown exceptionally, posting new career-highs in goals and points in each of his last three seasons, highlighted by his 81 points (38g, 43a) in just 66 games during the 2018-19 campaign. Pastrnak also makes up one third of what some consider the best line in all of hockey as he has been a staple for Boston’s first line at right wing with Patrice Bergeron centering him and Brad Marchand.

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Providence Bruins Fall 4-3 To Belleville To Close Out Disappointing Weekend

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PROVIDENCE – The Providence Bruins fell to the Belleville Senators by a final score of 4-3 at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center on Sunday afternoon. The loss came as the second in a row for Providence as the team fell in a shootout to the Laval Rocket at the Dunk on Saturday night during Pink in the Rink Weekend. Maxime Lagace got the start in net for Jay Leach’s group while Filip Gustavsson went for Belleville.

“It’s certainly disappointing,” Leach said of only getting one point out of the weekend after the loss. “We’ve certainly got our work cut out for us moving forward.”

The P-Bruins got out to a hot start in this one as Jakob Lauko took a feed from Zach Senyshyn, who danced though a couple Sens defenders, and shoveled a shot from the high-slot past Gustavsson, giving Providence a 1-0 lead just over three minutes into the opening frame. Alex Petrovic, who had himself a solid night, picked up the secondary assist.

Belleville answered quickly, though, as Jonathan Aspirot beat Lagace from long-range for his first professional goal to tie things at one apiece about three minutes after Lauko’s third of the year. Aspirot’s tally accentuated what was already a strong start for Belleville as the Sens had their way with the P-Bruins on the forecheck during the early proceedings of the first period.

Ryan Fitzgerald broke the tie for Providence with 8:10 to go in the first as Chris Breen’s shot with a purpose found Fitzgerald’s stick for the redirect into the back of the net. The Baby B’s were not able to enjoy the lead for long as a breakdown in coverage led to Michael Carcone blasting a one-timer into the wide open cage to tie things at 2-2.

Stuart Percy went to the box, giving Providence a power play late in the period, but the Bruins’ inability to capitalize was a huge lift for Belleville as Drake Batherson drove into the Providence zone on the rush after the penalty kill and zipped a slapper passed Lagace to give Belleville a 3-2 lead. It was the third goal Lagace had given on just six shots.

“I’m not going to blame Max on all of it, but I’m sure he’d like to have one or two of those back,” Leach continued. “Sometimes in these games we need a bit of a wakeup call, so he was more of a sacrificial lamb for us today.”

“[The decision to pull him] was almost like ‘look, this guy’s been great and he just had two shutouts for you–he’s now pulled–so it’s time to wake up.’ Certainly not going to put it on him.”

Kyle Keyser would get the nod in the second period after a shaky first from Lagace. About midway through an evenly-matched second, Providence forward Robert Lantosi went down in quite a bit of discomfort and eventually would head to the dressing room holding a towel to his face–he would return to finish the game, though.

Even though Lantosi would appear to be fine, his injury certainly was not ideal for the P-B’s as the team was already shorthanded up front as Anders Bjork and Peter Cehlarik are with the big club in Boston while Brendan Gaunce is out with a concussion.

The Bruins would ratchet up the pressure in the second as Keyser held the fort in his own end, highlighted by a sprawling save to keep Providence in it. With 4:00 remaining in the middle stanza and with Providence on a 5-on-3 power play, Petrovic sent a nifty cross-ice saucer pass to captain Paul Carey, who one-timed his fifth of the year by Gustavsson to bring the game back to even.

The tie would stand after two periods, but not before Lauko almost gave Providence the lead as his snapper found its way through Gustavsson’s paraphernalia before a Belleville defender was able to sweep the puck off the goal line.

Early in the third period, Trent Frederic and Robert LaBate would exchange pleasantries and eventually, fists in what was a spirited bout. LaBate may have had the advantage during the early going of the fight, getting Frederic to do his best headless horseman impression in the spirit of Halloween as his sweater was pulled over his head, but after the officials, surprisingly, did not step in, Frederic landed several haymakers, earning the knockout on LaBate.

The tempers and animosity would flare following the fight as Urho Vaakanainen would take exception to a Sens forechecker after a stoppage in play and Cooper Zech would take a hard cross-check from Vitalii Abramov later on.

Keyser would be tested frequently during the third as he made an impressive save on a point-blank one-time bomb look easy. However, after two initial saves from the Bruins’ goaltender, Abramov had the puck squirt out to him in front as he jammed it into the yawning cage to put the Sens up 4-3.

“On that last [goal] Keyser made about two real good saves at first before it even goes in, so we can’t really expect much more out of him on that,” Leach noted.

Although the P-Bruins had a solid push late in the game, Abramov’s tally would prove to be the game-winner. Keyser made 20 saves on 21 shots in relief of Lagace while Gustavsson came up with 28 saves in his own right.

“[Since the call-up] Keyser’s been real good,” the Providence bench boss spoke of his rookie goaltender. “He’s real athletic and he fights to see every puck . . . He’s given us a chance to win every night.”

The overall result is certainly disappointing, but there were still some impressive individual performances for Providence in this one, starting with Keyser. Senyshyn easily had his best game of the season while Petrovic had a two-assist night. With his goal, Fitzgerald now has five points (3G, 2A) over his last five contests, too. Also, Carey extended his point-streak to four games.

“I thought he was outstanding,” Leach said of Senyshyn’s performance. “If he can play like that it’s a great stride. [It’s] great for us and certainly great for him.”

Keyser was called up early on in the year for Providence after Dan Vladar went down with an injury. The goaltender in his first professional season was supposed to start the year in Atlanta, Boston’s ECHL-affiliate, but was pulled back to the Baby B’s before he even got a game in with the Gladiators.

“That’s pro hockey for you. You have to expect the unexpected at all times,” Keyser described. “You have to be ready to run whenever they call your name.”

“For me, it’s about staying focused and staying in the present. Whenever I’m called upon, I’ve just got to go out and do my own thing.”

Providence will return to action this Wednesday as the team will travel to Rochester for a tilt with the Americans, Buffalo’s AHL-affiliate. The action is slated to get underway at 7:05 pm–stay tuned for Tim Richardson’s preview for the week!

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Bruins Reportedly Recall F Anders Bjork

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By: Patrick Donnelly | Follow me on Twitter @PatDonn12

Update: Don Sweeney officially announced the transaction this morning.

Just after midnight early Friday morning, Mark Divver reported that the Bruins have recalled forward Anders Bjork on an emergency basis from the Providence Bruins, Boston’s AHL-affiliate, as the move appeared in the AHL’s transaction list. This move was expected after Bjork was sent down in what was likely a paper transaction for salary cap reasons.

Bjork made his season debut on Tuesday in Boston’s 4-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs. The 23-year old was a minus-one on the night, totaling four shots on goal in 13:17 of ice time. While his box score numbers did not pop, he certainly seemed to pass the ice test for head coach Bruce Cassidy, saying he thinks the young forward earned another look.

“He didn’t hurt us defensively, so that’s a good thing and that bodes well for him, and we’ll see if we find a spot for him on Saturday. But it’s looking that way,” Cassidy said.

The Notre Dame product has had quite the start with Providence as he looks to complete his first full professional season after his first two were cut short due to shoulder surgeries. So far, the winger has posted three goals and five assists for eight points in seven games with the P-Bruins to go along with a plus-five rating and a shooting percentage of 14.3% to start the season in the AHL.

Since the Bruins will not return to action until Saturday night as the St. Louis Blues return to town, it remains unclear if Bjork’s spot in the lineup will change. However, the injury to Karson Kuhlman will make things a little more interesting heading into the tilt.

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Providence Bruins Recall Goalie Prospect Kyle Keyser

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By: Patrick Donnelly | Follow me on Twitter @PatDonn12

Providence Bruins general manager John Ferguson Jr. announced Thursday afternoon that the team has recalled goaltending prospect Kyle Keyser from the Atlanta Gladiators, Boston’s ECHL-affiliate. Providence recalling Keyser comes after Dan Vladar needed to be helped off the ice during the second period of the P-Bruins’ 5-4 shootout loss to the Laval Rocket on Wednesday night.

Keyser was slated to start the year in Atlanta, whose season opens up on October 18th. However, Vladar’s week-to-week status caused a change of plans. Keyser signed his entry-level contract with Boston on October 3, 2017, as an undrafted free agent.

The Oshawa Generals product is entering his first full season of professional hockey after four seasons in the OHL, one with the Flint Firebirds and three with Oshawa. Last season, the 20-year-old suited up in 47 games for the Generals, posting a .915 save percentage and a 2.75 goals-against average (GAA). In 15 Memorial Cup playoff games for Oshawa, Keyser registered a .925 save percentage and 2.83 GAA.

After Oshawa was eliminated from the Memorial Cup, Keyser joined Providence leading up to the team’s playoff run. In one AHL playoff start the Coral Springs, Florida, native made 25 saves.

The 6-foot-2, 185-pound netminder also represented the United States at the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship, where he recorded a .872 save percentage and 2.95 GAA. Once he joins the team in Providence, Keyser is expected to split time with 26-year-old Maxime Lagace, who Boston signed as a free agent during the offseason.

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Bruins Prospect Axel Andersson Assigned To QMJHL Moncton

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By: Patrick Donnelly | Follow me on Twitter @PatDonn12

Bruins prospect Axel Andersson is headed to join the Moncton Wildcats of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) as first reported by Mark Divver on Tuesday morning. Moncton confirmed the report on Wednesday morning.

This summer, Andersson attended his second development camp with the Bruins before attending Boston’s main camp, suiting up in exhibition action as well. After he was cut from Bruins training camp, Andersson was assigned to the Providence Bruins’ main training camp.

After P-Bruins camp, Andersson did not suit up in any AHL game action. So, this move likely comes in order to get the 19-year-old into games consistently as he transitions to the North American game for the first time.

The Järna, Sweden, native was selected 57th-overall by Boston in the second round of the 2018 NHL Entry Draft. The Wildcats selected Andersson 30th-overall in the CHL Import Draft this summer as well.

Last season, while on loan with Södertälje SK in the Allsvenskan Swedish league, the six-foot, 185-pound right-shot defenseman tallied five assists in 41 games to go along with 20 penalty minutes as well as a plus-five rating. In eight playoff games with Djurgårdens IF J20 of the SuperElit league in Sweden, Andersson notched one assist, six penalty minutes, and a plus-two rating.

During the 2017-18 campaign, the young Swede posted two assists, two penalty minutes, and a plus-one rating in seven games en route to a bronze medal at the U-18 World Junior Championships.

 

Report: Bruins Sign D Alex Petrovic To One-Year Deal

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By: Patrick Donnelly | Follow me on Twitter @PatDonn12

UPDATE: The Bruins have officially announced the deal. You can read the official press release here as well as Max Mainville’s latest piece on the additional breaking news.

As reported by Matt Porter of The Boston Globe, the Bruins have signed veteran defenseman Alex Petrovic to a contract. According to CapFriendly.com, Petrovic’s deal is for one-year with a $700,000 NHL salary and a $375,000 minors salary; it is also a two-way contract. Boston has also reportedly waived the right-shot skater with the purpose of assigning him to Providence. If he clears waivers, he will report to P-Bruins training camp.

The Bruins invited Petrovic to training camp on a professional tryout (PTO) as an unrestricted free agent, and he has apparently performed well enough to earn a contract. The 27-year-old was drafted in the second round (36th-overall) by the Florida Panthers in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. In 254 NHL games with the Panthers, the veteran recorded 5-44-49 totals to go along with a minus-three rating and 348 penalty minutes.

Last season, the Edmonton, Alberta, native was dealt from the Panthers to his hometown team, the Oilers, in the middle of December. The 6-foot-4, 216-pound bruiser only suited up in nine games for Edmonton, due to both a concussion and lack of usage under former Oilers interim head coach Ken Hitchcock. In those nine games, Petrovic tallied an assist and two penalty minutes, registering a minus-seven rating as well.

The reported addition of Petrovic’s presence to the Bruins organization is another low-risk, depth signing by Don Sweeney and the Boston brass. He’ll bring another veteran presence to a young, developing Providence Bruins team and will likely be a fine injury replacement if Boston needs him in a pinch.

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