The Boston Bruins signed centre David Krejci to a six-year, $43.5 million dollar contract extension.
Krejci, 28, was set to become a free agent at the end of next season, but is now locked up through the 2020-21 season with an annual cap-hit of $7.25 million. Krejci is coming off of his second best point total as a pro having totaled 19 goals, 50 assists (69 points) with a plus-29 rating in 80 games.
The Bruins have inked Jordan Caron to a one-year, $600K deal.
Caron, 23, had three points (1G / 2A) and a minus-8 rating in 35 games with the Bruins last season. The Bruins are pushed up against the cap, so they had to let Jarome Iginla and Shawn Thornton walk, opening up a spot for Caron to play regularly in 2014-15.
The Bruins have settled its arbitration with Matt Bartkowski, they have agreed on a one-year deal worth$1.25 million.
Bartkowski, 26, had 18 assists and a plus-22 rating in 64 games with the Bruins last season. 2013-14 was Bartkowski's first full season in the NHL and he proved to be a more than capable NHL defenseman. However, the Bruins are really deep on the blueline and Bartkowski currently sits as their seventh or eighth defensemen and could end up being traded.
Kelly (back) will likely get surgery on his herniated disc this summer.
Kelly missed the final three games of the regular season and the entire postseason with a herniated disc. Kelly described it as the "worst pain" he has ever felt. Kelly is expected to be ready for training camp as he enters his third season of a four-year deal.
Chara fractured a finger against the Montreal Canadiens in the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs and will need surgery.
The timing of the injury is uncertain. Chara was slashed by the Canadiens' Michael Bournival in Game 3 and Max Pacioretty in Game 7, among other hits. Chara looked out of sorts in game seven specifically, but it is hard to believe that can be largely attributed to a finger injury. Chara had two goals and two assists for the Bruins in the playoffs after scoring 17 goals with 23 assists and a plus-25 mark in the regular season.
Rask gave up four goals on 28 shots in the 4-0 loss in game 6. Rask has given up 16 goals with a .910 SV% in the first six games of this series, but none of that matters heading into a winner takes all game 7. Tonight, will mark Rask's third career game 7 start, he is 1-1 with a 3.87 GAA and .855 SV%--so history is in the Habs favour.
Seidenberg has not played since December 27th because of a torn MCL and ACL in his right knee. He took part in the Bruins' optional morning skate this morning and continues to make steady progress toward a return, but head coach Claude Julien said he would be "very surprised" if Seidenberg plays tonight. Should the Bruins get by the Habs tonight, Seidenberg's return in the Eastern Conference would be a huge boost to the Bruins' blueline.
Rask stopped 29 of 31 shots in a 4-2 win over the Habs in game 5.The Bruins are one win away from the Eastern Conference Finals, and they are back in Montreal where Rask has stopped 55 of 58 shots (.948 SV%) in games 3 and 4. Rask leads all playoff goaltenders with a 1.70 GAA and .940 SV% in 10 postseason starts.
Rask turned aside all 33 shots he faced in the Bruins' 1-0 OT win in game 4. They head back to Boston to start the best of 3 to see who moves onto the Eastern Conference Finals. Rask has posted the same 2.26 GAA as Carey Price through the first four games, but a slightly lower SV% at .916.
Rask allowed three goals on 28 shots in a 5-3 win over the Habs in game 2. The Bruins looked like they were going to go down 2-0 heading to Montreal, but they scored four unanswered in the final 10 minutes of the third period to send it back to Quebec knotted up a ones. Rask holds a 2-0 record with a 0.90 GAA and .967 SV% on the road this postseason. There was a lot of chirping between the Habs and Bruins prior to tonight, so game 3 should be a dandy.
Rask leads the Bruins onto the ice and he will start game 2.
Rask allowed four goals on 33 shots in the 4-3 double OT loss in game 1. Rask did not look all that comfortable on Thursday, but he will look to be better this afternoon so the Bruins can tie the series up. The Habs were able to get a lot of traffic in front of Rask, so expect that to be a reoccurring theme throughout this series.
Paille (head) returned to the Bruins lineup in game 1.
Paille played 16:27 with two shots, four hits and a minus-1 rating in the Bruins' 4-3 OT loss to the Habs last night. Paille had missed the previous six games with a head injury he suffered in the second last game of the season. Paille said that he felt good, but rusty on Thursday. Game 2 goes Saturday afternoon at 12:30.
Rask will start game 1 of the second round on Thursday.
Rask was great in the Bruins' first round win over the Red Wings. He sits atop the NHL with a 1.16 GAA and .961 SV% in the postseason. In four regular season starts against the Canadiens, Rask was 1-2-1 with a 1.95 GAA and .932 SV%. This rivalry goes back a long ways and the goaltending will play a crucial role in who advances to the Eastern Conference Finals.