Day = ruined. NESN announced today that Jamie Erdahl, who joined up back in October of 2012, will be leaving her rinkside duties with the Bruins for an opportunity to cover college football with CBS Sports.
In yet another sign that the NHL season is around the corner, the Boston Bruins rookie squad is in Nashville this weekend for their first tournament of the preseason, facing off yesterday against the Florida Panthers rookies. Obviously most eyes were on bigger names like this year’s first round draft pick b, along with goaltender Malcolm Subban and defenseman Linus Arnesson, the team’s first 2013 pick. And while there were plenty of positive signs, the B’s couldn’t find the back of the net and fell 2-0 in their first game. They’re back in action this afternoon against the Lightning rookies.
After an almost unsettlingly quiet offseason so far, Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli did some catching up this week, announcing a number of transactions as training camp for the 2014-15 NHL season lurks just over a month away. The most notable announcement was a 6-year, $43.5 million dollar contract extension for David Krejci that will keep the 28-year old Czech with the B’s through the 2020-21 season. Additionally, Chiarelli announced a new two-way contract for up-and-comer Matt Fraser, along with an AHL contract for veteran defenseman Steve Eminger and a training camp invite for Ville Leino.
With 30-goal scorer Jarome Iginla fresh out the door and the Bruins on an extended stint in the NHL Salary Cap Jail, it’s no surprise that much of the attention so far this offseason has been focused on how GM Peter Chiarelli will fill the gaps up front to ensure the black and gold remain contenders heading into the 2014-15 season. But while putting pucks in the net is a critical piece of the Stanley Cup puzzle, keeping them out of the net is just as important, and believe it or not Chiarelli and the B’s have another growing conundrum that requires some attention, and that’s who will man the team’s defensive blue line this year.
The Bruins currently have eight NHL-caliber defensemen – nine if you count the recently signed David Warsofsky – and probably seven spots to fill for the opening roster. Add to that the fact that one of those nine, budding star Torey Krug, still remains without a contract as a restricted free agent and you can see why Chiarelli has already said “I’ve got to do something” in regards to his current situation.