4:17 PM EDT, Mon July 06, 2015
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Brett Connolly, Jimmy Hayes, Brandon DeFazio all (re-)sign with Bruins

The Bruins signed a trio of deals today, they just announced. Here they are: Brett Connolly signed for 1.025 million for one year Jimmy Hayes signed for 2.3 million per year for the next 3 years Brandon DeFazio signed a 2-way deal worth 575k at the NHL level Congratulations to all three players.

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Boston Herald Jul 5, 2015
Bruins needed culture shock

Bruins needed culture shock

Through all of Don Sweeney’s mad wheeling and dealing over the last 10 days, the rookie general manger changed the Bruins roster considerably, though he could not change the underlying truth: The B’s are still no one’s idea of a Stanley Cup favorite.
Boston Herald Jul 3, 2015
After bad start, Don Sweeney makes amends

After bad start, Don Sweeney makes amends

To focus on the strange exit of young defenseman Dougie Hamilton could mean missing the stunning redesign of the Bruins’ lineup that new general manager Don Sweeney has engineered.Less than one week after an NHL draft weekend that did not go well for Sweeney and his staff, the B’s have added a long list of new talent — changes that fundamentally upgrade the expectations for this team next season.
Boston Herald Jul 3, 2015
Buckley: Dorchester cheers Jimmy Hayes' homecoming to Bruins

Buckley: Dorchester cheers Jimmy Hayes' homecoming to Bruins

Jimmy Hayes still has his first Chicago Blackhawks sweater hanging on the wall at the Eire Pub, not far from the bronze plaques honoring visits back in the day from a couple of fellas named Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton.The plaques will remain, because this Dorchester landmark, while quite proud of its neighborhoody, blue-collar pulse, is also proud to be the place where two U.S. presidents headline a cast of pols and potentates who have popped in for a beer and banter.But the Jimmy Hayes sweater is coming down.
Boston Herald Jul 2, 2015
Bruins moves a shock to Brad Marchand

Bruins moves a shock to Brad Marchand

WARREN, R.I. — These are some topsy-turvy times for the Bruins and their fans.
Boston Herald Jul 2, 2015
Don Sweeney scores big

Don Sweeney scores big

After a much-criticized weekend at the NHL draft, new Bruins general manager Don Sweeney and his staff needed to make a splash on Day 1 of NHL free agency, and he delivered a tsunami.“I think we’ve improved our overall group and our team,” said Sweeney last night. “And we’re taking it in a direction, I believe, that everyone is excited about. Hopefully it all falls into place.”
Boston Herald Jul 1, 2015
Report: Bruins send Reilly Smith to Panthers for Dorchester's Jimmy Hayes

Report: Bruins send Reilly Smith to Panthers for Dorchester's Jimmy Hayes

Based on a report by TSN's Pierre LeBrun, the Bruins have traded winger Reilly Smith to Florida for big winger Jimmy Hayes of Dorchester and Boston College. The 6-foot-6, 221-pound Hayes had 19-16--35 totals this year for the Florida Panthers. Smith had a disappointing year for the Bruins, with just 13 goals (and 27 assists) in 81 games. Hayes is an RFA, who earned just $925,000 this season.
Boston Herald Jul 1, 2015
Did Dougie Hamilton bolt Boston?

Did Dougie Hamilton bolt Boston?

Dougie Hamilton wouldn’t say yesterday his relationship with the Bruins soured. But he didn’t exactly deny it, either.The Hamilton trade took on a whole new complexion when news broke that the former Bruins defenseman signed with the Calgary Flames on a six-year deal with an average annual value of $5.75 million. It was long thought that he was looking for the same kind of money that Kings defenseman Drew Doughty was getting ($7 million).
Boston Herald Jul 1, 2015
Buckley: Don Sweeney feels heat of Boston on first turn

Buckley: Don Sweeney feels heat of Boston on first turn

The Bruins have yet to play a game under the stewardship of Don Sweeney and already the word “embattled” is getting more playing time than last season’s backup goaltender, Niklas Svedberg.Has this ever happened before? The unveiling of a freshly minted general manager is supposed to be a happy-days-are-here-again occasion, with the new guy promising defense, aggressive play, a return to basics and other inaugural accoutrements. They speak, and we beeeee-lieve.

Source: Flames ink Hamilton for 6 years, $34.5M

Source: Flames ink Hamilton for 6 years, $34.5M

Sharks get G Jones from Bruins for pick, Kuraly

Sharks get G Jones from Bruins for pick, Kuraly
Boston Herald Jun 30, 2015
Bruins must plug holes with UFAs

Bruins must plug holes with UFAs

Back home after a weekend in Florida that didn’t exactly go as planned — leaving stunned and confused Bruins fans asking, ‘What just happened to our team?’ ­— the B’s brass will now deal with the start of NHL free agency at noon tomorrow.The Bruins did make a move yesterday to add sorely needed toughness. One of the many problems last season was a shortage of players to push back when opponents took physical liberties.
Boston Herald Jun 29, 2015
Bruins’ Cup hopes half-empty

Bruins’ Cup hopes half-empty

OK, so now what?The Bruins’ devastating weekend is over. So is the era in which the B’s pounded their way toward two Finals appearances in three years, during which they fell just two wins shy of matching Bobby Orr’s teams’ output of two Stanley Cups. No, Dougie Hamilton will not become the next great Bruins defenseman. Milan Lucic will not retire in the uniform he was born to wear.Bruins fans have all summer — and probably much, much longer — to bemoan those facts.
Boston Herald Jun 28, 2015
Slow start for Don Sweeney

Slow start for Don Sweeney

SUNRISE, Fla. — The day before Round 1 of the NHL draft, Bruins president Cam Neely sounded quite confident the team’s fans were going to like what was about to happen. Neely said Don Sweeney, the new general manager, had big things in the works.“There’s a lot of things that Don has been working on to not only put us in a position to improve on last year, but also for the future,” Neely said Thursday at Fort Lauderdale Beach.
Boston Herald Jun 28, 2015
Bruins brass glass still half-full

Bruins brass glass still half-full

SUNRISE, Fla. — The Bruins arrived in south Florida for the NHL draft with a young player who might be ready to be a No. 1 defenseman in Dougie Hamilton and a Stanley Cup-winning winger in Milan Lucic. They left yesterday without those two key pieces, and got nothing in return to help in the immediate future.But while the B’s couldn’t bundle their three No. 1 picks for a juicier pick or an NHLer on Friday, and then could not parlay their three second-round picks for anyone who could help them now, the B’s still maintain there’s time to do something.

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