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By Matt Kibbe
The short-term deal will assure long-term overspending
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Topic - Peter Chiarelli
Tuukka Rask turned an outstanding first season as the Boston Bruins' No. 1 goalie into a long-term commitment on Wednesday by signing an eight-year contract to stay with the Eastern Conference champions.
Tampa Bay cut ties with Lecavalier to clear space under a smaller salary cap. The Philadelphia Flyers took advantage of both of their compliance buyouts to release forward Danny Briere and goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov.
Claude Julien doesn't pay much attention to compliments or criticism.
For all the talk about the Conn Smythe award, Tuukka Rask just wants to win after he played a supporting role when Tim Thomas led the Boston Bruins to the Stanley Cup two years ago.
Corey Crawford was in the stands when Patrick Kane slammed home the goal that secured the Stanley Cup for the Chicago Blackhawks in 2010.
Boston Bruins center Gregory Campbell will miss the rest of the NHL playoffs with a broken right leg.
The Boston Bruins acquired Jaromir Jagr from the Dallas Stars on Tuesday, hoping the 10th-leading goal scorer in NHL history can improve their shaky offense even at age 41.
Count the Washington Capitals among a swath of teams in the middle ground between buying and selling, as they went into Monday night just one point out of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference but also found themselves in 11th place.
Rookies arrived at NHL camps and made the most of a limited opportunity. With just a week to show what they could do, guys like Alex Galchenyuk of the Montreal Canadiens and Cory Conacher of the Tampa Bay Lighting didn't waste time showing that they belonged.
The Bruins continued their pre-lockout signing strategy Tuesday, agreeing with forward Tyler Seguin on a six-year, $34 million contract extension.
One by one, so many unrestricted free agents re-signed with their current NHL clubs, letting even more depth out of the pool of players who will be available when free agency opens July 1. The accompanying background noise to all those signings is the sound of phones ringing and general managers talking up trades.
Tim Thomas, who has emerged as one of the NHL's top goaltenders despite an unorthodox style in hockey and in life, has told the Boston Bruins that he is thinking about sitting out next season _ apparently for family reasons, general manager Peter Chiarelli said Friday.
It may not be an irresistible force meeting an immovable object, but it's hard to argue with NBC analyst Pierre McGuire's assertion that Alex Ovechkin vs. Zdeno Chara is a "titanic battle."
Previewing the Caps-Bruins first-round series.
As the Boston Bruins embarked on defending the Stanley Cup last fall, Washington Capitals general manager George McPhee told colleague Peter Chiarelli "you guys might be better this year than you were last year."
Two days later, general manager Peter Chiarelli said, "I feel confident that we will get a deal done on Rask in short order."
Knowing he was losing Horton and not expecting Jaromir Jagr to return to Boston, Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said it was his goal to "reconstruct" the right side of his forward lines.