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Bish's Blog: July 1

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
8:01 p.m.

Official Boychuk Release
Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that the club has signed defenseman Johnny Boychuk to a one-year contract.  Per club policy, terms of the deal will not be disclosed.

The 25-year-old Boychuk was the winner of the Eddie Shore Award as the American Hockey League’s outstanding defenseman for the 2008-09 season after recording 20 goals and 45 assists in 78 regular season games. His 20 goals and 45 assists were tops amongst all AHL defensemen and set a Providence Bruins team record for points by a blueliner

7:40 p.m.
The B's have just re-signed Johnny Boychuk. Details to follow.

7:23 p.m.
BTW: I'm still here at the keep your browser peeled. JB

In the meantime, catch up with the B's:
Begin is introduced to the Boston Media
Byron Bitz Re-signs with the Bruins
Peter Chiarelli: July 1 Conference Call

6:56 p.m.
Begin. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Graham Hughes, File)
Former Canadien Steve Bégin to the Boston media: "I'm on the right side now."

Official Begin Release
Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that the club has signed center Steve Bégin to a one-year contract.  Per club policy, terms of the deal will not be disclosed.

The 31-year-old Bégin is a veteran of 409 NHL regular season games and has tallied 47 goals, 39 assists and 482 penalty minutes in his NHL career. He has also notched four assists in 23 career playoff games, all with the Montreal Canadiens

6:16 p.m.
The Bruins have signed Steve Bégin. Peter Chiarelli just announced the signing in mid-press conference call.

5:47 p.m.
Official Bitz Release
Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that the club has signed forward Byron Bitz to a multi-year contract.  Per club policy, terms of the deal will not be disclosed.

In his first NHL season in 2008-09, Bitz notched four goals and three assists in 35 regular season games, and recorded his first NHL multi-point game with a two goal performance against Florida on February 24, 2009.  He also skated in five postseason games for the Bruins and tallied 1-1-2 totals.

5:33 p.m.
Bitzy's back...
Bitz.(AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
The Bruins have re-signed Byron "The Bitzy Cat" Bitz. Details to follow...

5:09 p.m.
Gil goes over the border...
Hal Gill is a Montreal Canadien says

3:50 p.m. is reporting:
Veteran blueliner Jaroslav Spacek...agreed to a three-year deal with the Canadiens this afternoon.

2:55 p.m.
NHL Network is reporting Mike Knuble to the Caps and the Donald Brashear is a Ranger.

2:35 p.m.
Montador to Buffalo
Steve Montador has signed with Buffalo.

Monty we hardly knew ye. Class act. JB

2:19 p.m.
Add these guys to the list. Check out's excellent tracker here:
Jul 1, 2:09PM Walker, Matt Tampa Bay
Jul 1, 2:09PM Conklin, Ty St. Louis
Jul 1, 2:08PM Hossa, Marian Chicago
Jul 1, 1:54PM Anderson, Craig Colorado
Jul 1, 1:53PM Greene, Andy New Jersey

2:01 p.m.
TSN/NHL Network are reporting Hossa to Chicago.

1:57 p.m.
You can catch the "Free Agent Frenzy" show on here.

1:50 p.m.
Nothing new from here in the Garden...

This is what has happening thus far:
Jul 1, 01:46PM Booth, David Florida
Jul 1, 01:13PM Orr, Colton Toronto
Jul 1, 12:47PM Dvorak, Radek Florida
Jul 1, 12:30PM Ohlund, Mattias Tampa Bay
Jul 1, 11:19AM Sedin, Henrik Vancouver
Jul 1, 11:18AM Sedin, Daniel Vancouver
Jul 1, 08:32AM Christensen, Erik Anaheim

12:52 p.m.
From the Florida Panthers:
The Cats have signed forward Radek Dvorak to a 2-year deal.

12:33 p.m. reports:
Veteran blueliner Mattias Ohlund has signed a seven-year contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning, the first player to change teams in free agency Wednesday. He leaves the Vancouver Canucks as an unrestricted free agent...

12:21 p.m.
Free agency has started...and as I sit in the Garden now I hear -- crickets. So, I am listening to NHL Radio here.

11:48 a.m.
The Sedin twins were signed per

11:32 a.m.
B's GM Peter Chiarelli will talk to the media tonight at 6 p.m. We'll have the audio here on shortly thereafter.

11:22 a.m.
Team990 out of Montreal reports that the Sedin twins have re-signed with Vancouver. concurs.

No acknowledgment on

9:11 a.m.
Boston Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli's thoughts on July 1: "We’re going to sit back...History has shown that whenever there’s people talking about being reluctant and conservative going into this period there’s always people that will pay...unless something drastic changes you won’t see aggressive moves by us to start."

You can listen to the rest of that conversation here:   Chiarelli Pre-Free Agency Conference Call

8:32 a.m.

Scott Gomez's brief New York tenure ended Tuesday June 30, 2009 when the star center was traded by the Rangers to the Montreal Canadiens as part of a six-player deal including Chris Higgins. (AP Photo/David Dup
"Who knows?"

That was my answer to friends who aks, "What do you think the Bruins will do on July 1?"

And now that the big day is here, "Who Knows?" is still my answer.

There are just too many moving parts to predict how the B's will look when the club finally returns to Ristuccia Arena in September. There are too many variables -- salary cap being the most important -- to give any sort of prediction.

It's Canada Day in the land up above, but even if it were not a national holiday (akin to July 4th in the states), July 1 has become another one of those days which, like trade deadline day, will have hockey fans around North America watching their computer screens.

The action has started early, and what with Scott Gomez going to Montreal in exchange for Chris Higgins, there is already plenty of news and speculation.

What I do know is this -- when and if the Bruins do make a move or a signing you'll have all of the facts right here.

BTW: My friends on Twitter stand a good chance of knowing the news before anyone. JB
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