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STH Tales: The Ultimate Gentleman

Schmidt's genuine demeanor made him a favorite for Season Ticket Holder Phil Coombes

by Eric Russo @erusso22 / - Phil Coombes has only been a Bruins Season Ticket Holder for about a decade. When the Plymouth, Mass., native first purchased a 10-game ticket package in 2009, the legendary Milt Schmidt had been retired for some 55 years.

Schmidt, however, never stopped being an ambassador for the game or the Black & Gold and is the only person to serve the team as a player, captain, coach, and general manager.

For decades after his career came to an end, he represented the Bruins with class, dignity, and respect everywhere he went - which is exactly why someone who never watched him play developed such an affinity for the man whose No. 15 hangs in the TD Garden rafters.

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Kuhlman Looking to Build His Offensive Game

With two-year contract signed, winger is focused on improving his finishing touch

by Eric Russo @erusso22 / - The Bruins took care of another restricted free agent on Tuesday, locking up winger Karson Kuhlman with a two-year contract worth an NHL cap hit of $725,000. It is a two-way deal for the upcoming 2020-21 campaign and a one-way deal for the 2021-22 season.

Kuhlman, who is the third RFA to be signed by Boston this offseason after Matt Grzelcyk and Jakub Zboril, certainly has some competition to secure a spot on the right side. In addition to David Pastrnak, Ondrej Kase, and Chris Wagner, the Bruins signed right-shot winger Craig Smith earlier this month, while fellow youngster and unsigned RFA Zach Senyshyn will also be angling for playing time.

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With New Deal Secured, Grzelcyk Ready to Step Up

Blue liner is likely to see some added responsibility on Boston's back end

by Eric Russo @erusso22 / - Matt Grzelcyk isn't quite sure if he'll be treating himself to anything grand after signing a new $14.75 million deal with the Bruins over the weekend. But there is one thing he can say for certain: his parents, John and Kathleen, will be the first beneficiaries of anything he does decide to acquire.

"They're the main reason I'm in the position I'm in right now and I'm so thankful to have two great parents like them and be surrounded by so many great people in my life. "I feel very blessed to be in this position," said the Charlestown native, who won't be straying from his family - many of whom still live in the shadows of TD Garden - any time soon with that four-year contract now official.

"Being from here and having the opportunity to play for the Bruins means so much to me," added Grzelcyk. "It wasn't about wanting to bet on myself and try to get the most money possible…I had the mindset of I wanted to be locked up and have that security and remain in Boston as long as I can."

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Sweeney: Grzelcyk Has 'Pretty Good Opportunity Moving Forward'

Blue liner, signed to four-year contract, could have elevated role on Bruins' back end

by Eric Russo @erusso22 / - Don Sweeney acknowledged that there was some work to do to bridge the gap with Matt Grzelcyk's camp as they negotiated a new deal for the 26-year-old restricted free agent. But with an arbitration hearing looming on Tuesday, the two sides dug in and eventually came to terms on a new deal on Saturday afternoon that will keep the blue liner in Boston for four more years at an annual cap hit of $3.6875 million.

"It took a while to find a landing spot. There are a lot of variables in play," Sweeney said during a video conference call following the signing. "As far as how far apart we were, we had a gap. We had to breach some things. We had to work at it. And I'm thankful to [agent] Peter Fish and Matt for working through it. And all the work that [Bruins assistant general manager] Evan Gold did in a pre-brief situation as well as working with the arbiter, the lawyers.

"We understood firmly where the [arbitration] case may land, but then it's up to an arbitrator to make that decision, so you never know exactly where that is going to be finalized. And we preferred to pursue it at a longer-term deal. We were fortunate enough to get that done."

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McAvoy Caddies for Childhood Friend on Korn Ferry Tour

Bruins blue liner helps James Nicholas at Orange County National Championship

by Eric Russo @erusso22 / - Charlie McAvoy is somewhat of a golf novice.

The Bruins blue liner has taken up the sport over the last few years and has quickly come to enjoy it. As such, his game is still growing, but that didn't stop him from jumping at a pretty unique opportunity.

McAvoy traveled to Florida late last week and caddied for childhood friend James Nicholas during the Orange County National Championship on the Korn Ferry Tour, the developmental wing of the PGA Tour. Nicholas, a 23-year-old rookie on the Korn Ferry, shot 68-70 (4-under) over the first two rounds, missing the cut by two strokes. 

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Sweeney: 'We're Certainly Exploring All Avenues'

Bruins GM touches on Smith addition, Krug departure, and more

by Eric Russo @erusso22 / - Bruins general manager Don Sweeney met with the media on Saturday afternoon to discuss a number of topics surrounding the opening of NHL free agency. Here's a rundown of his remarks, which included thoughts on the departure of Torey Krug and negotiations with Zdeno Chara.

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Getting to Know: Craig Smith

Winger had spent entire nine-year career with Nashville Predators

by Eric Russo @erusso22 / -When Patrice Bergeron comes calling, it seems pretty safe to say that it's usually a sign of good things to come.

And that's exactly how it played out for veteran winger Craig Smith this weekend. Shortly after the opening of free agency on Friday afternoon, the 31-year-old received a call from the Bruins alternate captain pitching him on the team's culture and objectives for the future.

Smith was impressed and intrigued by the possibilities of playing for the Black & Gold and competing for a Stanley Cup. And on Saturday morning, Smith made his decision, signing a three-year deal with the Bruins worth a $3.1 million annual cap hit.

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It's Been a Long Road Back for Miller

Veteran defenseman, sidelined for 18 months, signs one-year deal with Bruins

by Eric Russo @erusso22 /

BOSTON - There were times over the last year when Kevan Miller thought he might never play hockey again. As he grinded through endless hours of grueling rehab, he would wonder to himself if any of it was really going to work, if the physical pain and sacrifice through four knee surgeries was really worth it.

The doubt in his mind was real. And so was the regret, as he played over in his head the Bruins' Game 7 loss to the St. Louis Blues in the 2019 Stanley Cup Final, believing that had he been healthy, he could have helped his teammates to a title.

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2020 NHL Draft: A Pick-By-Pick Scouting Report

All four Bruins selections are American-born and college-bound

by Eric Russo @erusso22 /

BOSTON - The future of the Black & Gold is starting to look pretty red, white, and blue.

Already with 13 Americans on the NHL roster - among the highest totals in the league - the Bruins loaded up the system with a few more on Wednesday afternoon, selecting four players from the United States during the 2020 NHL Draft.

Mason Lohrei (58th overall, Wisconsin), Trevor Kuntar (89th, New York), Mason Langenbrunner (151st, Minnesota), and Riley Duran (182nd, Massachusetts) - all bound for college hockey - rounded out the B's Class of 2020, making it the first all-American draft in team history.

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Getting to Know: Mason Langenbrunner

Blue liner is a familiar face for the Bruins organization

by Eric Russo @erusso22 / - The Boston Bruins selected defenseman Mason Langenbrunner with the 151st overall pick on Wednesday afternoon during the fifth round of the 2020 NHL Draft.

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