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Bruins sign Jeremy Lauzon to two-year, $1.7 million contract extension

Bruins sign Jeremy Lauzon to two-year, $1.7 million contract extension

The Boston Bruins have made a commitment to one of their young defensemen.

The team announced Friday it has signed Jeremy Lauzon to a two-year, $1.7 million contract extension. The 22-year-old defenseman will have an annual salary cap hit of $850,000. He would have been a restricted free agent this summer without an extension.

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Lauzon made his NHL debut last season and played 16 games for the Bruins. He's played in seven games for Boston this season, tallying one goal and 10 shots with an average ice time of 14:25 per contest. 

The Bruins selected him in the second round (52nd overall) of the 2015 NHL Draft. 

Bruins general manager Don Sweeney should be a busy man ahead of the Feb. 24 NHL trade deadline. He also has a busy summer ahead with more defensemen to consider re-signing. Veteran blueliners Torey Krug and Kevan Miller both are eligible for unrestricted free agency in July, while Matt Grzelcyk and prospect Jakob Zboril are able to become a restricted free agents at that time.

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Bruins legend Bobby Orr has kind words for Mass General employees battling COVID-19

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Bruins legend Bobby Orr has kind words for Mass General employees battling COVID-19

Count Bobby Orr among the athletes that are offering their thanks to those battling the coronavirus.

Orr wrote a letter to Massachusetts General Hospital thanking the people involved in the battle against COVID-19. Here's a look at some of what the legendary Boston Bruins defenseman had to say in his letter, per Mass General's official website.

Undoubtedly, the days and weeks ahead will test us all in many ways. But none will be tested more than those of you who continue to manage, treat and research the virus day after day after day. Given your efforts and expertise, I have great confidence in the eventual outcome of this pandemic, in no small measure because of the excellence I have personally witnessed at Mass General.

To all of you, please ... keep on fighting the good fight, and thank you so much for all you do.

That is certainly a kind gesture by Orr and one that echoes how thankful a lot of people are for the dedication of these hospital staffers during these incredibly difficult times.

Bruce Cassidy 'thinks it all comes back quickly' for Bruins if NHL returns

Bruce Cassidy 'thinks it all comes back quickly' for Bruins if NHL returns

The Boston Bruins last played competitive hockey on Tuesday, March 10, a 2-0 win over the Philadelphia Flyers. Shortly after that, the NHL suspended operations amid the global coronavirus pandemic. And at this point in time, it's unclear when -- or if -- the league will resume the 2020 season.

But Bruce Cassidy isn't letting that bother him too much. The Bruins head coach knows that the decision is out of his control, but the team's potential is what's keeping him motivated as the suspension drags on.

"We’re not done. We have a lot left in us. A good team, a good chance to win a Stanley Cup and that’s what motivates me," Cassidy said, per The Athletic's Joe McDonald. "The powers that be will decide that down the road and hopefully we get our opportunity."

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And if the Bruins do get that chance, Cassidy doesn't expect it to take long for the team to get back in the swing of things.

"Once we get together I think it all comes back quickly," Cassidy said. "We’ve all been through this for a long time, so for us getting back into work mode will be an easy transition."

The B's are a veteran-laden team, so the time off may benefit them more as they get fully healthy and recover from a long NHL season. Still, it's worth wondering how long it may take for them to get their legs underneath them if the season does start up again.

But given their torrid start to the season, in which they scored points in 13 of 14 games after playing into the summer in the battle for a Stanley Cup, they should have a good chance to come out well-rested and ready to go as Cassidy expects.

That said, there's no timetable on a potential return for the NHL. And until then, the B's will have to wait and mentally prepare for what will hopefully another long summer of hockey.