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Cam Neely on Bruce Cassidy extension: "We want to get it done"

Cam Neely on Bruce Cassidy extension: "We want to get it done"

Bruce Cassidy's contract extension has been one of the main storylines of the Bruins' offseason following a Game 7 loss to the Blues in the Stanley Cup Final. 

Cassidy is entering the final year of his deal, and while it was reported in June that his extension was in Boston's plans for the summer, a deal hasn't been reached yet. 

When talking with Joe Haggerty Thursday night about all things Bruins, Cam Neely assured the Bruins want to get Cassidy a new contract. 

"He’s important to our club, and like anything, we want to get him done just like we want to get Charlie (McAvoy) and Brandon (Carlo) done," Neely said. "I don’t anticipate us having any problems with Butch. I feel comfortable that he’ll be ready for training camp (laughs)." 

In three seasons under Cassidy, the Bruins have finished with 100 points twice and have improved their playoff finish each year. Throughout the 2018 playoffs, the Bruins showed impressive resiliency under their head coach, winning two Game 6's on the road down 3-2 and gutting out a series win over Columbus despite a 2-1 series deficit. 

It seems like Cassidy's contract will get sorted out sooner or later,  and Bruins fans can feel comfort in knowing their head coach will be ready for camp. 

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Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron, Zdeno Chara lead NHL in plus-minus this decade

Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron, Zdeno Chara lead NHL in plus-minus this decade

The Boston Bruins were the NHL's best team before the league hit pause on the 2019-20 season due to the coronavirus, and it's not hard to see why. 

The B's are one of the best defensive teams in the entire NHL. They have allowed the least goals with 167 and rank eighth in shots against per games played with 30.  

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Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron and Zdeno Chara are a big reason why Boston has found plenty of defensive success over the last decade. The trio ranks one, two and three in plus-minus from the 2010-11 season to the 2019-20 campaign. 

Although those three have the best plus-minus in the league, a majority of the B's 2019-20 roster is solid defensively. 

If the NHL season does resume at some point, you can bet on the Bruins being just as good as they were before the league hit pause. 

 

Bruins prospect Jeremy Swayman named Hobey Baker finalist

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Bruins prospect Jeremy Swayman named Hobey Baker finalist

Bruins prospect Jeremy Swayman will begin his professional career once the NHL regular season pause is over, but the goaltending prospect has already ended his college career in style.

The University of Maine goaltender was named one of three Hobey Baker finalists as the top player in all of NCAA hockey this past season after a tremendous year with the Black Bears.

Swayman, a fourth round draft pick of the Boston Bruins in 2017, finished up his junior season in Orono by playing over 2,000 minutes and leading the nation in saves (a school-record 1,099) with a 2.07 goals against average and a .939 save percentage (second in the country).  

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Swayman earned Hockey East Player of the Year and Mike Richter Finalist honors in addition to being named a Hobey Baker finalist and leaves the Black Bears in the same rarified air as fellow Maine alums like Ben Bishop and Jimmy Howard.

The 21-year-old Swayman signed an entry level contract with the Bruins last month and will embark on his professional career once hockey has resumed. Swayman obviously will be in need of some development at the pro level before he’s considered NHL material in Boston, but he’ll be in the pipeline to be the heir apparent to the No. 1 gig in Boston along with fellow prospects Daniel Vladar and Kyle Keyser.

Swayman joins University of Minnesota Duluth defenseman Scott Perunovich and University of North Dakota forward Jordan Kawaguchi as the three finalists up for college hockey’s top honor, which will be announced on April 11.