Kelly, Bruins on course for 4-year deal

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Kelly, Bruins on course for 4-year deal

While the report from RDS that the NHL rejected Chris Kellys four-year, 12 million contract extension may be true, its also something that Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli addressed in a Wednesday afternoon conference call with reporters.
The Bruins announced Kellys contract as agreed in principle on Wednesday while Gregory Campbells three-year contract was officially announced as a done deal. Chiarelli further said that the Bruins couldnt make the four-year contract with Kelly official until July 1 due to a payroll tagging issue, but nothing would deter the two sides from getting the deal done then.
The Bs general manager never openly admitted that the NHL had rejected Kellys extension, but anyone reading between the lines should have come up with assertion all the same.
Weve got a commitment from Kelly for four years, but were not able the register that contract yet. We have to wait because of payroll tagging issues, admitted Chiarelli during a conference call with reporters on Wednesday afternoon. That will be something we do on July 1. He has my commitment, hes given me his commitment, and were ecstatic to have him for four years.
Chiarelli later elaborated on what payroll tagging consists of, and its a formula created by the NHL to regulate the combination of expiring contracts and new deals that only pop up in June on the cusp of free agency.
Its a salary cap thing. Its called tagging room about future commitments. Because of that we wont be able to register until July 1, said Chiarelli. Basically its a formula based on the salary cap, expiring contracts and future commitments.
Conspiracy theorists might want to turn the RDS news nugget into Kellys extension falling apart with the Bruins, and perhaps some cap-obsessed fans might actually hope that goes down with the four-year commitment between Boston and the third line pivot.
But any tagging room issues between Kelly and the Bruins will disappear when the two-way pivot signs his four-year contract on July 1.

Bruins don't poll well in latest New England Sports survey

Bruins don't poll well in latest New England Sports survey

It’s no secret Bruins fans are getting fed up with a hockey team in decline, one that’s missed the playoffs each of the last two years. Now there are numbers to prove it.

Channel Media and Market Research, Inc. came out with its annual New England Sports survey,  tabulating responses from over 14,600 polled, and, according to the numbers, the Bruins are dropping in popularity, fan support and faith in the current management group.

The B’s are holding somewhat steady with 16 percent of voters listing them as their “favorite sports team” behind the Patriots (46 percent) and Red Sox (29 percent) while ahead of the Celtics and Revolution. Claude Julien also ranked ahead of John Farrell among the big four teams in the “coaches/manages most admired” category.

But after sitting at a relative high of ranking at 27 percent for “ownership performance” in 2014 -- they year after their trip to the Cup Finals against the Blackhawks -- the Bruins now rank dead last in that category at 2 percent, behind the Patriots, Red Sox, Celtics and even the Revolution. Ouch, babe.

Also sitting at a lowly 2 percent is Bruins president Cam Neely in the “leadership performance” category. In "management performance," Neely has dropped from a solid 49 percent in 2014 to just 16 percent in this summer’s survey.

So B’s fans are clearly upset with a team that traded away Tyler Seguin, Johnny Boychuk, Milan Lucic and Dougie Hamilton, and has featured a decimated defense corps for each of the last two seasons. But do the B’s fans think that things are getting any better with prospects coming down the pipeline?

Not really.

In the “which team has done the best job making its product better.” category, the Patriots (35 percent) and Red Sox (31 percent) were resting at the top, with the Celtics (27 percent) a respectable third. The Bruins limped in at just 4 percent with a fan base that very clearly sees that, on paper, this upcoming season’s club doesn’t appear to be much better than last year's.

On top of that, only 13 percent of those surveyed believe the Bruins have gotten better over the last year, and 52 percent believe they’ve just gotten worse. A lowly 3 percent of those surveyed think the Bruins have the best chance of the five teams to bring a world championship back to Boston; the Patriots (79 percent), Red Sox (11 percent) and Celtics (5 percent) all ranked higher.

Finally, Zdeno Chara, Tuukka Rask and Jimmy Hayes were at the top of the list of the Boston athletes “who did not meet expectations” last season. None of that is a surprise, given the state of Boston’s defense along with Hayes’ subpar season.

The good news for the Bruins: They still have a passionate fan base. But they need to start reversing course immediately before they do lasting damage to the B’s brand.

Wednesday, August 24: B's dealing with post-Vesey aftermath

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Wednesday, August 24: B's dealing with post-Vesey aftermath

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading with the Olympics coming to a close . . .
 
-- FOH (Friend of Haggs) Kirk Luedeke sorts through the aftermath for the Bruins after losing out on Jimmy Vesey

-- Detroit Red Wings GM Ken Holland gave an interview where he said the Red Wings aren’t Stanley Cup contenders this season. 

-- Related to Holland’s comments, some of the media in Detroit aren’t taking the dose of reality all that well

-- It’s a big season for New Jersey Devils forward Kyle Palmieri, who will be starring for Team USA on the World Cup team. 

 -- PHT writer Cam Tucker says the Buffalo Sabres still have a strong group of forwards even without Jimmy Vesey.

-- Jamie Benn is giving everything to his Dallas Stars team, and that means that the World Cup of Hockey is taking a backseat
 
-- The Colorado Avalanche are nearing the end of their head coaching search as they look for their replacement for Patrick Roy.
 
-- For something completely different: NBC is making the argument that millenials watched the Olympics, but just not on the traditional formats