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Hockey That Will Happen: Providence Bruins' Schedule Released By AHL

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Of note, things that will happen this year in Providence: -12 games against Worcester -12 games against Manchester -That's 30% of all games played against two teams -Why -10 games against Springfield -Only 4 against St. John, who are IN THEIR DIVISION -No games against Western Conference teams

Lokomotiv's KHL Return

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Good for them after such a tragedy! from Puck Daddy!

Missing hockey-loving cat, named Bergie, in Medford

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Puck Daddy had the link to this...it's a missing kitteh, and it's named after Patrick Cleary Bergeron, so we need to get him home! Keep an eye out if you're in the area.

Preds match Flyers' Shea Weber offersheet

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No Weber in the East? Well that's good news.

Bruins Sign Former Blue Jackets Defenseman Aaron Johnson To One-Year, Two-Way Contract

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From the press release: Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today, July 18, that the club has signed defenseman Aaron Johnson to a one-year, two-way contract through the 2012-13 season. Johnson’s contract is worth $650,000 at the NHL level and $105,000 at the AHL level. Johnson, a 6’1", 204-pound defenseman, skated in 56 games with the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2011-12, registering three goals and setting NHL career highs with 13 assists and 16 points, while collecting 16 penalty minutes. This is exactly what it looks like: cheap defensive depth. Providence struggled mightily on the blueline last year, with a younger defense corps than in any prior year. Johnson has 10-32=42 totals in the NHL in 172 career games, and 26-83=109 totals in the AHL in 215 career games. If nothing else, this will provide the Bruins' bottom pairing with some healthy competition.

Bruins Re-sign Matt Bartkowski To One Year, Two-Way Deal

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From the press release: "Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today, July 12, that the club has signed defenseman Matt Bartkowski to a one-year, two-way contract through the 2012-13 season. Bartkowski’s deal is worth $660,000 at the NHL level and $62,500 at the AHL level." Bartkowski doesn't project to be anything incredible at the NHL level, but this gives him the chance to prove himself. Not a bad deal.

Tobacco and the Bruins

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I've already spent too much time today searching this site for Camel Mud & Monster Series info, so I'll let you guys peruse this search listing and find what interesting stuff exists for tobacco sponsorships for the B's.

Bruins sign Garnet Exelby, Lane MacDermid for additional depth in Providence

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From the Bruins' press release: "Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today, July 11, that the club has signed defenseman Garnet Exelby and forward Lane MacDermid to one-year, two-way contracts through the 2012-13 season. Exelby’s contract is worth $600,000 at the NHL level and $130,000 at the AHL level over the course of the deal. MacDermid’s contract is worth $600,000 at the NHL level and $70,000 at the AHL level." Again, like Christian Hanson, Exelby is a depth signing to assist in Providence. MacDermid has an opportunity to develop into a good third-or-fourth liner down the road; good to see that the Bruins retain his services for the next year.

Bruins Sign Christian Hanson To One Year, Two-Way Contract

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The Bruins announced today that they signed Christian Hanson to a one-year, two-way contract. The 6'4, 220 pound center from Glens Falls, NY started his career with the Maple Leafs, playing primarily in their farm system for the AHL Marlies. He spent last season with the Hershey Bears, where he picked up 10 goals and 11 assists in 52 games. Don't expect to see Hanson up with Boston, and if you do, the situation is probably pretty dire. He's a depth signing to help in Providence. Interestingly enough, the press release issued by the team directly states: " Hanson’s contract will be worth $600,000 at the NHL level and $105,000 at the AHL level." It's pretty nice that teams are revealing contract numbers now instead of saying that the numbers will not be disclosed at this time. (And yes, he is related to Dave Hanson, who played one of one of the Hanson brothers from Slap Shot. Expect the number of Chiefs jerseys at Providence games to bump up a little.)

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