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Fresh off Stanley Cup loss, Bruins won’t use compliance buyouts: report

Jun 25, 2013, 11:15 PM EDT

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The Boston Bruins were two wins away from hoisting the Stanley Cup.

Instead, they felt the crushing blow of defeat, as the Chicago Blackhawks, in thrilling but improbable fashion, snatched the victory in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final.

That gave the Blackhawks the Stanley Cup championship for 2013. For the Bruins, the process has already shifted to the club’s off-season plans, and that includes the compliance buyout, which every team is allowed two.

The buyout period begins Wednesday, just 48 hours after the Bruins lost the silver chalice.

According to a report from Joe Haggerty of CSN New England, the Bruins will not use the buyouts.

Instead, the players would like to see the group stick together going forward.

“We say the same things every season,” Bruins forward Shawn Thornton told

“Some things are probably going to change in the offseason, but we’re a tight group in there. We get along and we’ve loved each other for the last few years. [The Stanley Cup Final loss] is a tough pill to swallow right now, that’s for sure.”

  1. kingsforever - Jun 25, 2013 at 11:31 PM

    Jeremy Jacobs, justice was served after your lockout antics

    • hockeyflow33 - Jun 26, 2013 at 1:28 AM

      You won’t find anyone who thinks the Jacobs family is filled with scumbags more than me but the lockout was actually very effective. Attendance was up everywhere, ratings were better everywhere and we got 8 years of labor peace. It sucks they canceled half the season but it did seem to be for the best.

      • hockeydon10 - Jun 26, 2013 at 8:34 AM

        The worst part was that in the end, they agreed to a deal that was nearly identical to the one from the beginning of December.

      • hockey412 - Jun 26, 2013 at 8:42 AM

        You’re crediting the growth of hockey to the lockout?

        Doing so implies that you have some type of idea of what attendance and ratings would have been without the lockout, yes?

        The long term deal is great – but I don’t think a lockout is necessary to get it. It would suck for fans to be in favor of the “we can’t make a deal, we’re too far apart” crap now. It basically guarantees that there WILL be a lockout in 8 years.

      • spitfisher - Jun 26, 2013 at 4:35 PM

        On a side note I enjoyed the shorter season, maybe 60 games would be best, start them in mid novemeber and end with the cup in May.
        every game became important this year

  2. garyleee - Jun 25, 2013 at 11:32 PM

    They should use it on Peverly

    • hockeyflow33 - Jun 26, 2013 at 1:25 AM

      Why? Even if you buyout him and Kelly, you haven’t really gained a whole lot of room compared to what you’ll still be paying

  3. giantssb42champs - Jun 25, 2013 at 11:43 PM

    They should use it on Julien.

    • wikidpissah - Jun 26, 2013 at 8:49 AM

      Sometimes it’s better to stay quiet and let people wonder if you’re a fool.

    • lordstanley65 - Jun 26, 2013 at 9:23 AM

      Or your mom.

  4. robt927 - Jun 26, 2013 at 12:01 AM

    Show Chara the door for his -5 +\- in the Finals. He is a big goon.

    • borgsng - Jun 26, 2013 at 12:51 AM

      He sure is

    • hockeyflow33 - Jun 26, 2013 at 1:24 AM

      I’m always glad they allow non-hockey fans to post in here too

      • mustangmach - Jun 26, 2013 at 2:08 AM

        Chara was obviously injured. He just plain refused to shoot or fire off a decently hard shot unless he was skating into the puck. I’m guessing he had a shoulder, or some other upper body injury. Check the last two games. He refused to fire from the point when he was stationary, over and over again.

      • hockey412 - Jun 26, 2013 at 8:43 AM

        I’ll bet you are! It gives you an outlet.

    • dboldave - Jun 26, 2013 at 7:27 AM

      Show me a defenseman who can shut down Toews/Bickell and Kane and I’ll be sure to lobby for his signing. Once the Hawks put this line together the Bruins had no answer for it. But I don’t believe any other team was able to stop them either. Chara is one of the best shut down D-men in the league and without him the Bruins aren’t in the finals.

      • greenmtnboy31 - Jun 26, 2013 at 3:07 PM

        Subban or Markov

  5. blackhawks2010 - Jun 26, 2013 at 12:28 AM

    Chara was victimized by Hawks, absolutely abused. Bottom line, Hawks skill, speed and depth too much to handle. Congrats to Bruins for winning 2 games against the best team in Hockey. Best of luck in 2014.

  6. bleedingteal4life - Jun 26, 2013 at 2:57 AM

    Blackhawks kicked major ass during the regular season, an even more ass during the playoffs. Better than the “LA” fluke in my opinion. Sure would like to see the sharks get the cup, but in reality it’s a long ways away. Kings didn’t deserve to win this year, or last year for that matter. All in all Chicago and Boston are great teams. Grats Chicago.

    • soldierone - Jun 26, 2013 at 3:40 AM

      I hate the Queens, but that doesn’t make me arrogant. They went to the Western finals and almost had another chance at the cup again. If they didn’t “deserve” to win it last year, then they wouldn’t have made it that far this year. Unlike Chicago which got knocked out first round last year, and will probably see that happen again when they have to play a full season next year. Heck their injuries were kicking in when the finals started, in a full season they would have had a massive dip because of it.

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    • greenmtnboy31 - Jun 26, 2013 at 3:09 PM

      Your mom makes more than that on my lap top.

  8. yousuxxors - Jun 26, 2013 at 3:18 AM

    is it two buyouts a year or just two till the next CBA?

    • soldierone - Jun 26, 2013 at 3:42 AM

      I believe its just this year due to the new CBA. In the old one, teams took advantage and signed players to outrageous deals that allowed them cap room. More years, with an offload at the end. The new CBA gets rid of that loophole, so the NHL said “fine, here is a way out of it, but you can only do it twice. “

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  10. nhstateline - Jun 26, 2013 at 7:57 AM

    Hard to think about it ? They have no choice nor do they have much of one on team building. The absolute only downside for both the Bruins and the Hawks getting to the Final this year is that there is almost half the off season gone between the late finish this season and the early start nest season. We’re talking three less weeks of off season than what the finalists usually get and that’s short as it is. I’m sure both teams’ hockey ops people have been working on these things throughout and I doubt either of them is swayed by a six game sample in the SCF. They’ll run with whatever plan they built for next year as the playoffs went along. Then there’s the whole issue around player recovery and off season conditioning. The Bruins are playing an exhibition game in Baltimore on 9.17. That’s 82 days after the finals ended. Figure training camp starts a few days before that and we’re in the high 70’s as far as number of days between seasons. Great for the fans but for the Bruin and Hawk players and coaches, this could be the two day bender Stanley Cup hangover. The only UFA they probably bring back is Horton and they may not be able to do that. They need spots for the young D so that dooms Ference, Svedberg will be a cheap backup goalie finishing off Khoudobin, And given that they added Soderberg, where would they put Jags ? Plus they have several young players in Providence who are either NHL ready or close so it’s the same problem resigning Ference has: doing it blocks a younger players development.

  11. malkinrulez - Jun 26, 2013 at 10:26 AM

    Buy out Aaron Hernandez! Whoops , wrong sport

  12. greenmtnboy31 - Jun 26, 2013 at 3:10 PM

    Mistake #1.

    Buy out Chara for a immediate improvement.

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