, Gloucester, MA

July 1, 2013

Crunch Time

Gloucester Daily Times

---- — Bruins changes

The Eastern Conference champion Boston Bruins will have a few familiar and productive faces playing elsewhere next season.

Last week the team informed forward Jaromir Jagr, defenseman Andrew Ference and forward Jay Pandolfo that they would not be signing them to a new contract. Over the weekend the Bruins also learned that Nathan Horton will be leaving as a free agent as well.

Horton, who has been one of the team’s most clutch performers in his three years in Boston, understandably wants to cash in one more time in free agency and will have a number of teams looking to acquire his services. He is a guy that the Bruins must find a suitable replacement for.

The loss of Ference will also hurt as he epitomized the team’s attitude and was one of its unquestioned leaders. The emergence of young defensemen Torrey Krug, Matt Bartkowski and Dougie Hamilton, however, made Ference expendable.

As good as Jagr was the team should be able to sign a suitable replacement for him as well.

Ferriero traded

Essex native Benn Ferriero is on the move again. The 26 year old forward, who played last season in the Penguins and Rangers systems appearing in four games for New York, was traded from the Rangers to the Minnesota Wild for defenseman Justin Falk Sunday in a pre-draft deal.

Ferriero had an assist in four games in the NHL last year and scored 30 points in 54 AHL games. In his four year professional career the former Governor Dummer and Boston College standout has played in 96 NHL games scoring 14 goals and nine assists. He is most known for scoring a game winning goal in game two of the Western Conference semifinals for the San Jose Sharks on his 24th Birthday two seasons ago.

Couple more weeks

The Celtics blockbuster deal with the Nets involving Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett has been agreed to, but can not be made official until July 12. The new league year begins on July 10, when Pierce’s salary goes from $17M to $15M.

-Compiled Nick Curcuru