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May 17, 2013

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Selke Finalist

Bruins center Patrice Bergeron was officially named a finalist for the Frank J. Selke Trophy, given to the league’s top defensive forward.

Bergeron, who won the award for the first time in 2012, is joined by Jonathan Toews of the Chicago Blackhawks and Pavel Datsyuk of the Detroit Red Wings as the finalists for the award.

Bergeron is the top face-off man in the NHL and has a reputation as one of the league’s best penalty killers. Bruins head coach Claude Julien believes his center should be the favorite to win the award for the second straight year.

“I can tell you right now, I would be extremely disappointed and would’ve been vocal about it had he not been nominated,” Julien said. “This guy here is so good at both ends of the ice, and he keeps proving it year after year. There’s not too many guys in this league that can do what Patrice does.”

Love waived, signed

Kyle Love didn’t last long on the waiver wire. Just a day after the Patriots waived their starting defensive tackle, the Jacksonville Jaguars picked him up.

Love started 11 games for the Patriots in 2012 along side pro bowl tackle Vince Wilfork, he played nearly half of the Patriots offensive snaps. Love’s release came just days after he was diagnosed with type two diabetes, a disease that several NFL players including Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler play with. Love’s diagnosis, which caused him to lose a lot of weight during the offseason, was apparently a big factor in the Patriots decision to waive him.

Love along with recently released defensive tackle Brandon Deaderick appear to be the odd men out in a log jam at the position. Free agent signee Tommy Kelley and Canadian Football League import Armond Armstead figure to jump into the Patriots defensive line rotation this coming season.

-Compiled by Nick Curcuru

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