Jeremy Lauzon heads out to meet team executives after being chosen 52nd overall by the Boston Bruins during the second round of the NHL hockey draft, Saturday, June 27, 2015, in Sunrise, Fla. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)
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Video: Bruins prospect Lauzon suffers neck laceration during QMJHL playoffs

A scary incident took place during the QMJHL playoffs on Friday night, when Rouyn-Noranda Huskies defenseman (Bruins prospect) Jeremy Lauzon suffered a neck laceration against the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada.

Lauzon got tangled up behind the net when an opponent’s skate caught him in the neck.

To watch the incident, click here

Lauzon underwent surgery on Friday night and thankfully, he’s “out of danger” according to TSN hockey insider Bob McKenzie.

The 18-year-old was discharged from hospital this morning, per a team release (in French).

Here’s a translated version of the release:

After the incident that occurred in Friday night’s game between the Huskies and the Armada, Jeremy Lauzon was discharged from the hospital this morning. 

He was cut in the throat by a skate during Friday’s game. He was immediately transported to hospital so that he could have surgery. 

Jeremy Lauzon, the team doctor, Dr. Michel Parayre and the organization will meet the media Monday morning at 11:00 a.m. to answer questions and to give more details about Jeremy’s rehab.

Lauzon was Boston’s second round draft pick, 52nd overall, in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.

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    Avs’ Rantanen, Bruins’ Vatrano split AHL outstanding rookie award

    Mikko Rantanen, Tim Jackman

    Colorado and Boston had their season end on down notes — both missed the playoffs for the second consecutive year — but each club received some positive news on Thursday, as Mikko Rantanen and Frank Vatrano shared the AHL’s outstanding rookie award.

    More, from the AHL:

    Rantanen has had a remarkable 2015-16 season despite being one of the youngest players in the AHL. The 10th overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, Rantanen leads all AHL rookies in scoring and is tied for sixth overall with 60 points (24 goals, 36 assists) for San Antonio, recording at least one point in 42 of his 51 AHL games.

    Vatrano has also had a historic first season as a professional, highlighted by his league-leading 34 goals in 34 games for Providence. Bidding to become just the fourth AHL player ever to average a goal a game in a 30-goal season, Vatrano has added 17 assists to give him 51 points, good for a league-best 1.50 points per contest, and he has recorded three hat tricks on the year, including tying an AHL record with three unassisted goals in a single game on Mar. 6 vs. Portland.

    Rantanen, 19, also got a taste of NHL life this season, appearing in nine games — including a few down the stretch, when the Avs were fighting for their playoff lives (and Matt Duchene and Nathan MacKinnon were out injured). All told, the future looks pretty bright.

    Vatrano, 22, seems to have a bright future as well. He had an even bigger role in Boston this year than Rantanen did in Colorado — 39 games — and acquitted himself well offensively, with eight goals and 11 points.

    Julien will be back behind Bruins bench; Sweeney has ‘work to do’


    Claude Julien will be back behind the Bruins bench next season. Boston’s GM, Don Sweeney, said so this morning at a press conference, where he sat alongside his head coach and sung his praises.

    “I believe in Claude as a coach,” said Sweeney. “I think our core principles align very well.”

    But after the disappointment of missing the playoffs for the second straight season, there will be at least one change to Julien’s staff, and there could be more coming.

    “Doug Houda will not be back,” Sweeney said of the long-time assistant, while noting that there are other assistants who are currently without contracts.

    When asked where it all went wrong this season, Julien pointed to his team’s failures to get results in the big games. He used the Winter Classic as a prime example. (Boston, you’ll recall, was blown out by the Canadiens at Gillette Stadium. At the time, Julien called it “one of our worst games at the worst time.”)

    As for the offseason?

    “I have work to do,” said Sweeney. “There’s no question that we have areas that we want to address.”

    Expect the defense to be one area that he’ll try to improve. The Bruins went young on the blue line for this season, and things didn’t work out as planned.

    In a potentially related story, Sweeney wrote a letter to Bruins season ticket-holders this morning, in which he shared the following:

    “One of our objectives last year was to improve our salary cap situation, and through various trades and signings, we were able to accomplish this. We now have some cap flexibility heading into the offseason and this summer’s free agency planning period. This will allow us to re-sign players or make competitive offers to free agents on the market that we believe will help our club.”

    Still, despite seeing a clear need to make some changes, Sweeney does not believe the Bruins need a “major overhaul.” He thinks it’s important to remain patient with the organization’s youth, using 19-year-old David Pastrnak as an example.

    “We have a very, very bright future with a number of young players that we have,” he said. “It’s rightfully so to be excited about that, but it’s also imperative to be patient to allow them to hit their ceilings.”

    A pending UFA, Bruins’ Eriksson in wait-and-see mode


    The Boston Bruins decided not to trade Loui Eriksson at the deadline. Now, after missing the playoffs, it’s very possible they’ll have to watch him walk away for nothing.

    Eriksson, 30, is a pending unrestricted free agent who’s coming off a 30-goal season. There’s already speculation that a team like Vancouver could be interested.

    “I feel good about where I am in my game,” Eriksson told CSN New England. “It’s a big decision, where I end up. So, we’ll see what’s going to happen this summer. I had three great years [in Boston], and we’ll see what’s going to happen here this summer. That’s all I can say.”

    Because he’s now on the wrong side of 30, a major factor in whatever deal Eriksson signs will be term.

    From the Boston Herald:

    It’s not impossible that some team might go to five years and $30 million — which would likely be too much for the Bruins’ taste. But it does seem probable that general manager Don Sweeney will make a serious offer. It’ll then be up to Eriksson whether he wants to stay, or chase the bigger bucks of the open market.

    If Eriksson leaves, it could make it very important that the B’s sign Harvard free-agent winger Jimmy Vesey — who conceivably could step into Eriksson’s role.

    There are a handful of other pending UFA wingers that may — repeat: may — be available this summer, including 26-year-old Mikkel Boedker and 27-year-olds Milan Lucic and Kyle Okposo.

    Andrew Ladd and Troy Brouwer, both the same age as Eriksson, could also end up hitting the market.

    Related: Salary cap estimate for next season falls to $74 million, with one notable assumption

    Bruins bits: Surgery for David Krejci, B’s sign Danton Heinen

    Boston Bruins center David Krejci (46), of the Czech Republic, reacts as Minnesota Wild defenseman Marco Scandella (6) celebrates his go-ahead goal in the third period of an NHL hockey game in Boston, Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014. The Wild won 4-3. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    The Boston Bruins held their season-ending media availability on Monday, so there’s no shortage of information trickling in. The team website has the full bounty here.

    If you’d rather forego some clicking for a little bit of scrolling, let’s touch on some of the high points.

    • David Krejci said that he’ll undergo surgery on his left hip, which would be a procedure that is similar to what he experienced six years ago for his right hip.

    The talented playmaker admitted that his hip bothered him for about the last 20 games, although the Bruins’ medical staff was able to keep him game-ready.

    Last time around, Krejci needed four months to recover, yet he hopes that this time will be speedier (despite him being six years older). We’ll see.

    • The Bruins signed University of Denver forward Danton Heinen to a three-year, entry-level contract. For a quick overview on Heinen, click here and here.
    • It sounds like Tuukka Rask was merely dealing with a “stomach bug.” The Bruins provided other injury updates in their wrap-up.
    • The B’s assigned the following players to the AHL:

    Finally, some assorted postmortems:

    The Bruins cleared up a lot of things on Monday. Of course, the biggest question – the future for head coach Claude Julien – still lingers in the air like the feelings of disappointment from missing the playoffs.