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Boychuk finds his place on Bruins blue line

Boychuk found place on defense

MONTREAL - Johnny Boychuk, who is a fixture on the Bruins blue line these days, arrived at his first Boston training camp in September 2008 not really knowing whether he even fit into the team’s plans. But the one thing he did know, for certain, is how the front office perceived his abilities.

“The first words out of Don Sweeney’s mouth were, ‘We want you as a defenseman,’ ’’ Boychuk recalled last night, the ink barely dry on his new three-year, $10 million contract extension that will start in October. “I just breathed this big sigh of relief and said, ‘Thank you.’ ’’

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