Monday, December 31, 2007

Krejci recalled and Sobotka sent down

Yesterday the Bruins recalled center David Krejci from the Providence Bruins (AHL) and assigned center Vladimir Sobotka to Providence (AHL). In today's game against the Thrashers, Krejci played well and picked up an assist as well. I think this was a good move as Sobotka was providing grit and energy but the Bruins right now need all the offense they can get.

The Bruins stopped their 6-game losing streak and are now 19-16-4 this season. The Bruins next game is on Thursday when they play against Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals.

Sunday, December 30, 2007

Lucic with a nice pass to Kessel

Even though the Bruins lost against the Hurricanes on Friday there was one play I wanted to show anyone who didn't get to see it. Bruins' rookie Milan Lucic made a beautiful pass to Phil Kessel, who scored his 10th goal of the season. I included the video of the pass and goal below. Lucic has made some nice passes in the past few games. He also made a sweet pass in the game against the Thrashers yesterday. I think Lucic going to be a special kind of player that the Bruins need to keep and get more players like him.

Phil Kessel scores assisted by Milan Lucic


You can download video of this goal here.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Lucic mailbag on The Hockey News

The Hockey News site has a Milan Lucic mailbag which I think is cool and interesting to read what Lucic has to say. Read all the questions and answers here. Below I quoted two questions and answers from the mailbag.

I'm always interested in how players pick their jersey number. How did you pick your No. 17?
J Purvis

The number I like and used the last three years in junior was No. 27. Obviously 27 was taken by Glen Murray, so I wanted to stay with the No. 7 because I was born on the seventh. So that’s why I use the No. 17.

Enjoy watching you play Milan, you bring a much-needed dynamic to this team. Which of your NHL fights was the toughest so far?
Peter S.

I’d say Raitis Ivanans of Los Angeles because he was the strongest of them all.

Injuries and call-ups

With the injuries that the Bruins have, there are now more. Fernandez and Bergeron are out for a long time, maybe even for the season. Adding onto the injury list is Andrew Alberts with post-concussion syndrome (missed last three games), Glen Murray with a hip flexor strain (suffered it in Thursday's game against the Penguins), and Aaron Ward with a broken foot (suffered it during Friday's practice). It was good to see Shawn Thornton come back from his injury and play against the Blues, where he had an ok fight against Blues' enforcer D.J. King.

On Friday, the Bruins recalled defenseman Matt Lashoff from the Providence Bruins (AHL). On Saturday, the Bruins recalled defenseman Matt Hunwick from the Providence Bruins (AHL). Both young defensemen will help the Bruins' D as injuries are hurting them right now.

Friday, December 14, 2007

Milan Lucic TKOs David Clarkson

Well I mentioned it last night in my blog post, but what a fight Milan Lucic had last night. He dropped the gloves with New Jersey Devils' David Clarkson and at the start of it they were trading punches. Clarkson looked to land more. But then Lucic landed a big right hand to Clarkson's face that stunned him. The refs then came in to save Clarkson from more of Lucic's punches. Watch the YouTube video of the fight below.

Milan Lucic vs David Clarkson

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Bruins injury update and game update

Earlier today Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli announced that goalie Manny Fernandez had successful surgery on his left knee and is likely out for the season. Quoted from a BostonHerald.com article, Chiarelli said:

"It's a relief, because we know he's going to be in shape for next year," B's general manager Peter Chiarelli said last night before his team's 4-3 win over the Thrashers. "It's likely that he'll be gone the whole year, maybe not, but he'll be ready for next year.

"It’s been a chronic thing all year and Manny felt he couldn't perform at 100 percent. He had to alter his style. I'm not ruling out him coming back this year, but we're under the assumption that with proper rehab, it's going to take the rest of the year."

Defenseman Andrew Ference came back the last game against the Atlanta Thrashers. It's good to have him back in the lineup. Marco Sturm is playing tonight against the New Jersey Devils. I have heard that Patrice Bergeron is slowly improving. Defenseman Bobby Allen is day-to-day with back spasms.

If I had to pick someone as best Bruin player playing in the past few games, I would pick either Marc Savard or Milan Lucic. Lucic may not have the numbers but he's definitely shown some good signs. Did you see the pass he made to Glen Murray in the Thrashers game? It was a sweet pass that I didn't expect from Lucic. Tonight he dropped the gloves with Devils' agitator David Clarkson and landed a punch that stunned Clarkson. The refs had to come in and save him. On the BostonHerald.com article page (link above) there is a poll that asked who was the Bruins player of the game on Wednesday night, and guess who leads the poll? Milan Lucic does, which is who I voted for.

Hopefully the Bruins can come back as they are losing 2-1 with 4 minutes left in the third period.

Update at 9:30 PM
The Bruins lost 3-1 against the Devils tonight. The Bruins next game is on Saturday against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Bruins defeat Sabres, lose Sturm

Nice 4-1 win last night by the Bruins against the Sabres. The Bruins took advantage of the Sabres' mistakes and capitalized on them. Rookie Milan Lucic picked up two assists in this game. His first assist, he stole the puck on a bad clear and made a sweet pass to Peter Schaefer and Schaefer scored his fifth goal of the season. Lucic had 15:35 of ice time, getting 2 assists, was a +2, was credited with 3 hits, and had 4 shots on goal. Bruins' goalie Alex Auld played great and surprised me. I didn't think he would play this well but he shut me up. Auld is playing awesome right now and so is the Bruins defense.

Bruins winger Marco Sturm was hit near the eye with a puck in the first period and did not return to the game. I must have missed this on television.

From Yahoo! Sports:

After the game, Boston coach Claude Julien said Sturm's eye was at first completely swollen shut, but shortly after was able to open it. Julien said he didn't believe Sturm would miss the Bruins' next game at Atlanta on Wednesday night.

"We didn't want to take a chance at putting him out there," Julien said.

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Bruins trade for goalie Alex Auld

It seems that Tim Thomas may be more injured than what I thought. Last night it looked like he hurt his ankle or groin near the end of the third period, and Tuukka Rask had to come into the game. So the Bruins traded forward Nate DiCasmirro from the Providence Bruins and a 5th round draft choice in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft to the Phoenix Coyotes for goalie Alex Auld. I could only find news on this trade on the Coyotes site here. From the site:

GLENDALE, ARIZONA -- Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have acquired forward Nate DiCasmirro and a 5th round draft choice in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft from the Boston Bruins in exchange for goaltender Alex Auld.

DiCasmirro, 29, registered 2-3-5 and 12 penalty minutes (PIM) in 20 games this season for the Providence Bruins of the American Hockey League (AHL). DiCasmirro has recorded 57-105-162 in 358 career AHL games with Hamilton, Toronto, Edmonton, Grand Rapids and Providence. He also has 9-10-19 and 44 PIM in 57 career playoff games. The Atikokan, Ontario native set career-highs in points (52), assists (36) and PIM (97) as a member of Grand Rapids during the 2005-06 season.

Auld registered a 3-6-0 record with a 3.54 goals against average (GAA), .880 save percentage (SV%) and one shutout in nine games with the Coyotes this season, his first in Phoenix. He also collected a 1-1-0 record with a 2.53 GAA, .906 SV% and one shutout this season with Phoenix’s AHL affiliate, the San Antonio Rampage. For his career, Auld has collected a 49-50-2-11 record with a 2.94 GAA, .901 SV% and three shutouts in 117 NHL games with Vancouver, Florida and Phoenix.

Auld was considered to be a good prospect a few years ago but he hasn't shown much with his time in the NHL so far. For a team that is the third worse so far this season (looking at the team points in the standings, Coyotes have 24, and are only ahead of the Kings and Capitals), and they traded away a goalie can only tell you what they thought of Auld. I'm hoping Rask gets most of the starts while Thomas is out, if he is out for any amount of time, and Auld is just here to backup Rask. Or maybe Thomas is fine and the Bruins want to send Rask back down to Providence for him to play more, and have Auld backup Thomas. I guess we'll find out soon.

The Bruins play the Montreal Canadiens in Boston tonight. Should be a good one, against those pansies and divers.

Update at 6:00pm
I just noticed on the Bruins site they also mentioned the trade. Tim Thomas has a slight groin pull and will be out of the lineup until next week. Also goalie Manny Fernandez has been placed on long-term injured reserve and has been assigned to the Providence Bruins (AHL) for conditioning.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Chiarelli disappointed about Hartnell suspension

Bruins' GM is disappointed about another suspension on a Flyers' player that injured a Bruin. He is disappointed about the latest suspension of Scott Hartnell because of his hit on Andrew Alberts. Chiarelli had this to say (source):

"The hit was completely unnecessary," said Chiarelli. "I did see [Hartnell] first kind of hold up, but then, after holding up, he followed through with his elbow. That's a classic head shot - and it easily could have been avoided."

Noting that he respects the league's disciplinary procedures, Chiarelli nonetheless said he is "very disappointed at the length of suspension, as well as the fact that we are the victims here for a second time."

Here are some comments from Andrew Alberts about the hit (source same as above):

"I was taught from the time I was playing Pee Wee hockey that you don't hit a guy when he's on his knees," said Alberts. "I went down to make the block, and as I'm doing it, I see [Hartnell], and I'm thinking, 'No way is he going to hit me.' "

"That's a senseless play to rub me out there," said Alberts. "I don't get it. But, hey, what's done is done, I guess."

"I've always taken pride in the fact that I don't hit anyone while they're kneeling and I don't hit a guy's knees. But that's the way I learned. Maybe other guys learn different ways."

The next time these two teams meet is on Saturday, January 12, 2008. Reading Alberts' comments he sounds pissed about the hit, and no doubt he should be. I hope he goes after Hartnell the next time they play each other and get some revenge on that piece of ****.

Again the league didn't surprise me with their lame two-game suspension of Hartnell. That suspension is a joke just like the Randy Jones two-game suspension was.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Hartnell's cheapshot on Alberts gets him 2-game suspension

Well Flyers' Scott Hartnell was suspended today for only two games for his cheapshot on Andrew Alberts yesterday. So Hartnell only gets a two game suspension for elbowing Alberts in the head against the boards. After seeing what Randy Jones got after his cheapshot, I'm not surprised about this suspension either.

About the hit, Hartnell said:

"I did not try to hurt him," Hartnell said. "There was no intent at all. I am not that type of player. If you look at all the games this year and past years, I finish my checks every time I have an opportunity."

So Alberts has suffered a non-concussive head injury and is listed as day-to-day (source). If you haven't seen the cheapshot yet, you can watch the video below.

Scott Hartnell elbows Andrew Alberts in the head

Monday, November 26, 2007

Another Flyers cheapshot against the Bruins

As I'm typing this it's 5-3 Bruins with the lead. But the big story is that there was another cheapshot on another Bruins' player by a Flyers' player. This time it was Flyers' Scott Hartnell who elbowed Andrew Alberts in the head, while Alberts was on his knees against the boards. What the hell is wrong with some of these players? Alberts was on his knees against the boards and Hartnell sees this and still hits Alberts. Luckily Alberts was able to get up and go to the dressing room mostly on his own. Hartnell got a 5-minute boarding major and a game misconduct. Hopefully Hartnell gets suspended for this hit to make a statement that these head shots and hits from behind need to stop. But I'm expecting the league office to not do anything since Alberts was not carried off in a stretcher.

Before this cheapshot there was a hit by Ben Eager on Zdeno Chara which could also be seen as dirty. Eager hit Chara as Chara had his back to Eager and was passing or shooting the puck into the Flyers' zone. Aaron Ward didn't like it and went after Eager and challenged him to a fight but rather than dropping his gloves Eager elbowed Ward in the head. So Ward tackled and wrestled him down onto the ice and wouldn't let him up. Earlier in the game Eager fought Jeremy Reich and Reich got the decision in that one. Eager turtled in the end of that fight as he looked like he didn't want anything to do with Reich.

Update at 9:42PM
The game has just finished and the Bruins won 6-3.

Scott Hartnell elbowing Andrew Alberts' head into the boards
Scott Hartnell elbowing Andrew Alberts' head into the boards
(Picture courtesy of Getty images)

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Bruins recall Vladimir Sobotka

With Milan Lucic not going to play tonight, I believe because of precautionary reasons for the hit he took yesterday from Bryan Berard, have recalled center Vladimir Sobotka from the Providence Bruins (AHL).

More on Sobotka (source):

Sobotka, 20 years old, was assigned to Providence on September 23 and has played in 15 games for the P-Bruins. In this, his first AHL campaign, he has tallied seven goals, seven assists and a +/- rating of +10. A native of Trebic, Czech Republic, Sobotka was Boston's fifth pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft (106th overall).

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Bruins recall Rask and Hunwick

The Bruins recalled goalie Tuukka Rask from the Providence Bruins (AHL) on Thursday. Today the Bruins recalled defenseman Matt Hunwick from the Providence Bruins (AHL). Tonight the Bruins play at the Montreal Canadiens.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Bruins send Matt Hunwick down

The Bruins have assigned defenseman Matt Hunwick back down to the Providence Bruins (AHL). He played his first NHL game last Friday against the Sabres. Maybe with Matt Lashoff and now Hunwick being sent back down to Providence, defensemen Bobby Allen and Andrew Ference will be able to play on Thursday against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

According to a BostonHerald.com article, goalie Manny Fernandez will probably be the starter on Thursday against the Leafs, and defensemen Bobby Allen and Andrew Ference are probable for Thursday's game.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Ward speaks about the Bouillon cheap hit on him

Reading this BostonHerald.com article, Aaron Ward was quite open with his thoughts on the Francis Bouillon elbow to his head which gave him a concussion.

The below quotes are from article mentioned above, by Aaron Ward about the hit:

"I felt it was a cheap hit," Ward said. "I've watched it on video and I don't know how I can draw any other conclusion. But I've had past dealings with the National Hockey League. I've learned to set my expectations low. And they met them. Nothing is going to be done. It's done. It was deemed an accident."

Ward gave a shot there to the NHL and Colin Campbell. But it's a shot well deserved. There have been hits and things that players don't get suspended for or they get suspended for a low amount of games (such as the Randy Jones cheap shot on Patrice Bergeron).

Ward on the NHL not suspending Bouillon for his cheap shot:

"I'm not surprised with the end results," said Ward. "We've talked about taking head shots out of the game. It didn't happen. I've just got to move on at this point. But in my estimation I don't understand what's going on. The puck's 140 feet away on the other side of the rink. Why he comes out of the penalty box and veers toward me while I'm circling back to get out of the zone, I don't get. The videotape speaks for itself. The elbow comes up. I'm still at a loss to understand."

So Ward probably thinks the hit was intentional as I do, while Bouillon says it was accidental. Quote from Bouillon:

"I didn't see him," Bouillon said. "I was coming out of the (penalty) box and I was trying to get back into the play. I was looking at our net and all of a sudden I hit him (Ward). I didn't know how it happened but then I looked at our (video)tape and he was turning around and he didn't see me.

It will be interesting the next time these two teams meet, which is on Saturday, November 17th at Montreal, and if Ward and Bouillon will have some words or if Bouillon will stand up as a man and take responsibility for his cheap shot. But when you hit someone when they're not looking, that is not being a man at all.

Rask and Lashoff sent down

The Bruins sent recent callups, goalie Tuukka Rask and defenseman Matt Lashoff back down to the Providence Bruins (AHL). I'm assuming the Bruins will call them back up by Thursday, when the Bruins play against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The Bruins are third in their division with a 8-6-2 record with 18 points. Toronto also has 18 points and even though it is still early in the season, the Bruins need to beat teams in their division.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Bruins recall Matt Lashoff

The Bruins have recalled defenseman Matt Lashoff from the Providence Bruins (AHL). Lashoff played nine games with the Providence Bruins so far this season and has one goal and two assists. Lashoff was the 22nd overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.

Friday, November 9, 2007

Bruins recall Matt Hunwick

With the Bruins losing Aaron Ward to a possible concussion, the Bruins have recalled defenseman Matt Hunwick from the Providence Bruins (AHL). Hunwick has played nine games for the Providence Bruins and has four assists with a +7 rating. He was selected in the seventh round (224th overall) of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.

Fernandez and Thornton go on injured reserve

The Bruins have placed goalie Manny Fernandez and forward Shawn Thornton on the injured reserve list. Fernandez is out with a left knee strain and Thornton is out for 4-6 weeks with a broken bone in his left foot. So Tuukka Rask will be up with the club most likely with Fernandez out. Also Jeremy Reich will be filling in for Thornton while he is out and provide the Bruins with his energy and toughness, although I can't see Reich taking on heavyweights as Thornton would.

Bruins lose more than a game

With last night's 2-1 loss against the Montreal Canadiens they are now winless in four straight games. Besides another loss added to the Bruins record, they also lost Aaron Ward to another cheap hit to the head. Bruins' defenseman Aaron Ward was hit in the head by Canadiens' visor-wearing defenseman Francois Bouillon. He came out of the penalty box from his stupid shooting the puck over the glass penalty and hit Ward, who didn't have the puck, in the head with his elbow.

Claude Julien on the hit (source):
"I think from what we saw, seemed like an elbow to the head on that play," he said. "It's what we've seen anyway so as far as he’s concerned, we haven't received the final update or diagnosis. Obviously, he got the elbow in the head and we know what happens from there."

What is it with these head shots? I just don't get it. There is no more respect anymore it seems. Hopefully Bouillon gets suspended for the head shot. With Randy Jones only getting two games for hitting Patrice Bergeron from behind and injuring him, I'm expecting that the NHL won't do shit and that little pussy Bouillon will get away with that cheap hit. It's just ridiculous.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Patrice Bergeron speaks

Patrice BergeronToday Patrice Bergeron talked to the media for the first time since he was hit from behind by Flyers' Randy Jones. It was good to see him actually talk but sad to see what the hit has done to him. I hope he recovers fully and is able to come back and play hockey.

Some quotes from Bergeron during the press conference (source):

"Personally I think it was a hit from behind," said Patrice, who decided to make himself an example to all hockey players. "Right now the point I'm here is to send a message for guys to think about the consequences when you go for a hit like that.

"You have to hold back -- hitting is a part of the game, but not from behind.

"We have to respect each other a little bit more. I know I'm not the only one who has been saying that this past year. Something needs to be done. We have to think about the consequences when you’re on the ice."

I agree with Bergeron. There is too much hitting from behind right now in the league that sometime someone may get hurt far worse than Bergeron and no one wants that.

(Photo above is courtesy of AP. Image hosted by Imageshack.us.)

Monday, November 5, 2007

Bruins recall goalie Tuukka Rask

The Bruins have recalled goalie Tuukka Rask from the Providence Bruins (AHL) and have sent goalie Jordan Sigalet back down to the Providence Bruins. Rask is 6-1 and has a 2.00 GAA in 7 starts with the Providence Bruins.

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Bruins send Krejci down, recall Nokelainen

The Bruins have assigned center David Krejci down to the Providence Bruins (AHL) and have recalled forward Petteri Nokelainen. Nokelainen had three goals and five assists in eight games for the Providence Bruins.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Milan Lucic now wears #17

Just a random update on one of the players who is a fan favorite. Rookie Milan Lucic has changed his number from #62 to #17. I can't remember who was the last player to wear #17 for the Bruins. If you know leave us a comment and let us know.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

With Bergeron out, who will step up?

With Patrice Bergeron injured and out of the lineup for a month or maybe longer, it looks like either Brandon Bochenski or Jeremy Reich will get into the lineup to try and contribute to the team. Bochenski put on muscle/weight in the offseason but that slowed him down so he has been trying to lose the weight and get his speed back. Reich I believe was hurt and is now healthy to play. The Bruins play the Sabres tomorrow and remember back to last season with Adam Mair's cheap shot elbow to David Krejci. A little later in the season, Jeremy Reich had a good fight and win against Adam Mair. We'll see if anything continues tomorrow night with these two teams.

2-game suspension for Jones is a joke

The Randy Jones 2-game suspension for his cheap shot hit on Bruins' Patrice Bergeron is ridiculous, stupid, a disgrace to hockey, and a joke. I agree with Stephen Harris' article and I don't know why Colin Campbell can make suspension calls on what the outcome of hits leave an injured player. Meaning if a player is seriously hurt, such as Flyers' Steve Downie's vicious hit on Dean McAmmond which got him 20 games, then Downie gets suspended for a good amount of games. But if the player is not seriously hurt then there isn't much of a suspension. But Bergeron was seriously injured and Jones only gets 2 games?

The NHL says publicly that they want to protect their star players. Patrice Bergeron may not be the All-Star 100 point a season player yet, but he is a young and talented star for the league. He plays the game right and is a very nice person that does good for the game on the ice and off the ice. I don't know how many times I've heard of him doing things for charity. So what this suspension says to me is that the NHL thinks that since Bergeron is not paralyzed or dead it's not a serious injury. Or they think that it wasn't that bad a hit.

Also, to read about how the Philadelphia Flyers' organization, players, and even Jones were acting and saying before they heard the condition of Bergeron. From the article:

There is disgrace in this for the NHL and for the Flyers, who tried to put a positive spin on Jones' hit almost before Bergeron was in the ambulance. Incredibly, Jones, who Saturday night said he feared Bergeron's injuries might be life-threatening, said Monday he was disappointed to have been suspended for two games.

A more honorable man would have come out and said he got off too easily for an incredibly stupid and reckless act.

"One reason I have a tough time with this," said Bruins defenseman Aaron Ward, "is that even before Bergy had been diagnosed, Philly was already trying hard to get their side of the story out. Spinning? Absolutely. It should have been, 'Let's find out how badly hurt he is,' before they're worrying about what their punishment is going to be."

Bruins coach Claude Julien also was miffed by the Flyers' response.

"They seem to be disappointed that they lost a guy for two games," said Julien. "I'm extremely disappointed knowing I lost my player for I don't know how long, and we're talking about a key player here."

I agree with Ward's comments and with Julien's comments. The Flyers' organization is more concerned with their player rather than a player who was seriously injured. The Flyers are an embarrassment to hockey, now with 3 players suspended. Steve Downie was suspended because of a leaping hit to the head of Senators' Dean McAmmond which left him with a consussion; Jesse Boulerice was suspended for a cross check to Canucks' Ryan Kesler in the face with his stick; and now Jones. The Flyers' should be fine without Jones as he's not much of a player anyways. He's more of a 7th or 8th defenseman on a good team.

In case you haven't seen the hit, below is a YouTube video of it.

Bergeron gets hit from behind by Jones

Manny Fernandez suffers injury

Bruins' goalie Manny Fernandez suffered a left knee sprain in practice yesterday and will be out of the lineup for an unknown period. With this news, the Bruins recalled rookie goalie Jordan Sigalet from the Providence Bruins (AHL). The Bruins play the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday.

Monday, October 29, 2007

Jones' cheap hit on Bergeron gets him 2 games

Flyers' defenseman Randy Jones, the guy who hit Bruins' Patrice Bergeron from behind into the boards which gave him a concussion and a broken nose, has been suspended for only 2 games. Wow so you only get suspended 2 games for almost killing someone. I think that is total bullshit and Jones should have received at least 5-10 games, or even more. More and more players are going to get injured with this hit from behind crap. I'm interested in seeing the next meeting between these two teams and see if someone goes after that piece of shit Jones. The next game against the Flyers is on Monday, November 26th at Philadelphia.

Patrice Bergeron update

From a Yahoo! article, Patrice Bergeron was released from the hospital on Sunday. We'll probably hear soon how long they think Bergeron will be out of the lineup.

"Team spokesman Matt Chmura confirmed that Bergeron was discharged Sunday from Massachusetts General Hospital but declined to provide other details. Chmura said that Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli might speak to reporters Monday to discuss how long Bergeron will be out of action."

Thornton vs Cote and Lucic vs Eager

Ok I said I would post the two fights from the Bruins-Flyers game on Saturday so here they are. The Shawn Thornton vs Riley Cote fight was awesome. This is fight of the year so far I would say. Both guys kept throwing punch after punch with no one going down. I would give a slight edge to Thornton in this fight. After Thornton vs Cote, Milan Lucic dropped the gloves with Flyers' Ben Eager and they had an ok fight. Lucic looked to land some punches on Eager, but after the fight it was Lucic with a cut on his cheek under his left eye. I would give this fight a draw. Watch both fights below. You can download video clips of these two fights here.

Shawn Thornton vs Riley Cote


Milan Lucic vs Ben Eager

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Milan Lucic is staying

Milan LucicIf you haven't heard by now, Bruins' rookie Milan Lucic is staying with the Bruins and will not be returned to his Junior team as of right now. He still can be sent back to his Junior team at any time during the season.

After hearing he will be staying with the Bruins, Milan Lucic said (source):



"As a kid growing up it had always been my goal to play in the NHL, and now it's finally a reality. I have to do whatever it takes to stay around. It's a learning process and I'm trying to get better every day. That's the best way for me to stay here."

Bruins' GM Peter Chiarelli on Lucic staying with the Bruins said (source):


"I told him he still has some things to work on and he agreed. But we like what he's brought so far, he's progressed and he's something the Bruins have been looking for, so we are happy to have him. He had some stretches along the way where he wasn't good and he recognizes that. He's improved as each day has gone by and we decided to keep him."

It should be fun watching Lucic play in all or most of the games this season.

(Above image is courtesy of Getty images. Image hosted by ImageShack.us.)

Bruins lose to Flyers and lose Bergeron

The Bruins lost 2-1 against the Flyers yesterday but that wasn't the big or important news as far as I'm concerned. Patrice Bergeron was hit from behind by Flyers' defenseman Randy Jones and Bergeron went headfirst into the boards. Bergeron layed on the ice motionless and injured. It appears that Bergeron only has a concussion and a broken nose from the cheap hit. The Bruins released a statement regarding Bergeron, saying:

"After initially losing consciousness on the ice, Patrice has regained consciousness and has been taken to Massachusetts General Hospital where he is undergoing a series of tests.

Patrice has sustained a concussion and a broken nose. The initial x-rays and CT scan have not shown any other serious injury to his head or neck, and he has full feeling and motion in all of his extremities.

We will continue to monitor Patrice and await the final results of his medical studies."

The game was getting physical before the cheapshot on Bergeron. Shawn Thornton had a great fight with Flyers' Riley Cote. It reminded me of the P.J. Stock vs Stephen Peat slugfest. They went toe to toe and after the fight it looked like Thornton had a black and blue right eye. I didn't see a close-up shot of Cote to see if he got tagged good. After that fight, rookie Milan Lucic and Flyers' Ben Eager dropped the gloves and had an ok fight, with Eager going down to the ice. After the fight you could see Lucic had a cut under his left eye I think. I will post these fights on this blog when I can.

Let's all send our best wishes and prayers to Patrice Bergeron and his family. We all hope he fully recovers and is able to play hockey again.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Bergeron hit from behind and injured

In the first period of today's game against the Flyers, Patrice Bergeron was hit from behind headfirst into the boards by Flyers' defenseman Randy Jones. Bergeron had his back to Jones getting the puck and Jones did not let up and checked Bergeron into the boards. That to me is cheap and should not happen in hockey. Bergeron went down and looked to be motionless. We can only pray that it is nothing serious like a spinal cord injury. We'll have to wait to hear what the exact injury is.

The past week there have been other hits from behind, such as Senators' Volchenkov checking Panthers' David Booth from behind into the boards. This hitting from behind needs to be taken out of the game and if someone does it, they should be suspended. You got no guts/balls if you hit someone from behind.

Of course stupid Flyers' fans will probably say it wasn't cheap and not dirty.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Bruins and Chara beat up Blackhawks

Last night the Bruins got another win at home. This time beating the Chicago Blackhawks 3-1. Phil Kessel and Tim Thomas had big games. Kessel scored two goals, and now has 5 goals for the season and is leading the Bruins in goals. Thomas made 26 saves on 27 shots against. Bruins' captain Zdeno Chara also had a good game, he played physical and he had a good fight against Blackhawks' enforcer David Koci. Koci had an injury to his nose from a fight against Maple Leafs' Wade Belak, but now his nose is really messed up as Chara bloodied him badly. After the fight Koci's face looked to be covered with blood, as did the ice surface where they fought. Watch the fight below.

Zdeno Chara bloodies David Koci
After the game Chara didn't say much about the fight. From BostonHerald.com, Chara said:
"It was just part of the game. It's something that... it's part of the game. He was doing his job, going hard at the net. I was doing my job, protecting the crease and the goalie. Things like that happen."
Aaron Ward also had some comments about the Chara fight (source):
"You know what? I'm really excited for him. I was here for seven weeks last year and I know the pressure he is under to perform, and that includes being a presence on the ice. It's tough to get a dance partner out there. When you get an opportunity like that, it's very apparent that he plays that role. That's months, if not a year or more, of tension and frustration there. Unfortunately that young man bore the brunt of the emotion Z had pent up there. That's the first time I've actually clapped on the ice. I had lost my stick when we all paired off. The fight got done, and I looked up and I clapped."
Some news on Milan Lucic, it looks like he may be getting tired. Remember he was playing even before the pre-season and before rookie camp. A part from the same article (link above):
"Lucic said his confidence has been growing game by game, although he admitted he is feeling fatigue after a very busy few months. "Fatigue is starting to kick in," he said. "I've been going at it for a few months already. But that's just something you've got to battle through. I'm just going to sure I get rest and I'm prepared to go when it's time to go."


Don't be surprised if Lucic is scratched in one of the upcoming games to give him a rest and maybe Jeremy Reich or Brandon Bochenski will get to play their first game of the season. The Bruins play the Philadelphia Flyers on tomorrow at 4pm. Expect a physical game between these two teams. I'm expecting a Shawn Thornton vs Riley Cote match-up. Maybe even a Milan Lucic vs Ben Eager match-up.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Habs blow out Fernandez and B's

On Monday the Bruins got blown out 6-1 by the hated Montreal Canadiens. Manny Fernandez looked to have a bad game, even though some of the goals he allowed could have been blamed on bad defense and losing faceoffs in the defensive zone. So far this season it's looking like Tim Thomas should be the Bruins' starting goalie and Fernandez backing him up.

Later tonight the Bruins play at home against the Chicago Blackhawks who are 5-4-0. The Bruins are 5-3-0 and are currently tied for 4th place in the Eastern Conference with 10 points. The Bruins are second place in the Northeast division behind the Ottawa Senators, who are 8-1-0 and have 16 points. Look for this game to be physical as they have one of the top enforcers in the league with David Koci. Last season Koci joined the Blackhawks late and had a wild first game with two good fights against Josh Gratton. Also Koci beat Derek Boogaard in a fight in the pre-season this year so he is someone to watch out for.

Good news for other Milan Lucic fans out there, it looks like he may be staying with the Bruins for longer than the 9-10 games. From a BostonHerald.com article:

The B's, in effect, have Lucic on a nine-game tryout, before having to decide if he will stay with the team or be sent back to juniors. The organization already has decided Lucic will be sticking around.

Lucic's junior coach, Don Hay of the Vancouver Giants, said in Sunday's edition of the Vancouver Province that Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli gave him the news recently.

"What (Chiarelli) told me is that the nine-game rule doesn't mean anything to them," Hay said. "To them, how he is playing is what will dictate whether he'll stay. He said that it doesn't mean he isn't going to come back at some time, but just don't expect it after nine games."

"I'm living a dream," Lucic said. "I'm having a lot of fun. I just want to do everything in my power to keep this going. (The Bruins) haven't really said anything to me. I'll know after the ninth game. I'm not looking too far ahead.... I'm just going to try and play like I have the past ones."

Friday, October 19, 2007

Bruins give a show in home opener

Before yesterday's game, the Bruins were 19-2-6-0 all-time against the Lightning on home ice. They improved that record to 20 wins with yesterday's 4-1 win over the Lightning. The game started out with a lot of energy and we saw some physical play. The home crowd got to see Bruins' rookie Milan Lucic for the first time and he didn't disappoint as he dropped the gloves with Lightning tough guy Nick Tarnasky and pounded away on Tarnasky's face with rights. Watch the video below. Bruins' Marco Sturm scored two goals, including the game winner, while Tim Thomas made 35 saves to get the win. Thomas is now 3-1 with a 1.26 GAA and 96.2% save percentage. He looks like he should be the starter over Fernandez right now in the season.


Nick Tarnasky vs Milan Lucic

You can download video clips of this fight and the Andre Roy vs Shawn Thornton fight here.

A little more on Milan Lucic. The below quotes were found on this BostonBruins.com page.

"I've had to talk about this guy every day, so he is obviously doing something right," said Julien on Thursday morning.

On Wednesday, when asked if Milan will be sticking with the Bruins Julien said that no decision has been made as of yet.

"I can't declare anything because I am not the guy who has the last say on that," said Boston Bruins head coach Claude Julien. "So it will be a matter of Peter (Chiarelli) and everyone else involved, (making) the decision.

"But I can stand here as a coach and tell you I like what I see," he said.

What's not to like?

The kid has asserted himself, and the rumor around the room yesterday amongst his teammates was that Milan was the quickest ever to have notched the coveted "Gordie Howe Hat trick" (a goal, an assist and a fight) on Friday, October 12th against the Kings.

I'm hoping Lucic stays with the Bruins but I know they have a similar player in Jeremy Reich, who hasn't played yet and yesterday found out he is injured. Also the Bruins don't like carrying around players that don't play, as like last season. So we'll see what happens.

The Bruins will play the New York Rangers tomorrow at 4pm. Should be a good physical game. I'm thinking Shawn Thornton and ex-Bruin Colton Orr will meet up at some time during the game.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

A night of firsts for a few Bruins

Last night's game was a wild scoring-fest with the Bruins and Kings going back and forth in the third period with goals. It's a good thing that Marc Savard played in this game as he played well and picked up 5 points, 1 goal and 4 assists. It was definitely a night of firsts for some Bruins' players. Rookie Milan Lucic picked up his first NHL goal, and had a Gordie Howe hat trick in this game. You can see Lucic's fight with Kings' enforcer Raitis Ivanans and Lucic's first career NHL goal down below. Phil Kessel recorded his first NHL hat trick. B's goalie Manny Fernandez picked up his first win as a member of the Bruins, even though the Bruins' defense did not play well. Later tonight the Bruins play at the San Jose Sharks, against former Bruins Joe Thornton and Kyle McLaren.


Milan Lucic vs Raitis Ivanans


Milan Lucic scores his 1st NHL goal

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Lucic scoring his first NHL goal, image courtesy of Getty Images

You can download clips of Lucic's fight and goal on my hockey forum.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Bruins lose 2-1 to Ducks

Yesterday the Bruins lossed 2-1 to the Ducks in a well played game by both teams. The Bruins started the game strong hitting and playing physical. The Ducks didn't seem to start really playing and playing physical until the second period and seemed to take over the game from there. The Ducks' physical play caused the Bruins to make mistakes and maybe wear them down, as the Ducks took advantage. I don't know if anyone else brought up this point but at the end of game, coach Julien put out the Bruins' fourth line. I know the fourth line worked hard all night and played well, but when you need a goal I would think you would put out your best players. Also with Marc Savard out of the game, Brandon Bochenski was dressed but he didn't get one second of ice time. Does Julien have something against Bochenski or has Bochenski really disappointed Julien in practice? I know he doesn't play center but he could have got a rare shift on the wing at times in the game. Maybe we'll see him get some ice time in the next game if Savard is still hurt.

The next game for the Bruins is on Friday against the Los Angeles Kings. The Kings have a young team that the Bruins may be able to take advantage of. I think it will be a close game though. Marc Savard is still day-to-day and a decision will be made Friday morning if he'll play against the Kings or not.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Savard is out tonight vs Ducks

Bruins' center Marc Savard will not play tonight against the Anaheim Ducks as he has a groin strain. Also Tim Thomas will be starting in goal for the Bruins tonight. Tonight will be a good matchup for the Bruins to see how they play against last season's champions, although the Ducks are missing quite a few players from last season.

Sunday, October 7, 2007

Bruins after two games

The Bruins are 1-1 at the beginning of the 07-08 NHL hockey season. Their loss against the Dallas Stars showed that they can be shut down against a good defense and a good goalie. Last night's win against the Phoenix Coyotes showed that they can take advantage of the mistakes made by a younger inexperienced team and capitalize on those chances. In both of the games so far this season, the Bruins have shown grit, teamwork, and not allowing themselves to be pushed around. Shawn Thornton and Milan Lucic both got into fights in the Stars game. Although they didn't drop the gloves against the Coyotes, they made their presence felt with some good physical play. Thornton currently has a sore hand from his fight against the Stars' Todd Fedoruk, so that may have influenced Thornton to not fight last night. It was also good to see Bruins' captain Zdeno Chara play physical and get in the face of Coyotes' captain Shane Doan a few times last night. That was something we didn't see much of last season from Chara. One bad note about last night was that All-Star center Marc Savard was injured late in the second period with a "core injury" which is a muscle strain in his midsection. Hopefully it's not anything serious.

The Bruins next game is against the defending Stanley Cup champs Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday night. Shawn Thornton will be playing against his former team. It should be a good physical game.

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Bruins sign veteran Glen Metropolit

The Bruins announced today that they signed veteran center Glen Metropolit. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but I'm expecting that he was signed to a one-year deal.

From BostonBruins.com:
"Last season, Metropolit split time between the Atlanta Thrashers and St. Louis Blues and totaled 14 goals and 19 assists in 77 games with the two clubs. He appeared in 57 games with the Thrashers before being traded to St. Louis along with three draft picks (a first and third round pick in 2007 and a second round pick in 2008) for Keith Tkachuk on February 25, 2007."

With Metropolit making the team I'm expecting him to be the Bruins' fourth line center and that means that either Jeremy Reich or Milan Lucic to be scratched at times.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Bruins make final roster cuts

On Monday the Bruins announced that defenseman Matt Hunwick, center Petteri Nokelainen, and center Nate Thompson have been assigned to the Providence Bruins (AHL). Also left wing Jeff Hoggan has been placed on waivers and if he clears waivers he will be assigned to Providence.

It's good to see prospect rugged winger Milan Lucic will be on the Bruins roster at the start of this season. He's probably going to play in the first 9 games and then be sent back to his Junior team. But Bruins fans will get to see one of the future players for the Bruins. Here's what Chiarelli had to say about Lucic from BostonBruins.com:

"I think Milan started very strongly," said the GM. "He is a big, strong player, strong along the boards -- you've seen him fight. "He has a little finish and that has been improving. "He's tailed off a little bit in the last couple of games and practices, (but) we attribute that to fatigue... he's been, pretty much, going non-stop since the beginning of July," Chiarelli said. Furthermore, Lucic embodies the "harder to play against" mold that the club has been coveting. "He's got a lot of what we are looking for," said Chiarelli. "And we are going to look at him a little bit further -- we have the luxury of those nine games (pertaining to his contract status) and I think at this point we are going to take advantage of some of those games... (but) he's a big strong kid that we like."

Friday, September 28, 2007

Bruins send Matt Lashoff down

On Wednesday the Bruins sent defenseman Matt Lashoff down to the Providence Bruins. He'll probably be the first defenseman called up if a Bruins' defenseman gets injured. Here's what Lashoff said after hearing he was being sent to Providence (from BostonHerald.com):
"Yeah, obviously I'm disappointed," said Lashoff, who was officially assigned to Providence of the AHL yesterday. "But I'm just going to go down and work hard and get some confidence back, and hopefully be back soon."

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Cam Neely named Bruins Vice President

The Bruins have announced that Cam Neely has joined the front office as Vice President of the Boston Bruins. "Neely will advise General Manager Peter Chiarelli on the hockey operations of the Bruins, as well as counsel Jacobs on club matters." Read more on BostonBruins.com.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Bruins trade Mowers to Ducks

The Boston Bruins have traded center Mark Mowers to the Anaheim Ducks for defensemen Nathan Saunders and Brett Skinner. The Bruins assigned both Saunders and Skinner to Providence (AHL). You can read more about the trade on BostonBruins.com.

Friday, September 21, 2007

Bruins make some roster moves

Today the Bruins made a few roster moves. They sent nine players to Providence, they were: right wing Byron Bitz, defenseman Sean Curry, left wing Nate DiCasmirro, center Matt Hendricks, defenseman Adam McQuaid, center Pascal Pelletier, center Wacey Rabbit, goaltender Jordan Sigalet, and left wing T.J. Trevelyan. Three players will rejoin their Junior teams, they are: defenseman Andrew Bodnarchuk (Halifax, QMJHL), center Zach Hamill (Everett, WHL), and left wing Brad Marchand (Val-d’Or Foreurs, QMJHL). The Bruins now have 34 players in camp on the roster. Tomorrow the Bruins will play the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Preseason: Bruins beat Islanders

Yesterday the Bruins beat the Islanders 3-1. Jeff Hoggan scored two goals while Chuck Kobasew scored the other goal. The game was feisty with four fights. New Bruins Shawn Thornton got the decision against Kip Brennan, captain Zdeno Chara vs Kip Brennan (watch the video below), Andrew Ference vs Josef Vasicek, and Milan Lucic pounded Matthew Spiller (watch the video below). The Bruins played a good team game and won, hopefully this continues.

Zdeno Chara vs Kip Brennan


Milan Lucic vs Matthew Spiller

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Bruins trade Walter for Nokelainen

The Boston Bruins have traded prospect center Ben Walter to the New York Islanders for center/right wing Petteri Nokelainen. The Islanders also received a conditional second round draft pick in 2009.

From BostonBruins.com:
"The 16th overall pick in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, Nokelainen appeared in 15 games for the Islanders during the 2005-2006 season, notching one goal and one assist. Prior to joining the Islanders, Nokelainen played for SaiPa Lappeenranta in his native Finland and tallied 20 goals in 94 games from 2002-2005. Last season in 60 games, the 6-1, 191 pound center had six goals and 10 assists for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the AHL."

I don't know anything about Petteri Nokelainen so I can't say if this is a bad deal or good deal. I know that Bruins management were high on Ben Walter, so to trade him, they must have received a pretty good player.

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Cool Bruins wallpapers for your desktop

There are some nice Boston Bruins wallpapers for your PC's desktop on BostonBruins.com. Make sure to check it out. I downloaded the wallpaper with the home and away Bruins jerseys and set it as my wallpaper for my lap top. It looks good.

Bruins sign Hamill, Curry, and Sigalet

The Bruins have signed center Zach Hamill, defenseman Sean Curry, and goalie Jordan Sigalet. From BostonBruins.com:
"Hamill was signed to an entry-level contract, Curry was signed as an unrestricted free agent and Sigalet was re-signed as a restricted free agent. Per team policy, terms of the deals will not be disclosed."

Thursday, August 2, 2007

Bruins sign prospect Milan Lucic

The Boston Bruins have signed Milan Lucic to an entry-level contract. On Bruins.NHL.com, Peter Chiarelli had this to say about Lucic:
"Since being drafted, Milan has shown consistent improvement, which was highlighted by his performance in the Memorial Cup. He also demonstrated his considerable progress during our development camp in July where his size, strength and physical play reinforced everything that led us to select him last year. Though he still could use some improvement in certain areas, he showed us a lot with his offensive production last season. He plays like a prototypical power forward and we are very excited to have him signed."

On the BruinsInsider blog, Douglas Flynn says:
"The club did not release terms of the deal, but Lucic confirmed that it is a three-year contract. Entry-level deals for players drafted through 2006 have a maximum annual salary of $850,000, though bonuses can increase that total - and the cap hit for the player."

This is good for the Bruins as I think Lucic will be a good role player for the Bruins in the future. It's always good to have players like him on your team.

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Bruins hire Ramsay and Ward

The Bruins have hired Craig Ramsay and Geoff Ward to be assistant coaches to coach Claude Julien. Ramsay was with the Tampa Bay Lightning for seven years as the Associate Head Coach. He won a Stanley Cup in 2004 with the Lightning. Ward last year was the head coach of the Iserlohn Roosters in Germany.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Bruins 2007-08 pre-season schedule released

The Boston Bruins 2007-08 pre-season schedule has been released and they'll only be facing four different teams, the New York Islanders, the New Jersey Devils, the Toronto Maple Leafs, and the Montreal Canadiens.

Pre-season schedule found on BostonBruins.com:

Sept. 18 - N.Y. Islanders at St. John’s, Newfoundland, 7:00 PM NT
Sept. 20 - New Jersey at Manchester, NH, 7:00 PM ET
Sept. 22 - Toronto at TD Banknorth Garden, 4:00 PM ET
Sept. 23 - Montreal at Halifax, Nova Scotia, 4:00 PM AT
Sept. 27 - Montreal at Bell Centre, Montreal, 7:30 PM ET
Sept. 30 - N.Y. Islanders at TD Banknorth Garden, 4:00 PM ET

Monday, July 23, 2007

Bruins trade Toivonen to Blues

The Bruins have traded goalie Hannu Toivonen to the St. Louis Blues for Swedish prospect center/left wing Carl Soderberg. From BostonBruins.com:
"Soderberg, 21, and a native of Malmo, Sweden, has spent the last two seasons with Malmo IF of the Swedish Elite League. In 31 games with Malmo last season, Soderberg tallied 12 goals and 18 assists. Prior to joining Malmo's top club, the 6'3", 200-pound Soderberg played for Malmo's junior teams. Soderberg has also played for Sweden at the 2005 World Junior Championships, where he ranked second on the team with four goals and six points, and at the 2003 World Under-18 Championship where he recorded a pair of goals."

You can view Soderberg's career hockey stats here.

Toivonen joins ex-Bruin Brad Boyes on the St. Louis Blues. The Blues look to be a pretty good team and Toivonen will probably back up Manny Legace unless he plays bad but look for Toivonen to be the Blues' future starting goalie. I think it was a gamble in trading Toivonen but one of the goalies had to go and getting Soderberg I think was good. Another move by Chiarelli all Bruins' fans will be watching.

Bruins re-sign Jeff Hoggan

The Bruins have re-signed forward Jeff Hoggan. The article did not say for how many years and money involved but I'm assuming it's a one-year deal, for the league minimum on a two-way contract, but I could be wrong so don't take this as what the deal is. Last season Hoggan played in 46 games, had only 2 assists, with 33 PIMs. He was one of the very few players last season that brought intensity and hitting to the lineup.

I'm also going to assume that he'll probably mostly play with the Providence Bruins this coming season unless an injury happens or he really improved in the off-season and impresses at camp. I like his game because he's a hard-nosed type of player (remember that good fight he had with Jim Slater of the Atlanta Thrashers last season) and he tries to hit the opposing players.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Bruins payroll for coming season

Over at the Bruins Insider blog on BostonHerald.com, Douglas Flynn has a good post looking at each Bruins player's salary for the coming season. With the trade for Schaefer, that brings them closer to the cap. Here are the salaries for the current players (quoted from the blog post):

Boston Bruins 2007-08 (Estimated) Payroll

Forwards
Marc Savard $5,000,000
Patrice Bergeron $4,750,000
Glen Murray $4,150,000
Marco Sturm $3,500,000
Phil Kessel $2,200,000* ($850,000 base, $1,350,000 bonuses)
Peter Schaefer $2,100,000
P.J. Axelsson $1,850,000
Chuck Kobasew $1,200,000
Stanislav Chistov $800,000
Brandon Bochenski $600,000
Shawn Thornton $517,000
Jeremy Reich $487,000
Mark Mowers $463,000
Total: $27,617,000

Defense
Zdeno Chara $7,500,000
Aaron Ward $2,750,000
Andrew Ference $1,400,000
Mark Stuart $1,579,000* ($942,400 base, $637,500 bonuses)
Andrew Alberts $1,250,000
Dennis Wideman $600,000
Bobby Allen $500,000*
Total: $15,579,000

Goalies
Manny Fernandez $4,333,333
Tim Thomas $1,100,000
Hannu Toivonen $532,000
Total: $5,965,333

Buyouts:
Travis Green $233,000

Long-term injury exemptions:
Alexei Zhamnov $4,100,000

Total (including buyouts, minus long-term injury): $49,394,333

Cap limit: $50,300,000

Other candidates to make lineup:
Matt Lashoff $850,000* ($585,000 base, $265,000 bonuses)
David Krejci $883,333* ($775,000 base, $100,000 bonuses)
Nate Thompson $483,333*
Ben Walter $566,667*
Martins Karsums $883,333* ($775,000 base, $100,000 bonuses)
Vladimir Sobotka $750,000* ($550,000 base, $200,000 bonuses)
Jonathan Sigalet $495,000*
Tuukka Rask $3,200,000* ($850,000 base, $2,350,000 bonuses)

* — two-way contract (NHL salary listed)

Bruins trade Donovan for Schaefer

The Boston Bruins traded right wing Shean Donovan to the Ottawa Senators for left wing Peter Schaefer. Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli had this to say about Schaefer:
"Peter will bring us some added scoring and tenacity along the boards. He has playoff experience and he is a proven penalty killer. His addition will help round out our forwards."

Chiarelli knows Schaefer from his days with the Senators so it shouldn't be much of a surprise that he traded for a Senator. I'm a little surprised that the Senators traded him though. Schaefer had the best season in his NHL career last season, scoring 20 goals, 50 points, while playing in every game. Last season Donovan played in 76 games, scored 6 goals and had 17 points. They are both speedy players, but Donovan probably edges Schaefer. Both guys play with grit, I would give the edge though to Donovan. Schaefer is two years younger than Donovan. Looking at NHLPA.com, Donovan will be making $925,000 for the 2007-08 season, and Schaefer will be making $2,100,00 for the 2007-08 season.

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Bruins promote Benning and Sweeney

Boston Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli promoted Jim Benning to assistant general manager, and Don Sweeney was promoted to director of hockey operations and player development. Benning was the Bruins' director of player personnel. Sweeney was the Bruins' director of player development.

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Bruins' prospect Milan Lucic

On BostonHerald.com there is a good article written by Stephen Harris named "Lucic shows skills to put up a fight" which talks about Bruins' prospect Milan Lucic. Lucic is a work-in-progress as he needs development but he's the type of player that Bruins fans have been waiting for. My favorite part of the article is the part where Lucic's father said, "If you want to be like any player, be like Cam Neely."

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Bruins 07-08 season schedule released

Today the NHL released the Boston Bruins 2007-08 regular season schedule. The Bruins start the season on a 5-game road trip against the Dallas Stars, Pheonix Coyotes, Anaheim Ducks, Los Angeles Kings, and San Jose Sharks.

From BostonBruins.com:
The Bruins 2007-2008 docket will be an 82-game unbalanced schedule that pits the Bruins against each of their Northeast Division rivals (Buffalo, Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto) eight times (four each home and away) and each of the other Eastern Conference teams (Atlantic and Southeast Divisions) four times each (two home, two away).

Boston will play their remaining ten games against Western Conference opponents from the Central Division (each team once at home) and the Pacific Division (each team once on the road). The Bruins will not face Northwest Division teams this season.

Some games to note during the season:
  • vs Ducks, October 10th, should be good to see the Bruins against the Stanley Cup champs, and Shawn Thornton against his former team
  • vs Canadiens, October 22nd at Montreal, I know the rivalry isn't what it once was but I always look forward to these games
  • vs Rangers, October 20th, with the Rangers signing Chris Drury and Scott Gomez, and re-signing Brendan Shanahan, the Rangers may be the team to beat in the Eastern Conference
  • vs Sabres, November 1st, I have a feeling that this rivalry is somewhat coming back due to last year's incident with Adam Mair. With Jeremy Reich having Thornton with him - I want some more revenge
  • vs Penguins, December 20th, Bruins fans will be able to see the best player in hockey at the Garden
You can view the entire Bruins 2007-08 schedule here. I'm excited about the coming Bruins season which I didn't think would happen with how the Bruins played last season.

Bruins re-sign Dennis Wideman

Today Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli announced that they have re-signed defenseman Dennis Wideman. The article didn't mention yet for how much and for how long the contract is for. The Bruins got Wideman last season in a trade, sending Brad Boyes to the Blues. I still think that was a bad trade, but maybe he can improve defensively and become a good third or fourth defenseman. He played in 20 games last season for the Bruins, scoring one goal and two assists.

Bruins young prospects

There's a good article on NHL.com that talks about the Bruins young prospects in their system. I found it interesting and I thought other Bruins fans would find it interesting too. Make sure to read the article when you get a chance.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Bruins re-sign Jeremy Reich

The Bruins re-signed tough guy Jeremy Reich to a one-way two-year deal. This is great news for Bruins fans that want the Bruins to be more physical and play with grit which Reich will bring. I'm hoping for Reich and Shawn Thornton to play on the same line and make other teams keep their heads up.

Reich and Thornton have met in the past in the AHL. From BostonHerald.com:
Reich and Thornton are well-acquainted from their days in the AHL, and Reich is happy to finally be playing with him instead of against him.

"I played against Shawn in the minors enough," said Reich. "He plays hard every shift and he can handle himself if something breaks out. It'll be great having him on the team as well."

When asked if any of their past clashes led to gloves being dropped, Reich laughed.

"We've run into each other a few times," said Reich. "We play the same style, and when you play as often as you do down there (in the AHL), it's kind of inevitable."

So who holds the bragging rights?

"I don't know, you'll have to ask Shawn," said Reich. "I'm just glad we're on the same team now."

I get a sense that Thornton had the edge on Reich when they fought. If I find any of their fights I'll be sure to post them here on this blog.

Also the Bruins signed Matt Hendricks to a two-way two-year contract. Last season he played for the Hershey Bears in the AHL. In 68 games he had 18 goals, 26 assists for 44 points with 105 PIMs.

Friday, July 6, 2007

Bruins re-sign Bobby Allen

The Bruins today re-signed defenseman Bobby Allen. Last season Allen played in 31 games and had 3 assists. I'm assuming that Allen will start the season in Providence unless someone gets injured in training camp or at the start of the season. He's a good depth player to have, but he's only a 5th or 6th defenseman from what we've seen from him. Also the Bruins signed Byron Bitz, a 6'4" 220-pound forward that was drafted by the Bruins in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. He was the Bruins' fourth pick, 107th overall.

From BostonBruins.com:
"Bitz comes to the Bruins after completing his senior year of college hockey for Cornell University. In four years at Cornell, Bitz registered 28 goals and 60 assists with 157 penalty minutes in 124 career games. Last season Bitz served as the Big Red's team captain."

Bitz interests me because he's a big guy at 6'4" and it seems that he can play the game, with those 28 goals. He'll probably be at training camp and he's probably a long shot to make the team but watch for him.

Monday, July 2, 2007

Free agent update

Well today and yesterday there have been numerous signings and a few trades. The Bruins made some small moves, first acquiring goalie Manny Fernandez in a trade, and signing Shawn Thornton . Some of the big/semi-big names of players that are now signed are:
  • Mathieu Schneider (Ducks)
  • Tom Poti (Capitals)
  • Scott Gomez (Rangers)
  • Chris Drury (Rangers)
  • Brian Rafalski (Red Wings)
  • Radek Dvorak (Panthers)
  • Daniel Briere (Sabres)
  • Jason Blake (Maple Leafs)
  • Cory Sarich (Flames)
  • Viktor Kozlov (Capitals)
  • Scott Hannan (Avalanche)
  • Ryan Smyth (Avalanche)
  • Paul Kariya (Blues)
  • Petr Sykora (Penguins)
  • Darryl Sydor (Penguins)
  • Sheldon Brookbank (Columbus)
  • Robert Lang (Blackhawks)
  • Roman Hamrlik (Canadiens)
  • Tom Preissing (Kings)
  • Michael Nylander (Capitals)
  • Ladislav Nagy (Kings)
  • Michael Handzus (Kings)
  • Kyle Calder (Kings)
  • Todd Bertuzzi (Ducks)
  • Bryan Smolinski (Canadiens)
  • Owen Nolan (Flames)
Most of the players I mentioned in a previous post that I would like the Bruins to try and get are now gone, but the Bruins got Shawn Thornton who I hoped they would get. I don't think the Bruins will do much more but I could be wrong because they will probably trade one of their three goalies, either Tim Thomas or Hannu Toivonen. I would probably trade Thomas if I could get an NHL player in return because Toivonen is younger and has more of an upside. But with recent moves it seems Peter Chiarelli is trying to win now so we may see Toivonen traded instead.

On TSN.ca, they are reporting that the "Phoenix Coyotes have bought out the remaining two years on the contract of centre Dave Scatchard." Remember the Bruins signed Scatchard two years ago but shortly traded him to the Coyotes for David Tanabe. Scatchard had 31 points and 156 PIMs in 93 with the Coyotes over the two seasons. He missed the last 32 games of last season because of a concussion. I would like to see him back with the Bruins as he is a tough team player and a good faceoff man. He has had a past with injury problems though. Plus I don't think he left on good terms with the old Bruins management. Good luck to wherever he goes as he is a favorite of mine.

Looking at the NHL transactions page on TSN.ca showing who is a free agent, I would like the Bruins to try and get these players:

-Nikita Alexeev, RW/LW, he played for the Blackhawks last season in 78 games and scored 12 goals. He'll be 26 this year and has size at 6'5", 227 lbs.

-Anson Carter, RW, he played in 64 games for the Hurricanes last season and scored 11 goals. He usually goes on hot and cold streaks so he may be a gamble to sign.

-Brad Winchester, RW/LW, he played in 59 games for the Oilers last season, scoring 4 goals and had 86 PIMs. Winchester is still a young kid that I think can be very useful for the Bruins with his size (6'5", 215 lbs.) and can be a physical force for them. He's not afraid to stick up for teammates and drop the gloves which the Bruins need from their players. I think he can become a power forward but needs to be playing for his skills to grow.

-Vitaly Vishnevski, defenseman, he played in 67 games last season (for the Predators and Thrashers), and had 3 goals with 41 PIMs and was a -4. Every hockey fan knows Vishnevski for his huge and big hits which sometimes can be called dirty/cheap. He reminds me a little of Kyle McLaren, but McLaren is in a hitting class above Vishnevski. I would like to see the Bruins have a big hitting defenseman as Vishnevski is. I know Andrew Alberts can lay out big hits and Zdeno Chara at times does, but having another big hitter probably won't hurt.

I think if the Bruins got any of the above players, it would improve their team. But with the salary cap, I think the cheapest players from above would be Alexeev and Winchester.

Sunday, July 1, 2007

Two Shawn Thornton fights

I'm very excited about the Bruins signing tough guy Shawn Thornton, can you tell? If you have never seen any of his fights well below are two of them that I found on YouTube. The first one is Thornton vs the NHL heavyweight champ Georges Laraque back in 2004. Thornton got the edge in that one, which not many people can say against Laraque. The second fight is of Thornton last year in a punchfest against Sharks' Mark Bell.



Bruins sign tough guy Shawn Thornton

TSN.ca is reporting that the Boston Bruins today signed tough guy right wing Shawn Thornton to a multi-year contract. Thornton will be 30 years old in July. This past season he won the Stanley Cup with the Anaheim Ducks. He played in 48 games during the season, scoring 2 goals and had 9 points with 88 PIMs.

Thornton is one of the players I was hoping that the Bruins would try and sign, and I'm glad they got him. Thornton is a middleweight and is known for his rough play, sticking up for teammates and dropping the gloves. He is a player that the Bruins have needed the past few seasons since they let Colton Orr get away. I would like to see the Bruins re-sign Jeremy Reich and have an energy/crash line but look for the Bruins to let Reich go elsewhere. Since they signed Thornton to a multi-year contract, look for Thornton to be on the roster all season long and not be sent down to the minors unless he plays really bad. Good signing by the Bruins.

Bruins trade for Manny Fernandez

On ESPN.com, they are reporting that the Boston Bruins and Minnesota Wild have worked out a trade to send goalie Manny Fernandez to the Bruins for prospect forward Petr Kalus. Fernandez will make $4.33 million next season. Last season Kalus played in 9 games and scored 4 goals. So look for the Bruins to now trade one of their goalies, either Tim Thomas or Hannu Toivonen. I personally don't like giving up Kalus for Fernandez. I thought Kalus played well in those 9 games and showed something. Fernandez is 32 years old, and injured his left knee last season. The most games that he has played in, during one season, is 58 games in 2005-06 when he had 30 wins. Fernandez played in a defensive system for Minnesota which I think helped him get those wins and good GAA. If the Bruins play a good defensive game, then Fernandez should be ok, but I'm worried about this deal. Watch for Kalus to be a good player for the Wild.

Saturday, June 30, 2007

Salary cap news and free agents

The NHL salary cap for next season will be $50.3 million. Last season the salary cap was at $44 million. Each team must spend at least $34.3 million. Douglas Flynn on his blog on BostonHerald.com says that the Bruins have "roughly $41 million committed" which leaves some room ($9.3 million) for GM Peter Chiarelli to sign a few players.

While some players have already re-signed with their teams, looking at the unrestricted free agent list on ESPN.com, here are some players I would like the Bruins to think about signing:

-Shawn Thornton, RW, played 48 games last season for the Stanley Cup champion Anaheim Ducks, scored 2 goals with 88 PIMs, and he played in the playoffs. My thoughts: he showed that he could be trusted in the playoffs, play physical and stand up for teammates. The Bruins definitely need a player like Thornton, especially if they lose Jeremy Reich to another team.

-Scott Walker, RW, played 81 games last season for the Carolina Hurricanes, and scored 21 goals. My thoughts: he has always been one of my favorites and if you remember him playing against the Bruins this past season and taking on Andrew Alberts then you know why any team would like to have him. I think the Hurricanes might have recently re-signed him but if the Bruins would have any chance of signing Walker, get him now!

-Denis Arkhipov, Center, played 79 games last season for the bad Chicago Blackhawks, and scored 10 goals. My thoughts: he's 28 years old and I think hasn't played on a top line. I think if he played with better players I think he could put up better numbers. Or being 28, this may just be what he is, an average player.

-Raitis Ivanans, LW, played 66 games last season for the Los Angeles Kings, and scored 4 goals. My thoughts: he's not known for scoring but for his punch. He's a true enforcer with his size (6-3, 263 lbs.) and the Bruins need a player like Ivanans.

-Sheldon Brookbank, defenseman, played in only 3 games last season for the Nashville Predators. My thoughts: he's a young defenseman with a lot of potential as he was an AHL All-Star last year but I have a feeling that the Predators will lock him up. He seems to have some offensive touch, but he's known for his physical play and dropping the gloves as his brother, former Bruin Wade Brookbank.

-Tom Preissing, defenseman, played in 80 games last season for the Ottawa Senators. My thoughts: he had a good year with the Senators last season but I have a feeling that the Senators will re-sign Preissing. He would be a good pickup though.

-Scott Hannan, defenseman, played in 79 games last season for the San Jose Sharks. My thoughts: I think the Sharks will re-sign him and he'll probably want a big contract. But he is a solid defenseman that the Bruins would love to have. Hannan is an offensive style defenseman but also is solid defensively.

-Cory Sarich, defenseman, played in 82 games last season for the Tampa Bay Lightning. My thoughts: I also think that the Lightning will re-sign Sarich because he is a big part of their defense. Sarich is a physical defenseman that the Bruins need.

Of course I would like the Bruins to sign a player like Chris Drury, or Daniel Briere, or Scott Gomez but I think that is a slim possibility because of the salary cap. Plus I don't think any of those three players would want to sign with Boston, they all probably want to go to a winning team and not one that is trying to rebuild.

Friday, June 29, 2007

Bruins fire Gorton and Dore

The Boston Bruins have fired assistant general manager Jeff Gorton and veteran scout Daniel Dore. GM Peter Chiarelli continues to clean the Bruins management staff and looking to bring in new people. Hopefully this works out the best for the Bruins, otherwise Bruins nation is going to go crazy.

Monday, June 18, 2007

Bruins hire Claude Julien as coach

TSN has confirmed that the Boston Bruins have hired Claude Julien as their next head coach. Julien was fired during the season from the New Jersey Devils this past season even though the Devils were leading the Atlantic Division. Julien coached the Montreal Canadiens for 3 years before coaching the Devils.

I don't know about this move. Does anyone else think that this was too soon? Maybe look at more candidates to see if there is something better out there. I'm worried about this hiring, not just about timing, but about why the Devils fired him while they were leading their division last season. I remember reading that Lou Lamorello fired Julien because he wasn't happy with the direction that the team was going in before the playoffs. Doesn't this tell something about his coaching? Or does Lamorello expect too much for coaches? I guess we'll see what happens.

Bruins sign Bochenski to extension

The Boston Bruins and winger Brandon Bochenski have agreed to a one-year contract extension. You can read more about this on BostonBruins.com. It's good to see them sign Bochenski who surprised me in how good he played for the Bruins right after they acquired him. I would have liked to have him signed to a two or three year contract with low money instead of the one-year deal. We'll see if he can continue his good play next season. The Bruins will need it.

Petr Tenkrat signs with Swedish team

Winger Petr Tenkrat, who played for the Boston Bruins last season, signed with the SC Bern of the Swiss National League. Read more on TSN.ca. He played in 64 games last season and scored 9 goals and had 14 points. I don't see this as a major loss at all for the Bruins as Tenkrat didn't provide much for the Bruins.

Friday, June 15, 2007

Bruins relieve coach Dave Lewis

The Boston Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli today announced that they have relieved coach Dave Lewis and associate coach Marc Habscheid of their coaching duties. They will be reassigned to other positions within the Bruins' organization.

Chiarelli said (from a BostonBruins.com article):

"Since the season has ended I have completed a thorough review of the team and the coaching staff, and I have determined that Dave Lewis and Marc Habscheid are not the proper fit for the Bruins at this time. I have a short list of candidates in mind, and I hope to have a new Head Coach in place in the near future."

I am very happy about this move and I'm hoping the Bruins bring in someone like: Terry O'Reilly, or Ray Bourque, or Cam Neely to coach the Bruins. I don't know who else is out there for the Bruins to maybe bring in for the coaching position. Hopefully Chiarelli looks at this years' Stanley Cup winners (the Anaheim Ducks) and their physical style of play and brings in someone who will install a physical system/game for the Bruins to play.

Bruins' Phil Kessel wins Masterton Trophy

Yesterday the NHL announced that Bruins' rookie Phil Kessel won the Bill Masterton Trophy. I thought Kessel should win this trophy because of his fight with cancer during the season and his fast return to hockey and he played better in the second half of the season than the first half.

From BostonBruins.com:

"The Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy is awarded annually to the NHL player who 'best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to the game of hockey' by the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association. The Trophy was first presented by the PHWA in 1968 to commemorate the late William Masterton, a player for the Minnesota North Stars, who died on January 15, 1968 after sustaining an injury on the ice."

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Bruins sign Alberts to extension

Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli announced yesterday that the Boston Bruins have signed young hard-hitting defenseman Andrew Alberts to a contract extension. Chiarelli had this to say about Alberts:

"Andrew is a young player with a lot of upside, and it was a priority of ours to get him signed to a multi-year deal this off-season. He is a big, tough and physical player who we think is only going to get better as he continues to develop as a NHL defenseman."

Last season Alberts led the Bruins in penalty minutes with 124 and looked to be one of the few bright spots the Bruins had last season in my opinion. It's good to see them sign a good young player that should grow into a better player in the coming seasons.

Saturday, April 7, 2007

Bruins finish lost season tonight

Tonight the Bruins will play their last game of the regular season and it will be against the Ottawa Senators. This season has been another bad year for the Bruins as they won't make the playoffs again. We'll again have to wait until next season. The off-season should be somewhat interesting in what the Bruins will be doing such as trades, signings, and the draft.

In other news, former Bruin Joe Thornton reached 90 assists for the second straight season. Only Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux have done that before, but now Thornton joins those two with that amazing stat. That trade still hurts really bad. For those Bruins fans that say it was a good trade and that we don't need Joe, then you obviously don't know what you're talking about and don't know hockey. You're just an O'Connell/Jacobs suck up. Probably worst trade ever. Other teams still talk about it and make fun of the Bruins, as do television broadcasts such as TSN.

Sunday, April 1, 2007

Looks like Dave Lewis will be back next season

It wasn't surprising to see the Bruins give up the game winning goal with eighteen seconds left in the third period yesterday to the Atlanta Thrashers, but it was interesting to hear that Dave Lewis got the word that he'll be back next season as the Bruins head coach. According to an article on BostonGlobe.com, Lewis said:
"I talked to Peter and there's nothing to worry about. We have to get better as a group. We have to get better as a team. We have a road ahead of us that we know the direction we're going. Now it's up to us, the coaches, to get better for next year. We have to have a better start. Obviously, we didn't have a strong start, fell behind, and we haven't been consistent."
Even Bruins owner Jacobs gave GM Peter Chiarelli the option to fire Lewis if he wanted to. From an article on BostonGlobe.com, Jacobs said:
"If [Chiarelli] feels he wants to make a change, he has the wherewithal to do it. He can fire him or keep him, that's up to him. He is not going to be second-guessed, in either case. Whatever the decision is, he's going to make it. More than once, I've told him, 'If you feel the best thing to do is make a change, then you have to make it.' He would not be second-guessed, by me, or anyone."
A little later today the Bruins will play at the New Jersey Devils.

Saturday, March 31, 2007

Tim Thomas wins 7th player award

On Thursday Bruins goalie Tim Thomas was awarded the 7th Player Award. This was the second year in a row that Thomas has won the award. I personally thought that rookie Phil Kessel would win, he was my vote. But you can't go wrong with Thomas and the way he has played for most of the season, although he didn't play well against the Penguins on Thursday and the Bruins lossed 4-2. With the loss, the Bruins have officially been eliminated from the NHL playoffs this year.

Note: defenseman Mark Stuart was sent back down to Providence.

Dave Lewis' job may not be safe, as I heard during the Flyers-Devils intermission on the Devils telecast, a commentator named Stan (I think it's Stan, sorry I forget his name) said that Dave Lewis is in trouble in Boston and GM Peter Chiarelli may not bring him back next season. I personally have not liked Lewis' coaching style and of course the results. Who would the Bruins bring in to be the next coach? It seems that the Bruins are changing coaches almost every year. I think it would be a dream to say Ray Bourque, Cam Neely, or Terry O'Reilly will be the next Bruins coach, but I like the idea of any of those guys being the next coach. We'll wait and see what happens when the season is over.

On Saturday the Bruins will see MA-born Keith Tkachuk and the Atlanta Thrashers at 1pm. Tkachuk will be a free agent after this season I believe and I wouldn't mind seeing him in a Bruins' uniform next season. Chiarelli has said that he will be going after a second-tier free agent, but I put Tkachuk as a top-tier free agent. Hopefully though Chiarelli goes after Tkachuk in the offseason.

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Bruins look to redeem themselves from Sunday's game

Tonight the Bruins play against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Boston. They will look to get even with the Penguins who kicked their @ss on Sunday 5-0. The Bruins looked to give up on Sunday in that game. They looked better on Tuesday against the Ottawa Senators so hopefully they play better. Anyone think Sydney Crosby and how about Evgeni Malkin score hat tricks tonight against the Bruins? I think it's possible, looking at Sunday's game and the way they've been playing. We'll see tonight, hopefully the Bruins show up and play with passion and pride.

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Bruins display just how bad they really are

Today's 5-0 loss against the Pittsburgh Penguins showed just how bad the Bruins really are. This team has a lot to work on during the rest of the season and during the off-season. Not much emotion was shown during and after the second period. Jeremy Reich was the only one who showed something but he alone couldn't bring the Bruins back against the Penguins. I'm so disgusted that I'm not even going to go through the game and write what happened. It was just awful. That third period reminded me of what we saw last season. No heart, no intensity, giving so many chances to the opposition, just awful hockey being played by the Bruins.

And what about Zdeno Chara? In my mind he has been somewhat of a disappointment this season. In an article on Telegram.com, in Bud Barth's NHL notes he makes some good points about Chara. A few interesting parts from the article:
If you want to talk numbers, they’re OK for a defenseman — 10 goals and 30 assists in 72 games after yesterday’s clash with the New York Rangers.

Chara’s minus-14 rating isn’t exactly worthy of a parade down Causeway Street, especially given that he was a plus-33 with Ottawa three years ago, but there are two Bruins with worse numbers, plus a couple of mitigating factors to consider.

On the other side, Chara is distressingly casual about puck possession, which may explain him being the runaway team leader in giveaways (82), or unforced turnovers of the puck.

Chara leads the Bruins in hits with 179, but he hasn’t dropped the gloves once in anger all season, either to defend a teammate or to turn the tide of a game. Not one fight all season.

Admittedly, you want your top defenseman on the ice instead of in the penalty box, but there comes a time when you have to do what you have to do — and Chara hasn’t done it, which may be the most alarming statistic of all. It conveys a lack of passion.
What do other Bruins fans think? Has Chara lived up to what you thought he would bring to the Bruins or has he not lived up to your expectations? I know that if he had better teammates like he did in Ottawa then his numbers would probably be better, but I still think he hasn't lived up to his contract.

Friday, March 23, 2007

Bruins lose to Canadiens, playoffs are a dream

Canadiens' Mike Johnson flops onto the ice as Petr Tenkrat watches the acting jobThe Bruins lost tonight 6-3 to the Canadiens and the playoffs for the Bruins look to be gone and just a dream now. Going into the third period, the Bruins had a 3-2 lead and were playing good. But the third period came and the Bruins fell apart, as they have shown for most of the season. Canadiens' Mike Johnson, Maxim Lapierre, Christopher Higgins, and Michael Ryder all scored in the third period, and the Canadiens only took four shots in the third period, so every shot they took went in the net in the third period. Just a pathetic showing by the Bruins in the third period. The Bruins definitely are a rebuilding team and next season they probably will be as well. Montreal's diving, flipping, and flopping helped the refs make some penalty calls on the Bruins as well in this one. If the Canadiens make the playoffs I don't think they will get past the first round as their grit, goaltending, and defense are all questionable. I would love to see them swept if they do make the playoffs. As you can tell I hate the Montreal Canadiens.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Bruins and Canadiens meet again tonight

Tonight at 7:30pm the Bruins and Canadiens will play the second game of their home-and-home series at the TD Banknorth Garden in Boston. The Bruins lost 1-0 on Tuesday and need to win tonight in order to have any chance of making the playoffs. It looks like both teams will have the same lineups as on Tuesday, but there could be late changes.

After the game on Tuesday Bruins' defenseman Andrew Ference was not happy at all and had some interesting comments. Ference's comments from a BostonHerald.com article:

"Coming off of New York ... the next game has to be a real show of character," Ference said. "And I think you'd expect to see more guys (ticked) off, more guys with an edge. Systems-wise, it was great. We were in the right spot and did a lot of the right things. But the parts of the game that are played with emotion - driving the net, getting your nose dirty, and the guys away from the puck making sure they have their feet moving, and going through defensemen instead of around them ... there wasn't enough of that. That's the disappointing part of a game like that."
It's good to see that one guy gets it, but the whole Bruins team needs to feel this way and be like Ference if they will ever be a team.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Bruins lose 1-0 to Canadiens

Tim Thomas robs Alexei KovalevThe Bruins' playoffs chances look slim now with their latest loss coming tonight against the Montreal Canadiens, a team they are battling to get into the playoffs with. Tim Thomas kept the Bruins in the game for all three periods as Montreal looked stronger than the Bruins. The Bruins' fourth line with Jeremy Reich, Jeff Hoggan, and Ben Walter was probably the Bruins most physical line that had some chances but couldn't finish. The only goal was scored by Canadiens' Guillaume Latendresse (his 16th goal of the season) with a minute left in the second period as Montreal was gaining momentum. Canadiens' goalie Jaroslav Halak was the story though as he made 30 saves to get his first shutout.

The Bruins play the Montreal Canadiens again on Thursday night to finish the home-and-home series. The Bruins need a better effort and need to play better defensively and actually score a goal if they want to win on Thursday.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Rivalry could re-heat tonight

With the Bruins looking and playing awful on Saturday against the New York Rangers and losing 7-0, the Bruins need to win as many games as they can in order to have a chance to make the playoffs this year. They are currently seven points behind the Carolina Hurricanes. I don't think they'll make the playoffs this year, but we'll wait, watch and see if they do. Tonight is the first game of a home-and-home series with the hated Montreal Canadiens, with tonight's game at Montreal. The rivalry has died down the past few years, especially with the new rules taking a lot of the rough play out of hockey. The Bruins are 3-2 against the Canadiens this season. The Bruins will scratch defenseman Jason York and youngster Ben Walter will be dressed.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Bruins vs Capitals tonight

Tonight the Bruins play against Alexander Ovechkin, former teammate Milan Jurcina and the Washington Capitals. The Bruins have 71 points and are 12th place in the division behind the Maple Leafs (9th place) who have 77 points, Rangers (10th place) who have 76 points, and Canadiens (11th place) who have 76 points. The Bruins have 13 games left to play and are 4-5-1 in their last ten games. They got to get on a roll and win games in order to catch up to the other teams for the eighth playoff spot. With forward Shean Donovan out with a knee injury the Bruins called up forward Ben Walter from the Providence Bruins to replace him in the lineup. It will be Walter's first time up in the NHL this season with the Bruins. You can view the game's scouting report on BostonHerald.com.