Sunday, September 20, 2009

Bruins camp roster cuts

The Bruins have made some training camp roster cuts, they're listed below courtesy of BostonBruins.com:

Adam Courchaine, Matt Dalton, Jordan Knackstedt, and Matt Marquardt have been assigned to Boston's American Hockey League affiliate, the Providence Bruins.

Scott Fletcher and Rob Kwiet have been released from their tryout agreement with the Boston Bruins are being returned to Providence.

Alain Goulet and Lane MacDermid are unsigned draft choices who are being released from Boston's training camp and reporting to Providence's training camp.

Ryan Button, Jordan Caron, Michael Hutchinson, and Tyler Randell are unsigned draft choices who are being returned to their respective junior clubs.

Chris DeSousa, Brad Good, Mark Isherwood, Jason Lawrence, Taylor MacDougall, Peter Stevens, Jason Wilson and Marc Zanetti have been released from their Boston Bruins Rookie Camp tryout agreements. Please note that Wilson participated in Boston’s full training camp in addition to their rookie camp.
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Also, for you Bruins fans, like me, that like the preseason fights, I found some from YouTube and put them in the videos section of the site.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Bruins trade Kessel to Toronto

Well it was bound to happen it seemed and now it has happened. The Bruins have traded young star Phil Kessel to the Toronto Maple Leafs for first round picks in 2010 and 2011 and a second round pick in 2010. I think it was good to get those high draft picks from a team like Toronto that is rebuilding and won't probably make the playoffs this season. But trading a star winger to a team in your own division I do not like. Hopefully the Bruins can shut Kessel down when they play against him. Let me know your thoughts on this trade, was it a good or bad trade?

Update on 09/19/09 at 2:52 PM
Here are comments from Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli and forward Patrice Bergeron about the Kessel trade. First, from Chiarelli:
"A trade of this nature is obviously difficult. When you trade a good young player who can score goals with speed, who we drafted and helped develop, so obviously it's a difficult thing and I'll fill you in on some of the details. But let me be perfectly clear, this trade is really about two things: one, it's about a player who did not want to play in Boston, and two, it's about the threat or the perceived threat of an offer sheet. And I'll get into detail a little bit those two things, but really that's what this trade is all about."
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And from Bergeron:
"Well, I think for us, we're pretty happy with what we have in the dressing room and we believe in all the guys that's here right now," he said. "It's Phil's decision and we all respect that, but at the same time we're here in training camp and we feel good with all the guys that are here now."
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Update on 09/19/09 at 4:45 PM
Yahoo's Puck Daddy has a good blog post about the Kessel trade and mentioned some stuff that makes you think he may have been a problem in the Bruins locker room and now he is Toronto's problem. I did not know about these incidents so this definitely interested me. In the Puck Daddy blog post, they link to two other articles, the first article on theScore.com with some Blue Jackets staff interviewing Kessel pre-draft, and some really non-team/selfish comments. The other article on CBCSports.ca is also a good read and expands on some of Kessel's weaknesses.

A guy who beat testicular cancer, but wouldn't play through last season's shoulder injury until teammates pointed out they were playing through worse.

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Lucic arrived willing to do anything and everything necessary to succeed. It was no trouble getting him to do extra work on the ice or in the weight room. It was much, much harder to convince Kessel that the extra work is necessary. There is still a feeling that he doesn't understand how important it is. One teammate said, "He is still young (22 in October), so he will figure it out." Others are not so charitable.

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One of the reasons he dropped down to fifth in the 2006 NHL Draft were suggestions that he was coddled and not receptive to criticism. That label remains. Julien's had a tough relationship with Kessel because that's not his style. (The two even fought about the kind of stick Kessel used.)
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We all know Kessel doesn't like talking with the media. I remember seeing him on some NESN interviews where he looked out of place and didn't really want to be there. If it was hard for him in Boston, well it's going to be ten times harder in Toronto where they go nuts about hockey like fans in Boston go nuts about the Red Sox. Kessel signed a 5-year $27 million contract with Toronto. Good luck to you Kessel.

Update on 09/19/09 at 5:32 PM
Yes another update to this post as I found an interesting article on TSN.ca. Read the quotes below from the article.

"This is not about frugality," Boston general manager Peter Chiarelli said on Saturday. "There were some significant offers made."

Chiarelli said Kessel told him in July he no longer wanted to play in Boston, and the Bruins traded the rights to the 21-year-old former first-round pick to the Maple Leafs for Toronto's first-round picks in each of the next two drafts plus the Leafs' second-round pick in 2010.

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It is believed Kessel's problems with the team started when coach Claude Julien benched him for part of the first-round 2008 playoff series against Montreal. Julien was unhappy with Kessel's two-way play, something the coach said improved last season.

"My first year here (2007-08) was really trying to convince him that we were really trying to make him a better player and that he needed to just understand that," Julien said on Saturday. "Obviously, he did because he scored 36 goals the next year (and was a plus-23), but I even told him in a conversation that I didn't get a bonus for making him a bad player, so that he had to understand that everything I did was to try and make him a better player and I think that message was understood."

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"We are all happy with what we have, the group of guys we have in this room," captain Zdeno Chara said. "I can't really make comments on Phil's behalf, what he felt, why he decided not to be part of it. It's absolutely Phil's decision. It's part of the business."
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Thursday, September 17, 2009

Sounds like Kessel trade coming soon

The Boston Herald today is reporting that "two well-placed sources in Toronto" said that the Toronto Maple Leafs are close to pulling off a blockbuster trade to get Bruins Phil Kessel.

According to the sources, the deal likely will be finalized within the next week, as four teams are in the running. Toronto and Nashville have made the best offers in talks with B's general manager Peter Chiarelli. Minnesota and the New York Rangers also are in the mix.

The Bruins hoped all along to keep Kessel but could not re-sign him despite making a lucrative offer, so they are close to getting what they can for him and moving on.

"We're obviously at an impasse," Chiarelli said before last night's preseason game against the Maple Leafs, where he expected to speak to Toronto counterpart Brian Burke.
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I really don't want to see Kessel traded to the Leafs because they are in the Bruins division and despite not being physical, Kessel can put the puck in the net. With Toronto though, they don't have a center like Marc Savard to dish the puck to Kessel so you never know. I guess we'll find out in the coming week happens with Kessel.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Phil Kessel probably not a Bruin anymore

The latest news on Phil Kessel is not good as it looks like he will be traded. The front runner seems to be the Toronto Maple Leafs but it would be best if he wasn't traded to a team in our division. Losing Kessel will mean lots of goals to make up for but I think the Bruins can handle that. Kessel was the softest player on the team and hasn't shown the want to be physical. So we'll see what happens with Kessel as there is also talk that the New York Rangers and Nashville Predators are also interested in Kessel.

From an article on Boston Globe site:
Chiarelli has what Burke wants, and Kessel's agent already has informed the Bruins that he is done negotiating with the Spoked-B franchise. Both Kessel and Arnott have shot down that impasse, which was reported here first last week, but that’s only because they don’t want Kessel's reputation in Boston to morph into what Dany Heatley's became in Ottawa when he requested out over the summer...
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From an article on TSN:
The Leafs, New York Rangers and the Nashville Predators are the three most aggressive bidders, but at least two other teams are also believed to be in the hunt.

At this point there is nothing imminent, but Kessel's future is a hot topic in Boston.

The Boston Globe reported Friday that Kessel has made it clear his priority is to sign an offer sheet with another NHL team and he doesn't intend on negotiating with the Bruins any longer.

Kessel's agent, Wade Arnott refutes this, saying they have never stopped talking to the Bruins and Kessel's priority is to play in the NHL - if not with Boston, then with the team that successfully acquires him.

"The story in the Boston media is a complete fabrication," Arnott told TSN. "Having said that, we are at an impasse with the Bruins."

Arnott insists Kessel hasn't taken a hard stance, but acknowledges that - based on the impasse - the young forward's days in Boston are likely over.
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Saturday, September 12, 2009

Bruins training camp roster

On Thursday the Bruins announced their 54-man roster for the Bruins 2009 Training Camp. List of players is below courtesy of BostonBruins.com:

2009 BRUINS TRAINING CAMP ROSTER (SUBJECT TO CHANGE):

Forwards (31):
Jamie Arniel, Steve Begin, Patrice Bergeron, Byron Bitz, Jordan Caron, Zach Hamill, Jordan Knackstedt, Chuck Kobasew, David Krejci, Drew Larman, Guillaume Lefebvre, Mikko Lehtonen, Jeff LoVecchio, Milan Lucic, Brad Marchand, Matt Marquardt, Lane MacDermid, Kirk MacDonald, Levi Nelson, Tyler Randell, Mark Recchi, Yannick Riendeau, Michael Ryder, Marc Savard, Max Sauve, Vladimir Sobotka, Marco Sturm, Shawn Thornton, Blake Wheeler, Trent Whitfield, Jason Wilson

Defensemen (16):
Andrew Bodnarchuk, Johnny Boychuk, Ryan Button, Zdeno Chara, Drew Fata, Andrew Ference, Alain Goulet, Matt Hunwick, Rob Kwiet, Adam McQuaid, Derek Morris, Zach McKelvie, Jeff Penner, Mark Stuart, Dennis Wideman, Andy Wozniewski

Goaltenders (7):
Adam Courchaine, Matt Dalton, Michael Hutchinson, Tuukka Rask, Kevin Regan, Dany Sabourin, Tim Thomas

Unsigned Restricted Free Agents as of September 10 (1):
Phil Kessel
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You can also view the preseason schedule on that same page with the players listed (link above).

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Bruins sign Andy Wozniewski

Today it was announced that the Bruins have signed defenseman Andy Wozniewski to a one-year contract. Wozniewski is a big defenseman, listed at 6'5" 225lbs but I don't remember him being that great of a player last season with Toronto. And if Toronto traded him away then he's probably not all that, since they needed defense help last season. Look for Wozniewski to be in Providence (AHL) or the seventh defenseman on the Bruins roster who is scratched for most nights.

Wozniewski split the 2008-09 season between the St. Louis Blues' and Pittsburgh Penguins' AHL affiliates. He played in 56 games for the Peoria Rivermen with 1-16=17 totals and 56 penalty minutes before being traded to the Penguins organization. He then skated in 18 games for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and posted 2-2=4 totals, and 26 penalty minutes.

Wozniewski appeared in one NHL game for the Blues during the 08-09 on February 3 versus the Columbus Blue Jackets.
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Friday, September 4, 2009

Bruins sign Claude Julien to extension

Today it was announced that the Bruins have signed coach Claude Julien to a multi-year contract extension. This is good news as Julien has done a great job with the Bruins team since he came aboard. Hopefully this next season they build on last year's success.

Julien, who completed his second season with the Bruins in 2008-09, guided Boston to the Eastern Conference's top record in the regular season, finishing 53-19-10 for 116 points. He was voted the winner of the 2009 Jack Adams Award, which is awarded "to the head coach who has contributed the most to his team's success," becoming just the third head coach in Bruin history to capture the award.
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