Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Marc Savard injured with broken leg

Well last season the Bruins weren't faced with much adversity but it looks like they're getting a double dose of it this season as now Marc Savard is injured with a broken left leg and will be out 4-6 weeks. Savard joins Milan Lucic on the long term injured reserve. The Bruins have recalled veteran forward Trent Whitfield from Providence (AHL) on an emergency basis. Wow just more bad news for the Bruins with the news of Savard's injury, what else will go wrong this season.

Bruins acquire Daniel Paille

Today the Bruins acquired left wing Daniel Paille from the Buffalo Sabres for Boston's natural third round pick in 2010 and a conditional fourth round pick in 2010. He should be available to play Wednesday night against the Nashville Predators.

Paille has appeared in 195 career games in the NHL - all with Buffalo - and has amassed 35-42=77 totals and 54 penalty minutes. Originally drafted by the Sabres in the first round (20th overall) of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft, the 25-year-old Paille enjoyed his best season statistically in 2007-08 when he set career highs in games played, goals, assists and points after tallying 19 goals, 16 assists for 35 points in 77 games.

Last year, the 6'0, 197-pound forward registered 12-15=27 totals. He has skated in two games this year and recorded one assist for Buffalo.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Lucic out 4-6 weeks after surgery

Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli announced today that Bruins forward Milan Lucic had successful surgery to repair his broken right index finger. Lucic will be out for 4-6 weeks.

Lucic's surgery was performed by Dr. Matthew Leibman at Massachusetts General Hospital on Sunday, October 18. Lucic sustained the injury on Friday, October 16 during the team's game against the Dallas Stars.

The 21-year-old has skated in six games this season with 0-3=3 totals. He was placed on Long Term Injured Reserve on Sunday, October 18, retroactive to October 16.

With Lucic being out for that long this is bad news. The Bruins got to step up and play much better than what they've been showing, except for the game vs the Stars. Hopefully Craig Weller or someone can step in and provide the physical presence that Lucic usually does. It's going to be a big hole to fill.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Bruins trade Kobasew, make roster moves

First the big news as forward Chuck Kobasew has been traded to the Minnesota Wild. In return the Bruins get a second round draft choice in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, the rights to unsigned draft choice Alexander Fallstrom, and forward Craig Weller.

Some info about Fallstrom and Weller:

Fallstrom, selected in the fourth round (116th overall) of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, began his freshman year at Harvard University in September, 2009. A native of Gothenburg, Sweden, he played for Brinken, Lindigo and Djurgarden in Sweden before moving to Minnesota where he attended Shattuck St. Mary's School from 2007-2009. A senior captain at Shattuck St. Mary's in 2008-09, Fallstrom led his team with 40 goals and 87 points (40-47=87) in 52 games. In his first season with Shattuck he had 67 points (20-47=67) in 62 games.

Weller, a fifth round selection of the St. Louis Blues in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft (167th overall), has played in 95 NHL games with the Phoenix Coyotes and Minnesota Wild and has 4-10=14 totals with 127 penalty minutes. This season, Weller has played five games for the Houston Aeros (AHL) and has one assist and seven penalty minutes. Last season, Weller played in 36 games for the Wild and earned 1-2=3 totals and 47 PIM's.

I've seen Weller in some games when he played for the Phoenix Coyotes and Minnesota Wild and he's more of a fourth line player, somewhat like Byron Bitz but not with the offensive upside of Bitz. But Weller will fight more and is a more experienced fighter than Bitz.

The Bruins earlier today loaned forward Guillaume Lefebvre to the Providence Bruins (AHL) for a game today. But later tonight they recalled Lefebvre and also called up forwards Brad Marchand and Vladimir Sobotka. Also Milan Lucic was placed on the long term injured reserve with a broken finger. Hopefully Lucic's finger heals quickly and he can come back and play.

Lucic out, Lefebvre recalled, Bruins lose

Another bad performance by the Bruins last night against the Phoenix Coyotes. Bruins Milan Lucic missed last night's game vs the Coyotes due to a broken finger. Bruins coach Claude Julien on Lucic's injury:

"Right now, I think the severity of it, we're not 100 percent sure," coach Claude Julien said. "We'll re-evaluate it with our own doctors when we get home. We'll probably have more news at the beginning of the week."

Before yesterday's game, the Bruins recalled forward Guillaume Lefebvre on an emergency basis from Providence (AHL).

The Bruins next game is at home against the Nashville Predators on Wednesday. The Predators have been struggling this season with a 2-4-1 record, only scoring 10 goals in 7 games.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Dennis Wideman will miss road trip

Bruins defenseman Dennis Wideman will not make the 2-game roadtrip the Bruins will be on this weekend. Wideman has an upper-body injury that will keep him out of the lineup.

Another change will be the first two lines. Milan Lucic will move to the second line with David Krejci and Blake Wheeler. As Michael Ryder will move to the first line with Marc Savard and Marco Sturm. Hopefully this will provide an offensive spark that the Bruins need.

Bruins coach Claude Julien on the change:

"It might take a little pressure off, but more than that hopefully we'll have the focus we need to be successful and find the identity of our hockey team that we like so much."

"It's never a bad thing -- just a little tweak," said Julien. "We'll see if that will help...shake things up a bit."

"Maybe it will spark something, but I don't think [the change] is reflected [of anything] besides trying to get the best four line combinations."

"It's something different...I think Lucic has had real good success with Krejci before, they've worked well together when he's been on that line in the past," he said. "And with Michael...when you look back at the last game [when he] was a decent player."

"[You see that] when he works hard he creates chances and when he works hard he is strong on the puck."

"And with Sturmie [Marco Sturm] with speed and with Savvy you hope that somehow something can come out of [it]," said Julien.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Bruins start slow this season

The Bruins haven't looked good this year, minus the second game vs the Carolina Hurricanes where they looked like last year's team. To me they seem not into games with the slow starts. The hitting has really not been there in the first two periods in most of the games. The Bruins have their first road trip this season starting on Friday where they take on the Dallas Stars. It's only a 2-game road trip though. They'll take on the Phoenix Coyotes on Saturday. Hopefully things turn around on this road trip for the Bruins.

The Bruins are currently 2-3-0 through five games with four points and tied for third place with the Montreal Canadiens in the Northeast division. They have a total of sixteen goals scored and nineteen goals scored against them.

A few interesting stats: defenseman Derek Morris is a -4; David Krejci and Milan Lucic have 0 goals. Mark Stuart is playing well with a +4 rating (leading the Bruins in that stat).

Tim Thomas is 1-2-0 with a 4.00 GAA and a 86.8% save percentage. Tuukka Rask is 1-1-0 with a 3.39 GAA and a 88.3% save percentage.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Milan Lucic signs 3-year extension

Great news for Boston Bruins fans as power forward Milan Lucic has signed a 3-year contract extension through the 2012-2013 NHL season. And bad news for other Eastern conference teams that will have to play against him. I'm looking for Lucic to have a career year this year where it looks like he will mostly be playing on the first line with Marc Savard and Marco Sturm. We'll see how that goes. The Bruins next game is on Thursday against the Anaheim Ducks.

The 21-year-old Lucic set career highs in all major statistical categories last year after recording 17 goals and 25 assists for 42 points, in addition to tallying 136 penalty minutes and a +17 rating. He netted his first career hat trick and a career-best four points on October 25, 2008, after a 3-1=4 performance against the Atlanta Thrashers.

During the 2008-09 postseason, the 6’3’’ 228-pound winger had three goals and six assists and a team best +12 plus/minus rating in 10 games.

In his rookie year in 2007-08, Lucic registered 8-19=27 totals and 89 penalty minutes in 77 contests. Lucic earned the team's "Seventh Player Award" for his efforts, an award voted on by the fans and given to the Bruin who performs above and beyond expectations. He also contributed two goals in seven postseason games.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Bruins get revenge on Hurricanes

Last night the Bruins got some revenge on the Carolina Hurricanes as they pummeled them on the scoreboard and physically on the ice. The Bruins won the game 7-2 and won the fights that took place in the game. The Bruins had seven different goal scorers and thirteen different players got points. Watch the game summary video courtesy of the NHL.

Ex-Bruins Aaron Ward and Andrew Alberts both made numerous errors that led to Bruins chances and goals. Milan Lucic bloodied Jay Harrison in a good fight where both guys landed some nice shots. Harrison was a bloody mess after the fight. After that fight, former Bruin Andrew Alberts hit Marco Sturm from behind with a cross check and push into the boards. Marc Savard went after him and then everyone joined in as a pile ensued. Out of the pile came Zdeno Chara and Tom Kostopoulos where Chara man handled him and Kostopoulos was left grabbing onto Chara's leg for mercy. You can find the videos with all of the action right here on our site.

The Bruins next play on Thursday against the Anaheim Ducks. If you remember their meeting last season, then you probably remember when Milan Lucic and Mike Brown had a fight where an angry Lucic kept throwing punches at Brown when he was down. We'll see if those two have a rematch on Thursday. I doubt it as Brown is out of Lucic's weight class but you never know I guess. Also in that same game, Marc Savard and Scott Niedermayer had a quick roughing exchange. Thursday's game should be an interesting one.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Krejci likely to play tonight

Good news for the Bruins and for tonight. David Krejci is expected to play in tonight's game vs the Washington Capitals.

Bruins coach Claude Julien on David Krejci:
"The official (decision) will be (today), but right now things are looking good," Julien said after practice yesterday. "He's feeling better and more confident. He's ahead of schedule and a lot of the credit has to go to two different (parties): Obviously him, with how hard he's worked at it; but also our trainers for how hard they've worked. Donnie (DelNegro) and Scott Waugh have done a tremendous job in rehabilitating him and putting him ahead of schedule."

The lines for tonight's game seem to probably look like:

1st line:
C - Marc Savard
LW - Milan Lucic
RW - Marco Sturm

2nd line:
C - David Krejci
LW - Blake Wheeler
RW - Michael Ryder

3rd line:
C - Patrice Bergeron
LW - Mark Recchi
RW - Chuck Kobasew

4th line:
C - Steve Begin
LW - Shawn Thornton
RW - Byron Bitz

G - Tim Thomas

Recent roster moves by the Bruins
On Saturday, the Bruins the following players were waived to go to Providence (AHL): Drew Fata, Drew Larman, Guillaume Lefebvre, Dany Sabourin, Trent Whitfield and Andy Wozniewski. None were claimed so they will be with the Providence Bruins. Mikko Lehtonen, Jeff LoVecchio and Adam McQuaid have also been assigned to Providence (AHL); and Kirk MacDonald has been returned to Providence.

On Monday, the Bruins sent forwards Zach Hamill and Brad Marchand to the Providence Bruins (AHL).

On Wednesday, forward Vladimir Sobotka was sent to Providence (AHL).