Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Bruins sign 4 players to entry-level contracts

Today Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli announced that the Bruins have signed forward Jordan Caron, forward Joe Colborne, goaltender Michael Hutchinson, and defenseman Steven Kampfer to entry-level contracts.

The 19-year-old Caron split this season between Rimouski Oceanic and Rouyn-Noranda Huskies of the QMJHL (Quebec Major Junior Hockey League), after being traded from Rimouski to Rouyn-Noranda on January 9, 2010. The 6'2" 202-pound forward registered 17 goals and 16 assists for 33 points in 23 games with the Huskies and he earned 9-11=20 totals with the Oceanic in 20 games. ... Caron was drafted by the Bruins in the first round (25th overall) of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.

The 20-year-old Colborne skated in all 39 games with the University of Denver this year, earning 22-19-41 totals. Colborne has played 79 games in two seasons with the Pioneers, registering 32 goals and 40 assists for 72 total points. The Calgary, Alberta native was drafted by the Bruins in the first round (16th overall) of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

The 20-year-old Hutchinson has appeared in 46 regular season games this season with the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League, registering a .913 save percentage and a 2.86 goals against average. ... The 6'3" 185-pound Barrie, Ontario native was drafted by Boston in the third round (77th overall) in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

The 21-year old Kampfer skated in 45 games for the University of Michigan this season, recording three goals, 23 assists (26 points) and 50 PIM. ... The 5'11", 197-pound native of Jackson, Mich. was selected by the Anaheim Ducks in the fourth round (93rd overall) of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. He was traded from Anaheim to Boston on March 2 in exchange for a conditional fourth round draft pick.
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Saturday, March 27, 2010

Savard talks about the Cooke hit

Bruins center Marc Savard returned to the TD Garden this afternoon since the injury and had a press conference with the media.

Savard on the hit:
"To me, it was a shoulder and I watched the Richards on Booth hit. I think that was a shoulder. ... I think mine was more of an elbow, so I think there was an attempt to injure there. I was, obviously, very unhappy with what happened and I think it could have been avoided very easily."
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Savard on Matt Cooke trying to attempt to contact him:
"Yeah, he has tried and he has tried to get my phone number and stuff like that, but from what happened I really don't, right at the moment, have any interest in talking to him and that's just how I feel. Maybe down the road, but right now, I am not feeling any better so I would rather just not talk to him."
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You can watch the entire Savard press conference video with the media.

The Bruins had a big 5-0 win today over the Calgary Flames. With the Bruins winning and the Flyers losing today, they are both tied with 80 points (the Bruins have 1 game in hand on the Flyers). If the playoffs started today the Bruins (7th place) would be facing the Pittsburgh Penguins (2nd place) which would be an interesting series considering everything that has happened. There are eight more games remaining in the season for the Bruins. The Bruins next game in on Monday vs the Buffalo Sabres.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Bruins recall Trent Whitfield

With Vladimir Sobotka not able to play tonight due to the hit he took in the Thrashers game, the Bruins have recalled veteran Trent Whitfield from Providence (AHL).

Whitfield has skated in 52 games with the Providence Bruins this year and ranks second on the team in goals scored with 17 (17-26=43 totals) and has registered 22 PIM.
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Tuukka Rask is expected to start tonight against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Bruins fighting for better playoff position

The Bruins are still currently in 8th place in Eastern Conference with 78 points, a 33-27-12 record. The Flyers are in 7th place with 79 points as of right now. And now with Brian Boucher as their starting goalie and Jeff Carter injured, the Bruins have a chance to move up. Montreal has 80 points in 6th place and Ottawa has 83 points in 5th place but they've been playing bad recently.

The Bruins remaining games are:
vs Lightning
vs Flames
vs Sabres
@ Devils
vs Panthers
@ Maple Leafs
@ Capitals
vs Sabres
vs Hurricanes
@ Capitals

Bruins sign Andrew Ference to extension

Today Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli announced that they have re-signed defenseman Andrew Ference to a 3-year contract extension through the 2013-14 NHL season.

The 31-year-old Ference is a veteran of 569 regular season NHL games and has compiled 24 goals, 117 assists and 141 points in his 10 NHL seasons. This season marked Ference's fourth with the Bruins, as he was traded from Calgary to Boston with Chuck Kobasew for Brad Stuart, Wayne Primeau, and a 2008 fourth round pick on February 10, 2007. He has appeared in 50 games this year for the Black & Gold and has tallied eight assists. In his three plus years with the Bruins, Ference has played in 182 games and registered 3-29-32 totals and 137 PIM.
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Thursday, March 18, 2010

Zdeno Chara vs Mike Rupp

The second fight of the night in the Penguins-Bruins game, in the second period, Bruins captain Zdeno Chara takes on Mike Rupp. Edge to Chara in this one. Watch it below.

Shawn Thornton vs Matt Cooke

Well it didn't take long in tonights game vs the Penguins, as 1:58 in the first period Matt Cooke actually dropped the gloves and he fought Shawn Thornton. Thornton gets the decision in this one. Watch the fight below.

Bruins vs Penguins tonight

So all of us are asking what's going to happen tonight in the Bruins-Penguins game with Matt Cooke coming to town. Will the Bruins seek revenge and challenge Cooke to a fight or do something else to get revenge? Or will they not do anything to Cooke or any other Penguins player and just play for the two points? We'll have to wait until tonight to see but it should definitely be an interesting game. Colin Campbell will be in attendance tonight and I'm sure he'll be warning both teams before the game to make sure there is no Bertuzzi-Moore incident. In my opinion the Bruins need to do something. This cheapshot artist took out your best player and you basically did nothing when it happened. Without Savard in the lineup, the playoffs look like a dream right now.

It looks like Bruins Patrice Bergeron is ok after taking a shot off the inside of his knee and just has a bruise.

The Bruins are in 8th place in the Eastern Conference with 74 points, and a 31-26-12 record.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Don Cherry calls Matt Cooke gutless

If you didn't see Coach's Corner with Don Cherry on Saturday well you missed his thoughts on Pittsburgh Penguins Matt Cooke and the cheap hit he put on Bruins Marc Savard. You can watch the video below. During Coach's Corner they also show most if not all of the cheap shots and stuff that Cooke has done in his NHL career. Even interesting to hear that Cooke met with Cherry during the playoffs last season and to his face, Cherry called him a "gutless backstabbing little 'bleep'" which I would have loved to have seen in person. I feel sorry for Cooke's kids. Imagine your dad being one of the most gutless players to ever play in the NHL. Some day Cooke will get his, but how many more players will he take out before that happens. Throw this joke out of the league now.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Another funny Bear commercial

Here's a new Bear commercial from BostonBruins.com. The video is named "Escalator" and this is another funny one.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Marc Savard injured from Cooke cheapshot

Well you can add Bruins Marc Savard to the list of players that cheapshot artist Matt Cooke has injured during this season. In today's Bruins vs Penguins game, in the third period, Cooke delivered a hit to Savard's head from the blindside, which looked like his elbow, maybe shoulder, I can't really tell, but in any case a shot to the head. It looks a little like the Mike Richards hit on David Booth, but Cooke extended his arm, and Richards did not in his hit. You can watch the cheapshot below. Cooke needs to be suspended, hell I would love to see his ass thrown out of the league as this is what he always does, injures players. Another NHL star injured, isn't this great for the league.

The AP is saying that Savard sustained a concussion from this hit. Bruins coach Claude Julien on the hit:
"It's pretty obvious that was definitely a dirty hit," Bruins coach Claude Julien said. "That's probably the classic blind-side hit to the head ... I'm usually reserved in making comments, but definitely the league will take care of it."

"A guy like that has to be suspended," Julien said. "That's the way I see it because it's an elbow to the head from the blind side, and that's exactly the example they show, what we've got to get out of this game. We got a guy who's got a concussion, our best player, and he's going to be out for a while. He was out on the ice for a bit and that's unacceptable."
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Matt Cooke on the hit:
"I felt like it was shoulder to shoulder," said Cooke, who is uncertain whether he will be suspended by the NHL. "I know he's shooting the puck but I just finished my check. I got hit the same way my shift before at centre ice by their defenceman, except I (ducked) at the last second."
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The Bruins play the Penguins one more time this season, on March 18th at Boston.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Bruins acquire Dennis Seidenberg

The third trade the Bruins made today brings in a defenseman to fill in the spot that Derek Morris had. The Bruins acquired defenseman Dennis Seidenberg and defenseman Matthew Bartkowski from the Florida Panthers for forwards Craig Weller, Byron Bitz, and a second round draft pick in 2010.

Bruins acquire Cody Wild from Oilers

The second move the Bruins made today was trading forward Matt Marquardt to the Edmonton Oilers for defenseman Cody Wild.

Marquardt, 22, has appeared in 42 games with the Providence Bruins of the American Hockey League this season recording one goal and nine assists.

Marquardt was originally drafted by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the 7th round, 194th overall in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.

Wild, 22, has split this season between the Springfield Falcons of the American Hockey League and the Stockton Thunder of the East Coast Hockey League.

The 6'1" 205-pound native of North Providence, Rhode Island was selected by the Edmonton Oilers in the fifth round (140th overall) of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.
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Bruins trade Derek Morris to Coyotes

Today is the trade deadline, and the first move that the Bruins made today was trading defenseman Derek Morris to the Phoenix Coyotes for a fourth round draft pick in 2011. This is a scratch my head deal for me but maybe the Bruins are looking to bring in a defenseman to fill his spot. Also seeing some TSN analysts talk about this trade, it seems the Bruins almost traded him earlier and he thought he was on his way out and seems, according to the TSN guys talking, the Bruins told him that they wouldn't be resigning him after the season anyways.