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“We just found ourselves in a place we don’t want to be. It’s going to be a workout time. We had a change when we brought Cam in and Charlie, and they wanted a change. They thought we needed a change. They thought it was the right move for the franchise. I think Peter is a great human being and a great hockey mind. And I think he’s going to prosper out west (in Edmonton). He’s got a great young team there. We were not in the same position. It’s a cap environment we find ourselves in here and you’ve got to look to the future. If you watch the success of the Chicago team, and I do admire them quite a bit, they dealt with their high-priced players early on and the kept creating room. Every year, there was a change, not too unlike the change we see here (this year). We see some great players going elsewhere. Even to this year, you see very successful teams have met that problem. We didn’t deal with it in a timely enough manner and we found ourselves in a cap position that wasn’t attractive for us.”
-Jeremy Jacobs, owner of the Boston Bruins on ex-GM Peter Chiarell. More on the Bruins from Steve Conroy of the Boston Herald.
NEW YORK (July 29, 2015) – Representatives from the National Hockey League, Boston Bruins, Montreal Canadiens, New England Patriots, National Hockey League Players’ Association and Bridgestone gathered today at Gillette Stadium to detail plans for the 2016 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic®. In January, the NHL announced that the 2016 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® will feature the Bruins and Canadiens at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., on New Year’s Day, 2016. The event will be televised live on NBC, Sportsnet and TVA Sports at 1 p.m. ET.
When these long-time rivals meet, Boston will become the first Club to host the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® for a second time, after defeating the Philadelphia Flyers 2-1 in overtime of the 2010 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® at Fenway Park. It will mark the first time the Canadiens will play in the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic®, and just the second time a Canadian-based NHL team will play in the game, following the Toronto Maple Leafs’ appearance in 2014.
from Joe McDonald of ESPN,
You'll find Harry Sinden's name in the Boston Bruins media guide under the ownership and executive section.
The former Bruins coach, general manager and team president is listed as "senior advisor to the owner and alternate governor" right below owner Jeremy Jacobs, CEO Charlie Jacobs and president Cam Neely.
Sinden, 82, has been out of the spotlight since he officially retired on Aug. 9, 2006. That same summer, Peter Chiarelli was named general manager.
Under Chiarelli, the Bruins won a Stanley Cup in 2011 and returned to the finals in 2013. During Chiarelli's nine seasons in Boston, Sinden had zero influence on decisions and very little input.
But this new era under first-time GM Don Sweeney has an old-school feel to it. Sinden's name has been mentioned more in the past few months than it was during Chiarelli's entire tenure in Boston.
from Steve Conroy of the Boston Herald,
There are still some very serviceable defensemen — Johnny Oduya, Cody Franson, Christian Ehrhoff — left on the free agent market as of today, so Bruins general manager Don Sweeney may not be done building his first roster.
With a couple of veterans on the last year of their contracts — Loui Eriksson, Chris Kelly, Max Talbot — a trade or two could still be in the offing. But presuming Sweeney has done most of his heavy lifting — and there was a lot of it — now might be a good time to try to figure out what might be going on in coach Claude Julien’s head with regard to his lineup. As opposed to past years, there are few obvious choices, up front and on the back end.
Just remember, these are working documents, now more than ever:
Lines: Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Brett Connolly, Matt Beleskey-David Krejci-Jimmy Hayes, Loui Eriksson-Ryan Spooner-David Pastrnak, Zac Rinaldo-Chris Kelly-Max Talbot....
Defense: Zdeno Chara-Zach Trotman, Joe Morrow-Dennis Seidenberg, Torey Krug-Adam McQuaid/Kevan Miller.
BOSTON, MA - Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney announced today, July 6, that the club has signed forward Jimmy Hayes to a three-year contract through the 2017-18 season worth a cap figure of $2,300,000, forward Brett Connolly to a one-year contract through the 2015-16 season worth a cap figure of $1,025,000 at the NHL level and forward Brandon DeFazio to a one-year, two-way contract through the 2015-16 season worth a cap figure of $575,000 at the NHL level.
"I really don't know what to tell you, [Matt Beleskey] has had one good year. Was it a great year? No. This reminds me in some ways of Marty Lapointe, when they gave Marty Lapointe five years, $25 million and were expecting a whole lot of Marty and he was a 'C' player. I hope this guy is a 'B' player."
-Kevin Paul Dupont via CSNNE where you can read more from Dupont.
from David Staples of the Edmonton Journal,
This just in from Toronto Star columnist Bruce Arthur from TSN’s The Reporters, a suggestion that the Edmonton Oilers can’t count on new acquisition Cam Talbot, so should have offered up Ryan Nugent-Hopkins in a trade for Boston goalie Tuukka Rask.
Here’s how the conversation played out as the sportswriters described the key moves at the NHL trade deadline:
Toronto Sun columnist Steve Simmons: “I like the move that sends Cam Talbot to Edmonton. Edmonton is now Canada’s team. They’ve become that. Connor McDavid is going there. Peter Chiarelli is there. (Todd) McLellan is there. They’re putting all the pieces in place. They had to trade for Talbot in New York. We don’t know what it’s like to go from playing behind one of the best defences in the NHL to playing behind one of the worst, but we’re going to find that out. We’re going to find out whether this guy is real or whether he’s not. Because if Edmonton has real goaltending, they’ve got chance to do some business.”
“That’s a lot of pressure in Cam Tablbot,” countered Arthur. “We don’t know what he is really. He doesn’t have a huge NHL resume. If I was the Oilers, I would have called Boston, I would have said, ‘How much for Tuukka Rask?’ If it’s Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, I’d do it. Because that’s one of the five goaltenders you can depend on year after year. Cam Talbot? They’re panning for gold a little bit. But the pressure is on Edmonton to produce while Connor McDavid is on an Entry Level Contract.”
Michael Farber of Sports Illustrated added:
from Steve Conroy of the Boston Herald,
That missing element? Hunger. It was gone when the Bruins went up to Montreal for Game 6 in that series and seemed quite content from the outset to forget about the business at hand and aim to win Game 7 at home. We all know how that worked out.
Any sense of urgency was missing at key points of last season’s non-playoff campaign. Emblematic was their second-to-last game of the season at Florida when all they had to do was win a period to stay alive in the playoff race, against a Panthers team that had already been eliminated from playoff contention. And we all know how that went down.
That’s not to say everyone quit. Zdeno Chara played the last week on a broken fibula. Brad Marchand battled to the end. Bergeron remained Bergeron.
But that intangible team quality, that desperate drive that was so evident in their two runs to the finals was not there. Sure, the team battled significant injuries all year. But with a little more will, they could have got themselves into the playoffs in that final week.
Why that grit disappeared is anyone’s guess, but there was a slow elimination of the leadership group ever since they lifted the Cup in 2011.
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