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Bad Start For The Boston Bruins

from Stephen Harris of the Boston Herald,

The B’s have played five games in this young season. Two were highly positive, wins against Nashville and a weak Arizona club. Three were troubling, as the B’s were outworked and outplayed by unsung Colorado (twice) and Vegas teams.

Like so many NHL clubs, the Bruins are a work in progress. But it seems, with two weeks completed, that the work hasn’t really started yet.

So the Bruins are back in Boston this week, still trying to find an identity and consistency of effort and execution, which more often than not, have eluded them.

Center David Krejci tried hard to defuse the negativity just after Sunday’s , 3-1 loss to the upstart Vegas Golden Knights.

“There’s no reason to point fingers,” said Krejci. “Yeah, we lost the game. (It was) a frustrating loss. But it was just the fifth game of the season, so don’t make a big deal out if it. We’re going to go back to Boston, work hard in practices and get ready for the next game. We’ve got to figure things out.”

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Morning Line- Rick Tocchet

“I’m kind of embarrassed for the fans, you don’t want to babysit players but it’s just got to get harder around here. Whether it’s harder practices, whether you want to put curfews, all that baby stuff. I hate doing that stuff but if that’s what it takes, we might have to do it.

“Some coaches in the NHL, they skate the hell out of their guys and for whatever reason they come back the next night and they play well so maybe I’ve got to do that. Some guys want more than they’re giving right now and that’s something we’ve got to try to figure out quickly because we don’t want this thing to spiral out of control.”

-Rick Tocchet, head coach of the Arizona Coyotes after losing 6-2 to the Boston Bruins.  Craig Morgan of Arizona Sports has more.

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Video- Tuukku Rask With The Bad Goal Of The Afternoon Games



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Videos- From Derek Sanderson To Hayley Wickenheiser

I tweeted this last night but should have posted it in KK instead.

Sometimes it is just so easy to hit RT instead of actually posting.



Need some motivation?  Watch Hayley Wickenheiser below...

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Notable Talk From Jeremy Jacobs

from Steve Conroy of the Boston Herald,

So with that, the good folks in Quebec City hopeful to land the next NHL franchise should take note. Jacobs does not see it coming to fruition.

“Quebec’s a great market and it has been for many years. But really when I think about it, I don’t see expansion going into the East,” Jacobs said, adding that the league is not in any current discussions with any prospective expansion group. “But that’s me, talking as Boston. I’m not talking as the league. The league may feel differently.”

It may be no coincidence that Jacobs’ Sportservice Corporation has reportedly signed a concessions deal with the group proposing to renovate Seattle’s KeyArena, but Jacobs called Rain City, a couple of hours drive from the Canadian border, a “very interesting location.” But he also mentioned Houston as intriguing, as he has in the past.

“Those are two huge markets,” Jacobs said of Seattle and Houston.

Again this year, Jacobs addressed participation in the Olympics. Though several of his players, Brad Marchand among them, are extremely disappointed that the NHL won’t be participating in these Games, Jacobs defended the league’s decision to sit this one out.


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Derek Sanderson’s Life

from Dan Robson of Sportsnet,

The snooty treatment embarrassed Derek Sanderson, who had grown up poor. It made him mad, vindictive and then foolish. Sanderson went to the bank to get a cashier’s cheque for $78,000 (that’s more than $400,000 in today’s dollars when adjusted for inflation). He returned to the dealership, made sure the salesman didn’t earn a commission and drove the Rolls-Royce right off the lot.

A day earlier, the shaggy-haired Boston Bruins star of the late ’60s and early ’70s signed the richest contract in sports history — a $2.65-million deal with the Philadelphia Blazers of the WHA (surpassing Pelé on the highest-paid athlete list).

But signs of trouble developed immediately. For starters, the Rolls-Royce ran out of gas on the way home. Soon his bank account was running on fumes, too. Sanderson played only eight games for the Blazers in an injury-plagued first season. The team grew tired of the contrast between his lack of performance on the ice and his considerable energy off it.


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Afternoon Line- David Backes

“The guys that are great on faceoffs will still be great on faceoffs. It’s just a little bit of an adjustment. And they’ll probably, truthfully, learn to cheat on this one a little bit too. And Bergy will probably take 1200 draws this year and win 800 of them and he’ll be a Selke award winner. We’ll all have a hug, maybe after this next session, and life will go on.”

-David Backes of the Boston Bruins.  Backes is a member of the NHL’s competition committee and has more to say to Matt Dolloff of CBS Boston.

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Torey Krug Out With Non-Displaced Fracture Of The Jaw

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The Boston Bruins Are Last In The Local Sports Scene

from Dan Shaughnessy of the Boston Globe,

Four is a number always associated with the Boston Bruins.

Bobby Orr — the greatest hockey player of all time — wore No. 4. Black-and-Gold No. 4 jerseys pepper the stands wherever the Bruins play. The best Boston sports bar is The Fours on Canal Street.

Now, as the Bruins get ready for a new season, they once again are all about number four . . . but this time not in a good way.

There is little dispute as to where the Bruins rank on the local sports totem pole at this hour. In terms of overall interest and championship hopes, they are a distant fourth. When it comes to fireworks and buzz, the local hockey team ranks far behind the Patriots, Red Sox, and Celtics.

Being Fourth In The Market: It’s Called Bruins.

The Bruins simply aren’t in the conversation. They can’t even see the medal platform.


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A Look At David Pastrnak’s Contract

from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

The 21-year-old rink rat would have been miserable working out in the Czech Republic while his teammates prepared for the season in Boston. Bruins general manager Don Sweeney could not afford to have his best finisher miss games, not when every point is critical and postseason qualification is a mandate from his bosses.

So when Pastrnak agreed on Thursday, the first day of training camp, to a six-year, $40 million extension, several agents termed the deal as beneficial for both sides.

The Bruins paid a $4 million premium for Pastrnak over Filip Forsberg (six years, $36 million), his closest comparable. But they tucked Pastrnak’s $6,666,667 average annual value below that of Patrice Bergeron ($6.875 million). Brad Marchand is earning $6.125 annually over his eight-year, $49 million contract, but the left wing’s AAV is $7 million over the deal’s first five seasons, after which his no-movement clause expires. So in that way, Pastrnak is making less per year than Marchand and Bergeron, a pecking order the Bruins believed was important to maintain.

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