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Katie Strang just completed an online chat at ESPN...
What player has the most pressure on him entering this years playoffs?
Katie Strang I think St. Louis' Ryan Miller will be one player shouldering very lofty expectations. The Blues went all in to acquire their No. 1 netminder in Miller and the long-time Sabre has been struggling between the pipes as of late. He was yanked in last night's loss but will get another chance to get his confidence up against the Dallas Stars tonight. Lot of pressure on him and the Blues to get it together
How worried should bruins fans be about their inability to close out games recently? I know players are getting rested, but conceding tying goals with under 2 minutes left in the 3rd in back to back games isn't a good omen for the playoffs
Katie Strang I actually think resting some of those guys is a good idea. Remember how gassed Zdeno Chara looked at points last spring? Listen, the Bruins have the deepest team in the East and it's not even close. If I'm a B's fan, I'm worried about very little right now. In fact, I think they'll be the ones hoisting the Cup come June.
from the Jewish Business News,
According to speculation, the two main players emerging in what could be a battle to gain control of the Buffalo Bills are Jeremy Jacobs and his family, and Donald Trump, who has recently begun to display an interest in getting involved in the world of professional sports.
One major barrier that Buffalo born Jeremy Jacobs will have to overcome is his ownership of the Boston Bruins who play in the NHL. According to NFL rules, owners of a major pro sports franchise, irrespective of which sport, and the seller from owning a NFL team, unless they were based in the same city.
This ruling would mean that if Jacobs where to succeed in his efforts to acquire the “ Buffalo Bills” he would be required to part company with the Bruins. Even at this early stage,it has been suggested that one of Jacobs’ ‘ three sons could possibly sell their shares in the Bruins, which would mean that they could become the controlling owner of the Buffalo Bills. No matter which permutation, if the deal were to go through it would have to be in complete compliance with the NFL’s ownership rules.
from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,
This is how the Bruins locked up Iginla to a one-year contract with a $1.8 million cap hit. They promised Iginla $4.2 million in bonuses for a possible payday of $6 million. So far, Iginla has been well worth the investment. The drawback, as the Bruins always knew, is how it will affect next year’s books.
The Bruins are projected to carry an approximate $4.5 million penalty in 2014-15 for exceeding this season’s $64.3 million cap via bonuses due to Iginla, Dougie Hamilton, and Torey Krug. Teams estimate the cap will be around $70 million next season. The Bruins have about $62 million committed to next season’s payroll. They can exceed the cap by $4 million by exercising the long-term injury exception on Marc Savard as they did this season. But Krug, Matt Bartkowski, Reilly Smith, and Jordan Caron are scheduled to become restricted free agents. So is Niklas Svedberg, projected to be Tuukka Rask’s backup.
Krug, Smith, and Bartkowski could double their current salaries. If so, the Bruins would have trouble re-signing Iginla to a multiyear extension, which he probably deserves. Iginla would have to be willing to accept a similar deal: a one-year contract heavily stacked with bonuses. Teams are not allowed to include bonuses on a multiyear contract to a player 35 or older.
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from Jonas Siegel of TSN,
Bernier, who missed the aforementioned five games in March with a groin injury, put no weight on his left leg as he was helped off the ice in front of a stunned ACC crowd. Labeled a lower-body injury – Carlyle wouldn't say if it was a re-aggravation of the groin issue – he was due to go for an MRI as soon as possible.
more on the Leafs 4-3 OT win over Boston...
from the CP at The Hockey News,
"We like to know what spot we're in and what position we're in," Kadri said. "We understand where we're at and where we need to go, so tonight's an important building step in that direction, so we've got to make sure we come out ready to go."
Kadri reiterated what defenceman Jake Gardiner said Wednesday: that the Leafs feel they match up well against the Bruins. If nothing else, winger James van Riemsdyk knows Boston is a measuring stick.
"I don't know if I'd use that wording, but, yeah, I think whenever you play a team like them, they're a good team, you know you have to have your best game to give yourself a chance," van Riemsdyk said. "I think we rise to that challenge in that regard."
from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,
The Bruins played 17 games jammed into a 31-day month. They played six sets of back-to-backs, all involving travel. They reeled off a 15-1-1 run that plopped them 9 points ahead of second-place Pittsburgh in the Eastern Conference.
“When you play 17 games in 31 days and you lose one shootout game, that’s pretty impressive for this group,” said coach Claude Julien. “They’ve stayed focused. They’ve stayed humble. They’ve stayed determined. So I’m pretty proud of the way we handled this month.”
They will now reap the benefits of that run. Starting Wednesday against the Red Wings, they will begin the process of resting their lead dogs. It’s possible that some players may not make the two-game swing to Detroit and Toronto. It’s just as likely the big boys will stay home for the two-game trip the following week to Minnesota and Winnipeg.
The Bruins can make three more recalls from Providence before the conclusion of the regular season. They will exercise all or part of that option.
Milan Lucic had some works for Alexei Emelin post-game regarding this hip-check.
via Mike Boone of Habs Inside/Out,
As has come to be the norm in the NHL, Emelin’s clean hit drew a retaliatory assault from Zdeno Chara. And late in the game, Lucic speared Emelin from behind – a cheap shot described as a “love tap” by the cretinous P.J. Stock, who is ruining L’Antichambre for me.
Of course, Emelin’s refusal to “answer the bell” will be highlighted this Saturday on Coach’s Corner – the more so because bashing a Russian will take Cherry’s increasingly enfeebled mind off the late-season collapse of his beloved Leafs.
watch the spear below...
First we have an open-ice hip check from Alexei Emelin on Milan Lucic and below we have Kevan Miller agaisnt Travis Moen.
Moen lost his helmet in the fight and needed help getting off the ice.
from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,
“We’re not blessed with too many power plays,” Julien said after the Bruins’ 4-2 win in New Jersey on Tuesday, their 10th straight victory. “It’s a part that we still can’t figure out why. We see reasons we should be on the power play. Our penalty kill has to be good because every night we’re killing more than we are on the power play. That’s just the way it has been for years. It’s a good thing we’re a disciplined team. We don’t take a ton of penalties. We just don’t get a ton of power plays.”
Some teams are excellent at drawing power plays. Through 71 games, Washington had gone on the power play a league-leading 255 times and had scored on an NHL-best 23.9 percent of its chances. Their power play is a major reason why the Capitals aren’t with the Islanders, Panthers, and Sabres at the ground floor of the Eastern Conference.
Boston is not one of those teams. Through 69 games, the Bruins had drawn only 192 power plays, the fewest in the league. They finished at the bottom of the NHL last season, too. They had 122 power plays, 81 fewer than the league-leading Canadiens.
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With Boston leading 2-0, Patrick Roy pulled goaltender Semyon Varlamov for an extra attacker with five minutes to go in the 3rd period.
Neither team scored but do you think more teams should pull their goalie a little earlier when down by at least two goals?
Roy explains his decision and you can watch it below. I edited the video to start at the 3 minute mark, so it may be a little slow in loading.
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