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from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE,
Tim Thomas’ family has heard all of the trade rumors, and – worst of all – his family has heard the painfully fanciful whispers that he might be headed to the Chicago Blackhawks in some kind of hare-brained, pre-deadline deal.
Never mind the fact that Thomas has a full no-trade clause for the first three years of his four-year deal, or that the Blackhawks have no interest in making such a trade with the Bruins. Once the whisper campaign begins it can turn concrete enough that no amount of facts can get in the way of juicy rumor.
What Thomas would tell CSNNE.com is that he “won’t respond to something that’s completely fictitious” in potentially speaking about trade rumors
from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,
A record six teams will be opening next season in three different European cities.
The Carolina Hurricanes and Minnesota Wild will play two regular-season games against each other at Hartwall Arena in Helsinki, Finland, on Thursday, Oct. 7 and Friday, Oct. 8.
The Columbus Blue Jackets and San Jose Sharks will square off for two games at the Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden, on Friday, Oct. 8 and Saturday, Oct. 9.
The Boston Bruins and Phoenix Coyotes will play each other at O2 Arena in Prague, Czech Republic, on Saturday, Oct. 9 and Sunday, Oct. 10.
from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,
The Bruins haven’t won in nine straight games, the franchise’s longest streak without a victory since an 11-match string of futility from Dec. 3, 1924, to Jan. 5, 1925.
“We have to stay positive,’’ said coach Claude Julien. “You have to, because you don’t have a choice. You don’t get out of this by just quitting and saying that we don’t have answers. We have to keep working at getting those answers. Part of those answers is finding a way to finish.’’
from Jack Edwards of NESN,
Regardless of any fire alarm that may or may not go off against Montreal on Thursday night to wake up the scorers, the past three weeks have cast doubt upon the heat of the fire within the Bruins’ shooters….
Funny, but Carl Yastrzemski never won a World Series. Yet the first thought that comes to mind when people mention his name is “Champion.”
That’s what Bruins fans are looking for. They don’t have to see the Cup yet. They just need to know that their heroes’ hands are blistered and bloody and that failure is unacceptable.
“I don’t know what to say. It’s not like guys don’t want to score on this team. Guys want to put the puck in the net. Maybe we have to sacrifice a chicken or a rooster or something like that to try and change our luck.’’
-Marc Savard of the Boston Bruins after losing to the Capitals last night. More on the Bruins from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe.
from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
I am often told that we must be very careful we don’t “take hitting out of the game.”
I am not sure that’s possible. It’s hockey, after all. Hitting is such an intrinsic part of it that I can’t imagine there’s a rule change or interpretation that would “take hitting out of the game.”
But if the goal is to make sure hitting stays in the game, can someone explain to me, please, the curious case of Boston defenceman Mark Stuart.
On Saturday against the Los Angeles Kings, Stuart delivered a well-timed, open-ice hit on Los Angeles King star Anze Kopitar. It was a clean but crushing blow.
continued and watch the Stuart hit below…
from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,
Having watched this team on a day-to-day basis for 30 or so years, I wish I could tell you exactly why it has careened into a ditch faster than a runaway Toyota. It is such a multifaceted mess, far be it from a lowly, though faithful, hockey scribe to separate the pick-up-sticks of this horror show when the people in charge of the bench and the front office obviously don’t know which end of the hockey stick to hold right now.
If the Bruins were to follow the advice of my many hair-trigger (though faithful) e-mailers, Julien would be gone, with Chiarelli right behind him, Zdeno Chara no longer would wear the captain’s “C,’’ Tim Thomas would be bought out (not possible till June, by the way), Dennis Wideman would be singing soprano (figure it out), Phil Kessel would be GM/player-coach (OK, I exaggerate), Cam Neely and Terry O’Reilly would be running the franchise (if not the city), and Ilya Kovalchuk would be suiting up Tuesday night when the Capitals come to town.
more plus other NHL topics…
from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE,
To hear those close to defenseman Aaron Ward tell it, the popular ex-Bruin wants back into Boston in a big, big way.
The 37-year-old defenseman and famed dressing room pontificator is downright miserable in Carolina with the down-and-out Hurricanes, and experienced his own personal Waterloo when he was placed on waivers by the Canes back on Dec. 14….
The only thing Ward would admit to CSNNE.com is that he’s decided he wants to play at least one more season next winter, and that Boston would be at the top of his NHL destinations if there’s mutual interest from B’s GM Peter Chiarelli.
San Jose, Detroit and Philly are also likely to be on Ward’s wish list of potential teams now that the carnage in Carolina has taken on that old hockey team smell, but Ward never wanted to leave Boston in the first place.
from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,
“I am definitely not where I want to be or should be,’’ said Lucic, the left wing on a line with center Marc Savard, just returning from the disabled list, and ex-Sabre Miroslav Satan. “I would expect a lot more from myself, and I’m hoping maybe Savvy gives me a boost.’’
Count Lucic among those who believe he must do a better job generating speed to carry out heavy hits and be a force around the net.
“I know I’m not moving my feet like I can, like I have, and I’ve got to get over that,’’ he said. “I have to move my feet like I used to. I mean, that’s how I’ve been successful before, outracing guys to puck and pounding the boards. I have to be harder on myself.’’
Lucic broke a finger earlier this season, requiring surgery. The combination of fractured finger and testy ankle has hindered his effectiveness. His game has needed time.
more on the Bruins…
from Graig Woodburn of WEEI,
Here are a few other players who may be on the trading block and could possibly be a good fit for the Bruins. They may not be an impact player like Kovalchuk, but they also may not command as steep a price.
Paul Kariya – St. Louis
It would certainly be interesting to see how Kariya would mesh skating with Marc Savard. He would add team speed to the Bruins and provide a nice counter-attack off the rush.
read on for more players plus a report claiming Atlanta wants the Bruins #1 pick (via Toronto) for Kovalchuk…
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