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PRAGUE, CZE - Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that the club has signed forward Patrice Bergeron to a three-year contract extension through the 2013-14 season. Per club policy, financial terms of the deal will not be disclosed.
The 25-year-old Bergeron is entering his seventh NHL season, having made the Bruins NHL roster in his draft year of 2003 as an 18-year-old. He has served the club as an alternate captain since 2005-06. In 2009-10, Bergeron captured the team scoring title for the second time in his career (tied with David Krejci), with 19 goals and 33 assists for 52 points on the season. In addition, he ended the regular season fifth overall in the NHL with a 58% faceoff efficiency. In 13 postseason games, the 6’2’’, 194-pound native of Sillery, Quebec tallied four goals and seven assists for 11 points, which ranked second on the squad.
In the latest episode of The Bolts Beat, the boys offer their conference forecasts, predicting teams 15 all the way to 1 for both the West and the East. Cramming details for all 30 teams into an hour show proved to be a formidable task, with those projected as non-playoff clubs getting far lengthier explanations than those the hosts see qualifying for postseason play. Spoiler alert: Obligatory Alex Tanguay cracks included, the Lightning make the playoffs and Jon’s orange-and-blue hallucinations return (sort of).
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from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE,
Chara is ideally looking for something that would allow him to play until the age of 45, but that would mean an 11-year deal for the Slovakian defenseman. A lengthy contract like that is not exactly an easy sell to the NHL after an arbitrator roundly rejected the Ilya Kovalchuk contract – a deal based on the assumption that NHL players can continue skating in the NHL well north of their 40th birthday.
Whether a new contract would take Chara through that length or would simply be another deal similar to the five-year contract he originally signed with Boston, the B’s defenseman said there a few more days before his season-opening deadline comes into play.
“We’re not on the exact same track,” said Chara of contract talks. “But we’re talking and we’ll see how it goes. Obviously I don’t want to have it bother me during the season, so we have a few days left.”
from Shawn P. Roarke of NHL.com,
Hockey has given Shawn Thornton many things in life, but he never imagined it would bring him back to his roots.
Yet, there Thornton sat Thursday afternoon—after an overnight flight from Boston—in the city of his mother’s birth, peeling off a sweaty Boston Bruins jersey and ruminating exactly on what the game has given him.
Just since signing with Boston in 2007, Thornton has found a hockey home and been exposed to experiences he never believed to be possible.
“I’m pretty fortunate, my first exhibition game with Boston after I signed was in Newfoundland and I hadn’t been back there in five or six years and now this,” Thornton told NHL.com Thursday. “The timing has been pretty good for myself.”
Thornton played his first four pro seasons in the American Hockey League with the St. John’s Maple Leafs, which made that first trip such a powerful homecoming.
from James Murphy of ESPN Boston,
While general manager Peter Chiarelli gave winger Michael Ryder a public vote of confidence Sunday, Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs, speaking at Wednesday’s media day, didn’t rule out the possibility of Ryder being shipped to the minors.
“Hopefully we’re not doing that,” Jacobs said of sending Ryder to Providence. “It’s up to Pete. We sure don’t want to see that happen. It’s not unheard of in this organization, but we want to be a little more fiscally responsible than that. But if that’s where you wind up, that’s where you wind up. It’s Peter’s call, really.” ...
With the preseason showing the Bruins have numerous young prospects knocking on the door, and others such as Tyler Seguin and Jordan Caron already busting through it, Jacobs realizes Chiarelli will need to cut salary to accommodate the youth movement. Demoting an underachieving player like Ryder, should he not have a good start to the season, could be the answer.
“He’s got to win, that’s what it’s about,” Jacobs said. “But these people are already in your inventory. You’re paying them one way or another. I think he’s flushed with some very talented young players. I know that’s the way I see it. I know that’s the way he sees it, and he’s got to give them exposure some way or another. How he brings them up is going to be difficult perhaps. “
from Stephen Harris of the Boston Herald,
So now the crazy part begins for the Bruins], who, like all hockey players, are creatures of habit, leading lives structured 8-9 months per year with daily expectations and routines.
But sometime around midnight tonight, the B’s will fly off into uncharted territory, jetting to Belfast, Northern Ireland, to open their eight-day European trip.
It won’t be like any training camp, or start to a regular season, that most of these players have experienced. The essential question: Will we look back on this trip in the weeks and months to come and say it hurt the team’s preparedness for this vitally important season?
Or will the analysis be that the visits to Belfast and Prague, Czech Republic, were the perfect springboard into a great year?
Marc Savard could not be a more pathetic figure during his Boston media meeting earlier this month, discussing post-concussion syndrome.
Without question, Savard’s future hockey-playing career is in grave doubt. His inability to fully suppress tears testified to the depression that engulfs a superior NHL talent. Meanwhile, a fully effective concussion cure remains as elusive as the culprit who thrust Savard into this unenviable state.
Matt Cooke remains a Penguins regular, a human torpedo on the ice, doing “his job.” The Pittsburgh agitator has paid his price in NHL justice while Savard questions whether he will ever have the luxury of taking another turn on a big-league rink.
One wonders if there could have been a better result for both victim and culprit.
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from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,
If Savard, who accompanied his teammates Saturday night to Brattleboro, Vt., for team-building activities, starts the season on LTIR, the Bruins could go over the ceiling by his $4.007 million salary, further ensuring that no moves (by trade or waivers) will be required for the team to be cap compliant. Marco Sturm ($3.5 million annual cap hit), rehabbing from knee surgery, will be on LTIR until at least mid-November.
If the Bruins face off against Phoenix next month with more than $7.5 million on LTIR, their primary concern won’t be shedding salary to duck under the cap, it will be how to fill the two openings, with Savard’s position the most pressing.
“Following Savvy’s absence, it’s the biggest point of discussion among our group,’’ Chiarelli said. “That spot’s open.’’
David Krejci and Patrice Bergeron are locked into the top two center positions. Gregory Campbell will be the fourth-line center. Tops among the competitors for the opening are Tyler Seguin, Zach Hamill, and Blake Wheeler. Long shots are Joe Colborne and Ryan Spooner, although the latter, who must return to junior if he doesn’t make the team, has opened the bosses’ eyes.
from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,
The Bruins are among five teams that won’t have their television play-by-play guys working their games in Europe. Of the half-dozen squads that will open the season with a pair of games each overseas, only the Sharks will have their play-by-play and color guys in the booth. Here in the Hub, Jack Edwards and Andy Brickley will call the two games vs. Phoenix, both in Prague, off a monitor in NESN’s Watertown studios. Let’s not forget, the Bruins are partners with the Red Sox in NESN ownership. If the Sox were to open with a pair of games in, oh, Antarctica, would they have Don Orsillo and Jerry Remy on the job? Bet your Aunt Gert’s pink BoSox hat and apron on it. NESN’s A team made it to Japan when the Sox opened there, correct? True, NESN’s Sox ratings tubed this year, along with ad revenue, but the network’s presence on basic cable still makes it, as we have said here before, a bloated cash behemoth. What the Bruins must do, post haste, is convince John Henry’s wife, Linda Pizzuti, to view NHL games as sort of an offbeat, aberrant entertainment viewing experience (as much of America does), and then maybe a little NESN love would come the Black and Gold’s way.
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from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Bruins Blog,
Marc Savard, at times glassy-eyed and somber, met with the Boston media for approximately 10 minutes this morning and sounded as if he won’t be back in action any time soon.
Diagnosed a week ago Friday with post-concussion syndrome, thus prohibiting him from starting training camp last weekend with the Bruins, the high-scoring veteran pivot said he was dealing with multiple symptoms typical of PCS and noted that dealing with depression is the most difficult of those symptoms.
‘‘I think everything you just summed up there,’’ said Savard, when a Globe reporter asked if he were dealing with nausea, headache, dizziness, seeing spots, depression, among the more common issues related to concussions and often PCS. “I’ve had issues with everything so far, so….like I said, I have to see the doctors, get the help that I need and go from there.’‘
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