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from Darren Dreger of TSN,
There are vultures circling - the Toronto Maple Leafs being one - but no offers have been presented and Boston would rather waive players and assign them to the AHL than make a rival stronger.
Veteran forward Michael Ryder eats up $4 million in cap space and is a candidate for demotion, while defenceman Andrew Ference, who’s a $2.25 million cap hit, is a trade target as well.
Keep in mind that the Bruins own Toronto’s first round Draft pick in 2011 via the Phil Kessel trade, so Boston has no interest in helping the Leafs get better.
via Kevin Paul Dupont of the Bruins Blog,
More details in the morning Globe and boston.com, but Marc Savard is expected to start skating with the Bruins in the next 2-3 days.
According to general manager Peter Chiarelli, reached today as he made his way from Toronto to Boston, the 33-year-old Savard has continued to make good progress since ‘‘ramping up’’ his workouts a couple of weeks ago.
‘‘He’s doing much, much better,’’ said Chiarelli. ‘‘He has been symptom-free for a while now, increasing his skating…all in all, he looks good.’‘
Savard, likely 6-8 weeks from returning to the lineup, was diagnosed with post-concussion symptoms, including depression, before the start of September’s training camp
from Matt Kalman of The Bruins Blog,
“As far as my height, maybe I’m a taller guy, my head isn’t in a danger zone, knock on wood,” Chara told TheBruinsBlog.net during a chat about Rule 48 Tuesday after his team’s practice. “But at the same time, you’d be surprised how many times I go to hit guys and I run into them with their heads. That happened the other night when I went to hit [St. Louis’ T.J.] Oshie in the corner. I went to hit him, he leaned in, and boom I got it right in the chin. I fell down because that knocked me down. So people don’t see it, but when you go and hit smaller guys and they lean … I got it right on my chin, I went down. It’s one of those things that sometimes the height is not always an advantage.”
No one has sympathy for Goliath, so Chara will have to deal with the blows to his chin if he’s going to keep playing the game as hard as he always has and do it with his patented combination of physicality and intimidation. So far this season, it doesn’t appear that Chara’s playing with any less force than in the past.
However, it seems that Chara has slightly (and somewhat undetectably) altered his approach by playing with his edge, but doing so smartly, in light of Rule 48.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
“One of the guys that I always tried to make a pitch for late in his career, I tried three or four times, was to acquire Raymond Bourque,” Devellano said Monday morning during his Hockey Hall of Fame media availability. “He was getting a little older but I knew he could still play. He’d be terrific under Scotty Bowman for a few more years. I thought we could win a Cup with Raymond Bourque.”
The former Detroit GM, set for induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday, said he kept trying but realized after a while that the Bruins would never trade him to Detroit.
“We had had some squabbles with Boston over the years, mainly because they thought we spent too much money,” Devellano said.
read on for more on the Wings…
via Joe Haggerty of CSNNE.com,
The Bruins have diagnosed David Krejci with a concussion resulting from his collision with St. Louis Blues center T.J. Oshie less than a minute into overtime in Saturday night’s 2-1 shootout loss to the Blues.
The 24-year-old playmaker will be out at least a week with the concussion, and will be evaluated by team doctors before returning to the B’s lineup.
from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,
David Krejci, three floors above the North Station rail tracks, left the action early in overtime last night when he suffered a head-on collision with the No. 74 commuter train known as the TJ Oshie Express.
Oshie, the hard-charging St. Louis center in the No. 74 sweater, hammered head on with Krejci along the boards in front of the visitor’s penalty box at the Garden. The stunned Krejci, who suffered a season-ending wrist injury in last season’s playoffs, was first rocked by Oshie’s shoulder to his head. Krejci then slammed his head against the top of the boards, and it looked as if the point of contact was near his left temple.
continued and watch the video of the hit below…
from John Kreiser of NHL.com,
What’s the toughest thing to do in the NHL right now? Is it getting a puck past Tim Thomas? Or it could be turning on the red light behind Jaroslav Halak?
Who’s better? That could be answered (at least for now) Saturday in Boston, where the two could be at opposite ends of the ice when Halak and the Blues come to TD Garden for a game against Thomas and the Bruins.
It’s hard to argue with the performance of either goaltender so far
from James Duthie of TSN,
James Duthie: You gave up two goals Wednesday night. That must be pretty embarrassing for a guy who had a .50 goals-against average going in. I’m frankly surprised Claude Julien didn’t pull you after the second one.
Tim Thomas: (laughs) I think the coach didn’t know what to do. I’d hadn’t put him in that situation this year.
JD: Be honest. Did it actually cross your mind when they scored that giving up two goals was going to balloon your save percentage and GAA?
TT: It did for a second, but that’s a terrible way to think. You start the season just thinking about the wins, but when you have the kind of streak I had, you can’t help but think about the numbers a little bit. So for a split second, yeah. But then reality set in. It was 4-2 with more than 10 minutes left, and I had to get my head straight and remember the priority, to get the win.
from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Bruins Blog at the Boston Globe,
Marc Savard skated on his own this morning, prior to the Bruins’ late-morning workout, and Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli sounded encouraged about the No. 1 pivot’s progress.
‘‘Savvy had a real good skate—a lot harder than anything so far,’’ said an upbeat Chiarelli. ‘‘He was moving. He is starting to ramp it up.’‘...
Savard’s progress, in part, has Chiarelli looking to slim down his payroll, be it by trades or other means. Watching from the stands here at this morning’s workout, Chiarelli boldly stated that he would not shy away from placing a current roster player in the minor leagues—perhaps sooner that anyone might expect—in order to save or relax payroll dollars.
This morning’s salute to the top three stars from last night’s NHL contests:
***Cheers to Jaroslav Halak of the St. Louis Blues, who stopped 24 shots in Nashville to top the Predators, handing the home club their first regulation loss of the season. This was Halak’s second consecutive shutout, after blanking Pittsburgh on Saturday and the former Montreal Canadien now boasts a scoreless streak of 151:15 dating back to a second period goal by Chicago’s Brent Seabrook last Friday. So far this year, Halak is certainly proving that last season’s playoff success was no fluke, with a 1.55 goals-against average and a .939 save percentage.
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