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“There will be a lot of discussion during the Olympic break, and you may have deals done on a handshake and wait to [make them official]. But you’ll probably see more concentrated on the back end.”
Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli discussing when will most of the trades be made. Watch the video at NESN as Chiarelli discusses the trade scenarios.
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
Is Ilya Kovalchuk, who has 323 goals but is minus-86 in his Atlanta career, a better trade rental than Marian Hossa was in 2008 when Pittsburgh got him and got to Game 7 of the Stanley Cup final? I don’t think so. I may be in the minority, but I think Hossa is a better player (he actually can check) and, in his prime all he fetched was centre Erik Christensen, winger Colby Armstrong, suspect draft pick Angelo Esposito and a 2008 first-round draft pick -stocking stuffers really, although Hossa was 29, and Kovalchuk is only 26, so maybe he’d be worth more.
I still think the Boston Bruins are the short-term destination, although they don’t have long-term cap room, because Marc Savard and Kovalchuk have a history from Atlanta, and the Bruins can give up Blake Wheeler, their first-round pick (not the one they got from Toronto for Phil Kessel) and, say, centre Joe Colborne, who is a sophomore at University of Denver.
more plus Western and Eastern Conference notes…
from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,
According to an NHL source, the Bruins will kick off 2010-11 with two regular-season games in Prague. They will play Phoenix in both games. The Bruins will also participate in exhibition games against teams that have yet to be determined.
more on the Bruins….
from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,
Now is the time for Chiarelli to drop that cool-handed Harvard thing and make something happen. The game tonight is the first of 16 his club will play prior to the Olympic break. It’s a good bet that Bergeron will miss about half those games and Savard will miss upward of a dozen. Trouble.
Without those two top playmakers in uniform, this is a team virtually absent an attack, and that’s precisely what the coach means when he’s talking about the need to be perfect. All of which makes Julien, a defense-anchored coach, preach even more defense to a team that many nights looks too much like that bunch of Trappist Wonks Jacques Lemaire coached for years in St. Paul.
With Julien’s current lineup, it makes sense, but it doesn’t make much of a case for putting pucks in the net at the other end of the ice. Translation: Either the Bruins are going to win by allowing a goal or two, or they aren’t going to win.
from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE,
While the Bruins coaching staff is left scrambling for line combinations and innovative, new ways to put the same odd-shaped pieces together that still remain healthy, Marc Savard began the long road back to recovery Monday morning at Ristuccia Arena.
Savard was walking gingerly, but without too much of a limp, after being diagnosed last weekend with a Grade 2 tear in the MCL of his right knee – an injury that’s basically a severe sprain of the joint that doesn’t require any surgery….
“I don’t stay [down] on the ice too much. I knew right away when it happened that it was sore and stretched out a bit,” said Savard. “I just wanted to be careful with it and hopefully everything heals up. It’s on a good pace, so hopefully I’ll be back sooner rather than later.
“We haven’t really had our full lineup all year. Hopefully we get rolling into the playoffs and we get a full lineup. Who knows how good we’ll be?”
via Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,
Best we can tell, no truth to the increasing rumor that the Bruins are considering their own alternative “CH’’ logo, emblematic of Club Hub, solely for games in Montreal.
via John Bishop of BostonBruins.com,
Bruins center Marc Savard will miss 3-4 weeks with a Grade 2 partial MCL tear in his right knee. He will not require surgery.
from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,
The Blackhawks laughed off the Bruins’ early lead and pumped four pucks behind Tim Thomas, prompting coach Claude Julien to replace his starter with Tuukka Rask at 10:13 of the second. Chicago added a third-period goal to secure a 5-2 win before 17,565 at TD Garden last night, exposing the Bruins as having neither the skill nor the character to belong on the same ice surface.
“It’s getting to the point where talk is getting so cheap right now,’’ said Blake Wheeler (goal and assist). “Rah-rah speeches, hitting the boards on the bench, that only goes so far. You’ve just got to do it.
“We’ve got to quit treating this like it’s a privilege or a right of ours to play in front of 18,000 people every night and start playing like it’s the most important thing to us. For whatever reason, we’ve lost sight of that night in and night out.’’
more on the game last night plus Marc Savard will have an MRI on his knee today…
added 9:10am, Watch below how Savard received his knee injury…
from Donna Goodison of the Boston Herald,
The success of the NHL Winter Classic at Fenway Park [map] has prompted House Speaker Robert DeLeo to lobby the league for an annual outdoor hockey match featuring the Boston Bruins [team stats].
DeLeo sent a letter to National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman, asking him to consider having an outdoor Bruins game each year somewhere in the Greater Boston area.
“For the NHL, maintaining a permanent outdoor presence in Boston could help to both solidify the league’s base in our area and help ensure a healthy future for the game,” DeLeo wrote in the letter. “It is my hope that this event can be recreated - even if not on New Year’s Day, of course - in the years ahead. As last week’s game showed, fans in Boston - the ‘Hub of Hockey’ and the best sports town in America - are eager to support an outdoor hockey game year after year.”
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
Star center Patrice Bergeron could be out anywhere from two to six weeks with a thumb injury, a source told ESPN.com Tuesday.
added 2:46pm, via Darren Dreger’s Twitter,
Bergeron believed to have suffered a thumb injury. 3 weeks, according to a source.
updated 3:53pm, from a tweet by Daren Millard of Sportsnet,
Plenty of concern regarding Patrice Bergeron. We r told the hand is week to week. His olympics r not in danger.
updated 5:39pm, What I am hearing on this is 2-3 weeks for Bergeron after visiting with a doctor today.
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