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“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.

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Good Hits, Bad Fights

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…

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Are The Bruins Fixable?

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…

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Does Boston Want Aaron Ward Back?

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.

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Lucic Playing But Not Up To His Standards

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…

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Other Options For 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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Bruins Trying To Make A Trade

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

While Chiarelli refused to discuss any specific names, another NHL source told ESPN.com the Bruins are very much in the Ilya Kovalchuk sweepstakes along with Los Angeles, in particular. While Vancouver, Philadelphia and Chicago also have reported interest, it appears the Bruins and Kings are the front-runners at this point.

But will anyone pay the price? The Atlanta Thrashers, I’m told, are looking for a package that includes a first-round pick, a prospect and a player from their NHL roster.

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Questioning Team Pride In Boston

from Tony Massarotti of the Boston Globe,

If I am Peter Chiarelli, this is what I do: I walk into the locker room and I tell the players, in no uncertain terms, that this season is entirely up to them. I tell them Claude Julien will be the coach here for years to come. I tell them that the management of the Bruins will continue to treat this team like a Stanley Cup contender, that help should be coming at some point in the next month.

And then I watch the next three weeks to see if my team has any pride at all.

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Boston Coach States Media ‘Twists’ His Words

from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE,

Claude Julien is apparently tired of seeing his critical words about members of the Bruins get, in his words, “twisted” by the media, so he told reporters Tuesday he will no longer talk about individual players.

It could be for the time being, or it could be for the rest of the season.

Without referencing specifics, the Bruins coach said his words have been “twisted” and that he’s been criticized by media members for “throwing players under the bus” when he talks critically of them.

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Too Much To Give Up For Kovalchuk

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

Amid speculation that the Thrashers are shifting to action mode in dealing star sniper Ilya Kovalchuk, Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli was not at the RBC Center yesterday to see his club’s latest loss, a 5-1 thumping at the hands of the revitalized Hurricanes.

But don’t bet on Kovalchuk, one of the game’s prime goal scorers, coming to the Hub of Hockey. The Thrashers will extract a high price, even if Kovalchuk departs only as a rental, and the Bruins would have to surrender such prized possessions as Milan Lucic and David Krejci to make such a deal.

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