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from The Pilot,
...Some hope there could be some nice irony at work here. The theory goes that if the Bruins go further into the tank, Owner Jeremy Jacobs and his clan will at last become exasperated and dump the team. Nice theory but it completely misreads Jacobs and his unpleasant brood.
If the Bruins no longer reap huge profits, the building does and they own the building. Much more to the point, Jacobs is a heavyweight in the highest councils of the league and he delights in being a genuine NHL poobah. Maybe this tells you as much as you need to know about the state of the National Hockey League.
If the boys from Buffalo were sensitive chaps they might recognize that the party is over for them in this town. Trust is gone
From Stephen Harris at the Boston Herald,
But not even Hollywood would need to embellish the life story of Bruins center Glen Metropolit, and the immense disadvantages and obstacles he overcame on his way to being an NHL player. If you think his story would also make a good movie, you’re not alone: The 33-year-old Metropolit has already been approached by filmmakers.
“It’s a firm out here somewhere, and they’re very serious about doing it,” said Metropolit. “I think it may happen, but I told them, ‘You know what? The story’s not done yet. I’m not done yet. Let’s wait ’til the story’s over.’ ”
From Fluto Shinzawa at the Boston Globe,
Like most of the Bruins, Kobasew had a season to forget in 2006-07. On Jan. 4, he suffered a concussion that knocked him out for eight games. Then he cracked his elbow Jan. 26. Finally, Kobasew (5-14 -19 in 50 total games with Calgary and Boston) missed the final seven games.
“I’m not even thinking about it,” the 25-year-old said. “Just focusing on this year.”
In the first two games of 2007-08, a healthy Kobasew has shown why the Flames signed him for $1.2 million per season.
from the Enterprise,
General manager Peter Chiarelli is so confident in the ability of Julien, who coached Montreal before the Devils, to wring sound defensive hockey out of a team that Boston’s frequently maligned corps of defensemen was left virtually untouched in the offseason.
“I want to see these (defensemen), these players in Claude’s system first,” Chiarelli said.
Chiarelli describes Julien’s system as a “collapsing zone.” Players say it’s highly structured.
“There’s a transition of passing (an opponent) off, from one area to another, to another player,” said defenseman Aaron Ward. “There’s a lot of thinking involved.”
from the Eagle-Tribune,
So what would make any sane person - whether they’re a puck-loving hockey krishna or not - think that the Boston Bruins can turn around their decade-plus of lethargy and put more fannies back in the seats at the TDBanknorth Garden?
There’s only one way for that to happen: win games. Lots of games. The B’s open up at Phoenix tomorrow as part of a five-game road trip.
“Boston is a city that’s used to winners,” said center Marc Savard, who led the team in scoring by a wide margin a year ago with 96 points. “We have the personnel in place to do that. This is a team ready to win.”
from the Worcester Telegram & Gazette,
Only 10 of the players who will start the season in Boston were on last year’s season-opening roster, reflecting the wholesale changes that have occurred in the last 12 months under general manager Peter Chiarelli.
“This is the group we’re going forward with as it stands (now),” Chiarelli said during a conference call. “But if there’s an area where we can improve and an opportunity to improve, we’re still going to look at it.”
The 13 new faces include winger Shawn Thornton, who was signed as a free agent this summer, and versatile forward Glen Metropolit, who made the team after being invited to camp without a contract. Chiarelli said he expects to have Metropolit signed within a day or two.
from the Boston Globe,
Bochenski, once in the mix as a second-line right wing, was a healthy scratch in yesterday’s preseason-ending 4-2 loss to the Islanders at TD Banknorth Garden. Bochenski dressed in only two of the team’s six matches, recording three shots and zero points - not exactly the numbers expected of a go-to scorer.
“With an extra 20 pounds, it’s trickier than you think,” said Bochenski, referring to his struggles at the start of camp. “But I’m not making any excuses. I chose to come in like that.”
more on the Bruins…
From Stephen Harris at the Boston Herald,
Is this team ready for the start of the regular season Friday in Dallas? Well, it sure hasn’t looked that way, with training camp injuries to key defenseman Zdeno Chara and physical leader Shawn Thornton partially hampering the search for a team identity.
But the beauty of the whole training camp/regular season thing is that with a win in Dallas, whatever has happened before is forgotten. Ready or not, the B’s will try to get everything pulled together in time.
From the CP via Yahoo! Sports,
A trio of Eastern Conference teams feel they’ve made themselves better this off-season by acquiring goalies who couldn’t hold on to No. 1 jobs in the West.
Trades brought Tomas Vokoun to Florida, Manny Fernandez to Boston and Vesa Toskala to Toronto this summer and every one of those teams is hoping those guys can carry them to the playoffs.
Expectations might be a little high.
All three have shown some shaky form during the pre-season, although it would be foolish to put too much stock in the exhibition play.
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via the Boston Bruins,
Charlie Jacobs and Jeremy Jacobs have just named Cam Neely as a Vice President of the Boston Bruins.
Cam will be working with Peter Chiarelli in hockey operations and will also assist Charlie Jacobs with other functions with the club.
“I really got excited about being involved with the Bruins again,” said Cam of his time at the Draft. He also said that like many people he was disappointed with the direction the club had taken over the last few years, and at the urging of Charlie and Peter, he felt the time was appropriate.
“The fans of the Bruins expect their teams (to play a certain) way…to take pride in being a Bruin,” said Neely. “You may not play well every night, but you can work hard every night.”
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