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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.
from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,
The NHL season half over, coach Claude Julien sounded like a man who views his team’s effort as only half full - and even less satisfying. Last season’s Jack Adams Award winner as the NHL’s coach of the year sounded fed up.
“We can’t think we are going to win hockey games playing the way we are,’’ Julien said after last night’s 3-2 loss to the Rangers at Madison Square Garden in which the Bruins performed listlessly for more than two periods. “We are just showing up for a period, half a period, whatever, and get ourselves back in the game, get excited. We didn’t even deserve a point tonight. We didn’t get it. We didn’t deserve it.’’...
Julien wants the alleged leaders in the room to do some leading.
“Right now you have to coach, you have to be a cheerleader, you’ve got to wake ’em up . . . you’ve got to do too many things that a coach shouldn’t have to do at this level,’’ he said. “These are professionals and they have to take ownership of their room at some point.’’
from the CP at TSN,
Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron left the game after being hit near the right wrist by a teammate’s slapshot early in the second period.
‘‘Patrice won’t travel to Ottawa with the team,’’ according to the team. ‘‘He is returning to Boston to be evaluated by our medical staff.’‘
more on the Bruins loss to the Rangers tonight…
from William Houston of Truth & Rumours,
So, a quick post on the disappointing NBC rating for the New Year’s day Winter Classic. The overnight rating of 2.6 was down 10.3 percent from 2.9 a year ago. (A rating is the percentage of potential U.S. households tuned in.)...
The problem is, if you’re NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and desperate to be the person responsible for growing the NHL game in the United States, a close, well played game appeals only to hockey’s core audience. The casual fans couldn’t have cared less. Bring on the snow, and, hey, where are Alex and Sid? There were no big names in this game, which is to say Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby weren’t there.
But let’s not get too serious about the Winter Classic. It’s a gimmick, a novelty that earns some extra money for the clubs, and, in a perfect world, would kick-start NBC’s NHL coverage.
via SportsBusiness Daily (paid sub.),
NBC earned a 2.6 overnight Nielsen rating for the Flyers-Bruins Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic on Friday, down 10.3% from a 2.9 for the Red Wings-Blackhawks matchup last year, and even with the inaugural Penguins-Sabres Winter Classic in ‘08.
from Chuck Gormley of the Courier Post,
From Wednesday’s practices in the snow to Marco Sturm’s overtime game-winner, the 2010 Winter Classic was everything the NHL hoped it would be—and more.
It showcased the game’s speed, skill, brutality and brawn.
But most of all, it brought a much-needed element of fun to a sport that too often is viewed by the general sporting public as vanilla.
“It was a great showcase of the game,” said Flyers president Peter Luukko, the driving force behind the Flyers’ inclusion in the New Year’s Day event. “Two clubs hitting hard. It was great. It was one heck of a game. I’ve got to think this is everything the league wanted.”
If you read between the lines from the Twitter of NHL Player Agent Allan Walsh, it sure sounds like his client Miroslav Satan is going to sign with the Bruins.
added 12/02/09 10:48am, Bob McKenzie tweets Satan has signed with the Bruins.
All the hype is over, now the puck drops between the Flyers and Bruins.
Enjoy the game!
Many of the NHL.com staffers are contributating to the Boston Baked Blog.
Keep up to date with everything going on at Fenway Park.
Also, the NHL Network is now live from Fenway until 12:30pm ET, then of course NBC, CBC & RDS take over at 1:00pm ET.
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