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Thursday’s matchup between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Boston Bruins begs the question: Can a shootout game end in a tie by default?
Both the visiting Maple Leafs (1-2-3) and the host Bruins (2-1-3) have been sources of much shootout futility so far this season, each losing three of their six games in that manner.
It’s to the point that you’d half-expect coaches Ron Wilson or Claude Julien to pull their goalie toward the end of overtime in order to force someone to come up with a victory the next time a shootout looms.
from Mike McMahon of the Eagle-Tribune,
Through the first five games of the regular season, Kessel has once again been the B’s best goal scorer, netting five to lead the team. In fact, he’s already over a quarter of the way to last season’s total of 19….
Kessel has silenced the trade rumors. Now, when he hears his named mentioned in rumors, it should be about a contract extension for the impending restricted free agent. If this is the type of player Kessel is going to be, then the Bruins have a superstar on their hands.
from Bud Barth of the Worcester Telegram & Gazettete,
Asked how far he thought the Bruins could go this season, (Jeremy) Jacobs unabashedly told a handful of media in the Garden press room:
“I’m looking for it to (go) right up to the (Stanley Cup) finals. I think there’s as much chance for this team to go to the end as there is for any, as I see it right now. I think they’re very, very good.”...
“They’re hard-hitting, they’re bigger than they have been, I think they’re pretty skilled, a little faster — maybe they should be a little bit more defensive,” Jacobs said. “By and large, this is a team that’s got all the characteristics of a winner. … I think there’s a lot of reason to have high expectations for them.”
more on the Bruins…
via Bruins Blog at the Boston Globe,
Andrew Alberts has been traded to Philadelphia for Ned Lukacevic and a conditional 2009 fourth-round pick. If Alberts re-signs with Philly, the fourth-rounder becomes a third-round pick.
via Bruins Blog at the Boston Globe,
According to the Bruins, Chuck Kobasew is out indefinitely with a fracture in his right leg that he suffered in the second period of Thursday’s 5-4 win over Colorado.
Because of the new rules regarding injury disclosure, clubs do not have to disclose specific information about where the injury is located and approximate time the player will miss.
According to Bruins Blog, Blake Wheeler will be on the Bruins roster and it is likely Peter Schaefer has been waived.
from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,
The senior (Jeremy) Jacobs remains optimistic that the players will not opt out of the CBA. Based on all-too-familiar history, NHL players without a collectively bargained deal usually end up locked-out, and out of work.
‘‘Pragmatically,’’ said Jacobs, who is also director of the league’s Board of Governors, ‘‘I think they should continue the course they’ve got—they’ve never been richer.’‘
Recognizing that, added Jacobs, he doesn’t have a firm read what the players will do in the weeks and months ahead.
more on Jacobs and the Bruins…
from Fluto Shinzawa of the Bruins Blog at the Boston Globe,
1. Is Blake Wheeler ready to start his pro career in the NHL?
2. Are we willing to place Peter Schaefer and Jeremy Reich on waivers?
3. Can we afford to pull the trigger on a blockbuster trade, with Marc Savard and Phil Kessel being two candidates, to get some defensive help and open up space up front?
My answers: Yes, yes, no…
from Stephen Harris of the Boston Herald,
“We need to put the best team on the ice that’s available,” said Julien, whose team must cut eight more players from the current group. “Somehow we’ve got to make it work.”
It’s hard to see how that’s possible, unless a fairly significant trade happens to shake up the roster, something Chiarelli has not ruled out. League sources have been saying for some time that the Bruins are active in the trade market, with some talk of a possible blockbuster deal involving top scorer Marc Savard - although the center has a no-trade contract and would have to agree to any swap.
“That wouldn’t surprise me,” the same agent said of the Savard talk. “It’s been floating around for a while.”
from Bud Barth of the Worchester Telegram & Gazette,
If (Tuukka) Rask continues to have strong outings, it could open some interesting options for the Bruins. One would be to trade Fernandez and his $4.3 million salary, opening up cap space to add more scoring punch now or before the trade deadline in February.
Rask carries a hefty $2.2 million cap hit because of bonus clauses in his contract, but that’s only half of Manny’s load. The B’s would have to be sure Rask’s slender body could stand the punishment of the NHL game, especially after watching him melt down with Providence during the Calder Cup playoffs last spring.
The question should be, would any team want Manny Fernandez and his salary?
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