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from Shawn P. Roarke of NHL.com,
Hockey has given Shawn Thornton many things in life, but he never imagined it would bring him back to his roots.
Yet, there Thornton sat Thursday afternoon—after an overnight flight from Boston—in the city of his mother’s birth, peeling off a sweaty Boston Bruins jersey and ruminating exactly on what the game has given him.
Just since signing with Boston in 2007, Thornton has found a hockey home and been exposed to experiences he never believed to be possible.
“I’m pretty fortunate, my first exhibition game with Boston after I signed was in Newfoundland and I hadn’t been back there in five or six years and now this,” Thornton told NHL.com Thursday. “The timing has been pretty good for myself.”
Thornton played his first four pro seasons in the American Hockey League with the St. John’s Maple Leafs, which made that first trip such a powerful homecoming.
from James Murphy of ESPN Boston,
While general manager Peter Chiarelli gave winger Michael Ryder a public vote of confidence Sunday, Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs, speaking at Wednesday’s media day, didn’t rule out the possibility of Ryder being shipped to the minors.
“Hopefully we’re not doing that,” Jacobs said of sending Ryder to Providence. “It’s up to Pete. We sure don’t want to see that happen. It’s not unheard of in this organization, but we want to be a little more fiscally responsible than that. But if that’s where you wind up, that’s where you wind up. It’s Peter’s call, really.” ...
With the preseason showing the Bruins have numerous young prospects knocking on the door, and others such as Tyler Seguin and Jordan Caron already busting through it, Jacobs realizes Chiarelli will need to cut salary to accommodate the youth movement. Demoting an underachieving player like Ryder, should he not have a good start to the season, could be the answer.
“He’s got to win, that’s what it’s about,” Jacobs said. “But these people are already in your inventory. You’re paying them one way or another. I think he’s flushed with some very talented young players. I know that’s the way I see it. I know that’s the way he sees it, and he’s got to give them exposure some way or another. How he brings them up is going to be difficult perhaps. “
from Stephen Harris of the Boston Herald,
So now the crazy part begins for the Bruins], who, like all hockey players, are creatures of habit, leading lives structured 8-9 months per year with daily expectations and routines.
But sometime around midnight tonight, the B’s will fly off into uncharted territory, jetting to Belfast, Northern Ireland, to open their eight-day European trip.
It won’t be like any training camp, or start to a regular season, that most of these players have experienced. The essential question: Will we look back on this trip in the weeks and months to come and say it hurt the team’s preparedness for this vitally important season?
Or will the analysis be that the visits to Belfast and Prague, Czech Republic, were the perfect springboard into a great year?
Marc Savard could not be a more pathetic figure during his Boston media meeting earlier this month, discussing post-concussion syndrome.
Without question, Savard’s future hockey-playing career is in grave doubt. His inability to fully suppress tears testified to the depression that engulfs a superior NHL talent. Meanwhile, a fully effective concussion cure remains as elusive as the culprit who thrust Savard into this unenviable state.
Matt Cooke remains a Penguins regular, a human torpedo on the ice, doing “his job.” The Pittsburgh agitator has paid his price in NHL justice while Savard questions whether he will ever have the luxury of taking another turn on a big-league rink.
One wonders if there could have been a better result for both victim and culprit.
-Stan Fischler at the Hockey Journal, where you can read more hockey topics.
from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,
If Savard, who accompanied his teammates Saturday night to Brattleboro, Vt., for team-building activities, starts the season on LTIR, the Bruins could go over the ceiling by his $4.007 million salary, further ensuring that no moves (by trade or waivers) will be required for the team to be cap compliant. Marco Sturm ($3.5 million annual cap hit), rehabbing from knee surgery, will be on LTIR until at least mid-November.
If the Bruins face off against Phoenix next month with more than $7.5 million on LTIR, their primary concern won’t be shedding salary to duck under the cap, it will be how to fill the two openings, with Savard’s position the most pressing.
“Following Savvy’s absence, it’s the biggest point of discussion among our group,’’ Chiarelli said. “That spot’s open.’’
David Krejci and Patrice Bergeron are locked into the top two center positions. Gregory Campbell will be the fourth-line center. Tops among the competitors for the opening are Tyler Seguin, Zach Hamill, and Blake Wheeler. Long shots are Joe Colborne and Ryan Spooner, although the latter, who must return to junior if he doesn’t make the team, has opened the bosses’ eyes.
from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,
The Bruins are among five teams that won’t have their television play-by-play guys working their games in Europe. Of the half-dozen squads that will open the season with a pair of games each overseas, only the Sharks will have their play-by-play and color guys in the booth. Here in the Hub, Jack Edwards and Andy Brickley will call the two games vs. Phoenix, both in Prague, off a monitor in NESN’s Watertown studios. Let’s not forget, the Bruins are partners with the Red Sox in NESN ownership. If the Sox were to open with a pair of games in, oh, Antarctica, would they have Don Orsillo and Jerry Remy on the job? Bet your Aunt Gert’s pink BoSox hat and apron on it. NESN’s A team made it to Japan when the Sox opened there, correct? True, NESN’s Sox ratings tubed this year, along with ad revenue, but the network’s presence on basic cable still makes it, as we have said here before, a bloated cash behemoth. What the Bruins must do, post haste, is convince John Henry’s wife, Linda Pizzuti, to view NHL games as sort of an offbeat, aberrant entertainment viewing experience (as much of America does), and then maybe a little NESN love would come the Black and Gold’s way.
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from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Bruins Blog,
Marc Savard, at times glassy-eyed and somber, met with the Boston media for approximately 10 minutes this morning and sounded as if he won’t be back in action any time soon.
Diagnosed a week ago Friday with post-concussion syndrome, thus prohibiting him from starting training camp last weekend with the Bruins, the high-scoring veteran pivot said he was dealing with multiple symptoms typical of PCS and noted that dealing with depression is the most difficult of those symptoms.
‘‘I think everything you just summed up there,’’ said Savard, when a Globe reporter asked if he were dealing with nausea, headache, dizziness, seeing spots, depression, among the more common issues related to concussions and often PCS. “I’ve had issues with everything so far, so….like I said, I have to see the doctors, get the help that I need and go from there.’‘
BOSTON, MA - Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli issued the following statement today regarding Marc Savard:
“As I stated on Friday, Marc Savard is suffering from symptoms related to post-concussion syndrome. He is under the care of our doctors. Any reports that suggest that there are any other issues regarding Marc, or him not playing for the Bruins this season, are completely inaccurate.
Also, as I have previously stated, when there is a change in Marc’s status, I will issue an update.”
note: This statement from the Bruins is in reference to an ESPN Boston report stating a source told them Savard could miss the season due to post-concussion syndrome.
from Kirk Luedeke of the Hockey Journal,
From the smile on Nathan Horton’s face, you might think he knows something that everyone else doesn’t.
Or perhaps his happiness is due to the fact that after toiling in relative obscurity in the hockey backwater of Sunrise, Fla., he’s now with an Original Six franchise in the Boston Bruins with a legitimate shot at professional redemption.
Seven years after being hailed as the savior of the sagging Florida Panthers franchise, Horton has a chance to live up to the crushing expectations that came with being the third overall selection in the very deep 2003 NHL draft class.
“It’s been awesome; I couldn’t have pictured it being any better,” he said after finishing up the second training camp session at TD Garden Sunday. “It’s been great on the ice out there, and I’m just trying to do the best I can in the short time I’ve been here.”
Futility in Sunrise has persisted for far too long, with the Florida Panthers on the brink of a dubious record after nine consecutive non-playoff seasons. Incoming general manager Dale Tallon has moved quickly in putting his stamp on the team with several transactions since taking over, but nothing to this point appears bold enough to turn his club from last season’s Southeast Division cellar dwellers into a postseason participant.
Sadly, more patience may be in order for long-suffering Panthers fans.
Even so, all is not lost for the NHL’s southernmost franchise, with several key pieces already in place for the future (and others right around the corner) and it isn’t as though the current roster is without talent as is. Still, a couple of major stumbling points remain for the Panthers. The 24 games they will play versus fellow Southeast clubs, three of whom look to be vastly improved and the fourth being the stalwart Washington Capitals, certainly won’t help and the expiring contracts for defenseman Bryan McCabe and goaltender Tomas Vokoun will have to be dealt with (and quite possibly dealt altogether), without either situation becoming a distraction.
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