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from a Bruins fans Q & A with Boston Globe writer Fluto Shinzawa,
Q: ...I must say, this year team is even more interesting to me than the Orr/Esposito days, in terms of a total team working effort. I think the missing link to the Stanley Cup is another offensive defenseman like Jay Bouwmeester, from the Florida Panthers. My question is, what would it take to get this stud, his skating abilities are amazing, taking one stride to every two or three for other skaters? This would be the final piece of the puzzle as far as I am concerned. What are your thoughts about this?
A: There’s no doubting that Bouwmeester would help this club right now. However, there are two issues. First, what do you give up for him? Second, how do you re-sign him after this season? I think the second issue is more critical than the first. Given Bouwmeester’s pedigree, history, and future performance, the conversation starts at $6 million per season. It would be awful tough for the Bruins to slot in another high-end salary when they have other players to lock up first. Going back to the first issue, Florida would ask for either Blake Wheeler or Milan Lucic, a prospect, and a first-round pick.
many more questions answered regarding the Bruins…
Thomas decides to make the ‘aggressive’ save against Jason Blake. The Bruins win the game 4-3 in a shootout tonight after being down 3-1 at the start of the 3rd period.
Blues score two goals in last 80 seconds to tie the game against the Bruins today and win in the shootout.
The tying goal with one second left was a bit controversial. Can anyone say Franzen?
from the Worcester Telegram & Gazette,
There’s a pretty hot debate brewing over what the Bruins should do about their goaltending situation before the trade deadline with both Tim Thomas and Manny Fernandez in the final year of their contracts and headed for unrestricted free agency if still unsigned by July 1.
The conventional wisdom says you trade one of them — in this case, presumably Fernandez — before the March 4 deadline so at least you get something in return. Clearly, the Bruins cannot re-sign both of them; they could cost up to $10 million combined, and that’s way too much money to be tied up on a team that’s already up against the salary cap — a cap that probably won’t be rising next year….
So, what to do?
In this case, the answer is simple: You don’t trade either Thomas or Fernandez — unless you’re offered something crazy like Alexander Ovechkin, Sidney Crosby or Evgeni Malkin.
read on and sorry no author was listed for the article, just a picture of the writer…
from Tarik El-Bashir of the Washington Post,
There have been long stretches this season when Coach Claude Julien has rotated his goalies. There also have been times when he has ridden the hot one, though neither has started more than five games in a row. Both are No. 1 goaltenders to the veteran coach, who said the careful management of their playing time is a good problem to have.
“I know there have been situations where it has been” a problem with other teams, said Julien, whose Bruins face Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals tonight at Verizon Center in a showdown between the Eastern Conference’s top two teams. “But not in our situation. Both goaltenders have reacted very well and have been very supportive of each other. It’s been our position of strength.”
from John McGourty of NHL.com,
...Julien recently reacted as if a reporter had tossed him a hot brick when he asked if center Marc Savard was a leading candidate for this year’s Hart Trophy that goes to the regular season’s most valuable player.
Julien hates bragging more than he hates turnovers, but he still gave Savard his due, albeit a little reluctantly.
“Oh, you’re not going to get me to talk about those things,” Julien said, laughing. “I think he deserves a lot of credit for what he’s done so far this year, there’s no doubt about that.
“But really, we’ve pushed all those things aside as a group and we’ve focused on team accomplishments. If that happens, so be it, but we’re just trying to stay away from all that kind of stuff.”
Yet, the credentials for a Hart candidacy are there.
Savard, Boston’s first-line center, leads the NHL with a plus-29 rating and is tied for third with 38 assists. His 52 points place him fourth in NHL scoring. Savard has 17 multiple-point games, including a high of four points on Dec. 18, an 8-5 home victory against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Yesterday KK readers chimed in with some of the hockey catchphrases that bothered them.
Last night, a donnybrook broke out, but I am still looking for it!
Boston, MA - Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that the club has assigned defenseman Matt Lashoff and goaltender Kevin Regan to the Providence Bruins and recalled goaltender Tuukka Rask and forward Martin St. Pierre from the Providence Bruins on an emergency basis. Additionally, the club has placed forward Phil Kessel on injured reserve (mononucleosis).
added 10:46pm, from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Bruins Blog,
Boston GM Peter Chiarelli said tonight that third-year forward Phil Kessel, diagnosed this afternoon with mononculeosis, could be out of the lineup for approximately a month.
‘‘The general assessment of mononucleosis is that a guy is typically out around a month,’’ said Chiarelli. ‘‘That said, it could be longer, could be shorter…all based on how an individual recovers.’‘
from Kevin Paul Dupont of Bruins Blog,
Netminder Manny Fernandez remained out of uniform with what head coach Claude Julien referrred to as a ‘‘minor issue.’‘
‘‘We thought it could be resolved by today, but it wasn’t,’’ said Julien, who had Tuukka Rask filling Fernandez’ backup role on Saturday.
When asked if that meant the goalie was injured, Julien answered in the affirmative.
As the coach’s media session broke up, and reporters lightheartedly talked about clarifying the ‘‘minor thing’‘, Julien said, ‘‘I’m trying to stickhandle here, guys, and I am not good at it.’‘
Who knows what any of it means?
continued and do remember, Fernandez is UFA July 1st.
from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,
Chiarelli has slightly more than seven weeks (52 days) before the March 4 trade deadline to figure out some contingencies if neither Bergeron nor Sturm can make it back before the playoffs.
Five names to consider:
# Keith Tkachuk - The former Malden Catholic star, who will turn 37 March 28, still has a little bit of touch (14 goals and 27 points) in those meaty hands (now 514 career goals and counting). He is finishing up a two-year deal with the Blues, with a cap hit of $4 million, and certainly will be moved at the deadline with the Blues able to trim some $800,000 in cap exposure….
Jason Williams - A season lost in the ongoing train wreck in Atlanta. Not big (5-11/195), but can play both center and wing and is only 28 years old. Cap hit is $2.2 million….
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