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from Jack Edwards of Bruins Blog at NESN,
Kristian Huselius dove on Tuesday night. He did it to try to help his team win. The two points went to Columbus, and the Blue Jackets were happy in their room. The points will disappear into the account in the NHL standings, pad the stack and may put Columbus into the playoffs for the first time when all is said and done.
I have no idea what Huselius’ teammates said to him after the game, but I know this: If you pulled that crap on the kids in my neighborhood, you wouldn’t even get picked the next game. Nobody would have wanted you on his team. You could sit and think about being such a dink.
Actions define character. No matter what Huselius does from here on out, this one’s stuck on him like that slimy smile on Mike Ribeiro’s face in the spring of ‘04.
My spleen is vented, but Huselius left an indelible impression. While his teammates earned a win, he won himself a tag: diver.
from Puck the Media,
NBC must be super excited about having another Ranger game to air next week. The network’s telecast of New York’s victory over Boston drew a 1.0/3 in the 12:30 timeslot, according to Sports Business Daily. It’s about even with the comparable Pens-Capitals telecast from last year, and should equal or beat the final 0.8 rating Pittsburgh-Washington drew a year ago.
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from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,
With even adequate netminding yesterday before a full house of 18,200 at Madison Square Garden, the Bruins easily would have pinned up their 44th win of the season. Instead, they once more suffered the inconsistencies of Manny Fernandez, his hard times ultimately leading to a gift-wrapped 4-3 Rangers win that added to the recovering spirit and playoff aspirations of the Broadway Blueshirts (now with three wins in a row under the bullwhip of new coach John Tortorella).
“I have to turn this around,” said a clearly frustrated Fernandez, who hasn’t posted a win since Jan. 8. “I can’t catch a break. It’s not even a question of good shots . . . it’s stuff you don’t usually see.”
from Joe Haggerty of WEEI,
The 2003-04 Calgary Flames were a rags-to-riches hockey story if ever there was one.
The Flames captured the imagination of a hockey-crazed city when they dragged themselves from a last place divisional finish one season prior to a berth in the Stanley Cup Finals….
Not surprisingly, Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli always admired Sutter’s handiwork and the way he crafted that particular Flames team with a mixture of big-hearted grinders and skilled skaters all willing to take an occasional walk on the hockey wild side.
“I certainly liked Daryl Sutter as a person, I liked him as a player and I like him as a GM,” said Chiarelli. “I watched him coach and build teams, and he likes players that are like him. I think those players that he liked and could play for him are also the kind of players that make good Boston Bruins players….”
from Steve Buckley of the Boston Herald,
To understand how long Mark Recchi has been in the NHL, consider this: He is one of the fast-dwindling cast of veterans who actually played in the old Boston Garden.
Does that bring it home for you?
So when the new Bruin stood in front of his locker last night, talking about the team’s lackluster 2-1 loss to the Phoenix Coyotes, he had no problem using the word “we,” as in: “I’m just a small piece of the puzzle . . . We have to go out and play with energy and play the right way . . . if we do that, things will eventually happen for our team.”
According to TSN and others, Mark Recchi of Tampa Bay has been traded to the Boston Bruins.
Details to follow.
Update 1:29pm ET: From TSN—
For the fifth time in his career, the veteran has been traded late in a season, this time the Tampa Bay Lightning dealing him to Boston.
Recchi, 41, signed a one-year, $1.25 million deal with Tampa Bay prior to this season.
Bob McKenzie on TSN states that Boston Bruins have made a trade sending out Petteri Nokelainen to the Anaheim Ducks for Steve Montador.
added 12:56pm, TSN Link available.
Gary Dzen at the Bruins Blog posted the video below today:
With the trade deadline on Wednesday, Bob Ryan and Kevin Dupont debate whether or not the Bruins need to make a trade.
The New England Sports Network and the Boston Herald both reported that the Eastern Conference leading Bruins have offered their first- and third-round picks in the upcoming NHL entry draft, as well top prospect Joe Colborne.
Burke told TSN that there has been no such offer.
“It’s not true, a total fabrication,” Burke told TSN. “I sat with (Boston GM) Peter Chiarelli for the first period of Saturday’s game in Boston and we never discussed Tomas Kaberle. We hadn’t spoken about Kaberle before that and we most certainly haven’t since then. There is no truth to it at all. None.”
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
No GM is under more pressure confronting Wednesday’s trade deadline than Boston’s Peter Chiarelli, who must properly calculate the risk/reward ratio of potentially jeopardizing the chemistry of his conference-leading Bruins by acquiring difference-maker Chris Pronger at the cost of a package that would surely feature Phil Kessel.
The temptation to unite Pronger ($6.5M per through next season) with Zdeno Chara on what is now a somewhat suspect defense must be overwhelming. One or the other would be on the ice essentially all game, every game. They could form a last-minute shutdown pair….
Blair Betts, a pending unrestricted free agent whose role will apparently change dramatically under the new regime and who has value to a contender as a dependable checker and penalty-killer, is likely available. Detroit is believed to have interest.
more trade and hockey topics…
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