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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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from Fluto Shinzawa of Bruins Blog at the Boston Globe,
Marc Savard, complaining of symptoms that are consistent with post-concussion syndrome, will not be ready for the start of training camp. Savard has not worked out in the last few weeks, according to GM Peter Chiarelli. There is no timetable as to when Savard might start working out and skating.
Savard is meeting with team doctors today. Chiarelli did not disclose the specific nature of Savard’s ailments.
“Any time there’s this reoccurence, there’s concern,” said Chiarelli. “He’s a very durable guy. He’s played hurt in the past. He wants to come back and we want him to be healthy.”
from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,
Tyler Seguin is here, with a pristine Bruins sweater, No. 19, set aside for the taking. All he has to do is reach for it, eagerly wrap his strong but adolescent arms around the black-and-gold fibers and slip it over his muscular, well-sculpted torso. Simple. Ready to wear. Such an easy fit.
But the question remains, is he ready for the fit?
“Yeah,’’ said the much-ballyhooed 18-year-old forward, who arrived in town four days ago in anticipation of the club’s rookie camp next week. “I do believe I am ready.’’
For the record, the most talked-about Bruins rookie since Joe Thornton (last seen in the Hub in that No. 19 sweater) said those words evenly and confidently, yet with no amount of hubris nor hint of braggadocio. Seguin’s “ready’’ is a healthy one, a smart one — verbalized as respect for those already on the roster, and also in acknowledg ment that a mediocre showing in the next 2-3 weeks could return him to the Plymouth Whalers for another year of junior hockey.
from Stephen Harris of the Boston Herald,
The 22-year-old Lucic said he is fine now, and he is optimistic he’ll remain so. But he stopped short of expressing certainty where the troublesome ankle is concerned.
“It feels better,” Lucic said. “I can skate on it now without tape on it. It feels strong. I’ve been on the ice now for almost a month. I’m definitely feeling good about it, feeling pretty confident with the ankle that it will hold up all year and I can put whatever happened last year behind me. Hopefully there’ll be no problems with it. I’ve still got to do my exercises with it to keep it strong.”
After Lucic was hurt last November, he was warned it could take a year and a half before his ankle was truly at 100 percent. The injury nagged him throughout last season. He missed a total of 32 games because of injuries and posted just 9-11-20 totals in 50 appearances.
“It’s frustrating when you have an injury like this, where even when you do come back, it’s still not 100 percent,” Lucic said. “Every time you make a little move or turn it the wrong way you feel it. That was the frustrating part. It stops you from doing what you do the best. Hopefully I don’t have to deal with any of that this year and I can just focus on playing my game.
BOSTON, MA – The Boston Bruins announced today that they have entered a partnership agreement with Finnish SM-League Club, JYP Jyvaskyla. Under this agreement, the teams will be able to transfer players and have them train with the partner club and within the partner club’s developmental system, as well as exchange tactics and scouting information.
JYP was founded in 1977 and captured its first league championship in 2009. Notable NHLers Michael Nylander, Steve Kariya and Jody Shelley have skated for JYP in their careers.
from the Irish Emigrant,
The Boston Bruins will drop the puck far away from home on October 2 next when they take on the Belfast Giants Select team in Belfast, it was announced last week.
The Bruins need no introduction on this side of the pond but are described in Irish and UK hockey circles as “one of the most famous ice hockey franchises in history, and are one of the ‘Original Six’ teams officially formed in 1924. They have one of the largest fan bases of any ice hockey team”
The Bruins will bring their full squad to Belfast – allowing the Irish public to see some of the best hockey players in the world. This represents an historic night for Irish hockey fans as it is the first time the NHL team has played outside North America.
A game of this magnitude has never been brought to the UK or Ireland before. This is a once in a lifetime chance to see one of the world’s greatest ice hockey teams, play against the Giants who will be celebrating their 10th anniversary of playing at the iconic Odyssey Arena, Belfast.
more, including VIP tickets are going for $230US…
In the latest episode of The Bolts Beat (and the show’s debut here at Kukla’s Korner), JJ and co-host Mike Corcoran visit with Tampa Bay Lightning forward Steve Downie to discuss last season’s individual success, off-season training with Gary Roberts, rivalries and much more. Puck Daddy editor Greg Wyshynski drops in as well and touches on Ilya Kovalchuk, the recent Mt. Blogmore series, the newly rekindled bloggers/main stream media access debate and gives his opinion on how the Lightning might fare in 2010-11. Finally, Tampabaylightning.com contributor Mark Pukalo steps into the studio to add his two cents while helping to answer questions from The Bolts Beat mailbag.
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from Jack Edwards at NESN,
It’s time to take out the rubbish on the Marc Savard trade rumor. Until someone gets an NHL management name attached to a quote saying that the Bruins are making offers that include Savard, this “story” is literally unbelievable. That is, no one should believe it….
...Certainly I am willing to listen to other viewpoints, but let’s not let an anonymous August rumor engage us in rampant speculation when there are a lot of reasons not to believe the rumor’s veracity.
from Matt Kalman of The Bruins Blog,
One month from the official opening of Bruins training camp, it appears goaltender Tim Thomas and center Marc Savard will be reporting to Wilmington, Mass., after a summer of trade speculation.
However, the presence of no-trade clauses in all the above-mentioned players’ contracts won’t stop the speculation about potential deals from clogging the airwaves and blogosphere over the next several months. And that’s a situation every card-carrying member of the NHLPA should fight to prevent.
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