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The Kilimanjaro Trek Is Complete

from Rob Simpson at the Bruins website,

As we neared the National Park gate and the village of Marangu, we came across small children and later women, who came up from the village to essenitally beg. A German couple walking ahead of me stopped and gave a boy a dollar for a flower he had picked and was selling. The others simply asked for money, clothes, whatever you could spare.

It was a sudden reality check for us, after six days on a mountain, and should remind everyone of the importance of Right to Play’s mission.

Once over the final few steps, and back at the National Park gathering area, we bid farewell to our porters, tipped them (a bit more generously than they were used to) much to their appreciation, and gave them some of our gear.

Chara gave away practically everything he had taken up on the mountain.

You’d think they’d won the lottery. They applauded enthusiastically when Aloyce read out the tips. He, his assistant, the cook, and the three porters who toted the TV gear all the way to the summit earned extra.

“These people can use everything they can get, and if I had more stuff, I’d give that to them as well,” Zdeno stated.

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Mountain Hiking With Chara

from Rob Simpson at BostonBruins.com,

Trekking with Zdeno – Day 4

Three hours of sleep on night 3 and a relatively flat day ahead: Things were looking up.

It was time to cross the “saddle”, the seven-mile plateau-like ridge between Mawenzi and our ultimate destination, Kibo, the volcano that sat within the snow-capped summit of Kilimanjaro.

continued and you can read the previous day journals there too…

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Key Bruins Working Hard To Get Back

from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

This year, starting with this week in Wilmington, both natives of La Belle Province (Bergeron hails from Quebec City, Fernandez from Montreal) are hoping 2008-09 will be scripted in a different fashion.

“It’s obviously going to be a step-by-step kind of thing,” said Fernandez, who skated with Bergeron and Providence assistant coach Rob Murray for approximately an hour yesterday. “It’s been a long time. But I want to get in there. I need to get in there.”...

Bergeron has been symptom-free all summer and has been working out six times a week, mimicking the workouts he has gone through during previous offseasons.

“It does feel like routine,” Bergeron said. “I’ve been working out like this every summer since I’ve been playing pro. The only thing that’s different is that I started a little bit earlier.”

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Bruins Need Defensive Help

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

Something else has to happen, specifically along the blue line, if the Bruins are going to return to the playoffs next spring. Even with Dennis Wideman plugged back into the equation - and his pending arbitration case makes that a question - the defensive corps needs an upgrade or two, specifically to enhance the transition game, a body or two to deliver the ever-elusive first quick pass out of the zone.

continued and many NHL notes too…

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Ryder Was Wanted

from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

“Claude played a big factor based on his relationship with him,” Chiarelli said. “They have a real good relationship and trust. Cam spoke about the city and the growing emergence of the Bruins, how we’re trying to turn things around. He’s seen that firsthand. He liked what he saw.”

According to Chiarelli, Montreal granted exclusive negotiating rights to Ryder to an undisclosed team prior to free agency. Chiarelli said there were at least two other teams chasing Ryder.

more on the Bruins who are at the cap max…

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Ryder Agrees To Terms With Bruins

via TSN,

The Boston Bruins have agreed to terms with winger Michael Ryder on a three-year deal at $4 million per season.

The contract is still being finalized but the two parties have agreed to terms pending the final paperwork being in order.

 

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Too Much For Hossa

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

The Bruins, who yesterday agreed to terms on a new deal for forward Petteri Nokelainen (two years, average $850,000), won’t shop in Hossa’s ‘hood. Their cap already stands right around $50 million, leaving them with slightly less than $7 million in potential shopping dollars. A tight budget and a squeezed market for top free agent talent most likely will have the Bruins cautious from the start.

General manager Peter Chiarelli, reached by phone late yesterday afternoon, sounded as if he is prepared to ignore the early wave of emotional bidding, then look to move in for a value purchase (the $2 million to $4 million-a-year range) once the market begins to cool.

read on

 

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Wideman Files for Arbitration

From Kevin Dupont at Bruins Blog,

Bruins defenseman Dennis Wideman, in line for a big pay boost as a restricted free agent, has filed for salary arbitration, which could affect how the club conducts business around the upcoming free agency period that begins Tuesday.

The action by Wideman, confirmed this afternoon by a source with first-hand knowledge of the on-going negotiations between the Bruins and the defenseman, allows the club not to be concerned about buying out players prior to Monday’s deadline.

continued… with more Bruins personnel updates

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Bruins Prepare For Free Agency

from Steve Conroy of the Boston Herald,

“I’m going to have to be in position to do it, if I’m going to get the player or players that I want,” Chiarelli said in a conference call yesterday. “I have to at least set the table. In a perfect world, if you want to do it that way, you’d like to move the money first and then get the player, but it doesn’t always happen that way. It may be that you get the player and you move the money at some point in the summer or the season.”

Chiarelli said that, if push came to shove and he really wanted to make a move to free up spending money, he feels he could do so. The B’s could use the buyout option on winger Glen Murray’s current or go the trade route.

more on the Bruins…

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Bruins Extend Stuart

from The Boston Bruins,

Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that the club has signed defenseman Mark Stuart to a multi-year contract extension.  Per club policy, terms of the deal will not be disclosed.

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