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from the Bruins Blog at the Boston Globe,
Blake Wheeler, the highly-sought winger from the University of Minnesota, has advised his agent to finalize terms of a contract with the Bruins, a two-year deal that won’t be made official until July 1, in keeping with NHL bylaws that govern the movement and signing of unrestricted free agents.
from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,
Today could be the first day of the rest of Glen Murray’s life - the one he will lead without the Bruins.
That’s not to say that Murray is definitely gone from Causeway Street, but it is to remind one and all that the NHL today begins its annual buyout period, and Murray’s 2007-08 season can be submitted to the jury as Exhibit A for why buyout relief has been part of the league’s collective bargaining agreement for decades.
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From Steve Conroy at the Boston Herald,
Coming off left shoulder surgery six weeks ago to repair a torn labrum, Chara finally shed his sling a week ago and started his rehabilitation.
He’s doing daily range-of-motion exercises, and it’s estimated that he faces three more months of rehab, which would take him into September and the start of training camp. He couldn’t guarantee that he’d be ready from the get-go, but it shouldn’t be too long after that if he isn’t.
“We’ll have to see how the rehab goes, but it should be right for the start of training camp,” Chara said. “But we’ll see”
read on for more news on the Norris Trophy candidate
In other Bruins news, team owner Jeremy Jacobs and his wife gave a substantial charitable gift to the University of Buffalo this week: $10 million.
From Brian Costello at The Hockey News,
The Boston Bruins defenseman will be climbing Africa’s Mount Kilimanjaro the first week of July for the humanitarian organization Right To Play. And he’s leaving open a spot on his climbing team to be taken up by the highest bidder in an eBay auction. Check it out now at [eBay] and you might turn out to be his lucky climbing partner. Bidding ends on Thursday.
Chara is challenging hockey fans everywhere to raise $5 for every foot he climbs in support of his fundraising goal of $100,000 for Right to Play programs. Kili rises 19,340 feet off the plains of Tanzania. All proceeds from the eBay auction to join Chara benefits Right To Play, which uses sport programs to aid the development of children and youth in underprivileged areas of the world.
Having been fortunate enough to climb Kilimanjaro with my wife in 2001, I have two words of advice for Chara and his climbing partners: Poli, poli. That’s Swahili for ‘slow, slow.’
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
The prospect of holding the NHL Winter Classic at Yankee Stadium on Jan. 1, 2009 is in the bottom of the ninth inning, with the Yankees New York Yankees attempting to convince the city that a pair of major concerns can be overcome so the Rangers New York Rangers can play an outdoor game in The Bronx before the World’s Most Famous Stadium closes its doors.
“We’re negotiating with the city on two issues that need to be resolved within the next few days in order for us to be able to go forward with the NHL,” Yankees’ COO Lonn Trost told The Post last night. “We want to have the game here and the NHL wants to have the game here, so now it’s a matter of us settling these concerns.”
from the CP via the Globe and Mail,
The Boston Bruins have signed defenceman Aaron Ward to a multi-year contract extension.
If there were any question about Zdeno Chara’s toughness, this should settle it: The towering defenseman considered not having anesthesia when undergoing recent shoulder surgery to repair a torn left labrum. “True story,” said his agent, Matt Keator. “That’s Z, right there. He cares about his body, like no one I know, and he doesn’t want to do anything that could compromise it. He asked if he could go without it, and he would have done it, but the doctors convinced him it was better to have it.
more NHL bits from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe…
The Boston Bruins have signed a three-year extension with forward Chuck Kobasew.
Kobasew will earn $2 million next, $2.5 million in 2009-10 and $2.5 million in 2010-11.
From John Bishop at BostonBruins.com, a note that The Cam Neely Foundation for Cancer Care celebrated the opening of The Neely Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplant Unit.
The Neely family launched the Cam Neely Foundation for Cancer Care in 1995 after the passing of their parents Marlene and Michael Neely from cancer. The Neely Foundation has raised more than $17 million from donations of all sizes, impacted thousands of families and continues to dedicate itself to designing, funding, and completing projects with immediate and tangible results.
“I know that neither of us ever dreamed that we would have this kind of impact when we set out on this mission some 14-plus years ago to honor our parents,” said Scott Neely, before turning to his brother to say, “Cam, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for all that you have done to help us achieve our mission to be able to, in such a meaningful and significant way, honor the memory of mom and dad.”
from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,
Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said Friday that he has extended contract offers to versatile forward Glen Metropolit and veteran defenseman Aaron Ward, both of whom are on target to become unrestricted free agents July 1.
“I can’t tell you if we’ll get them both done or not,” said Chiarelli. “And if so, I don’t think anything is imminent. But we’d like to have them back. And if they’re not going to be back, it’s better for both sides to know that early, for the sake of making plans.”
Metropolit, who will turn 34 June 25, provided valuable depth up front this season, especially with the near-season-long absence of Patrice Bergeron. He also provided key help on the power play.
“We figured Glen would be a depth guy for us, but he ended up being more than that,” said Chiarelli. “Going forward, we’d see him more in third- and fourth-line roles, help with the PK [penalty kill]. In terms of whether we can sign him . . . he’s a reasonable guy, and he understands the business.”
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