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Teams Interested In Kessel

from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

“More than one team is very interested,’’ said the source.

General manager Peter Chiarelli didn’t offer any insight on a possible trade.

“I don’t comment on contract negotiations,’’ said Chiarelli. “But we really would like to get Phil in the mix. You don’t come across players like this very often. It’s hard to come by players with this skill. We believe there’s still a lot of growth to his game.’’

Wade Arnott, Kessel’s agent, declined to comment on a possible destination for the 36-goal scorer. Arnott, however, confirmed a virtual nonexistence of negotiations with the Bruins. Arnott said the Bruins made only one contract offer, which was quickly rejected, prior to the draft.

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Boston Tickets Increase 15%

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

A flurry of e-mails landed here in recent days concerning what some perceive as price-gouging by the Bruins for the upcoming season. Overall, prices have increased by approximately 15 percent (steep in today’s challenged economy) for all buyers, including season ticket-holders. Non-season ticket-holders also get hit with an added 15 percent when purchasing designated “gold’’ games - a variable-pricing tactic the club implemented for 14 games last season. This season, 20 of the 40 dates at the Garden are “gold’’ games. Better team, higher prices. Go figure

more plus other hockey topics, including Jason Allison and the NHLPA…

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Expect To See More Of The Boston Bear

from Johnny Diaz of the Boston Globe,

The campaign featured a seven-foot bear that enforced the rules of being a good Bruins fan, such as “Never Tuck In Your Bruins Jersey’’ and “Never Date Within the Division.’’

The latter spot featured a young guy dating a girl who was a fan of the Montreal Canadiens….

Stephen Larkin, senior vice president at Mullen, said his creative team will have the bear interact with players in spots for bostonbruins.com and NESN.

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All Kessel Can Do Is Wait

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

For now, after logging three NHL seasons, Kessel is waiting to see where his career path leads, along with his pay scale. He remains an unsigned restricted free agent, the sole Boston regular still not to have a deal in place with the season opener (Oct. 1) only six weeks on the horizon.

Kessel, noting the possibility that his next NHL game may not be with the Black and Gold, said he fully expects to have a new contract in place before the start of the season. And although he categorized his negotiations with Boston at a “stalemate,’’ he also said he was not disappointed by the talks between his agent, Wade Arnott, and Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli.

“Because, obviously, it is a business, too, for [the Bruins],’’ he said. “It’s kind of like we are at a standstill and I don’t now what is going to happen, to tell you the truth. I think it can go either way at this point.’’

Asked how he would like to see it resolved, he said, “Obviously, you would like to stay, but you don’t know if it is going to work out in the end. My only thing is, you want it to go sooner [rather] than later . . . you know, if you are not going to be there, [or] if you are . . . it is easier on you [to know] where I am and where to go.’’

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Evening Line

“I had a little bit of a wake-up call this summer, realized I’ve got to be a bit better. I’m going to demand a lot of myself going there, and prove that it was a good signing for them.”

Bruins defenseman Derek Morris.  More from Morris by Jim Gintonio of Ice Chips at the Arizona Republic.

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Nothing New On The Kessel Front

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

(Phil) Kessel, who will turn 22 at the start of the NHL season, underwent shoulder surgery soon after the Bruins were eliminated by Carolina in Round 2 of the playoffs and likely won’t be ready to play until December. A restricted free agent without arbitration rights, he remains unsigned and has not said publicly what he wants to be paid in his next deal.

Meanwhile, Boston general manager Peter Chiarelli, who made the Kessel camp a requisite qualifying offer in June, remains hopeful that the sides can broker an agreement.

“Right now, there is nothing going on,’’ Chiarelli said. “This is a player that we still covet, and we’ll do anything to keep him - within reason, including matching an offer sheet and shuffling our roster around.’’

Kessel, with 66 career goals on his résumé, likely is being offered a deal in line with David Krejci’s new pact - three years at a $3.75 million average.

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Shawn Thornton With A Different Type Of Training

from Stephen Harris of the Boston Herald,

It is an all-too-rare lovely summer day, but Bruins winger Shawn Thornton hasn’t exactly spent it on the beach or golf course. By late afternoon, he’s already had two tough workouts—skating in Wilmington, lifting weights at a gym in Charlestown—and his training is far from finished.

Next stop: The Ring Boxing Club on Commonwealth Avenue in Allston near Boston University. Thornton has been a regular at the gym this offseason, working with veteran trainer Tommy McInerney in an effort to improve both his conditioning and punching ability.

“It’s a long day, but hopefully it will pay off halfway through the season,“ Thornton said as he taped his hands for a sparring session with McInerney. “It switches up the monotony, too. It used to be I’d go for a run or whatever to get a sweat. Coming in here is a lot more fun than anything else I could do….”

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Escrow & Kessel Talk

from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

• Revenues for 2008-09 have yet to be finalized. But based on current projections, players will earn only 85-87 percent of their contracts because of escrow. For example, Alex Ovechkin, due $9 million in 2008-09, would take home $7.65 million in pre-tax earnings. For 2009-10, escrow could become even more significant to make up for any revenue shortfalls. The 2009-10 figure hasn’t been set yet, but some agents are informing their clients that 20 percent of their salaries could be tucked away via escrow. “You always err on the side of caution,’’ said Andrew Ference, the Bruins’ player representative….

• For those fretting about Phil Kessel remaining unsigned, remember that there is no rush for either side to put pen to paper. The 21-year-old forward might not be ready to play until December because of rehabilitation following shoulder surgery. Kessel can continue his rehab and see if the Bruins sputter at the start, which could put pressure on the club to lock him up….

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Recchi Continues To Help Bruins

from John McGourty of NHL.com,

Perhaps the biggest contribution Recchi made last season was helping Bergeron rediscover his skills. Bergeron, who suffered a serious head injury in 2007 and another lesser concussion in December 2008, looked like his old self when teamed with Recchi.

If Bergeron returns to the form that saw him score 70 points in two straight seasons from 2005-07, it would have an effect similar to signing one of the top available free agents this summer. Recchi thinks it can happen.

“You can see Bergeron is regaining his confidence,” Recchi said. “When you go through what he’s been through the past 1 1/2 or two years, it’s not easy. But I think he’s back to being the player everybody has seen in the past. He’s holding onto the puck and playing with strength. He’s a great two-way player.

“It’s fun to see him getting back to health and it’s fun to play with him. I’m just trying to support Chuck and Patrice by going to the areas that they need me to go.”

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Bruins Talking Outdoor Sweater

from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

The Bruins, deep in discussions about the sweater they’ll wear for the Winter Classic, are hoping to create a jersey that can catch a piece of the magic the Penguins created two years ago. For the 2008 outdoor game at Buffalo’s Ralph Wilson Stadium, the Penguins went retro, pulling their 1968-69 jersey design out of mothballs. Today, the powder blue sweater - the Penguins switched to black and gold in 1979-80, following in the footsteps of the Steelers and Pirates - remains one of the league’s top-selling items.

“That worked,’’ said Bruins principal Charlie Jacobs, “because they’re not necessarily their team colors. There’s no black or gold. It’s a powder blue jersey, and that made it unique. It’s certainly recognized in their market. It’s not like the Pirates, Steelers, or anything else. It’s unique.’’

Jacobs hopes that by the end of August, the Bruins, in conjunction with Reebok and the NHL, will settle on a design that will serve multiple purposes: capture the Bruins’ heritage, stand out as a unique item for the New Year’s Day game against the Flyers at Fenway Park, and convince fans to hand over their money.

more plus additional NHL talk…

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