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Gagne’s Return Sparks Bolts, Plus a Few Thoughts on Pat Burns

I’ve tagged him the Lightning’s “wild card” all season, even before the neck injury that cost him 18 games. After a pointless first six games in a Lightning uniform, it was hard to forecast what Simon Gagne might bring to Tampa Bay this season. After all, recent history tells us that productivity elsewhere may not instantly equate to success alongside Vincent Lecavalier in Tampa (see: Tanguay, Alex, both before and after his single season as a Bolt). Add in that lingering injury – the latest in a career full of them for Gagne – and there is still really no telling what the former Flyer might be capable of for the long haul.

But, for a night, the wait was well worth it for both player and team, as Gagne lifted the Lightning to a 4-3 overtime decision in Toronto with the decisive tally in the extra frame.

Lecavalier remains out for the immediate future, so whether these two end up meshing as intended is still very much up in the air. And, of course, sustained health for Gagne is always a question mark (though, really, isn’t it for all of us?) But if Gagne’s impact on the Bolts last night is any indication as to what he might bring to the table for Tampa Bay in the long run, as my ever-optimistic Bolts Beat co-host, Mike Corcoran, suggests ad nauseam, maybe there really is something special coming together for the Lightning this season.

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Making Room For Savard

from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

Before activating Savard, the Bruins must clear salary before reintroducing the center’s $4.007 million annual cap hit. So sometime before early next month, when Savard could be ready for game action, Chiarelli will create the required space, either via trade or AHL assignment.

“I’ve got a pretty good idea of what I want to do,’’ said Chiarelli….

... if Chiarelli turns to AHL assignments, he could clear salary immediately before activating Savard. Only Zdeno Chara, Patrice Bergeron, and Tim Thomas have no-movement clauses in their contracts, which frees Chiarelli to waive every other player without having to gain their consent. The Bruins could also bring up any demoted players for the playoffs, when the salary cap is not considered.

For example, if the Bruins assign Ryder to Providence, they can promote him upon the conclusion of the regular season with no cap implications. They would not risk bringing him up during the regular season because a team could claim him for half price on reentry waivers.

Even Marco Sturm is not guaranteed protection against an AHL assignment.


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Savard Cleared For Practice

via Bruins.com,

Statement from Bruins GM, Peter Chiarelli regarding Marc Savard:  “Today Marc passed the tests administered by Dr. Micky Collins from the Sports Medicine department at UPMC, and is now cleared for contact.  Marc will rejoin the team tomorrow for morning skate in Florida.  There is no time-table at this time for Marc to start playing games.”

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Savard Practices But No Contact

from Fluto Shinzawa of the Bruins Blog at the Boston Globe,

Marc Savard, cleared yesterday to participate in non-contact practice, wheeled around the TD Garden ice during the morning skate with his teammates. After the session, even following some conditioning work, Savard was all smiles about the skate he had just powered through.

“It felt unbelievable,” Savard said. “It’s been a long time. It’s pretty special to make it to this step. Hopefully I’ll gradually feel better and go from there.”

Savard said he turned a corner approximately two or three weeks ago. Savard has been symptom-free in that time period. Savard credited his teammates, the Bruins’ staff, and fans for helping him overcome his postconcussion syndrome.

During his darkest times, Savard acknowledged wondering about the future of his playing career. In retrospect, Savard understands that it was depression that played a significant role in clouding his temperament.


At some point, Savard has to participate in contact drills, then see how he recovers from those drills.

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Colin Campbell Needs To Go

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

Not an easy act for the Commish. Campbell has been a good foot soldier doing a dreadful job for a long time. Now he has been shown to be a man documented to have an embarrassing bias, doing a job that demands impartiality and fairness. That alone makes his play offsides.

Bettman kept Campbell on the job in March when his dillydallying and foot shuffling left players with heads scrambled, careers in jeopardy. One of them, that “little fake artist’’ Savard, only hopes he gets to resume his livelihood. Best now that Campbell finds work elsewhere.


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Morning Line

Never put anything into an email that you wouldn’t be fine with seeing in print on the front page of a national newspaper. If you’re a Bruins fan, you’re now forever justified in bitching that every call went against you because Colin Campbell hates Marc Savard. If you want your team to be treated favourably, acquire Greg Campbell, because Colin Campbell will watch all your games and bitch about bad calls. Also, it would appear that if you’re a GM and you’re not constantly filling Campbell’s ear in an attempt to get the refs you like you like, you aren’t doing your job.

Oh and one more - if you suspect that the NHL is run by bozos (in fairness to Walkom, I don’t think he comes off poorly in the emails, although he wasn’t found to be a particularly credible witness), Campbell’s emails aren’t going to do a lot to convince you otherwise. Funny stuff.

-Tyler Dellow of mc79hockey.  You will want to read more.

added 11:51am, Looks as if the website is having some issues, but as a KK member pointed out, you can see the cached page here (scroll down to read it).

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What Happens When Savard & Sturm Return?

from Darren Dreger of TSN,

There are vultures circling - the Toronto Maple Leafs being one - but no offers have been presented and Boston would rather waive players and assign them to the AHL than make a rival stronger.

Veteran forward Michael Ryder eats up $4 million in cap space and is a candidate for demotion, while defenceman Andrew Ference, who’s a $2.25 million cap hit, is a trade target as well.

Keep in mind that the Bruins own Toronto’s first round Draft pick in 2011 via the Phil Kessel trade, so Boston has no interest in helping the Leafs get better.


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Marc Savard Update

via Kevin Paul Dupont of the Bruins Blog,

More details in the morning Globe and boston.com, but Marc Savard is expected to start skating with the Bruins in the next 2-3 days.

According to general manager Peter Chiarelli, reached today as he made his way from Toronto to Boston, the 33-year-old Savard has continued to make good progress since ‘‘ramping up’’ his workouts a couple of weeks ago.

‘‘He’s doing much, much better,’’ said Chiarelli. ‘‘He has been symptom-free for a while now, increasing his skating…all in all, he looks good.’‘

Savard, likely 6-8 weeks from returning to the lineup, was diagnosed with post-concussion symptoms, including depression, before the start of September’s training camp

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Can Chara Be A Head Shot Recipient?

from Matt Kalman of The Bruins Blog,

“As far as my height, maybe I’m a taller guy, my head isn’t in a danger zone, knock on wood,” Chara told TheBruinsBlog.net during a chat about Rule 48 Tuesday after his team’s practice. “But at the same time, you’d be surprised how many times I go to hit guys and I run into them with their heads. That happened the other night when I went to hit [St. Louis’ T.J.] Oshie in the corner. I went to hit him, he leaned in, and boom I got it right in the chin. I fell down because that knocked me down. So people don’t see it, but when you go and hit smaller guys and they lean … I got it right on my chin, I went down. It’s one of those things that sometimes the height is not always an advantage.”

No one has sympathy for Goliath, so Chara will have to deal with the blows to his chin if he’s going to keep playing the game as hard as he always has and do it with his patented combination of physicality and intimidation. So far this season, it doesn’t appear that Chara’s playing with any less force than in the past.

However, it seems that Chara has slightly (and somewhat undetectably) altered his approach by playing with his edge, but doing so smartly, in light of Rule 48.

read on

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Jimmy D. Tried To Get Bourque In the Winged Wheel Sweater

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

“One of the guys that I always tried to make a pitch for late in his career, I tried three or four times, was to acquire Raymond Bourque,” Devellano said Monday morning during his Hockey Hall of Fame media availability. “He was getting a little older but I knew he could still play. He’d be terrific under Scotty Bowman for a few more years. I thought we could win a Cup with Raymond Bourque.”

The former Detroit GM, set for induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday, said he kept trying but realized after a while that the Bruins would never trade him to Detroit.

“We had had some squabbles with Boston over the years, mainly because they thought we spent too much money,” Devellano said.

read on for more on the Wings…

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