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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
The Boston Bruins didn’t win the draft lottery Tuesday night, but they may still get the player they wanted when all is said and done June 25 in Los Angeles.
That’s if, and I stress if, the Edmonton Oilers draft by need.
Tyler Seguin is a center. Taylor Hall is a winger.
The Oilers, who won the No. 1 overall pick, need a lot of things, but nothing more so than a bona-fide stud down the middle, one that could play between first-line wingers Ales Hemsky and Dustin Penner. Enter Seguin.
The Bruins, who have the No. 2 selection, are set at center with Marc Savard, Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci, but are seriously lacking when it comes to big-time offensive talent on the wing. Enter Hall.
Unless, of course, the Oilers’ scouting staff and GM Steve Tambellini ultimately concludes Hall is simply the better player and can’t pass him up. That could very well happen.
from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,
They can win without Savard, even without a semblance of a power play, by gumming up the middle, trapping like 18th century Quebec frontiersmen, and leaving it to Tuukka Rask to brick up the net.
Exciting? Hardly. Total snoozefest. But winning is its own excitement, and the Bruins will go into the postseason most likely second only to New Jersey for goals allowed. It usually takes three things to win a Cup: a power play, real defense, and strong goaltending. No one’s going to make the Bruins a favorite, but they have two of the three essentials. Although, with backliners Andrew Ference (hernia), Dennis Seidenberg (torn wrist tendon), and Mark Stuart (ailing pinky finger) out of the mix, real defense could be more in peril than even a legit power play.
Does it get any better than this? No. But it could be worse, just as there are times when things can be worse than .000.
via a Kevin Allen tweet,
Boston D Dennis Seidenberg will be out 8 weeks after successful surgery to repair lacerated tendon in his left forearm.
from Chris Iorfida of CBC Sports,
Let’s preface this by stating unequivocally that Jimmy Howard is having a tremendous rookie season, as we know Detroit Red Wings fans (and some of the team’s beat men) are known to scour the internet for any perceived slight to one of their own.
Howard has allayed doubts over his NHL future that began to creep in after spending a healthy number of seasons in the AHL.
A consensus has seemed to emerge among many hockey pundits that the Calder Trophy trio of finalists will be Buffalo’s teenage defenceman Tyler Myers, Colorado centre Matt Duchene and Howard.
Boston goalie Tuukka Rask hasn’t seriously entered the discussion among most observers, and it seems to be solely related to the fact that Howard has started 21 more games (as of April 5).
Because nearly all other statistical indicators favour Rask over Howard….
from Brendan Hall of Bruins Blog at the Boston Globe,
Bruins head coach Claude Julien confirmed that Zdeno Chara suffered a broken nose in last night’s 3-2 overtime loss at Washington, but should not be out of the lineup for Thursday’s home game against Buffalo.
Chara was not in the building for this afternoon’s brief optional practice at Ristuccia Arena.
“He’s getting it fixed, but it should be no issue, though,” Julien said.
Chara injured his nose in the second period last night, when Alexander Semin clipped the 6-foot-9 defenseman and captain with his stick, drawing blood. Chara returned to the bench later in the period. There was no penalty given to Semin.
continue for more on the Bruins…
from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,
Michael Ryder, once a fixture on the No. 1 man-advantage unit, was taken off the power play entirely four games ago. Yesterday, a day after Ryder landed zero shots in a 1-0 loss Thursday to Florida at TD Garden, his coach dropped him to the fourth line.
Who knows where Ryder will end up next.
“It could definitely happen when you’re looked at to score goals and you’re not scoring,’’ Ryder said of possibly becoming a healthy scratch. “It’s definitely in your mind. But I’ve just got to keep working hard and step it up even another notch. We’ve got five games left and we need wins to get to the playoffs.’’
from Eric Wilbur of the Boston Globe,
Yesterday morning on 98.5 The Sports Hub, host Gary Tanguay suggested Bruins coach Claude Julien should be fired for starting Tim Thomas in net Monday night against Buffalo.
I’d comment, but the sheer inanity of such a statement sort of just speaks for itself.
Today though, he’s probably ready to award the man a new three-year contract extension for starting Tuukka Rask last night in Boston’s stellar 1-0 overtime win over the Devils, a victory that some feel means we’ll never see Thomas in between the pipes ever again.
Until, you know…this weekend maybe.
But didn’t you know, Thomas is washed up. Finished. It’s time for Rask to take the reins, and end the nonsense of flip-flopping them in net. Otherwise, Julien should be…nah, forget it.
But even the staunchest supporter of Thomas has to realize that this perceived goalie controversy is over.
from Phil Coffey of NHL.com,
Boston Bruins center Marc Savard said he is still experiencing lingering effects of the concussion he suffered on March 7 when he was hit in the head by Pittsburgh’s Matt Cooke.
“I’m just trying to feel normal again and I don’t feel that way right now,” Savard told a press conference prior to the Bruins’ game with the Calgary Flames Saturday afternoon. “I’m getting outside, getting some fresh air, but I’m not where I need to be.
“I miss playing hockey. I miss my buddies. Hopefully. I’m back soon.”
BOSTON, MA – Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that the club has signed defenseman Andrew Ference to a three-year contract extension through the 2013-14 NHL season. Per club policy, financial terms of the deal will not be disclosed.
Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe on the Bruins game last night.
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