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From the Boston Herald,
The big ticket on the carousel of coaching candidates that Garth Snow is running this summer belongs to former Tampa Bay Lightning coach John Tortorella, who is scheduled to meet with the New York Islanders general manager today.
Because he stands to collect $1.3 million for the remaining year of his Lightning contract, Tortorella can well afford to be choosy about his next job. That salary is slightly more than twice as much as former Isles coach Ted Nolan was believed to be making, but that’s what a 2004 Stanley Cup victory will get you. The Lightning’s obligation to Tortorella would be offset by whatever salary he makes in a new job this season.
continued… plus notes on the Bruins
The Boston Bruins announced on Saturday that they have bought out the final year of right winger Glen Murray’s contract.
Following the buyout, Murray becomes an unrestricted free agent and can sign with any other NHL team.
I say his asking price is $2M for the year.
from Ryan Dixon of the Hockey News,
For one of the few times since they moved to TD Banknorth Garden from ‘The Gah-den,’ the Black and Gold are emitting signs of long-term progress.
Everybody knows about the Bruins’ commitment to defense. It starts with coach Claude Julien’s teachings, filters down through Zdeno Chara’s wingspan and touches every corner of the dressing room.
That Boston will play a stingy game is a given. Where I see the B’s branching out, though, is on the attack. Only New Jersey and the Islanders celebrated fewer goals than Boston’s 212 last year, a number that’s sure to improve with the return of one player, the addition of another and the natural progression of two youngsters.
Reports indicate center Patrice Bergeron is on course to return healthy and hungry after a hit from behind by Philadelphia’s Randy Jones limited his season to 10 games last year.
more on the Bruins…
With the official signing of Dennis Wideman today…
from the Bruins Blog at the Boston Globe,
The Bruins are $1,536,666 over the $56.7 million cap ceiling. They do not have to be below $56.7 million until the start of the regular season. They can exercise buyouts (the 48-hour window opens this weekend), trades, or minor-league assignments to dip below the cap. “One of the tools we have is the buyout, and that could be anybody,” said GM Peter Chiarelli. “Another tool is a trade or sending players to the minors.”
more on the Bruins…
update 1:57pm, as Jaci mentioned in the comments, Glen Murray has been placed on waivers...
The Boston Bruins and defenceman Dennis Wideman have avoided salary arbitration by agreeing on a new four-year deal worth $15.75 million, Sportsnet has learned.
The 25-year-old, Kitchener, ON native made $600,000 last season.
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.
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…
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.”
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…
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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