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Best Of The Northeast

from E.J. Hradek of ESPN,

Well, four divisions down and just two to go. Today, I’ll take a look at the Northeast….

MONTREAL CANADIENS
Best forward: Jean Beliveau. So many choices! I’ll take the great Beliveau over Rocket Richard

more and sorry E.J., I have to go with the ‘Rocket’.

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Afternoon Line

“My game juices are going to be flowing a little too much,” said Manny. “I’m going to have to ease back on it a little bit.

“The excitement and everything is going to be there since it hasn’t been there for a while, so it’s a matter of…making sure that my (technique) is good and that I am playing my game.”

“Physically there’s no problem at all,” he said. “It’s going to be a long road to get back (to form) and to get back to (game) shape, but I think hard work and focus is the way to get in there and compete.”

-Bruins goalie Manny Fernandez.

More on the goalie camp Bob Essensa had earlier today from John Bishop of BostonBruins.com.

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Bruins Go To Work…

... as groundskeepers at Fenway.

Watch the funny video below… and the story at Bruins.com.

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Is Soderberg Heading To North America

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

Despite a report yesterday on a Swedish hockey website, the Bruins aren’t planning to see Carl Soderberg, their top European prospect, here in Boston when training camp opens Sept. 19….

Chiarelli said he spoke yesterday with agent J.P. Barry, Elefalk’s partner in North America, and Barry was unaware of any change in Soderberg’s plans. Barry, according to Chiarelli, said Elefalk was traveling in Spain and could not be reached immediately. Chiarelli said he left voice mail and email messages for Elefalk, but as of late yesterday afternoon, Elefalk had not responded.

“Right now, nothing’s changed; I don’t think he’s coming over,” said Chiarelli. “Who knows, maybe he’s changed his mind, but we’ve had no indication of it.”

read on

I am surprised Barry gave that response, I expected something like, “We are not even sure if he wants to play next season.”

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Soderberg Staying In Sweden

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

The Bruins were hopeful that Carl Soderberg, whom they obtained in last summer’s swap with St. Louis for Hannu Toivonen, also would be part of the forward mix. But the 6-foot-3-inch, 200-pound center notified Chiarelli some 10 days ago that he has opted to remain in Sweden for one more season. A few months earlier, Soderberg said he would be here in September, and was willing to assume the risk that he could be assigned to Providence.

“It’s disappointing, but we had a good talk,” said Chiarelli. “At least he was persuasive in what he said - he doesn’t want to come to North America and be a marginal player. ‘When I get there, I want to contribute,’ is what he told me.

“And, hey, the fact is, he is only 22 - the age of maybe a college senior - and it wasn’t until the playoffs over there last year that he really had his game going. He wants that one more year over there.”

more hockey notes…

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How About An Extension For Thomas

from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

With both Tim Thomas and Manny Fernandez entering the final year of their contracts, the Bruins have a game plan to address their goaltending in 2009-10 and beyond. At this point, it would make sense to extend the 34-year-old Thomas, especially if Tuukka Rask isn’t ready for the NHL in 2009-10. Thomas, in the last season of a contract worth an annual $1.1 million, would most likely be seeking a multiyear extension - with a raise, of course. An interesting comparable for Thomas and the Bruins would be Chris Osgood’s extension (three years, $4.25 million) the netminder signed with Detroit before winning the Cup.

more plus other hockey topics too…

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Afternoon Line

Finally, the last thing I wanted to give you my thoughts on was our free agent signing this year – Michael Ryder.

I know in some circles we’ve been criticized for paying the money we paid to Michael.

We saw him on numerous occasions (he being in the same division as us), and I’ve seen him on a number of occasions prior to that with Ottawa. He’s a player that we made an organizational decision on to bring into our mix, and I don’t feel the need to justify or to address the criticisms that we’ve been given on signing him. At the end of the day, as a management team, we’re judged on these decisions and we’ll be judged on this one. We were and are excited to get Michael, as he’s a young player who can score goals and competes hard. We feel he’s really going to fit into our mix, and we’re going to have some success with him.

-Peter Chiarelli in his blog at the Bruins site.

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Ryder Hopes To Rebound In Boston

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

Ryder, 28, will travel south to Boston next week, checking out places to live after signing on with the Bruins as an unrestricted free agent July 1, getting a $12 million payday (over the next three seasons). After back-to-back 30-goal seasons with the Montreal Canadiens, he slumped to a career low of 14 in 2007-08, the hard-hitting onetime sniper becoming a forgotten part in Guy Carbonneau’s up-tempo bleu-blanc-rouge offense.

“A weird year, I’ll tell you that,” said Ryder, sitting in the lobby of a downtown hotel last week, not far from the condo he owns here. “I started out on a line [with top forwards Saku Koivu and Chris Higgins], got pushed back in the lineup, and then all of a sudden, I was out of the lineup.

“To be honest, I still don’t know what happened. All I ever heard from the coaches was, ‘Shoot the puck . . . work hard . . . it will all work out.’ But . . .”

much more on Ryder…

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Afternoon Line

Can understand the Bruins buying out unproductive Glen Murray. Can’t understand why they waited for late July to do so.

-Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun

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Tortorella’s Big Ticket

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

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