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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.
First shift for both players, they drop their gloves and go at it.
Hopefully the end of the story.
from Ron Borges of the Boston Herald,
What the Bruins should do instead is play their most physical game of the year. Contest every loose puck. Take Sidney Crosby down every chance they get. He, not Cooke, is the Penguins’ heart and soul. Make him bleed for the sins of his teammate.
Take him into the boards. Knock him down every chance you get. Bounce a puck off his nose if you can. If you get a blind side shot at him, put your body through his chest.
Same is true of Evgeni Malkin if he plays. He may not due to - as the insurance companies say - a pre-existing condition (he missed last night’s game against New Jersey). If he does try to skate, put a body on his already injured body every chance you get.
Touch the puck, eat a Bruin. Shoot the puck, eat a Bruin. Think about coming over the boards, eat a Bruin.
via Fluto Shinzawa of the Bruins Blog at the Boston Globe,
Bill McCreary and Stephen Walkom will be the referees for tomorrow’s Bruins-Penguins rematch. Brian Murphy and Tony Sericolo will be the linesmen.
Entering 2009-10, McCreary had been a referee for 1,597 games, second-most on the active list behind Kerry Fraser (1,828). Walkom was the NHL’s director of officiating for four seasons before returning to the ice this year.
Before this season, Murphy had 1,207 NHL games on his resume, sixth-most among active linesmen. Sericolo had worked in 664 games entering this year.
With these assignments, the NHL is sending a message that players will be under close watch tomorrow.
from Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
After Cooke’s hit on Savard, Boston general manager Peter Chiarelli said he was “disappointed” that his players didn’t react to it, presumably meaning that they should have gone after Cooke right then, even though it was late in a one-goal game and the Bruins need every point they can get to make the playoffs. Who’s to say Thornton, for instance, won’t try to score big points with his boss and teammates Thursday night? So what if he gets suspended for the rest of the season, as Bertuzzi was in ‘04? He might think it’s worth it if he can take out Cooke or Crosby or Malkin.
It is worth repeating:
Only in the NHL.
from Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,
So, I suspect readers may be surprised that I have no problem with the controversial hit by Penguins winger Matt Cooke on Boston center Marc Savard last Sunday at Mellon Arena - even though Savard was left with a Grade 2 concussion.
Cooke’s hit was legal by current NHL rules, a league with a thematic rule of accepted violence. These literal and thematic rules are understood when players sign an NHL contract, as is the cold reality that every player’s next shift could be his last.
I do more than feel for Savard. I fear for him because I suspect his life has been forever changed by this serious concussion. I also am thrilled that league general managers have taken a big step toward eliminating blind-side hits by drafting a proposed rule change for next season.
Those hits should be prevented as much as possible, but they cannot be taken out of this game as long as it is played in a confined space at a fast pace by elite athletes trained to be aggressive.
If players aren’t comfortable with the possibility of serious head injuries, if they don’t like it that violence has been and will be a part of the NHL, they should consider switching professions.
note 8:58pm, note sure what happened, but clicking the link now ask for a password so I went to the site, and the story is no longer there. Maybe later?
note: link now working again.
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