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from the Worcester Telegram & Gazette,
Phil Kessel’s stock recently has plummeted in Boston, so maybe he’s a candidate, but that might be a move the Bruins would regret someday. Sturm, Savard, Murray and Zdeno Chara reportedly have clauses in their contracts that either bar trades or restrict them only to certain teams.
And if you deal Savard or Sturm, where does that leave your already-lame offense? Murray’s trade value, frankly, is limited by his age, salary ($4.15 million), and recent spotty production. Kessel, though the limitations in his game have become glaring recently, still could develop into a superstar in this league, and there are enough ex-Bruins already flirting with the NHL All-Star team right now, thank you.
That brings us back to Axelsson, whose name pops up as trade bait whenever the Bruins have a need.
from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,
We would change the names to protect the innocent, but when it comes to scoring this season, especially the past two weeks, the Bruins’ roster has guilt written all over it.
Marc Savard - No goals, and only two assists, in the last five games.
Phil Kessel - Nothing but zeroes for the last six games, and a meager 3-6 -9 in his last 25.
Peter Schaefer - Only two assists in the last six games.
Marco Sturm - Two goals, and only 9 points, over the last 17 games.
Chuck Kobasew - One goal, two assists, in the last eight games.
via Bruins Blog,
Glen Murray will most likely miss the next two games because of an injured hip flexor.
Murray didn’t practice today and Claude Julien said he will be re-evaluated after Christmas, making him unavailable tomorrow and Sunday against Pittsburgh. Murray left in the second period of last night’s game and didn’t return.
Peter Schaefer (bruised left foot) and Andrew Alberts (post-concussion syndrome symptoms) also didn’t practice and are questionable for tomorrow’s matinee against St. Louis.
Here’s the footage of Sidney Crosby’s fight with Andrew Ference tonight. It’s a Gordie Howe Hat Trick for the illustrious Penguin. From HockeyFights.com:
from the Boston Globe,
As Patrice Bergeron the NHL player, who often took 20-minute postgame conditioning rides on a stationary bike, yesterday’s five-minute ride at Ristuccia Arena was a workout hardly worth mentioning.
But as Patrice Bergeron the patient, who’s been limited to short walks for exercise since sustaining a Grade 3 concussion, the morning workout was a momentous occasion that was nearly two months in the making.
from the Ottawa Sun,
“I had little conflicts with Bryan Murray all last year,” Schaefer said before last night’s game against his former team. “Once John got fired and (Murray) became the GM, I pretty much knew I was going to be moved.
“At the end of year meeting, (Murray) told me he expected me to come back (this season) and have a good year. Two days later, he called me in Vancouver and told me I had been traded to Boston. I just chuckled and said thanks.
“I think it’s a business and any time you tell someone one thing and something better comes along, you do it. There’s no hard feelings against (Murray).
“At the same time, I’m probably not going to go and bake cupcakes with him at Christmas, either.”
from the Ottawa Sun,
Now that he gets to a podium every day, Paddock takes any and all opportunities to sing the Big Zee’s praises. And yesterday, with his team about to fly off to face Chara and the rejuvenated Bruins, a chance to belt out a new chorus presented itself.
Paddock pointed out the B’s had “no defensive structure” last season, Chara’s first in Beantown since losing to Redden in the Which One Do We Keep sweepstakes the John Muckler regime held in Ottawa.
“As wonderful a defensive player as he is, Zee couldn’t do it by himself,” Paddock said, adding that under Claude Julien’s coaching, Chara is “back to being the type of player he was with us.”
from the Hockey Journal,
A year ago this week, Boston Bruins center Phil Kessel underwent surgery for testicular cancer.
Watching the second-year pro skate a regular shift these days as the club’s third-line pivot, you’d never know he’d battled such a deadly disease just 365 days ago.
from the Boston Globe,
One longtime scout, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said last night at the Garden he believed the Bruins were in talks with Columbus, which will be in town tomorrow night.
The Blue Jackets, who look capable of landing the franchise’s first playoff berth, were rumored in the offseason to be trying to move talented Russian winger Nikolai Zherdev, who has a history of being somewhat of a lone ranger on the ice.
from Jim Kelley at Sports Illustrated,
Traditionally, hockey players don’t go out and “win one for the owner”—at least not when he’s alive. But one can’t help thinking that Boston boss Jeremy Jacobs took great delight in his Bruins rolling over the Buffalo Sabres, 4-1, earlier this week….
Sources tell SI.com that Jacobs took some offense during the recent Board of Governors meetings in Pebble Beach, CA, when Sabres managing partner Larry Quinn was making an impassioned plea about opening up the game.
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