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from the Patriot Ledger,
There’s that knee injury that pretty much put Fernadez out of action after January. Even though he was scheduled this week to be medically cleared by Wild doctors to resume play, there’s something a little unsettling about hearing a player say he sprained a knee ligament, and then ‘‘tore it three more times.’’
There’s that $4.33 million salary cap figure this year and next, which may knock Boston out of the running for any current free agents of significance.
There’s the thought that Fernandez, 32, has been so insulated by Minnesota coach Jacques Lemaire’s defense-themed system, he may not be as good as his statistics.
Risk, of course, is part of every trade, but there’s so much logic built into this deal that general manager Peter Chiarelli couldn’t pass it up.
The Boston Bruins signed free agent right wing Shawn Thornton to a multi-year contract on Sunday.
According to Leafs Lunch, Chief Pro Scout Craig Button has left the organization to sign on with the Boston Bruins.
from the Boston Herald,
This list includes the likes of LW Brendan Shanahan (who initially hoped to sign in Boston last summer before going to the Rangers, who paid him $4 million); C Peter Forsberg ($5.75 million); C Michael Nylander ($2.28 million); LW Paul Kariya ($4.5 million), LW Slava Kozlov ($2 million); D Brad Stuart ($3.5 million); RW Bill Guerin ($2 million); D Brian Rafalski ($4.2 million); RW Jason Blake ($1.5 million).
A guy who’d seem to fit Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli’s stated goal of acquiring grit up front would be veteran right winger Todd Bertuzzi…
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from the Pioneer Press,
The Minnesota Wild traded longtime goaltender Manny Fernandez to the Boston Bruins today.
The Wild, who wanted to unload Fernandez’s $4.33 million salary after signing goalie Niklas Backstrom to a two-year deal this spring, are expected to receive 6-foot-1, 192-pound forward Petr Kalus plus a future fourth-round pick in the NHL draft.
added 8:17pm, via Russo’s Rants,
Official word from the Wild is that no trade has been made, but the NHL source says the trade will become official tomorrow. More to come.
added 10:01pm, A little more from Russo’s Rants,
The trade can’t be announced before midnight because the Bruins’ cap number is at $41 million. Manny’s cap number is $4.33 million. That would push the Bruins over the $44 million cap. Remember, the cap doesn’t increase to $50.3 million until after midnight.
So as long as nothing falls through, this is just a technicality.
from the Boston Globe,
“I’m not going to be an aggressive player,” said Chiarelli. “With where we are on the cap, we’ll sit back, wait, and see what’s out there. We’ll address the couple areas where we believed we can be improved upon. We’ll see how the days unfold.”
read on to see who the Bruins may be targeting…
from Kevin Paul Dupont at Bruins Blog,
The Bruins today continued to make sweeping changes through the organization, dismissing long-time assistant GM Jeff Gorton and Daniel Dore, one of the industry’s most respected coaches.
Gorton, who was among the initial candidates under consideration for the recent GM opening in Phoenix (since filled by Don Maloney). Gorton reported to the Bruins’ Causeway Street office today, according to a source familiar with his dismissal, and left the premises soon after cleaning out his desk.
From Patrick Maloney via Slam!,
This weekend marks a decade since Thornton—one of the best hockey players in the world—was drafted first overall by a rebuilding Boston Bruins franchise in search of a saviour. On his bedroom wall back then was the iconic photo of Bobby Orr flying through the air after netting the 1970 Stanley Cup-winning goal for the Bruins.
Things to come, perhaps.
But now, the image may be just a reminder of Thornton’s rough luck in Boston and the team’s inability to reach the heights so many thought possible that June day in 1997.
From Kevin Paul Dupont at the Boston Globe,
Cherepanov, a dynamic Russian right winger, sat in the stands until the Rangers selected him 17th overall, roughly 6-12 slots lower than anyone imagined. As the picks ticked off, there sat the 18-year-old Cherepanov, an interpreter at his side.
By the 10th selection, two picks after the Bruins selected Hamill, TSN commentator Pierre McGuire acted as if he were ready to launch an international investigation.
“This is unconscionable and insane,” exclaimed the excitable McGuire. “It’s complete insanity that he hasn’t been picked yet.” And after the No. 13 pick, when the Blues chose the Denmark-born Lars Eller over Cherepanov, Maguire chimed in again over what he labeled a “bizarro pick.”
continued… (*more on Cherepanov, plus looking at the Bruins)
General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that he has named Claude Julien the 28th Head Coach in Boston Bruins history.
Julien, a 47 year-old native of Kanata, Ontario, will be formally introduced to the Boston media today at a 10:30 a.m. ET press conference to be held at the TD Banknorth Garden.
Julien has four years of National Hockey League (NHL) head coaching experience and most recently served as the Head Coach of the New Jersey Devils.
Seems almost anti-climactic. The Worst. Kept. Secret. Ever!
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