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from the Eagle-Tribune,
So what would make any sane person - whether they’re a puck-loving hockey krishna or not - think that the Boston Bruins can turn around their decade-plus of lethargy and put more fannies back in the seats at the TDBanknorth Garden?
There’s only one way for that to happen: win games. Lots of games. The B’s open up at Phoenix tomorrow as part of a five-game road trip.
“Boston is a city that’s used to winners,” said center Marc Savard, who led the team in scoring by a wide margin a year ago with 96 points. “We have the personnel in place to do that. This is a team ready to win.”
from the Worcester Telegram & Gazette,
Only 10 of the players who will start the season in Boston were on last year’s season-opening roster, reflecting the wholesale changes that have occurred in the last 12 months under general manager Peter Chiarelli.
“This is the group we’re going forward with as it stands (now),” Chiarelli said during a conference call. “But if there’s an area where we can improve and an opportunity to improve, we’re still going to look at it.”
The 13 new faces include winger Shawn Thornton, who was signed as a free agent this summer, and versatile forward Glen Metropolit, who made the team after being invited to camp without a contract. Chiarelli said he expects to have Metropolit signed within a day or two.
from the Boston Globe,
Bochenski, once in the mix as a second-line right wing, was a healthy scratch in yesterday’s preseason-ending 4-2 loss to the Islanders at TD Banknorth Garden. Bochenski dressed in only two of the team’s six matches, recording three shots and zero points - not exactly the numbers expected of a go-to scorer.
“With an extra 20 pounds, it’s trickier than you think,” said Bochenski, referring to his struggles at the start of camp. “But I’m not making any excuses. I chose to come in like that.”
more on the Bruins…
From Stephen Harris at the Boston Herald,
Is this team ready for the start of the regular season Friday in Dallas? Well, it sure hasn’t looked that way, with training camp injuries to key defenseman Zdeno Chara and physical leader Shawn Thornton partially hampering the search for a team identity.
But the beauty of the whole training camp/regular season thing is that with a win in Dallas, whatever has happened before is forgotten. Ready or not, the B’s will try to get everything pulled together in time.
From the CP via Yahoo! Sports,
A trio of Eastern Conference teams feel they’ve made themselves better this off-season by acquiring goalies who couldn’t hold on to No. 1 jobs in the West.
Trades brought Tomas Vokoun to Florida, Manny Fernandez to Boston and Vesa Toskala to Toronto this summer and every one of those teams is hoping those guys can carry them to the playoffs.
Expectations might be a little high.
All three have shown some shaky form during the pre-season, although it would be foolish to put too much stock in the exhibition play.
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via the Boston Bruins,
Charlie Jacobs and Jeremy Jacobs have just named Cam Neely as a Vice President of the Boston Bruins.
Cam will be working with Peter Chiarelli in hockey operations and will also assist Charlie Jacobs with other functions with the club.
“I really got excited about being involved with the Bruins again,” said Cam of his time at the Draft. He also said that like many people he was disappointed with the direction the club had taken over the last few years, and at the urging of Charlie and Peter, he felt the time was appropriate.
“The fans of the Bruins expect their teams (to play a certain) way…to take pride in being a Bruin,” said Neely. “You may not play well every night, but you can work hard every night.”
from the Boston Herald,
“It’s easier to play a lot of games than a few,” Fernandez said. “It’s a little tougher to get prepared mentally for one (game) every five or one every three. Once you get on a roll, you want to keep going. It’s easier to feel out the team, too, and have the team knowing exactly what to do.”
Ultimately, it will depend on the two goaltenders whether their roles sort themselves out comfortably - or whether a good, old-fashioned goalie controversy develops.
Fernandez hopes it is not the latter.
Boston Bruins defenseman Andrew Alberts is doing special correspondence on the team website:
As you know camp started here on Friday, only I wasn’t able to attend because i had a bad 4-day run in with the dreaded “flue like symptoms.” It wasn’t pleasant (achy, headache), but I’m over it and ready to get back to playing hockey.
The first few days here at camp have been very intense.
more… (*including Andrew’s own movie review and recommendation…)
from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,
Another day, another story on The Hockey News’ pre-season predictions – and the fury they generate in some people and players.
This time, it’s Boston defenseman Aaron Ward whose UnderArmor is in a twist. Apparently, he’s none too pleased we picked the Bruins to finish last in the Eastern Conference this season.
“There’s a reason why (those writers) are not putting skates on,” said Ward, employing the incomparably lame “Youse-guys-ain’t-NHLers-and-therefore-can’t-comment-on-nuthin’ ” argument. “And if (writers) really knew what they were doing, they wouldn’t be writing in Toronto or Montreal or New York. They’d be in Vegas, putting their money where their mouth is.”
Proteau responds and a bit on Ozolinsh too…
from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,
Bruins coach Claude Julien, originally from outside of Ottawa, grew up speaking both French and English. But he considers his first language to be French, which he utilizes when having one-on-one conversations with the French-first players on his roster, including Patrice Bergeron, Manny Fernandez, and newcomer Pascal Pelletier.
“I see it as a respect thing,” explained Julien. “It’s their first language, and so I speak French. If they were Russian, and I spoke Russian, I’d speak to them in Russian.”
more on the B’s…
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