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from the Milford Daily News,
After setting early tee times the past two years, he doesn’t plan on being able to hit the links quite so soon next spring.
“I think we’re going to make the playoffs this year,” said Thomas, reached by cell phone in the midst of a round while on vacation in Vermont this week. “That would be a big step forward. And who knows, maybe we can take a few more steps than that. But the ultimate goal this year is to make the playoffs, and I think we can do it. That’s what we’re all playing for.”
from the Boston Herald,
Speaking from his home in Quebec City, Bergeron sounded both rejuvenated from his long summer and, after some reflection on the season, determined not to have a repeat. For one thing, he said he’s now fully recovered from the various nagging injuries that plagued him, the exact nature of which he remains unclear in explaining. Even now, when the hot summer sun tends to loosen lips, Bergeron wasn’t about to elaborate, saying, “It was a little bit in the legs and a few issues in the upper and lower body.” He chose to keep the details to himself.
“I don’t want to look like the guy who says that’s why I had a tough year last year,” said Bergeron, who’s been skating with some NHLers including Simon Gagne, Antoine Vermette and Francis Bouillon in Quebec. “But I feel 100 percent right now. It took me quite a while to feel better. I wish we made the playoffs last year and played longer. It was a long summer. But at the same time it gave me time to heal all the things I had.”
from John Bishop at BostonBruins.com,
“I look at our team on paper and it looks pretty solid,” said a suddenly serious Savard, his trademark grin drawing short. “We’re pretty deep, so we’re excited for that.
“We picked up a great goalie (in Manny Fernandez)—I got to play to against him a bit more being out west with Calgary.
“And obviously Peter Schaefer, a great solid veteran forward for many years,” he said.
That being said, Savard knows that in order for the B’s to progress toward a playoff berth, he and the other Bruins returnees need to play their best.
“I’ve gotten in great shape this summer,” added Savard. “I feel very strong, and now that I am getting older, I have to be like that…but I just want to contribute every night and our goal at the end of the road is just to get into the playoffs.
more & it looks like Savard has a little more golf in him too…
from E.J. Hradek at ESPN,
Now, in his third NHL head-coaching job and working for someone familiar to him (he has a previous relationship with Chiarelli), Julien will either sink or swim in Boston. He should have a much better chance than his predecessor because the club’s goaltending situation is improved.
While I believe the B’s still have a very long way to go, I think they’ll be better than last season after finishing last in the Northeast Division and 13th in the Eastern Conference. Can they make the playoffs? I don’t think they’ll be that much better.
from the Boston Herald,
Stanislav Chistov, acquired last November from Anaheim for a third-round pick, reportedly is close to signing a deal to play in his native Russia this season despite being under contract with the Bruins for another year. According to Chiarelli, it’s not a done deal yet, but he’s preparing to move on without Chistov.
“Not that I’m aware of,” said Chiarelli when asked about Chistov’s reported signing in Russia. “I’m aware of the rumors, but not that he’s signed.”
And if he does sign in Russia? “We have the option to suspend him, and we’d certainly do that to retain our rights to him,” said Chiarelli. “We couldn’t prevent him from playing (in Russia), but we can suspend him and keep his rights.”
more on the Bruins…
via the Bruins Blog,
NESN announced today that Milbury, the former Islanders executive, will serve as a studio analyst this season. Milbury will be part of NESN’s pre-game, intermission, and post-game analysis.
“I’m very happy to be joining the NESN team,” Milbury said in a statement. “This opportunity is giving me a chance to be connected once again with the organization that I cheered for growing up and broke into the league with both as a player and a coach.”
fro the Bruins Blog at the Boston Globe,
Peter Chiarelli has heard that Stanislav Chistov might sign with Salavat Yulayev Ufa of the Russian Super League for the upcoming season.
But the GM has not heard definitively of the winger’s plans.
“A couple of people have mentioned that to me,” Chiarelli said of Chistov’s possible departure. “I don’t know one way or another. I have a call into his agent. We’ll see where it goes.”
from the Worcester Telegram & Gazette,
The most surprising part is how many player changes were made again this offseason in the wake of the virtual housecleaning before and during last season. The Bruins spent all of last season searching for consistency, and now they’re going to have to wait again while the latest newcomers — goalie Manny Fernandez (trade with Minnesota for Petr Kalus and a draft pick), center Carl Soderberg (trade with St. Louis for goalie Hannu Toivonen), and wingers Shawn Thornton (free agent from Anaheim) and Peter Schaefer (trade with Calgary for Shean Donovan) — find their spots in the mix.
And that doesn’t even take into account the complications that could be thrown into the batch at training camp by minor leaguers David Krejci, Martins Karsums, Jeff Hoggan, Bobby Allen, Ben Walter, Matt Lashoff and Mark Stuart, plus rookies Tuukka Rask, Byron Bitz, Adam McQuaid, Wacey Rabbit and Memorial Cup MVP Milan Lucic, just signed last week.
from the Boston Bruins,
Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that the club has named Craig Ramsay and Geoff Ward Assistant Coaches. Ramsay and Ward join Assistant Coach Doug Houda and Goaltending Coach Bob Essensa to round out Head Coach Claude Julien’s staff.
from Wes Goldstein of CBS Sportsline,
The first-place Buffalo Sabres lost two of their best players, and the Stanley Cup finalist Ottawa Senators fired their general manager and will have a new coach, but both teams will look a lot like this year, which should be enough to separate them from the division pack.
Early returns make Toronto look to be the best of the Northeast also-rans, which isn’t difficult since the Canadiens and the Bruins seem to be selling only hope these days.
read on for the grades of the teams in the Northeast…
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