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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…
And there’s no doubt that the Boston brass is very high on their new forward.
“He is a left (wing and) center…and he actually projects, probably, (on the) top two lines,” said Chiarelli on a conference call. “He’s got very good puck possession (skills), has some offensive creativity (and is) heavy and strong on the puck.
“He’s still young, (with) an ‘85 (birth date), so he has got a lot of hockey ahead of him.”
The Bruins are now very deep at center, but Chiarelli feels that the young forward is a very useful piece to the Hub of Hockey.
“You can never have too many good centers, but he also plays the wing,” said Chiarelli. “And he’s got some considerable size and that was something that we’ve been looking for, too….”
read on plus Chiarelli believes traded goaltender Toivonen has some great potential…
from the Stl. Louis Blues,
St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today the team has acquired goaltender Hannu Toivonen from the Boston Bruins in exchange for Carl Soderberg.
“Hannu is a former 1st round draft choice who gives our club depth in the goaltending position,” said Davidson. “Our scouts feel he has tremendous upside and a bright future in the National Hockey League.”
added 4:20pm, Blues Release...
If you haven’t been following the diary Andrew Ference is keeping while in Africa, you should be..
I can truthfully say that today was, culturally, the most amazing day of my life.
The chance to be invited into the home of a villager of Nyamburi is something that cannot be bought from any safari company and has not found the pages of a travel guidebook.
Through the local connections and relationships of the “Right to Play” volunteers, our morning was spent as guests of one such villager, Mr. Pius Cha Cha, his five wives and fifteen children.
more at BostonBruins.com…
from Kevin Paul Dupont at the Boston Globe,
The Bruins have a new goalie. Along with a new coach (Julien) and a new assistant GM (Jim Benning). On Tuesday, they added a new left winger (Peter Schaefer). Who knows what will happen today?
If no news is good news, then lots of news is . . . ?
“Fans know more than everyone thinks,” said Fernandez, asked if he understood the Boston hockey culture, and how much lost ground the Bruins have to repair and regain. “They have a passion, I am sure. They don’t want . . . well, when you have a bad season, it’s disappointing for everyone—for fans and players. But if you turn it around, they’ll come back and jump on the wagon again.”
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