Kukla's Korner Hockey
With the new chat rooms opening up this week, I felt it would be cool if we had sort of a weekly “Hockey Gathering”. Where there’s pretty much 1 important game going on at the time, the numerous and widespread KK readership could just talk intelligently (hopefully) about the game and the sport in general. So I thought long and hard on a cool title, and came up with “The KK LiveChat Game of the Week”. Please, feel free to suggest a better one.
Anyway, we’re going to start with tomorrow’s Bruins-Rangers game on NBC, and will continue with the All-Star Game next week.
It doesn’t look as if there’ll be any pre-game tomorrow, so make sure to be in the KK Hockey Chat Room Sunday at 12:15 ET for some lively hockey discussion!
from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,
About a month ago, Bruins center Patrice Bergeron took his first steps toward getting back on the ice, reporting to Wilmington for light stretching and a few minutes on the exercise bike.
His progress slow, Bergeron, at the suggestion of general manager Peter Chiarelli, recently headed off on an island vacation. Time for some warm weather and sandy beaches, which also could mean the sun officially is about to set on his 2007-08 season.
“I don’t think he will be back this season,” Chiarelli said Thursday, emphasizing a position he took in the days soon after Bergeron was drilled into the Garden’s rear boards Oct. 27 by Flyers defenseman Randy Jones.
Earlier today, Marc Savard of the Boston Bruins participated in a teleconference for the NHL. Since the start of the ‘05, ‘06 season Marc has recorded 179 assists placing him in third in the NHL over that timeframe behind San Jose Joe Thornton with 228 and Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby with 190.
Here is the transcript of today’s Q&A session.
Q. Two questions actually. The first one is about the game on NBC Sunday. Just curious. Do you guys—I think it’s hard to say that you could get up more for one game than the other, but do you notice that the game’s on national TV and does it strike your awareness before the game, you know, the hype surrounding a national televised game or anything like that?
In the Boston Herald, Milan Lucic comments:
“In three years of junior we had only one guy break his nose, and he said it was the most painful thing he ever had,” he said. ‘I was like, ‘Aw, how bad can it be?’
“Well, after going through it, you know how bad it really is. It was probably the most painful thing I’ve been through. The fixing it hurt more than hitting the boards.”
from Milan Lucic at the Hockey News,
For me personally, things have gone very well so far.
I have been able to make the jump from junior to the NHL and have held my own. The jump wasn’t as hard as I thought it was going to be, but it still took a lot of work to get here.
I am not saying it has been easy by any means, but a combination of the players around me, the coaching staff and the effort I have put in has made it a smooth transition.
Boston Bruins centre Marc Savard has been chosen to the NHL’s Eastern Conference All-Star team in place of injured Ottawa forward Dany Heatley.
Heatley suffered a separated shoulder in Saturday’s 3-2 victory over Detroit and will be out of action for 4-6 weeks.
From Steve Conroy at the Boston Herald,
When Marc Savard was left off the Eastern Conference All-Star team again last week, there weren’t shouts of outrage from many corners. Even Savard, who took last year’s snub fairly hard, simply shrugged and moved on this time around.
But in his second season with the Bruins [team stats] after signing a four-year, $20 million deal, Savard is rounding into the complete player that coach Claude Julien always felt he could be since he watched Savard develop as a youngster in the Ottawa area.
via Bruins Blog,
“Even though it was a 1-0 game, in my mind, it wasn’t really a 1-0 game,” Julien said. “Carolina was by far the better team tonight. Sometimes you have to get embarrassed to react. Tonight is hopefully one of those nights we got embarrassed enough to react.”
Julien sent a message today, a 30 minute bag skate. Not a puck to be seen on the ice.
from David Amber at ESPN,
When he’s not busy moving hulking forwards from in front of the net, Andrew Ference is busy trying to change the world. The Bruins defenseman wears a helmet on the ice and many hats off it: political activist, environmental crusader and possibly future NHL commissioner.
In this edition of Facing Off, Ference tells us what it’s like to drop the gloves with Sid the Kid, how the Bruins can win back Beantown and how 10 days in Africa changed his life forever.
from Pierre LeBrun of the CP via Yahoo,
It’s slow going to be sure. He got a small headache at the end of his bike session last week and was told to rest for a few days.
“Every week I’m getting better but obviously it’s not where I’d like to be. I’d like to be on the ice right now,” said Bergeron. “And I’m not close to going back on the ice. But at least we’ve started to work out. I’ve been on the bike three times so far. I felt OK. The last time I had small little headaches, so we decided to take more time off and see what happens after that.
“I’m feeling good, I feel a lot better, but not exactly where I want to be.”
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