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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!
from Boston Bruins.com,
Jacobs, like Chiarelli and Bruins fans in general, want the club to be harder to play against.
“We are not going to take anything but a winning season,” said the Executive VP. “We are not going to accept anything else.
“We need a pair of gentlemen who will take us to the Promised Land.”
Asked, as an executive, what kind of team he envisions, Charlie was quick to answer “a winning team” but beyond that reiterated that he, like all fans of the Black & Gold, expected that Bruins tradition be upheld.
“We…should be grittier,” said Jacobs. “We’ve heard that word a lot today (in terms of) being tougher to play against.
“The Bruins, last year, were a bit of an easy team to play against. Opposing teams would come in here and say ‘This’ll be an easy night.’
from Kevin Paul Dupont at the Boston Globe,
Mike Milbury, whose name surfaced over the weekend as a candidate for the vacant Bruins coaching position, learned today he will not be the choice to succeed Dave Lewis, who was fired Friday.
According to a long-time league acquaintance of Milbury’s, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, the 55-year-old former defenseman was told by a Bruins’ front-office official today the club had made its choice for the job and that Milbury was not the choice….
With Milbury out of the equation, that leaves only three possibilities, and rumors around the league late in the afternoon had it that Julien was the overwhelming choice to succeed Lewis.
added 8:49pm, from the Boston Bruins,
Chiarelli indicated that he had contacted all four coaching candidates and that his intent was to have his new coach in place very soon—possibly even by this weekend.
“I’ve spoken to them,” said the GM. “Some (of those discussions) have been interviews, some haven’t.
“But…I’ve spoken to them at length,” he said.
And everyone understands the clock is ticking.
“I guess in an ideal world (it would happen) before the draft,” said Chiarelli. “In a realistic world, it may not happen before the draft.”...
The Bruins Boss was asked if he might be after candidates that might also be in the sights of the Ottawa Senators, who replaced GM John Muckler with Bryan Murray, today.
“Sure,” said Chiarelli, a-matter-of-factly. “That could be the case.
added 9:33pm, via TSN,
The Boston Bruins have found their man to guide the club in 2007-08.
TSN has confirmed an online report that the Bruins have hired Claude Julien to be their next head coach, with an official announcement expected as early as Tuesday.
via the Hockey Journal,
During a press conference at the TD Banknorth Garden to talk about the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, Boston Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli announced the re-signing of winger Brandon Bochenski.
Bochenski, acquired last season in a trade with Chicago, was scheduled to be a Group 2 free agent July 1. In 31 games, Bochenski, 25, scored 11 goals and added 11 assists.
from The Maven,
This is the time of year when Lou Lamoriello completes his head-coach search. With the Entry Draft coming up, it would not surprise if Double L announces his new bench leader any day now….
I’m guessing it’ll be Brian Sutter, who has experience, savvy and toughness. I was tempted to call this coaching scenario “The Meadowlands Melodrama” until I realized that Lou just moved his offices from East Rutherford to Newark.
more hockey talk, including the Bruins, the Senators and the Predators situation…
from the Telegram,
“He can play in the NHL,” Chiarelli added, “but circumstances dictate that he probably won’t.”
At least not now, because even Chiarelli — a lawyer who rarely rules out anything — insists that Zinovjev, despite his rock-star status in Russia, isn’t worth $5 million in the NHL right now.
“No, he’s not, because he’s unproven,” Chiarelli said. “He’s proven himself over there and makes a lot of money, but he’s unproven over here.”
Assuming they can’t sign Zinovjev, the Bruins still would like to get something in return before their NHL rights to him expire on July 1, 2008. That could mean packaging the rights with an established player — goalie Hannu Toivonen comes to mind, especially if the B’s are as certain as everyone else about the bright future of 20-year-old Finnish sensation Tuukka Rask — and get a proven NHL talent in return from a rival team.
more on the Bruins…
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