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from the Ottawa Sun,
“I had little conflicts with Bryan Murray all last year,” Schaefer said before last night’s game against his former team. “Once John got fired and (Murray) became the GM, I pretty much knew I was going to be moved.
“At the end of year meeting, (Murray) told me he expected me to come back (this season) and have a good year. Two days later, he called me in Vancouver and told me I had been traded to Boston. I just chuckled and said thanks.
“I think it’s a business and any time you tell someone one thing and something better comes along, you do it. There’s no hard feelings against (Murray).
“At the same time, I’m probably not going to go and bake cupcakes with him at Christmas, either.”
from the Ottawa Sun,
Now that he gets to a podium every day, Paddock takes any and all opportunities to sing the Big Zee’s praises. And yesterday, with his team about to fly off to face Chara and the rejuvenated Bruins, a chance to belt out a new chorus presented itself.
Paddock pointed out the B’s had “no defensive structure” last season, Chara’s first in Beantown since losing to Redden in the Which One Do We Keep sweepstakes the John Muckler regime held in Ottawa.
“As wonderful a defensive player as he is, Zee couldn’t do it by himself,” Paddock said, adding that under Claude Julien’s coaching, Chara is “back to being the type of player he was with us.”
from the Hockey Journal,
A year ago this week, Boston Bruins center Phil Kessel underwent surgery for testicular cancer.
Watching the second-year pro skate a regular shift these days as the club’s third-line pivot, you’d never know he’d battled such a deadly disease just 365 days ago.
from the Boston Globe,
One longtime scout, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said last night at the Garden he believed the Bruins were in talks with Columbus, which will be in town tomorrow night.
The Blue Jackets, who look capable of landing the franchise’s first playoff berth, were rumored in the offseason to be trying to move talented Russian winger Nikolai Zherdev, who has a history of being somewhat of a lone ranger on the ice.
from Jim Kelley at Sports Illustrated,
Traditionally, hockey players don’t go out and “win one for the owner”—at least not when he’s alive. But one can’t help thinking that Boston boss Jeremy Jacobs took great delight in his Bruins rolling over the Buffalo Sabres, 4-1, earlier this week….
Sources tell SI.com that Jacobs took some offense during the recent Board of Governors meetings in Pebble Beach, CA, when Sabres managing partner Larry Quinn was making an impassioned plea about opening up the game.
more and additional NHL bits…
The young Penguins can learn from Roberts, and Savard continues to lead the Bruins.
From Stephen Harris at the Boston Herald,
Barring an unexpectedly quick rehabilitation, goalie Manny Fernandez’ first year as a Bruin ended yesterday when he underwent surgery to repair a torn MCL in his left knee.
Fernandez first suffered the injury last season while with the Minnesota Wild, but it continued to bother him and has affected his play since training camp.
“It’s a relief, because we know he’s going to be in shape for next year,” B’s general manager Peter Chiarelli said last night before his team’s 4-3 win over the Thrashers. “It’s likely that he’ll be gone the whole year, maybe not, but he’ll be ready for next year.
“It’s been a chronic thing all year and Manny felt he couldn’t perform at 100 percent. He had to alter his style. I’m not ruling out him coming back this year, but we’re under the assumption that with proper rehab, it’s going to take the rest of the year.”
via the Edmonton Journal,
Knowing Bergeron could be gone for the year, and on long-term injury reserve, the Bruins can get a break on their cap issues. They only need a rental for a year. They could probably have the Columbus Blue Jackets’ Sergei Fedorov, who has $4 million US left on his contract.
from the Boston Globe,
Tuukka Rask learned Lesson 1 about NHL goaltending twice in less than 24 hours this week. Gotta be sharp at the drop of the puck, no matter when, no matter where.
“You learn when you play, and that’s what I’m learning now,” the Bruins’ sudden starter said after practice yesterday, as his travel-weary teammates packed their bags for three more road games in five days, beginning with the red-hot Maple Leafs tonight.
From the Boston Bruins,
Boston Bruins leading scorer Marc Savard will appear on this weekend’s edition of VH1’s “VSPOT Top 20 Countdown.” The show will premiere on Saturday, Dec. 8 at 3 a.m. ET/PT and re-air on Saturday, Dec. 8 at 9 a.m. ET/PT, Sunday, Dec. 9 at 8 a.m. ET/PT and Tues., Dec. 11 at 9 a.m. ET/PT.
VH1’s “VSPOT Top 20 Countdown” features music videos and stars that are voted onto the countdown by viewers. The two-hour show was filmed at the NHL Powered by Reebok Store in midtown New York City. For more information on the show, visit vh1.com.
*Also, more on Savard today from HockeyJournal.com.
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