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From the CP via Yahoo! Sports,
A trio of Eastern Conference teams feel they’ve made themselves better this off-season by acquiring goalies who couldn’t hold on to No. 1 jobs in the West.
Trades brought Tomas Vokoun to Florida, Manny Fernandez to Boston and Vesa Toskala to Toronto this summer and every one of those teams is hoping those guys can carry them to the playoffs.
Expectations might be a little high.
All three have shown some shaky form during the pre-season, although it would be foolish to put too much stock in the exhibition play.
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via the Boston Bruins,
Charlie Jacobs and Jeremy Jacobs have just named Cam Neely as a Vice President of the Boston Bruins.
Cam will be working with Peter Chiarelli in hockey operations and will also assist Charlie Jacobs with other functions with the club.
“I really got excited about being involved with the Bruins again,” said Cam of his time at the Draft. He also said that like many people he was disappointed with the direction the club had taken over the last few years, and at the urging of Charlie and Peter, he felt the time was appropriate.
“The fans of the Bruins expect their teams (to play a certain) way…to take pride in being a Bruin,” said Neely. “You may not play well every night, but you can work hard every night.”
from the Boston Herald,
“It’s easier to play a lot of games than a few,” Fernandez said. “It’s a little tougher to get prepared mentally for one (game) every five or one every three. Once you get on a roll, you want to keep going. It’s easier to feel out the team, too, and have the team knowing exactly what to do.”
Ultimately, it will depend on the two goaltenders whether their roles sort themselves out comfortably - or whether a good, old-fashioned goalie controversy develops.
Fernandez hopes it is not the latter.
Boston Bruins defenseman Andrew Alberts is doing special correspondence on the team website:
As you know camp started here on Friday, only I wasn’t able to attend because i had a bad 4-day run in with the dreaded “flue like symptoms.” It wasn’t pleasant (achy, headache), but I’m over it and ready to get back to playing hockey.
The first few days here at camp have been very intense.
more… (*including Andrew’s own movie review and recommendation…)
from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,
Another day, another story on The Hockey News’ pre-season predictions – and the fury they generate in some people and players.
This time, it’s Boston defenseman Aaron Ward whose UnderArmor is in a twist. Apparently, he’s none too pleased we picked the Bruins to finish last in the Eastern Conference this season.
“There’s a reason why (those writers) are not putting skates on,” said Ward, employing the incomparably lame “Youse-guys-ain’t-NHLers-and-therefore-can’t-comment-on-nuthin’ ” argument. “And if (writers) really knew what they were doing, they wouldn’t be writing in Toronto or Montreal or New York. They’d be in Vegas, putting their money where their mouth is.”
Proteau responds and a bit on Ozolinsh too…
from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,
Bruins coach Claude Julien, originally from outside of Ottawa, grew up speaking both French and English. But he considers his first language to be French, which he utilizes when having one-on-one conversations with the French-first players on his roster, including Patrice Bergeron, Manny Fernandez, and newcomer Pascal Pelletier.
“I see it as a respect thing,” explained Julien. “It’s their first language, and so I speak French. If they were Russian, and I spoke Russian, I’d speak to them in Russian.”
more on the B’s…
from the Boston Globe,
But there are strong indications that Peter Schaefer, who skated with Marc Savard and Martins Karsums in the first session, might be seeing a lot of time with Savard, the Bruins’ leading scorer last season.
Come Oct. 5, Schaefer could be the club’s No. 1 left wing alongside Savard and Glen Murray when the Bruins open the season against Dallas.
“He’s a good guy along the walls,” Savard said of Schaefer. “He can get pucks out, get them to me, and Muzz can set up shop and shoot it.”
from the Hockey Journal,
Chara said he expects there to be more physical play both from him and his teammates.
“I think it’s a big part of the game – the physical and obviously the fighting is part of the game,” he said. “When it’s the time necessary, you have to decide right away if it’s something you have to step in and do. But I think the physical part of taking the body and finishing checks should be mandatory, and that’s what we’re going to try to do. It doesn’t mean you have to try to run the guy and put him in the third row, but you always have to finish the check and bump into the guy and make it difficult on him.”
Chara was asked why he didn’t fight last season. He responded, “There was some reasons. I’m not going to talk about them.”
When pushed further about former head coach Dave Lewis’ possible penchant for telling his star players not to fight, Chara then responded, “That’s one of the things, yeah.”
from the Boston Globe,
Julien has been through this before. Last season, he heard similar questions about his defense in New Jersey, which featured Brian Rafalski as its only big-time D-man. But that same defense posted a 2.35 GAA last season, the third-lowest mark in the league that was undoubtedly spurred by the presence of goalie Martin Brodeur.
“You could say we had a good goaltender then, but the team in front of him did a real good job,” Julien said. “It’s about working as a group. With the guys that we have here, we’re very confident they can do that job.”
more on the Bruins…
from the Patriot Ledger,
‘‘It’s only one year we’ve been together,’’ said veteran winger Glen Murray, Boston’s oldest player (35 on Nov. 1) and, like Bergeron, an assistant to second-year captain Zdeno Chara. ‘‘You can’t blow it up right away. Let’s try it again, get this team together - add a couple things here and there, and see what we can do.’’
That’s about what Chiarelli did. The GM traded prospect Petr Kalus to Minnesota for Manny Fernandez to fortify Boston in goal, shipped underperforming winger Shean Donovan to Ottawa for under-heralded winger Peter Schaefer, and added toughness by signing free agent forward Shawn Thornton away from the Stanley Cup champion Anaheim Ducks.
‘‘I like the moves Peter made,’’ said center Marc Savard, No. 1 on Boston’s chart last season in assists (74, third in the NHL) and points (96, tied for eighth). ‘‘They were subtle, but we have ‘name’ players here already. He picked up a good goalie and a couple good forwards, and I’m excited about that.’’
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