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from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE,
With only a couple of days prior to the Friday afternoon roster freeze prior to the Olympic break, it doesn’t look like the Bruins will be making any moves for the first of two trade deadlines this season.
Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli told CSNNE.com that’s he had some trade discussions with other teams, but he doesn’t see anything coming together prior to the Feb. 7 deadline at 3 p.m.
“Nothing. I don’t really normally forecast when it comes to trades, but I don’t think there will be much action before the roster freeze,” said Chiarelli. “I’ve talked to some teams, but I don’t think anybody is in any hurry. You hear stuff about some guys going before the roster freeze, but you also know teams don’t want to take on the salary for an extra couple of weeks. But we don’t have anything going on.”
The freeze will be lifted on Feb. 23 following the conclusion of the Winter Games in Sochi, and then it will be a two-week frenzy leading up to the NHL trade deadline on March 5.
If you scroll to the 2:30 mark of the video, you will see Torey Krug of the Bruins bump into Roberto Luongo, allowing Brad Marchand to score a pretty easy goal.
It was first called a goal but the on-ice officials gathered and ruled no goal, which was the right call.
via the Situation Room Blog at NHL.com,
At 8:32 of the second period in the Oilers/Bruins game, video review determined that Boston forward Loui Eriksson used his right skate to kick the puck into the Edmonton net. According to Rule 49.2 "A goal cannot be scored by an attacking player who uses a distinct kicking motion to propel the puck into the net.." No goal Boston.
from Kerry Fraser of TSN,
I have no 'qualms' in telling you that Tim Thomas deserved a match penalty under Rule 60.4 for the one-handed tomahawk swing with his heavy goalie stick paddle to the neck of Bruins forward Carl Soderberg.
Regardless of the score or time in the game, or whether the blow was in retaliation for Thomas being contacted on the shoulder by Soderberg's stick inside the blue paint, a match penalty was warranted based solely on the degree of force and especially the location of the blow with the goal stick to the neck of Soderberg. While no apparent injury resulted to Soderberg this was a very dangerous play that should be addressed by the Player Safety Committee. At the very least, a substantial fine should be levied to Tim Thomas even if that Committee does not deem the stick swing to be worthy of a suspension.
And the Florida TV crew with the call below...
from Joe McDonald of ESPN Boston,
It will be Game No. 52 for the Panthers and Thomas is 14-14-3 with a 2.65 goals-against average and a .915 save percentage. He said after Monday's optional practice that he's so focused on the task at hand that Tuesday's game is about earning two points.
"I'm really just focused on getting ready for tomorrow's game," he said. "You know me, I don't try to overblow things."
When the Panthers were in town last November, Thomas sat high above the rink at the Garden and at one point during a TV timeout, the Bruins recognized the two-time Vezina, Conn Smythe and Stanley Cup winner with a video tribute. The 17,565 in attendance gave him a standing ovation and he waved to the fans.
"That was awesome," Thomas said Monday afternoon. "I was very honored. It was a great tribute. The way it worked out, I'm happy I didn't play my first game back here because it gave me time to come back. I did get a flood of emotions -- all good.
"It was actually better that I wasn't playing because I could appreciate it a bit more, because when I'm playing I'll be focused on what I can do," Thomas said.
from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE,
It would seem that Edmonton's 31-year-old Nick Schultz most closely fits the profile of what Boston is looking for: a veteran, stay-at-home, left-shooting defenseman that blocks a lot of shots. Schultz leads the Oilers with 90 blocked shots in 50 games, but has only three assists and a minus-17 while averaging 16:53 of ice time for the sad sack Oilers.
The Bruins aren’t looking to take on players with term on their contract beyond this year, and Schultz certainly fits that criterion.
A player like Schultz wouldn’t make a huge splash, but he would give the Bruins solid insurance should the injury bug decide to hit them once again this season....
Schultz isn’t the name on the top of most people’s tongues when discussing potential D-man trade targets for the Bruins, but names like Chris Phillips of the Senators, Dan Girardi of the Rangers and Andrew MacDonald of the Islanders simply aren’t being made available this point. Their teams are still very much in the thick of playoff races, and it’s very likely those kinds of players wouldn’t be made available until the March 5 deadline day.
“The pickings are slim,” said one Bruins source when asked about the trade market for veteran defensemen.
"Well, I don't think you can stand here and say there's not concerns at all [about Sochi security. You don't like seeing what's going on but there's no doubt that what's happened lately is certainly -- they're trying to obviously shake us and probably in a lot of cases they are succeeding. But that is the thing that we have to do: We have to try and fight through that.
"At the same time, you have to hope that the people in charge are doing the best they can. There's never any guarantees in this life and you'd like to make it as safe as possible. That's basically all I can say, because my job is to go there and help coach a team and hope that the people in charge of that are going to do the best job they can and make it a successful Olympics."
-Claude Julien, head coach of the Boston Bruins and assistant coach for Team Canada. More from Joe McDonald of ESPN Boston plus a video report regarding security at Sochi from ESPN.
from Joe McDonald of ESPN Boston,
Boston Bruins forward Shawn Thornton has decided not to appeal his 15-game suspension to an independent arbitrator for attacking the Pittsburgh Penguins' Brooks Orpik during a game at TD Garden on Dec. 7.
After the team's morning skate Tuesday at Ristuccia Arena, Thornton said it was not an easy decision and he's had difficulty sleeping the last couple of days. He was even late getting onto the ice Tuesday because he was exhausting all his options with his lawyers.
Thornton, his agent and the Bruins felt that by the time a decision on the appeal was made, it actually wouldn't save him any games. He's eligible to return on Jan. 11 at San Jose.
Thornton said he'd rather not be a distraction for the team and wants to focus on preparing for his return. He thought there would be a hearing prior to Jan. 11 but it was not a guarantee that it would happen.
BOSTON, MA – Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today, December 28, that defenseman Dennis Seidenberg will miss the remainder of the 2013-14 season with a torn ACL/MCL in his right knee. The expected recovery time for Seidenberg is 6-8 months.
The injury occurred during the third period of the Bruins/Senators game on Friday, December 27.
Chiarelli also announced that the team has recalled defenseman Zach Trotman from Providence on an emergency basis and assigned goaltender Niklas Svedberg to Providence. Trotman will join the team in Ottawa Saturday and be eligible to play in Saturday night's game.
Trotman has skated in 22 games for Providence this season, tallying one goal and six assists with a plus-11 rating
If you scroll to the 1:09 mark of the video below, you can see how Seidenberg was injured.
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