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Lewis Will Be Back

from the Boston Globe,

“I talked to Peter and there’s nothing to worry about,” Lewis said. “We have to get better as a group. We have to get better as a team. We have a road ahead of us that we know the direction we’re going.
“Now it’s up to us, the coaches, to get better for next year. We have to have a better start. Obviously, we didn’t have a strong start, fell behind, and we haven’t been consistent.”
Lewis, who has steered the Bruins to a 35-37-2-4 record, has three years remaining on his contract.
“He’ll be back,” confirmed Chiarelli.

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Stuart Doesn’t See Eye To Eye With Dad

from the Boston Herald:

NCAA rules forced Mark Stuart to wear a face shield throughout his career at Colorado College, but when he turned pro he immediately ditched the protective headgear.
The young defenseman, Boston’s first-round pick in 2003, had to put on a visor again this year in Providence when the AHL made them mandatory. And he kept it on when he was recalled to Boston on March 23. But last week, the urge to get rid of the shield proved too much to resist.
“When I first came up, I figured I’d be heading back down there (to Providence) sooner or later, so I’d have to put it back on anyway,” Stuart said. “So I thought I’d just keep it on. But it was just too tempting to take it off. Given the choice, I’d just rather have it off.”
Ironically, Stuart’s father, Mike, is a medical advisor to USA Hockey and has long been an advocate for eye and facial protection. Mark Stuart might have some explaining to do back at the family dining table, but the authority figure he has to answer to these days isn’t concerned with Stuart’s choice of headgear.

Fear of looking less manly than peers 1, common sense 0.

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Keep Dave Lewis

from the Patriot Ledger,

Comments from Jacobs such as ‘‘(Chiarelli) can fire (Lewis) or keep him, that’s up to him. He is not going to be second-guessed, in any case’’ do not suggest he is impressed by Lewis’s performance in the first season of a four-year contract. Jacobs’ admission that ‘‘More than once, I’ve told (Chiarelli), ‘If you feel the best thing to do is make a change, then you have to make it’’’ suggest the owner is willing to swallow hard and eat what’s left of Lewis’s deal.
But as difficult as it has been to watch the Bruins spiral out of the playoff race, the better move is for Chiarelli to leave the Lewis issue right in his lap, where Jacobs threw it, and not bring it to the table.
There’s a lot we forget, or ignore, about Lewis.

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B’s Owner Disappointed With Season

from the Boston Globe,

For all the millions it cost him to push that franchise “EASY” reset button, club owner Jeremy Jacobs, who has grown accustomed to failed seasons since the early ‘90s, sounded reasonably composed when contacted earlier this week. Disappointed, and somewhat lost for answers, but composed.
“I had high hopes for the season,” said Jacobs, speaking by phone from Delaware North’s headquarters in Buffalo. “It turned out to be a lot less than I thought it was going to be. I thought we had put together a real team, to put us back in contention. But that hasn’t materialized. It seems to me that the skill is there, and the talent is there, but it didn’t jell this year.”

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Aaron Ward Remembers

from the Boston Herald,

Ward was a member of the Red Wings at the time, and vividly recalls the night Detroit finally exacted revenge for Claude Lemieux’ brutal cheap shot on Kris Draper in the previous year’s playoffs. Darren McCarty pounded Lemieux into a bloody mess, while goalies Mike Vernon and Patrick Roy took center stage in an unlikely main event.
“The funny thing about that situation is we had already had games (since the Draper hit),” Ward said. “There was no indication given by anybody that anything was going to happen. I was in complete disbelief.”
Ward was never known as a fighter, but ended up in the middle of the fray, matched up against Avalanche enforcer Brent Severyn in one of the night’s many bouts.
“I think that was the worst ass-kicking I’ve ever taken in a fight,” Ward said. “We started off the second period with me and Larry Murphy on defense and I said to Larry if anything happens, don’t worry, I’ll take care of it. . . . I didn’t realize that before the shift even started, Severyn had already taken off his elbow pads and his shoulder pads

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Chara Not Worth The Money

from the Worcester Telegram & Gazette,

Is any athlete on the planet worth $7.5 million a year? Probably not. But, at the very least, you’d expect someone earning that kind of green to be an impact player who makes your team significantly better than it would be without him.
In the final analysis, that can’t be said about the Bruins with Chara.
The trouble with standing 6-foot-9 and weighing 275 pounds is that you become an even bigger target when things go wrong. And when your salary matches your imposing physical stature, the expectations can be even greater.
Chara hasn’t lived up to them.

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Will Huet Play

from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,

The Canadiens may find themselves with an interesting dilemma before the season is out. Goaltender Cristobal Huet has resumed practising with his teammates and is looking stronger with each practice.
But as long as Jaroslav Halak continues to play well, the Canadiens will be reluctant to make a change….
English only? Boston Bruins public relations man Matt Chmura didn’t win any friends among the Montreal media this week. On Tuesday night, he tried to limit post-game questions directed at goaltender Tim Thomas and Bergeron.
He tried the same tactic yesterday after the morning skate and cut off a French-language interview with Aaron Ward. That prompted reporters to file a protest with the NHL head office.

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Boston Remains Average

from Stephen Harris of the Boston Herald,

Why try to pretend that the Bruins are much more than a rather mediocre team? As with all bottom-half teams in the NHL, the B’s have had some good stretches of play and some genuinely great games. But they always seem to slip back to their true, slightly-over-.500 selves….
The problem for the Bruins, as was painfully revealed in Saturday’s 7-0 humiliation at the hands of the Rangers, is that they already have more than enough second-tier players - and several who don’t rate even that high.
In a game they should have given heart and soul to try to win, the Bruins were, as Lewis so candidly expressed it, “slow, weak, soft and intimated.”

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O’Reilly Skates Again

from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette via the Vancouver Sun,

One of the most popular Boston Bruins of all time will set off a Logan Airport metal detector on his way here later this month. But that’s something the indestructible Terry O’Reilly has been doing for two years, since he had his battered hips replaced with titanium joints that have dramatically improved his life - if not his skating.
“I hope all the Canadiens keep their heads up,” O’Reilly said with mock menace of the March 30 Bell Centre game between Montreal and Boston alumni.
And then he laughed.

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Savard Stays Positive

from the CP via MetroNews,

Only five players entered play Wednesday with more points since the NHL lockout. And they’re all recognizable by only one name: Thornton, Crosby, Jagr, Heatley and Ovechkin.
As the odd man out in that group, Savard just continues to hang around the top of the NHL scoring list and fly below the radar.
“For a couple years now things have gone pretty good,” he said Wednesday from Boston. “I think I’m trying and hopefully maybe after this year I’ll start getting more recognition.
“Right now I’m just trying to keep working every day, staying positive and building off each year.”

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