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from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE,
Rather than being daunted by the challenge of playing without Chara, Hamilton said it’s been “fun” in a way that makes you think he’s been pining for this chance.
“I think it’s been a lot of fun. I’m just playing more obviously, and being relied on more. I think it’s a fun challenge, and I’m just having fun with it,” said Hamilton. “I think it’s also been fun that we’re winning and playing better. So I’m not in as grumpy of a mood in the locker room. We still have to improve just to keep going this month.”
Put all of those things together, and one has to wonder if the cold-blooded (in a good way) B’s front office might start wondering what kind of value Chara would have in the trade market. The 6-foot-9 intimidator is still playing at an extraordinary high level and would make many bottom feeder NHL clubs an immediate playoff contender by his mere presence.
It would make a lot of other upcoming tough decisions (contracts for Hamilton, Carl Soderberg, Torey Krug, Reilly Smith etc.) much easier if they could move Chara’s near $7 million cap hit. It could also bring them the bona fide scoring right wing, a No. 3 defenseman or a raft of future assets that the team is currently searching for to complete a roster-in-flux since the beginning of the season.
from Craig Davis of the Sun-Sentinel,
As for expectations in the evening for his first game as a visitor at TD Garden, the veteran toughie said he has no plans to drop the gloves against his former team, though he didn't rule it out.
"I never go into a game thinking about it. I haven't for a long time," said Thornton, a veteran of 125 NHL regular-season fights since entering the league in 2002, according to HockeyFights.com. "They're pretty banged up, I think a lot of their toughness is actually out of their lineup.
"But you never know. I'd beat up my own sister if it got us two points. So it really doesn't matter to me."
Thornton is one of those players that fans embrace when he's on the home team but single out for loathing as an opponent. Thus, Tuesday will be a unique experience for him cast as a villain in Boston.
from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,
Consider: Hamilton leads all Bruins this season in average ice time with 22:29 per game. In the four games that Chara has been absent the Black-and-Gold production line, Hamilton has clocked an average of 24:40, a stout 5:34 more than what the former first-round draft pick (No. 9 overall, 2011) averaged all last season. The gangly, wide-eyed, slick-skating Hamilton is no longer the wunderkind in waiting, but rather an essential element to the Bruins remaining among the league’s elite franchises.
“I think you are going to see someone who probably recognizes that he can rush the puck because of his size and skating ability — he can rush it at will,’’ said Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli, pondering what could be Hamilton’s career trajectory. “Because of his sense for the game, he will be able to pick his spots, a guy who can control the puck.’’
Such commodities are rare in today’s game. The Bruins haven’t had a true wheeler-dealer with the puck since Ray Bourque’s days, which came to a bittersweet end on Causeway in March 2000. Hamilton doesn’t have Bourque’s bulky build or his breadth of game, but he has a growing command of skating and puck-moving skills that he’ll now have to augment with stout defense during Chara’s 4-6-week absence.
BOSTON, MA – Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today, Sunday, November 2, that the club has signed Head Coach Claude Julien to a multi-year contract extension. Chiarelli made the following statement on the extension: "This morning, Claude and I finalized the terms of a multi-year contract extension agreement for him. We have worked at this for a few months, but there was never any doubt in my mind that this would get done. Claude is one of the top coaches in the NHL and has consistently shown a passion for winning through his coaching. Coaching is a difficult profession at the best of times and what Claude does in implementing structure in his systems, and having a solid defensive foundation while allowing freedom in offensive play is no easy task. During his time with the Bruins, he has excelled in maintaining this difficult balance, and his longevity here speaks volumes. He has coached the Bruins to a Stanley Cup and a Cup Final appearance and our goal to win with him at the helm remains the same as we move forward."
BOSTON, MA – Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today, Wednesday, October 29, that the club has recalled defensemen Joe Morrow and David Warsofsky from Providence (American Hockey League). Morrow and Warsofsky will join the team in Wilmington, MA on Wednesday for their 11:30 a.m. practice at Ristuccia Arena and will travel with the team to Buffalo.
Chiarelli also announced that defenseman Torey Krug will miss 2-3 weeks with a broken finger. The injury occurred during the Bruins/Wild game on Tuesday, October 28.
The Boston Bruins visited Boston Children's Hospital today.
from Caryn Switaj of BostonBruins.com,
"This is completely different, separate, isolated from the other ligaments that are more critical in the maneuvering of the knee, so good news is, it's isolated to that ligament," Chiarelli told media during the press conference.
"Bad news is he's out 4-6 weeks. Might be a little earlier than four weeks, but a conservative time frame would be 4-6 weeks."...
"Well, it's obviously a blow," said Chiarelli. "He's one of the premier defensemen in the League, but I'd rather have it 4-6 weeks than 4-6 months."
The good news is that as of right now, Chara will not require surgery for his recovery.
"Right now, it's not a likely option," said Chiarelli. "But as you said, anything can happen. Anything can happen with anything, so I mean, I can't give you a 100 percent statement, confirmation, really on any injury."
Below, the play he may have possibly injured his knee.
from Eric Wilbur of Boston.com,
As part of one of the worst moves the NHL has seen since Arizona hockey, Johnny Boychuk was traded to the New York Islanders for a pair of draft picks, in addition to a conditional 2015 third-round pick if the Islanders trade the defenseman to an Eastern Conference team this season.
Just throwing this out there: Does that include the Boston Bruins?
Less than three weeks ago, Thursday night’s game against the Islanders was little more than an early-season throwaway game for the Bruins. That was before Peter Chiarelli went and angered the masses by trading popular defenseman Boychuk to an NHL franchise that might as well be in Siberia for all the relevance they should muster this season.
Now, Thursday night is as much about Bruins fans welcoming Boychuk back to his old haunts as it is sticking it to Chiarelli, who created the very salary cap shambles that forced him to surrender a top-four defenseman on the eve of what might be another run at the Stanley Cup.
from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE,
“It’ll be awkward. I’ve played with him for a while, and some guys have played with him for five plus years,” said Seidenberg. “It’s definitely going to be a bit of a different feeling when guys have to fore-check him, and have to hit him. Or when I stand in front of the net and he shoots.
“It’ll be different, but in the end it’s about winning a hockey game. We’re focusing on that. It’s funny and it’s awkward. If you have to chip a puck behind him and them hit him, that’s when it feels a little bit weird or different.”
The Bruins have played against former teammates before: Phil Kessel, Tyler Seguin, Tim Thomas and Andrew Ference among others. Ference has probably the closest thing to the popularity and goodwill felt toward Boychuk in the B’s dressing room. He was a member of highly accomplished Bruins group for five seasons that won the Cup and friendly with everybody on the team.
So, it should be one of the more emotional returns for an ex-player to TD Garden, but Claude Julien didn’t expect to need to say anything different or special to his players in preparation.
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