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from Amalie Benjamin of the Boston Globe,
“I remember saying when I was younger if I had a choice I’d rather win it (Stanley Cup) near the end of my career than at the beginning and never win again,” Iginla said. “I maybe shouldn’t have said that. I should have said I’d rather win at the beginning and the end and the middle.
“That’s what I should have said. That’s what I was really hoping for.”
He laughs now, ruefully. He has come from a post-practice workout with Zdeno Chara, another 36-year-old trying to hold back the hands of time. Iginla has left a place that was his home for nearly half of his life, coming to a new team and a new country, searching for what he couldn’t find with the Flames.
On his last day in Calgary, Iginla couldn’t play, couldn’t risk being injured, so he didn’t get to skate with the Flames a final time. It was just over. Conroy remembers him saying, “It’s disappointing. I just wanted to do it for the city. They’ve been so great to me. I wanted to be able to give them back a Stanley Cup, and I wasn’t able to do it.”
He always wanted to win it in Calgary, to justify that love affair. He couldn’t. Now he moves on, and tries to win one for himself.
from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE,
The ever-evolving helmet and visor rule enforcement was in the spotlight Monday night in Boston as players, coaches and management all attempt to figure out how things will be called during the regular season. The NHL now penalizes players two minutes for willingly taking their helmet off prior to a fight in an effort to lessen head injuries associated with hockey fighting.
Aaron Volpatti and Boston defenseman Kevan Miller squared off in Boston’s defensive zone in the first period after the Washington skater came in a bit high on Miller in a physical exchange in the corner. A review of the video showed that Miller unsnapped his helmet as the two were getting ready to throw punches, and then Volpatti removed Miller’s bucket while also tossing off his own at the same time.
Both combatants then tossed a series of punches at each other with Volpatti earning the decision after catching Miller directly in the nose with a heavy right handed blow. Both players were whistled for the customary five-minute major for fighting, and each skater was also whistled for a two-minute unsportsmanlike conduct after taking off the other player’s helmet.
continued and you can watch the fight below...
The cameras take us into the dressing room of the Bruins after their SCF game 6 loss to Chicago.
Then the Bruins coaching and management staff prepare for the upcoming season.
If you have seven minutes to watch, I suggest you do.
from DJ Bean of WEEI,
"I'd rather get attention by helping the team win and raising the Cup rather than getting hurt and breaking my leg," he said Thursday night, hours after participating in captains practice for the first time. "… For me it was more of a discouraging moment that I had to overcome."
In fact, Campbell felt so uneasy about the celebrity that accompanied his injury that he decided this summer to not sign any autographs on the image. Fliers for an autograph signing in Braintree last month even included a message: "Please note: Campbell will not sign any photos related to his injury."
"I did a few, and then I started thinking about it. I don't want to glorify it," Campbell said. "It's over. The play's over, and I want to move on and focus on what's really important -- that's playing. I don't want to make something out of that play and make it into something bigger than it was. It was a blocked shot that happens countless times in a game and series and things like that, so I was just trying to what I a had to do to help this team."
If you want to see the shot block, you can watch it below...
from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,
The Bruins’ consistency (seven straight playoff appearances during Julien’s time) underscores that there are different team-building methods. Seidenberg, Campbell, Bartkowski, Kelly, Tuukka Rask, Loui Eriksson, Daniel Paille, Johnny Boychuk, and Adam McQuaid arrived in trades. They prove Chiarelli knows what he’s doing when making deals.
But drafting and developing is the most cost-effective manner in which to assemble a roster. You don’t need to trade assets for desired players. You don’t need to compete with other teams and overspend for a free agent.
Consider Chicago’s track record. Of the 20 players in uniform for Game 6 last year, 11 came through the draft, including their star players: Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook, and Corey Crawford.
The drafting exception is one reason the Bruins replaced director of amateur scouting Wayne Smith with Keith Gretzky. They recognized their identification of future Bruins did not meet their other organizational standards.
The concern is not now or next season. The worries begin after 2014-15. By then, Chara will be 38 years old, most likely ready to cede some of his strongman shifts. Krejci, Boychuk, McQuaid, Paille, and Campbell will be eligible for free agency. Krejci is a lock to be re-signed. The fate of the others depends, in part, on whether the Bruins’ next wave will be ready for NHL employment.
BOSTON, MA - Boston Bruins President Cam Neely announced today, August 29, that the club has signed General Manager Peter Chiarelli to a four-year contract extension through the 2017-18 season. In addition to his General Manager duties, Chiarelli will also continue serving as an Alternate Governor on the NHL’s Board of Governors. Bruins Principal Charlie Jacobs, Neely and Chiarelli will hold a press conference on Friday, August 30 at the TD Garden at 10:00 a.m. ET to discuss the extension.
Chiarelli will enter his eighth season with Boston in 2013-14 after becoming the Bruins seventh General Manager on May 26, 2006. In the previous seven seasons, the B’s have qualified for the playoffs six times with Chiarelli at the helm and have compiled a 50-35 postseason record, which includes a Stanley Cup championship in 2011 and an Eastern Conference Championship in 2013.
from Mark Masters of TSN,
Inside the Boston Bruins locker room, it's not uncommon to hear winger Milan Lucic referred to as "Bob." As in Bob McKenzie. Apparently the NHL power forward and NHL on TSN Hockey Insider have a lot in common.
"Oh yeah, yeah, it's something that's very well known in our room," said a smiling Brad Marchand, who, like Lucic, was invited to this week's Hockey Canada orientation camp.
Lucic has earned the comparison for a number of reasons. For one, he seems to have a scouting report on every player in the league filed away in his brain. Also, he is knowledgeable about the history of the game. But, mostly, he can recite statistics on command.
"I think [Bruins coach] Claude [Julien] may even throw some statistics out, which Looch corrects him on," said Marchand. "He knows everything and you just don't want to argue with him when he speaks."
from Hockeysverige (translated),
I had a lot to say thanks to my clause in the contract and could have stayed if I had wanted. But I felt that it was still the right decision to move.
Why did you decide to Boston?
- Dallas are trying to rebuild their team and are in a generation, and it will probably take a few years before they can be fighting seriously. Then Boston has a very good team that went to the finals this year and won three years ago, and of course, played a huge role.
Loui, who has been one of the top two point earners in Dallas the past five seasons, is aware that there will be fierce competition in the new club and that the pressure on him will be great considering his hindsight in Dallas, where He also was assistant captain the last two seasons.
- It is true, but you just have to go out to do their best and play their game. Then you may find that you get a different role than in the past, but it is developing. In Boston, people are also generally more interested in hockey and then there will be more talk around it, but it's just fun. In Dallas, it was not nearly as big.
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