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added 3:05pm, Official Dallas Stars release is below...
Peter Chiarelli is holding a press conference right now...
added 3:09pm, Watch below as Chiarelli discusses the trade process...
from Eric Wilbur of the Boston Globe,
As if the Bruins’ 6-5 loss to the Canadiens weren’t painful enough, blowing a two-goal, third-period lead, and ultimately losing in a dreadful shootout, Boston lost out on their guy by no fault of its own. The Bruins reportedly offered Calgary a package that included defenseman Matt Bartkowski, 19-year-old center Alexander Khokhlachev, and a first-round draft pick. But Iginla has a no-movement clause, and he told Flames GM Jay Feaster that he’d rather play for the Penguins.
The cost? Two college kids and a first-round draft pick.
If anyone should be most frustrated about how things went down Wednesday night, it should be Calgary Flames fans, first and foremost. The Flames reportedly preferred the Boston offer, but bowed to the wishes of their franchise player and took one that paled in comparison. Wasn’t this supposed to be about building for the future instead of patting the guy on the back on his way out the door? Owner Murray Edwards and Feaster are sure to be roasted today north of the border for not getting significant value in return for their franchise player.
Not to mention, why exactly the urgency to make the deal a week before the deadline? If it was a case of them bowing to the athlete’s demands, then maybe Iginla isn’t really the type of dressing room presence the Bruins ultimately want.
from Jason Schwartz of Boston Magazine,
For a quarter-century, Boston Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs ruled the clubby equestrian scene in Wellington, Florida. From his palatial estate, he fought to keep the exclusive community exactly the way he and his family wanted it. Then a brash Boston entrepreneur named Mark Bellissimo appeared on the scene. Now the two men have declared war on each other—and the fate of the town hangs in the balance.
from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE,
Lucic started the season like a house on fire with anger and purpose while answering critics who said he was out of shape after not skating regularly during the 119-day day NHL lockout. He had eight points (3 goals, 5 assists) in his first 11 games, and sufficiently quieted those Looch naysayers with his strong, energetic play.
He clearly looked like he was ready to go.
Since that emotional start, there was been little more than a whimper out of No. 17’s game. He has one goal since Feb. 12, and three shots on net in his past three games show that the offensive chances have dried up along with the consistent goal production. It’s been startling to watch it transpire in a player that averaged 29 goals scored the past two seasons, and has been widely considered the most fearsome player in the NHL.
He’s gone without a goal in the last 15 games, is a minus-5 in March and trudged through one of his most invisible games in recent memory Saturday night in a 3-2 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs. It’s his longest stretch without a goal since the end of the 2010-11 season and into the first two rounds of the Stanley Cup when Lucic went 20 games without a goal.
By Eli Epstein of TiqIQ,
The 2012-2013 shortened NHL campaign has been one of the most competitive seasons the Northeast division has experienced in the past decade. As of Friday, four teams (the Canadiens, Bruins, Senators and Maple Leafs, in that order) are separated by 10 points or less going into the dog days of the season.
The Leafs and Bruins will square off on the front end of a home-and-home series Saturday night at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. Average prices for the tilt are $281, which is six percent higher than the $266 average of Maple Leafs tickets in Toronto this season. On the bright side, tickets are down 17 percent this week and fans can attend the game for as low as $75 per seat. Overall, this is the most expensive Bruins-Leaf matchup in Toronto this season.
Boston, MA - Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli issued the following update today, March 20, on defenseman Adam McQuaid: "Adam sustained a shoulder strain and will return to Boston for further evaluation by the Bruins medical staff. It is anticipated that he may be out 3-4 weeks."
McQuaid has skated in 25 games this season and has registered one goal and three assists with 49 penalty minutes.
You can watch how McQuaid received the injury below and the Bruins may also need to go dman shopping now.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
“I’ll tell you a true story that happened the other day,” said Orr, chuckling as he gets rolling. “We had a mixed member-guest-couples event at our golf course and I’m walking down the corridor to the men’s locker room and there was a board set up there, listing all the teams. A couple of ladies were standing there and saw my name, and I heard one say, ‘oh, he’s an old hockey player.’
“I looked at them and was thinking, ‘Old hockey player? Yeah, you’ve got that right.’ But the age thing, it doesn’t bother me. Life is great.”
For hockey fans of a certain age, there are two images inextricably linked to Orr. The first dates back to when he was the new kid on the NHL block, the teenager with the brush cut who joined the Boston Bruins in 1966 and in very short order, stood the NHL world on its ear. The second is of Orr, in mid-flight, tripped by defenceman Noel Picard, scoring the winning goal in overtime against the St. Louis Blues to complete a sweep of the 1970 Stanley Cup final, the first of two championships he would win.
Orr helped revolutionize the game of hockey, with his ability to create offence from defence and influenced generations of players that came after him. There are many who believe he is the greatest player ever. Officially, Orr played only 657 NHL games over 12 seasons because of a series of debilitating knee injuries that prematurely ended his career, but he still scored an astonishing 915 points in that time – remarkable for any player, unprecedented for an NHL defenceman....
And I was only 14 years old in 1970 when this documentary came out on Bobby Orr at the age of 22.
There is no doubt about it, the greatest defenseman I have seen and would be in my top 3 all-time hockey players if he would have been able to play a little longer.
Orr changed the game and his skating ability was like no other.
added 12:30pm, Watch below as Don Cherry shares Bobby Orr memories, some great footage too.
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