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Will The Boston Bruins Continue To Roll?

11/26/2022 at 4:47pm EST

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

What we have here, one quarter of the way into the NHL season, is a Bruins team that has drastically outperformed expectations. The question now becomes, can they keep it going for another 61 games, and then a couple of months of grueling, often torturous, Stanley Cup play?

For that answer, please see this space when the playoffs begin at the start of May, albeit with this one caveat: This is the same space that in September had the Bruins slotting in again as a No. 7-8 wild-card contender. Which is why spiked eggnog is a holiday staple in your faithful puck chronicler’s hydration care kit.

Through the first 21 games, including Friday’s 3-2 win over the Hurricanes, the Bruins have scored more than anyone, including their new bench boss, figured possible — both in terms of goals and roster depth and breadth. They also own the league’s widest positive goal differential (plus-38).

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Who's Responsible For The Mess In Boston?

11/12/2022 at 6:54pm EST

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

One week later, no one in the Bruins organization has taken responsibility for the signing of Mitchell Miller. Not ownership, not management. It has all been blamed on something called “the vetting process.”

The lack of accountability, which would never stand in a Boston room that is led by Patrice Bergeron, has become the hallmark of the franchise’s hierarchy under the ownership of “Mr. Jacobs.”

But beyond that, beyond the tangle of moral issues and, most importantly, the revictimization of Isaiah Meyer-Crothers, something seems off in the timeline of the decision to grant Miller a three-year, entry-level contract that included annual signing bonuses of $95,000 a year.

According to team president Cam Neely in his Nov. 7 press conference, general manager Don Sweeney briefed deputy commissioner Bill Daly about the club’s intentions on Nov. 2. On that date, Daly told Sweeney that Miller would have to meet with commissioner Gary Bettman in order to be cleared.

Neely put it as, “From what I gather,” which would not seem to bode well for the GM, who may be in prime position as a scapegoat.

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The Boston Bruins Have Cut Ties With Mitchell Miller

11/06/2022 at 10:38pm EST

BOSTON - Bruins President Cam Neely announced today, November 6, that the Boston Bruins will part ways with Mitchell Miller.

Statement from Bruins President Cam Neely:

"Today the Boston Bruins have decided to part ways with Mitchell Miller, effective immediately.

Player Convicted Of Assault And Bullying Signs With The Boston Bruins

11/04/2022 at 3:09pm EDT

from Ryan S. Clark of ESPN,

Mitchell Miller, a prospect whose draft rights were relinquished after it publicly surfaced that he and a classmate were convicted of assaulting and bullying a developmentally disabled classmate, signed an entry-level contract Friday with the Boston Bruins.

The 20-year-old defenseman was a fourth-round selection of the Arizona Coyotes in 2020. Shortly after he was drafted, however, a report by the Arizona Republic detailed how Miller and another middle school classmate were convicted in juvenile court in 2016 of racially abusing and bullying Isaiah Meyer-Crothers, who is Black.

In the report, Meyer-Crothers' mother alleged that Miller started abusing her son in second grade while also using repeated racial epithets.

"When I was in eighth grade, I made an extremely poor decision and acted very immaturely," Miller said in a statement released by the Bruins on Friday. "I bullied one of my classmates. I deeply regret the incident and have apologized to the individual. Since the incident, I have come to better understand the far-reaching consequences of my actions that I failed to recognize and understand nearly seven years ago."

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Remembering Keith Garman

10/29/2022 at 5:59pm EDT

As a hockey fan, it's not often I think about all those who work behind the scenes for an NHL hockey club.

from Matt Porter of the Boston Globe,

Every morning, Jeremy Swayman would walk into the workplace kitchen and engage in a playful shouting match with the guy running it.

“Beauty!” the Bruins goalie would holler.

“Beauty!” Keith Garman would holler back, a bit louder and longer.

They would escalate, back and forth, until the bit sent them toward ridiculous laughter.

“Every morning, Chef would say, ‘How we livin’?’ ” Swayman said. “And I would find a new word. ‘Swimmingly.’ Something fun. That was our thing.”

The Bruins entered the weekend as the hottest team in the NHL (8-1-0), but their mornings have been a lot less fun without their beloved chef.

On Oct. 11, the day before the Bruins’ season opener, Garman was playing in a pickup hockey game when he felt discomfort, left the ice, and collapsed. He died at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Brighton. He was 33.

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Patrick Kane A Fit In Boston?

10/08/2022 at 7:55pm EDT

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

What if general manager Don Sweeney could swing a deal, ideally now, for the 33-year-old Kane and his $10.5 million cap hit?

Too old? Not really. The prolific Kane is actually a few months younger than Brad Marchand.

Not enough offense? Uh … Kane, whose 1,180-point output since his rookie 2007-08 season has been exceeded only by Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby, rolled up 92 points last season. That was tied for No. 14 on the league list. The top-scoring Bruin, Marchand, delivered 80 points.

Too close to the end of his career? No way. The compact Kane, 5 feet 10 inches and 180 pounds, rarely misses a shift, never mind a game. He looks worthy of a four-year extension, at which point he would be 38 and perhaps ready for one of those year-to-year deals such as Patrice Bergeron, 37, and David Krejci, 36, recently signed with the Bruins.

Adding Kane as an elite right wing with David Pastrnak, to ride with Bergeron or Krejci, would make for two of the NHL’s most dynamic lines.

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