The NHL season is now underway and the Boston Bruins are getting ready for their season opener on the road in Colorado this Thursday. After a few games on the road the Bruins will play their home opener on 10/20 against Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins.
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The NHL opened its 2008-2009 season in Prague, Czech Republic on Saturday with the New York Rangers playing the Tampa Bay Lightning. The two teams will also play on Sunday 10/5. The opening game went to the New York Rangers 2-1 on Saturday. The Rangers got goals from Markus Naslund and Brandon Dubinsky. This season marks the second year in a row that the NHL has opened in Europe. This years games in the Czech Republic were expected to have extra appeal with Jaromir Jagr as a member of the New York Rangers. However Jagr was not signed by the Rangers or any NHL team this year and instead opted to sign in Russia.
After Sunday’s second game in Prague against the Lightning, the Rangers will get a few days off before returning to Madison Square Garden on Friday to hose the Chicago Blackhawks.
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As the beginning of the season draws near, the Boston Bruins find themselves in a familiar situation: a glut of goaltending. Veterans Manny Fernandez and Tim Thomas seem to be the top contenders for the top slot with local boy Kevin Regan and not-so-local boy Tukka Rask fulfilling the youth movement.
Fernandez, last year’s heir apparent to the throne, ended up playing a total four games, his season lasting an entire 17 days. Now the only Manny in town; he appears ready to take to the ice and reclaim his spot; but has he lost a step?
Terms like “workhorse” and “stalwart” seemed attached to Tim Thomas’s name last year, and he became somewhat a sentimental favorite. Thomas’s problem is that he is altogether far too streaky – when he is good, he appears very, very good. But when he is playing poorly, it seems he would not be able to stop a beach ball from entering the Bruins net.
Tukka Rask started three games and spelled an ailing Tim Thomas for one game in mid-December. Rask, acquired from the Leafs for Andrew Raycroft back in 2006, has not donned the Bruins sweater in 2008.
Kevin Regan rounds out the foursome as perhaps the least likely to land a spot in the big leagues. Hailing from Boston, he is one of those players who could end up a hometown favorite or might simply become another also-ran.
Who then, is going to stand between the pipes on opening night? At this moment, it seems a toss-up between the streaky Thomas and Fernandez, who at least has the benefit of mystery on his side. It is possible that Thomas may make a few highlight reel pre-season saves and get the nod as well; but this team really needs a good look at Fernandez. Are they willing to let “Manny be Manny,” and see what’s left in the tank, or is it going to be another season of “Thomas as Usual?”
Hopefully they will choose not to revisit the tandem approach of 03-04 that had Felix Potvin and Andrew Raycroft trading places on the bench with almost little rhyme or reason. Fernandez, like Potvin a few seasons ago, seems to be the sort of player that needs ice time if he is to find his “rhythm,” and trading spaces every other game with Thomas would probably spell the end of Fernandez’s season – or at least Bruins career.
Only time – and a few exhibition games – will tell who is in the net on opening night, who is on the bench and who is in Providence.
- C.D. DiGuardia
NHL schedules are out and 2008-2009 Boston Bruins tickets are now available for all games at the TD Banknorth Garden. Some dates to note for the Bruins: On 9/27/08 the Bruins will play their first pre-season game at home against the Capitals, 10/20/08 will be the home opener vs. the Pittsburgh Penguins, 11/13/08 will be their first home game against the rival Montreal Canadiens.
The Boston Bruins will be looking to improve on their 41 win season in 2007-2008. The Bruins made the playoffs but lost in the 1st round to the Montreal Canadiens. Despite being overmatched the Bruins put forth a valiant effort that gave Boston fans something to hope for in 2008-2009.
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During January of next year the friendly confines of Wrigley Field will play host to the annual outdoor NHL game; the NHL Winter Classic. The Chicago Blackhawks will be matched up against the defending Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings. Last year’s Classic featured the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Buffalo Sabres, and was played at Ralph Wilson stadium. The game set the NHL attendance record at 71,217, and was one of the most-watched NHL games in history.
Blackhawks executives hope that the 2009 Classic will resonate with the fans like the previous edition. The birds-eye-view camera angles and falling snow created an atmosphere that hockey fans raved about.
Prior to a Cubs game, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman announced that the classic will be played on January 1st at Wrigley.
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Unwilling to accept one year offers from several NHL teams, including the New York Rangers, Pittsburgh Penguins and the Edmonton Oilers, Jaromir Jagr has signed a deal to play for the Russian League team Avangard Omsk. The deal is for two years with an option for a third year and will pay Jagr about $7 million tax free per year. The move wasn’t easy for Jagr.”It was the toughest decision in my life, hockeywise. … No question about it. I hate making changes,” Jagr told The Canadian Press.
Rangers GM, Glen Sather wanted to bring Jagr back for another year, but grew tired of waiting for a response from Jagr’s camp. In the meantime Sather sealed Jagr’s fate with New York by signing free agent Markus Naslund away from the Vancouver Canucks.
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Forget about summer, it’s free-agent signing season in the NHL. Over the past few days, rumors have been flying around about what market will land the big names out there like Jaromir Jagr and Mats Sundin.
Sundin was reportedly offered a 2-year, $20 million dollar contract from the Vancouver Canucks, a deal that would make him the leagues highest paid player.
“We put a major offer together to try and attract the player we felt was the best center iceman on the market,” said Canucks GM Mark Gillis. “It’s an indication we are prepared to do what it takes to attract the best players here.”
The big signing of today was by far the Detroit Red Wings landing Marian Hossa to a one-year deal worth reportedly $7.45 million dollars. The high-scoring wingman was one of the top players who propelled the Pittsburgh Penguins to the Stanley Cup finals, which they lost to Detroit in six games. Hossa is 29 years old.
The Chicago Blackhawks made two big signings landing probably the top defensemen on the market in Brian Campbell as well as goalie Cristobal Huet. Campbell signed an eight-year $57.12 million dollar deal and Huet inked a four-year contract worth $22.5 million.
The two other big defensemen to reach deals Tuesday were Michal Rozsival and Wade Redden, who both signed with the New York Rangers.
Rozsival re-signed with the Rangers for a four-year contract worth $20 million while Redden signs a six-year, $39 million dollar deal after skating with Ottawa last season.
Defensemen Jeff Finger, formerly of the Colorado Avalanche, signed a four-year $14 million dollar deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Dallas landed forward Sean Avery to a four-year, $15.5 million dollar deal.
“We are excited about the opportunity to add a player like Sean Avery to our group,” Stars co-general manager Brett Hull said. “His ability to play the game with skill and tenacity makes us a better team and is a great complement to the players we have here.”
The Washington Capitals will say goodbye to longtime goalie Olie Kolzig after he signed a one-year deal with the Tampa Bay Lightning after spending 16 seasons in Washington.
The New Jersey Devils got their hands in the mix of the free agent pool by signing Brian Rolston and Bobby Holik to contracts. Rolston agreed to a four-year, $20 million dollar deal while Holik signed a one-year contract worth $2.5 million dollars.
The New York Islanders made a little noise by singing Montreal’s former defensemen Mark Streit to a five-year $20.5 million dollar contract while the Boston Bruins also signed a former Canadien in Michael Ryder to a multi-year deal.
With the NHL salary cap rising up this season, teams have not been shy about dishing out the money to lure top free-agents to their squads. Over the next two weeks, look for almost every free agent out there to receive offers from teams trying to help the players find a new place they can call home.
Some good news for Boston Bruins fans was announced Tuesday when the team made it official that they had re-signed defensemen Mark Stuart to a multi-year contract extension. Terms of the deal have yet to be released.
Stuart, who played for the Bruins in every single game last season, was the teams first round draft pick in 2003. He scored four goals and notched four assists during 82 games on the ice in the 2007-2008 campaign.
The Bruins also made an announcement that they have obtained the rights to defensemen Johnny Boychuk from the Colorado Avalanche for forward Matt Hendricks. Boychuk spent the majority of last season in the AHL but does have a few NHL games under his belt. Hendricks spent the all of last year in the AHL playing for the Providence Bruins.
Many reports say that the Bruins are now trying to put together a package to attract Marian Hossa of the Penguins to join their club. He may be the most talented skater out there on the market.
In other new, C Patrice Bergeron, who after suffering from a severe concussion and has not played since Oct. 27, continues on his path back to training camp and the NHL. “I’m feeling great,” Bergeron told the Boston Globe. “I’m back doing full workouts, the same as I was doing last year, and in some ways I’d say I’m ahead of where I was last year. No problem.”
Former Minnesota Golden Gopher Blake Wheeler has agreed to sign with the Boston Bruins. Selected 5th overall by the Phoenix Coyotes in 2004, he opted instead to forgo the NHL and his high school senior year to play in the USHL. Wheeler went on to have 3 outstanding seasons with Minnesota, including an acrobatic winning goal against North Dakota in the 2007 WHCA championship game (a goal that was a Sportcenter favorite for weeks).
While the B’s cannot officially sign Wheeler until July 1st, both parties have agreed on the terms of the deal. Wheeler will be reporting to Boston’s prospect camp in Wilmington on July 8th.
The combination of early goals and stellar defense has been the key and just enough for the Detroit Red Wings to capture victories over the Pittsburgh Penguins in Games 1 and 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals.
Monday night, Chris Osgood made 22 saves for his second shutout in as many games to propel the Red Wings half way home to winning their 11th Stanley Cup. Their last Championship season came in 2002 but they are two wins away from capturing the title again. The shutout was Osgood’s 13th playoff shutout of his career.
“I play the game as it comes,” Osgood said. “I love playing behind these guys. I don’t need 40 shots to play the game or to feel good. I’m confident regardless. I’m not really into stats too much, just into winning.”
Brad Stuart scored the Wings first goal 6:55 into the first period and Thomas Holmstrom netted the games second goal 11:18 into the same frame. This was Holmstrom’s 4th goal of the playoffs and gave his defense a little breathing room, not that they really needed it.
This Penguins offensive unit that scored 247 goals during the regular season has now been held scoreless for 6 consecutive periods. Captain Sidney Crosby hopes that things can change when the series shifts to Pittsburgh for Games 3 and 4.
“We just have to execute,” Penguins captain Sidney Crosby said. “Did they really get that many scoring chances on us? I don’t think they did. They got a few and put them in. We hit a post, and pucks go through us by the net that we don’t put in. That’s the difference.”
The series continues Wednesday night at 8:00 pm in Pittsburgh.