Saturday, December 26, 2009

More News and Notes from the Winter Classic

Hope everyone had a great holiday season! Here are a few links to catch up on for this year's Winter Classic.

Fenway Park is nearly ready for the event as the final touches are being placed for the event. You can view those over at as they provide a photo gallery of the event.

Inside Hockey Radio show host and's James Murphy has ran a series of great features over the past week or in anticipation of the event. You can read his latest feature on why Bruins legend Cam Neely and why he would have loved a chance to play in the event.

Speaking of Inside Hockey, columnist Jake Duhaime has also provided some great coverage in hyping the event. His latest piece can be found here, and you can view his video below from the first skate at Fenway.

From the Flyers' official website, here are some facts and tidbits on the game. You can also view a photo gallery in which members of the Flyers visited the venue, while they were in Boston a couple of weeks ago.

More later...

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Savard and Hartnell appear on "The Price is Right"

For those of you who missed out on "The Price is Right" yesterday, here is the clip that features Bruins forward Marc Savard and Flyers forward Scott Hartnell from the Showcase Showdown.

More Later...

Rosie's Rebounds: 12/23/09

Greetings from the home front and Happy Holidays to all! During the next couple weeks, I will go out of my usual Rebounds of the week and provide you with my list of highlights from the 2000’s, as we vastly approach the 2010's. Today we'll look at the best teams and storylines of the decade.

Top Teams (In no particular order)

2001 Colorado Avalanche:

From top to bottom, this team was one of the deepest teams of the decade. Captain Joe Sakic won his second Stanley Cup, as well as his first Hart Trophy, while Patrick Roy won his fourth Championship – his second with the Avs – and Raymond Boroque won his first and only Stanley Cup.

Video highlights from Game 7 of the 2001 Stanley Cup Final vs. New Jersey:

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Best of 2000's: A lesson to Remember?

From Now until the end of the month, I will be running some best moments of the decade (and not so great too), with 2010 approaching.

Class is now in session as "History Professor" and Boston play-by-play announcer Jack Edwards talks about the Revolutionary War, while comparing it to a Bruins victory in Game 3 over the Montreal Canadiens in the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Here is the clip of this moment of whatever significance (a great, not so great or WTF).

You may now pass in your papers regarding the events of Patriots Day, 2009.

See you tomorrow...

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Rosie's Rebounds: 12/4/09

From yesterday's Inside Hockey version...

Thoughts on the Ovechkin Suspension

Didn’t we just talk about a game misconduct last week with Alex Ovechkin? Well it looks like Déjà vu all over again this week.

As Inside Hockey’s Brad Kurtzberg stated this week, the league did the right thing in suspending the reigning back-to-back Hart Trophy winner. And surprise, surprise, I am on the same page with this argument.

Inside Hockey coverage of Leafs-Bruins

In honor of Phil the Thrill returning to Boston, Inside Hockey is keeping you up to date with toight's game between the Bruins and the Leafs.

Find out how Kesselmania is hitting Boston from yours truly, while Alex Linsky has an in-depth preview of tonight's game and don't forget to check out his morning greaseboard for last nights daunting defeat against the Habs.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Inside Hockey TV: 11/30/09

Here are a few clips from the Inside Hockey TV show (shot November 30th), as I was joined by fellow columnist Christopher Conroy, and host McKenzie Lavoie.

Segment 1: Western Conference Outlook

Segment 2: Eastern Conference Outlook

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Bruins Sign Marc Savard to Contract Extension

Bruins forward Marc Savard has signed a contract extension with the Bruins. For more info on this, you can read my updates on Inside Hockey, and don't forget to read Alex Linsky's Bruins Armchair GM too.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

"Great Moments" in Bell Centre History

Another day and another post for "Great Moments" in Bell Centre history - Sponsored by Molson.

First a word from our sponsor...

...We now return to our regularly scheduled program.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Rosie's Rebounds: 11/20/09

And we are back after a weekend in Chicago. Actually not quite yet…

…Okay thanks to a performance by Boston (RIP Brad Delp), now we are officially back.

Get ready for another edition of Rosie’s Rebounds.

Brendan Shanahan Calls it a Day

After 21 seasons in the NHL, Brendan Shanahan announced his retirement this past week from the sport.

A native of Mimico, Ontario, Shanahan had two seasons with 50 or more goals while playing with the St. Louis Blues in 1992-93 and 1993-94, and four more seasons with 40 or more goals with the Detroit Red Wings. A former second overall pick in the 1987 NHL Draft of the New Jersey Devils, Shanahan played in 1,524 regular season games, tallying 1,354 points (656 G, 698 A). He was also part of the Red Wings dynasty that won three Stanley Cups, including back-to-back wins in 1997 and 1998, and one more in 2002.

Ironically, Shanahan only had one season with 100+ points. However, his career stands for itself, and he should definitely be a Hall of Famer.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

The Bruins Theme to date and Great Moments in Bell Centre history

So I've been searching for theme songs of the 2009-10 Boston Bruins season to date. I had until 10:00 p.m. tonight (that I set for myself) to find something. This is what I came up with...

Maybe this will change, but as of right now, the Undertaker's theme stands.

Part two of my blog tonight has something to do with WWF, WWE or whatever its called these days. No it is not Vince McMahon singing "Stand Back" but this has to do with a "Great moment in Bell Centre history."

And to begin the series - still trying to get Molson to sponsor this - let's go back to November 9, 1997. As the Survivor Series took place at the then Molson Centre, the main event featured to fierce rivals, with honor contempt for one another: Shawn Michaels and Bret Hart.

Rosie's Rebounds: 11/13/09

As Chicago kicks off this week’s edition of Rosie’s Rebounds, I will also open up by saying Greetings from the Windy City.

This weekend the Blackhawks will honor the outspoken but yet talented Jeremy Roenick at the United Center, for Jeremy Roenick Heritage night.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Back From Chicago

I have finally made it back from the Windy City and will be posting more blogs in the next few days, including the past edition of Rosie's Rebounds, that is up currently on Inside Hockey.

Keep your stick down and your head up,


Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Flames Defeat Team Italy, I mean Habs

Once again, the Montreal Canadiens prove that they can don the ugly uniforms. But how could you possibly top last years uniforms that they wore against the Boston Bruins on Super Bowl Sunday? After all, Jack Edwards said it best when he said this after the final buzzer, "The Final, the Bruins 3, the Inmates 1"

Well, the ones they had on display against the Calgary Flames last night were pretty close.

Now I thought the Habs celebrated their Centennial last year, but I guess they had to extend it, since they didn't want their 100th season to look that bad.

So in celebration of season 100.5, the Habs used these uniforms on display.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Few Links for Your Monday Morning

Good Morning hockey world! Thanks to Chris Wassel and company for having me on The Program last night. You can check out their site here, a great site for hockey.

Tonight is the induction ceremony for the Class of 2009 at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto. Steve Yzerman, Brett Hull, Brian Leetch and Luc Robitaille headline the list of players, and current Devils GM Lou Lamoriello will be the recipient in the builder category.

TSN has a feature on Lou via The Canadian Press and Ray Ferraro pitches in with his thoughts on the 2009 Class.

The Colorado Avalanche had a tough time killing penalties last night in their 5-3 loss to the Edmonton Oilers. Inside Hockey's Arianna Ranahosseini recaps the game from the Pepsi Center.

Speaking of penalties, find out why trips to the sin bin are hurting the Ottawa Senators from Ben McCoy of Inside Hockey.

Buddy Oakes of Preds On the Glass has an interesting lineup for his radio show tonight to say the least. Adrian Dater joins the POTG crew tonight at 8 P.M. Eastern.

A columnist for The Denver Post and a contributor to (sigh), Dater has been very critical on the squad in Nashville. His "No Holding Back" column on Hockey in the Music City.

And finally, Inside College Hockey has their Power Rankings this week. While I love the site, and Joe Gladiszewski and company do a great job, sometimes these rankings can be a little off. But yet again, polls are never that accurate, and when the PairWise Rankings come out in January, these rankings take a back seat for a bit.

More Later...

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Rosie on The Program tomorrow at 8:15 p.m.

Just a reminder that I'll be joining Chris Wassel and company tomorrow night right around 8:15 p.m. on The Program. It's a great show and I'm looking forward to making an appearance.

Here's a link where you can listen to the show:

And make sure to visit: for great NHL coverage.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Rosie's Rebounds: 11/6/09

Shootout Controversy in CCHA

Last weekend in game one of the Nebraska-Omaha vs. Bowling Green series, the game was decided by a shootout in Omaha. Little did anyone in attendance know, that the end result would create a lot of controversy.

In overtime, Bowling Green freshman forward Jordan Samuels-Thomas – who netted a goal early in the third period – was called for a penalty with 16 seconds to go in OT. Nebraska-Omaha would not score during that span, thus the game goes into a shootout.

When the CCHA implemented the shootout last season, one of the rules stated that a player who was not on the ice at the end of overtime, would not be eligible to participate in the shootout.

Well, the referees must have forgotten the rule and Samuels-Thomas was able to participate in the shootout. Not only did Samuels-Thomas enter the shootout, but his goal happened to be the game winner, and thus give Bowling Green the victory in the CCHA standings (wins in shootouts don’t factor into the regular standings).

This cost UNO a point in the CCHA standings, but again if Samuels-Thomas doesn’t participate, the end result could have been different. But, we will never know that.

Topping Rock Em’ Sock Em’ Techno?

As you all know, Don Cherry was the opening act of the 2009 Rosie Awards with Rock Em’ Sock Em’ Techno. The next week, WWE owner Vince McMahon tried to steal the spotlight with “Stand Back”, but to no avail.

But quite possibly, this one could have topped both Vincent Kennedy McMahon, and Cherry.

Thanks to Inside Hockey’s own Jake Duhaime who posted this on my Facebook wall, this video from the Boston College Hockey team is now worth noticing – I can’t give you points Jake right now, but this was the least I could do.

Before the Beanpot in 1986, the BC hockey team participated
in the “Beanpot Trot.” And thanks to the modern marvel that is YouTube, we have the video (and of course I have to thank Jake).

Take a look at this yourself…

 …Now compare that to the Super Bowl Shuffle from the Chicago Bears. Somewhat similar isn’t it?

While 1986 - the year yours truly was born - had some interesting moments, the year also saw some laugh out loud material, in both a good way and an embarrassing way.

Rejected 30 for 30 Concepts

While searching twitter on Wednesday, I found this trending topic based on ESPN’s 30 for 30 documentaries that they’ve been running. And thanks to twitterverse, the sarcasm continues.

With series such as King’s Ransom, the documentary on Wayne Gertzky’s trade from Edmonton to LA, and the history of the USFL, users on twitter have been coming up with rejected ideas for the show, with the hashmark #rejected30for30concepts.

Yours truly came up with a few possible rejections - both hockey and non-hockey related. I’ll share a few of those with you.

- A quarterback in the making:The Ryan Leaf saga
- The NHL’s best season: A look into the 2004-05 campaign
- The Jim Balsillie Papers
- History in the Making: The saga of Smurf Turf at Boise State
- What a Rush: Rush Limbaugh’s career on Sunday NFL Countdown
- Centennial Leaders: The Habs 100th season

I can go on and on, but I’d rather give you the best tweet I have seen regarding this topic.

And here it is:

Playoffs? The Jim Mora Story.

Rebounds of the Week

Here are your rebounds of the week for November 6, 2009

Player: Patrice Bergeron, Boston Bruins – Bergeron didn’t have a bounce back week stat wise, but he finally got his team a goal after being shut out for 192 minutes and six seconds in last night’s 2-1 shootout loss to the Montreal Canadiens.

Team: Los Angeles Kings – While some hockey pundits expected the Kings to make a run for a playoff spot this season, very few teams expected them to do this well early on. The Kings trail San Jose by two points in the Pacific Division Standings. They are 10-4-2 overall, and are 6-2-2 in their last 10.

Game: Boston University @ Northeastern Tonight – I had to go with this since I will be at Matthews Arena along with my collegue Kevin Edelson for tonight's contest. Northeastern hasn’t played in two weeks when they lost to New Hampshire and UMass-Lowell. Boston University is coming off a split against UMass-Lowell. Should be a great game at the “New Barn”, which is sold out.

Note: Northeastern came out victorious in last night's game 1-0

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Bruins-Devils Pregame

Good morning from the TD Garden. We are currently having server problems over at Inside Hockey. We'll get those fixed as soon as possible, but for now, here are a few notes from today's morning skate.

- Martin Brodeur, the all-time winningest goaltender in NHL history, has the night off. Yann Danis will start in net for the Devils.
- Tim Thomas will start for the Bruins.
- The Devils have not lost a game away from the Prudential Center (aka "The Rock") yet. They are 5-0 on the road, but only 1-4 at home.
- The Devils lost last night to the Buffalo Sabres 4-1.
- The Bruins are looking for back-to-back wins for the first time this season. They are 2-0-1 since Milan Lucic and Marc Savard have been out of the lineup, both due to injuries.
- Tonight marks the first night of a six games in days stretch for the Black and Gold.

Locker Room Reaction: Bruins

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Official NHL Facebook Page now Up

Kudos to the NHL for launching their Facebook Page. As of 4:36 P.M. the page has 1,841 fans.

For a page that was just launched last night at 7:29, and for that matter a page that has not even been up for 24 hours, its a pretty big accomplishment.

NHL Facebook Page:

Friday, October 23, 2009

Rosie's Rebounds: 10/23/09

A Ruckus in Tampa Bay?

If you haven’t seen the latest antics from the Tampa Bay Lightning, well, let’s just say they are a little bizarre.

After practice earlier this week, the Lightning roster, excluding their coaching staff, decided to take part in a contest called “The Naked Shootout.” This was originally seen in the popular Puck Daddy blog at Yahoo.

Rules are simple, you miss a goal and you remove an article of clothing. You score a goal and you’re safe. Unfortunately for Martin St. Louis, that was not the case, as you will see in this video.

The Return of Jack Edwards:

Boston Bruins play-by-play announcer -- and Rosie Award winner for the Howard Cosell Tell em’ Like you See em’ award -- Jack Edwards returned to the city of “Brotherly Love” last night when the Bruins took on the Flyers. Of course we all remember the “incident” back on March 29 when he cackled over Bruins forward Milan Lucic leveling defenseman Randy Jones.

While Jones shouldn’t be excused for his hit on Patrice Bergeron a couple years ago, he didn’t need the extra "irony" from Edwards.

Here’s the clip of the incident (with a little bonus)

Bonus Video

Still in early season mode, Edwards was quite mellow in the Bruins – Flyers game last night (maybe due to Lucic and Jones both not playing in last nights game). Nothing really to report, but hopefully we
won’t hear another "history lesson" from Edwards this year, like we saw in the playoffs when the Bruins faced the rival Montreal Canadiens.

Speaking of Brotherly Love…

...Last year’s Rosie Award recipient for the Brotherly Love award, the brothers Kostitsyn, have been in the news recently – well at least one of them.

Unfortunately for Sergei Kostitsyn, he was a victim of being sent down to Hamilton of the AHL to start the year. Just recently, Sergei walked out on the Habs AHL affiliate, and was suspended by GM Bob Gainey for the second time this year.

This time, Pat Hickey from The Montreal Gazette reports that he would leave Montreal and sign
with the KHL in Russia.

Another bizarre story from one member of the brother’s Kostitsyn.

College Hockey All-Access Debuts Tomorrow

The Hockey Commissioners’ Association and NHL Home Ice radio (XM 204, Sirius 208) announced that the debut of College Hockey All-Access for tomorrow at 11 a.m. ET.

Scheduled to appear are last year’s Hobey Baker winner and New York Rangers defenseman Matt Gilroy; head coaches Keith Allain of Yale, Scott Owens of Colorado College and Enrico Blasi of Miami University; Colgate senior forward David McIntyre; and hockey historian and Massachusetts Hockey Hall of Famer Jack Grinold.

This is another great way for college hockey to gain more exposure, as the show will air for 26 straight weeks, from now until the Frozen Four in April.

Rebounds of the Week

In honor of the College Hockey All-Access show debuting tomorrow, our rebounds of the week will be NCAA related. So without further ado, here are your rebounds of the week.

Player: Brad Phillips G, Notre Dame:

After his two losses against Providence and Alabama-Huntsville, both at home, Phillips bounced back with a sensational performance against the defending National Champions, the Boston University Terriers. Phillips stopped all 34 shots he faced en route to a 3-0 win for Notre Dame.

Team: Alabama-Huntsville

The UAH Chargers were denied admission to the CCHA this summer after Nebraska-Omaha announced they were moving to the WCHA in 2010-11. So far they are 3-1 on the season, which included a sweep of Air Force just last weekend. The Chargers also earned a split against Notre Dame.

Whether they’re playing with a chip on their shoulder, or they have that fire in their eyes, it is still good to see Huntsville off to a good start under head coach Danton Cole.

Game: Wisconsin at Minnesota State (Friday and Saturday)

Wisconsin could only come away with one point against Colorado College last weekend in Madison, while Minnesota State was swept by Minnesota-Duluth. Wisconsin is 0-1-1 on the young season, while Minnesota State is 2-2-0.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Flyers' new villain: Jack Edwards?

We all know that Boston Bruins play-by-play announcer Jack Edwards, is just a bit biased when calling the action. When the B's are playing their hated rivals, the Montreal Canadiens, Edwards doesn't stop there. In fact he takes it further.

However, even though Edwards had his Revolutionary War rant against the Habs in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals last year, and was unhappy about the Habs jerseys when they played the Bruins on Super Bowl Sunday - remember in the end he said: "The final, the Bruins 3, the inmates 1." -  his incident in Philadelphia on March 29, tops everything.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

More B.S. from Eklund (e5)

In case your wondering, the anonymous blogger named Eklund (aka Dwayne Kissel, pictured above) pretty much knows how to B.S. his way in the hockey world. In 2007, Dwayne supported the Nashville Predators cause to stay in the Music City.

Recently on twitter, Dwayne supported Adrianne Dater's quest to get 1,000 followers by Thursday. If that doesn't happen, Dater said he will get rid of his twitter account.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Rosie's Rebounds: 10/9/09

By now, I’m sure you all know who Canadian Billionaire Jim Balsillie is. You know, that guy who tried to buy the Pittsburgh Penguins. You know, that guy who tried to buy the Nashville Predators. And let’s not forget, he’s the same guy who tried to buy the Phoenix Coyotes just recently.

Did I mention that the Canadian Billionaire tried to move those teams to Hamilton? No, ok didn’t think so. By the way, did anyone think Balsillie had any interest in the Coyotes-Penguins game Wednesday night?

Alright I gave you the answer by now, he has failed to buy all those teams mentioned and is now 0-3. This will lead to a first for me on top of my weekly column and that is an early Rosie award (keep in mind, this will not happen often so cherish this moment while you can).

Before Balsillie gets his Rosie award let’s take a look at what teams might be the next victim in the wrath of Balsillie. After this, you’ll probably see the odds come together in Vegas.

The lists of teams are in no particular order:

Atlanta Thrashers
– They aren’t moving to Winnipeg for the time being. Thanks for starting that rumor Al Strachan
(see video below).

Florida Panthers
– Another Sun Belt team. This might be a trend for the future.

New York Islanders
– Unfortunately, the Lighthouse project isn’t coming together. Therefore, the
Isles are most likely going to be a victim.

Tampa Bay Lightning
– Your third Sun Belt team. This is a long shot but again certainly possible.
And now your Al Strachan Rumor Mill via the Hotstove on Hockey Night in Canada:

Oh sorry got off topic for a minute, where was I? Alright now I remember, yes I forgot to give Balsillie his early Rosie award.

So without further ado, the winner of the “Better Luck Next Year” award is indeed, Jim Balsillie.

Now we can spend some time enjoying the game of hockey, but don’t be surprised if big Jim goes after another team next summer.

Ovechkin off to a hot start

The winner of the last two Hart Trophies, Alexander Ovechkin, is off to a hot start in 2009-10. He recorded two goals against the Bruins on opening night and two goals against the Flyers on Tuesday.

While it’s early in the season still, A.O. should already be penciled in as the favorite to win the MVP for a third year in a row. If he does so, he will be in elite company with Bobby Orr and Wayne Gretzky – the only two players to win the Hart Trophy at least three years in a row (Gretzky won eight consecutive MVPs).

Recently, TSN just did their weekly top 10 on Ovechkin’s top off-ice moments. After watching this, is there any way that we can get a mulligan for the list?

US NTDP Team in Boston this weekend

Tonight, I’ll be heading to Chestnut Hill to see the US NTDP U18 team play Boston College. It’s always a treat to see the NTDP in action, even though it’s an exhibition. On this year’s roster, five players have already committed to the University of Michigan (G Jack Campbell, D Kevin Clare
and Jon Merrill, F Jacob Fallon and Luke Moffatt) for the 2010-11 season.

Forward Bill Arnold, will be attending BC next year, so head coach Jerry York and company will get a little glimpse into the future.

It will also be great to see former Merrimack goaltender Joe Exter. Exter is now an assistant coach with the U18 team and many still remember the scary collision involving him and former Eagle standout Patrick Eaves back in 2003.

During the 2002-03 season, he was voted on the All-Hockey East second team. Since then he had coaching stints in American International and a scouting stint with the Cedar Rapids Rough Riders of the USHL before coming to USA hockey.

See ya next week, where I'll debut my rebound player of the week - after all I have to be loyal to the title of my column, right?

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Big News

Apologies to all the readers out there for not updating the blog in the past. During the past week, we have had a redesign launch over at Inside Hockey which came out very well. We still have a few bugs to fix but check it out a lot of good stuff on the site.

Speaking of Inside Hockey the big news is that my weekly column: Rosie's Rebounds will debut tomorrow on the site, and on this blog. It should also be in tomorrow's newsletter.

Busy night in the NHL tonight, and college hockey starts tomorrow. Happy belated hockey season to all!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

NHL to run Pick 15 Super Saturday Twitter Promotion

With the NHL season starting Thursday, hockey fans are starting to follow their team(s) and the media through Twitter. Well, it looks like Twitter will be talked about more in the NHL when Super Saturday arrives a couple days later.

Early this morning on, the league announced that they will run a contest where followers of the NHL Twitter page can pick the 15 games in what the league is calling their #NHLPick15 contest. Here is the schedule of games for October 3:

Chicago vs. Florida (Game to be played in Helsinki, Finland)
Detroit vs. St. Louis (Game to be played in Stockholm, Sweden)
Vancouver @ Colorado
Carolina @ Boston
Montreal @ Buffalo
Philadelphia @ New Jersey
Pittsburgh @ New York Islanders
Ottawa @ New York Rangers
Toronto @Washington
Tampa Bay @ Atlanta
Minnesota @ Columbus
Nashville @ Dallas
Calgary @ Edmonton
San Jose @ Anaheim
Phoenix @ Los Angeles

There will be a tiebreaker involved in this, just in case it is needed. This tiebreaker consists of the combined penalty minutes for the 15 games.

Since tweets are only 140 characters (or less), here is an example entry on how to pick winners:


For all of you last minute folks, the deadline for entries is Friday October 2nd at 11:59 P.M.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Some News and Notes for your Monday Morning

Good Morning from the TD Garden. Here's some news and notes for your Monday Morning entertainment.

With the season now a few days away, rosters are starting to shape themselves up. Alex Linsky has an update on the Bruins roster with Zach Hamill and Brad Marchand being sent to the Providence Bruins this morning.

Our good friend Buddy Oakes has some updates on Preds On The Glass, including his radio show preview and an poll regarding the Preds Goal song.

Mike G. Morreale of has a Washington Capitals preview. Find out what's in store for Alex Ovechkin and company, who open up the season Thursday against the Boston Bruins.

And for now in case your wondering how many hours, minutes and seconds are left till the opening puck drop of the 2009-10 hockey season, here is your Official Countdown.

More Later...

Sunday, September 20, 2009

@Gary_Bettman Joins Twitter

After the "Brian Burke" parody twitter account gained steam earlier this year it seems like more and more hockey personalities have jumped to the ever popular social networking site. Well add another one to that list.

Just recently Gary_Bettman has decided to jump on the twitter bandwagon to share his tweets with the hockey world.

Let's compare "Brian Burke" and Gary_Bettman tweets for a minute

Let's start with "Brian Burke" first:

Ran into Eklund last night. He kept grilling me about trades and rumors. Finally I just paid him for the pizza and slammed the door.

We all know what happened after Sean Leahy posted the article over at the Puck Daddy Blog at Yahoo. Of course, the "anonymous" blogger over at Hockey Buzz by the name of Eklund decided to bash Puck Daddy editor Greg Wyshynski. The article is linked in the lead, but I'll add this from Hockey Buzz Hogwash and yes if your wondering I miss that site (just a note I will not under any circumstances have a direct link to any of Eklund's rumors at Hockeybuzz).

Here's a tweet from Gary_Bettman, who joined this morning actually.

OK Just read "The One Page Business Plan". The NHL is going to rock this year!

Any bets on which front office personality is going to use twitter next? Discuss in the comments section below.

Friday, September 18, 2009

State of the Bruins

BOSTON – The annual “State of the Bruins” town hall meeting for Boston Bruins season ticket holders was held last night at the TD Garden, with about 2,700-plus season ticket holders in attendance. And while the regular season doesn’t start for 13 days when the Black and Gold face the Washington Capitals, fans still showed a lot of enthusiasm for this club, just like they started to last season.

Andy Brickley, Bruins color commentator for NESN, was the Master of Ceremonies for the event, while the panel included players Milan Lucic, Patrice Bergeron and Derek Morris, head coach Claude Julien, general manager Peter Chiarelli, Vice President and former Bruin Cam Neely, and of course owner Jeremy Jacobs and principal owner and Jeremy’s son Charlie.

Fans got a chance to have their own question and answer period, and some of the questions were quite fascinating to say the least. Here are a few noteworthy questions from the event.

One young fan asked: “If you were to play for any other team, who would it be?” (Directed to all the players)

Here were the answers:

“No other team,” said Lucic, which got a standing ovation from the crowd.

“I think I got the same answer there,” Bergeron responded.

But perhaps the best answer came from the newcomer. “I’ve played for all the others,” Morris jokingly said, referencing to his stints at Calgary, Colorado, Phoenix and New York Rangers in his previous 11 seasons.

Another fan asked Lucic about how he was going to top this hit against the Toronto Maple Leafs:

The Popular Bruin Replied: “I guess I’ll have to break two glasses to top that.” Again, Lucic got a big ovation with that response.

While the players were enjoying themselves with the q & a, there were also a few questions directed towards the management. Chiarelli, in particular, was asked about the Phil Kessel saga and some of the other roster decisions he made during the offseason.

The biggest question still remains, and Chiarelli was asked, “How are you going to replace those 36 goals (recorded by Kessel) from last year?”

“There are players who can pick up the slack,” noted Chiarelli. Let’s not forget Marco Sturm is coming back from injury too and Blake Wheeler, David Krejci (more on his presence later), Chuck Kobasew and Ryder are contributors to the goal-scoring department.

Regarding the negotiations with Kessel, Chiarelli said, “It’s unfortunate that we haven’t been able to sign him. We can’t lose sight of the balance you have on this current team. Phil is a good person and a good player. We’ll see how it resolves itself.”

This was also the night of the unveiling of the Bruins Winter Classic jerseys. Krejci was there to display the jersey—not before snow fell from the top of the Garden however—which is currently in the presale stages.

The jersey itself was introuduced and designed by Neely, where the original colors of brown and gold will return, and the spoked B is a combination of the logos from their five Stanley Cup victories in 1929, 1939, 1941, 1970 and 1972.

Photos by Steve Babino


Post-Event Talk

With one of the greatest hockey play-by-play announcers of all time passing away earlier this week in Fred Cusick, many of the Bruins staff released a statement regarding the late Cusick. Here’s what Neely had to say about the late great Bruins play-by-play broadcasters last night.

“He was a great guy,” Neely said. “I know I didn’t get to listen to him call all the games while I was here, but when I was injured and the team was on the road, he was one of those people who was able to call a great hockey game. He was a great guy outside of the organization too and he’ll be missed.”

With the trade talks surrounding Kessel—with Nashville and Toronto rumored recently to be Kessel’s potential landing spots—some might think this saga will come to a close sometime soon. But this was the answer from Chiarelli when asked about Kessel last night.

“Is there anything imminent? Yes possibly,” said Chiarelli who then went on to say, “Possibly not.”