If he didn’t have Tim Thomas in front of him these last couple years, maybe Tuukka Rask would be the guy today celebrating a Stanley Cup championship and a new 10-year contract extension instead of Los Angeles goaltender Jonathan Quick.
WILMINGTON, Mass. — As a college free agent who signed with the Bruins last spring, Torey Krug was jettisoned from NHL life as soon as the 2011-12 regular season concluded.
NHL rules made him ineligible to be available to the Bruins in the postseason, and even prevented him from skating with the team’s reserves.
Fresh off winning the OHL and CHL Defenseman of the Year awards, Bruins top prospect Dougie Hamilton now gets a chance to show the Bay State how much he’s improved since he was drafted eighth overall in 2011 and attending last year’s development and training camps.
Maybe it was because the Bruins were defending Stanley Cup champions this season and everyone was trying to go at them harder than ever.
Whatever the reason, Shawn Thornton had to increase his fight card to 20 bouts – tied for most in the league – after he battled in 14 the season before.
All the talk about Tim Thomas the last several weeks has been about the goaltender’s future.
Will he play again? Will he play for the Bruins again? Will the Bruins find a way to get out from under his $5 million cap hit?
From Austria to Boston, Marty Turco fell down the proverbial rabbit hole last spring in an effort to swoop in and help the Bruins in the aftermath of Tuukka Rask’s injury.
As soon as he arrived in a deadline-day trade from Minnesota, Greg Zanon looked like a Bruins-type player.
That he didn’t win a championship in Boston and left the Bruins’ organization amidst some major acrimony might’ve blurred Adam Oates’ career in black and gold to observers over the years.
Few Bruins players conquered the Stanley Cup hangover better than Dennis Seidenberg.
And the veteran defenseman had more to overcome than nearly all of his other teammates considering his 27:37 of ice time per game in the run to the 2011 Cup championship was second only to Zdeno Chara, and by just two seconds.
A little earlier than in past summers the Bruins’ top prospects and some invitees will be in Wilmington, Mass. starting Thursday for the team’s annual development camp at Ristuccia Arena.
The camp will run through Monday July 2.
The second day of the draft saw the Bruins use five picks, including one acquired in a draft-day trade with Tampa Bay, to select would-be prospects in Pittsburgh today.
Headlining the group was Charlestown, Mass., native Matt Grzelcyk, whose father actually works on the bull gang at TD Garden.
The Bruins thought that with the right coaching, structure and more of a role on their team Benoit Pouliot would finally blossom.
Today they ended their ties with the former No. 4 overall draft pick by dealing his rights to Tampa Bay.
For the first time since 2002, the Bruins have used their first-round pick on a goaltender.
If that wasn’t enough of a surprise tonight, he’s also the brother of hated Montreal defenseman P.K. Subban.
The 2012 NHL Draft in Pittsburgh is supposed to be focused on the future of the league.
However, one story of a veteran won’t stop moving forward and taking wild and wooly turns. I write, of course, about the travails of Tim Thomas.
The NHL today released its complete regular-season schedule for the 2012-13 regular season.
The Bruins are scheduled to open in Philadelphia on Thursday, Oct. 11. They will play their home opener one week later on Oct. 18 against Montreal.