After taking the NHL’s version of a three-stop tour of the New York area through the first several seasons of his career, Mike Mottau finally got to come home.
The balance that has to be struck is the same for every rugged defenseman.
Like those before him and others currently skating in the NHL, Adam McQuaid is going to have to figure out how to play his all-out physical style at the sport’s highest level without enduring the type of injuries that keep him out of the lineup for extended periods.
Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli continued to lock up members of his 2011-12 club by re-signing two key centers Monday, according to a Tweet from TSN reporter Bob McKenzie.
Chris Kelly (four years, $12 million) and Gregory Campbell (three years, $4.8 million) have re-signed with the club less than a month before they were scheduled to become unrestricted free agents.
Good brat or bad brat?
After Bruins head coach Claude Julien applied those terms to the two sides of forward Brad Marchand, that was the question running through the coach’s mind and everyone else’s thoughts seemingly every time Marchand took the ice.
All the 100-plus-PIM seasons in junior hockey, and two plus seasons of more than 100 penalty minutes with the Bruins’ Providence (AHL) farm club finally paid off in 2011-12 for Lane MacDermid.
The annual summer prospect exhibition that is Bruins Development Camp will commence June 28 and continue through July 2 at Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington.
Although the roster has yet to be finalized, you can figure 2011 first-round pick Dougie Hamilton will probably be among the group of players on hand, which will include Boston’s 2012 draft picks from the draft June 22-23.
We all know the expectations that Milan Lucic will be the next Cam Neely are unfair.
The problem is, Lucic seems to be struggling just to become the Milan Lucic he and the Bruins expect him to be, and the player Bruins cast him and pay him to be.
In light of today’s news that Alexander Radulov will not be returning to Nashville, I ask you readers of TheBruinsBlog.net:
Although it might cost an interested team a draft pick or more, there’s a high-scoring forward now available less than a month from the July 1 start to free agency in the NHL.
Now that his body of work is longer, David Krejci can no longer be called one of those “primetime” playoff performers.
We know that if the Bruins advance beyond the first round, the club’s No. 1 center can turn it up and set the league on fire. But just don’t expect him to light up the scoreboard in the first round.
Well, if the Montreal Canadiens are looking for a winning formula to end their 19-year Stanley Cup championship drought, hiring Michel Therrien could be the first step.
After all, it worked for the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Considering recent developments with Tim Thomas’ career, I ask you readers of TheBruinsBlog.net:
Would you welcome Tim Thomas back to the Bruins?
- No (71%, 205 Votes)
- Yes (29%, 85 Votes)
Total Voters: 290
Tim Thomas took to his favorite means of communication Sunday morning to expand upon his decision to not fulfill the final year of his $5-million-per-year contract with the Bruins and sit out the 2012-13 season.
Thomas’ official Facebook page featured the following statement from the All-Star goaltender:
Is concern over a possible global financial meltdown factoring into Tim Thomas’ decision to sit out the 2012-13 NHL season?
According to the Bruins goaltender’s Facebook page, it might be at least one of the reasons Thomas is willing to forgo $3 million this season in order to take time off.
Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli today confirmed the TSN/ESPN report that goaltender Tim Thomas is seriously considering sitting out next season. If Thomas doesn’t play, his $5 million cap hit would still count against the Bruins.