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Milan Lucic plans on covering himself – and the Bruins – in Old Time glory

04.07.14 at 8:05 pm ET
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In 2011, it was an old Bruins Starter jacket that the No. 1 star of the game wore after each Bruins playoff win.

Last year, Andrew Ference continued his own tradition by using an Army Rangers jacket to serve the same purpose, paying tribute to veterans of the battles in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Bruins can thank a legend from their past for the newest tradition, a heavily-worn “Old-Time Hockey” jacket.

“This is the new game jacket. It’s from Johnny Bucyk, so this is the new look from here on in after a win, and hopefully we can pass it along for a long time,” Milan Lucic said.

Perhaps the greatest significance of the latest tradition is honoring the past, specifically Bucyk and the Big Bad Bruins of the 1970s, a team the current Bruins are trying to emulate with a second Stanley Cup title this spring.

“There’€™s a lot of respect for those guys, the past of this franchise and the people that have been here, and it’€™s Johnny Bucyk’€™s jacket — he gave it to Looch because he doesn’t fit it in anymore,” coach Claude Julien quipped over the weekend. “So otherwise, he probably would have had to buy it, right? So he’€™s been real good to us, and we felt that this was a great opportunity for him to continue to be a part of our group, which he is, and donate something that I think the players are finding really important right now.

“And again, it’€™s an homage to those guys that have been here and done so well, and I think our players, as I said, have a lot of respect for those guys and they want to continue the tradition. So they’€™re going to wear that jacket.”

Ference might be gone, but the tradition of honoring the player who symbolizes what it means to be a Bruin each game continues, thanks to captain Zdeno Chara.

“Being the captain, he stepped up and carried the tradition of a game jacket,” Lucic said.

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TD Garden to undergo $70 million renovation project

04.07.14 at 6:46 pm ET
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Delaware North Companies announced Monday that TD Garden will undergo a privately funded $70 million renovation project over the next two years. Bruins and Delaware North Principal Charlie Jacobs will oversee the project.

Among the improvements coming to the Garden are redesigned concourses, a newer and bigger Pro Shop, high-density Wi-Fi throughout the arena (whatever that is) and a renovated Legends Club. Construction will begin next month.

The press release is as follows:

BOSTON, MA (April 7, 2014) – Delaware North Companies, Inc., owner and operator of TD Garden and Sportservice, announced today a series of privately financed upgrades and renovations for TD Garden, the home of the Boston Bruins and Boston Celtics, over the next two years. This comprehensive, $70 million arena-wide upgrade led by Charlie Jacobs, Principal of Delaware North Companies and Boston Bruins, will touch every aspect of the TD Garden fan experience and feature the development of a new ProShop, redesigned modern concourses, comprehensive renovation of Legends Club and an upgraded technology infrastructure and state-of-the-art solutions from Cisco to support digital fan expectations well into the future.

“The Jacobs family is committed to providing the people of Boston with an arena that sets the industry standard,” said Charlie Jacobs, Principal Delaware North Companies and Boston Bruins. “With the TD Garden being nearly 20 years old, we recognize that these renovations are necessary and we are confident that they will transform the fan experience from the moment a patron enters the building.”

The ProShop will be repositioned from its current location on the west side of the North Station concourse, to the arena’s east side second floor, known as the main turnstile area. This strategic relocation will maximize the store’s location for future incorporation into the front development project and the arena’s new entryway. Plans for the new ProShop will expand retail offerings, optimize traffic flow and allow for increased accessibility for fans before, during and after games. The new ProShop will feature a complete redesign and a “Powered by Reebok/adidas” partnership with the Bruins and Celtics respectively, representing part of a new, three-year deal with the official outfitters of the NHL and NBA. Construction will begin in early May with a targeted completion by year-end, and the existing store will remain operational during this time.  Read the rest of this entry »

Jarome Iginla, Kevan Miller day-to-day with Bruins being ‘cautious’

04.07.14 at 12:31 pm ET
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Jarome Iginla and Kevan Miller were both missing from Monday’s practice at TD Garden, as the Bruins consider both players day-to-day. They are both options to play for the Bruins Tuesday in Minnesota and/or Thursday in Winnipeg.

Both players missed Saturday’s win over Philadelphia, with the Bruins saying neither were healthy scratches. Iginla has missed two of the Bruins’ last three games with a lower-body injury after playing the first 75 games of the season, while Miller had played 33 consecutive games prior to sitting against the Flyers.

“They’re coming on the trip with us,” Claude Julien said. “They’re still day-to-day [because we're] being cautious this time of year, so we’re just not pushing them. They’re coming on the trip. Is there a chance that they could play? Yes.”

Asked if Iginla and Miller would be in the lineup if the playoffs were to start that day, Julien said that there is “no doubt” that both players would be healthy enough to play.

Julien added that with four games left in the regular season, he will rest more players in the coming games.

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Report: Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs at top of list to buy NFL’s Bills

04.07.14 at 9:19 am ET
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Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs “leads the list of potential suitors” for the NFL’s Buffalo Bills, according to a report in The Buffalo News that cites highly placed sources.

Jacobs, who hails from Buffalo, is prohibited by NFL rules from owning teams in different cities, but there is speculation that his six children could head the purchase. Jacobs’ son Charlie Jacobs is a principal and alternate governor of the Bruins.

Jeremy Jacobs, chairman and CEO of Buffalo-based concession company Delaware North, is worth a reported $3.1 billion.

The Bills are owned by Mary Wilson following the death of her husband, Ralph Wilson, on March 25. The club was valued at $870 million in Forbes magazine’s most recent annual story on teams’ worth.

The Buffalo News report also listed as possible buyers real estate mogul Donald Trump, Sabres owner Terry Pugula and former Sabres owner Tom Golisano.

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Adam McQuaid still not skating; Claude Julien not ruling out defensive rotation in playoffs

04.05.14 at 4:46 pm ET
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Bruins coach Claude Julien said Saturday that he is not ruling out a rotation of defensemen going into the postseason.

Matt Bartkowski and Andrej Meszaros figure to be in the biggest positional battle for the left spot on the second pairing along Boychuk, and the two have taken turns playing that role in recent games. Bartkowski played with Boychuk in Saturday’s win over the Flyers, while Meszaros played with Torey Krug on the third pairing and struggled.

“It doesn’€™t have to be a set six,” Julien said. “It could be, and it could also be a rotation as long as everybody’€™s good enough to be in that rotation. So no, and I don’€™t see any rush for that decision to be made yet.”

The idea of a rotation is intriguing given that Bartkowski and Meszaros have both spent time in and out of the lineup this season and might be better prepared to avoid rust, though for consistency’s sake the B’s would be wise to nail down a steady second pairing that could continue the play they got from the Andrew Ference – Boychuk pairing of postseasons past.

Kevan Miller seems to have solidified a place in the postseason lineup, as he played 33 straight games for the B’s leading up to his day off Saturday. His competition would be a healthy Adam McQuaid, but Julien said prior to Saturday’s game that McQuaid, though getting better, still is not skating. McQuaid has been out since Jan. 19 with a quad strain that has plagued him throughout the season, as he has been limited to 30 games.

The anticipated postseason pairings at this point figure to be Zdeno Chara with Dougie Hamilton, Bartkowski with Boychuk and Krug with Miller, though that could change depending on who they end up facing.

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Bruins clinch Eastern Conference with win over Flyers

04.05.14 at 3:33 pm ET
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Johnny Boychuk broke a tie in the third period, while Milan Lucic and Chris Kelly provided insurance to give the Bruins a 5-2 victory over the Flyers Saturday. With the win, the B’s clinched the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference.

The Bruins gave some regulars the day off, though the team didn’t term either one a healthy scratch. Jarome Iginla missed his second game of the season, with Loui Eriksson playing on Krejci’s line in his place. Kevan Miller missed his first game after playing in 33 straight contests.

Krejci scored at 15:56 of the first period, finding a loose puck in front after Eriksson put the initial shot on net. Krejci corralled the puck, took his time and lifted it over a sprawling Ray Emery.

The Flyers tied the game in the second period with a power play goal from Wayne Simmonds, but Lucic gave the Bruins the lead back just 19 seconds later with a blistering slap shot from the high slot off a feed from Krejci down low. Jay Rosehill answered that with his second goal of the season.

The Bruins finally separated for good in the third, with Boychuk firing a slap shot that went off Mark Streit on its way past Emery. Milan Lucic made it 4-2 with his second of the game. Kelly added an empty-netter with 20.7 seconds remaining.

Tuukka Rask picked up his 35th win of the season.

The B’s have four games remaining in the regular season. Up next is a two-game road trip to Minnesota and Winnipeg before they play their final home game against the Sabres and finish the season in New Jersey.

WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE BRUINS

Claude Julien clearly is trying to see how well Eriksson can play the Rich Peverley role as a third-liner who fills in for top-six guys, and he looked good playing on the Krejci line Saturday. Eriksson also played on the Krejci line Wednesday and skated on Patrice Bergeron‘s line Thursday.

– After going nine straight games without a goal, Lucic has scored three goals in the last two games. He showed up in the playoffs big-time last season, so it’s good for the B’s to see some more offense out of him as the regular season winds down.

– With an assist on Boychuk’s goal, Bergeron now has points in 11 games.

WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE BRUINS

- The Bruins have fallen victim to some pretty bad penalty calls the last few games, and it continued Saturday with a really weak interference call against Bergeron. With Reilly Smith skating the puck around Kimmo Timonen in the Flyers zone, Bergeron and Timonen made light contact, with Bergeron trying to get out of the way. Bergeron was still whistled for interference.

To make matter worse, Bergeron beat out a hybrid icing after getting out of the penalty box, but icing was still called. Saturday was a rough one for the officials.

Torey Krug played with a broken stick on a second-period play, allowing the power play that led to Simmonds’ goal. After his stick broke on a giveaway, Krug held on a little too long as he tried to take down Jakub Voracek, and the call was rightfully made.

- In general the Andrej Meszaros-Krug pairing did not look good Saturday. Meszaros is looking more and more likely to be the healthy scratch on the back end when the postseason starts, but Julien isn’t ruling out a rotation. Matt Bartkowski, who figures to be Meszaros’ main competition, played on the second pairing with Boychuk Saturday.

Gregory Campbell nominated for Masterton

04.05.14 at 12:49 pm ET
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Bruins forward Gregory Campbell was named the Bruins’ nominee for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy. The Masterton is give to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.

Campbell was selected as the Bruins’ nominee by the Boston chapter of the Pro Hockey Writers Association. The nomination comes after he returned from a broken leg suffered in Game 3 off the Eastern Conference finals against the Penguins. Campbell finished his shift on the penalty kill after blocking an Evgeni Malkin shot and, after missing the remainder of the postseason, has played in every game this season.

“I guess I’€™m very thankful for the recognition of what it takes to come back from an injury,” Campbell said Saturday morning. “It’€™s not an easy thing and it’€™s something that we all sign up for when we play hockey is the risk of having an injury. But having said that, when I look at the list of past and present nominees and winners, there’€™s been a lot of inspiring and courageous people that have been nominated and won this award.

“I feel like there’€™s been far greater challenges that these guys have overcome, so a broken leg to me isn’€™t much. So, I guess in that sense, I don’€™t think I’€™m really deserving of the award. I’€™m very grateful for the nomination, like I said, there’€™s a whole long list of people that have shown a lot of courage over the years. I’€™ll take it and move on.”

Campbell has seven goals and 12 assists this season for 19 points and a plus-1 rating.

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