|12.11.10 at 8:04 pm ET|
Courtesy of the awesome folks at the Bruins, here’s the transcript of Peter Chiarelli’s media briefing following the Bruins’ trade of Marco Sturm to the Kings for what he called “nothing.”
On finally completing the Marco Sturm trade’¦
Yeah, it’s been in the works a little bit, part of it due to Marco’s physical recovery. Really, that’s the large part as to why we’ve delayed. Dealing with someone like Marco is difficult. He’s obviously a really good person and I actually, when I was an agent, I actually co-represented him, so there’s a relationship there too. But it helps us with our cap situation and as far as what we got in return, it was classified as ‘future considerations,’ but really it’s nothing. Part of that speaks to the trading him now, versus trading him later on in the year, which we could have done also, but in fairness to Marco it’d be good to allow him to begin his journey, so to speak, at a place that is a good landing spot for him. Dean Lombardi drafted him and knows him quite well. They were looking for a player like that.
On if a trade of a player of Sturm’s caliber was inevitable’¦
Yeah, I mean he’s a good player. He’s a real good player. There’s obviously been a lot of speculation on what move we were going to do and what player. Again, a difficult thing that we had to do, but part of the reality of the salary cap and it’s completed now. Well, it’s conditional on the medical examination, but I don’t anticipate a problem there.
On how he got Sturm to waive his no-trade clause’¦
I just spoke to him.
On what he said to Sturm specifically to convince him’¦
Well that’ll remain between Marco and myself, but he agreed to waive it.
On why he felt trading Sturm was the best option to clear cap space, instead of making smaller moves to make room for him’¦
Well, it was about timing too. Here’s a team where there is a prior relationship with Marco, and they got him for cheap and they wanted to do it now. So there was a lot of positive factors in this circumstance that we felt that we had to act on. So that’s the main reason.
On if ‘future consideration’ includes draft picks or anything else in the deal’¦
No, nothing. Keep in mind the value of cap space. That’s what you have to keep in perspective. I’m not trying to justify trading him for nothing. Of course you’d like to get a return for a good player, but that’s really the being able to do it now versus later, it helps both sides.
On trading a player that is coming off an injury and making the deal now’¦
Yeah, there’s a lot of different factors here that made the deal a sensible deal at this time.
On if he had to get approval from the League to make this unusual trade for nothing’¦
Whenever you see ‘future considerations,’ it’s usually nothing. [laughs] In fact, it always is nothing. It used to be that you could stipulate prior to I think two season ago, you could stipulate, you know a player in the future. Let me see, I remember there was [Francois] Giguere was involved in a deal like that in Colorado. Might have been a sack deal. Yeah, it’s legal.
On if he considers the team now ‘out of the salary cap woods’ after making this deal’¦
Yeah, I mean, we’ve in the last, when did we trade Matt [Hunwick]? A week and a half ago? We’ve cleaned out our cap situation pretty nicely, so I’m comfortable where we are right now.
On where the team stands exactly in the cap situation’¦
We’re cap-compliant now.
On if the team has cap space to add another player’¦
Check capgeek.com. [laughs]
On how he would sum up Sturm’s legacy as a Bruin’¦
Yeah, you know, he’s first and foremost a very good person. Speed, you know, he’s obviously part of that big trade. He gave us speed and he gave us timely goals. I think he’ll be remembered, one of the things he’ll be remembered for is that goal against Montreal [Game 6 vs. Montreal, April 19, 2008]. I mean, that was, you could see that emotion when he scores and that’s what he brought to the team. Those are some of the things that guys here remember about Marco.
On if the team’s ‘NHL depth’ at Sturm’s position factor into things’¦
Yeah, how our younger players have been playing and there’s a lot of variables that go into a decision like this. Timing is one, depth is another. There’s a lot of things that go into this decision, but that certainly helps’the depth that we have.
On if Sturm will be close to game-ready’¦
I would say he’s maybe five to seven days away.
On if that game-ready timeline is one of the reasons the deal didn’t go through last week’¦
It was, yeah.
On if he knows when Sturm’s physical is scheduled’¦
On if he has any other moves on the horizon to address not cap space, but team needs’¦
Again, I’m not going to speak to moves I’m going to make or not, but what I can tell you is we’ll take a step back now for a little bit.
On Sturm expressing some frustration about his being in ‘limbo’ before the deal was finalized’¦
Yeah and I can understand that. After having waived it, yeah. It’s tough to make a trade in this league. It is, especially at an early juncture like this. Everyone is so tightly packed. And I’ve got to give Dean [Lombardi] credit for acting on this because he’s getting a good player for nothing in return. And he’s familiar with the player and he’s proactive.
On how important it was to not alter the team structure when dealing with the cap space issue’¦
Well, you know, you’re going to alter it somehow. We were able to do the rationale behind dealing Matt [Hunwick] was depth. Depth of defense. The young guys are coming along. You’ve got Jordan Caron, and even have Jamie Arniel, guys like that, and Joe Colborne, I mean, these guys are coming. But you know, any time you trade a guy like Marco, you know him, he’s a really good person. He’s a great guy. So that’s going to have some impact at some point. That’s why I’ve been trying to be as transparent as possible with you. I know you guys probably chuckle at that, but it’s because I want to make sure the message gets to the team too.
|12.11.10 at 7:41 pm ET|
The Bruins have nine shots on net so far and are in a scoreless tie with the Flyers after one period.
With Tyler Seguin out (flu-like symptoms, according to the team) Daniel Paille made a big play in his place. Though Paille has been more responsible for opponents’ goals than B’s goals this season, he stepped in front of the net to block a shot with Tim Thomas down and out of position after making a save.
The Fleyrs are outshooting the Bruins, 10-9, thus far. Three of Boston’s shots came in the last minute and a half of the period. The Bruins had one power play, an interference call on Daniel Carcillo.
|12.11.10 at 7:05 pm ET|
Bruins rookie forward Tyler Seguin is out for Saturday night’s game vs. the Flyers with flu-like symptoms. Seguin skated with the scratches on Thursday morning, and Danile Paille is in the lineup in place of the second overall pick.
Seguin has played in all 27 of the Bruins’ games thus far, totaling five goals and five assists
|12.11.10 at 6:40 pm ET|
The Bruins announced on Saturday that they have traded forward Marco Sturm to the Kings in exchange for future considerations. Sturm, who carries a salary cap hit and is nearing a return from a torn ACL and MCL, must pass a physical with Los Angeles.
General manager Peter Chiarelli said following the trade that the Bruins will actually receive nothing in the deal. Asked for clarification, Chiarelli said that “whenever you see ‘future considerations,’ it usually means ‘nothing.'”
Sturm reportedly was nearly traded to the Kings last week and had to waive his no-trade clause to facilitate the deal. The 32-year-old had 106 goals for the Bruins over parts of four seasons with the club after being acquired in the 2005 Joe Thornton trade.
With the trade, the Bruins will not need to make further moves to settle their salary cap situation.
|12.11.10 at 2:49 pm ET|
Don’t get James van Riemsdyk wrong: he was plenty happy with the results the last time he was at the Garden, but that doesn’t mean the place has always been good to him.
Prior to Philadelphia’s morning skate on Saturday, van Riemsdyk’s most recent experience on the Garden ice was celebrating the Flyers’ 4-3 comeback victory in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals, something he called a “surreal” experience. The 21-year-old scored perhaps the biggest goal of his career when he put the Flyers on the board in the first period with his team trailing, 3-0.
In the regular season last year, his rookie campaign, van Riemdsyk scored a goal in his two games in Boston. So what gives for the former second overall pick? His stats have been fine when playing in Boston and he won one of the biggest games he’ll likely ever play in there.
The bad memory for JvR dates back to college, when he was playing under coach Dick Umile at the University of New Hampshire.
“I know that in college, we played one game in this building and it wasn’t very nice to us,” van Riemsdyk said Saturday.
For van Riemsdyk, whose brother, Trevor, will play defense at UNH in the fall, it was certainly a memorable one. Unlike in last season’s playoffs, van Riemsdyk found himself on the wrong end of a three-goal comeback. With a trip to the Hockey East championship at stake, UNH jumped out to a 4-1 lead before relinquishing it in the third period and falling, 5-4, to Boston College in triple overtime.
The game was one of the more dramatic college hockey contests in recent memory. Eagles forward Matt Greene appeared to win it for BC in overtime when Wildcats netminder Kevin Regan skated out to play a puck and had his mask knocked off in colliding with Benn Ferriero, leaving him well out of his net to set up the easy goal. Yet after an irate protest from Regan and a video review, the play was ruled no goal, as his mask was off seconds before Greene put the puck in.
Ferriero ended it for good in the third overtime when his shot from the point tipped off UNH defenseman Craig Switzer and in. It was the longest semi-final game in Hockey East history.
Of course, he was singing a different tune after Game 7 last year. After Milan Lucic scored his second goal of the night to make it 3-0, van Riemsdyk recalls the Flyers’ attitude as being pretty atypical of what one might expect given the situation.
“It was kind of a weird thing, because usually you would think that everyone would be panicked and saying, ‘Oh no,’ but everyone was pretty calm. We knew that when we played our game, we were tough to play against, so we just regrouped,” van Riemsdyk said. “Coach [Peter Laviolette] called a timeout, we regrouped, and started playing the game we knew how to play.”
What the team went on to do was something few thought possible. Though he was new to the league, van Riemsdyk could see that.
“That was a lot of fun for us, I’m sure not so much for them,” he said of the game. “We never quit, we gave ourselves a chance every night, and it’s just incredible to think about it.”
Things haven’t been stellar for the New Jersey native this season. After getting off to a disappointing start of four points — all assists — in his first 13 games, van Riemsdyk was benched for four games. Since returning to the lineup, he’s had seven points (4 G, 3 A) in 13 contests
|12.11.10 at 1:21 pm ET|
The Bruins know that Saturday marks the Flyers’ first game back at TD Garden since completing a historic comeback from being down three games to none with 4-3 Game 7 victory that left the B’s dumfounded, confused, and utterly stunned.
They also know that nothing that happens on Saturday will change the past.
The B’s won the first grudge match (if you can call it that) by grabbing a 3-0 win in Philadelphia on Dec. 1, but nothing the team does prior to late April can make up for their postseason collapse. The players see that.
“I think people here are good enough hockey fans to know that redemption comes in the form of the playoffs,” Andrew Ference said. “Obviously, during the season you want to stick it to a team, but it’s a long road and I think people here want to see us play good hockey, want to see us put on a good performance and play to our level.”
Fans will pack the Garden with revenge on their minds Saturday night, and the Bruins are well aware as to why. The players have done everything they could with that Easter Conference semifinals failure: discussed it, tried to forget about it, sought out a lesson in there, etc. The only thing that actually matters is whether they can respond to it.
The idea of responding was discussed plenty in training camp, as Peter Chiarelli, Claude Julien, and the players saw it as the only appropriate — and productive — thing to do. As a result, Saturday night won’t be about conquering the Flyers and calling it even.
“You’re never going to make up for that by beating them in the regular season, but that was the past,” Blake Wheeler said. “We can’t do anything about that now. The only thing we can control is how we play now. If we play well tonight in front of our home crowd and do the things we’re supposed to do in front of them, I think they’re going to appreciate it. That’s all we can control now, is what we do today, tomorrow, and in the future.”
Regardless of what happens in the team’s second meeting of the season, each side will have their memories of what happened when it really mattered.
“I think that if you come away with a win during the regular season, it doesn’t redeem feelings from last year or anything like that,” Ference said. “I think that it should be par for the course that when Philly’s in town, it’s usually a pretty good game.”
|12.09.10 at 9:34 pm ET|
The Bruins got three special teams goals (including Milan Lucic‘s team-leading 14th and 15th goals of the season) and Tuukka Rask picked up his second win as the Bruins defeated the Islanders, 5-2, on Thursday night at TD Garden. The B’s had two empty-netters, with Lucic and Patrice Bergeron providing them.
Brad Marchand scored his third shorthanded goal of the season in the second period when Islanders goalie Rick DiPietro took a gamble by coming far out of his net to play a puck.
The Islanders got goals from Frans Nielsen and Rob Schremp, the first of which came on a shorthanded penalty shot in the second period.
Michael Ryder added a goal of his own in the third period, which like Lucic’s first, came on the power play. The Bruins finished the night 2-for-5 on the the power play. Lucic’s first-period goal was assisted by Marc Savard, as the center picked up his first point since returning from post-concussion symptoms.
Steven Kampfer, making his NHL debut, was solid, opening the game with a big hit on Islanders’ winger Blake Comeau and coming up with a big blocked shot in the second period. He actually ended up getting more ice time than Adam McQuaid, though McQuaid’s five-minute fighting major in the first can help explain that.
WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE BRUINS
– Marchand might soon be lobbying for his teammates to take more penalties so he can score more goals. Three of his four goals this season have come when the B’s have been down a man, and his total is tied with Flyers winger Claude Giroux for the league lead.
– Lucic just finds a way to score. For a guy who never had a huge reputation of getting bounces entering the season, he’s sure as hell gotten them this year. Lucic’s first-period goal hit the post, bounced of DiPietro and in. It also came a game after Ryan Miller managed to let a Lucic shot trickle in past the left post.
– For a team with such a good reputation of scoring when trailing in the third period, it should be noted that they don’t let their opponents return the favor when the shoe is on the other foot. With Thursday’s win, the B’s improved to 13-0-0 when leading after the second period.
WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE BRUINS
– Aside from his poorly executed John Vanbiesbrouck impersonation, DiPietro was quite good, frustrating the Bruins for much of the night, including an incredible save off a Dennis Seidenberg reboun attempt.
Despite his solid play on the night, the Boston University product fell to 3-5-4 on the season.
– As nice as it is to get a shorthanded goal, and the Bruins got their fourth on Thursday, they also allowed their second of the season. The Thrashers are the only team that has yet to give up a shorthanded goal this season.