|03.02.10 at 11:51 am ET|
Patrice Bergeron arrived back in Boston and rejoined his Bruins teammates at TD Garden on Tuesday but did not take part in the pregame skate and will not play Tuesday night due to a groin injury.
Bergeron, a member of the Canadian gold medal champion squad, said he initially suffered the injury early in the Olympic hockey tournament and aggravated it in the Gold Medal game.
“I don’t think I’ll be playing tonight,” Bergeron said. “I pulled my groin in the first week of the tournament and it was fine and then the last game it kind of got a little worse. It should be fine but it’s day-to-day and tonight I don’t think I’ll be going.”
All of the other Olympians were on hand for the Bruins skate, including Tim Thomas, Zdeno Chara, Miroslav Satan, David Krejci and Marco Sturm. Bruins coach Claude Julien said he doesn’t expect to limit their minutes because of their participation in the tournament.
The Bruins return to action tonight against Montreal at TD Garden at 7 p.m. The Bruins, with 65 points, stand in 7th place in the Eastern Conference, one point ahead of the eight-place Canadiens.
|03.01.10 at 3:04 pm ET|
BOSTON — Two of the Bruins’ six Olympians returned to practice Monday morning at TD Garden. David Krejci and Marco Sturm were present, while the team expects Zdeno Chara, Tim Thomas, Patrice Bergeron, and Miroslav Satan to return to practice Tuesday morning.
Krejci spoke to reporters following practice and expressed his disappointment that the Czech Republic came away empty-handed and also talked about how hard it was to watch the championship game.
“I couldn’t watch it. I just watched overtime. It’s tough. It’s something I dreamed about — an Olympic medal. It hurts every time I heard about the Olympics.”
Although Krejci came away from the Olympics disappointed, he was adamant about wanting to play in the 2014 Olympics in Russia. There have been reports that the NHL will not allow its players to participate in the next Games. Krejci made it clear that he wants to play.
“I think they should play,” he said. “I think it’s the best tournament ever. If they don’t allow us to play it’s going to be very bad for hockey, but after what they saw I’m sure they’re going to find a way for all NHL players to play.”
|03.01.10 at 12:54 pm ET|
BOSTON — The Bruins skated at their home rink Monday morning in preparation for Tuesday night’s game against the Montreal Canadiens. Tuesday will be the first time the Bruins play a game since Feb. 13, when they defeated the Florida Panthers. Tim Thomas, Zdeno Chara, Patrice Bergeron and Miroslav Satan were missing from practice Monday morning but are expected to be at the morning skate Tuesday.
|02.28.10 at 11:27 am ET|
WILMINGTON — Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli made an appearance at practice at Ristuccia Arena on Sunday and spoke about the trade deadline and what he expects going into the stretch run towards the playoffs. Here is the transcript from the interview.
On how much activity he expects when the roster freeze is lifted at 11:59 p.m. tonight:
It wouldn’t surprise me if there were a few deals tomorrow morning, tomorrow. My guess is that there will be the same number of deals that there always has been. We are in on a couple of deals but there has not been much traction over the course of the Olympic break, but we will see what happens next couple of days.
On how much talk there has been:
Definitely the talk has picked up. The fact that there is nothing pressing and you can’t do a deal, it is not idle chatter but it is more standard discussions. But, at the end of the day you can’t do a deal until tomorrow.
On what the Bruins are doing:
We are in on a couple of things and we will see where they go, otherwise we don’t have a lot of traction on these things.
On what the ideal pickup would be for the Bruins:
Well, obviously, you look at the statistics and it is our scoring. We want to get some type of top-nine forward that has an offensive bent to his game. There are not many out there.
On the type of deal the Bruins would probably end up with:
Yeah, it would probably be a rental. The nature of my discussions to this point, I wouldn’t necessarily name them as “hockey moves” but non-rentals. It is hard now because no one, well, one, there are only four or five teams that are sellers and two, no one amongst the buyers wants to do a significant hockey move right now because they are in a cluster and they don’t want to mix and do something significant to their team.
On trade prices:
Yeah, they are high and will remain high.
What about prices with so few sellers on the market?
It allows those sellers to enter the market at high prices and that is what has happened. That is not a surprise, that is the way that the market has been set.
On what he saw on the four-game road trip before the break:
I thought it was tremendous for the four games. Much like I saw towards the tail end of the losing streak, I saw a lot of good things. I thought we got a little sloppy at the end of the winning streak but I was impressed with the way they won four in a row. That is tough to do. I thought they pulled it together and obviously the results speak volumes in those four games. I like the way they pulled it together knowing there was a break coming. To me that speaks to the synergy of the team too.
On whether the last several games before the break changed his desire to make a move at the deadline:
Well, on its face we need some more goal scoring. But, I also know that if I don’t get it, I know that these guys are better than they are. I would demand that from them and expect it from them. What I saw in maybe the last five or six games, including that four-game winning streak, was more chances, more willingness to go to the net and do all those little things that you have to do. That is quite promising.
On the expected performance of the Olympic players, especially David Krejci:
Well, I am sure it was refreshing to David to go out and not just do well but exceptionally well. It was a change and, as a matter of fact, David has been playing well the last couple of weeks. So, it does not surprise me that he has gone out there and played well. Then I saw his games and he played very well. These guys are going, the guys that are playing yesterday and today, they are going to be tired. You know, so you are going to see that at the start, they are going to be tired.
On how hard it is to evaluate the team during the Olympic break with the thought of trades in mind:
Well, it is hard. But, we have to take a broader viewpoint. You don’t just base it on your last game. The harder thing was talking about your team, talking about your needs with other GMs knowing you can’t do anything. But everyone faces that.
|02.28.10 at 8:26 am ET|
Exactly 50 years ago, on Feb. 28, 1960, the U.S. Olympic hockey team did something that nobody thought it ever could of done.
It won the gold medal.
The setting was Squaw Valley, Calif., and the world was a much different place than it is today. The Olympics were coming into the modern age. Instant replay was used for the first time, television was becoming ubiquitous and computerized record-keeping was taking its first steps.
The world was changing, but some things never truly change. In 1960, the Canadians were good at hockey. So were the Soviets. The countries were destined to battle for the gold medal, damn all other comers.
Heading into the Olympic tournament, the pundits did not give the United States a chance. The media thought the Americans would struggle for fourth place and get steam rolled by the Harry Sinden led Canadian team.
“You could count, on one hand, the number of times that the United States beat Canada in the Olympics,” 1960 coach Jack Riley said when interviewed for the documentary “Forgotten Miracle” last June.
|02.27.10 at 7:59 pm ET|
The compliment to the puck moving defensemen are the boys who patrol the blue line and deliver more bruises than points. Size is an important quality to have in a NHL defender corps and in that department Mark Stuart and Johnny Boychuk deliver.
Stuart — The 2003 Bruins first round draft pick has been a model of consistency since breaking into the NHL full time in the 2007-08 season. He has played in all 82 games two years in a row and delivered solid, though not spectacular numbers.
Stuart falls into line with what late first round picks are usually supposed to do — become steady professionals and productive members of their teams. He spent three years at Colorado College picking up polish before making his Bruins debut in the 2005-06 season and after a two seasons spent on the highway between Providence and Boston finally cracked in as a regular.
Stuart is solid and at this point in his career could probably fit into any defensive second pair in the league. That was not the case until recently though as last year it was hard to judge whether he was a third defenseman or rather a fourth or fifth. At times he played like each. Before breaking his finger when he caught his finger in Wayne Simmonds jersey on Jan. 31, he was playing much more like a third defenseman than ever before in his career.
“I thought he was playing some of his best hockey,” coach Claude Juliens said of Stuart on Saturday. “Whether it was coincidence or whether we moved him up and given him more minutes. We really wanted to see how he would react to that and he did a great job of it and we needed that at the time. It was unfortunate, I thought he was playing some of his best hockey the last three or four games before he got injured.”
|02.27.10 at 5:29 pm ET|
The second to last installment of our Bruins breakdown at the break focuses on the portion of the team where the Bruins never seem to have enough — puck moving defensemen.
This group, consisting of Andrew Ference, Dennis Wideman and Matt Hunwick has not been the bright and shining beacon of hope that the Bruins would like to see from three relatively talented individuals. Injury and inconsistency has the Bruins thinking a trade for another puck mover at the deadline might be in order for the second year in a row.
Ference – The problem with Ference is that his body is a ticking time bomb. He has not played in 60 games in a season for the Bruins since being acquired from the Flames in Feb. 2007. He played in 82 for the Calgary in 2005-06 and a combined 80 between the Flames and Bruins in 2006-07. Since then the his high is 59 for the Bruins in 2007-08. With 46 games played so far this year and 22 left to play, there is a chance for him to actually play in most of the Bruins games this season.
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