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Roberto Luongo regrets criticizing Tim Thomas 08.18.11 at 4:10 am ET
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Roberto Luongo is used to be critiqued, but it was his criticism of another that intensified the spotlight already being shined on Vancouver goaltender in the Stanley Cup Finals. Luongo infamously said after the Canucks’ Game 5 win that he would have stopped the Maxim Lapierre goal that B’s netminder Tim Thomas allowed go give Vancouver a 1-0 win. Now, he’s saying he regrets criticizing the eventual Conn Smythe winner.

Speaking with Jean-Francois Chaumont of Radio-Canada.ca, Luongo said in French (translated by Stuart St-Amant of CanucksArmy.com) that if he could go back, he would not make the same comments about Thomas.

“Yeah, for sure,” Luongo said when asked whether he regrets his words. “If I could do it again, I wouldn’t say it. I didn’t want to create the buzz that it did. After the fifth game, I had never been so emotional and I got carried away.”

The differing styles of the technically proficient Luongo and the unorthodox Thomas made for an interesting storyline in the finals. Though Luongo was among those praising Thomas leading into the playoffs, his comments when asked about the Game 5 goal were regrettable. Thomas, whose aggressive play out of the net had yielded complaints from the Canucks for the duration of the series, was just outside of the crease as he tried to stop a shot from Kevin Bieksa at the point. When the shot missed the net wide and ricocheted off the end boards and back in front by the opposite post, Lapierre put it in before the Vezina winner could get back.

“That’s not hard if you’re playing in the paint,” Luongo said at the time. “It’s an easy save for me, but if you’re wandering out and aggressive like he does, that’s going to happen. He might make some saves that I won’t, but in cases like that we want to take advantage of bounces like that and make sure we’re in a good position to bury those.”

While media and fans were drawn to Luongo saying it would be “an easy save” for him, the Canucks goaltender took issue with the fact that his whole answer — in which he said Thomas could make saves he couldn’t — wasn’t being heard. In saying that at the airport the following day, Luongo took things a step further, adding that Thomas had not said anything nice about him despite that fact that he was “pumping his tires.” Thomas abstained from a war of words, but did say prior to Game 6 that he “didn’t realize it was my job to pump his tires.”

In the final two games of the series, Luongo allowed six goals (he was pulled after 8:35 in Game 6), while Thomas allowed two goals, including a shutout in the Cup-clinching Game 7.

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Dennis Seidenberg brings Stanley Cup to Atlantic City 08.10.11 at 8:38 pm ET
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The gamble the Bruins took when they loaded their two best defenseman onto an unstoppable top pairing in the postseason paid off, and on Tuesday one member of that pairing took the Stanley Cup where gambling is the norm.

Dennis Seidenberg, who was among the Bruins’ biggest contributors throughout their run, took the trophy to Atlantic City, where fans took pictures of it and the 30-year-old held a private cocktail party with what NHL.com said was “about 100 friends and family.”

Here’s a video from Caesars Palace, courtesy of NHL.com:

And here’s a picture sent our way from Caesars Entertainment:

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Shawn Thornton says he doesn’t need an ‘A’ 08.08.11 at 3:13 pm ET
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MIDDLETON — On Friday, we kicked around the discussion of which Bruin should receive the second “A” now that alternate captain Mark Recchi has retired. While the opinion here is that it should go to defenseman Andrew Ference, the Stanley Cup champions are deep with candidates.

The two other most deserving candidates in this scribe’s opinion are forwards Shawn Thornton and Milan Lucic. We asked Thornton about the idea of potentially wearing an “A” for the first time in his career prior to Monday’s “Putts and Punches for Parkinson’s” golf tournament at the Ferncroft Country Club, and his response seemingly echoed everything his reputation would suggest: that he doesn’t need anything extra on his jersey to be one of the most respected guys in the Bruins’ dressing room.

“It’s tough to talk about because I don’t know what’s going on. I don’t get talked to about that stuff, so if it happened to be me, the recognition or even the consideration for that is an honor in itself. I haven’t had one in the NHL ever, so it doesn’t stop you from doing your job.

“It’s tough to talk about,” he continued. “Would I like to have it? I guess everybody would, it’s an honor. Do I need it? No, probably not. Whatever the decision is, it will be for the best of the team. There’s a lot of leaders on the team. There’s a lot, a lot of leaders on the team and a lot of guys deserving of it.”

One thing that might prevent Thornton from getting the distinction is the fact that healthy scratches could keep him out of the lineup, as they did once Patrice Bergeron returned in the Eastern Conference finals. Still, Thornton’s selflessness and leadership should definitely have him in the discussion.

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Report: Financially, Marc Savard better off not retiring 08.07.11 at 12:50 pm ET
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Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli confirmed to the Boston Globe’s Fluto Shinzawa what many have figured since Savard was shut down for the season in January: if he retires, he won’t get the money due to him over the six years remaining on his contract. That means he’s better off coming to camp each year, failing his physical, getting his money, and giving the B’s the cap space since he’ll be on long-term-injury reserve.

‘€œIf Savvy retires, he would not be entitled to the benefits of the contract,’€™’€™ Chiarelli told Shinzawa.

By coming to camp each year and failing his physicals, Savard would still make the $21.05 million owed to him. The Bruins would be allowed to exceed the salary cap by his cap hit ($4.007 million) each year, as they did last season when they entered the season over the cap and later added defenseman Tomas Kaberle‘s money with Savard shut down for the season.

Again, this has seemed like the logical route for Savard to take since the season ended. While it may be a bit odd for him to show up each season without having a realistic chance of playing, it would be the smart thing to do financially for Savard and his family. Shinzawa notes that Savard would get the money from insurance, as Alexei Zhamnov did with the B’s.

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Claude Julien has his day with the Cup 08.07.11 at 11:46 am ET
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Bruins coach Claude Julien had his day with the Stanley Cup on Saturday, and he used it to combine some good family time with a day’s worth of sharing. Stops at the Rideau Canal, which is said to have great views of Ottawa, and his family’s home town of Navan, Ontario, were made. After being had by Julien and Peter Chiarelli lately, the Cup is back with the players. Patrice Bergeron has it on Sunday.

Here’s an NHL.com video documenting part of Julien’s day.

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Brad Marchand still singing same tune regarding negotiations with Bruins 08.04.11 at 10:04 am ET
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On July 18, Bruins forward Brad Marchand said that he was confident a deal would be done within a week or two, as the biggest thing holding up the restricted free agent’s negotiations was the fact that everyone was having their fun with the Stanley Cup.

Just over two weeks later, the fact that he is singing the same tune might not be the most positive sign.

“Right now, we’re just kind of getting into things,” Marchand said on CTV Atlantic. It’s been a long summer and people have been on vacation and enjoying the Cup so we’re going to start getting into it pretty heavily here and hopefully we’ll get something done soon.”

And here’s what he said on July 18:

‘€œIt’€™s obviously been a very busy time for everyone with the Cup and everything. We know we have all summer. We’€™re both confident something’€™s going to get done here soon, so I don’€™t think either of us are worried. We know something’€™s going to get done.’€

Either Marchand isn’t heavily involved in the negotiations or there hasn’t been much progress made. Of course, there’s the possibility that he’s just using that answer until his deal gets signed. General manager Peter Chiarelli has been tight-lipped as well, saying recently that he will not comment on progress of the negotiations.

As a rookie, Marchand amassed 21 goals and 20 assists for 41 points. He was huge for the B’s in the playoffs, scoring 11 goals (two of which came in Game 7 against the Canucks) and eight assists for 19 postseason points.

Marchand’s CTV interview is definitely worth a watch. Always a good quote, Marchand touches on everything from winning the Cup to hits to the head to the “mutual respect” he and P.K. Subban have for each other to his status as a hero in Boston and even telling his mother to keep away from the Bruins as a superstition. Steve Murphy, who conducted the interview and referred to Marchand as “champ,” tossed out $2.25 million as a potential annual salary, with Marchand responding, “I have no idea right now what the numbers are or how long it’s going to be.”

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Bruins announce preseason schedule 08.03.11 at 4:13 pm ET
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The Bruins announced their preseason schedule Wednesday, as well as some other notable dates.

The defending Stanley Cup champions are set to begin training camp on Sept. 16 with physical testing, and their first official practice will come the following day. Here is the schedule released by the team:

Monday, September 12 ‘€“ Boston Bruins Foundation Golf Tournament (The International)
Friday, September 16 ‘€“ Full camp opens with physicals and fitness testing
Saturday, September 17 ‘€“ First official on-ice practices
Wednesday, September 21 ‘€“ Boston Bruins at Ottawa Senators, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, September 23 ‘€“ Boston Bruins vs. New York Islanders, 7 p.m.
Sunday, September 25 ‘€“ Boston Bruins vs. Montreal Canadiens (Hailfax Metro Centre 7:00 p.m. local)
Monday, September 26 ‘€“ Boston Bruins at Montreal Canadiens, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, September 29 ‘€“ Boston Bruins vs. Ottawa Senators
Saturday, October 1 ‘€“ Boston Bruins at New York Islanders (Webster Bank Arena, Bridgeport, CT, 7:00 p.m. ET)
Tuesday, October 4 ‘€“ Media Day
Thursday, October 6 (Regular Season Opener) ‘€“ Boston Bruins vs. Philadelphia Flyers (TD Garden, Boston, MA, 7:00 p.m.

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