|There is a horse named ‘ThankyouKessel’||12.06.12 at 12:39 pm ET|
As hockey fans await whether the news with CBA negotiations is good or bad, here’s something that will at least make Bruins fans grin.
Bruins fan Joe MacIsaac owns and trained a harness racing horse that runs frequently in Toronto. The name of the horse? “ThankyouKessel.”
“ThankyouKessel” is of course the chant that fills TD Garden whenever the Leafs are in town, as the trade of Phil Kessel to Toronto in 2009 netted the B’s three draft picks that ended up becoming Tyler Seguin, Jared Knight and Dougie Hamilton.
Here’s video of the horse and the owner, from Greg Wyshynski and the fantastic folks at Yahoo! Sports’ Puck Daddy blog.
|Mediator dismissed from NHL/NHLPA case because his Twitter account was really weird||11.26.12 at 6:12 pm ET|
Guy Serota, one of the mediators chosen on Monday to work with the NHL and NHLPA in their labor negotiations, was dismissed from the case later in the day after his bizarre Twitter account was discovered.
The account (User473820), which has since been taken down, featured a stream of tweets, many of which were to the likes of comedian Sarah Silverman and talk show host Craig Ferguson.
One such tweet read, “What does face Sarah is Jewish have to do with her being a terrorist [expletive]? Racist! @SarahKSilverman [expletive] you to hell [expletive] terrorist [expletive].”
In short, the whole thing was super weird and Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service Director George H. Cohen acted quickly by removing Serota.
‘Within one hour after I issued a press release announcing that further negotiations between the NHL and NHLPA would be conducted under the auspices of the FMCS, it has been called to my attention that there are issues involving an allegedly hacked Twitter account associated with Commissioner Guy Serota, one of the mediators I assigned,” Cohen said in a statement. “Accordingly, in order to immediately dispel any cloud on the mediation process, and without regard to the merits of the allegations, I have determined to take immediate action, namely to remove Commissioner Serota from this assignment.’
‘There will be no further comment from the FMCS on this matter.’
The remaining mediators on the case are Scot L. Beckenbaugh and John Sweeney.
|Bruins away from Boston roundup: Tyler Seguin’s dominance continues||11.25.12 at 2:59 pm ET|
With games cancelled through Dec. 14, the Bruins currently playing overseas figure to be there for at least a while longer. Here’s the latest update on how Bruins playing elsewhere (as well as their prospects) are currently faring:
Stats are courtesy of HockeyDB.com or the teams’ websites.
– Tyler Seguin isn’t just a point-a-game player overseas; he’s a goal-a-game player. In 20 games for HC Biel, the 20-year-old has 20 goals and 12 assists for 32 points. According to HockeyDB, he has an even rating, which is pretty surprising given his offensive output.
– Through 12 games for HC Lugano, Patrice Bergeron has nine goals and 10 assists for 19 points and a plus-8 rating.
– In six games for HC Red Ice, Chris Kelly has four goals and three assists for seven points.
– Through 15 games for Prague Lev, Bruins captain Zdeno Chara has three goals and five assists for eight points and a minus-1 rating. Having that rating must be a strange feeling for Chara, as the last season in which he didn’t have a plus-minus of at least plus-14 was in 2006-07, when he was a plus-21 in his first campaign with the B’s.
– Bruins backup goalie Anton Khudobin is having a rather rough go of it for for Moscow Oblast Atlant through 17 games. He has a 3-11-2 record with a 3.09 goals-against average and a .908 save percentage.
– Rich Peverley has four goals and nine assists for 13 points in 17 games for JyP HT Jyvaskyla. He has a minus-4 rating.
– In 16 games for Pardubice HC, David Krejci has eight goals and nine assists for 17 points and a plus-2 rating.
– Playing for Ceske Budejovice for the second time in as many lockouts, Andrew Ference has a goal and there assists for four points. He has 14 penalty minutes and is a plus-2.
– In eight games for Plzen HC, Tuukka Rask has a 6-2-0 record with a 1.85 goals-against average and a .936 save percentage.
Deutsche Eishockey Liga
– Dennis Seidenberg has one goal and seven assists for eight points and a plus-8 rating for the Mannheim Eagles.
– In 14 games for Providence, Ryan Spooner has four goals and eight assists for 12 points and a minus-2 rating.
– Spooner’s buddy, Jared Knight, has been limited to just two games by hamstring issues. He went scoreless in both contests.
– Defenseman Torey Krug, who the Bruins signed last season after he finished his college career at Michigan State, has four assists and a minus-9 rating in 14 games for Providence.
– Back in Niagara for a fourth year because of the lockout, Dougie Hamilton has seven goals and 26 assists for 33 points and a plus-25 rating in 26 games for the IceDogs.
– 2011 third-round pick Anthony Camara has already surpassed his career-high in goals with 19 this season for the Barrie Colts. He’s also added 15 assists for 34 points, which is also a career-best. He has a plus-8 rating for the Colts.
|NHL cancels games through Dec. 14||11.23.12 at 2:53 pm ET|
On a day that was supposed to feature the Bruins’ annual Black Friday matinee, the NHL announced Friday that it has cancelled games through Dec. 14 as well as the league’s All-Star Weekend, which was set to take place Jan. 26 and 27 in Columbus, Ohio.
The league has now cancelled 422 regular season games due to the current lockout caused by the lack of a collective bargaining agreement between the league and its players.
“The reality of losing more regular-season games as well as the 2013 NHL All-Star Weekend in Columbus is extremely disappointing,” NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said in a press release. “We feel badly for NHL fans and particularly those in Columbus, and we intend to work closely with the Blue Jackets organization to return the NHL All-Star events to Columbus and their fans as quickly as possible.”
|Shawn Thornton ‘absolutely pissed,’ calls league’s offers ‘take, take, take’||11.20.12 at 3:16 pm ET|
Bruins forward Shawn Thornton said Tuesday that while he is furious with the lack of progress made between the NHL and NHLPA in negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement, he is trying to be not let his emotions get the best of him. Players such as Ian White of the Red Wings have been outspoken against commissioner Gary Bettman, with White calling the commissioner an “idiot.”
“I’m definitely frustrated,” Thornton told WEEI.com. “I want to be playing, there’s no doubt about that. [I’m] absolutely pissed off that it’s the middle of November, going into late November and we’re still doing this, but I don’t think me badmouthing anyone is going to speed the process up. I’m just trying to not be as emotional as I’d like to be because it just gets me all fired up. That doesn’t really do anything, except when I’m sparring with my boxing coach, and he doesn’t like it.”
Thornton, 35, has been unable to find work since the lockout began. There was some talk of him going to Belfast to play for the Giants (the team the B’s played in 2010 preseason exhibition in a city in which he has family ties), but financial issues arose, likely over who would foot the bill for the insurance policy that would be taken out. Thornton said he is still looking and that he would play in Europe if the opportunity presented itself.
“Nothing’s out there,” he said. “If something comes up I would be more than willing to go. I’d like to be playing by now, but unfortunately it’s the top guys that are getting those jobs.”
Thornton has attended meetings in Toronto, and more recently, in New York. He put his full support behind union head Donald Fehr while getting a shot in at the league’s most recent offer.
“I think he’s done a great job so far trying to navigate through this as best as possible because it hasn’t been easy on the other side,” he said. “I mean, in this last offer, there’s nothing that the players get out of it. It’s just all take, take, take.”
|Former Bruin Stan Jonathan charged in hunting death||11.14.12 at 8:26 pm ET|
Former Bruins forward Stan Jonathan has been charged with criminal negligence causing death in a hunting death.
Jonathan, 57, was deer hunting when he shot and killed Peter Kosid, who was wearing camouflage. According to a CBC report, Jonathan went over after firing the shot and the police were called after Kosid’s body was found.
In his NHL career, Jonathan had 91 goals and 110 assists for 201 points in 411 games. He played parts of eight seasons for the B’s.
|Mark Recchi feels players should take what they can get now||11.13.12 at 3:01 pm ET|
Retired NHL forward Mark Recchi, now a part owner of the Kamloops Blazers (WHL), told the Boston Globe that he feels the locked-out players should accept what the owners are offering and get back on the ice.
Recchi believes that the owners’ offers are only going to get worse over time, so he believes the players should take what they can get now.
‘The longer they’re out, the revenues are going to go down and down,’’ Recchi said. ‘Corporate sponsors aren’t going to be lining up . . . so there goes that money. The schedule isn’t going to be 82 games, I don’t think, at this point. That’s more money lost. So, how are you going to get a better deal? Personally, I think the best time is now.’’
Recchi also said that regardless of how the deal looks for the players in the court of public opinion, the players should realize that these don’t end up as bad as they may look at first.
“The players always get their money,’’ he said. ‘They’re always going to get paid, no matter what. Look at that last deal. We ended up with the cap and everyone thought it was a bad deal. But it ended up great, right? No matter what the system is, or has been, the players get their money. No matter what the contract, the owners always find a way to pay them more. That’s why I say, get a deal and get back in there . . . the money’s always there.’’
Thus far, all NHL games through November, as well as the annual Winter Classic, have been cancelled due to the lack of a collective bargaining agreement between the owners and the NHL players association.