|Tomas Kaberle signs with Hurricanes||07.05.11 at 4:51 pm ET|
“Tomas is one of the top puck-moving defensemen in the NHL and power-play specialist,” Carolina GM Jim Rutherford said on Tuesday. “He has had a good career and is now a Stanley Cup champion. We welcome him to Carolina and look forward to his contributions to the Hurricanes.”
The defenseman was acquired by the Bruins on February 18 from the Maple Leafs in exchange for center Joe Colborne, the Bruins’ 2011 first-round pick, and their 2012 second-rounder. Kaberle struggled during his time in Boston, though he did match Dennis Seidenberg for the team lead amongst defenseman in postseason points. The four-time All-Star is the second member of the Stanley Cup winners to leave via free agency in the past week, as Michael Ryder inked a two-year, $7 million contract with the Dallas Stars last Friday.
|Cam Neely: Cooke suspension ‘sent message’||03.23.11 at 5:44 pm ET|
Bruins president Cam Neely was a guest on The Big Show on Wednesday, and discussed a variety of topics, including the suspension of Matt Cooke and the progress of Tyler Seguin. But Neely was first asked what kind of team he feels he has with this Bruins squad. The Bruins had posted a 1-3-3 mark in the last seven games before Tuesday night’s 4-1 win over the Devils.
“What you see with our team is more the way we played last night and other games — I’m not going to say every game during that seven-game winning streak — but the Calgary game, the Vancouver game, a couple of other games, when we play as disciplined as we do, within our structure from our end out and get the goaltending we did those games that’s generally the makeup of our team,” said Neely. “Then when you see us play we have prior to last night I see it as not having the commitment and work ethic. We are a team that when we work really hard play really well.”
As for the seven-game struggle that preceded the win on Tuesday, Neely feels the large majority of blame must go to the players, and not the coaching staff.
“It falls on everybody, really, but mainly it falls on the players,” said Neely. “I’ve said this for a long time, said it when I played. You may not play well every night, but you can work hard every night. And if the work ethic isn’t there — not just in sports, but anything — the results aren’t going to be what you want. And the coach can talk, the captain can talk, but the players themselves have to be prepared to work hard. And we weren’t working as hard as we could, or should, to bring us success.
Tyler Seguin has been a healthy scratch six times this season, but his play has improved of late, even earning some time on the power play. Neely was asked if he’s been pleased with the performance of the second overall pick of the 2010 draft.
“You have to remember, this is a kid that dominated in the OHL,” Neely said of Seguin, who has 11 goals and 11 assists in 65 games this season. “The education process for him, to be able to watch the game and understand and see at the level that these guys are playing at, and how quick the game is and what you have to do to compete and battle for loose pucks. Those are all learning experiences. ‘¦ These are all things that Tyler had to learn and has learned, and will continue to learn. So it’s been nice to see his development over the last little while, now he’s shown he has the poise and patience and compete to be on the second unit of the power play. And with his hands, and skills, it’s something that we’ve hoped that he could get there and he has. He’s played much better the last couple of games and, quite frankly, the timing couldn’t be better for us.”
The NHL suspended Penguins forward Matt Cooke for the final 10 games of the regular season plus the entire first round of the playoffs on Monday, the fifth suspension in Cooke’s 12-year career. Neely felt the ruling from the NHL is a game changer when it comes to punishment for illegal hits.
“I’m not surprised at the length of suspension the league handed down,” Neely said. “Obviously Pittsburgh was one of the more vocal teams about trying to get this stuff out of the game. Cooke is a multiple offender for various things, and got suspended a number of times. Didn’t surprise me at all and I think it sent a clear message to the rest of the league that flagrant is not going to be tolerated and you are going to pay the price. The accidental hits are when you get into a gray area, but this particular hit you can tell wasn’t accidental.”
|Bruins acquire Anton Khudobin from Minnesota||02.28.11 at 6:03 pm ET|
The Bruins acquired goaltender Anton Khudobin from the Minnesota Wild in exchange for defenseman Jeff Penner and the restricted free agent (RFA) rights to forward Mikko Lehtonen.
Originally drafted by the Minnesota Wild in the seventh round (206th overall) of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, Khudobin has appeared in six career NHL games, all with Minnesota. He has a 4-1-0 record, a 1.39 GAA and a .955 save percentage with one shutout.
Penner, a 23-year-old native of Steinbach, Minnesota, has 5-14=19 totals with 30 PIM in 57 games this season with Providence. At the time of the trade, he led the P-Bruins in plus/minus with a plus-10 rating. He has appeared in two career NHL games, both during the 2009-10 season with Boston, and had no points or PIM. Penner was undrafted and played one season of collegiate hockey with the University of Alaska-Fairbanks. In 207 career AHL games, all with Providence, he had 22-60=82 totals with 108 PIM.
Lehtonen has spent this season with Skelleftea HC of the Swedish Elite League. In 52 games, the 23-year-old has 29-27=56 totals and 32 PIM. Minnesota will now own his NHL restricted free agent rights. He has appeared in two career NHL games, both with Boston, and he has no points or PIM. The 6’3’, 196-lb native of Espoo, Finland was originally drafted by the Bruins in the third round (83rd overall) of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.
|Recchi: ‘We have to win Thursday’||12.21.10 at 11:17 am ET|
Mark Recchi was a guest on the Dennis and Callahan show on Tuesday, the morning after his club was blanked 3-0 by the Anaheim Ducks at TD Garden. The Bruins were booed by the home crowd throughout the contest and head coach Claude Julien admitted after the game that he was “really disappointed” by the effort his team, who have won just once in its last five games.
Recchi was asked about the loss and the lackluster play of the Bruins of late.
“You can’t have those games,” said Recchi of Monday night’s performance. “We know it’s 82 games, but the compete level has to be there every night. It’s something we as a group have to address and keep getting better at. We know it’s 32 games in and we still have an opportunity in the next couple of weeks to jump into first place and in our division. But we can’t seem to make that jump right now and that’s something that’s going to be very important in the next little while. We have a really tough stretch coming up. We have to win Thursday.”
When asked why he considered a December game against the Atlanta Thrashers a must win, Recchi pointed to the schedule.
“We go on the road for five games [after the home game vs. Atlanta] and it’s not an easy road trip,” said Recchi. “Lot of travel, so yeah it is [a must win]. But we’ve been pretty good on the road, and sometimes it can bring you together ‘¦ but Thursday it a must win for us right now.”
Claude Julien has been a target for fans and some in the media, who wonder if a coaching change would help shake off the recent doldrums for the Bruins. Recchi was asked if that was the solution or if it was more a matter of the players stepping up.
“Well it’s up to us, to the players,” said Recchi. “This [the recent play] is something we have to address. Obviously there are some things that coaches can do. Claude’s a very good coach and there are certain things that he has to address and we as players support him. And that’s what is going to go on for the next couple of days. There’s some concern, absolutely, but it’s something that can be fixed. We’ve shown that in stretches that we can be a formidable team to play, but it has to be every night.”