|Report – Savard Deal Done||12.01.09 at 11:38 am ET|
The Canadian web site TSN.ca is reporting that the seven-year contract extension for Bruins center Marc Savard is complete. Savard has had spoken with WEEI.com about the deal Monday, saying – “We're getting really close, so hopefully we're going to get it done because this is where I want to be.” The reported contract extension would result in a salary cap hit of $4.2 million to the Bruins each season.
|Practice, yes. Bergeron, no.||11.30.09 at 1:17 pm ET|
WILMINGTON – It was probably just a coincidence that the Bruins decided to reward their assistant coaches with contract extensions just before they will be counted on to pace the team through a stretch loaded with heightened practice time.
After inking assistant coaches Doug Houda, Craig Ramsay and Geoff Ward, goaltending coach Bob Essensa and video coach Brant Berglund to multi-year contract extensions the Bruins got back to work at their practice rink Monday.
They will probably be spending a lot of time there.
Having played 10 games over a 19-day period, the Bruins will have just four games over a 12- day stretch. That means time to work out the kinks at practice and the chance for key players to mend minor injuries.
Leading scorer Patrice Bergeron was not on the ice for practice Monday after being struck by a shot in the leg while killing a penalty seven minutes into Saturday's 4-3 Bruins victory over Ottawa. Bergeron left the ice and the Bruins bench for several minutes before returning late in the period.
Coach Claude Julien said Bergeron had been given Monday off, but the skilled center should be fine for game action when the Bruins host Tamp Bay Wednesday.
'He'll been in Wednesday, no ifs, (ands) or buts,' said Julien. 'It was just maintenance.' Read the rest of this entry »
|Bergeron not skating at B’s practice||11.30.09 at 11:10 am ET|
WILMINGTON – Patrice Bergeron is not on the ice as the Bruins begin practice in Wilmington this morning. Bergeron was struck by a shot in the leg while killing a penalty seven minutes into Saturday's 4-3 Bruins victory over Ottawa. He left the ice and the Bruins bench for several minutes before returning late in the period.
Defenseman Matt Hunwick is also not on the ice.
|B’s extend assistant coaches||11.30.09 at 9:24 am ET|
Several assistants under Claude Julien had reason to be very thankful over the just-completed holiday weekend when Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli extended them to multi-year extensions.
Chiarelli announced on Sunday that the club has signed assistant coaches Doug Houda, Craig Ramsay and Geoff Ward, goaltending coach Bob Essensa and video coach Brant Berglund to multi-year contract extensions.
Financial terms of the deals were not disclosed.
The team’s release is below:
Houda, hired by the Bruins on July 25, 2006, is in his fourth season as an assistant coach with the Black & Gold. He came to the Bruins following three seasons as an assistant coach with the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League. The Amerks had a 125-86-16-13 record over his three seasons as an assistant, including a franchise record 112 points in 2004-05.
Houda was drafted by the Detroit Red Wings in the second round (28th overall) of the 1984 NHL Entry Draft and enjoyed a 15-year playing career. He had 19-63=82 totals and 1,104 penalty minutes in 561 career NHL games with Buffalo, Detroit, Hartford, New York Islanders, Los Angeles and Anaheim. Read the rest of this entry »
|Turn up the volume: Thomas makes amends||11.29.09 at 12:55 am ET|
There wasn’t a bigger Michael Ryder fan in the building before his shootout chance in the first extra round than the man defending the Bruins goal.
Tim Thomas was making his first start since Nov. 14, a span of six games and early and late, the rust showed. He allowed a pair of goals in the first period, including one on the second shot he faced.
But the goal he surrendered to Milan Michalek was a back-breaker. It came with 19.3 seconds remaining from a bad angle-a really bad angle. A angle so bad that Michalek was practically parallel with the goal when he flipped a back-hander on net.
As if the goal wasn’t bad enough, the timing was worse. The Bruins had just fought back with three power play goals to take a 3-2 lead and were poised to take a two-point lead in the Northeast Division.
As it was, the Bruins had to settle for a one-point gain over Ottawa as the Bruins earned two points and Ottawa one for the 4-3 Boston victory. Here’s what it sounded like in the Bruins dressing room.
|Thomas returns for B’s||11.28.09 at 6:56 pm ET|
The B’s have earned 9 of a possible 10 points in their last five games to tie Ottawa for first in the Northeast Division with 29 points.
|Turn up the volume: Tuukka is still a ‘bad’ loser||11.27.09 at 5:40 pm ET|
The good to come out of the Friday’s loss – beyond the effort level without the reinjured Milan Lucic – is they gained a point and now have 29, tied with Ottawa for first in the Northeast Division, one point ahead of Buffalo.
The bad is they still are searching for ways to light the lamp. The Bruins were 0-for-3 on the power play and now have just four goals in their last 24 chances on the man advantage. They are 12-for-86 on the season, 27th out of 30 in the NHL.
Here are some audio highlights from the Bruins locker room and podium following the Black Friday matinee at TD Garden.
- Fresh Links: Sneaky Tough Edition
- Friday Morning Skate: Late Night
- Bruins vs Oilers Recap: Second periods will be the death of us. Bruins...
- Public Skate Third Period: Bruins 3 Oilers 2
- Public Skate Second Period: Bruins 3 Oilers 0
- Public Skate: Bruins vs. Oilers, 9:30PM EST
- Bruins vs. Oilers Preview: Captain Planet Reunion Day