|Bruins prepare for emotional return to action||04.17.13 at 12:41 pm ET|
Wednesday will be an emotional night at TD Garden, as the Bruins’ contest against the Sabres marks the first professional sporting event in Boston since Monday’s bombings at the Marathon.
“We don’t only need to be ready, but we need to show that we want to support everyone in the city,” Daniel Paille said after Wednesday’s morning skate.
The security was ramped up at TD Garden Wednesday, with all entrants being tested with a security wand and having their bags checked thoroughly. Additionally, the Bruins’ helmets now have “Boston Strong” decals on the back.
It isn’t the game-day experience everyone’s used to in which you go to the morning skate, go home and come back to play a game with the rest of one’s everyday life sprinkled in. It’s amplified and it’s more emotional because the seconds spent off the ice are occupied by dealing with Monday’s events. The important thing, Claude Julien said, is that the Bruins use their emotions for good Wednesday night.
“It’s a natural thing to still be emotional, but yesterday’s practice had a lot of energy. Today’s skate, we seemed to be showing a lot of energy,” Julien said. “The only thing left is to bring it to the game and really put it in the right place where we can do what we want to accomplish.”
What the Bruins hope to accomplish is obvious. They want to give Boston not only a distraction from its grieving, but, to quote Brad Marchand from Tuesday, “something to believe in.” They can’t make everything better, but they can help.
“The one thing I sense from our team is we have the ability to maybe help people heal and find some reason to smile again by representing our city properly,” Julien said. “To me, this is a time when you’re proud to be associated with a professional team. Even the NHL and all professional sports. When you look at the support this city’s had from rivals and everything else that are giving us support at this time, it’s amazing. We have an opportunity to make our city proud, and I think we’re all in for it. Hopefully we can do that for the city right now.”
Folks get into the National Anthem every game, but it figures to be an impassioned scene prior to Wednesday’s game. The players have felt the weight of Monday’s events like the rest of the city, so they’ll have to deal with the challenge of keeping it together once they hit the ice.
“Obviously it’s going to be emotional in the beginning, we’re going to show respect, but after that, for the next two and a half hours, we just have to play the game,” David Krejci said. “It’s all we can do to give something to Boston to be happy about.”
|Bruins trade for Jaromir Jagr||04.02.13 at 1:11 pm ET|
The Bruins acquired Stars right winger Jaromir Jagr Tuesday for a draft pick and two minor prospects. The trade is the first Boston has made this season and it comes a day prior to Wednesday’s 3 p.m. trade deadline. The story was first reported by Czech reporter Roman Jedlicka.
In exchange for Jagr, the Bruins will send a conditional second-round pick and young players Lane MacDermid and Cody Payne to Dallas. If the Bruins reach the Eastern Conference finals, the pick becomes a first-rounder.
Jagr, 41, has 14 goals and 12 assists for 26 points in 34 games this season for Dallas. He had 19 goals and 35 assists for 54 points in 73 games last season for the Flyers after spending the previous three seasons in the KHL.
MacDermid, an enforcer, has been up with the Bruins all season but has been a healthy scratch for all but three games thus far. He was not on the ice for Tuesday’s morning skate, with Claude Julien saying it was because he was dealing with a minor injury. Payne was a fifth-round pick of the Bruins in 2012 and is currently playing for the Plymouth Whalers of the OHL. In 66 regular-season games for Plymouth this season, Payne had 21 goals and 24 assists for 45 points.
Prior to the trade, Bruins center David Krejci was asked multiple times about growing up a fan of Jagr, as both hail from what was Czechoslovakia. Now, Krejci could be Jagr’s linemate.
“Obviously, he was the best for a long time,” Krejci said. “He’s still one of the best right now. It’s good to see him still do well at his age. I had posters of him when I was a kid. He was my hockey idol.”
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|Is Jaromir Jagr a fit for Bruins?||at 12:40 pm ET|
David Krejci was asked about Jaromir Jagr at least three times Tuesday morning.
When asked if he grew up idolizing his fellow conuntryman, Krejci responded, “Yes.” He didn’t elaborate. Then he was asked about Jagr again maybe 30 seconds later.
“I don’t know why everybody’s asking me that,” Krejci said. “Is he traded here?”
No, but he could be, according to this tweet. [UPDATE: Jagr has reportedly been traded to the Bruins].
Told the Dallas Stars have decided to trade Jaromir Jagr. My sense is Boston leads the list of front-runners
‘ Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) April 2, 2013
Krejci said he didn’t want to think about potential trades, saying that he needs to be focusing on trying to help the Bruins get points. Eventually, he finally shed some light on the 41-year-old winger.
“Obviously, he was the best for a long time,” Krejci said. “He’s still one of the best right now. It’s good to see him still do well at his age. I had posters of him when I was a kid. He was my hockey idol, and that’s all I’ve got.”
A potential fit in Boston would be interesting for Jagr. In 34 games this season, he was 14 goals and 12 assists for 26 points, so he can obviously still score. He would be a big help to Boston’s power play, which currently ranks 24th in the league with a 15.2 percent success rate.
The question is how the rest of Jagr’s game would fit in with the Bruins. He isn’t exactly known for his backchecking, and in Claude Julien’s defense-first system, that wouldn’t exactly fly. Still, the Bruins need to add some offensive pop after missing out on the real prize of this trade deadline in Jarome Iginla.
So while he isn’t the greatest fit for the B’s, they may not have many other options for top goal-scorers. He’s on a one-year deal and would be a rental player, so the asking price from Dallas needs to be taken into consideration. If Peter Chiarelli can get it done without giving up a significant prospect or a first-round pick, it might be worth it to pull the trigger, but by no means should the Bruins general manager take the package from the failed Iginla trade (Alexander Khokhlachev, Matt Bartkowski and a first-round pick) and offer it to Dallas for Jagr.
|Kaspars Daugavins not at morning skate, David Krejci wouldn’t want a teammate to pull his shootout move||at 12:20 pm ET|
Bruins forward Kaspars Daugavins was expected to have his work visa issues squared away for Tuesday, but he was not on the ice for the team’s morning skate.
The Bruins claimed Daugavins from the Senators last Wednesday, but the Latvian-born player has been unable to get his work visa because the US Embassy was closed from Good Friday through Easter Monday. The B’s had aimed to have everything in order for Tuesday. Whether that will still happen remains unclear.
“I really don’t have that answer,” Claude Julien said. “I know that he was supposed to meet people today because the Easter holiday’s over, so people are back at work, so he [was supposed to be] meeting this morning. I’m not quite sure. We expect him today. Whether it happens or not, I don’t know.”
As for whether Daugavins would be a possibility to play against his former club on Tuesday night, Julien said such a scenario is unlikely.
“I doubt it,” he said. “I’m not going to say no. If he shows up and we feel if we need him, I haven’t talked to upper management about that situation more than, right now they’re trying to get his visa status resolved more than worrying about anything else right now.”
In 19 games for the Senators this season, Daugavins has one goal and two assists for three points. He’s more of a defensive forward, though he is perhaps best known for being an absolute laugh riot with his shootout attempt against Tuukka Rask earlier this season.
Asked about the shootout move, David Krejci says he wasn’t a fan and wouldn’t want his teammate to attempt it.
“I wouldn’t like it if my teammate tried [it], because we know we need points. If he scored, it would be different, but you need points. You don’t want to put on a show. You just try to put the puck in the net and that’s how you go [about it] in a shootout. I thought it was creative — I’d never seen anything like that, but I wouldn’t like it if my teammate tried.”
Daugavins actually scored using the move in the AHL, but he’s just 1-for-4 in shootouts in his NHL career.
Also missing from the morning skate was forward Lane MacDermid, who Julien said “suffered a minor injury.”
|Anton Khudobin shuts out Sabres||03.31.13 at 10:08 pm ET|
The win was Boston’s first in their last three games and gave them 48 points, which puts them one point behind the Canadiens for the Northeast Division lead. Both teams have played 34 games.
The game was scoreless through the first two periods before Krejci got the Bruins on the board by burying a rebound from a Horton bid in front. Matt Bartkowski sent the pass to Horton in the zone to set up the goal, giving him his first NHL assist in 12 career games. Horton made it 2-0 shortly after by beating Ryan Miller in front off a feed from Krejci. Horton now has goals in three straight games and has 11 on the season.
Khudobin made 26 saves in the victory.
The Bruins will return to Boston and host the Senators Tuesday at TD Garden.
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|Bruins assign Ryan Spooner to Providence||03.24.13 at 11:25 am ET|
The Bruins assigned center Ryan Spooner back to Providence Sunday. Spooner, who was recalled Monday following David Krejci‘s knee injury against the Penguins, played in the last three games for the Bruins.
Spooner, a second-round pick in 2010, didn’t collect a point in his stint with the B’s and has no points and an even rating in four NHL games this season.
|David Krejci returns for Bruins, Rich Peverley a healthy scratch||03.21.13 at 7:42 pm ET|
With Krejci returning, Ryan Spooner was kept in the lineup, while Rich Peverley was made a surprise healthy scratch. Spooner replaced Peverley on the third line with Jay Pandolfo and Jordan Caron.
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