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Bruins Beat: Which B’s Will Play in the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games?

Patrice Bergeron with Team Canada during the 2010 Vancouver Olympic games

Patrice Bergeron with Team Canada during the 2010 Vancouver Olympic games

With the announcement coming a couple of days ago confirming NHL players being allowed to compete in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics; It is no surprise to see various countries release their Orientation Camp rosters. So far Canada, the USA, Finland, Sweden, and Russia have released their rosters, with more of the less prominent hockey countries to follow in time.

It has already been announced that Bruins’ coach Claude Julien will be a part of Canada’s coaching staff along with Detroit’s Mike Babcock at the helm. Bruins’ General Manager Peter Chiarelli has also been named to Canada’s management as well, but what about the players? Which Bruins were invited to these camps, and which ones are likely to play in the games?

Patrice Bergeron played for Canada in the 2010 Vancouver games, and he took home a gold medal while doing so. It was a bit of a surprise to see Bergy get named to the team given the lack of recognition he has gotten seemingly his whole career. We in Boston knew the type of player he was, so it may not have been a surprise to us, but to the rest of the hockey world it is a different story. Now that he has been invited to Canada’s orientation camp this time around, it comes as no surprise to anyone, as his performance over the last few seasons has elevated his status as one of the game’s elite. Bergeron is a member of the triple gold club (Olympic Gold, World Championship Gold, and a Stanley Cup).

Joining Bergeron at Canada’s orientation camp this time are Brad Marchand and Milan Lucic. To me, Marchy is a bit of a surprise given the fact that every player on Team Canada is usually an elite player. Marchand is great, but his invite surprised me. I think he brings a lot to the table, but I honestly can’t see him getting the nod here to join the team when it is finalized. Despite my surprise, it is still quite the honor for the feisty winger, and it is possible I am underrating him here. It should also be noted that Marchand does have two gold medals with Team Canada from 2007 and 2008 World Juniors.

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10 Bruins Games To Circle On Your Calendar For Next Season


Former Bruin Tyler Seguin arrives in Boston on for the first time since being traded

Former Bruin Tyler Seguin arrives in Boston on November 5th for the first time since being traded to Dallas

The NHL released 2013-14 regular season schedule yesterday, and those eager to see their beloved Boston Bruins back in action won’t have to wait very long. In fact, those very fans can start circling games on their calendars by taking a look here at next season’s schedule. Here are ten games that might catch your attention.

October 3rd, 2013 Vs. Tampa Bay Lightning: This is the Bruins home and season opener. Fans in attendance will likely get treated to a bittersweet banner raising regarding the Eastern Conference crown. Boston fans will also get a look at a much different team than they had last season. Gone are Tyler Seguin, Rich Peverley, Jaromir Jagr, Andrew Ference, and Nathan Horton. In are Loui Eriksson, and Jarome Iginla as well youngsters like Niklas Svedberg, Dougie Hamilton, Torey Krug, Matt Bartkowski, as well newbies Matt Fraser, and Reilly Smith possibly making a impact with the big club next season. It may not be a match up for the ages, but it is the start of the Bruins’ season. This game can’t come fast enough.

October 5th, 2013 Vs. Detroit Red Wings: What better way to invite the winged wheel to the newly title Atlantic Division than with a thorough beating in Boston? The Bruins welcome the Detroit Red Wings to Beantown on this night for the first time under the new realignment. It is always a treat to see two original six franchises go head to head, but is also adds intrigue given the fact that Daniel Alfredsson spurned the B’s in favor of the Wings. This division is now loaded with original sixes. Let’s start the year off right with a clash of legendary NHL franchises.

November 5th, 2013 Vs. Dallas Stars: This game marks Tyler Seguin’s (and Rich Peverley’s) first game back in Boston since the controversial trade following the 2013 NHL Draft. It will be weird seeing the former Bruin suit up for a different team, but questions over his dedication and maturity cloud the reality of the situation, which is the current window the Bruins have with the current core. It was a risky deal that Peter Chiarelli pulled, I believe he made the right call, but this game will be our first glimpse of whether or not he was right.

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Bruins Beat: Taking A Look At Tuukka Rask’s New Extension

The Boston Bruins have signed goaltender #40 Tuukka Rask to an 8 year extension worth $56 million

The Boston Bruins have signed goaltender #40 Tuukka Rask to an 8 year extension worth $56 million

The Boston Bruins have signed Tuukka Rask to an extension today at 8 years $56 million. The colossal deal will give Tuukka $7 million per season up until the 2012 NHL season. With the deal, Rask becomes tied with the Nashville Predator’s Pekka Rinne in being the highest paid goaltender in the entire league.

The news broke out of Boston late in the evening today after it had been rumored for weeks that the B’s were indeed close on resigning their young superstar goaltender to extension. Rask signed a 1 year deal prior to the start of last season to prove to the team that he was a legitimate starting goaltender. It was a ballsy moving considering the ways it could have backfired on him, but he came out in the 2012-13 lockout shortened season and put on a show.

During the regular season Rask put up an impressive line of 19-10-5, with a .929 save percentage, a 2.00 goals against average, and 5 shutouts. In the playoffs he was even better. In all 22 of the Bruins’ playoff games he had a line of 14-8-3, a ,940 save percentage, a 1.88 goals against average, and 3 shutouts.

It is a forgone conclusion that had the Boston Bruins won the Stanley Cup, Tuukka would have won the Conn Smythe.

So is this deal a good move for the B’s? Yes, I believe it is. The money is right, though steep. Some may argue it is too much for a player who has only really had one successful starting season (a lockout shortened one at that), and I think it is a fair argument. However, I think any one who is disappointed with the cap hit was living in a fantasy land. Rask has easily established himself as a top 5 goaltender in the NHL, and guess what? Top 5 goaltenders get paid.

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Closing The Book On The Boston Bruins 2012-13 Season

Thanks for the great year guys. See you next season

Thanks for the great year guys. See you next season

The sting of losing the Stanley Cup at home is likely still resonant for all Bruins’ players, personnel, and fans alike. The B’s word about a minute away from forcing a game 7 in Chicago, but the Blackhawks scored two goals within 17 seconds of each other and captured their 5th title in the process. Boston went home empty handed after such a magical run to the Stanley Cup finals. It is a tough pill to swallow, but hopefully time will heal these wounds, and hopefully everyone will realize how fortunate they were to see this team back in the finals for the second time in three years.

We as fans got to see a plethora of excellent performances this season. Tuukka Rask finished in the top 5 in Vezina voting. He had a remarkable year despite the questions surrounding him, with a line of 19-10-5, a 2.00 goals against average, a .929 save percentage, and 5 shutouts. He seemed up to the challenge in the postseason as well with 14-8-3 record, a 1.88 goals against average, and a .940 save percentage, and three shutouts. Rask is going to get big money in the offseason, and he will be Boston’s net minder for years to come.

Patrice Bergeron was the team’s MVP this season, and in the playoffs. His performance may not have been as obvious as Rask’s, but his willingness to do all the necessary things, big or small, for the Bruins was important. In the regular season he scored 10 goals, 22 assists, and a +24 in 42 games. In the playoffs he scored 9 goals, 6 assists, and a +2 in 22 games. Bergeron also led the NHL in faceoff percentage from the start of the regular season to the end of the Stanley Cup Finals.

Bergeron unfortunately finished second in the Selke voting, but you will never be able to convince me that there is a better two-way player in the NHL. Bergy is a warrior, and he is currently in the hospital after playing through several significant injuries during the Finals. This guy gets it.

Milan Lucic totally turned his season around after a lackluster playoff appearance. He scored 7 goals, 12 assists, and a +12 during the Bruins 2013 playoff run. It was quite the turnaround for Lucic after struggling to find consistency for most of the regular season. He is currently the Bruins’ highest paid forward, and the playoffs gave him the opportunity to look like it. Fortunately for himself, and all of the fans; he took the chance and ran with it.

David Krejci and Nathan Horton both held onto their “playoff performer” titles by exceeding expectations in the postseason. Krejci is usually the subject of most trade rumors out of Boston. Hopefully his performance of 9 goals, 17 assists, and a +13 in 22 playoff games will keep him of the rumor monger’s trade floor.

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Stanley Cup Final: Blackhawks Take 3-2 Series Lead On Kane’s Big Night

Chicago Blackhawks forward #88 Patrick Kane was the difference in game five with 2 goals

Chicago Blackhawks forward #88 Patrick Kane was the difference in game five with 2 goals

Last night’s game 5 effort from the Boston Bruins was nothing short of a massive disappointment. They failed to put any consistency together, and they looked more like the mediocre team they were during the regular season, as opposed to the elite defensive team they have been in the postseason.

Chicago’s Patrick Kane had a big night scoring 2 goals for his club. His first goal was a lucky bouncy off of a Johnny Oduya rebound. The rebound bounced to Kane, and he tucked it in past Rask to make it 1-0. It was a tough goal to give up considering the fact that it was late in the period, and the Bruins were in pretty solid shape before the goal.

Both teams traded chances in the first period while the Bruins outhit and outshot the Hawks. Unfortunately the B’s were not rewarded, and they entered the second period down a goal.

The second period didn’t go the Bruins’ way either, as Kane struck for his second with a bottle popping backhand. Rask was essentially helpless on the goal. Bryan Bickell circled around the net and put the puck in front of Rask. Zdeno Chara played the man instead of the puck, and allowed Kane to scoop up the freebie and lift it over a sprawled out Rask. This goal really deflated the Bruins it seemed, and the Hawks carried the play for the rest of the second.

Patrice Bergeron also left the game in the second period, and he did not return. It was later reported that he had left the arena for treatment at a local Chicago hospital. It is unclear as to what the severity of the injury could be, but the fact that he had to go to the hospital is not a good sign.

The start of the third period provided some hope for all the fans who suffered through the pathetic first two frames. Chara absolutely bombed a shot past Corey Crawford (glove side again) early, and the Bruins got some serious life out of it. They began taking it to the Hawks like we have been accustomed to seeing. Unfortunately the pressure could not be sustained with the loss of Bergeron, and Claude Julien’s desperate attempts at mixing up his lines.

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Yeti Watch: Carl Soderberg Practicing With Bruins 4th Line



It would appear as if my prayers are finally being answered. It is very rare that I bash a player on the team I love so much, but to me, Kaspars Daugavins isn’t much more than a depth winger. He has consistently played poorly in the very limited ice time he has received in his playoff games, and he blew a big time chance to win game one for the B’s. Quite frankly; he needs to go.

Enter “The Yeti”… or Carl Soderberg. The Yeti is his nickname, and I am unsure of where it came from, but I would guess that it is a reference to the many years it took for him to finally come to the Boston Bruins. He is more or less Peter Chiarelli’s white whale, but in this case Peter did what Ishmael could not; he brought him to Boston.

Soderberg signed a 3 year entry level deal worth roughly $1 million per season. He appeared in 6 games during the regular season and had 2 assists with a -2.

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