Bruins interested in Selanne

February 28, 2010

According to the Boston Globe, the Bruins have had talks regarding 39 year old winger Teemu Selanne.  Selanne would be that goal scorer this team desperately lacks.  However, the price tag for a rental player may be steep, and may need to include Mark Stuart and a high draft pick.

If the Bruins could land Selanne for Stuart and a 2nd round pick, I do it in a heart beat.  Mark Stuart is a solid young defenseman but is he really a top 4 defensemen? That’s the question. I honestly do not feel he is.  With his contract expiring at the end of the season, he’ll be due a raise from his 1.5 million dollar salary this past season.  So are the Bruins going to pay Stuart 2 million (or more) a season to be a 5th or 6th defenseman averaging around 15 minutes a night? I certainly hope not.  In this system and current breakdown of next season’s roster, Stuart’s cap hit will simply not fit in with this team (a la Chuck Kobasew this season).  Throwing a young stay at home defenseman (Adam McQuaid) or a veteran free agent (Jay McKee signed with Pittsburgh this season for only 800K) is certainly the way to go when it comes to bottom pairing defensemen.  Then use that money saved to upgrade at forward or in your top 2 defensive pairings.  Although he’s one of my favorite players on this team, it is time to sell high on Stuart.

Selanne Stats:

2009-2010 – 39 games played: 18 goals, 11 assists.

At that pace Selanne would have 39.89 goals over an 82 game schedule.

2008-2009 – 65 games played : 27 goals 27 assists.

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Bruins to add defenseman

February 18, 2010

According to Joe Haggerty of CSNNE and Darren Dreger of TSN the Bruins will add a defenseman once the freeze is lifted. No word on who that may be but Haggerty does not believe it will be Aaron Ward.  Haggerty also says he has heard Dan Hamhuis’ name thrown around in recent days.


Olympic Hockey Schedule

February 15, 2010

Here is TSN’s release of the mens hockey schedule. Please note all times are local (Pacific) time.

PRELIMINARY ROUND
Tue 16.02
A 12.00 CANADA HOCKEY PLACE USA – SUI
A 16.30 CANADA HOCKEY PLACE CAN – NOR
B 21.00 CANADA HOCKEY PLACE RUS – LAT

Wed 17.02
C 12.00 CANADA HOCKEY PLACE FIN – BLR
C 16.30 CANADA HOCKEY PLACE SWE – GER
B 21.00 CANADA HOCKEY PLACE CZE – SVK

Thu 18.02
A 12.00 CANADA HOCKEY PLACE USA – NOR
A 16.30 CANADA HOCKEY PLACE SUI – CAN
B 21.00 CANADA HOCKEY PLACE SVK – RUS

Fri 19.02
C 12.00 CANADA HOCKEY PLACE BLR – SWE
B 16.30 CANADA HOCKEY PLACE CZE – LAT
C 21.00 CANADA HOCKEY PLACE FIN – GER

Sat 20.02
A 12.00 CANADA HOCKEY PLACE NOR – SUI
B 16.30 CANADA HOCKEY PLACE LAT – SVK
C 21.00 CANADA HOCKEY PLACE GER – BLR

Sun 21.02 B 12.00 CANADA HOCKEY PLACE RUS – CZE
A 16.45 CANADA HOCKEY PLACE CAN – USA
C 21.00 CANADA HOCKEY PLACE SWE – FIN

QUALIFICATION PLAYOFF
8 Tue 23.02
12.00 CANADA HOCKEY PLACE QP1
16.30 CANADA HOCKEY PLACE QP2
19.00 UBC QP3
21.00 CANADA HOCKEY PLACE QP4

NOTES:
QP1 – if playing in Qualification playoffs, USA to play in the 12.00 game
QP2 – if playing in Qualification playoffs, CAN to play in the 16.30 game

QUARTER-FINAL ROUND
9 Wed 24.02
12.00 CANADA HOCKEY PLACE QF1
16.30 CANADA HOCKEY PLACE QF2
19.00 UBC QF3
21.00 CANADA HOCKEY PLACE QF4

NOTES:
QF1 or QF4 – if qualified, USA to play in either the 12.00 or 21.00 game
QF2 – if qualified, CAN to play in the 16.30 game

10 Thu 25.02 DAY OFF

SEMI-FINAL ROUND
11 Fri 26.02 12.00 CANADA HOCKEY PLACE SF1
18.30 CANADA HOCKEY PLACE SF2

NOTES:
SF1 – if qualified, USA to play in the 12.00 game
SF2 – if qualified, CAN to play in the 18.30 game

BRONZE MEDAL GAME
12 Sat 27.02 19.00 CANADA HOCKEY PLACE 29 BRONZE

GOLD MEDAL GAME
13 Sun 28.02 12:15 CANADA HOCKEY PLACE 30 GOLD


Give Patrice a look

February 13, 2010

Tonight will be the Bruins last game before the Olympic break.  Patrice Bergeron, who is arguably the Bruins best overall center, will be lining up as a winger this time next week.  It is rumored he may play on a line with Corey Perry and Sidney Crosby. So my theory is, why not give Bergeron a look on the wing before the Olympics?

It seems like the perfect opportunity to do so.  First Satan is out for tonight’s game, leaving Savard without a right wing.  While Paille has been solid all season long and has play well with Savard, we all know his hands are just as bad as P.J. Axelsson’s.  To add to that, before last game Milan Lucic has been invisible since returning from his injury. Having marginal second or third liners play with Savard is a waste.  Second, Julien, as of late anyway, has been limiting the minutes of the fourth  line.  So throwing Begin or Sobotka out there for a few extra shifts couldn’t hurt.  Finally, it will give Bergeron a tune up for wing action before the start of the Olympics. While I am not an advocate of making this a permanent fixture, a one game experiment is worth a shot. Here’s what I would like to see:

Sturm-Savard-Bergeron

Wheeler-Krejci-Ryder

Paille-Sobotka-Recchi

Lucic-Begin-Thornton


Satan injured

February 12, 2010

Miroslav Satan was injuried in the first period after a battle in the corner with Tampa forward Steve Downie.  Satan did not return for the second or third period.  The status of his injury is still unknown but expect him to miss tomorrow’s game.  While Satan hasn’t exactly been lighting it up since the Bruins signed him, he a much better option on the top line over Steve Begin, Byron Bitz, or Shawn Thornton.  With Satan out of the lineup it means either Bitz or Vladimir Sobotka will be in the lineup, most likely  on the fourth line.


Chiarelli not a Kovalchuk fan?

February 12, 2010

In an interview with Felger and Massarotti on 98.5 The Sports Hub, Chiarelli defended his actions to not acquire star winger Ilya Kovalchuk.  Here is what he said:

“People clamored for me to acquire a certain player and we didn’t,” he said. “Well, that team that acquired him certainly hasn’t taken off since they’ve gotten him, and there’s reasons for that. Reasons that we looked into, also.”

I guess that means we won’t be seeing Kovalchuk in a Bruins uniform come next season.