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March 31, 2011

Shawn Thornton will not play tonight because of the injury he suffered in Tuesday night’s game against the Chicago Blackhawks.  In his place, Michael Ryder will return to the lineup.  Also returning to the lineup is Steve Kampfer, who will skate in favor of Johnny Boychuk.  Kampfer is expected to skate alongside Zdeno Chara. 

Possible Lineup

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3 up 3 down

March 29, 2011

UP

1. Tim Thomas. Another solid performance for Thomas as he continues to make him case for the Vezina by posting another shutout. Is it me or the Bruins play differently when Tuukka is in net?

2. Zdeno Chara. Chara scored the first goal of the game on a fortunate deflection. Chara was solid all night especially when playing physical against Jonathan Toews.

3. Brad Marchand. After disappearing for a few games, Marchand looks to have found his form again. When he is skating hard and being aggressive it makes the Bruins a much harder team to play against.

DOWN

1. The Blackhawks. They looked completed uninterested in this game. Although it was their second game of a back-to-back road swing, clearly it wasn’t even close to being their best effort.

2. Rich Peverley. 0-5 on face-offs. Not much else to complain about.


Bruins finally show some life

March 22, 2011

The Bruins pulled out a 4-1 victory tonight over the New Jersey Devils.  After a disappointing streak of games, the Bruins finally showed up and played a pretty solid overall game.  Milan Lucic scored his 30th goal of the season (who needs Kessel?) and Tim Thomas picked up his 30th victory of the year.  Zdeno Chara also snapped a terrible streak that the powerplay has been on. 


Cooke suspended for remainder of the season

March 21, 2011

Scumbag Matt Cooke has been suspended for the remainder of the regular season and at least the first round of the playoffs.  Cooke, is well known for his dirty style of play and his refusal to drop the gloves.  Here is the hit he laid on Ryan McDonagh of the New York Rangers:

Here is a clip of some of Matt Cooke’s other dirty plays throughout his career. The clip is taken from a Penguin’s blog.  Cooke can hide behind that visor all he wants, but one thing is for sure losing $219,512.20 will certainly have an effect on this clown.  Hopefully he learns his lesson.


Marchand suspended two games

March 17, 2011

Brad Marchand has been suspended two games by the NHL for his elbow to the head of R.J. Umberger. Here is the video:


How the Kessel Trade Helped Get Horton and Kaberle

March 15, 2011

Phil Kessel for a 2010 1st and 2nd round pick along with a 2011 1st.  The return so far has been Tyler Seguin and Jared Knight, with the third installment due late June and looking like a top 10, possibly top 5 pick.  But the trade has been more than just those picks.  The Bruins also had their own picks, so they were well stocked up on draft choices. Add that with a fairly deep pool of prospects, and the Bruins had ammunition to make a move.

Bruins fans have always wanted the B’s to make that big move, whether it be Marian Hossa, Ilya Kovalchuk or even the superstud known as Raffi Torres.  But the B’s have shied away, making smaller moves such as Mark Recchi, Steve Montador, and Dennis Seidenberg.  I believe part of the reason for this is that the team did not have a surplus of picks from either being sellers in previous years or just from trades.  The Bruins didn’t want to mortgage the future on players who were purely rentals. If you look at Chiarelli’s track record, he has re-signed both of his major deadline acquisitions in Recchi and Seidenberg, and one has to assume Kaberle is going to re-sign as well.

Right before the draft, the Bruins traded Dennis Wideman, their 2010 1st and and 2011 3rd round pick for Nathan Horton and Gregory Campbell.  Horton was the type of forward the Bruins needed to target.  A young talented guy with a fair contract and locked up long term.  This trade isn’t made though if we don’t have the Toronto picks from the Kessel deal.  Part of the reason why that pick was expendable was because we got Seguin and we had 5 more picks in the first two rounds in 2011.

Fast forward to mid February.  The Bruins traded Joe Colborne, a 2011 1st and a conditional 2012 2nd for Tomas Kaberle. This was the biggest deadline move since Gonchar/Nylander before the lock0ut.  While it was a heavy price, he was clearly the best defenseman to be traded this deadline.  Again, this trade does not happen unless the Bruins have those picks in 2011 from the Kessel trade.

The surplus in picks and young players allowed the Bruins to be more aggressive in a situation where they previously had been shy to pull the trigger.  So not only did Kessel get us Seguin, but also helped us acquire Horton and Kaberle.


Ryder scratched, Seguin back in

March 15, 2011

Michael Ryder is a healthy scratch for tonight’s game against the Blue Jackets. Tyler Seguin will skate in his spot on the third line. This will mark the first time Michael Ryder has been a healthy scratch since joining the Bruins. It also is something new from Claude Julien, who in his tenure with Boston,has never sat an underperforming veteran. He usually takes the easy way out and sits a rookie or second year player. If in fact Ryder is a healthy scratch and not suffering from an injury, then the thought is a good one and something that should have happened to other members of this team years ago.