Tragedy in the Hockey World

It’s been a rough summer for hockey as we’ve already had the tragic passing of three NHL’ers. Wade Belak, Derek Boogaard, and Rick Rypien all passed away far too young and with too much left to offer this world.

Now, this morning, KHL team Lokomotiv was departing aboard a plane just outside of Yaroslavl, Russia when tragedy struck again. Shortly after takeoff the plane experienced some kind of issue and crashed into the Volga River. On board was the entire Lokomotiv roster, including many NHL alum’s.

The biggest name among them was Pavol Dmitra, but also lost were former NHLer’s Ruslan Salei, Josef Vasicek, and Karlis Straskins. All told, 41 of the 45 people aboard perished.

This tragedy leaves the hockey world in shock and sadness. All we can do now is hope comfort will come to the family and friends of those who lost their lives today.

[Yahoo! Sports Page Story]

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24 Responses to Tragedy in the Hockey World

  1. ELWOPPO says:

    This is getting scary now! Every week its something new!

  2. ELWOPPO says:

    Rookie games tonight and tomorrow againts the Islanders! The B’s won both games last year with Caron scoring a hatrick in game 1 and Ryan Spooner netting two goals including the OT Winner in game 2! They will be playing again also Knight and Big Dougie Hamilton aswell! Lots of talent Boyz should be exciting!!

  3. Haus says:

    Its been decided:Marc Savard will get his name on the cup!!

  4. ELWOPPO says:

    About time! Congrates!!!

  5. Bruins says:

    Spooner’s a stud.

  6. ELWOPPO says:

    Bruins rookie’s win game 1 last night 8-5
    Spooner with 4 pts! Two goals two assists! Good call bruins!!!

  7. Studlycodfish says:

    Just got the new ea NHL 12 and was thinking if anyone on here plays it we should put together a team!! Let me know if anyone is interested!! Go Bruins Go!!!

  8. Studlycodfish says:

    Yes they tweaked it real nice!!

  9. Vince_M says:

    Congrats for Savard on getting his name on the Cup.

  10. bruins4eva says:

    MARCHAND SIGNED 2 yrs 5 mil….2 the first 3 the second….well done…chia…thats a steal

    • Vince_M says:

      Some of the best news of the summer. This and Savard getting his name on the cup made my summer. Really looking forward to the start of the season.

  11. mook says:

    JVR is not worth what he signed for. marchand rocks.

  12. Jefe77 says:

    Great signing by PC…people were expecting 3.5-4, but obviously with the ball in PCs court he gave him something that allows them more room for next years signings.

  13. ELWOPPO says:

    Whoo whooo!

  14. Bruins says:

    Man, who is Marchand’s agent? Lol, what a steal for Chia. And Marchand will still be a RFA at the end of the deal.

  15. Bruins says:

    With Marchand being signed and Savard confirming that he’ll miss the upcoming season due to injury, the Bruins roster has fully taken shape for the upcoming season.

    Forwards – $31,520,833

    Patrice Bergeron – $5,000,000
    Milan Lucic – $4,083,333
    Nathan Horton – $4,000,000
    David Krejci – $3,750,000
    Tyler Seguin – $3,550,000
    Brad Marchand – $2,500,000
    Chris Kelly – $2,125,000
    Rich Peverley – $1,325,000
    Greg Campbell – $1,100,000
    Benoit Pouliot – $1,100,000
    Jordan Caron – $1,100,000
    Daniel Paille – $1,075,000
    Shawn Thornton – $812,500

    Defense – $17,969,167

    Zdeno Chara – $6,916,667
    Dennis Seidenberg – $3,250,000
    Andrew Ference – $2,250,000
    Joe Corvo – $2,250,000
    Johnny Boychuk – $1,875,000
    Steve Kampfer – $852,500
    Adam McQuaid – $575,000

    Goalies – 6,250,000

    Tim Thomas – $5,000,000
    Tuukka Rask – $1,250,000

    Buyouts – $258,333

    Patrick Eaves – $258,333

    2010/11 Cap Overage – $1,130,000

    Injured Reserve – $4,007,143

    Marc Savard – $4,007,143

    22 Cap Hit – $57,128,333
    Cap Space – $7,171,667

    Some may argue that Caron and Kampfer aren’t locks to be on the opening day roster, but I see them as near sure-things due to their NHL-readiness and stints with the team last year.
    This leaves only one spot up for grabs on the Bruins opening day roster. There seems to be five forwards in contention for the spot. Obviously, a lot will depend on their performance in camp, but here’s how I see things shaping up right now:

    1. C/W Ryan Spooner (19, $723,333) – To say that he has been miles ahead of the competition at the Bruins’ Rookie Camp the last two years would still be an understatement. Last season as an 18 year old he didn’t let up in training camp he made it to the last cut for the opening day roster, but lost out to Jordan Caron. The only drawback for him this year (as was the drawback for him last year) is that it’s either NHL or Juniors for Spooner. This, of course, is a major drawback, but I see Spooner at the very least getting the 9-game tryout in Boston, and would not at all be surprised if he lasted all year.
    2. C/W Maxime Sauve (21, $845,833) – The speedy Frenchman has shown goal-scoring ability in both Juniors and the AHL and may get a shot at the big leagues this year. A major concern for Sauve the last couple years has been injuries though.
    3. C Jamie Arniel (21, $701,667) – The defensive forward showed surprising offense in Providence last year but is thought to have limited upside offensively in the NHL. Still, he provides a good defensive presence and looks near NHL ready. He had a one game stint in Boston last year.
    4. C Zach Hamill (22, $1,316,667) – He looks like a bust. He’s in the last year of his rookie deal, so if there was anything that was ever a time to at least try to come near his top 10 draft slot, it would be now. Don’t hold your breath though.
    5. RW Jared Knight (19, $723,333) – He’s one to never count out due to his work ethic, but his chances look unlikely to play in Boston this year due to him being unable to be sent down to the AHL. He has bulked up to over 200 pounds on a small frame and looks like he could handle the physicality of the NHL, but he will probably have to wait at least another year.

    Regardless of which one of these five forwards makes the roster, the Bruins will have between $5,855,000-$6,470,000 to work with this year in cap space.

    Now, we’ll look at the Bruins lineup. These are the positions that seem to be locked:

    Lucic-Krejci-Horton
    Marchand-Bergeron-a
    b-c-d
    e-f-Thornton

    Chara-Boychuk
    Seidenberg-Corvo
    Ference-McQuaid

    Thomas
    Rask

    Players guaranteed a spot in the lineup, but not a specific slot: Campbell, Kelly, Peverley, Seguin.

    Candidates for (a) – Seguin, Caron, Peverley
    Candidates for (b) – Peverley, Pouliot, Spooner, Sauve
    Candidates for (c) – Kelly, Seguin, Peverley, Spooner, Sauve
    Candidates for (d) – Caron, Seguin, Peverley
    Candidates for (e) – Paille, Campbell
    Candidates for (f) – Campbell, Kelly

    So, based on that, here’s my most realistic opening day roster for the B’s:

    Lucic-Krejci-Horton
    Marchand-Bergeron-Seguin
    Peverley-Kelly-Caron
    Paille-Campbell-Thornton
    Pouliot, Sauve

    Chara-Boychuk
    Seidenberg-Corvo
    Ference-McQuaid
    Kampfer

    Thomas
    Rask

    But, here’s my ideal roster (based on Seguin, Caron and Spooner playing well):

    Lucic-Krejci-Horton
    Marchand-Bergeron-Caron
    Spooner-Seguin-Peverley
    Campbell-Kelly-Thornton
    Paille, Pouliot

    Chara-Boychuk
    Seidenberg-Corvo
    Ference-McQuaid
    Kampfer

    Thomas
    Rask

    Caron fills in as a defensive presence on the Bergeron line, but is also capable of chipping in when needed. Seguin is allowed to develop at his natural position. Spooner and Seguin could make a dynamic duo very soon. And then Peverley is the steadying influence on the line. Plus, if Seguin struggles at C, the two can easily just switch it up and this line gains a very good faceoff man. Kelly turns into the best 4th liner in the league, alongside one of the other best 4th liners in the league in Campbell. Thornton resumes his role as the enforcer. Also, this allows the extras to be veterans without wasting any playing time for the younger players.

    • ELWOPPO says:

      Holy Fuck, That was the most indepth post ive ever seen! Good research though! BTW marchands agent is the same guy who represents Luke Schenn and PHIL KESSEL!!! Go figure huh?!

    • mcpuck says:

      I concur with Woppo… I could definitely use some help posting, why not e-mail Matt and see if he could hook you up with Author access. You know the young guys better than anyone here, especially me, so we’d make a formidable team you and I.

    • Jefe77 says:

      Great post! How about giving MCpuck some help this season?

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