July 14, 2011
It’s been a few days since anything of consiquence has happened in the Bruins world. But today the Bruins announced that Adam McQuaid, or Darth Quaider for you who aren’t fans of brevity (The Dude abides…) to a 3 year contract extension through the 2014-15′ season. McQuaid built up a cult following through solid defensive play, and the ability to personify what the Bruins were about as they marched to the cup.
McQuaid looks to build off his first full NHL season by bettering the 3-12-15 line he put up through 67 games. The Quaider also spent 96 minutes in the box (many of the 5 minute fighting variety) and lead all NHL rookies with a plus 30, also 5th in the league.
The Bruins also signed Craig Cunningham to an entry level contract, and signed Zach McKelvie to a 1 year deal.
May 14, 2011
Patrice Bergeron had a light skate prior to the Bruins regular team practice this morning. Bergeron has had no set backs and continues to progress after suffering a concussion against the Flyers. If all goes well Bergeron may be available for game 5.
Adam McQuaid will be in the lineup tonight after suffering a neck injury against the Flyers. McQuaid hurt his neck when he went all out to hit cheap-shot artist Mike Richards. McQuaid will skate with Tomas Kaberle.
Steven Kampfer has begun light skating and is progressing in working his way back from a knee injury. Kampfer has not been cleared to play but is expected to be ready sometime this series. Kampfer will most likely serve as the seventh defenseman over Shane Hnidy.
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:
February 28, 2011
Dennis Wideman has been traded from the Florida Panthers to the Washington Capitals for a third round pick and forward Jake Hauswirth. The up-tempo, offensive minded Capitals system may suit Wideman very favorable. Also going to the capitals is Marco Sturm, who was claimed off waivers on Friday.
Former Bruin and one time 40 goal scorer, Brad Boyes, has also been traded back to the Northeast Division. Boyes goes to Buffalo for a second round pick. Also making news today is defenseman Mark Stuart who was inked to a 3 year $5.1 million contract extension.
February 22, 2011
Steve Kampfer and Daniel Paille will be the healthy scratches for tonight’s game against the Flames. Tyler Seguin is expected to skate as a winger on the fourth line. Tim Thomas will get the start in net. Newly acquired forward Rich Peverley will also be in the lineup and will be wearing #49.
February 18, 2011
The Bruins have acquired Tomas Kaberle from Toronto for Joe Colborne, their 2011 first round pick, and a conditional pick in 2012. The conditional draft pick will be a second rounder if Kaberle resigns in Boston or if the Bruins make it to the finals. In the end this deal could turn out to be two firsts (Colborne 15th overall in 2008) and a second for Kaberle, which seems like a vast overpayment for a defenseman like Kaberle.
The Bruins have also landed Rich Peverly and Boris Valabik from Atlanta for Blake Wheeler and Mark Stuart. Peverly is under contract at $1.325 million for this season and next. Peverly can play wing and center and is an upgrade over Wheeler both offensively and defensively. Valabik is under contract this year at a $762,500 cap hit. He is a restricted free agent next season. Taking a shot on the 6’7” 245 lb defenseman is a good risk to take. He will report to Providence. The Bruins win big in the Atlanta deal.
Now the question is what happens on that third line? Does Tyler Seguin find himself watching from the press box again, sitting in favor of Daniel Paille? Does Julien bump Horton down to the fourth line? Here’s a potential look:
February 13, 2011
After an embarrassing performance on Friday night against the Redwings, Claude Julien is hoping getting fresh legs in the lineup may result in a better showing in today’s rematch. Tyler Seguin will be back in the lineup and centering the third line. Good news though, this is the fourth and final game of Daniel Paille’s suspension, meaning the veteran winger will probably be back in the lineup while Seguin and Hamill can “learn” from the press box. Mark Stuart is playing in place of Steven Kampfer and is expected to skate on the third pairing. Kampfer, the rookie defenseman and an Ann Arbor Michigan native with over 50 family members and friends in attendance, will be a healthy scratch for the first time in his NHL career.
UPDATE: Zach Hamill was sent to Providence following the loss to Detroit.