Despite what seemed like red flags popping up during the Marchand contract talks, the two sides have finally reached an agreement. Marchand signed a 2 year contract, worth 2.5 million per year. This bit of news finally puts to bed the last of the big question marks of the off-season. With training camp opening shortly, the Bruins should be in great shape to compete again, and Marchand will be a big part of it.
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.
In an unfortunate twist, it seems that Bruins center Marc Savard will not be ready to play this season after suffering a season ending concussion 7 months ago. This news means that we’ve likely seen the last for the fiesty but productive center man, as 98.5 The Sports Hub was reporting that it’s likely Savard will retire from hockey. Whether this news is accurate or not, the news of his shut down is saddening.
Prior to his concussion at the hands of Pittsburgh’s Matt Cooke, Savard was a point a game player on the Bruins top line. Following the first concussion, Savard was a shell of himself. Eventually a Matt Hunwick check ended last season prematurely for Savard. I know as a Bruins fan I’m pulling for Savard to recover and get one last crack at playing for the cup, but the prognosis is certainly grim.
It’s been brutally slow on the Bruins News, and I’d rather not post needlessly, which is why I’ve been away for a bit. That being said, I know there’s some die-hard and knowledgeable hockey fans here (most of us are anyways). To those of you who play fantasy hockey, I was interested in running a little bragging rights BR&N fantasy league. If you’re interested, let me know in comments, if I get more than 10, the first 10 to respond will get precedent.
Unrelated to the Bruins I know, but I figured a laugh wouldn’t hurt anyone.
With EA Sports NHL 2012 slated to be released in just over a month (I’m a huge NHL video game nerd…) I thought it’d be fun to revisit the greatest NHL video game commercial of all time.
Lost in the continued coverage of the Stanley Cup victory is the fact that with the retirement of Mark Recchi, the assistant captaincy remains in limbo. With a team chopped down the middle with veteran leadership and rising stars, it should be interesting to see with whom the “A” lands.
The obvious choice, in my mind, and that of many fans, would be to hand the “A” to a guy like Andrew Ference. Despite nagging injury issues, Ference has managed to endear himself to his fellow teammates, and has made a name for himself as a guy who will stand up for anyone on the ice. His vocal leadership and ability to keep his head in the game will translate well along side the stoic leadership of Captain Zdeno Chara and the other assistant Captain Patrice Bergeron.
The issue is far from over here though. Kelly and Peverley have both been mentioned around internet forums, and guys like Milan Lucic can make a strong case, but it remains to be seen whom this team will look towards for leadership in this coming season.
I know you’re probably sick of polls, so this will be the last one for a while.
The Bruins have signed up and comer Poopy McGee to an entry level contract….