Peter Charelli Out Shopping

Peter Charelli made his way to Washington DC for this afternoons Devils/Capitals matchup. With money to spend and the trade deadline still far away the Bruins GM wants to browse.

“Based on need and timing, no, not right now… I went to watch some games because we haven’t been playing a lot of games lately. When you get out there around the league, you can hear a lot of stuff about what’s going on, information other than what you might get in making calls to other GMs.” Charelli told the Herald.

He was also spotted at the Flyers/Penguins game on Wednesday. Charelli is keeping his prospects quiet and anything could happen in the upcoming month as the trade deadline isn’t until April 3rd. Keep it here for any updates.



Pouliot Playing Proficient Hockey in Tampa

Benoit Pouliot signed with the Boston Bruins on July 1st, 2011, after a season with the Montreal Canadiens.

“Pouliot is a player that was drafted quite high and this would be his third team,” Chiarelli said in a conference call with the media Friday afternoon. “We like his skill, we like his size, we think he’d fit in with our team. He’s got a good shot off the wing, he’s still young, we feel he’ll develop, and we were happy to get him at that number.” reported.

After a season with the Bruins, Pouliot played in 74 games, and totaled 16 goals and 16 assists. Only a year later, on June 23rd, 2012, Charelli traded the inconsistent forward to Tampa Bay for a fifth round pick and forward Michael Ouellet.

This trade worked out for Pouliot, who in 16 games with the Tampa Bay Lightning has already netted five goals and eight assists, with a plus/minus rating of 7.

He had nothing but positive things to say about his former team, “It was awesome… they took care of me very good and they pushed me. Everyone pushed me, the coaching staff, all the guys. Just to see how they work hard in practice and in games… It was a great experience, great year.” Eric Russo reported here.

Wishing nothing but the best for Pouliot.

Tim Thomas Trade Bene-Fiscal for Bs.

On February seventh, Tim Thomas was traded to the New York Islanders for nothing. Oh, sorry, for a ‘conditional second round pick’ if the former Bruins plays this season. If Thomas sits this season as he intends, the Bruins get nothing for the trade. However the Bruins look to be on the winning end of this deal, because without Thomas the Bruins gained 5,000,000$ to play with before they hit their salary cap. There is an interview with Peter Charelli here where he talks about it. Most notable is when the Bruins’ General Manager said, “First and foremost, Tim was, obviously, a huge part of our team and said that in all likelihood he wasn’t going to play this year, so he became an asset. Both an asset and a liability…. We were able to trade him and it gives us some flexibility as far as acquiring players, as far as signing some players this year.”

That five million dollars could increase to nine million if the Bruins move concussed Marc Savard onto Long Term Injured Reserve. Savard suffered two concussions in the span of 10months, ending his career in January of 2011. The ex-forward tweets, his handle @MSavvy91 where he posted on October 22nd, 2012:

“For the fans that keep asking there is no comeback in the foreseeable future I miss the game it has given me everything I have today
Trust me I will give back to the game kids hockey, OHL hockey, #illbeback
I do in fact hope there is still a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel to play but that rest on the doctor shoulders so far #nochance
thanks to my fans for all the positive thoughts and encouragement”

With all that space available to the Bruins the table talk has turned to what they should do with this all of this money. One of the most passed around names for the Bruins to consider is the Calgary Flames winger Jarome Iginla.

CSN’s Joe Haggerty said in an article here  that “Iginla would be the exact kind of rugged, hard-nosed winger with size, strength and offensive ability that Bruins management normally covets.” Haggerty then points out that the 35year old player seems to be fading out fo the limelight in Calgary, this season Iginla only has one goal, and 9 assists in 15 games. However the reporter then adds that the trip to Boston could be the motivation this player needs to get back in the game, citing the positive effect Boston had on Mark Recchi and Brian Rolston.

During tonight’s game, the LA Kings vs. Calgary Flames, the Kings tweeted between the 2nd and third periods:

Maybe this forward just needs the right motivation. The Bruins could use more players that actually put shots on net instead of just passing in circles.

Mike Milbury argues on CSNNE’s new show CrossCheck that they would end up paying too much for Iginla with no promise of excellence. Milbury, who played for the Bruins, coached for the Bruins, and has experience as a GM argues in favor of Colorado Avalanche player Ryan O’Reilly who would be “a good prospect and a roster player.”

Haggerty goes on to promote the idea of taking back Michael Ryder from the Dallas Stars. I love this idea personally. The Star had 35 goals and 62 points in Dallas last season and already has the desired chemistry with our players Charelli is desperately seeking. He would be thrown back on the line with Chris Kelly and Rich Peverley where he was when we won the Cup in 11, just bumping Chris Bourque back to the AHL (which really wouldn’t be such a bad thing).

If chemistry is what the Bruins are looking for, another option is to look into Ottawa Senator Daniel Alfredsson. The BleacherReport writer Nicholas Goss wrote “Alfredsson would be an ideal forward for the Bruins’ third line, where former Senators teammate Chris Kelly plays center. Kelly and Alfredsson were together in Ottawa for five-and-a-half seasons before the 32-year-old Kelly was dealt to Boston at the trade deadline during the 2010-11 season.” Goss’ article goes on to quote’s Pierre LeBrun in stating:

“Could Alfredsson be enticed to leave his one and only NHL club to take a shot at a first-ever Stanley Cup? […] The connections, of course, are obvious: GM Peter Chiarelli used to work in Ottawa’s front office and B’s captain Zdeno Chara is a former teammate of Alfredsson’s. If there’s one team that could entice Alfredsson, I’m not sure there’s a better fit than Boston.”

Those are just a few names floating around. Some food for thought as we approach the April 4th trade deadline. If I could make miracles happen, I’d bring Savard back. He had the Bruins power play operating like a smooth oiled machine (or however that phrase goes) and was, for lack of a better word and because I like puns, quite puck savvy.

Since that option isn’t in the foreseeable future I’m going to root for the return of Michael Ryder. Anything could happen between now an April. Who would you like to see dawn a spoked B?


Milan Lucic Leaves Winnipeg

Milan Lucic hopped on a plane this morning, leaving Winnipeg and his team for “personal reasons”. He made the journey from Buffalo to Winnipeg after the Bruins fell 4-2 Friday night.

“It’s personal reasons. He’s gone back to Boston. It’s one of those things that happens every once in a while and we’re all human here,” said Bruins coach Claude Julien. “So he’s gone back to Boston.” (Joe Haggerty reports )

The loss of Lucic brings good news for Jay Pandolfo who is set to play tonight. He has a history on the fourth line, and will play between Thornton and Campbell. Paille is jumping up to the third line and Peverley will be with Horton and Krejci.

These new lines could go either way, but hopefully something will spark and our offense will step up to start getting pucks in net.


Welcome to the Bear Pack Pandolfo

Every Bruins fan who followed the team to their Stanley Cup win in 2011 knows the importance of one seasoned vet, Mark Recchi. This Bruin retired happy after winning his third Stanley Cup, first with our Bruins in only his second full season on the team.

The Bruins tried to replicate the effect Recchi had on their team last season, re-acquiring Brian Rolston from the Minnesota Wild. Rolston retired with the lockout, but it looks like the B’s haven’t given up on how important a seasoned vet can be to a team when they signed Jay Pandolfo.

This thirty-eight year old spent his career with the New Jersey Devils. He was drafted by the team in 1993, and remained until the end of the 2010 season, playing 881 games. In his run with the New Jersey Devils, Pandolfo collected not one, but two Stanley Cup Champion rings in 2000 and 2003.

Pandolfo signed a Professional Tryout Agreement with the Boston Bruins at the start of this season, allowing him to join the Bruins for practice and travel, but not game play. Then on February 12th, he signed a one year two-way contract.

“He’s going to bring us some depth, obviously his role in the last couple of years has been penalty kill and fourth line speed – savvy, veteran savvy – so he’ll have the same role with us,” Peter Chiarelli told the media [x].

Growing up in Burlington, Massachusetts, Pandolfo was a Bruins fan from the get go. “Obviously I’ve been skating with them every day, but now to be officially apart of the team means a lot. I’m really excited about it. It’s going to be fun.” [x].

Borrowing Baby Bruins

During the long three month stretch between the should have been October start date, and the finally happening January 19th start date, my roommate and I found our fix of hockey in the AHL. And with that a pricey new hobby. Going to school in the West-Boonie area of Massachusetts, the Springfield Falcons were in our backyard. Their NHL affiliate is the Columbus Blue Jackets. Who? Precisely. That wasn’t going to happen. We turned of course to the Providence Bruins (And the Connecticut Whale, but that is neither here nor there, and not important.)

Providence was an easy choice, with familiar names such as Torey Krug, Jordan Caron, Carter Camper, Lane MacDermid, and Matt Bartkowski, who all stepped up during the end of the 2012 season for the Boston Bruins. With the start of this half season we are seeing a new wave of Providence faces filling up the Bruins bench.

Chris Bourque is most notable, having played ten of the Bruins 11 games so far, and for being the son of Hockey Hall of Famer Ray Bourque. Bourque this season has totaled one goal and one assist, the goal being a game-winner against the Toronto Maple Leafs on February second. He is filling the role of Benoit Pouliot on the third line with Chris Kelly and Rich Peverley. A spot that was considered for Jordan Caron, but given to Bourque on account of Caron being injured.

Lane MacDermid is a familiar face. He won over many Bruins fans last season when on his first shift, first game, he dropped the gloved against the Rangers’ Mike Rupp. Clearly his attitude hasn’t changed, having dropped the gloves twice in the Toronto game on the second.

Rounding out the Providence faces we’ve seen on the Bruins bench this season are two of Providence’s three top goal scorers, Jamie Tardiff and Ryan Spooner.

Tardiff leads Providence with 24 goals and 10 assists. This 28year old played his first NHL game in Toronto in that same February 2nd win over the Leafs.

Brad Marchand took an injury in that Toronto game, opening up a spot on the roster for Spooner to play on February 6th, 2012 against the team he grew up watching, the Montreal Canadiens. Spooner is tied for first at 34points with Tardiff in Providence with ten goals and 24 assists. Spooner also appeared in the Bruins development camp in 2012.

With the Bruins bench healthy again, that’s all I’ve got on the Providence boys playing in the big leagues. Providence is currently fifth in the Eastern Conference, and after what was a rocky start to their season its good to see they’ve found their legs.

Anyway, keep checking back for more, I’ll be here to keep you informed.


Big Night in Buffalo

With nine games played and only one regulation disater of a loss, the Bruins are looking to redeem their play against the Buffalo Sabers. The boys flew into Buffalo last night, and took to the ice this morning for practice.

Claude Julien is sticking with the line that came up big during Montreal, Tyler Seguin skating with David Krejci and Milan Lucic. Another change is Bergeron centering Rich Peverley and Nathan Horton. Chris Kelly is between Chris Bourque (48) and Jamie Tardiff (68), and the Merlot line stuck together in practice (Paille, Campbell, Thornton).

It could be a big night for Anton Khudobin, the first goalie off the ice from practice.

However Claude is keeping his plans private, telling both goalies to be ready to start. Also mentioning that Marchand, Paille, and Thornton are all game time decisions.

Jay Pandolfo made the trip to New York also, hitting the ice for practice. He has yet to be signed to a contract, but being on a Professional Tryout Agreement means he can travel and practice with the team, just not suit up come game time.

Bruins need to be ready to play the full 60minutes tonight if they want to beat the Sabers. The defense needing to solidify in our own end. Defensive pairs at practice stand as 33-55, 44-27, 21-54, with Johnson playing as the oddman out.

Marc Savard predicts that David Krejci is going to have a big night, and the Bruins will lead by 2.

@NHLBruins Bergeron on tonight vs last loss to BUF: “about having a good start…as soon as we get some momentum, we want to keep it for 60 minutes”^CS
(1:43 p.m. Sun, Feb 10)

Tune in tonight at 7 on NESN as the Bruins seek redemption.