Bruins Burned by Iginla – Penguins Pleased

Incase you missed it, the Bruins thought they had Iginla in the bag. And they did. Until he chose to go to the Penguins.

After the shootout loss the to Montreal Canadiens, the Bruins could have used a pick up. According to anyone you asked it was going to be in the shape of Calgary’s Jarome Iginla. Arron Ward posted late on Twitter that it was a done deal, while many other Bruins reporters already had columns drying, waiting for the confirmation to hit send.

And then it all fell apart.

Iginla is a player that had a no trade clause tied onto his contract, which means he got the final say. And what did he have to say? He wanted to go to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Why? Because that was his best shot as a Stanley Cup.

Sorry you didn’t want to have to work and fight for a Stanley Cup with the Bruins bud, but ride to victory on Sidney Crosby’s shoulders. Newsflash, it takes heart to win, not a sharp shooter (Cough Tampa Bay, cough).

Peter Charelli wanted the story to be told to upset Bruins fans, so the Bruins twitter offered his side of the story:

“We were informed around noon yesterday [Wednesday] that we had the player, we won the sweepstakes, so to speak. He just had to talk to Jarome and his agent regarding the logistics of everything.” Peter Charelli told the media.

Ignila decided then that he would rather go to the Penguins, who offered much less for him. The Bruins were ready to give up their first round draft pick, defenseman Matt Bartkowski and up and comer Alexander Khokhlachev. The Penguins only offered up the rights to Kenneth Agostino and Ben Hanowski, and their first round pick [x].

The Penguins have also aqcuired Dallas Stars veteran winger Brenden Morrow and San Jose Sharks defenseman Douglas Murray , making them the team to beat. “I don’t even know why we’d bother playing the playoffs,” Senators coach Paul MacLean half-joked. (Read more).

Weeelp. Should be interesting to see how the Penguins do.
Especially since Crosby is now out indefinately with a broken jaw.
Go B’s!
-Kaylin

President Tim Thomas… Too Soon?

The LAKings visited the white house today. I awknowledge that this is a Bruins blog, but I couldn’t help sharing this tweet from Pancakes, er, Dustin Penner of the Kings…

After careful consideration I’ve decided not to visit the White House today for political reasons LOL JK I’m not an idiot!Free trip? I’m in!

— Dustin Penner (@Dustinpenner25) March 26, 2013

It might be just me, but I found this tweet hilarious. I laughed at it this morning. If you don’t remember the whole Time Thomas debacle feel free to click here.

In short, he refused to meet the President in order to make a political stand. It was in poor taste, and clearly that’s what Tim Thomas is going to be remembered for instead of the amazing goal tending that secured the Stanley Cup for the Boston Bruins.

Anyway, I found Penner’s tweet funny and worth sharing. Especially if you, like me, found Thomas’s stand to be absurd.

Go B’s!
-Kaylin

What Are You Doing Later?

Want a chance to meet Stanley Cup champs Tyler Seguin and Milan Lucic? Or maybe pay 200$ to get an autograph from the one and only number 4 Bobby Orr?

Here’s Your Chance

Seguin and Looch will be up in New Hampshire on the 1st and 3rd of April respectfully. Any memoribillia you wanted signed by Orr needs to be recieved by April 10th at 5pm.

Maybe I’ll see you at the Seguin signing?

Go B’s!

-Kaylin

Injuries Impairing Bruins Run – Kelly, McQuaid, Krejci

Sorry for the delay, I decided to hop across the pond for Spring Break and the spotty internet connection found WordPress too much to handle. In any case I picked the worst week to leave yeah? Shawn Thornton scored not once, but TWICE, and the reasonably healthy Bruins hit major roadblocks with injuries.

Chris Kelly

After Bruins called up Jordan Caron, the third line played their best game during Saturday’s matinée against the Philadelphia Flyers. Then Monday against the Ottawa Senators, they proceeded to lose Chris Kelly with an injury. The leg-on-leg hit was first presumed to be a knee injury for Kelly, after the swelling subsided it was found to be a broken tibia. CSNNE reporter Joe Haggerty thinks it could be the end of Kelly for the rest of this season.

 

The Bruins are not putting a time on Kelly’s recovery so time will tell. Good news for Jay Pandolfo, getting to play alongside Rich Peverely and Caron, and now Ryan Spooner.

Adam McQuaid

Unfortunately the Bruins were not out of the woods. Adam McQuaid left the game on Tuesday the 12th against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the midst of the 2nd, not to return. He then sat out of Thursday’s game against the Florida Panthers, only to return for the weekend.

The next week, on Tuesday March 19th, McQuaid found himself slamming into the boards after only 56 seconds of ice time. Leaving immediately, it was discovered yesterday that he is expected to be out for 3-4 weeks with a strained shoulder.

David Krejci

During the third period of Sunday’s loss to the Penguins, David Krejci took a Johnny Boychuk slap shot (Johnny Rocket) to the knee. He was helped off the ice, putting no pressure on the injured leg, and not seen again that game. Post game the center was seen walking, gingerly, but solo to the team bus.

Fortunately tonight found the return of Krejci to the line up! Howver Andy Brickley and Jack Edwards are commenting on his skating, noting that he must still be in serious pain. Krejci should not be pushing an injury with the schedule so packed, but as Edwards’ claimed the Bruins won’t forget Krejci’s drive.

 

The Bruins have been on the lucky side when it comes to injuries this season, apparently their luck is changing. Peter Charelli could be feeling the heat to make a trade as the Bruins are faced with these long-term injuries.

Ottawa just scored, lets hope the Bruins can turn this around. Go Bs!

-Kaylin

Report: Bruins Recall Jordan Caron From Providence

Um. What. Caron’s not even doing good in Providence. He’s just netted his tenth goal for the PBruins for this SEASON with only five assists in 44 games. If they didn’t want to go back with Tardif or Spooner there was always Camper, Cunningham, Hanson, or MacKinnon. Maybe they’ll keep Pandolfo in for now.

They wanted Caron originally this season instead of Bourque. But even last season Caron wasn’t spectacular when he came up to play. They definitely needed to make a change on that third line, so I hope it works out, but I’m not exactly enthusiastic over here.

Go Bruins!
-Kaylin

CBS Boston

BOSTON (CBS) — On Thursday, the Bruins placed Chris Bourque on waivers with the intention of sending him to the AHL. On Friday, they’ve called up his replacement.

The Bruins recalled forward Jordan Caron from Providence. The Providence Journal’s Mark Divver (via Twitter) was first to report the news.

Caron, still just 22 years old, has 71 games of NHL experience. He scored three goals and had four assists in 23 games in 2010-11, and he posted 7-8-15 totals in 48 games last season.

This year in Providence has been a bit of a step back for Caron, who was drafted 25th overall in 2009. He has just 10 goals and five assists in 44 AHL games. However, he’s scored in his last two games and he posted 2-3-5 totals in eight games in the month of February, so the Bruins may feel he’s in the process of…

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Meet Enforcer Shawn Thornton TODAY.

If you, like me and a majority of Boston, enjoy the heart Shawn Thornton puts on the ice every night today is your lucky day. The forward is going to be at the CambridgeSide Galleria, Level 1 CambridgeSide Place entrance from four to six.

If it was possible to teleport I would be all over this. But unfortunately I’m working until four over an hour and a half away.

Tell him I said hello!
-Kaylin

Third Line in Trouble, Bourque Placed on Waivers

The Bruins are playing okay hockey. They’re doing great, don’t get me wrong, standing 14-3-3 so far. But it’s not satisfying play. Case and point being Tuesday’s game where they were up three after the first period and managed to lose in overtime against the Capitals. The Washington Capitals, who are tied for last in the conference. Really Bruins?

If I’m being honest I wasn’t surprised we lost. The Bruins have this nasty habit of taking on the worst teams in the league and then losing. It’s not a new thing.

What is surprising however, is the lack of results being pushed out by the Bruins third line. Chris Kelly, Rich Peverley, and Chris Bourque make up the line that is currently holding the worst +/- stats of the whole team.

Peverley has a devastating -8, Kelly with a -7, both with only one goal apiece in 20 games. These two players came up huge in the cup run with Michael Ryder on their wing in 2011, and in the 11-12 season with Benoit Pouliot they were able to find the net. Kelly was on the ice Tuesday night for all three of the Capital’s goals, finishing -3, Pevs and Bourque not much better, both -2 at the end of that game.

Chris Bourque is doing the best of the trio with a -6 so far this season (the next is Thornton’s -4), who has only netted a single goal as well. Three goals in total with a combined -21 for a line that is supposed to be defense minded? Something had to give.

Over the last few games we’ve seen Claude Julien playing around with this line, throwing Daniel Paille up into the mix, and sitting Bourque a game. Both moves showed minimal effect, and it’s clear that the Bruins want to make a change. The Bruins need to find a player that can click on this third line, and play solid two-way hockey.

Unfortunately they don’t think Chris Bourque is going to be that player. Bourque was placed on waivers this afternoon, with the intention of returning him to the AHL.

“[Bourque] was stepping in for a guy [in Benoit Pouliot] that had 17 goals last season… Sometimes chemistry doesn’t start off the hop. We just have to keep working hard. I feel bad for [Bourque]. He’s coming into a tough spot and we haven’t played well. And his linemates haven’t played well. It’s [expletive] the way it is. That’s the way it’s going right now.”Rich Peverley.

The Coach expects to change the lines around again tonight, in search of a good fit for the third line. Hopefully after having the day off yesterday the Bruins will come back hungry to win and get over this unfortunate patch.

The game tonight is against the Toronto Maple Leafs who are 15-9-0 with a three game win streak, looking for a forth. The Leafs are always fun to ply with familiar face Phil Kessel returning to the Garden. Peverley has a good record against the Leafs, maybe we’ll see him step up tonight, and if Bourque plays maybe he will step up as he was the only one to net a goal in the 1-0 win back at the beginning of February. A more in depth game preview can be found here.

Go Bruins!
-Kaylin