Meet Chuck Kobasew. A player with his pedigree is something the Pittsburgh Penguins have lacked over the past few seasons. It’s no coincidence the Pens have seen playoff disappointments duringRead More
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Jim Neveau, NHL Correspondent The main theme for this year’s free agent class was a simple one: slim pickings. Most of the potential big name free agents had either lockedRead More
The National Hockey League’s free agency period begins on July 1, with the league’s 30 teams scrambling to grab players to fill holes in their rosters for the 2011-12 seasonRead More
By Mike Miccoli, Boston Bruins correspondent
Quick! What were you doing on March 9, 2006 when you heard that Sergei Samsonov was traded to the Edmonton Oilers for Marty Reasoner, Yan Stastny and a 2nd round pick in the NHL Entry Draft later that year?
Maybe you were at work, or in a class when the news broke. Perhaps you were driving, boarding a flight or preparing to attend that night’s Bruins game at the Garden against the Montreal Canadiens. Seriously though, does anyone actually remember what they were doing? Because frankly, I don’t.
But hold that thought, because this is going somewhere.
I’m 1-0 on running diaries for the season when the Bruins are playing an opponent from last season’s playoffs. Or at least I was before Thursday night’s shootout loss against the Montreal Canadiens.
The Bruins celebrated their first goal in 192 minutes and 6 seconds, a baffling amount of time between tallies if you think about it. In that stretch, the Bruins only allowed four regulation goals, a sign that their defensive abilities have strengthened. But the overall game play of the team? Not the best, especially when injuries are becoming more popular with each passing day now that Byron Bitz and David Krejci have been added to that list
By Mike Miccoli
It might be an understatement to say that I’m a bit nervous about the Bruins’ season for the next, oh, we’ll say four to six weeks; the said amount of time that both Milan Lucic and Marc Savard will be shelved. Take into account, too, Shawn Thornton missing Wednesday & Thursday night’s game with an undisclosed injury, Chuck Kobasew being shipped to the Minnesota Wild, and Tim Thomas playing like it was 2006 again. Factor in everything together and you have the makings of an NHL team that resembles a jumbled, minor league roster with little chemistry and a different lineup each night–only eight games into the season.
But right now, the Bruins are 4-4-1; technically, right at .500 The doom and drab most hockey scribes put on paper can be disappointing and pessimistic to read, but fear not! There’s plenty to look forward to still, only nine games into the season.