Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli’s offseason movement – or absence thereof – places the B’s in a precarious position heading into the 2012-13 season. So far, the ‘gem’ of […]
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With a bleak 2012 free agent class and the re-signings of Daniel Paille, Gregory Campbell and Chris Kelly, it’s likely that the Boston Bruins may not be active players in free agency. The team’s limited needs paired with their cap space will most likely restrict what they can and can’t do come July 1. It’s a storyline that should play out similarly to offseasons of the past for the Bruins where minor moves are made to address smaller needs. For general manager Peter Chiarelli, it’s obvious that the team’s impeccable chemistry and strong prospect pool are more important than searching for free agents to fill gaps.
A brief look at the Bruins’ projected roster for the 2012-13 season doesn’t reveal many openings. In fact, the Bruins could take the ice tomorrow with the players already signed and boast a lineup that doesn’t look much different on paper than the 2011-12 team–sans Tim Thomas, of course. It’s all but guaranteed that the Bruins will spend close to the cap this year and since they’re already near the ceiling, there’s a good possibility that this offseason will be just like the one before it: pretty quiet.
I didn’t want to write about Tim Thomas today. Or yesterday. Or even tomorrow.
But when Peter Chiarelli confirmed today that Thomas’ agent approached him in the beginning of May suggesting that the Bruins goaltender was considering sitting out the 2012-13 season, something had to be said.
Just a year ago, Thomas was the biggest story in hockey–maybe even one of the biggest stories in sports. He capped off an unbelievable 2010-11 season by winning the Stanley Cup, the Conn Smythe and the Vezina Trophy, all within a week of one another. Thomas was on top of the hockey world, and why not? The 38-year old, Michigan native had reached what would be the pinnacle of his career.
Only one place to go from there, you know.
Friday morning the Boston Bruins announced multi-year contract extensions for forwards Dan Paille and Chris Bourque – but revelations about Tim Thomas’ plans for 2012-13 may have upstaged the news of the signings. […]
The Boston Bruins’ breakup day came approximately six weeks earlier than it did the season before. During the day’s interviews and meetings, Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli indicated that while he didn’t foresee any major changes, he would like to “add some pieces.” The Bruins will need bottom-six players with one or two to have the potential to move into the top-six group, if necessary. With the current situation as is for the Bruins, here’s a look at five free agent forwards that the Bruins should target.
Two weeks have passed since the Boston Bruins dropped game seven in overtime to a Washington squad led by a plucky young goaltender. As the sting fades and with the […]
The last time the Sabres had a team that was able to make a push towards the Stanley Cup was in 2006 when they lost in the conference finals to […]
It might be safe to say that out of the six Eastern Conference teams still in the hunt for the playoffs, the Boston Bruins have the most difficult schedule of remaining regular season games. The Bruins will first host the 9th seed Washington Capitals, just two points out of playoff contention before heading to New York for back-to-back games against the all-but-eliminated Islanders and a Rangers team which they’re winless against this season. After that, the Bruins will come back home to play the streaking Pittsburgh Penguins, travel to Ottawa to face the team closest to catching them for the Northeast Division lead and close out the season back in Boston against the Buffalo Sabres who are 7-1-2 in their last ten games.
A bit daunting when you think about how inconsistent the Bruins have been at times during the season, eh?
The good news is that the Bruins could potentially clinch a playoff spot in their next game with a win or overtime loss against Washington on Thursday. The bad news is that the division, along with their potential first round opponent, is far from being decided. Pair that with some tough decisions that Boston coach Claude Julien will face regarding starting goaltending and resting key players and you have to think: this will not be an easy two weeks for the Boston Bruins.
It’s been difficult trying to define the 2011-12 Boston Bruins. Although most of the names are the same, this isn’t the same team from last year.
How could that be?
The Bruins have been a wildly inconsistent team. They started out struggling with a 3-7 record before absolutely dominating their opponents in the months of November and December, finishing out 2011 with a 22-3-1 record in the final two months. Then, mediocrity hit. The Bruins went 56 calendar days without back-to-back victories, playing .500 hockey, alternating wins with losses at a pace that could be described as just average. They weren’t bad, but they weren’t all that great either.
Now that the Bruins are once again on a winning streak, has anyone come any closer to finding out exactly who these Bruins really are?
The Boston Bruins open up their defense of their Stanley Cup on Thursday night, and there is no question that they are the hunted this season, and will have a […]
It has been a nice, enjoyable offseason for the Boston Bruins. Apparently, that’s what happens when a team with a manageable salary cap wins the Stanley Cup. Even though there have been some departures in Boston, the majority of the championship team remains intact. Still, repeating as Cup champions is one of the most difficult tasks in all of hockey. While it may be premature to say that the Bruins will repeat as Cup champions, there are plenty of predictions that could be made for the upcoming 2011-2012 season.
By Mike Miccoli, Boston Bruins correspondent
I feel like I’m drunk. I’m not, in fact, but it just feels that way. It’s felt that way for the past two months because simply put, the past two months do not seem like they ever happened. Still following?
Case and point: The Stanley Cup will be present at the TD Garden on Monday night. Should the Vancouver Canucks win Game 6 against the Boston Bruins, the red carpet will be rolled out along with Gary Bettman entering to a resounding round of boos to present hockey’s most holiest of grails to captain Henrik Sedin, insert more jeers here. Best case scenario for many: the Bruins bounce back and force a Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals in Vancouver on Wednesday night and still, that’s absolutely frightening.