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lovin' me some center alignment...
Having precisely removed the locker room cancer that is phil kessel (la la la I can't hear you, 36 goals, la la la) the Bruins are moving on with the season, and today is the first home preseason game. I'm super pumped. It's against the Rangers. Here's the lineup according to the Bruins Blog:
Goaltenders: Tim Thomas and Tuukka Rask
Defensemen: Johnny Boychuk, Drew Fata, Derek Morris, Jeff Penner, Mark Stuart and Dennis Wideman.
Forwards: Jamie Arniel, Steve Begin, Zach Hamill, Jeff LoVecchio, Milan Lucic, Kirk MacDonald, Michael Ryder, Max Sauve, Marc Savard, Marco Sturm, Shawn Thornton and Trent Whitfield.
So....Basically we're going to get to see some good players. And now you know to pick your Thomas jersey over your Chara one.
There might be a Game Day Thread over at Stanley Cup of Chowder, but tickets should be cheap enough you may as well just go.
oh man oh man oh man oh man oh man oh man oh man HOCKEY IS BACK!!!!!!
by Cornelius Hardenbergh at Saturday, September 19, 2009
"Sportsguy33" on twitter is Bill Simmons, noted disney sportswriter and Boston Bandwagonner extraordinaire. Now, I'm not one to dislike bandwagon fans. Hell, pre-lockout I couldn't name 5 guys in the NHL on the first try. But enough about me. I've learned. Bill Simmons is stuck in the pre-salary-cap era.
Here's what a salary cap is, Bill, and I'll try to use monosyllabic words so you don't get lost: A cap is how much a team can spend on all of the folks on the team each year. You can not pay more than that to all of the folks on the team. If one guy wants too much, they must trade and get good stuff back.
Oh by the way, Kessel was traded to the leafs for 2010's first and second and 2011's first pick. He signed there for 5.4 per for 5 years. Kid got PAID. Now lets see how that torn labrum is doing.
The state of the bruins happened last night, and it was very similar to last year. The players on display were Lucic, Bergeron, and Morris, with special guest Krejci showing off the jersey. The winter classic Jersey looked pretty slick, I'd gotta say.
Here's a picture of Shawn Thornton in one. Look at this smug motherfucker:
He's all "damn, I look good in yellow" and I'm all "shit, you're totally right" and right about then is when I ordered mine. It was tough picking between Krejci and Bergeron, but that's life I suppose.
The hokiest part of the whole event was when they were prepping Krejci coming out to show off the jersey and the lights dimmed and they put a video on. Then soap-bubble machines in the rafters started going off like crazy. LIKE CRAZY I SAY. It created the illusion of snow, and I have to say it's the nicest stage effect I've seen in a hockey arena.
I'm so pumped for Saturday night. It'll be home game -1. (Home game 0 is next saturday, home game 1 is Oct 1st...I'm trying to be clever here dammit)
by Cornelius Hardenbergh at Wednesday, September 16, 2009
The Preseason has begun, and the Bruins have shown that they're ready. Coming into Madison Square Garden, they brought out a few new guys and a few old hats, including Chara and Looch, among others. Young'uns Zach Hamill and Max Sauve put the rubber past Rag goalies Zaba and Valiquette. As mentioned above, Tuukka Rask played a great game stopping 31 of 32 shots for the final score of
I wrote this back in august in the comments section over at Pension Plan Puppets, a Toronto Maple Leafs blog but the post got pseudo-deleted before I could share it with all of you. Luckily, one of the stunningly handsome and charming gents who runs Pension Plan Puppets, a Toronto Maple Leafs blog was able to drag it out of the hidden archives, and now I get to share it with you. I hope you like it.
a man you can depend on for
loyalty to a fault
you will be missed
From sometimes commenter and fellow Axelsson fan sleza comes another translated Swedish article, this time from hockeyexpressen, which ran the interview on Friday.
Per-Johan Axelsson had invested everything in for one more NHL year. But after 11 seasons in Boston he didn't fit (be good enough) anymore.
- I'm not bitter. One knows that it's business what it's about, says Frölunda forward, who still hopes to land in North America during this season.
When August turns into September and autumn unmercifully presses itself, Per-Johan Axelsson use to leave Göteborg for Boston. But instead of another season in North America, has hockey life taken him to Karlovy Vary and the Czech countryside to play with Tre Kronors (Swedish national team) in Czech Hockey Games.
Everything but flashy NHL life can be said, but instead Pebben says:
- I've always liked to play in the national team, so it's only cool and exciting. It's been awhile since the last time.
National team tournament, which started well with a shootout win over Russia (4-3), is his first after Olympic gold in Turin 2006.
When the end became clear with Boston, was Frölunda a obvious choice for 34 year old. Axelsson, who won SM gold (Championship in the Elitserien a.k.a. Swedish Elite League) with the club during the lockout season, has signed a 4 yeal deal.
During his 11 season in classic Bruins, he was the player who was there the longest. After last season he was told that Boston was interested in to continue the contract with him, but in the end it came nothing.
- I don't want to stay for just any kind of price, says Axelsson who wasn't specially interested in to change a club.
Now stays the Axelsson family in Göteborg, daughter Wilma has started preschool and will get a sibling.
How has the first time been?
- Lots of training. But it's nice to work and accustom a bit. It's a very big ice coverage. it's a big difference. It's going to take a bit time but it gets better.
Against Russia he played in the first line with "radar pair" (two players that play well together) Tony Mårtensson and Mattias Weinhandl.
- It's the first time I played with then but I know what it's for players. A passing player and a sniper. So I'll try to stay away, says Axelsson and laughs.
Even if there'll be no continue in NHL, is the goal for him to go to North America anyway. Head coach (national team) Bengt-Åke Gustafsson values Axelsson's qualities and Olympics in Vancouver in February is the great goal.
- Yes, it's obvious. It has been extremely cool. I've been with two times earlier, says he.
The move to home hasn't killed his Olympic hope. Just made the road there a bit longer.
Thanks again for sleza for translating this for us. Yes, there haven't been many updates recently on here but nothing's been going on and I got a new job and apartment, so here we are.