It’s been a long time coming, but Tim Thomas is back in the NHL. The 39 year old agreed on a professional tryout (PTO) with the Florida Panthers, and he hit the ice for his first practice today with the team.
Not only that, but he gave his first press conference! Most Bruins fans are accustomed to long, awkward pauses and short, quick responses from the Vezina-winning netminder that took a year off to focus on family, faith and friends (don’t worry, he touched on that). The reason this gets the Whiskey Tango Foxtrot monicker is simple:
Who is this and what have you done with the old Tim Thomas!
[Editor's Note: I'm posting this on his behalf until I set up his account, but welcome new contributor Donny B. to the Spoked 'B'log team. He'll be contributing going forward, keep a look out for his posts!]
The torch has been passed at ESPN Boston and Bruins fans are in for a serious treat. The past two seasons have seen Brad Marshmont keep a personal diary on ESPN, a duty he will now relinquish to Patrice Bergeron. Granted, I never once checked in on Marshmont’s diary seeing as it couldn’t possibly surmount the sheer entertainment of seeing one of hockey’s greatest minds come to life in vivid detail (see Marshmont’s predecessor: Johnny Boychuck’s diary). A diary (read: journal. These are men.) is supposed to give you a glimpse of the writer’s mind and inner-workings. For whatever reason, I imagine Brad’s mind is like a shady night club. On the Jersey Shore. God, I can smell the Axe Body Spray.
Am I the only one that didn’t think Sammi was much of a sweetheart?
The Bruins have just announced the list of players that will travel to Marlyand to face the Capitals tonight. The game will take place at 7pm at the Baltimore Arena. Unfortunately, there is no local TV or radio coverage for this game.
Based on line rushes from this morning, the forward lines will be as follows:
Defensemen (based on training camp pairings):
Goaltenders: Rask, Svedberg
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The saying goes that “it’s just one game” – a preseason one at that – but the Bruins’ top offensive line of David Krejci, Jarome Iginla and Milan Lucic already have fans excited about the possibilities for the coming season after combining for six points to lead the black and gold to a 6-3 victory against the Canadiens tonight. Rookie Malcolm Subban also stopped all 12 shots he faced in his goaltending debut, and three third period goals by the Bruins put the nail in the Montreal coffin to get the new season started on the right foot.
The Bruins were back on the Garden ice today for another set of practices leading up to tomorrow night’s exhibition with the Canadiens in Montreal. The workouts were once again open to the public, giving fans another chance to check out all 51 skaters hoping to end up on the black and gold’s opening night roster. Groupings were the same as the past few days.