One of the more anticipated non-game Bruins events in a while, NESN’s new all access ‘Behind the B’ show premiered with an hour long episode last night. Modeled after HBO’s 24/7, the show covered a variety of topics stretching from their defeat in the Finals all the way through this summer’s development camp. It was about what I expected in terms of content, but revealing and interesting enough for sure. If you missed it, you can catch it here.
It was a big weekend for Bruins rookie hopefuls as they traveled south for a weekend trio of games in preparation for full training camp which starts on Wednesday. Despite a loss to the Panthers and ties with the Lightning and Predators rookies, a number of players had impressive performances as they battle for attention.
If you haven’t had a chance to see it yet, this trailer appeared on BostonBruins.com today:
…and I just went from six to midnight. With the rise in popularity of HBO’s 24/7 series many fans had been calling for a Bruins version of the show, and it appears the Bruins and NESN have finally got the message.
With just under a month before the puck officially drops, we continue our look at the suggested picks for your roster by examining the best fantasy hockey defensemen heading into the 2013-14 season. A strong defensive corps can significantly bolster your team’s stats, especially if you are struck by injuries or underperforming forwards. There are a few top tier defenseman who score like their offensive counterparts, and can make a big difference if you can land them on draft day.
The Top 10:
1. Erik Karlsson, Ottawa Senators
2. Zdeno Chara, Boston Bruins
3. Kris Letang, Pittsburgh Penguins
4. Keith Yandle, Phoenix Coyotes
5. P.K. Subban, Montreal Canadiens
6. Shea Weber, Nashville Predators
7. Dustin Byfuglien, Winnipeg Jets
8. Alex Pietrangelo, St. Louis Blues
9. Dan Boyle, San Jose Sharks
10. Duncan Keith, Chicago Blackhawks
It’s been a summer of new contracts in Boston with Patrice Bergeron and Tuukka Rask signing massive new deals, and now the one handing them out is getting in on the fun. The Bruins announced yesterday that GM Peter Chiarelli has signed a five year extension that will keep him in the B’s front office until at least 2017-18. While the terms of the extension weren’t disclosed, it is pretty safe to assume the deal is worth Chiarelli’s while, especially since he’s one of three GM’s in Bruins history to construct a Stanley Cup champion.
During his tenure, which began in 2006, Chiarelli has built a strong core of players that have revitalized hockey in Boston after some dark years in the early 2000′s. He’s put together a squad that is “tough to play against” (most of the time) and has made the playoffs the past six seasons straight, including two Stanley Cup Finals appearances. He’s been dedicated to making the Bruins a perennial contender and with the deals he’s made this past offseason, there’s no reason to think that’s going to change in the near future.