With 30-goal scorer Jarome Iginla fresh out the door and the Bruins on an extended stint in the NHL Salary Cap Jail, it’s no surprise that much of the attention so far this offseason has been focused on how GM Peter Chiarelli will fill the gaps up front to ensure the black and gold remain contenders heading into the 2014-15 season. But while putting pucks in the net is a critical piece of the Stanley Cup puzzle, keeping them out of the net is just as important, and believe it or not Chiarelli and the B’s have another growing conundrum that requires some attention, and that’s who will man the team’s defensive blue line this year.
The Bruins currently have eight NHL-caliber defensemen – nine if you count the recently signed David Warsofsky – and probably seven spots to fill for the opening roster. Add to that the fact that one of those nine, budding star Torey Krug, still remains without a contract as a restricted free agent and you can see why Chiarelli has already said “I’ve got to do something” in regards to his current situation.
While everyone was surely disappointed in the Bruins’ effort against one of their “hated” rivals last Thursday against the Canadiens, they’ll get another opportunity to witness some elevated emotions tomorrow night when the Vancouver Canucks visit TD Garden. The B’s haven’t looked overly spectacular in the two meetings since the teams met in the 2011 Stanley Cup finals, losing by big margins in both contests. But with the Olympic Break around the corner, the Black and Gold will want to be at their best as we head down the home stretch.
John Tortorella will be back on the Canucks bench tonight when his team visits the Detroit Red Wings, his first game back since a 15-day, six game suspension for his actions against the Calgary Flames. If you missed it, here’s Torts’ reaction in sing-song format:
It’s been a busy few days when it comes to Boston Bruins hockey, but busy in a good way. After embarrassing the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday the Black and Gold ripped off convincing wins against both the Islanders (6-3) and Panthers (6-2) on consecutive nights, besting former Bruin Tim Thomas last night at the Garden. Boston’s top two lines remained sizzling, with seven of the team’s twelve goals coming from current top six forwards, while captain Zdeno Chara earned his 500th NHL point on Monday after scoring a goal against the Islanders. Let’s take a look at what’s going right at the moment for the B’s.
The Boston Bruins kicked off a busy stretch of four games in six nights today with a dominant 6-1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers. Jarome Iginla, pointless in his previous six games, led the way with two goals and two assists while linemate David Krejci tallied three helpers, and Tuukka Rask earned his 23rd victory of the season in net, a career high.
It’s finally official, after much debate and quite a bit of outrage (especially if you’re a Bobby Ryan fan) the 2014 Sochi Olympic Ice Hockey Tournament rosters were announced today. Five Bruins ended up making the cut, Patrice Bergeron for Canada, Zdeno Chara for Slovakia, Loui Eriksson for Sweden, David Krejci for the Czechs and Tuukka Rask for Finland. Bruins coach Claude Julien will also serve as an assistant coach for Team Canada.