Efforts are ramping up as we get closer to a potential puck drop. We bring you today’s version of ‘Loose Pucks’ in case you need to catch up.
- The biggest news of the day was that the NHL Board of Governors, led by everyone’s favorite owner Jeremy Jacobs, ratified the proposed CBA. Gary Bettman gave his best apology speech, and JJ managed to squeak in a few lines of completely disingenuous sorrow, while expressing excitement about getting back on the ice (aka the extra dollars he’ll now be receiving). You can see Jacob’s statement here. The NHLPA vote was expected tomorrow or Friday, but now will more likely take place Friday or Saturday
- Camps are expected to open on Sunday (pending the player vote obviously). The most followed attendee will likely be Dougie Hamilton, while Chris Bourque, Ryan Spooner and David Warsofsky are the more well known names who’ll be up from Providence to battle for a spot. You can check out who we’re pegging to make the opening night roster here in case you missed it.
- The official schedule has not yet been released, but details are slowly trickling out. Given the timeline, a 48 game schedule is almost set in stone at this point. It was thought that the Bruins would open against the Canadiens at the Bell Centre, but it appears that has changed as the Habs will take on the Leafs in the first game back on January 19. Stay tuned to see who the B’s will face, our guess is Brave Steve and the Sabres.
- Patrice Bergeron, Zdeno Chara and Chris Kelly joined their teammates on the BU Agganis Arena ice for informal workouts today. Shawn Thornton, Milan Lucic, Tyler Seguin and a number of others have already been getting up to speed, and it’s expected the workouts will move to the Bruins’ normal practice facility, Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington later in the week. Nathan Horton is expected back in the next couple days and reports on his health are still positive.
- If you’re in the Boston area, get back in the hockey spirit next Thursday night at the Harp as fellow Bruins blog Days of Y’Orr and The Sports Hub 98.5 host the ‘Hockey Resurrection Party‘. The best part? You don’t have to give Jeremy Jacobs any money to attend.
- Breaking news: A 20 year-old single bachelor living alone is a mess! Tyler Seguin apparently was making it rain in his Swiss pad, and the cleaning crew had their hands full. What a surprise.
- At the request of the Bruins, prospect Alex Khokhlachev will report back to the Windsor Spitfires for the remainder of the season. He’d previously been in the KHL, and the B’s brass weren’t too excited about his progress there.
- Lastly, we’ll mention the sort-of-firing-but-not-really of Leafs GM Brian Burke. Burke is most known to Bruins fans as being indirectly responsible for the presence of Tyler Seguin and Dougie Hamilton via the Phil Kessel trade. Assistant GM Dave Nonis will take over, while Burke will remain on as ‘Senior Advisor’ to the team. Makes perfect sense.
And as of the last few minutes (in case it was news to anyone), Jimmy Murphy of ESPN Boston just tweeted this:
Spoke to Bruins President Cam Neely earlier and he/Bruins brass expect prospect D Dougie Hamilton to be in B’s lineup for season opener.
— Jimmy Murphy (@MurphysLaw74) January 9, 2013