Bruins Loose Pucks – January 9th

Boston Bruins Loose Pucks

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.

Zdeno Chara Patrice Bergeron

  • 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:

It’s on.

Players & Owners to Meet (Finally), Paille to Finland

NHL Lockout

After taking their sweet ass time to formulate a response, the NHLPA finally appears ready to participate in a players/owners-only meeting, set for tomorrow in New York, in the latest attempt to end to the NHL lockout. The meeting was proposed by the NHL and commissioner Bettman after federal mediation failed miserably to move the sides any closer to a resolution. Union head Donald Fehr released the following statement:

“The NHLPA has agreed to a meeting on Tuesday in New York that should facilitate dialogue between players and owners. Neither the Commissioner nor I will be present, although each side will have a limited number of staff or counsel present. There will be owners attending this meeting who have not previously done so, which is encouraging and which we welcome. We hope that this meeting will be constructive and lead to a dialogue that will help us find a way to reach an agreement.”

Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly and Union Associate Director Steve Fehr are expected to be part of the “limited number of staff or counsel” that attend the meeting. Working out the details of who would be attending likely was part of the nearly three days that passed since the idea for the meeting was released.

Owner representation will be as follows: Ron Burkle (PIT), Jeff Vinik (TB),  Mark Chipman (WPG), Murray Edwards (CGY), Larry Tanenbaum (TOR), and everybody’s favorite Jeremy Jacobs (your Boston Bruins).  Puck Daddy has some extra detail about what each owner brings to the table, so check that out if you’re interested.

The NHLPA has not decided, or more likey not released, which players will be attending from their side. Earlier today TSN’s Darren Dreger tweeted that Sidney Crosby and Jonathan Toews will be present, and former-Bruin-turned-analyst Aaron Ward says others such as Kevin Westgarth, Ron Hainsey, David Backes and Manny Malhotra will likely receive strong consideration. All have been heavily involved in the proceedings, and overall are well-respected among their peers and the owners.

In addition to finalizing the meeting, the NHLPA also approved a $10,000 stipend yesterday to all players, who have now missed four paychecks due to the work stoppage.

As usual, we’ll see what tomorrow brings.

Paille to Finland

Dan Paille In more Bruins related news, it’s been reported that winger Danny Paille has become the latest member of the black and gold to head overseas, signing with SM-liiga team Ilves Tampere. Teammate Rich Peverley is also currently calling Finland home, with JYP in the same league, so the two should face-off in the near future assuming the lockout continues. Paille is expected to suit up for the first time on Wednesday.

Paille becomes the 12th member of the Bruins to head elsewhere during the NHL’s work stoppage, though teammate Tuukka Rask returned home last week after spending time in the KHL.

Jeremy Jacobs is Likely the Asshole You Think He Is

Comcast Sports Net New England’s Bruins writer Joe Haggerty had a very interesting article today (check it out here) about one of the driving forces behind the NHL’s lingering lockout, and of course it’s Jeremy Jacobs, the owner of our beloved Boston Bruins and the TD Garden. While this isn’t a surprise to anyone who’s been following negotiations, it’s the details mentioned in the article that confirm what most probably thought anyways, that Jacobs is in fact a heartless, greedy bastard whose only focus is on making as much money as possible regardless of the consequences to the game or its fans.

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