Loose Pucks – November 6

Boston Bruins

Here’s the latest edition of ‘Loose Pucks’, hopefully we’ll have some more exciting news as the week progresses.

  • The big news is obviously that the NHLPA and NHL are resuming face to face talks today in New York City. This comes after Saturday’s private meeting between Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly and NHLPA Special Counsel Steve Fehr, which seem to again give an optimistic tone to the direction of talks. However, with full groups back at it today, progress remains to be seen. The meeting will likely center on working out the details of the “Make Whole Provision,” which acts as a safeguard against players immediately losing dollars off existing contracts by accepting a 50/50 revenue split. The NHL’s initial offer essentially had the players paying each other to hold value, but they’ve since changed tune and said they would be open to sharing the burden to ensure current contracts are honored. The NHLPA has pointed out that there still remain a fair number of issues to be addressed beyond this one, but most feel this the biggest divide splitting the sides at the moment. Bruins Shawn Thornton and Milan Lucic reportedly were in town to attend the meeting, which were scheduled to begin at 3pm EST at an undisclosed NYC location. Both sides aren’t expected to make any comments to the media until the session has wrapped up. On the plus side, it’s 6pm EST as of this writing, meaning the meeting actually made it longer than 15 minutes, so that’s a step in the right direction.
  • Comcast Sports Net New England’s Joe Haggerty has the latest on how our Bruins are faring overseas. Highlights include Patrice Bergeron’s 2 points-per-game pace (8 GP, 8 G, 8 A), Tyler Seguin’s 23 points in 15 games, and David Krejci’s 14 points in 12 games.
  • If you haven’t seen it already, Days of Y’Orr has highlights from a KHL game earlier in the week that saw Zdeno Chara completely destroy former teammate Miro Satan in open ice. He also had a pretty assist despite his Lev squad falling to Slovan, 2-1.
  • The Bruins are currently running a charity raffle for you and a friend to have lunch with Bruins legend and Hall of Famer Cam Neely, as well as to attend his comic benefit show ‘Comics Come Home.’ Tickets are $5 a piece and can be purchased until Thursday, November 15. The proceeds will benefit the Bruins Foundation and the Cam Neely Foundation for Cancer Care, two great causes.
  • Yahoo’s Puck Daddy has a good take on Sports Illustrated’s 100 Greatest Sports Photos of All Time, which inexplicably had ‘The Goal’ at NUMBER EIGHTY, and only the fifth best hockey photo of all time. I’d say SI had lost all of its hockey credibility with this gaffe, but that would assume they had any in the first place.


Loose Pucks’ YouTube Bruins Video of the Day

A true classic. February 26th, 1981, Bruins and North Stars exchange pugilistic pleasantries and B’s tough guy John Wensink says hello to the Stars’ bench. A total of 406 penalty minutes were handed out, including 341 in the first period alone.

Bergeron Stays in Black and Gold (Sort of); Big Z Lion

Patrice Bergeron HC Lugano

Patrice Bergeron will join HC Lugano during the lockout

It was announced today that Patrice Bergeron will stay in the black and gold, unfortunately not in Boston. Bergeron will make Switzerland his (hopefully temporary) lockout destination, joining HC Lugano of the Swiss League. After joining the Quebec Caravan League for a game last week, it was rumored that the Selke-winning Bruins pivot was likely heading to Europe, to the surprise of some given that he grew up in the Quebec area. Given his rather grim remarks on the state of the lockout (“still a long ways off”), it seemed like it was only a matter of time before a more permanent home was found. As we mentioned in an earlier post, this seems like a better option than the QCL, especially if the NHL season is salvaged. The faster pace, more wide open game and better competition will be a step above (at the end of the day, the QCL is mostly a for-charity event and is no-contact).

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