B's home opener may be Jan. 21 matinee against Leafs

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B's home opener may be Jan. 21 matinee against Leafs

While details are still being hashed out between the lawyers for both the NHL and the NHLPA as they put the CBA into a written memorandum of understanding form that will last for a 48-game regular season, the news about the upcoming Bruins schedule is beginning to firm up.
CBCs Elliotte Friedman reported on Sunday night that each of the 30 NHL teams have received a memo from the league indicated that training camp should open no earlier than Saturday and that the shortened 2013 regular season should kick off on Jan. 19. The shortened NHL training will be roughly seven days, with 3-5 invites from the Providence Bruinsjunior hockey. The only exhibition is likely to be a scrimmage against the P-Bruins toward the end of camp.
A couple of NHL players indicated that the paperwork likely wont be ready for NHLPA approval until Thursday, and that could keep them away from their regular NHL practice facilities until then.
As previously reported on numerous occasions, the 48-game regular season will consist of seven games against divisional opponents and home-and-home contests against each of the other 10 Eastern Conference opponents. There will likely be no cross-conference games during the shortened season, which should make for an interesting Stanley Cup Finals.
For the Bruins it would appear that the schedule will remain the same as it originally was for at least their first few games. The Black and Gold are expected to open their season playing the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre on Jan. 19 and will hold their home opener at the Garden against Phil Kessel and the Toronto Maple Leafs in an MLK Day matinee on Jan. 21.
Despite all of the legalities surrounding the opening of the NHL season, Bruins president Cam Neely weighed in with a statement pointing toward the excitement of dropping the puck on NHL hockey at TD Garden.
We are all very excited that the NHL and the NHLPA have reached a tentative agreement, and we look forward to dropping the puck and playing Bruins hockey in front of our fans at the TD Garden soon, said Neely.

Tuesday, May 3: Stamkos, Subban as 10-year-old teammates

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Tuesday, May 3: Stamkos, Subban as 10-year-old teammates

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while starting to actually feel badly for the Republican Party.

*Lukas Head revisits an old photo taken with Steven Stamkos and PK Subban when all three were youth hockey players together.

*A disappointed Brooks Orpik gets emotional when discussing his playoff suspension. Maybe he should stop lining up guys for predatory hits if he doesn’t want to be suspended. His track record, and unwillingness to answer the bell for his actions, is well-chronicled.

*Barry Trotz hints that the Pittsburgh Penguins received preferential treatment in the aforementioned Brooks Orpik suspension.

*A heartwarming story of the San Jose Sharks saving the black cat that somehow jumped on the ice at the Shark Tank prior to Game 1 of their playoff series.

*Congratulations to the inspirational Travis Roy, who was inducted into the Maine Sports Hall of Fame last weekend.

*Bob Hartley is fired by the Calgary Flames. Could it be that it was done to make room for Bruce Boudreau, asks Puck Daddy?

*Former Bruins enforcer PJ Stock did some kind of FaceTime television hit with Rogers Sportsnet to make some playoff predictions.

*For something completely different: Jerry Thornton has a number of local Boston businesses banning Roger Goodell from their premises.

 

 

New QB Brissett comes in with high praise from Parcells, Weis

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New QB Brissett comes in with high praise from Parcells, Weis

Suddenly, there’s an awful lot on the plate of young Jacoby Brissett.

Drafted in the third round by the Patriots, he’s charged with learning one of the most difficult offenses to in the NFL, performing in one of the league’s most demanding programs, dealing with being two heart attacks away from being the starter for a dynastic franchise and living up to the advance billing that’s built him up as one of the great Americans of the 21st century.

Bill Parcells, who’s known Brissett since the NC State product was in high school, spoke to Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald. The Tuna pumped Brissett’s tires up beyond all reasonable inflation levels.

“He’s a Curtis Martin, Willie McGinest, Troy Brown-type player,” Parcells said, reeling off the names of one Pro Football Hall of Famer and two Patriots Hall of Famers. “That’s the kind of guy he is. That’s what New England is getting. Those kinds, those Tedy Bruschi types, those players who’ve been successful — he’s very similar in his personal life to those kinds of guys.”

Former Patriots offensive coordinator Charlie Weis, who coached Brissett at Florida in Weis’ vagabond post-Patriots career, was also reached by the intrepid Guregian.

“I only got to coach him for one season, but I absolutely loved the kid as a player and a person,” said Weis. “I couldn’t be any happier that he ended up in New England.”

There’s much more from both Weis and Parcells but I’m not going to scavenge the whole article so click here to see it. 

Meanwhile, Josh McDaniels on Monday also spoke about Brissett in complimentary but far-less-fawning terms.

“We’ll find out more as we get to know him in our building, but I know we feel good about the kid,” said McDaniels. “He did a lot of good things in college. He played in a lot of big games and played against some really good football teams. He performed well and admirably for his team. He takes care of the ball, makes some smart decisions. He’s a big kid and sometimes he’s hard to bring down in the pocket. There are some other things that we’ll get a better chance to see and evaluate when he gets here, but I’m looking forward to working with him.”

We already heard from Brissett in his post-draft conference call and he was enjoyable. But it will be interesting to speak with him in the flesh when the 2016 rookies are introduced en masse. No doubt by then the Patriots will have stressed to Brissett the importance of being a name, rank, serial number conversationalist rather than delving too deeply into his pre-Patriots relationships with former New England coaches.

 

Patriots release a pair from end of roster

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Patriots release a pair from end of roster

After importing a fleet of corners over the weekend, the Patriots released veteran Rashaan Melvin on Monday.

Melvin was claimed off waivers in October of last season as the Patriots were combing the league for cornerback depth. He’d been with the Ravens previously and was targeted repeatedly by Tom Brady in the 2014 AFC Divisional Playoff win. Soon after joining the Patriots, he was on the field against the Giants in Week 9 when Justin Coleman got injured. It didn’t go well as Eli Manning sought Melvin out and chewed him up.

The Patriots released Melvin in mid-December and then signed him back to their practice squad.

The Patriots drafted Cyrus Jones on Friday and reportedly added four more undrafted corners (the team hasn’t confirmed those agreements yet) so Melvin became expendable.

The Patriots also released linebacker James Vaughters, who they signed to a futures contract in January.