Chiarelli admits 'nothing has changed' with Thomas


Chiarelli admits 'nothing has changed' with Thomas

Peter Chiarelli hasnt seen the Facebook post where Tim Thomas attempted to explain his reasoning behind taking the season off.
Perhaps the general manager hasnt been accepted by the idealistic goaltender as a Facebook friend, but more likely Chiarelli really doesnt need to hear a message thats already been delivered to the Bruins.
The friends, family and faith message from Thomas is one that the Bs front office is clearly well aware of.
I havent seen his infamous Facebook post. Im aware of it, said Chiarelli. Ive talked to his agent in the last little bit, and nothing has changed. If youre asking me, Has he clarified that hes not playing for the year... hes stated that through his agent that hes not playing for the year.
I guess thats where that stands. But nothing has really changed since the last time I spoke to the media.
Chiarelli got the message loud and clear from Thomas agent Bill Zito that the 38-year-old goaltender didnt intend to play in the 2012-13 season, and would instead work out on his own in his new home state of Colorado. Nothing has changed in Chiarellis mind when it comes to the status of Thomas, but he did admit that the curious decision by the two-time Vezina Trophy winner did change their offseason strategy plan.
Im operating under the premise that our goalies will be Tuukka (Rask) and Anton (Khudobin), so yeah it will have an impact because Tim wont be playing for us. There is a whole Im not going to tell you everything but there are a whole host of things that trickle down from that one event.
In the short answer, yes Thomas walking for the year has had an impact.
The greatest impact appears to be a renewed stress on keeping together rest of the Bruins team around their young goaltender, and fielding a balanced hockey club capable of playing effective offense and responsible defense in front of goaltenders that are going to need a little help at times.

Saturday, Jan. 21: McKenzie on Julien's job security

Saturday, Jan. 21: McKenzie on Julien's job security

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while proud of my wife and daughter participating in today’s Women’s March.

*This is from a few days ago, but Bob McKenzie weighing in on the prospects for Claude Julien and his job security is always worth checking out.  

*The New York Rangers have themselves a rookie named Pavel that’s doing a pretty darned good job for the Blueshirts.

*What should the St. Louis Blues do with Kevin Shattenkirk as the trade deadline approaches and the seven-year, $49 million contract waiting for him in free agency is pretty daunting?

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Kevin Allen has a list of underperforming NHL stars, including Jamie Benn and Jonathan Toews, that may have been impacted by the World Cup of Hockey. Certainly Patrice Bergeron could have made this list as well.

*Blackhawks backup goalie Scott Darling may be earning some more playing time after the way he performed against the Bruins, according to Pro Hockey Talk.

*Good news with Ottawa Senators goalie Craig Anderson set to return to the team in a couple of weeks after tending to his wife in a battle against cancer.

*The struggles of Anthony Duclair with the Arizona Coyotes mirror the team’s issues this season as well. It’s interesting that Duclair has popped up in trade rumors with the Desert Dogs this season.

*For something completely different: the final Wolverine movie with Hugh Jackman is going to be extremely emotional with its characters.


Both Millers missing from Bruins practice, but trending toward return

Both Millers missing from Bruins practice, but trending toward return

BRIGHTON, Mass – While both Kevan Miller and Colin Miller were missing from Bruins practice on Saturday morning, both injured Bruins defensemen could be rejoining the team soon.

Colin Miller skated on his own prior to Saturday’s team practice at Warrior Ice Arena for the second or third time since suffering a lower body injury in the win over the St. Louis Blues. Claude Julien said his presence on the ice was proof that the puck-moving defenseman is “definitely on the mend”, and could be nearing a return to practice soon with Sunday marking the sixth straight game that he’ll have missed.

Kevan Miller is out with a concussion suffered last weekend in the win over the Philadelphia Flyers, and the B’s current three-game losing streak has coincided with his absence from the lineup.

Julien said Miller has actually been away from the team for the last couple of days while dealing with a virus, and that his recovery from the concussion symptoms was good prior to being knocked down by the illness.

“Kevan was actually feeling really well and then he got hit by a virus that’s kept him in bed for the last two days,” said Julien. “It’s nothing to do with his original injury. There was a possibility he could have been ready very soon, but that’s set him back a bit.”

Both are obviously out for Sunday’s matinee against the Penguins, but a return to practice at some point next week seems like a good bet for both players. Here are the line combos and defense pairings from Saturday’s practice with the Bruins focusing on getting a good result in Pittsburgh with the hockey club on a “mom’s trip” with 22 of the players’ mothers traveling with the team to and from the game: