Chiarelli: Pouliot a 'possibility' to return to Bruins

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Chiarelli: Pouliot a 'possibility' to return to Bruins

With 12 of last years forwards signed on for this season after the deals with Chris Kelly and Gregory Campbell, the Boston Bruins dont have much room up front unless they decide to shake things up.
Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli has already stated there wont be any discussions about Brian Rolston until after the July 1 opening of NHL free agency, and there hasnt been much movement on the RFA front with Benoit Pouliot either.
I dont have any news on Pouliot at this point, said Chiarelli. Yes, hes a possibility to return for next season.
The rangy winger was a boom-or-bust player with the Bruins that produced some highlight reel goals and game-winning plays, but also went through long periods of offensive drought during the regular season.
Pouliot set career-highs with his 32 points and plus-18, and potted a solid 16 goals as a low-cost third line regular with Boston. But the former Habs and Wild forward was also behind the ill-conceived dump attempt in the overtime of Game 7 that led to Joel Wards game-winning goal for the Washington Capitals.
That is the very definition of a mixed bag season for the Bruins, and the late season offensive burst from Jordan Caron may have them leaning in that direction as a potential solution at third line wing next season.
Chiarelli intends to keep the door open during free agency and trade talks, however.
I feel really good with our lineup right now and to add a top 9 forward like I talked about still isnt out of the realm of possibility, said Chiarelli. It gives me a lot of flexibility going into free agency, but this is as solid of a forward group as youre going to get.
If we do nothing, thats fine, but if something comes across that looks attractive and we have to look at it, then well look at it.
Sounds like a GM that doesnt intend on making a splash during the free agencytrade season, and most wouldnt blame Chiarelli given what this current Bs group has shown theyre capable of in the right circumstances.

Blidh plans to bring some energy to Bruins after call-up

Blidh plans to bring some energy to Bruins after call-up

BRIGHTON, Mass. – Anton Blidh plans on keeping things pretty straightforward on his first call-up to the NHL. 

The former sixth-round pick of the Bruins has earned his stripes at the AHL level with Providence over the last couple of seasons, and comes to Boston as a gritty, energy forward capable of stirring things up in otherwise sleepy games. There’s also a bit of offensive upside for a fourth line-type player with five goals and nine points with 22 penalty minutes and a plus-eight rating in 19 games for the P-Bruins this season. 

It remains to be seen if the Blidh call-up means that the Bruins intend to scratch a player or that somebody is questionable for Saturday afternoon’s game in Buffalo, but Patrice Bergeron did miss Friday’s practice without any real defined reason for his absence. The 21-year-old Swede said he plans to play to his strengths if he gets into the lineup for the Black and Gold, and that could mean getting under the skin of his Sabres opponents. 

“It’s my first time called up, so I’m happy,” said Blidh, who was asked what he'll bring if he gets into the lineup. “I’ll just play simple and play my own game: be hard on the puck and play with some energy. I worked hard [in Providence] and then I got some confidence. I’m not a goal-scorer, but I scored a couple of goals and got some confidence.”

Claude Julien hasn’t been able to catch up Blidh’s work since the season got started, but was pleased by the youngster’s progress in training camp, where he earned notice for his feisty, physical play on a line with Noel Acciari. 

“They said he’s playing well, so they brought him up. We’ll get to see him, hopefully tomorrow,” said Julien. “I didn’t hear a ton of fine details aside from him being a guy that was certainly playing with a lot of energy. I didn’t mind him in training camp either. He works really hard and competes hard, and we could use that.”

That would certainly be the case after watching the Bruins go through the motions for long stretches Thursday night against Carolina before essentially stealing a game that they didn’t deserve to win. 

Friday, Dec. 2: Toews vs. Matthews

Friday, Dec. 2: Toews vs. Matthews

Here are all the links from around the hockey world and what I’m reading, while everybody in New England is in mourning over the latest Gronk booboo. 

*A pretty neat sharpshooting video with Jonathan Toews and that young whippersnapper Auston Matthews squaring off against each other. 

*Craig Custance looks a little deeper into the situation with the Florida Panthers and how things are stabilizing after the rough firing of Gerard Gallant last week. 

*Now. let’s get to the real important stuff: the San Jose Sharks website has put together their Movember rankings for the player’s mustaches. 

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Bruce Garrioch says that the plans for an outdoor game in Ottawa are again back on the NHL’s agenda. 

*Erik Erlendsson has put together a “Lightning Insider” website where you can find all the latest news about the Tampa Bay franchise. Check it out. 

*As guys such as Anton Khudobin prove when they’re thrust into the starting spot, backup goalies matter in today’s NHL. 

*For something completely different: a mash-up of Kylo Ren and “Girls” from the mad mind of Adam Driver is exactly just that.