Full Bruins contingent headed to NYC for CBA talks

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Full Bruins contingent headed to NYC for CBA talks

WILMINGTON, Mass. The Bruins win as a team. They lose as a team.

They also show their player solidarity as a team.

The entire contingent of Bruins players minus their erstwhile goaltender holed up in his Colorado compound hopped on a train Wednesday morning bound for the NHLNHLPA negotiations in New York City.

Their train trip came immediately after the bulk of Bs players skated for 60 minutes at Ristuccia Arena at a captains practice led by Zdeno Chara. Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Keith Yandle and Edmonton Oilers defensemen Ryan Whitney along with former UMass hockey player Alex Berry were skating along with the host of Bruins players including
Patrice Bergeron, David Krejci, Chara, Milan Lucic, Tyler Seguin, Tuukka Rask, Anton Khudobin, Johnny Boychuk, Shawn Thornton, Daniel Paille, Gregory Campbell, Jordan Caron, Chris Bourque, Dennis Seidenberg, Adam McQuaid and Rich Peverley.

As many as 300 players are expected to head into NYC for the NHLPANHL talks over the next two days with a possible lockout beginning at midnight on Sept. 15 if a deal isnt reached between the two sides. The Bruins players know that a show of solidarity is important, and Ference later tweeted on Wednesday afternoon that all members of the Black and Gold roster were headed to the Big Apple for the CBA showdown.

Its good that a lot of guys are going to find out where were at as a union. Were going to have some long meetings tonight and tomorrow morning, and were going to get more clarity of what to expect over the next few weeks, said Milan Lucic. With all of the players
showing up, it shows that were against the lockout and we want this game to grow and continue.

Its no secret that the game has grown tremendously over the last few years and its headed in a really good direction. Don Fehr is very black and white with us, so we know exactly whats going on. The large attendance in New York City really shows our solidarity.

The NHL has scheduled a Thursday afternoon press conference with the expected likelihood that theyll announce a lockout, and thats something the Bruins players are bracing for despite being hopeful headed into the informational meetings. Gregory Campbell said he
expects progress once the NHL announces a lockout of the players, but theres also the inevitably there will be some kind of lockout.

The biggest thing for us is how to prepare as players for a lockout. Do you go home? Do you stay in your NHL city if youre a guy with kids and a family? said Campbell. Im trying to take an optimistic approach. The lockout deadline almost seems inevitable
from everything that Ive heard about the talks. Thats the owners plan. Theres nothing written in stone and even if we are officially locked out on the 15th Im still optimistic that as soon as the deadline comes there will be progress.

Once the deadline hits its for real and the season wont start until it gets sorted out. Hopefully thats a time when people really get serious and try to work something out here. I dont think the game is in that bad of a shape. Its certainly a lot better than it was when I
came into the NHL.

There is still a glimmer of hope that the NHL and NHLPA can overcome their hurdles and find some common ground over the next two days, but it wont be easy. The NHL has to back off the rollback of salaries and the promises of salary escrow that the players bitterly accepted
during the last CBA negotiations, and the players will have to give back generously from the 57 percent share of the Hockey Related Revenue theyve earned over the last six seasons.

Perhaps Fehr and Gary Bettman will meet face-to-face and hammer out their disagreements with the Sept. 15 lockout date looming, and end the battle over NHL profit margins appearing to drive the fundamental disagreement.

Whatever happens the Bruins players are once again showing theyre in harmony as a hockey club with the battle having been transferred from the ice to the board room this week in New York City.

Friday, Dec. 9: John Scott calls it quits

Friday, Dec. 9: John Scott calls it quits

Here are all the links from around the hockey world and what I’m reading while digging the Spider-Man trailer that dropped last night. 

*John Scott has finally called it a day and announced his retirement, and apparently there’s a book of his memoirs also coming out too. I’m predicting it’s not headed for the New York Times best seller list. 

*Winter Olympics participation and the CBA negotiations for the NHL are starting to merge into giant issue.  

*Connor McDavid calls the Flyers' Brandon Manning classless for telling him on the ice that he purposefully tried to hurt him last season. Some players might also take issue with McDavid making public what another player said to him on the ice. That’s kind of a no-no for most hockey players and breaks an unwritten rule that McDavid might think he’s above given his star status. This whole thing isn’t a good look for anybody. 

*Kevin Stevens pleads guilty to federal drug charges in what’s become a pretty sad situation for the former NHL star. 

*New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist is beginning to raise questions with his play, and his massive price tag. 

*Youngsters Zach Weresnki and Dylan Larkin took similar paths to the NHL, and are both considered part of the talented young generation full of hockey stars. 

*PHT writer Joey Alfieri has Carey Price taking a nutty on Kyle Palmieri after the player crashed into his crease last night. Price is being celebrated for sticking up for himself, but if another goalie did that to a Habs player at the Bell Centre, there would already be a warrant out for his arrest. Play it both ways, Montreal!  

*For something completely different: here’s the aforementioned new Spider-Man: Homecoming trailer that looks pretty darn good. 

 

Two more Pastrnak goals pull him into tie for NHL lead with Crosby

Two more Pastrnak goals pull him into tie for NHL lead with Crosby

BOSTON – While the loss to the Avalanche on Thursday night was a monumental dud, it put another dazzling display on the hockey resume of David Pastrnak. 

The 20-year-old star right winger scored two more goals in the 4-2 loss at TD Garden and nearly brought the Bruins back into the game by himself before another defensive breakdown at the end of the second period doomed them. 

Instead, Pastrnak had to settle with being the proud owner of 18 goals scored in 23 games that places him in a tie with NHL superstar Sidney Crosby for the NHL lead in goals. 

The goals also showed his wide range of lethal offensive skills. On the first score, he just broke away from the Avalanche defense and managed to bury a second-effort breakaway chance after a nice Tim Schaller stretch pass off the boards. The second goal was a straight one-timer bomb from the high slot off a slick setup pass from Brad Marchand in the corner, and it had the Bruins right back into the mix after a dreadful first period. 

It wasn’t enough when the B’s defense faltered again toward the end of the second period, but it was enough for everybody to be singing Pastrnak’s praises once again following the loss. 

“He’s a game changer. The momentum is going the other way, and he has the ability to break away on any given shift and score a big goal for us. He did that tonight,” said Torey Krug. “We can’t just keep relying on the same guys to score goals. We’ve got to come up with secondary offense, and I know every other guy wants to do that. 

“Now it’s about showing that on the ice and making sure we’re doing the work and getting better and proving to ourselves. But Pasta [David Pastrnak] has been great for us so far, and we’re obviously lucky to have him.”

The 18 goals barely two months into the season are not too shabby for a kid, in his third NHL season, who just now coming into his own. He’s nearly halfway to 40 before Christmas. For Pastrnak, however, it’s about the team result and he wasn’t overly satisfied with his two goals in a losing effort. 

“I’ve said before the season that our goal is to make the playoffs and to have that experience and have the chance to win the Stanley Cup. I’m still focusing on that,” said Pastrnak, who has yet to experience the Stanley Cup playoffs in his two-plus seasons with the Black and Gold. “We have zero points from tonight’s game and we have to move on. I think our game gets better in the second and third periods, you know, and we have to regroup and get ready for Saturday’s game.”

The Bruins will undoubtedly regroup and once again count on another Pastrnak offensive explosion to help lead the way in what’s become a truly spectacular season for the youngster.