The Goalie Guild goes over the potential benefit that injuries have provided for Tuukka Rask as he enters his first season with the Bruins as a starting goaltender.
Mike Knuble wants to play another season in the NHL, but the labor uncertainty has put a crimp in those plans at this point.
Defending Big D asks if perhaps the future isnt as bleak as it seems to be when it comes to a new CBA in the NHL.
The Sports Business Journal believes that the players and the NHLPA are winning the PR battle over the labor, and thats important.
Marty St. Louis says that hell play in Europe if theres a prolonged lockout over the first few months of the season. More and more NHL players are coming out with their plans if the NHL doesnt get its act together.
Pittsburgh GM Ray Shero is pleased with his Pittsburgh Penguins roster despite missing out on some of the big targets from the offseason.
For something completely different: Steve Buckley takes fellow media members to task for failing to attend Johnny Peskys funeral services.
The Bruins look like they’ll be without gritty veteran forward David Backes for at least the next couple of games, and probably more like the next couple of weeks.
It was announced that the gritty Bruins forward underwent a procedure on Monday remove the olecranon bursa from his elbow, and that “his condition will be updated after the weekend.” The procedure is commonly performed when bursitis in the elbow becomes an untenable, and seems more like an injury that worsens over time rather than anything that happened in a particular game this season.
Backes’ effectiveness did seem to be impacted after he got into a fight with Nazem Kadri in the second game of the season in Toronto, but it’s unknown if there’s any connection between that sequence and the forward’s elbow issues. According to the AAOS (American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons) website, it may take “10-14 days” for the skin to heal following the procedure, and three-to-four weeks before a doctor would clear the average person to resume normal activity.
The 32-year-old Backes is off to a good start for the Bruins with two goals and four points in five games prior to missing Tuesday night’s loss to the Minnesota Wild, and his absence makes an already-thin Bruins forward group smaller, softer and much less dangerous. With Backes on the shelf for at least the next two games against the Rangers and Detroit Red Wings, the Bruins have recalled young center Austin Czarnik after his short stint with the Providence Bruins.