Heres a story on Dustin Brown tearing it up for the Kings, and leading without any fiery speeches or overplayed dressing room drama.
The Vancouver Canucks sign GM Mike Gillies to a multi-year deal that will ensure the Canucks continue to build teams that will fold when the moment gets too big for them.
The New York Times Chris Botta says that Brad Richards wasnt a giant factor for the Rangers throughout the regular season, but hes come on strong in the playoffs. Thats exactly what the Rangers envisioned when they brought him in.
Emotions are still raw for the St. Louis Blues after getting dominated by the Los Angeles Kings in the second round, but there was always a feeling at this address that the Blues lack of offense was going to hurt them.
Katie Carrera says that Joel Ward goes from playoff hero to playoff goat for the Washington Capitals after taking a high-sticking double minor that allowed the game-tying and game-winning goals on the power play.
Johan Franzen is ripping it up for Team Sweden in the World Championships, but thats come too late for the Detroit Red Wings, obviously.
Henrik Lundqvist is making his case for a Conn Smythe, and one could say the same for Mike Smith and Jonathan Quick.
For something completely different: The terrorists ruin everything. Now the term underwear bomb cant be used a punch line anymore. Damn.
Here are the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while wondering exactly what “semi-exact” means.
*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Josh Cooper has a piece on Jumbo Joe Thornton bringing an ageless energy to Team Canada.
*If you’re wondering where former B’s farmhand goaltender Jeremy Smith ended up, he’s now with the Colorado Avalanche.
*The Hockey News believes that the Bruins will be back in the playoffs this season after a two-year absence.
*While I appreciate the Hockey News linking to my work, I feel like it’s a key piece of info that I’m the Bruins Insider for CSN New England and not NESN.
*Is Team Europe coach Ralph Krueger the man with the plan to defeat a Team Canada juggernaut in the World Cup of Hockey.
*Dustin Byfuglien had an interesting take on the World Cup after flaming out with Team USA: “It is what it is. I didn’t really enjoy it.”
*For something completely different: this is not your father’s Converse, but it’s a sleek look that the kids are gonna love.
BOSTON – It was an excellent night for the many varied Bruins prospects in the preseason opener against the Columbus Blue Jackets. The B’s eventually dropped the game in a 3-2 shootout loss at TD Garden, but not before some of their young players showed exactly what they can do.
“For sure it’s a lot of fun. Coming in here everybody’s a little nervous, but it was, once you’re out there, it’s just fun. It was good to see the young guys out there,” said former University of Denver standout Danton Heinen, who scored the tying strike in the third period on a redirect. “It was definitely adjusting. You don’t totally know what to expect and then once the game went on I kind of felt a little more comfortable. We started playing better as a team.”
Former first-round pick Jake DeBrusk set up the B’s first goal with Jimmy Hayes by executing a nifty give-and-go at the Columbus net, and young skaters Jakub Zboril and Austin Czarnik made the initial transition passes that led up to the goal. In the third period Danton Heinen redirected a Brandon Carlo point shot from the slot area, and scored in his first career game played at TD Garden in an impressive show of hand-eye coordination.
Carlo, Czarnik, DeBrusk, Zboril and Heinen all had strong performances on the score sheet and at both ends of the ice, and that’s exactly what the Bruins coaching staff wanted to see with NHL jobs potentially up for grabs in main camp.
“A lot of young players in the lineup, I won’t go through all of them, but I thought quite a few of them acquitted themselves well,” said Bruins assistant coach Bruce Cassidy. “They were given opportunities to do that. I think some of them certainly took advantage of it, and did a nice job.”
It was good that the young players stepped up and made a nice impression in the preseason debut because the veteran players will cut into their opportunities once the World Cup of Hockey crew gets sprinkled into the mix starting this week.