Bruins may move practice facility


Bruins may move practice facility

BOSTON -- One bit of news that did come out of the season-ending Bruins press conference with the teams ownership and management group Thursday was the potential future of the teams practice facility.

Bruins president Cam Neely said the Bs have one year remaining on their contract with the town of Wilmingtons Ristuccia Arena, and it's possible they could extend the deal.

"We're in discussions with Ristuccia Arena right now," said Neely.

But theres also a desire for a facility thats a little closer to the city of Boston, and more state-of-the-art . . . like the practice homes for the Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs.

Sources outside the Bruins organization have indicated to that there's interest in a new practice facility in the Brighton area, adjacent to the New Balance building. New Balance recently partnered with Warrior Hockey in an initial foray into the hockey equipment business. The rink would be part of a 235 million development project thats being proposed by New Balance to completely redevelop the Brighton Landing area around their Guest Street headquarters.

Bruins principal owner Charlie Jacobs said the team has explored other potential practice facilities more befitting an Original Six franchise than the high school hockey rink in Wilmington, and outlined some of the criteria the team was seeking.

Cam and I have been collaborating a bit on what should be the best facility for us moving forward, said Jacobs. Weve batted it around and considered Wilmington a bit and obviously also explored some other locations. We like to think of our training facility and practice facilities as a drawing card for players that might be playing on other markets and look at us and say, Geez, Id love to come to Boston, not only for the atmosphere, but for the environment, and the day-to-day environment where they practice.

The practice facility really does need to be, if you will, world class in that regard. So, weve put together, for lack of better term, a blue-ribbon committee to say, Lets try to find the right location thats within very short driving distance to the Boston Garden that could offer that kind of environment, that kind of ice and training facility.

"Were in the process of that now. We dont have any final answers to share with you today, other than saying weve done a lot of work on this subject. I think were drawing to a real good conclusion.

Morning Skate: Larry Robinson parts ways with Sharks

Morning Skate: Larry Robinson parts ways with Sharks

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while refraining from shoving any world leaders today.

*Larry Robinson and the San Jose Sharks are parting after working together for five seasons, per FOH (Friend of Haggs) Kevin Kurz.

*Speaking of Kurz, he also has a Sharks mailbag on which players are most likely to be traded out of San Jose during the offseason. Somebody has got to go, and you’d think it would be somebody without much tread left on the tires.

*Moving on to other topics, Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Kesler said that losing a Game 6 in the Western Conference Finals to the Nashville Predators was the “toughest” loss of his career. I don’t see how this is possible. You see, Kesler is no slouch at falling short. In fact, he’s a tremendous loser, having dropped a Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final at home in 2011 as a member of the Vancouver Canucks, and also having lost a Gold Medal Game for Team USA at the hands of Sidney Crosby and Canada in 2010 in overtime that was also played in Vancouver. It took a simple Google search to find an actual postgame video of Kesler crying into his hockey glove on the bench in the aftermath of Game 7 vs. the Bruins. So, pardon me if I’m not buying Kesler talking about a conference finals loss as the worst of his career when he was one home win away from being a Stanley Cup champion in Game 7, and proceeded to lose like he’s done many, many times in the most important games of his career. Dude, you’ve been through tougher losses. Trust me on that one.  

*The idea of trading Alex Ovechkin might be gaining some traction with the Capitals fan base, but it doesn’t seem to be based on reality at this point.

*The pride of Melrose, Mass, Conor Sheary, delivered in Game 7 for the Penguins as they return to the Stanley Cup Final in back-to-back seasons.

*Bobby Ryan said his strategy for success in the playoffs, at least in part, was staying off the phone. Maybe he ought to try that a bit more during the regular season.

*Congrats to the folks at NBC for another successful Red Nose Day that featured a reunion of the “Love Actually” cast among other things.