Bruins to play in 17 games on national TV in 2012-13

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Bruins to play in 17 games on national TV in 2012-13

The Bruins, as usual, will enjoy plenty of national TV exposure in the United States should the NHL season get started on time. The Black and Gold will have 17 games broadcast nationally in the US on NBC and the NBC Sports Network. Thirteen of those games will be exclusive, while the other four Bs games will also be televised locally on NESN.The Bruins, Penguins and Red Wings were tied for the most possible national appearances on the NBC Network family with the 17 possible games to be televised.

The biggest national game for the Bruins during the season will be the Nov. 23 Thanksgiving Showdown, a traditional Friday afternoon game on the day after Thanksgiving hosted in Boston. The Bs will take on the New York Rangers at 1 pm on Black Friday, and also have a Feb. 17 Saturday afternoon matinee against the Chicago Blackhawks penciled into the schedule. Three Bs games are also flex games on the schedule.

In addition the Bruins have their Oct. 11 Opening Night tilt against the Philadelphia Flyers on NBCSN. Ten other games and a Flex game against the Flyers on March 31 will also be on NBCSN.

Heres the full TV schedule for the Bruins with the caveat that many of the games could be cancelled by the looming NHL lockout if the league and players association cant come to a CBA agreement by Sept. 15:

Bruins Games Broadcast on NBC Sports Network (all times Eastern):
Thursday, October 11 at Philadelphia, 7:00 PM
Tuesday, November 27 vs. New Jersey, 7:00 PM (non-exclusive)
Monday, December 10 at Detroit, 7:30 PM (non-exclusive)
Wednesday, January 9 at Buffalo, 7:30 PM
Sunday, January 13 at New York Rangers, 7:30 PM
Tuesday, January 29 vs. St. Louis, 7:00 PM
Monday, February 4 at Colorado, 9:00 PM
Wednesday, February 6 vs. Buffalo, 7:30 PM
Monday, March 4 vs. Montreal, 7:30 PM (non-exclusive)
Wednesday, March 27 vs. Montreal, 7:30 PM
Wednesday, April 10 at New Jersey, 7:30 PM

Bruins Flex Game on NBC Sports Network (Eastern Time):
Sunday, March 31 at Philadelphia, 7:30 PM

Bruins Games Broadcast on NBC (all times Eastern):
Friday, November 23 vs. New York Rangers, 1:00 PM
Sunday, February 17 at Chicago, 3:30 PM

Bruins Flex Games on NBC (all times Eastern):
Sunday, March 10 at Washington, 7:30 PM
Sunday, March 17 at Pittsburgh, 7:30 PM
Saturday, April 13 at Buffalo, 7:30 PM (non-exclusive)

BRUINS 2012-13 REGULAR SEASON SCHEDULE (ALL TIMES ARE LOCAL)
OCTOBER
Thu. Oct. 11 At Philadelphia 7:00 PM (NBC Sports Network)
Sat. Oct. 13 At New Jersey 7:00 PM
Tue. Oct. 16 At Montreal 7:30 PM (TSN, RDS)
Thu. Oct. 18 Montreal 7:00 PM (RDS)
Sat. Oct. 20 Dallas 7:00 PM
Tue. Oct. 23 Carolina 7:00 PM
Thu. Oct. 25 Anaheim 7:00 PM
Sat. Oct. 27 N.Y. Islanders 7:00 PM
Tue. Oct. 30 Buffalo 7:00 PM

NOVEMBER
Thu. Nov. 01 At Toronto 7:00 PM (CBC, NHL Network)
Fri. Nov. 02 At Washington 7:00 PM
Tue. Nov. 06 Minnesota 7:00 PM
Thu. Nov. 08 At Tampa Bay 7:30 PM
Sat. Nov. 10 At Florida 7:30 PM
Wed. Nov. 14 At Ottawa 7:00 PM (TSN)
Thu. Nov. 15 Colorado 7:00 PM
Sat. Nov. 17 Winnipeg 7:00 PM (CBC)
Wed. Nov. 21 At N.Y. Islanders 7:00 PM
Fri. Nov. 23 N.Y. Rangers 1:00 PM (NBC, TSN)
Sat. Nov. 24 Pittsburgh 7:00 PM (NHL Network)
Tue. Nov. 27 New Jersey 7:00 PM (NBC Sports Network non-exclusive, TSN2)
Thu. Nov. 29 Carolina 7:00 PM

DECEMBER
Sat. Dec. 01 Buffalo 7:00 PM (NHL Network)
Mon. Dec. 03 Phoenix 7:00 PM
Wed. Dec. 05 At Winnipeg 7:00 PM (TSN)
Sat. Dec. 08 At Toronto 7:00 PM (CBC, NHL Network)
Mon. Dec. 10 At Detroit 7:30 PM (NBC Sports Network non-exclusive, TSN2)
Tue. Dec. 11 Tampa Bay 7:00 PM
Thu. Dec. 13 Pittsburgh 7:00 PM (NHL Network)
Sat. Dec. 15 Florida 7:00 PM
Mon. Dec. 17 Los Angeles 7:00 PM
Thu. Dec. 20 Winnipeg 7:00 PM
Sat. Dec. 22 Washington 1:00 PM (NHL Network)
Wed. Dec. 26 Ottawa 7:00 PM (TSN)
Sat. Dec 29 At Vancouver 7:00 PM (CBC)
Mon. Dec. 31 At Calgary 7:00 PM

JANUARY
Wed. Jan. 02 At Edmonton 8:00 PM
Sat. Jan. 05 Ottawa 1:00 PM
Tue. Jan. 08 At Ottawa 7:30 PM
Wed. Jan. 09 At Buffalo 7:30 PM (NBC Sports Network, TSN2)
Sat. Jan. 12 Chicago 1:00 PM (NHL Network)
Sun. Jan. 13 At N.Y. Rangers 7:30 PM (NBC Sports Network, TSN2)
Tue. Jan. 15 New Jersey 7:00 PM
Thu. Jan. 17 At Ottawa 7:30 PM
Sat. Jan. 19 At Montreal 7:00 PM (CBC, RDS, NHL Network)
Mon. Jan. 21 Toronto 1:00 PM
Tue. Jan. 22 At N.Y. Rangers 7:00 PM
Tue. Jan. 29 St. Louis 7:00 PM (NBC Sports Network, TSN)
Thu. Jan. 31 At San Jose 7:30 PM

FEBRUARY
Sat. Feb. 02 At Phoenix 6:00 PM
Mon. Feb. 04 At Colorado 7:00 PM (NBC Sports Network, TSN2)
Wed. Feb. 06 Buffalo 7:30 PM (NBC Sports Network, TSN2)
Fri. Feb. 08 At Buffalo 7:00 PM
Sat. Feb. 09 N.Y. Rangers 7:00 PM (NHL Network)
Tue. Feb. 12 Toronto 7:00 PM
Fri. Feb. 15 At Carolina 7:00 PM
Sun. Feb. 17 At Chicago 6:30 PM (NBC, TSN2)
Mon. Feb. 18 At Nashville 5:00 PM
Thu. Feb. 21 At Tampa Bay 7:30 PM (NHL Network)
Sun. Feb. 24 At Florida 6:00 PM
Tue. Feb. 26 At Carolina 7:00 PM
Thu. Feb 28 At Montreal 7:30 PM (RDS)

MARCH
Sat. Mar. 02 Tampa Bay 1:00 PM
Mon. Mar. 04 Montreal 7:00 PM (NBC Sports Network non-exclusive, TSN, RDS)
Tue. Mar. 05 At N.Y. Islanders 7:00 PM
Sat. Mar. 09 Philadelphia 1:00 PM (NHL Network)
Sun. Mar. 10 At Washington 7:30 PM (NBCNBC Sports Network Flex, TSN2)
Thu. Mar. 14 Florida 7:00 PM
Sat. Mar. 16 Washington 1:00 PM (NHL Network)
Sun. Mar. 17 At Pittsburgh 7:30 PM (NBCNBC Sports Network Flex)
Tue. Mar. 19 At Winnipeg 7:00 PM
Sat. Mar. 23 At Toronto 7:00 PM (CBC, NHL Network)
Mon. Mar. 25 Toronto 7:00 PM (TSN)
Wed. Mar. 27 Montreal 7:00 PM (NBC Sports Network, TSN, RDS)
Sat. Mar. 30 Philadelphia 1:00 PM (NHL Network)
Sun. Mar. 31 At Philadelphia 7:30 PM (NBC Sports NetworkNBC Flex)

APRIL
Tue. Apr. 02 Ottawa 7:00 PM
Thu. Apr. 04 Columbus 7:00 PM
Fri. Apr. 05 At Pittsburgh 7:00 PM (NHL Network)
Wed. Apr. 10 At New Jersey 7:30 PM (NBC Sports Network, TSN2)
Thu. Apr. 11 N.Y. Islanders 7:00 PM
Sat. Apr. 13 At Buffalo 7:30 PM (NBCNBC Sports Network Flex non-exclusive)

Bruins select defenseman Urho Vaakanainen with No. 18 pick

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Bruins select defenseman Urho Vaakanainen with No. 18 pick

CHICAGO – Well, the Bruins are certainly opening themselves up for a little second-guessing.

The B’s were trying to move their first-round pick, but ultimately made the selection in Finnish D-man Urho Vaakenainen, who is described by scouts as a classic stay-at-home defenseman type without much offensive upside.

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The 6-foot-1, 185-pound Vaakenainen had a goal in six games for Team Finland at a disappointing World Junior tournament, and didn’t post anything eye-catching while playing for JYP of SM-Liiga where he appeared in 41 games, tallying two goals and four assists along with a plus/minus rating of plus-five. He spent the 2015-16 season with Blues of SM-Liiga, scoring a goal and five assists in 25 games.

Some scouting reports cast him as strictly a stay-at-home D-man with limited offensive skills while other scouting reports give him a little more credit for his two-way game and smooth puck-moving abilities without any big holes in his game.

“Has an uncanny ability to get his stick in shooting and passing lanes. Just don’t expect offense,” said Sportsnet anchor and prospect aficionado Jeff Marek leading up to the draft in one of his mock drafts. “He won’t be out there late in a game to tie it up, but you’ll love him out there protecting a lead.”

Vaakenainen said he was surprised to be taken by the Bruins given that he had just one conversation with them at the NHL Scouting Combine, and hadn’t really talked to any Bruins scouts throughout the hockey season. On the plus side, Vaakenainen said he models his game after Nashville defenseman Roman Josi and prides himself on his skating, his passing and shooting and his ability to play the two-way game.

“I think I’m a great skater…good with the puck,” said Vaakenainen. “I have a great first pass. I’m a complete package and a two-way defenseman, steady guy. My expectation was to go in the first round. I wasn’t expecting to go Boston, but the first round was my expectation. I met them at the combine, but that was it. That was the only meeting in person.”

Clearly, it remains to be seen how a young, raw prospect like Vaakenainen develops over time and there were plenty of mock drafts and scouting services that him getting selected in the first round. Still, once in a while it wouldn’t kill the Bruins to go with a player holding larger upside like Finnish power forward Kristian Vesalainen or dynamic, undersized winger Kailer Yamamoto. 

Morning Skate: Pronger on his way to a GM job?

Morning Skate: Pronger on his way to a GM job?

*Chris Pronger takes a job in the front office of the Florida Panthers and wants to be a GM in the NHL someday.

*It sounds like Alex Radulov is playing contract chicken with the Montreal Canadiens while demanding pretty massive term and salary demands.

*Tampa Bay Lightning GM Steve Yzerman has a top-nine winger on his wish list after dealing away Jonathan Drouin to the Habs.

*A good look from FOH (Friend of Haggs) Jon Rosen into what the draft outlook is for the Los Angeles Kings entering this weekend.

*Ryan Strome is ecstatic about moving on from the New York Islanders and heading to the Edmonton Oilers where he’ll get a chance to fully utilize the skills that went under the radar in Brooklyn.

*Even without a high pick, the Buffalo Sabres and Jason Botterill will be making some moves at the NHL Draft.

*You want some talk about the Bruins prospects and their potential draft targets for the Black and Gold this weekend. Here’s FOH (Friend of Haggs) Kirk Luedeke on with a podcast up in Maine called the Bruins Diehards talking all of that good stuff just a couple of days ago.

*Philadelphia Flyers GM Ron Hextall is going searching for another goalie after once again deciding that Philly needs more help between the pipes. This seems to be a perpetual situation for this group, doesn’t it?

*Jeff Marek has his final 2017 NHL Mock Draft up and running, and he has St. Cloud State forward Ryan Poehling headed to Boston with the No. 18 pick.

*Apparently Linda Cohn wants to push out Gary Bettman and take over as NHL Commissioner when her contract is up with ESPN. Well, okay then.

*It was a little emotional and totally uplifting to see Denna Laing getting saluted at the NHL Awards ceremony. I’m so glad that my daughter has strong role models like Denna that show young women what courage and character are all about.

*The rumor mill is getting worked up at NHL Draft weekend, and it sounds like the Minnesota Wild are going to be busy potentially dealing Jonas Brodin, Marco Scandella or Jason Pominville in the next week or two. Certainly, the Bruins have been front and center in those discussions, but it remains to be seen if something gets done.

*For something completely different: The glowing reviews are coming in for the new Netflix series, GLOW, and it doesn’t sound like a fun concept.