The Bruins have signed a veteran forward to help their front line depth, but its not a name anybody might have been expecting.
The Bruins now have some good size and grittiness depth and will boast all the Slap Shot stories they can entertain during training camp as theyve signed former University of Notre Dame forward Christian Hanson. Hanson was inked to a one-year, two-way deal and is also famously known as the son of Dave Hanson, one of the famous bespectacled Hanson Brothers from the cult hockey film Slap Shot".
Hanson spent last season in the Washington Capitals organization with the Hershey Bears, but had his best season came two years ago with the Toronto Marlies and Maple Leafs as a big bottom-six forward. Hanson had 34 points and 51 penalty minutes for the Marlies while getting into six games for the Leafs.
Hes got ideal size for a third or fourth line role and will be a valued performer in the AHL, but doesnt have top end skating ability and isnt considered a pro hockey fighter despite his lineage with the bloodthirsty Hanson Brothers characters from the movies.
Hanson isnt expected to make the Bruins out of training camp unless injuries hit the hockey club, but the big club wouldnt be afraid to call on him in a pinch.
The 6-foot-4, 228-pound center put up 10 goals and 21 points along with 42 penalty minutes in 52 games for Hershey. In total, Hanson has played in 42 NHL games with three goals, nine points and 22 penalty minutes after a career at Notre Dame that saw him make the Second Team NCAA All-Star team in 2009. The big pivot was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Leafs following his collegiate career.
Hansons contract will be for 600,000 at the NHL level and 105,000 at the AHL level for the Providence Bruins.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Star Wars being released today. Amazing that the power and influence of the best movie franchise in cinematic history are just as strong today as it was four decades ago. I still remember my first time seeing it as a very little kid with my parents at the dearly departed Starlight Drive-In in North Reading.
*Good guy and recently fired Colorado Avalanche assistant coach Tim Army talks about a rough past season with the Avs, and some of the difficulties they faced in a truly terrible season. The former Providence College head coach and good hockey man shouldn’t have much trouble finding his next gig.
*A great move by the Arizona Coyotes, who have hired former Bruins forward Craig Cunningham as a pro scout after his awful medical situation last season that resulted in his leg getting amputated. Cunningham is a hard worker and a hockey lifer, and that’s exactly the kind of traits that the best scouts have in huge amounts.
*The New Jersey Devils have fired a number of employees after a rough season, including a groundbreaking radio analyst.
*With the ultra-competitive demand for an edge in NHL player development, teams are beginning to look to Europe for more and more diamonds in the rough. The Bruins tried that with Joonas Kemppainen, but it didn’t work out so well.
*One of the real big advantages of the Nashville Predators getting to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time is a national spotlight getting flashed on PK Subban, who shows off his personality in a rare ESPN interview of a hockey player featured on the network's magazine show.
*Ryan Johansen isn’t done talking smack to Ryan Kesler after the Predators prevailed over the Ducks, and it’s some delicious playoff hatred.
*Is the NHL ready to draft another goaltender with the last name DiPietro in the first round? Inquiring minds want to know, but I’d recommend the New York Islanders take a pass just in the name of avoiding a repeat of some bad history for them.
*Taylor Hall sounds pretty bitter about the whole “Edmonton Oilers getting into the playoff without him” thing, doesn’t he?
*For something completely different: As mentioned above, it’s a milestone birthday for the Star Wars franchise hitting 40 years old today. Boy, this Boston Globe movie review was right on the money back in 1977.
The assumption was that some NHL jerseys and logos were going to get tweaked when Adidas takes over for Reebok as the manufacturer of the game sweaters and it looks like the Black and Gold of the Bruins will be getting some alterations.
According to a report on Sportslogos.net, the Bruins are one of 13 NHL teams, including the expansion Vegas Golden Knights, that will have some changes made to the jerseys they wear.
There’s no indication as to how sweeping the changes will be and it’s doubtful something as heinous as the 1990’s Pooh Bear jerseys will be entered into the B’s mix. The last major changes for the Bruins came when Reebok first took over in 2007-08 and some slight alterations were made to the B’s logo, but the Bruins have also switched around their third alternate jerseys several times over the past decade.
The personal favorite at this address is the gold Winter Classic jerseys the Bruins donned on Jan. 1, 2010 against the Philadelphia Flyers at Fenway Park. Something like that could be a pretty interesting look as a home alternate jersey for special occasions at TD Garden, but the expectation at this address is the Bruins will keep it simple with something in black that’s not too distant from their 2016 Winter Classic jerseys that have become their alternate third jerseys.
The speculation on the blog was that the Bruins sweater alterations will be something along the lines of a “font change for the names or numbers” on the jerseys, and that’s something that wouldn’t qualify as a significant deviation from the classically popular Bruins game sweaters. In other words, the Bruins and Adidas shouldn’t be messing with something that isn’t broken with the Black and Gold, or with their fan base that still wears old school Andy Moog and Ray Bourque Bruins sweaters to home games on a regular basis.