Chiarelli admits 'nothing has changed' with Thomas


Chiarelli admits 'nothing has changed' with Thomas

Peter Chiarelli hasnt seen the Facebook post where Tim Thomas attempted to explain his reasoning behind taking the season off.
Perhaps the general manager hasnt been accepted by the idealistic goaltender as a Facebook friend, but more likely Chiarelli really doesnt need to hear a message thats already been delivered to the Bruins.
The friends, family and faith message from Thomas is one that the Bs front office is clearly well aware of.
I havent seen his infamous Facebook post. Im aware of it, said Chiarelli. Ive talked to his agent in the last little bit, and nothing has changed. If youre asking me, Has he clarified that hes not playing for the year... hes stated that through his agent that hes not playing for the year.
I guess thats where that stands. But nothing has really changed since the last time I spoke to the media.
Chiarelli got the message loud and clear from Thomas agent Bill Zito that the 38-year-old goaltender didnt intend to play in the 2012-13 season, and would instead work out on his own in his new home state of Colorado. Nothing has changed in Chiarellis mind when it comes to the status of Thomas, but he did admit that the curious decision by the two-time Vezina Trophy winner did change their offseason strategy plan.
Im operating under the premise that our goalies will be Tuukka (Rask) and Anton (Khudobin), so yeah it will have an impact because Tim wont be playing for us. There is a whole Im not going to tell you everything but there are a whole host of things that trickle down from that one event.
In the short answer, yes Thomas walking for the year has had an impact.
The greatest impact appears to be a renewed stress on keeping together rest of the Bruins team around their young goaltender, and fielding a balanced hockey club capable of playing effective offense and responsible defense in front of goaltenders that are going to need a little help at times.

Acciari notches first NHL goal in Bruins win over Predators

Acciari notches first NHL goal in Bruins win over Predators

BOSTON – It took until his 43rd game in the NHL to finally score his first goal with the Bruins, but Rhode Island native Noel Acciari said it made him appreciate it all the more when that moment finally did arrived on Tuesday night. The 25-year-old Acciari finished off a Riley Nash feed on a 3-on-1 odd-man rush that gave the Bruins an insurance goal they badly needed in a 4-1 win over the Nashville Predators at TD Garden.

Then David Pastrnak hit Acciari with a shaving cream pie to the face during the NESN broadcast as a way to commemorate his teammate’s big scoring moment, and Torey Krug immediately fished the puck out of the net to make certain that Acciari would get it.

So it was the best of both worlds with the team-oriented Acciari, who watched his Bruins win to go right along with his hallmark scoring moment that he’ll remember forever.

“Your first NHL goal is a special feeling and to finally have it, you know, like I said before I couldn’t have done it without the other guys, the other four, five guys on the ice. But it feels good,” said Acciari, who has a goal and four points in 24 games this season in Boston. “It just shows you how special it is. It’s not going to come the first game you play; it could come 10, 20, for me probably over 40, but it still feels the same.”

Clearly it’s more about providing a physical, heavy and aggressive opponent when Acciari suits up for the Black and Gold, and it’s less about providing offensive production that’s really a bonus from the fourth line. The focus on throwing hits, aggravating opponents and playing with extra energy have been a big part of Acciari’s game since his return from Providence, and that is absolutely been by design.

“I think I kind of strayed [from my strengths] when I got back from my injury – I kind of strayed away from the hitting game,” said Acciari. “Just getting in on the fore-check and, you know, just kind of getting back to that down in Providence was huge and kind of get my confidence up down there helped out a lot. So when I got the call up I was ready for anything.”

He’s certainly played like he was ready for anything while posting a goal and two points along with a plus-4 in his first four games back for the Bruins organization. Acciari did all of that while leading everybody in Tuesday night’s game with eight registered hits in the win over Nashville. So the 5-foot-10, 208-pound Acciari gave a pretty good example against the Predators of just what he can do with steady ice time and the trust of his teammates as all of the hockey clubs in the East gear up to finish strong for the playoffs.

Now all Acciari has to do is continue to play consistently, punish opposing players and chip in a little offense from time and time as he carves out a permanent role on Boston’s fourth line, and helps his team win a few along the way.