Notes: Bruins return to Olympic site in Vancouver

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Notes: Bruins return to Olympic site in Vancouver

By JoeHaggerty
CSNNE.com

VANCOUVER It was just about exactly a year ago that David Krejci, Patrice Bergeron and Zdeno Chara were all in the city of Vancouver participating in whats gone down as one of the greatest -- if not the greatest -- hockey tournaments in Olympic history.

Zdeno Chara captained his Slovakian team to a respectable finish, David Krejci was the best player on his Czech Republic squad and Patrice Bergeron did all kinds of penalty killing and faceoff dirty work a Team Canada that memorably captured Gold with an epic win over Team USA.

The 25-year-old Bergeron couldnt hide the smile on his face when recounting the experience in Vancouver -- a winter party atmosphere that was capped off by capturing the tourney when Bergerons buddy Sidney Crosby potted the game-winner in overtime.

I think about the whole experience in and of itself. Being in the Olympic village and meeting all of the athletes, but obviously the biggest thing was getting the Gold medal, said Bergeron. Standing there in line and getting that medal was something special. Being at home in Canada you could tell the whole country was behind us, and Vancouver was crazy, you know? It was loud, there were people everywhere this city was rocking. It was fun being a part of it. The whole experience was something Ill never forget, but the icing on the cake was that Gold medal.

With the Olympic Gold medal still a memory fresh in Bergerons mind each time he comes to Vancouver, nobody would blame Bergeron if he starts thinking about Saturday nights game vs. the Canucks as a potential Stanley Cup Finals preview if things break right for both hockey clubs.

That would truly get things loud and crazy in Vancouver, wouldnt it?

The Bruins announced season ticket renewal prices for next season, and there will be price increases for many currently holding season ticket packages. While some tickets will stay exactly the same, most season ticket packages will see an increase of 1-9 for each individual ticket next season.

Season ticket holders will be able to renew their Season Tickets for the 2011-2012 NHL Season beginning on Tuesday, and an email was sent out to notify the Bs season ticket base. Its the first time in the last several seasons that many of the season ticket prices rose for a Boston season ticket base thats grown exponentially in the last five years.

This is primarily for season tickets, the information were distributing today. I think there is a different philosophy if youre just a casual fan coming to a couple of games, said Bruins Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing Amy Latimer. And for that we have in place mini-plans and group sales, our family section and some other things for individuals.

For season-long season ticket holders, we still have season tickets that are under 30 dollars per game so we still think thats a very good value in our market and based on the performance of our team.

During this process, there will be a weighted average increase of 4.34 (per seat, per game) over their 2010-2011 Season Ticket Holder pricing. Some renewal prices will remain the same, while other Season Ticket Holders will see an increase in prices ranging from 1-9 (per seat, per game). A range of Season Ticket Holder renewal prices are as follows:

Loge Seat: 65-110 per game

Balcony Seat: 25-69 per game

While Milan Lucic is getting most of the press for his return to the city of Vancouver, Mark Recchi is also enjoying something of a homecoming to British Columbia. Recchi is a native of Kamloops some 3 hours away from Vancouver, and rooted for the Canucks as a youngster growing in B.C.

All three of Recchis brothers will be traveling to the game in Vancouver on Saturday night, and Recchi said hell be purchasing in excess of 20 tickets for the large grouping of the Recchi clan intending to come watch their future Hall of Famer.

Its a beautiful area and Im not far from home. Especially where its an extended stay for a few days rather than an in and out trip, this is going to be fun for me and my family, said Recchi. It was Canucks for me. But we were so busy with four boys growing up that we didnt actually get out to see games with the Canucks in Vancouver very much. It was more in the summertime that we would get down to Seattle, and see some baseball. But its still a lot of fun to come back here.

Shane Hnidy said that he did indeed have surgery on his right shoulder in September, and is attempting to come back from the rotator cuff procedure as he joins up with the Bruins.

Tyler Seguin is clearly in tune with the efforts by BlackBerry to get younger and hipper with their BBM messaging feature, and was sporting a BBMe T-shirt as he left the Pacific Coliseum on Thursday afternoon.

Joe Haggerty can be reached at jhaggerty@comcastsportsnet.com.Follow Joe on Twitter at http:twitter.comHackswithHaggs

Bruins sign restricted free agent Acciari to two-year deal

Bruins sign restricted free agent Acciari to two-year deal

The Bruins have locked up a potential fourth-line piece for next season at a bargain basement price.

The B's signed Rhode Island native and Providence College alum Noel Acciari, a restricted free agent, to a two-year deal worth $1.45 million, a contract that breaks down to a very affordable $725,000 cap hit for each of the next two seasons. The 5-foot-11, 205-pound bowling ball of a forward finished with two goals and five points in 29 games for the Bruins last season, and has appeared in 48 games at the NHL level over the last two seasons in Boston. It was also encouraging that Acciari seemed to be tapping a bit more into his offense toward the end of the season, and was building some confidence for whatever modest offense he’ll end up bringing to the NHL table once he’s reached his potential ceiling as a player.

Clearly the two-year, one-way deal portends that Acciari, 25, will be counted on as a high energy, hard-hitting fourth-line player who does a good job of aggravating opponents while playing at full tilt. The real question is whether his body can hold up with his maximum effort style of playing, and whether he can avoid serious injuries with some of the car-crash level of violence he puts in his hitting.

Acciari has battled several different injuries over the last couple of seasons, but managed to be healthy enough to log time in the playoffs for both Boston and the P-Bruins.

Either way it’s a low-risk, affordable contract for the Bruins for a young player who, if healthy, will be a large piece on their fourth line as a diligent worker and excellent teammate. So that’s a good proactive signing for Don Sweeney as he continues to work on a more complicated contract for a higher profile player like David Pastrnak.

Morning Skate: Not a dry eye as Canucks draftee gets the call

Morning Skate: Not a dry eye as Canucks draftee gets the call

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while getting ready to check out GLOW on Netflix.

*This video of a Vancouver Canucks draft pick tearing up while watching the video of his brother celebrating him getting picked is all that is right with the NHL Draft.  

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Adrian Dater has Avs first-round pick Cale Makar talking about his hockey background, and why it doesn’t matter.

*The Calgary Flames are excited about their prospects and the pieces they were able to acquire last weekend.

*The Washington Capitals have re-signed Brett Connolly for a couple of years at short money and he appears to have found a home in DC.

*The Chicago Blackhawks are still in talks with Marian Hossa about how to resolve his contract and the allergic skin condition that might have prematurely ended his hockey career.

*Will the Tampa Bay sports go through a dry spell when it comes to Hall of Fame athletes now that former Lighting forward Dave Andreychuk has been called to the Hockey Hall?

*It looks like young Pierre Luc Dubois will be put in a position to contribute with the Columbus Blue Jackets this season.

*Alex Prewitt has a preview of the NHL free agency period and the stress levels that many players go through in it.

*For something completely different: This video of Drake and Will Ferrell hoop handshakes was pretty solid, and funny.