Ryder, Recchi, Hnidy to receive rings with current B's

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Ryder, Recchi, Hnidy to receive rings with current B's

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.com Bruins Insider Follow @hackswithhaggs
The Bruins are preparing for their final few days of Stanley Cup reminiscing and celebrations before the regular season is upon them, and that includes the presentation of their Stanley Cup rings at tonights team dinner. The rings, created by Jostens, will be unveiled during the team dinner at the Boston Harbor Hotel on Tuesday night, and set off a run of three straight days of winding up toward Thursday nights banner-raising even prior to puck drop against the Philadelphia Flyers.

A Bruins source indicated that departed Bs team members Michael Ryder, Mark Recchi and Sheriff Shane Hnidy would all be attending the dinner and ring ceremony along with the rest of the returning members of the Cup-winning hockey club.

A shipment of personalized boxes containing the championship rings arrived at the Boston Harbor Hotel via armored car at 4:00 p.m., and the Bruins players themselves, the coaching staff and management will arrive to the hotel at approximately 5:30 p.m. for a walk down the red carpet from the Boston Harbor Hotel archway into the function hall where the dinner will take place.

The dinner itself will be closed off to the media and the public, but the Bruins are expecting plenty of curious onlookers when they walk out of the Harbor Hotel with the new bling on their fingers.

While the Bruins know they have a new season full of challenges awaiting them, the ring presentation and the banner-raising await over the next few days as a nice chapter-ender to last years magnificent Cup run. The celebration doesnt leave much in the way of questions in the mind of other Bs officials about the motivation level for this years club after climbing the Lord Stanley mountaintop last spring.

When you get the taste of winning its a pretty good taste, said Bruins President Cam Neely. Weve got a good group of guys with great character and a fairly young group that isnt tired of winning yet. I think our future both for this season and for years to come bodes very well for us.

The day after the players receive their championship rings, Bruins season ticket holders and fans will have the opportunity to purchase pieces from the Boston Bruins Stanley Cup Championship Season Ticket Holder and Fan Collections. The 25-piece collections, which include watches, pendants, cufflinks and rings, will go on-sale on Wednesday, October 5.

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

Cassidy: Bruins 'will be fine' if they simply take care of business

Cassidy: Bruins 'will be fine' if they simply take care of business

BRIGHTON -- The Bruins took Wednesday off and returned Thursday with assurances they weren’t thinking about history repeating itself for a third straight season. 

The easy parallels are there, of course. 

The Bruins lost 9 of their final 14 games and missed the playoffs by a point two years ago. Last season they went a pathetic 3-8-1 in the final 12 games and once again missed the postseason by a single point.

So their recent three-game losing streak has set off some warning bells and whistles, as has the fact that the Toronto Maple Leafs have passed them and pushed the B’s into the second wild-card position. Boston holds a slim two-point lead over the New York Islanders for that final playoff position, and is facing huge games against the Tampa Bay Lightning (tonight) and the Isles (Saturday).

So with all that in mind, has interim coach Bruce Cassidy’s message changed at all to his players? 

“These are teams [close to the Bruins to the standings, so the games] get more magnified and rightfully so,” said Cassidy. “We accept that and we know what’s at stake. The last two didn’t go the way we wanted them to, but the things we do well, we need to keep doing well. We’ve created some looks at the net. We’re generating some offense. We need to finish a little better, and those pockets of the game that get away from us . . . we need to minimize those. We had a few too many of those [moments] against Ottawa. 

“We’re aware of it. We know who won and who lost last night. But we need to take care of our business. If we do, we’ll be fine. We really will. If we take of our business, it doesn’t matter what this team does or what that team does.

"That’s a fact. That’s the message. It’s quite simple. If we take care of business, we’ll be fine. If we don’t, then we’re hoping.”

Clearly taking care of their business includes dispatching both the Lightning and the Islanders. Hoping is what the Bruins ended up doing in each of the previous two seasons, and it left them fully out of luck once the music stopped.


 
 

Thursday, March 23: Sidney Crosby, junk dealer

Thursday, March 23: Sidney Crosby, junk dealer

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while having never said “break a leg” for good luck to fellow Stoneham, Mass., native Nancy Kerrigan on social media, or otherwise.

 *A brief video history of Sidney Crosby spearing, or otherwise targeting, opponents in the crotches prepared with care and thought by the Puck Daddy himself, Greg Wyshynski.

*Elliotte Friedman has his 30 thoughts for the week and a few of them centered around new Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy.

*Could the NBA’s star-resting phenomenon reach into the NHL when it comes to getting in-season time off for the superstars?

*Give the Leafs credit because they picked up coach Mike Babcock when he made a rare screw-up against the Blue Jackets.

*Check out the sick USA/Russia skating kicks on Alex Ovechkin, who had them custom made for a charity event.

*Speaking of Ovechkin, could T.J. Oshie and not Ovechkin actually lead the Capitals in scoring this season?

*For something completely different: Hide the women and children, the Scorpions and Megadeath are going on a North American tour together.