Thursday, Feb. 16: Remembering Ilitch's kindness to Rosa Parks

Thursday, Feb. 16: Remembering Ilitch's kindness to Rosa Parks

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while still riding the highs and lows of Bruins bye week.

*An interesting thing learned after the death of Detroit Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch: He paid rent for Civil Rights pioneer Rosa Parks while she lived in downtown Detroit.

*Was six games enough of a suspension for Gustav Nyquist after his blatant slash to the face? The debate is ongoing.

*PHT writer James O’Brien has the St. Louis Blues continuing to ring up wins with new coach Mike Yeo, and that includes a five-game winning streak on their concluded road trip.

*Colorado Avalanche GM Joe Sakic was in attendance at the Beanpot Final on Monday further fueling the speculation that he wants BU defenseman and B’s prospect Charlie McAvoy in trade talks with the Bruins.

*The trade winds haven’t been blowing very strongly leading up to the March 1 trade deadline, but the Capitals did deal for D-man Tom Gilbert this week.

*Is Penguins defenseman Kris Letang addicted to chocolate? The answers appears to be “Yes.”

*Jimmy Howard is having setbacks in his attempts to work back from injury and again join the struggling Detroit Red Wings.

*For something completely different: this story of Kraft tracking down 12 cases of Star Wars mac and cheese for an autistic boy is great in every way.



Don Sweeney: Bruins 'lost a good player' in Colin Miller

Don Sweeney: Bruins 'lost a good player' in Colin Miller

CHICAGO – Don Sweeney said the Bruins knew and expected they were going to lose one of three players in the NHL expansion draft, and it’s pretty clear it was going to be Adam McQuaid, Kevan Miller or Colin Miller leaving the team. The B’s took Kevan Miller out of the equation by leaving him on the protection list after a strong season while also playing some of his best hockey in the playoffs.

That left McQuaid and Miller with each of the two D-men standing an equal chance of getting selected by the Vegas Golden Knights, and the 24-year-old puck-moving Miller going to Vegas for the time being. It remains to be seen if Miller sticks with the Golden Knights, or if there is an eventual plan to flip him elsewhere like perhaps an interested party in Toronto.

Sweeney said the Bruins didn’t want to lose a player with potential like Miller, but it’s also true that he would have been stuck behind younger, better D-men on the depth chart with Charlie McAvoy and Brandon Carlo as better right-handed options.

“It was an interesting process to go through. It was hard at times because you felt like other teams were able to find deals to keep their team together while you felt vulnerable in that regard,” said Sweeney at the B’s team hotel in Chicago during a Thursday availability with the media. “You knew you were going to lose a good player. You knew they had targeted three players on our team that we felt they would target, and unfortunately we’re losing a good, young player.

“We thought highly of Colin. He was part of a big trade for us and we wish him well moving forward. We thank for him doing his part with the organization. We lost a good player.”

Clearly, the Bruins lost a defenseman with skills and youth on his side, but it’s also a young guy that hasn’t put it all together yet while never posting more than 16 points in each of his two seasons with the Black and Gold. Perhaps he will put together the offensive package at his next landing spot after showing flashes in Boston over the last two years, but that unknown factor while no longer being considered a prospect is the reason he didn’t find himself on the protected D list along with Zdeno Chara and Torey Krug.  

Bruins' 2017-18 schedule has three Habs games in eight days

Bruins' 2017-18 schedule has three Habs games in eight days

The Bruins released their schedule for the 2017-18 season Thursday, with their campaign beginning at TD Garden on Oct. 5 against the Predators. 

Two things stand out in Boston’s schedule. Eleven of their final 15 games are on the road, and they don’t play the Canadiens until mid-January.  

Then, when the B’s and Habs do finally meet, they play three times in an eight-day span. The rivals face each other Jan. 13 in Montreal, Jan. 17 in Boston and Jan. 20 in Montreal. The Bruins’ final regular-season meeting with the Habs is March 3. 

To see the full schedule, click here.