Bruins' Julien, Thomas ready for another Cup run


Bruins' Julien, Thomas ready for another Cup run

Much publicity was made about the Patriots season officially kicking off Monday night, but that night was also big for another sports team in Boston, one that is coming off a championship season, the Boston Bruins.

The B's held their "State of the Bruins" event Monday night, and kicked things off by showing a whole new set of Stanley Cup Championship banners, with each banner showing the applicable Bruins logo for each respective Bruins team for that season.

Those banners didn't include the newest one, which will be raised at the B's home opener against the Philadelphia Flyers on Oct. 6, a game that Charlie Jacobs advised fans to arrive early too.

While it's been a nonstop party ever since the B's hoisted the Cup, it's back to business now -- with the same intentions of winning it once again.

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"We're never satisfied from management to the coaches down to players," Claude Julien said. "We need to be ready to up our game for the challenge."

That message had better be heard loud and clear to a Bruins team that will certainly have a target on its back.

But will be there be a Stanley Cup hangover? Are the B's content with winning one? Tim Thomas begs to differ.

"I won the Cup, Conn Smythe, and Vezina," Thomas said. "The conclusion I came to this summer is that I have no choice but to shoot for it again."

Thomas was the Bruins' MVP for the 2010-11 season, and that play picked up even more so throughout the postseason.

Another player on the B's who picked up their play in the postseason was Mark Recchi. Recchi retired after the season, and has expressed much interest in joining a front office staff in the NHL.

Asked what the chances of Recchi joining the B's front office were, B's president Cam Neely said, "He's going to get a well deserved break. We'll certainly revisit it if he knocks on our door."

Morning Skate: Rangers seem to be a strong candidate for Shattenkirk


Morning Skate: Rangers seem to be a strong candidate for Shattenkirk

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading with Bruins captain’s practice set to kick off this coming week.

*The Rangers sound like they’ll be a strong candidate for Kevin Shattenkirk, and the Dallas Stars seem willing to stand pat at the goalie position.

*PHT writer James O’Brien speculates on who might be the next Artemi Panarin to break into the NHL ranks from overseas, and make a big impact.

*Yahoo fantasy hockey is making some changes this season, and those that liked to draft Dustin Byfuglien and Brent Burns are going to bummed about it.

*An original St. Louis Blues jersey from the old time hockey days has found its way back to its original home in St. Louis.

*Steve Simmons says that Dave Bolland has earned the right to be more than a punch line at this point in his career.

*Looking back on Phil Esposito’s classic speech amid the 1972 Summit Series.

*The All-Snub team for the World Cup of Hockey would be a talented lineup, and would no doubt be captained by P.K. Subban.

*For something completely different: those looking for signs of a rift between Bill Belichick and Tom Brady need to call off the search.

Saturday, Aug. 27: Adding toughness Habs' priority


Saturday, Aug. 27: Adding toughness Habs' priority

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, after a busy morning celebrating my 3-year-old’s birthday at the trampoline park. Yee-ha.

*PHT writer Joey Alfieri says that adding toughness was a big offseason priority for the Montreal Canadiens.

*There’s at least one big fan of the Edmonton Oilers trade that brought defenseman Adam Larsson from the New Jersey Devils, and that fan’s name is Mark Letestu.

*Here’s everything you need to know about the Ice Guardians movie premiering this fall that takes a long, balanced look at the NHL enforcers.

*Roberto Luongo has an alibi for the robbery in Winnipeg with one suspect getting away in goalie equipment, and it’s funny as you would expect it to be.

*CSN Washington takes a look at the New York Rangers in their season previews for the Metro Division.

*I’m not entirely sure whether this “RIP Harambe” thing is genuine or meant to be ironic by the largely millenial group that seem so enamored with it, but I think it’s just stupid. I think the same with the crying Jordan meme…also stupid.

*For something completely different: a look at how Triumph the Insult Comic Dog learned how to poop on Trump’s politics.