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."

Sunday, Jan. 22: Jimmy Vesey's rookie wall

Sunday, Jan. 22: Jimmy Vesey's rookie wall

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while proud of my wife and daughter for taking part in the Women’s March on Saturday.

*The day-to-day NHL grind may be getting to Jimmy Vesey a bit, and causing him to hit a bit of a rookie wall after his Harvard career.

*Alex Radulov has gone from being an NHL headache to being an impact playmaker for the Canadiens in a quick pivot for the Russian player.

*Melrose native Conor Sheary seems to have found a home for himself on the Pittsburgh Penguins skating on a line with a guy named Sidney Crosby.

*The Chicago Blackhawks are always looking to improve, and they’ve reportedly kicked the tires on Gustav Nyquist and Tomas Tatar with Detroit.

*St. Louis Blues coach Ken Hitchcock is nearing another coaching milestone in what’s been a long, distinguished career behind the bench.

*P.K. Subban is slowly approaching a return to the Nashville Predators lineup from injury, and the Preds need him as soon as possible.

*For something completely different: Greg Poppovich hits the nail on the head here, and it never ceases to amaze me that he’s such a smart, well-versed human being.


Saturday, Jan. 21: McKenzie on Julien's job security

Saturday, Jan. 21: McKenzie on Julien's job security

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while proud of my wife and daughter participating in today’s Women’s March.

*This is from a few days ago, but Bob McKenzie weighing in on the prospects for Claude Julien and his job security is always worth checking out.  

*The New York Rangers have themselves a rookie named Pavel that’s doing a pretty darned good job for the Blueshirts.

*What should the St. Louis Blues do with Kevin Shattenkirk as the trade deadline approaches and the seven-year, $49 million contract waiting for him in free agency is pretty daunting?

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Kevin Allen has a list of underperforming NHL stars, including Jamie Benn and Jonathan Toews, that may have been impacted by the World Cup of Hockey. Certainly Patrice Bergeron could have made this list as well.

*Blackhawks backup goalie Scott Darling may be earning some more playing time after the way he performed against the Bruins, according to Pro Hockey Talk.

*Good news with Ottawa Senators goalie Craig Anderson set to return to the team in a couple of weeks after tending to his wife in a battle against cancer.

*The struggles of Anthony Duclair with the Arizona Coyotes mirror the team’s issues this season as well. It’s interesting that Duclair has popped up in trade rumors with the Desert Dogs this season.

*For something completely different: the final Wolverine movie with Hugh Jackman is going to be extremely emotional with its characters.