Source: Krejci (knee) could miss extensive time


Source: Krejci (knee) could miss extensive time

By Joe Haggerty

UPDATE: A source has indicated to Bruins Insider Joe Haggerty that the mystery injury Krejci sustained today in practice was a knee injury. Krejci was not hit, but caught an edge on the ice, and the knee gave. The Bruins are awaiting test results on the severity of the injury. The best case scenario would be a knee sprain, which would keep him out a couple of weeks.

Krejci has not made the trip to Carolina for tomorrow's game against the Hurricanes, the Bruins announced.

WILMINGTON -- Very few media or players attending Tuesday mornings practice actually saw it happen, but David Krejci left the practice ice early with some kind of body injury, according to Bruins coach Claude Julien.

Different observers thought it was either a leg or his ribs that the talented top line center was favoring, but either way theres something amiss physically and Bs coach Claude Julien wouldnt rule out Krejci missing the upcoming two-game road trip when asked point blank.

"I dont know. I cant really talk on the severity of it right now, said Julien. We'll know more this afternoon when we find out more.

Krejci and his linemates Milan Lucic and Nathan Horton had slumped out to a slow start for the Bruins in the first three games of the season with two points, a minus-6 and only 13 shots on net between them. Claude Julien had actually toyed with the idea of breaking the line apart after the listless 1-0 loss to the Colorado Avalanche on Monday afternoon, but the trio was still skating together at Tuesdays practice at Ristuccia Arena until Krejci was helped off the ice.

If the Krejci injury keeps him out of games then it might be as good a time as any to try 19-year-old Tyler Seguin with the heavy-hitting wingers as a change of pace from business as usual in their first three games.

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Bruins don't poll well in latest New England Sports survey

Bruins don't poll well in latest New England Sports survey

It’s no secret Bruins fans are getting fed up with a hockey team in decline, one that’s missed the playoffs each of the last two years. Now there are numbers to prove it.

Channel Media and Market Research, Inc. came out with its annual New England Sports survey,  tabulating responses from over 14,600 polled, and, according to the numbers, the Bruins are dropping in popularity, fan support and faith in the current management group.

The B’s are holding somewhat steady with 16 percent of voters listing them as their “favorite sports team” behind the Patriots (46 percent) and Red Sox (29 percent) while ahead of the Celtics and Revolution. Claude Julien also ranked ahead of John Farrell among the big four teams in the “coaches/manages most admired” category.

But after sitting at a relative high of ranking at 27 percent for “ownership performance” in 2014 -- they year after their trip to the Cup Finals against the Blackhawks -- the Bruins now rank dead last in that category at 2 percent, behind the Patriots, Red Sox, Celtics and even the Revolution. Ouch, babe.

Also sitting at a lowly 2 percent is Bruins president Cam Neely in the “leadership performance” category. In "management performance," Neely has dropped from a solid 49 percent in 2014 to just 16 percent in this summer’s survey.

So B’s fans are clearly upset with a team that traded away Tyler Seguin, Johnny Boychuk, Milan Lucic and Dougie Hamilton, and has featured a decimated defense corps for each of the last two seasons. But do the B’s fans think that things are getting any better with prospects coming down the pipeline?

Not really.

In the “which team has done the best job making its product better.” category, the Patriots (35 percent) and Red Sox (31 percent) were resting at the top, with the Celtics (27 percent) a respectable third. The Bruins limped in at just 4 percent with a fan base that very clearly sees that, on paper, this upcoming season’s club doesn’t appear to be much better than last year's.

On top of that, only 13 percent of those surveyed believe the Bruins have gotten better over the last year, and 52 percent believe they’ve just gotten worse. A lowly 3 percent of those surveyed think the Bruins have the best chance of the five teams to bring a world championship back to Boston; the Patriots (79 percent), Red Sox (11 percent) and Celtics (5 percent) all ranked higher.

Finally, Zdeno Chara, Tuukka Rask and Jimmy Hayes were at the top of the list of the Boston athletes “who did not meet expectations” last season. None of that is a surprise, given the state of Boston’s defense along with Hayes’ subpar season.

The good news for the Bruins: They still have a passionate fan base. But they need to start reversing course immediately before they do lasting damage to the B’s brand.

Wednesday, August 24: B's dealing with post-Vesey aftermath


Wednesday, August 24: B's dealing with post-Vesey aftermath

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading with the Olympics coming to a close . . .
-- FOH (Friend of Haggs) Kirk Luedeke sorts through the aftermath for the Bruins after losing out on Jimmy Vesey

-- Detroit Red Wings GM Ken Holland gave an interview where he said the Red Wings aren’t Stanley Cup contenders this season. 

-- Related to Holland’s comments, some of the media in Detroit aren’t taking the dose of reality all that well

-- It’s a big season for New Jersey Devils forward Kyle Palmieri, who will be starring for Team USA on the World Cup team. 

 -- PHT writer Cam Tucker says the Buffalo Sabres still have a strong group of forwards even without Jimmy Vesey.

-- Jamie Benn is giving everything to his Dallas Stars team, and that means that the World Cup of Hockey is taking a backseat
-- The Colorado Avalanche are nearing the end of their head coaching search as they look for their replacement for Patrick Roy.
-- For something completely different: NBC is making the argument that millenials watched the Olympics, but just not on the traditional formats