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07
Oct
09

Bruins lock up Lucic

milan lucicLooks like Lucic will be picking up the tab a little more often these days. The Bruins announced yesterday that they signed the power forward to a 3 year contract extension that will keep him in a B’s uniform until the 2012-13 season. More from Fluto at Boston.com:

Lucic will earn $4 million in each of 2010-11 and 2011-12, and $4.25 million in 2012-13. Lucic, currently on his entry-level contract, is making a base salary of $685,000 this year. He will get a 484 percent raise next season.

Lucic’s $4,033,333 annual cap hit will make him the fourth-highest-paid Bruin behind Zdeno Chara ($7.5 million), Tim Thomas ($5 million), and Patrice Bergeron ($4.75 million). It is a lofty number for a player once cut by his Junior A team and not selected in the WHL bantam draft, but an appropriate price to pay for one of the league’s up-and-coming studs. Lucic’s status was reaffirmed this summer when he was invited to Team Canada’s Olympic orientation camp.

Commish’s take:

Definitely a great move buy Chiarelli. A good amount of people will question the cap hit for Lucic over the next three years. $4m is a hefty price for a 21 year old kid with an ugly stride and only 17 goals last year. However Lucic’s ‘hit first, ask questions later’ mentality along with his hardworking nature and other intangibles made resigning him a must for the Bruins. Looks like everyone can go out and buy a Lucic jersey now without worrying about where he will be over the next 3 years.

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01
Oct
09

Road to the 2009-10 Stanley Cup Starts Tonight!!

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Business school and a new job for the Loge19 crew has caused some serious posting deficiencies for the site. Not sure what the solution is but here is tonight’s lineup and some blogs that have their shit together for a real preview of opening night. Can’t Wait to get over to the real LOGE 19 for the 1st game of the regular season!!

Opening night lineup from Fluto over at BruinsBlog:

Milan Lucic
Marc Savard
Marco Sturm
Blake Wheeler
David Krejci
Michael Ryder
Mark Recchi
Patrice Bergeron
Chuck Kobasew
Shawn Thornton
Steve Begin
Byron Bitz
Zdeno Chara
Derek Morris
Andrew Ference
Dennis Wideman
Mark Stuart
Matt Hunwick
Tim Thomas
Tuukka Rask

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The Commish’s Pick: Bruins 4-2

11
Sep
09

Bruins Winter Classic Jersey Leaked?

The Flyers showed off their winter classic jersey today (below). Word is that this is what the Bruin’s Jersey will look like:

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19
Aug
09

Tim “The Tank” Thomas….NHL Goalie, Vezina Winner, Potential Olympian and Lunatic

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There is an old saying, “If your goalie ain’t weird, he ain’t good”. I was reminded of how much this saying applies to Tim Thomas after reading some of his quotes from the Team USA Olympic orientation camp:

Thomas knows the many travails he went through to make it to the top of the NHL. Now with a chance to fulfill an Olympic dream that he began to shape as a Michigan high schooler, he spent some time the other day recalling how he was passed over years ago when it came time for Team USA to gather up its best and brightest for the World Junior Championships.

A graduating high school senior in the summer of ’93, the 18-year-old Thomas attended the US Olympic Sports Festival in San Antonio, still uncertain where he would go to college and excited at the chance of possibly being showcased in the World Juniors.

“There were eight goalies there, and my team won the gold medal,’’ said Thomas. “Me and the other goalie split all the games. And in four half-games, I let in one goal, total. And then, uh, I ended up not making the team, to make a long story short . . . and I broke every stick in the back of the room.’

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As much as Tim Thomas is a stand up and humble guy, when he puts that equipment on he turns into a lunatic. And I love it. Here are a few examples just to prove the point:

Exhibit A. How about every time there is a game winning goal against him? He skates as fast as possible to the locker room where they have 75 sticks back there waiting for him to pulverize. Here he is trying to sprint off after Koivu scores on him in a shootout:

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22
Jul
09

Hunwick Signs, Kessel in Limbo…

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Matt Hunwick avoided arbitration on Monday, signing a two year contract with the Bruins that will pay the second year player $2.9 million over the next two years. From Fluto:

Matt Hunwick has signed a two-year extension with the Bruins, thus avoiding arbitration….Hunwick’s deal is worth $2.9 million, giving him a $1.45 million annual cap hit. Hunwick will earn $1.35 million in 2009-10, and $1.55 million in 2010-11.

Hunwick was a restricted free agent. In 2008-09, Hunwick scored six goals and 21 assists in 53 games. He made one playoff appearance against Montreal before suffering a ruptured spleen.

Now that Hunwick has signed, Phil Kessel remains the only unsigned free agent. With Hunwick signed the Bruins only have $2,862,500 left of cap room. With Kessel looking for close to $5 mill per season, the bruins will have to either trade a current roster player, trade Kessel or let Kessel hold out for the season.

There has been a good amount of speculation as to whether Kessel is worth the price he is asking for. Puck Daddy put together a pretty concise summary of the arguments:

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15
Jul
09

Fenway Rink

Here are a few inside pictures of the preparation for the Winter Classic announcement today at 2pm at Fenway. Courtesy of Schuyler Baehman’s Twitter pictures. Schuyler is the NHL Manager of Communications.

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14
Jul
09

Fenway Park to host major NHL announcement tomorrow

I wonder what it could be?….
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In what comes as no surprise, the NHL has reserved Fenway Park tomorrow for a major announcement. That announcement, of course, being that the Boston Bruins and Fenway Park will host the 2010 NHL Winter Classic. More from Fluto:

Fenway the stage for a Classic

The NHL will unveil the worst-kept secret Wednesday at Fenway Park, officially introducing the famed ballpark as the site of the 2010 Winter Classic. The Bruins will host Philadelphia Jan. 1 in the third Winter Classic.

The 2009 outdoor game took place at Wrigley Field between Chicago and Detroit. The inaugural Winter Classic was held in 2008, at Ralph Wilson Stadium between Buffalo and Pittsburgh.

Defending NCAA champion Boston University will play Boston College in an outdoor game as part of the Winter Classic. There is also discussion about making the Fenway rink available for open skates to the public.

A news conference will take place at 2 p.m. It will be simulcast on the NHL Network and streamed at www.nhl.com.

Needless to say, Loge 19 is extremely excited for this to happen. The anticipation for this announcement has been growing since the conclusion of the 2009 Winter Classic in Chicago and The Kiiiid began speculating about a game at Fenway. Honestly, I am a little disappointing that Montreal is not the opponent for the Bruins, but I can get over it. Although the NHL has made strides this year, they still have no leverage over the suits at NBC so they had to accept whatever opponent NBC thought would draw the most ratings. Bringing in the Flyers and their newest Broad Street Bully, Chris Pronger, will be more than enough to make this event special. Let’s just hope for some cold weather around Jan 1!!

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