Posts Tagged ‘Phil Kessel

19
Sep
09

Kessel To Toronto, Classic Jerseys Revealed, Phaneuf lays out Okposo

Phil Kessel

Alright, I know, the Loge has been slacking for the past summer. But for good reason, we’ve all been super busy with our respective jobs. But, I, thekiiiiid, promises that we will be back in full swing along with the regular season. It’s been a busy few weeks for all of us. So, lets get to it. Kessel goes to the Leafs for 2 first round draft picks. Yea Burke? Dude, in all honesty take him. I was blown back by this acquisition for about 2 minutes, then I thought, whatevs….Kessel didn’t buy into Julien’s system, nor will he buy into Burkes. I know, he’ll score atleast 6 goals against the B’s this year….but if I learned one thing during the first round playoff series against the Canadiens last year, f*** ’em. Tonight people were telling me, “Yo, he got a long-term contract for a lot of money.” Wow, cool, I hope his loonies and toonies keep him warm at night while the Cup is passed around the Garden or UC. Money only makes sense in the NFL or NBA, championships mean more in the NHL. What does Brian Burke, Toronto GM have to say? Well if you can decipher what he has to articulate between bourbon shots, listen here.  So, what does this mean for the B’s? Nothing, Sturm is back, we picked up Begin, Krejci is will be ready in November and hopefully at that point Rask is ready to rock if Thomas is tired. For Toronto? Who cares? Komisarek will yuckie his pants like he did with the mediocre Habs, and their goalie situation is still questionable. This has little impact on the Northeast division except that Kessel has more buying power when he plays Boston or Buffalo. I’m over it.

NHL.com with the story:

It was a difficult deal to get done, butToronto Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke stuck with it, and on Friday night he got his man.

Burke continued his revamping of a franchise that hasn’t made the Stanley Cup Playoffs since the 2003-04 season, acquiring 21-year-old center Phil Kessel from theBoston Bruins in exchange for a pair of first-round draft picks and a second-rounder.

The trade was contingent on Kessel signing a contract with his new team, which he did by agreeing to a deal TSN was reporting is worth $27 million over five years.

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26
Jul
09

Boston Bruins Add Derek Morris

Derek Morris

On Saturday the Bruins added some more size and muscle to their blue line by signing Derek Morris to a 1-year contract. The 6-foot, 220 lbs, veteran bulldozer “offensive” defenseman joins the B’s in his 13th year in the league. An interesting move by the B’s after I was convinced they moved Aaron Ward to Carolina to make room for Kessel. However, I think Morris is a nice upgrade from Ward, I hope is 1-year $3 million paycheck is worth it.

It’s nice to see some more experience on the B’s back line. I’m not familiar with Morris, I’ve only seen him play a few times. But, he’ll be back together with some of his old teammates including, Savard, Kobasew, fellow d-man Ference, and newly aquired Begin. If anything Morris should be a little more solid than crazy legs Montador, who was so unpredictable the only thing you could count on was an adventure whenever he had the puck on his stick.

3 things. 1. What does this mean for Kessel? 2. Will the Bruins make any more moves to up their scoring power? 3. Does anyone get the reference to the posted picture? If so, I’ll figure something out to send you. I have a few posters left over from the playoffs.

Additionally, Eaves has cleared waivers, which means the B’s are now eligable to pay him outright, thus making him an unrestricted free agent. Not sure about the salary cap, but why not just keep him around?

Morris seems to be pretty psyched about coming to Boston, which is good to hear. Boston.com has more on the story, which is actually a good read and brush-up on Morris as a player on and off the ice.

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24
Jul
09

Kessel Resigns With Bruins; Aaron Ward Back To Carolina

OK, well this is not entirely true, but you can mark this post. Loge19.com is making the call that the Bruins will be resigning Phil Kessel for the 2010 season any day now. How can we make such a claim with unwaivering confidence? Look at the facts: Today the Boston Bruins traded defenseman Aaron Ward to Carolina for Boston College Alum Patrick Eaves and a 2010 fourth round draft pick. Here’s the catch, as soon as the transaction was completed, the Bruins immediately put Eaves on waivers in hopes of another team picking up the contract, or the Bruins buying him out.

Why does this matter? With the Ward trade and Eaves on waivers, this clears up about $2.5 million in cap space that the Bruins were to pay Ward this season. Additionally they may not have to put forward the $1.7 million to Eaves, if someone picks him up. Hopefully you’re starting to see the light here.

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22
Jul
09

Hunwick Signs, Kessel in Limbo…

matt hunwick

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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21
May
09

Kessel’s sugery successful

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Reporters from both the Boston Globe and TSN are reporting that Boston Bruins forward Phil Kessel is now in recovery from a successful left shoulder surgery that repaired a torn rotator cuff. Although the surgery was successful, Kessel is expected to be in rehab for six months which will put him out for the start of next season. He becomes a restricted free agent July 1, and at this point it is unclear whether or not he will be back in Boston for the 2009 / 2010 season. 

Regardless, all of us at the Loge wish Phil a healthy and full recovery.

18
May
09

Not an excuse but…

Boston Globe beat-writers are reporting that a number of Bruins were pretty banged up for much of their Stanley Cup Playoff run. Boston Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli has reported that Phil Kessel and David Krejci will both undergo surgery this offseason. Kessel will have shoulder surgery on Thursday to repair a torn rotator cuff and labrum and Krejci will have hip surgery sometime next month. Both are expected to miss the start training camp this summer. There are also a number of other injuries that are now being reported by the team.

“There’s a variety of injuries we had throughout the course of the playoffs,” said Chiarelli this afternoon. “Every team has injuries. But we seemed to have a few more than other teams. I have to hand it to the players for playing through those injuries.”

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10
May
09

Boston Shuts Out Carolina 4-0; Thomas With First Career Playoff Shutout

I am exhausted right now so I’ll make this a quick recap. Great win tonight for the Bruins, the Garden was louder than I’ve heard it in awhile.  It has become blatantly obvious that Claude Julien and the Boston Bruins have been hanging out in the Loge recently. After our last 2 game breakdowns, the Bruins made every correction the Loge suggested

Boston came out a little timid, but still put a lot of pressure on Carolina. So much pressure they did not give up a shot to the ‘Canes until midway through the first, all the while the ‘Canes had a powerplay. Toward the end of the first Recchi scored his second goal of the postseason, a tip in from Chara’s shot from the point. Four minutes later Kessel rounded out the first period scoring after a nice setup from Savard and Lucic. 

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23
Apr
09

Habs Book T-Times; B’s Book Flight To Second Round

Kovalev Golfing

A quick note, I meant to post this last night, but my computer called it quits at the end of the Hawk game. Something tells me it may have called it quits for good.

It goes without saying the Bruins swept the Canadiens tonight in an absolute route. I’m pretty beat right now from staying up to watch the Blackhawks make the comeback of a lifetime only to lose it on a bogus non-call. Stanley Cup of Chowder has a great breakdown of the Bruins/Canadiens game. I did want to mention one thing, Price’s jesture towards the fans was, well, priceless. Way to go Montreal, way to stick it to the player the franchise is building around. Your antics never surprise me. NHL.com has some great coverage on it. Basically Higgins and Laraque think you’re a joke.

Chris Higgins, another forward, agreed.

“We had 100 percent faith in him,” Higgins said. “The goalie is always going to face a lot of heat when the team does bad. In this city, you face a lot more than in others. It’s a tough situation for him to be in, especially when we’re losing and people start getting on him. It’s really hard on him. He plays with his heart.”
 
Laraque was even more blunt, expressing anger not only at the mocking of Price, but also the chants of “Carbo” — references to
Guy Carbonneau, who was fired by Gainey as coach last month — that began to make the rounds of the Bell Centre in the last five minutes of the game.

“To blame Carey like that, singularly, is very frustrating,” Laraque said. “We have the best fans in the world because it’s sold out every game; but best fans means they are proud of the team, whether you win or you lose.
           
“The best fans don’t embarrass our coach, they don’t embarrass our team, they don’t embarrass the players, they don’t embarrass the goalie. When you’re a proud
Montreal Canadiens fan, you bleed the Canadiens; you don’t do stuff like that.”

The press conference is here.

A few quick game notes before I hit the sheets :

12
Apr
09

Bruins Close Out Season With A Win; Kessel With A Hat Trick

Kessel

The Bruins closed out their regular season with a stomping of the New York Islanders, 6-2. Kessel put up his second hatty of his career, and the B’s looked to be back on track after last night’s nightmare in Buffalo. I didn’t catch much of the game, instead took a pretty tasty nap on my couch after great Blackhawks/Redwings game on NBC. Therefore, I’ll use the recap from Stanley Cup of Chowder to fill everyone in.

Story From Stanley Cup of Chowder:

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07
Apr
09

Kessel Will Play Against Ottawa; Ference Out

Kessel In

A few notes from the Boston.com Bruins Blog

  • Fernandez with the start
  • Kessel will play after a 2-week break with an undisclosed injury
  • No players from Providence have been called up for this game; although it means nothing to either team, it’s a good chance for the B’s to tune up their game
  • Ference left practice early today in order to get checked out at MGH, his injury is also disclosed, however Julien is hinting toward a longer than normal stay on the IR. Lets hope he can make it back for the playoffs.
  • Hysteria in Montreal, as Andrei Markov and Mathieu Schneider appear to be shelved for a while.
  • The New York Rangers take on the Montreal Canadiens in a fight for the 7th spot. New York is hoping to just make the playoffs considering the Florida Panthers (in Philly tonigth) are now tied in points (tie breaker goes to the Rangers) for the eight spot.



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