Despite the trade talks that have been surrounding Thomas since Tuukka showed that he could compete at the NHL level, the Bruins are fortunate to be in the goalie situation they're in. While admittedly Thomas's cap hit is higher than we'd like, few teams have two goaltenders that have the ability to perform on the same level as these two.
Last Year: Expectations were high for poor Timmy, after an outstanding 08-09 season and winning the Vezina Trophy, he was one of the most well liked players on the Bruins going into the 09-10 season.
Boy that didn't last long.
Looking back on last season with an open mind, his stats weren't awful by any means. He held a Goals Against Average of 2.56 and a Save Percentage of .915. Respectable stats, but not what the Bruins were looking for, and ultimately Rask took over as the go-to goalie. You got to credit Thomas on his demeanor throughout last season though. After "Tuukka Time" took a hold of Boston, Thomas accepted his role as more of a back up and mentor than the star he was the year before.
Role: From all accounts we've heard, Thomas is hungry this year, and not just for cheeseburgers. He's determined to fight for his starting position, and it seems like the Bruins haven't made a decision either way yet on who will be the starter. It'll be interesting to see how Thomas bounces back after his off season hip surgery. Expect to see Rask and Thomas splitting duties, at least for the start of the season
Patrice Purrgeron Says: He flops around like a fish! Mmm...fish <meow>.
These saves don't get old...
After the jump we take a look at Rask...
We thought there was a Bruins game tonight. Guess the Bruins didn't 'cause they didn't show up. This was a fairly poor effort. We've stayed positive throughout pre-season and we're not overly concerned.... but at least play hard. Most of the guys tonight played like they didn't care. Maybe they're tired. Maybe they were looking ahead to going overseas. But whatever the reason, they got spanked in a terrible 4-1 loss. We don't mind losses if we at least know the team tried. Tonight.... we don't think they did. Most of them anyway.
They were already on their European Vacation.
After the jump, an effortless recap......
Boston Bruins take on the Captials again tonight. Roster is looking more like what we should expect come start of the season. Stuart, Rask and Thornton are the only vets who wont be suiting up tonight (we're not counting McQuaid yet). We'll be there at the game in our usual Sec 306, Row 15. Come on over and say hello.
Again, NESN -- the so-called "official station of the Boston Bruins" -- won't be airing the game. Luckily, the team itself loves the fans and will be streaming the game online. Live streaming starting at 7pm. There's always the SportsHub 98.5. They're good.
Big thanks to CSNNE.com for somehow getting highlights of a game that wasn't being aired in Boston and, from the tweets we saw, not in Washington either (though that may have changed at some point). We loved that the AHL Baby Bruins only lost by one point to the high offense of the Captials. That's gotta be a confidence booster for the younger guys.
We were also amused/irritated by the "boarding" penalty called on Campbell. Here's video from CSNNE.com. The penality is at about the 1:15 mark.
After the jump... we talk more about the crappy "boarding" call, Ovie sucks, tonight's roster, Ovie sucks, Game Day links and more Ovie sucks...Add a comment
We don't care about baseball here at Days of Y'Orr. Well, our boy Justin is a Sox fan. But he's prouder to wear the black and gold. So maybe we're a bit bias.
Regardless, NESN is serving Bruins fans a grave injustice.
We're season ticket holders at Days of Y'Orr. We're not bragging, we're just saying... we are fortunate enough to have nosebleeds for the home games. But like most of you, we're addicted to the Bruins. We want to see every game. Obviously we can't travel on the road with the Bruins, so we rely on NESN to show us the games.
The Bruins are the talk of the town. Not the Red Sox. Not the Celtics. Not the Patriots (well, other than all the idiots still bitching about the Jets loss more than a week later). The Bruins are on the rise.
The Red Sox have been done for awhile. A lot of fans even stopped showing up to the games. Last night the death blow was thankfully dished out to their slim playoff hopes so everyone can hope off that bandwagon and onto the Bruins.
But there' still one problem.... NESN won't show any of the pre-season games, home or away, on TV. Instead they air meaningless Red Sox games people don't want to see over "meaningless" pre-season Bruins games that fans are hungry to see.
After the jump.... a NESN rant....
We heard some harsh comments from "fans" again after this loss, the Bruins third pre-season loss in a row. Really? The B's iced an almost AHL level team against Ovechkin, Semin, Laich and an almost full Washington Capitals team.
And they only lost 3-2. We're seeing the positives.
This is what Ovechkin does in the summer.
If you're one of those people getting on the Bruins case for some average/less than average pre-season performances and talking about how they're bums, we have a suggestion for you:
We totally loved watching this game. It was awesome.
Oh wait.... it wasn't on. People are too busy airing the Red Sux (original, eh?) and pretending they're awesome. Hockey is greater than baseball. Deal with it.
After the jump, we give our rundown based on first hand reports and the limited footage we've seen.....
"We may go to Washington tomorrow giving some younger guys another opportunity to be seen. We'll be giving some of our older players, players that have families, the opportunity to stay at home and have that day." -- Claude Julien
Fluto of Boston.com figured that'd mean we'd all get to see Seguin play center tonight, but it doesn't appear to be the case. Of the 21 guys suiting up tonight, only 10 played on the big boys squad last year.
Could be Julien wanting to get a better look of his younger players to help make personel decisions.
When it comes to the defense being light on strong veterans, we figure it's because the Bruins want to know what it's like to be the Capitals during the regular season.
Zach Hamill will get his chance to shine on the first line with Lucic and Marchand. We think the only reason Lucic, Thornton, Stuart and Boychuk are all suiting up tonight is to make sure Oviechicken doesn't take advantage of the young Bruins and slew foot them all into an early retirement.
Haggs had an interesting tweet this afternoon:
Tonight's game isn't being televised... again. NESN's really starting to disappoint us. We'll search for a place to stream video of the game online. If you know of a place, mention it in the comment section. 98.5 SportsHub should be streaming audio of the game. At least they don't suck.After the jump... tonight's project roster, Game Day Links and "vintage" Bruins/Caps fight video.
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Centers are another strong point for the Bruins. Although the (at least temporary) loss of Savard is a big hit, the center core of the B's is still solid. With Seguin's future as a center (and technically as an NHL player) still in speculation, we decided to include him in a later post. Here's we'll focus on what we feel will be the main four (eventually): Marc Savard, David Krejci, Patrice Bergeron, and Gregory Campbell.
Last Year: Savard had a rough time last year, scattered injuries caused him to miss half the season, which made it hard for Savvy to get into any sort of rhythm.
All things considered, Savard's point production wasn't bad. In just 41 games he managed 33 points (10 goals and 23 assists). He put up 90 shots and despite being a playmaker, his shooting percentage was a solid 11.1 percent. Now if he would learn to shoot a little more instead of forcing a pass, that would be just terrific.
Especially given recent events, it's hard to say anything negative about his playoff productions. He managed 3 points point in 7 games after returning from the concussion, including a pretty dramatic overtime goal.
Role: Without a timetable for his return, it's tough to determine exactly what kind of production we can expect from Savard. Assuming he comes back this season and stays healthy, we're hoping to see him return to form and produce like he has in seasons past. He'll also need to battle Krejci for the top line, although I'd be lying if I said that a Lucic-Savard-Horton line didn't make our giblets tingle in anticipation.
..Not in a gay way though. More like a manly, beer drinking, fist pumping kinda way.
Patrice Purrgeron says: Keep your chin up Savard! And your head!
After the jump, we look at the other Bruins centers. Add a comment
Good to see Bruins "fans" are in midseason form already.
We jumped on Twitter after the Bruins went up 2-0. We saw tweets with statements like "look how good they look! Stanley Cup here we come!"
Then we jumped on again after the Bruins blew the lead and lost in the shootout and saw tweets like "wow they blew a lead to the Panthers! they'll be lucky to win 20 games this year!"
There's the door to the bandwagon. Feel free to jump off now. This was a preseason game. Relax.
After the jump, some fights, an NHL first for Seguin and a blown lead.....
Tonight will be the second meeting of the Boston Bruins and Rochester FloridaPanthers this preseason. The Bs are home, so not only will there be double the attendance tonight, but they'll probably be just as many Florida fans as there were at their "home" game in New York(the over-under is 2).
Whats concerning is the we'll once again probably not be seeing Tim Thomas, who won't even be dressing for the game tonight. Bruins continually insist that it's just precautionary, but seeing as how he's a 36 and coming off of surgery, it's a tad concerning. Don't be surprised to see Tuukka Rask to get the start tonight, which, as much as we love Thomas, is cool with us.
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Last year: Chara had a "down" year by his standards, but 98% of the Bruins did. He dealt with a dislocated pinky all season, an injury that affected his ability to drop the gloves and defend teammates and likely affected his booming slap shot.
He scored 44 points, his second lowest point total since coming to the Bruins but certainly not bad. He had just seven goals, down from the 19 his scored during his Norris winning campaign. He fired off 242 shots, but held an accuracy rate as low as Ference's games played rate (2.9%).
In the playoffs the Captain scored seven points in 13 games and upped his shooting percentage to 5.9%, perhaps a result of his pinky feeling a bit better. As usual he was rock solid in both the regular season and playoffs and still remains one of, if not the, most feared defenders in the league.
Role: We're expecting a big season out of Chara. Norris level again. Not exactly a bold prediction, but like many of his Bruins teammates Chara seems extra motivated. We loved that he showed up for a voluntary Captain's practice to lead his troops. He had to leave for a day to go to LA for another nude photo shoot.... ah, Easton hockey shoot but then came right back.
He'll still be the Bruins shutdown defender, working his magic at even strength, on the powerplay and the penalty kill. He'll dominate physically and should be back to his fiesty self. A lot of the leagues agitators knew Chara couldn't fight back within the rules of the league without suspension (when he had his splint on his finger) and certainly took advantage. His problems behind him, we expect Chara to put the fear back in his opponents.
Seems like he wants hockey to start right now. Like... this season. We're expecting better powerplay numbers and better accuracy, and as a result more goals for the big man. He will likely be paired with Seidenberg but also showed great chemistry with Boychuk in the playoffs. The Bruins slogan last year was Big and Bad are Back. We have a feeling that this year Chara will personally live up to that slogan.
Patrice Purrgeron says: Chara will break you.
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