Brian Fantana has been bugging us almost daily since we took him off of Horton Watch 2011. He's even broken down into tears. Pathetic.
Luckily for Fantana, Peter Chiarelli was looking out for his best interest and brought in Sheriff Hnidy for a try out.
This just means that Fantana won't be filing for unemployment just yet...
We flew Brian out to Vancouver as soon as we heard of Hnidy's return. Fantana's been hanging in the Bruins locker room post-practices the last two days, listening in on Sheriff Shane's interviews.
After the jump... interviews with Sheriff Shane Hnidy...
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Last week TruFan and Rafe Anderson held their yearly New England Sports Blog Awards, sponsored by CSNNE, and Days of Y'Orr was nominated for Best Bruins blog. We have been around for less than a year and were going up against some stiff and well established competition. Yet we remained optimistic about our chances, especially considering all the Tweets and links we saw from people telling others to vote for us.
Matt Kalman's Bruins Blog, Mark Marino's Hub of Hockey, Joe Gill's Boston Sports Then and Now, New England Hockey Journal (with the awesome Jesse Connolly) and Stanley Cup of Chowder were all nominated as well and each one has fantastic Bruins coverage. We check out their writing daily and surely there would be no shame in losing to any of those blogs/sites.
When we started this blog last April, we didn't quite know what to expect. We had rediculous ideas for posts and figured if we could make a couple of poorly done Photoshops and make a few fans like ourselves laugh then we did our job. Besides, we just love talking about the Bruins, so the blog was just fun.
When we were announced as this year's Best Bruins Blog, we high-fived, did Rene Rancourt fistpumps like they were going out of style and maybe -- just maybe -- even hugged a little. We told people to say their prayers and take their vitamins. We told people we ran out of bubblegum. Then we acted like big shots for the rest of the night and instantly started measuring ourselves for champtionship title belts. We were blog champions!
And while the Days of Y'Orr staff is pretty awesome, it wasn't just us to helped us get our first Best Bruins Blog award title....
After the jump..... we'd like to say thanks!
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Per reports from basically everyone, Shane "The Sheriff" Hnidy is on a try out period with the Boston Bruins. He was seen in Vancouver earlier today, practicing with the Bs and wearing his #34 sweater.
The Sheriff sighting instantly sparked Bruins fans to collectively shit themselves in excitement. Blogs and MSM reporters are a bit more split on the issue.
And by split we mean the MSM guys love the move and bloggers are a bit more cold on the issue. We're assuming Hnidy was a fun interview for the MSM fellas.
What do we think?
We like Hnidy. We love the Sheriff for things like this.
But let's get real for a second. His stats weren't very good when he was in Boston. He couldn't make the Coyotes squad this fall and he hasn't played hockey in almost a year. We also can't see him bumping anyone in the Bruins defensive depth chart. An eighth d-man for Boston wouldn't add any fuel to the competition fire -- there's already a game scratch on D that no one wants to be a part of. Hnidy would just end up be the d-man's version of Paille. Do the Bruins really need that?
Only way we see Hnidy staying in Boston is if Chiarelli has more trades in mind, but Naoko is saying he's at least a month away from being game ready, so that scenario is unlikely. We can also see the Bs signing Hnidy to the AHL and as a backup should anything happened to the current defensive line-up.
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That's What She Said is a new segment here at Days of Y'Orr where we look at what opposing bloggers are saying about the Bruins. Today we at a look at Calgary Flames bloggers and what they have to say about last nights 3-1 Bruins win. PS - let us know if you like this feature idea or not, so we know if it's worth doing.
From Matchsticks and Gasoline, Hayley writes:
"By all accounts, this was not a game where the Flames were terribly out-played. They out-shot the Bruins 26-23 at even strength but couldn't beat Thomas, who made a few game-saving stops despite the fact that Boston's defence managed to keep the majority of the Flames' shots and chances to the outside."
No disagreement from me here. Lost in the win is the last half of the third period where Thomas stood on his head and made some spectacular saves (one with the glove that was extremely impressive. The Bruins defense did a good job of limiting shots from the slot and like Hayley mentioned, kept the Flames to the outside.
George Johnson from the Calgary Herald jumps in with:
"There was certainly no shame in the performance. Only regret, as Tanguay mentioned, at a curiously flat opening.
True, the Flames had no answers for the Milan Lucic-David Krecji-Nathan Horton line all night, and the human amoeba, Tim Thomas, stymied them at every turn save one, but the locals, as has become their trademark, never abandoned ship and were laying siege to the Boston net until the very end."
A flat opening? I guess my question to George is what does he (or Tanguay) consider an opening? The Flames were flat for virtually two periods and seemed to really turn it on in the third. Also - thank you George for the idea of photoshopping Tim Thomas as an amoeba. Appreciate that bud.
...and finally, Scott Cruickshank from the same Calgary Herald writes:
"Yes, a hair after the whistle, but Boston D Johnny Boychuk cranks C Brendan Morrison in Bruins territory, dropping the Flames forward in the second period. A few shifts later, Boston D Zdeno Chara takes a menacing (but fruitless) run at RW Jarome Iginla."
Hmmm, I don't know how I should feel about this. I can't tell if the opening "Yes, a hair after the whistle..." line is supposed to mean that what Boychuk did was dirty. If not, why even include it? For the record, Boychuk destroyed Brendan Morrison. It was a classic Johnny Boychuk smash that showed everyone watching why we have such a bromance with him. Dude's a beast.
Editor's note: Anyone have video of that Boychuk hit? Or an animated GIF?
Great win tonight. Flames have been insane lately. Kiprusoff has been riding high. Iginla is always dangerous. This was a test for the Bruins. After two road wins against bottom feeders, they had a worthy challenge. And boy did they pass the test.
They traded chances with a strong Flames team. Thomas and Kiprusoff battled in a fantastic goalie duel. The Bruins almost never relaxed. Lucic and Seguin played great games. The defense was solid. What a confidence builder heading into the next game against Vancouver.
Marchand continued to show why his name should be in the Calder discussion. Bergeron was Bergeron. Which is awesome. New guys (Kaberle, Peverley, Kelly) looked good. Really pumped about that victory. The whole game had a playoff like intensity and the Bruins came through glowing. It was awesome.
Bring on the Canucks. The Bruins are ready.
After the jump, Kiprusoff is good, Thomas is better and Lucic continues to be beastly......
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When the puck drops past 7:30 EST you know that it's time for one thing...the dreaded West Coast trip. The puck drops in Calgary tonight at 9:00pm which means by the third period we'll be fighting sleep on my couch. God we're old.
This will be the first time and only time the Bruins and Flames will face one another this season. As mentioned in our previous post, the Bruins have a 2-6-2 record against the Western Conference and will look to take down the Flames to improve on that record.
The biggest questions tonight are who is starting tonight in net for the Bruins and if the Flames will one again go all Ronald McDonald on us. We suspect Tim Thomas in net for the good guys and Mayor McCheese in net for the McDonalds.
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Today's article is brought to you by the letter C.
We will be focusing on a C word (but not the C word): Consistency. Many of you may be sitting at your computer saying to yourself "Gee whiz Greg, what is consistency?" Well I'm here to address these issues.
Dictionary.com describes consistency as:
So what's pissing me off this week? The Boston Bruins and their lack of...wait for it...consistency! Seriously. The last week of games may have been the most frustrating week of hockey I've watched since the playoffs. (I know, I know. I won't bring it up again...maybe).
After the jump... Greg talks about the last week of games... oh boy...
Per our morning ritual, we headed over to Boston.com to see what they had for Bruins news.
Kevin Paul Dupont had a story on possible last-minute acquisitons Chiarelli might be looking into. It was good story until he wrote this bag of crap:
It’s a long shot, but ex-Bruin Matt Hunwick, dished to Colorado at the end of November, could be a target, although Chiarelli’s deals on Friday would make Hunwick’s cap figure ($1.45 million) a difficult fit. The advantage to reacquiring Hunwick would be that he knows Julien’s system and most of his fellow back liners. A slow start out West made Hunwick a favorite target of Avalanche fans, but he has been less of a Mile High Piñata of late, picking up an assist in three of Colorado’s last four games. A workable swap could be Danny Paille ($1.017 million) and perhaps a draft pick leaving Boston.
There are about 100 things wrong with that graph. From bringing back Hunwick to what KPD thinks Matty's worth (Pie and a draft pick!?) because of a mere three assists in last four games. Hunwick lost his power when he lost his spleen. We'd like to say we're surprsied but this is the same writer who said Savard was going to start against Buffalo last playoffs because Savard was seen skating on the ice one morning.
This is just.... wow...
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