Hockey News A Bruin 11-24-13


Sep 23, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Bruins defenseman

Kevan Miller

(86) fights with Washington Capitals left wing

Aaron Volpatti

(24) during the first period at TD Banknorth Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

I’ve never understood hockey nicknames. I’ve tried, but ninety nine percent of the time, the team shortens your name, and adds a ‘y’ at the end of it.  There are a few exceptions (Krech, Looch, Tuukks) but that seems to be the trend. Far be it for Boston to buck it. The newest member of the Bruins squad (forever how long it may be) is Kevan Miller, or ‘Millsy’ to his fellow players. The Bruins have a ‘get to know’ session with the Bruins blueliner, and you can read about it here. (Boston Bruins)

The Bruins went with a novel approach in their overtime win against the Carolina Hurricanes. They chose to go with a three forward-one defenseman assignment over the normal two-two. It certainly paid a dividend with David Krejci‘s goal. Here’s how Joe Haggerty saw the configuration. (I really hope they go with this format in the future.) (CSNNE)

Bleacher Report wrote an article on how Tuukka Rask‘s loss of control at the end of the St.Louis Blues game was ‘unbecoming’. I was tempted to write a responding article that wasn’t entirely flattering. Thankfully, common sense prevailed. A lot of goalies have quirks that you need to be able to accept if they play for your team. Tim Thomas‘ major issue was throwing out random statements that were conservative in nature in a very liberal town. Tuukka Rask gets heated when he has a bad game. If you’ve seen him play in Providence, then you’ve likely seen one or two episodes where Rask went ‘nucking futs’. Rask let an easy goal slip through him that led to the shootout where it happened again. It’s Tuukka Rask, I’d rather have a goalie that destroys his stick once in a while then go shoot his mouth off and cause a massive distraction for the team. Read their article here and judge for yourself. (Bleacher Report)

Our friends at Sabre Noise are offering their opinions on who should be the next general manager for the Buffalo Sabres. (You got to give the perspective applicants a gold star for effort, they KNOW what they are getting into to.) There is a potential candidate in the Nashville Predators Asst. GM, Paul Fenton. The team at Sabre Noise make a good case for him. Read their opinion here: (Sabre Noise)

Steven Stamkos is one of those rare players in the NHL that no one has anything bad to say about. Stamkos is attempting an ‘aggresive’ rehab. He may actually be attempting to be back in time for the end of the season. That’s amazing, but from what we’ve seen of him so far, it’s not outside the realm of possibility. We all have our favorite players on a team, but there are players we like that transcend team loyalty, and Stamkos is usually on a lot of people’s list. See what’s going on with Stamkos, and other things going on with the Tampa Bay Lightning here. (Bolts By the Bay)