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#51 The Napkin


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Posted 10 January 2013 - 03:26 PM

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RUMOR has it that @NHLBruins may play an exhibition game vs @AHLBruins next Thursday @tdgarden.

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 11:48 PM

I only recall seeing him on the left side. Boychuk would be the pairing I think I'd favor.


That's very very interesting. We've need another good left side defenseman. Right now Seidenberg has had to anchor the middle pairing simply to stretch out our depth on the left side and avoid overexposing Ference despite the fact that the best pairing the team can ice right now is Seids with Chara.

Would it be a stretch to say that the team is hoping Warsovsy sticks so they can pair Seids with Chara, Ference with Boychuk, and Warsovsky in Kaberle's old spot with McQuaid? Maybe grab another decent left side defenseman to play 7th and away we go.

Edited by Outsider, 10 January 2013 - 11:49 PM.


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Posted 11 January 2013 - 12:22 AM

Would it be a stretch to say that the team is hoping Warsovsy sticks so they can pair Seids with Chara, Ference with Boychuk, and Warsovsky in Kaberle's old spot with McQuaid? Maybe grab another decent left side defenseman to play 7th and away we go.


Except there's less than zero chance Dougie Hamilton doesn't take a spot on defense. So whichever defenseman the Bruins like out of camp is McQuaid insurance today and the 7th defenseman tomorrow. That means that you'd rather a guy that can play 10-12 decent even strength minutes and isn't a kid you'd have designs on introducing to the NHL regularly soon. For the moment, that's Aaron Johnson, who is the definition of fungible 3rd pairing defenseman, with Bartkowski first in line if Johnson shits the bed or Hamilton's back in Niagara on February 1st. Let Warsofsky get his minutes in Providence if you see him as an NHL regular in the next season or two.

Also, I think trying to come up with pairings is a fool's endeavor this season. Hamilton's likely to be on either Chara's or Seidenberg's hip until close and late, then you get pairs of Chara-Seidenberg and Ference-Boychuk/McQuaid with the other two stapled to the bench. As much as stability would be nice, with a kid wearing training wheels this season, it isn't likely.

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 12:27 AM

D'oh.

In my defense, I was racking my brains to figure out exactly who I'd managed to forget. Figures it would be the one guy everyone is most excited to see.

Edited by Outsider, 11 January 2013 - 12:28 AM.


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Posted 11 January 2013 - 12:30 AM

With a compressed schedule it wouldn't surprise me to see the top few AHL forwards get a handful of games throughout the season while the regulars get days off here and there. I don't think they have the depth to do that on D, especially if McQuaid isn't healthy.

I'd like to see MacDermid get some games on the 4th line and move Paille up, especially in some of the potentially chippy games on the schedule like Buffalo and the Rangers. He'd be an anchor offensively on the 3rd line but he's not a liability in his own end and would be fine getting 4th line minutes

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 12:33 AM

I'm struggling to figure out why Paille on the third line seems to be getting traction. He's not a skill player. I know he looks like one, but that's strictly because of his speed, but what Paille is is a fast grinder. A bit of an odd duck in that respect but hardly unheard of. Fantastic PK specialist and good enough with 4th line minutes, but that's his niche. Promoting him out of that niche would be the Peter Principle in action.

I'm glad Dan Paille is on the team, he has made sure we didn't miss PJ Axelsson, and that took some doing. But just like Axelsson, Paille would lose a lot of popularity very quickly if placed on a scoring line.

Edited by Outsider, 11 January 2013 - 12:34 AM.


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Posted 11 January 2013 - 12:59 AM

Because he's a better option than Campbell, Thornton, and everyone in the AHL if anyone on the top 3 lines gets hurt, needs a day off, or Bourque doesn't work out (people forget he's done absolutely nothing in the NHL in his career).

It's not ideal, but he's good enough to play on the 3rd line for an NHL team

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 07:45 AM

Because he's a better option than Campbell, Thornton, and everyone in the AHL if anyone on the top 3 lines gets hurt, needs a day off, or Bourque doesn't work out (people forget he's done absolutely nothing in the NHL in his career).

It's not ideal, but he's good enough to play on the 3rd line for an NHL team

As the Realness has stated up thread, I wouldn't mind if Spooner gets a chance in that third line spot. Depending on how the lines shuffle out it will most likely be Peverly and Kelly as his line mates on that third line, that will give him great defensive support as that is obviously not one of Spooners strengths and will also give the line a scoring touch with Spooners offensive skills. I'm not sure he will actually be given a shot but I would not mind if he was, at least to start.

Plus with the way that 4th line has been for the Bruins the last two years, I really do not want to see Claude break them up and move Paille.

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 09:12 AM

Krejci and Khuodobin are on the ice this morning, so everyone is present and accounted for, except for Dougie and the other camp invites.

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 10:25 AM

As the Realness has stated up thread, I wouldn't mind if Spooner gets a chance in that third line spot. Depending on how the lines shuffle out it will most likely be Peverly and Kelly as his line mates on that third line, that will give him great defensive support as that is obviously not one of Spooners strengths and will also give the line a scoring touch with Spooners offensive skills. I'm not sure he will actually be given a shot but I would not mind if he was, at least to start.

Plus with the way that 4th line has been for the Bruins the last two years, I really do not want to see Claude break them up and move Paille.


Hmm. Actually I didn't think about the linemates question when scoffing at paille. Put that way I almost see the sense of it.

What it comes down to is, how much do you expect the top 2 lines to carry the team? If Lucic-Krejci-Horton and Marchand-Bergeron-Seguin are both producing at a good enough pace -- and they're good bets to if everyone's healthy and close to playing shape -- you might be able to take your third line and create what you might call a forecheck specialist line -- Peverley, Kelly and Paille all provide above average speed and puck possession skills, they could cause a lot of havoc to teams with below average speed if what you're trying to do is disrupt their rush, counterattack and score.

That said, a guy with similar speed to Paille and better hands would be a better choice to do the same thing.

I guess what I'm asking is, how's Spooner's speed?

#61 TheRealness


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Posted 11 January 2013 - 10:30 AM

Spooner has excellent speed. He also makes plays well at high speeds, but his physical game is the major question mark. I think relying on the top two lines to carry the offensive burden is reasonable when they are healthy. The Krejci line was incredibly effective in their playoff run, but was really streaky without Horton. With Seguin likely to make the leap into potential top 10 NHL scorer status, they could be the best line in the nHL. That means there will be much less offensive pressure on the third line, but it also makes me wonder whether Claude will want to have a guy like Bourque or Caron on the third line because of their physical and defensive awareness. This belief makes me think Spooner will stay in Providence this year barring injury.

However, if one of the top 6 goes down, Spooner is up without a doubt. If they need offense, to me, he's the guy.

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 03:30 PM

Jay Pandolfo has been invited to Bruins training camp, according to two sources familiar with the decision.
The ex-Boston University star played for the Islanders in 2011-12. Pandolfo scored one goal and had two assists in 62 games while averaging 10:55 of ice time per appearance.

Pandolfo has been practicing with the Bruins all week, both at Ristuccia Arena and at BU’s Agganis Arena. On Friday, Pandolfo wore a Bruins practice jersey for the first time. When asked about the uniform, Pandolfo said he was given the Bruins sweater to fit in with the rest of the players.

http://www.boston.com/sports/hockey/bruins/extras/bruins_blog/2013/01/bruins_invite_j.html

#63 cshea


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Posted 13 January 2013 - 10:38 AM

Chiarelli says McQuaid is a go. Should be ready for the opener.

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 01:31 PM

Hamilton starts with Seidenberg

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 07:58 PM

I like that as a pairing. Give him some help from the 1B but keep Chara available to go against the other teams top line.

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 10:07 PM

+1, it's perfect. Got a rock-solid guy next to you and you don't have the ice time or pressure of needing to perform as the top pairing.

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 12:16 PM

They worked in the dreaded PP today. Fire Ward, and all that.

Unit 1: Krejci-Chara, with Lucic - Horton - Seguin up front.
Unit 2: Hamilton - Seidenberg with Bourque - Bergeron - Marchand

Not a fan of Bourque, obviously. Give me Peverley, please.

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 12:22 PM

They worked in the dreaded PP today. Fire Ward, and all that.

Unit 1: Krejci-Chara, with Lucic - Horton - Seguin up front.
Unit 2: Hamilton - Seidenberg with Bourque - Bergeron - Marchand

Not a fan of Bourque, obviously. Give me Peverley, please.


Weird they're using Bourque like that. If you're going to use him on the PP, why not use him on the point where he played (very successfully) in Hershey? I've seen him on the point in Providence this year, too, but I have only been to one PBruins game so I don't know if that's been a constant...

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 12:39 PM

They worked in the dreaded PP today. Fire Ward, and all that.

Unit 1: Krejci-Chara, with Lucic - Horton - Seguin up front.
Unit 2: Hamilton - Seidenberg with Bourque - Bergeron - Marchand

Not a fan of Bourque, obviously. Give me Peverley, please.


Is Krejci taking the draw on Unit 1 then dropping back? If not did Seguin become about 100% better at faceoffs over the offseason? Don't really get not having a regular center on your top PP unit. And yes I realize Seguin is a natural C but he hasn't played the position regularly in Boston and was basically used as a face-off decoy last year. His 43% was only better than Shawn Thorton and Paille last year.

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 01:06 PM

Wouldn't those lines also almost guarantee that the 4th line would go out for the next shift?

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 01:31 PM

Is Krejci taking the draw on Unit 1 then dropping back? If not did Seguin become about 100% better at faceoffs over the offseason? Don't really get not having a regular center on your top PP unit. And yes I realize Seguin is a natural C but he hasn't played the position regularly in Boston and was basically used as a face-off decoy last year. His 43% was only better than Shawn Thorton and Paille last year.


I think that's a reasonable assumption. They would likely have Horton or Seguin back on the point to start and then just rotate them after the draw.

I really hope they make Seguin the QB though. They should run everything on the PP through him, similar to the way they used to run everything through Savard.

Hamilton on the 2nd PP is interesting. I wonder if that will stay that way when the season starts.

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 01:31 PM

Wouldn't those lines also almost guarantee that the 4th line would go out for the next shift?


That's Claude's MO anyways, so no real change there.

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 08:52 AM

this was the roster for last night. i didn't pay enough attention to the D pairings to notice if there was any consistency there, although I don't think Hamilton was out there with Chara that often.

Lucic - Krejci - Horton
Marchand - Bergeron - Seguin
Bourque - Kelly - Peverley
Paille - Campbell - Thornton

Chara - Hamilton
Boychuk - Seidenberg
Ference - McQuaid

Rask

Overall, they were obviously sloppy. Lucic and Horton looked ..... rusty. Hamilton looks like he needs some time with the big boys to get used to the speed. He was just a little off on his passes.

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 10:52 AM

Boychuck and Chara, Seidenberg and Hamilton.

On the radio this morning Chiarelli said that Horton is in unbelievable spirits and happy, plus is using a new stick that allows him better control of the puck, going to take some times to knock off the rust. He said Hamilton played well in the 1st, then when intensity picked up in the 2nd he fumbled a bit, but then was fine again in the 3rd. Called him a mix of Larry Robinson and Rob Blake. He also said he expects the NHL games structure to be fine, but the fumbling of the pucks and stuff will go on for a while. He liked Bourque and likes what he has seen of him, says his knock has always been skating, but he has been fine this year.

Edited by SoxScout, 16 January 2013 - 10:54 AM.


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Posted 16 January 2013 - 10:55 AM

That's one way to temper expectations... a HoFer and a potential future HoFer?

#76 TheRealness


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Posted 16 January 2013 - 11:26 AM

I felt Hamilton was fine out there for his first NHL experience. He fumbled a few times, but his awareness was solid, and he had a few good reads. His puck handling was a bit sloppy at times, he forced a few things, and he wasn't physical at all, but the lack of physicality had more to do with the type of game than anything else.

Comparing him to Robinson seems a bit much for me, but I can see the Blake comparisons. If only because he's lanky and has a good shot.

The worst part of that game was the goaltending. I know it ended up looking like a men's league game, but some of those goals were just putrid. Hopefully when it counts on Saturday Rask will be more focused.

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 01:24 PM

Rask pretty much said after the game last night that he fell asleep out there in the 3rd, he should be sharper on Saturday.

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 02:26 PM

Comparing him to Robinson seems a bit much for me, but I can see the Blake comparisons. If only because he's lanky and has a good shot.


Yeah, Chiarelli specifically said beforehand he was talking about stylistically and not that he expected Hamilton to become one or both of those players. I get a Bouwmeester vibe from Hamilton, perhaps not quite as good of a skater and with a better shot (I've always been a fan of Bouwmeester, so I'm not saying that derisively).

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 02:57 PM

On Hamilton, what I think I saw was him usually making the right decision with the puck, but being a little off either with the timing or the placement of the passes. It reminded me of what we saw with Seguin in his early going.

He got plenty of ice during the PP, so hopefully we will see that shot a few times.

One thing last night I have never seen before was Marchand's Delay of Game penalty. He cleared the puck from our zone all the way of Khudobin's head and into the net.

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 03:43 PM

I demand that we call Hamilton's shot "Dougie Howser, M.D".

How is that a delay of game? Puck hit an opposing player, no?

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 03:57 PM

One thing last night I have never seen before was Marchand's Delay of Game penalty. He cleared the puck from our zone all the way of Khudobin's head and into the net.


It happens here and there. For some reason, I remember Matt Cooke doing it with the Pens before in an identical fashion.

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 03:57 PM

I demand that we call Hamilton's shot "Dougie Howser, M.D".

How is that a delay of game? Puck hit an opposing player, no?


I think she meant "over" not "off" when she typed "of". I didn't see a replay, but I understood it cleared everything, including Khudobin's head.

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 04:10 PM

That makes sense.

#84 ForceAtHome

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 05:18 PM

Yes, it was definitely over Khudobin's head. Fired from the defensive zone in the air directly into the far end netting.

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 07:04 PM

Cuts made today. Ryan Spooner and Matt Bartkowski were assigned to Providence. Jamie Tardif was waived with the purpose of assigning him to Providence, and Aaron Johnson was assigned to Providence on a conditioning stint.

So, as of right now, it appears as though Bourque is the 3rd line LW, MacDermid is the spare forward and David Warsofsky is the 7th defenseman. I assume Warsofsky and Johnson will trade places once Johnson's conditioning stint is up.

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 06:47 AM

Jay Pandolofo is still in camp, so he is a possibility over MacDermid.

Edited by Eddie Jurak, 18 January 2013 - 06:47 AM.


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Posted 18 January 2013 - 08:17 AM

Yep, I forgot Pandolfo was still in camp.

Final rosters are due at 3:00 today, so we'll know by then.

#88 RoyalOrange

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 08:31 AM

Who is going to do the honors with the first game thread? I'm giddy.

Edit: Idiocy. Forgot that it is in another forum and not pinned at the top of this one.

Edited by RoyalOrange, 18 January 2013 - 11:44 AM.


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Posted 18 January 2013 - 08:54 AM

Uh, TFP already did.

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 08:56 AM

TFP already has it up.

First time he's ever heard that. Yahtzee!

Edited by kenneycb, 18 January 2013 - 08:57 AM.


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Posted 18 January 2013 - 09:31 AM

Any chance Bobby Robins gets some Bruins action this year? Macdermid is a similar player with [possibly] more upside. I'd think they're the most likely call ups if Thornton gets hurt with Spooner/Sauve replacing one of the skill players from the first two lines.

As mentioned up thread, they could bring an extra enforcer up to replace a Paille or Bourque for a game versus Buffalo. Especially if things get chippy in an early season game and there are more games versus that team down the road.

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 09:45 AM

With Exelby, Robins, McQuaid, Thornton, Chara, Lucic, and MacDermid in the fold and lots of prorated cap space, I don't think they have to worry about getting pushed around in any games this year. Or ever really.

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 11:10 AM

No western conference games means no games vs Dallas this year. Is our once-a-year line brawl game coming against Buffalo then?

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 02:28 PM

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Jay Pandolfo remains on PTO. Can sign w/BOS or elsewhere at any time. For now, Lane MacDermid is No. 13 F.



#95 Sille Skrub

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 10:54 AM

Burlington's Jay Pandolfo is a Boston Bruin.

So freaking awesome!

#96 Dick Pole Upside

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 08:53 AM

Bourque wore No. 48 to honor Hall of Famers Bobby Orr (No. 4) and Cam Neely (No. 8).


That's pretty cool.

http://www.boston.co...0s8J/story.html

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 09:32 PM

Chris Bourque played 12:46 in game 1, and over 14 minutes in game 2.

Those are the two highest ice times he's had in the NHL.




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