18, Nathan Horton, Bruins RW Washington Capitals at Boston Bruins, December 18, 2010 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
In the middle of the dog day of summer when we should be thinking about which watering whole we should be cooling ourselves off in - there are quite a few stories - on this date 24 July, 2012... It's hot summer days like this that makes hockey fans long for the hockey season.
Douglas Flynn, NESN.COM --- There was also positive news to report for the players Julien will have at his disposal in the coming season, with general manager Peter Chiarelli offering optimistic updates on all of the Bruins recovering from injuries suffered last season.
The biggest of those is top-line forward Nathan Horton, who suffered his second concussion in less than a year on a hit from Philadelphia's Tom Sestito on Jan. 22. Horton did not play again last season, but Chiarelli confirmed that the rugged winger should be ready to go when the Bruins get back on the ice.
"Nathan Horton has been cleared for contact," Chiarelli said. "And by all accounts from our medical staff will be ready to play when it's time to play." Horton's first season in Boston ended in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final when he suffered a concussion on Aaron Rome's late hit.
After a slow start, he had returned strong from that injury with 17-15-32 totals in just 46 games last year, putting him on a 30-goal pace before suffering his second concussion in Philadelphia. Horton's absence had a ripple effect throughout the lineup and contributed to Boston's struggles to score at times, most notably in the first-round loss to Washington in the playoffs.
His return to the lineup, and his return to his pre-injury form, will be a key for the Bruins in the upcoming season.
The Bruins will also benefit from the return of defenseman Adam McQuaid, who has been "completely cleared" to return from his season-ending concussion, according to Chiarelli. The Bruins GM also noted that the oblique injury that hampered center Patrice Bergeron in the postseason will not be an issue going forward. "
In case we need to have our memory refreshed this is the hit that took out Nathan Horton. Getting Horton back is like a free agent pickup.
In one of the more shocking hockey news stories of the day - the Nashville Predators matched the Philadelphia Flyers offer sheet. It was nice to see the Predators step up and match the Flyers offer sheet. It's kind of a thumb in the eyes for the Flyers.
Nashville, Tenn. (July 24, 2012) – In the most important hockey transaction in franchise history, Nashville Predators Chairman Tom Cigarran, President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile and CEO Jeff Cogen announced today that the team has matched the 14-year, $110 million offer sheet between the Philadelphia Flyers and defenseman Shea Weber, insuring that the Predators' captain will remain with the franchise for the next 14 years.
The decision to enter into the largest contract in franchise history was made by all parts of the organization, including ownership, hockey operations and business operations.
As the organization analyzed the overall situation and worked toward a conclusion, the decision boiled down to three questions:
- Was Shea Weber the individual that this franchise wanted to lead our team, a team that would compete for the Stanley Cup every year, for the next 14 years?
- Would matching the offer sheet be in the best long-term interest of the team and organization?
- Would a decision not to match the offer sheet send a negative message to current Predators players and other NHL organizations, a message that the Predators would only go so far to protect its best players and be pushed around by teams with "deep pockets?"
Boston Bruins right wing Nathan Horton, out since January with a concussion, has been cleared for contact and should be healthy by the start of training camp, the team announced Tuesday. "Horton has been cleared for contact and our medical staff says he'll be ready to go when we start playing," Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli told reporters. Horton had 17...
To no one’s surprise, Boston Bruins fans are extremely HARDCORE! We bleed Black & Gold figuratively, but some bleed the team colors LITERALLY. What better way to pay homage and expressing your UNDYING LOVE for the Bruins than having your body emblazoned with the “Spoked B”, the bear or Lord Stanley?
Without further adieu, here are BST&N’s Best Of The Best Boston...
BOSTON -- No one stands to benefit if the owners opt to lock out the players once again to force yet another work stoppage if a new collective bargaining agreement for the NHL can't be reached this summer. But the Bruins could be in line to lose more than most, as even a brief lockout could keep talented defense prospect Dougie Hamilton out of the NHL for an extra year. Hamilton...
BOSTON, MA – Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today, July 23, that the club has signed head coach Claude Julien to a multi-year contract extension. Chiarelli and Julien will speak to media about the extension on Tuesday, July 24.
Julien, named the 28th head coach in Bruins history on June 21, 2007, led Boston to the club’s first Stanley Cup Championship...
The Boston Bruins have had a quiet offseason, which was to be expected with the small amount of cap space general manager Peter Chiarelli had to work with. But next offseason figures to more eventful in Boston, with four key players set to become restricted free agents in addition to the handful of unrestricted free agents Chiarelli will have to address. Tyler Seguin, Milan Lucic...
BOSTON -- The Bruins have enjoyed a relatively quiet offseason. Just one year removed from winning the Stanley Cup and the wild celebrations that followed, Boston has focused on retaining the core of that championship team rather than shaking up the roster with any major trades or free-agent signings. But the Bruins recognize not all teams have adopted that approach, and they have...
Boston Bruins’ head coach Claude Julien will be able to afford more snappy hats now with a fresh new contract
A couple of years ago, everyone was calling for Boston Bruins’ head-coach Claude Julien’s head. There was even a vocal #FireClaude on Twitter mid-way through the 2010-11 season.
Now the Boston Bruins are giving him a contract extension. It’s amazing what winning the...
Yesterday afternoon (or evening?) the Bruins sent out an e-mail saying that they have reached a multi-year deal with current coach Claude Julien. Claude was going into a lame duck year (that means the last year of his contract) and I think it was smart by Bruins management to lock him up. I'm not saying that Julien is one of the best coaches in the NHL, but there would be a team...
Bruins head coach Claude Julien isn't going anywhere anytime soon. On Monday, the B's announced that Julien and the club have agreed to a multiyear contract extension. General manager Peter Chiarelli and Julien will meet with the press on Tuesday, July 24, at noon ET in the Will McDonough Press Room at TD Garden. NESN will be airing the news conference live. Claude Julien...
Rich Peverley and Shawn Thornton squared off once again out on the pitch for the second round of the Liverpool-Bruins Penalty Shootout, presented by McDonald's. This time, though, the hockey stars left it up to their futbol counterparts to put the ball in the back of the net. Liverpool FC forward Martin Skrtel was first up for Team Thornton, looking to extend the squad's...
Boston Bruins forward Tyler Seguin is a young, talented, rich and somewhat attractive individual. In fact, if I didn’t already have a committed man-crush to Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, I might have man-crushed on Tyler Seguin.
Tyler Seguin is also on Twitter, and has over 170,000 followers. Since Tyler Seguin is, again, a young, talented, rich and somewhat attractive individual...
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