Found January 29, 2012 on
PLAYERS: Claude Julien
TEAMS: Boston Bruins
There are more than just players involved in building a championship team. The men who put together the roster and then guide it through the season and playoffs play a mighty big role as well. The Bruins have been fortunate with the current occupants of those two positions, with coach Claude Julien and general manager Peter Chiarelli playing integral parts in Boston’s championship quest last season. There’s no doubting the success they had then. That shiny silver trophy they hoisted is proof enough of that. But how have they fared so far in trying to keep the Bruins atop the...

Tim Thomas Trade Rumors are Absurd

Rumors have been swirling out of control surronding Boston Bruins' netminder Tim Thomas about possible trades.  According to, when Boston Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli was asked about trading his star goaltender, he simply answered: "Not trading him." Rumors surronding Thomas are ridiculous. When Boston Bruins netminder Tim Thomas decided to skip the Bruins...

All-Star Weekend: Thoughts on Zdeno Chara’s blistering slap shot

Zdeno Chara’s 108.8 mph slap shot Saturday night took the skills competition to a new level. Is it a level we belong at? And is Chara a true natural, as a five-time slap shot champion in the skills competition? Here’s what he did last night: We’ve come a long way in about 22 years, when the slap shot competition was introduced. In 1990, the All-Star weekend had...

'Mr. Big Shot' Zdeno Chara Impresses Once Again With Record-Breaking Slapshot

Do you have any idea how fast 108 miles per hour is? It's really absurd. But Zdeno Chara can hit a hockey puck that fast with four-fifths of a mph to spare, as he showed during Saturday night's Hardest Shot portion of the NHL All-Star Skills Challenge. NESN Nation's Dan Duquette is kind of blown away with this one. That's almost too fast to make something move. Regardless...

Team Chara, Team Alfredsson select Skills lineups

OTTAWA -- Soon after Zdeno Chara walked into the room, he whipped out his phone and sent a text message to teammate Tyler Seguin. Chara had to ask Seguin if he would be cool doing the All-State NHL Breakaway Challenge on Saturday night at the 20...

What Are You Rooting for During NHL All-Star Game?

The NHL All-Star game is a fun event, but ultimately, it's just that -- fun. It doesn't count for two points in the standings, has few bragging rights at stake and in general is just an excuse to see the best players in the league skating together without worrying about things as trivial as hitting or playing defense. Zdeno Chara, Tim Thomas and Tyler Seguin will all be participating...

Free associating with Zdeno Chara

Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara, a team captain for today’s NHL All-Star Game, has never forgotten his roots growing up under Soviet rule in Czechoslovakia.

Tyler Seguin's Steal-and-Score Wins Captain Morgan Goal of the Week Honors

Tyler Seguin was in the right place at the right time. Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson never saw Seguin coming. The Bruins center intercepted Carlson's pass and quickly moved to net. Despite being tripped by Caps defenseman Roman Hamrlik, Seguin finished over the shoulder of Washington goalie Tomas Vokoun for the goal. The impressive play tied the game at 2-2 in the...

NHL skills competition: Zdeno Chara destroys own hardest-shot record

OTTAWA — When does a 95.3-mph slap shot seem like child's play? When Zdeno Chara fires one at 108.8. It almost doesn't seem possible, but the Boston Bruins star broke his own record in the hardest shot event Saturday night's NHL All-Star SuperSkills competition, in the process leaving Washington Capitals ...

Bruins' Chara sets record with 108 mph slap shot

OTTAWA (AP) -- Zdeno Chara's blistering hot slap shot and Patrick Kane's Superman cape weren't enough to beat Daniel Alfredsson and his team stocked with hometown favorites in the NHL All-Star skills competition Saturday night.

Bruins GM: Team not looking to trade Thomas

Despite being at the center of a controversy after he snubbed the Boston Bruins' visit of the White House, Tim Thomas remains and will remain a member of the team.
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