Found January 07, 2013 on
The NHL is back, and fans can barely wait before teams officially drop the puck.
With games reportedly scheduled for Jan. 19, the clock is ticking on the NHL season, with players, coaches and fans all playing catch-up to get back up to speed. After 113 days, the lockout is over, but there’s still work to be done before the games resume.
When they do, however, there are plenty of storylines awaiting what is going to be an action-packed regular season. Some of them will be new and some of them will be old, but all of them should be exciting.
However, 113 days is a long time, and it’s understandable that fans might have tuned out some of the news going on around the league during the lockout. Here’s a helpful primer to get you caught up in preparation for the upcoming year.
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Tyler Seguin was always planning on his return to Boston around this time. He only hoped that he would be playing hockey with the Bruins then.
Luckily, the forward’s timing was spot-on, with the B’s holding an informal practice on Monday after a tentative agreement between the players and owners to end the lockout. While speaking with reporters after the practice, Seguin stressed...
...i'd say this picture pretty much sums up the feelings of Rangers fans this morning.
...has all the makings of an amazing season, so strap yourself in folks.
...oh yeah, in case you forgot, we've got RICK NASH!!!!!!!!!
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Some fans may call Andrew Ference hockey’s biggest tree-hugger. After all, he’s one of the most environmentally conscious people — let alone athletes — in New England and has the electric car to prove it.
Now, Ference may be known as hockey’s biggest tree-planter, after a green deal he’s made (via Twitter, at least) with a local blogger. Check it out below.
Jim Cerny at nyrangers.com reports that there is no official word on Marian Gaborik's status to start the season after shoulder surgery this past summer.
Back in December, Pat Leonard of the Daily News reported if training camp would convene in the beginning of January, Gaborik would be ready to go. Gaborik did some rehab work in Slovakia but has spent a significant amount...
Many NHL players have gone overseas during the lockout, committing to play for other teams until the lockout ended.
Well, the lockout ended Sunday, and it didn’t take long before Zdeno Chara‘s time with HC Lev Prague was over.
Chara “was pulled out of his KHL game Sunday and told to get ready to head back to Boston,” Joe Haggerty of Comcast Sportsnet reports. Chara will be...
Shortly after a new CBA was reached between the NHL and NHLPA early Sunday morning, Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference took to Twitter to offer a personal apology to hockey fans affected by the lockout.
Ference sent out the below tweets to his more than 28,000 followers early Sunday:
Game on. These guys waited a long time today for this scoop. twitter.com/Ferknuckle/sta…
Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk spent a majority of the NHL lockout playing for EC Red Bull Salzburg in the Austrian league. If you were to guess that Salzberg, a team sponsored by the Austrian energy drink company Red Bull, were to make the beverage a large option in their team hydration strategy, you would be wrong. It was the ONLY option.
It may be a while before Johnny Boychuk...
The Bruins would seem to be at an advantage as a lockout-shortened NHL season approaches.
For starters, the Black and Gold were one of the best-represented NHL teams in Europe, with 11 members of the team opting to wait out parts of the lockout by playing in Europe. While no one will mistake European action for the NHL, there’s no denying the advantages of staying in game shape...
It seems that Bruins players are just as happy as Bruins fans about the end of the NHL lockout.
Boston forward Shawn Thornton sat down in a one-on-one interview with NESN’s Naoko Funayama to discuss the end of the NHL lockout.
Watch NESN Daily on Sunday night at 10 p.m. to hear Thornton’s thoughts on the end of the lockout and what it may mean for the 2013 Bruins season. Milan...
Well, it’s been a long wait, but hockey is finally (nearly) upon us.
Although the season will be an abbreviated one due to the NHL lockout, the goal is still the same: raise the Cup at the end of the season. The Bruins did just that two seasons ago, but the question is now whether they can do it again.
Boston certainly looks to have the talent to make a serious run coming out of...
Hockey fans all of the world are rejoicing on Sunday, as that the NHL lockout has been lifted.
Bruins forward Milan Lucic and defenseman Andrew Ference joined NESN’s Bruins reporter Naoko Funayama on Sunday to discuss the end of the NHL lockout and what lies ahead for the Black and Gold.
Tune in to NESN Daily at 10 p.m. ET to hear what the two stars have to say about everything...
Sounds about right...
Dear Dedicated Fan #012536,
The National Hockey League announced that the lockout is over and soon you’ll be able to come back to TD Garden and give us all your money watch the Bruins again!
The lockout was just as hard for us as it was for you fans. Most of us suffered severe abdominal injuries from laughing at you so much but we also...
It is come full circle for me now. In 2004 it was bad enough watching the New York Rangers miss out on the playoffs for the 7th straight season but Gary Bettman locked the players out and canceled the entire season.
Gary Bettman claimed that the NHL owners were doing this for the benefit of the fans, making such claims as they were trying to hold the line on ticket prices. It...