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Fredo, you're nothing to me now

I have a friend who's a die-hard New Jersey Devils fan. This friend is 24 years old and was born in raised in Massachusetts and attended Emerson College in Boston. He became a Devils fan around the age of 10 (near the Devils Stanley Cup victory over the Red Wings) because he liked the name "Devils" and enjoyed watching them win on TV. But there's another reason that he became a Devils fan. He swore off the Bruins due to various reasons that mostly all stemmed from the ownership and cheapness of Jeremy Jacobs. "My tipping point was not re-signing Bill Guerin," my friend says. "When that happened I finally went from following (the Bruins) as my secondary team to 'fuck you, I'm done ...

So we meet again -- Bruins vs. Matt Cooke preview

Tonight marks the first meeting between the Bruins and Penguins since the Marc Savard injury on March 7. Savard is still doing poorly according to Claude Julien, and some people are starting to compare his situation to that of Patrice Bergeron after his devastating hit in 2007. You will be hard-pressed to find a Bruins fan that does not want some sort of rather extreme measure of revenge taken on Matt Cooke and even some other members of the Penguins. Just earlier this afternoon, a friend of mine said to me, "They should gun for Crosby and Malkin all game. Leg check and take out their knees. I won't be happy unless one of them needs knee surgery." While that would be a bit much, if th...

Diagnosing The Bruins

With last night's 5-1 win over Philadelphia, the Bruins reminded many of their fans why this season was the most anticipated since the days of Neely and Bourque. But it also left fans asking "where the heck have these guys been all year?" Well, I think we can safely say the 09-10 Bruins are bipolar. See, no team in recent memory has flipped the switch from quitting on the ice to giving 200% than these guysn and you don't have to look back very far to see both examples. The outcry from Bruins nation was heard throughout North America after the players failed to stick up for Tim Thomas and Marc Savard against Pittsburgh, instead opting to accept a humiliating loss. They all made excuses...

Bruins fans should be ashamed of the team they root for

With 5:37 remaining in the third period of the Bruins' game against the Pittsburgh Penguins, Marc Savard was blindsided by an elbow from goon supreme Matt Cooke. Savard laid motionless on the ice in a situation that gave Bruins fans flashbacks to the Patrice Bergeron incident in 2007. However, nobody on the ice -- including supposed tough guy Milan Lucic -- stood up for their teammate and made Matt Cooke or anyone on the Penguins pay for the hit at the time of the incident or in the final five minutes. They simply skated around their teammate as if nothing happened. Coming off the ice after the final buzzer sounded in a 2-1 loss, nobody looked upset or distraught about the loss of the...

Bruins acquire Dennis Seidenberg

The Boston Bruins have acquired Dennis Seidenberg and Matt Bartowski from the Florida Panthers in exchange for Byron Bitz, Craig Weller and a 2010 2nd rounder that previously belonged to Tampa Bay. This comes on the heels of the Bruins trading Derek Morris to Phoenix.

Do the Bruins have a deal in place?

Earlier today (Feb. 25), Boston GM Peter Chiarelli hinted that the Bruins may have a deal or two in place for when the NHL roster freeze is lifted on March 1. Speaking on 98.5 The Sports Hub's Felger and Mazz afternoon show, Chiarelli said that things have picked up the last couple of days and that some deals around the league need just formal announcement to be completed. "Tuesday things started to pick up and I suspect you'll see some deals that have already been cooked," Chiarelli said. "You'll see them done like the morning of the first. We're in on a couple and I like our chances. "I always want improve this team," he continued. "We have identified a couple areas where we feel ...

Taking stock of the Bruins at the break

In what was billed as the most highly anticipated season for the Boston Bruins since the days of Cam Neely and Ray Bourque, the Black and Gold have failed to live up to the hype thus far as they head into the break sitting at 27-22-11, good for 65 points and 7th place. Boston spent the majority of the first 75% of the season exchanging first place in the Northeast Division with Buffalo, settling into either 3rd or 5th in the conference. But a lackluster January in which the Bruins went 3-9-2 left Boston outside of the top 8 come Feb. 1 as both fans and players were searching for answers after a 10 game losing streak. The Bruins won the final four games before the break -- all on the ro...

Reports: Tim Thomas on the trading block

According to various reports, including one from Daren Millard of Central Sportsnet last night, the Boston Bruins are fielding offers for reigning Vezina Trophy winner Tim Thomas. Thomas, who has a 2.52 GAA and .915 sv%, has all but lost the starting job to 22 year old Tuukka Rask, who leads the NHL in GAA and ranks third in sv%. Rask has started the last three games for the Bruins, including a 36-save shutout of the Montreal Canadiens yesterday that snapped Boston's 10-game losing streak. “Right now, we’re at a stage where you’ve got to go with the goalie that’s playing the best. I think right now, [Rask is] playing the best," Bruins coach Claude Julien said after yesterday's...

Futility, thy name is Bruins

In this very spot yesterday I wrote that the Boston Bruins should beat the Montreal Canadiens based on the paper lineups. Well, a quick look at the paper box score tells me that the Bruins out-shot the Canadiens 47-25, had four more power play opportunities and won 11 more faceoffs. Easy win, right? Not with this team. With the losing streak up to nine in a row after last night's 3-2 shootout loss, the Bruins are at a loss for any semblance of a clue as to what is going on. Over their last two games, the Bruins have allowed (and yes, that is the correct word) Jose Theodore and Jaroslav Halak to combine for a .966 save percentage. The last win at the TD Garden was Dec. 30. The last regulat...

Gameday: Bruins vs. Canadiens

On paper, the Boston Bruins should win tonight. After all, their forwards are better than Montreal's, since the Canadiens are missing Cammalleri and Andre Kostitsyn. The Bruins have better talent on the blue line, with Zdeno Chara, Johnny Boychuk and Derek Morris leading the way over a group that includes Hal Gill and the corpse of Jaroslav Spacek. In net, Tuukka Rask and Jaroslav Halak have near identical Save %, with Tuukka holding an edge in GAA. But, as anyone who's watched the Boston Bruins since the Winter Classic will tell you, what the Boston Bruins look like on paper can be discarded and ignored. The Black and Gold have not won a game at the TD Garden since Dec. 30 against Atl...