The Boston Bruins are putting the band back together!
Just as Joliet Jake and Elwood broke the news to the band, Boston Bruins President Cam Neely and General manager Don Sweeney did the same with the media this past Tuesday with regards to the remaining 2011 Stanley Cup core.
It appears Bruins management already has a plan in place for next season that one of the key components of that push for the 2022 Stanley Cup will very likely involve goalie Tuukka Rask and forward David Krejci. Add Kerjci’s new wingmate, forward Taylor Hall, to the mix too because, Hall, like Krejci and Rask, have now seen both Sweeney and Neely express mutual interest in not letting any of them reach unrestricted free agency on July 28.
Rask and Krejci were the biggest questions marks when the Boston Bruins skated off the ice on June 9 and while Rask and Krejci let the media know that the Bruins were the only team they will continue their careers with, there was still plenty of speculation that the Bruins may wave goodbye to the longtime Bruins as they did to former captain Zdeno Chara and defenseman Torey Krug last offseason. Whether Aretha Franklin made them ‘Think’ or this was the plan all along, is yet to be determined. By all accounts though, Rask (not until January), Krejci, Brad Marchand, and Patrice Bergeron will be back on tour together next season.
In other Boston Bruins news, the NHLPA released its annual NHLPA player poll and Bergeron got made love from his peers! (BHN)
Stanley Cup semifinals
Vegas Golden Knights goalie Marc-Andre Fleury didn’t have the best night in a 3-2 loss to the Montreal Canadiens in Game 2 of their Stanley Cup semifinal series but he opened up about the game and life beforehand. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
Montreal Canadiens head coach Dominique Ducharme kept everyone, including Golden Knights head coach Pete DeBoer, guessing on defenseman Jeff Petry’s status. When the game started, Petry was in the lineup and played a pivotal role in the Habs’ 3-2 win in Game 2. (Sportsnet)
Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin, Florida Panthers GM Bill Zito and New York Islanders GM Lou Lamoriello were named finalists for the 2021 GM of the Year Award. (Florida Hockey Now)
In its last hurrah before the New York Islanders move into UBS Arena next fall, the Nassau Coliseum has been rocking and the fans have played the role of the 7th man for the Isles in the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs. (NYI Hockey Now)
Here’s a preview of Game 3 between the Islanders and Tampa Bay Lightning. (NYI Hockey Now)
National Hockey Now
Are the Philadelphia Flyers all in on Jack Eichel on the NHL trade market? (Philly Hockey Now)
Could the Pittsburgh Penguins make a play for Toronto Maple Leafs goalie Freddie Anderson on the NHL trade market? (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
Jonathan Huberdeau won the best assist in the NHLPA Players Poll. (Florida Hockey Now)
Who will the San Jose Sharks expose in the NHL Expansion Draft? (San Jose Hockey Now)
The Detroit Red Wings likely won’t be big players on the NHL Free Agent market. (Detroit Hockey Now)
ICYMI, our man Adrian Dater broke the story that the Colorado Avalanche will not fire head coach Jared Bednar. (Colorado Hockey Now)
The Carolina Hurricanes signed head coach Rod Brind’Amour to a three-year extension. (TSN)