Up next, a little quiet time
Last Wednesday, the Bruins won the Stanley Cup. On Saturday, they shared the Cup with their fans during a parade through Boston. Yesterday afternoon, they brought the Cup to Fenway Park.
Then, finally, they returned the Cup to TD Garden for one last team picture. It was the final time the 2010-11 champions were together in their home rink.
“All good things have to come to an end, right? Today was the day when it comes to team picture and all that kind of stuff,’’ Milan Lucic said. “It’s definitely been a crazy couple days with everyone being together and doing everything together.’’
Mark Recchi has retired. Tomas Kaberle, Michael Ryder, and Shane Hnidy will be unrestricted free agents July 1. That same day, Brad Marchand will become a restricted free agent.
All the other players, however, are under contract for 2011-12. And that has everybody excited for the future.
Not every defending champion has such luck. Last year, Chicago beat Philadelphia in six games in the Cup Final. But soon after, the Blackhawks had to jettison Dustin Byfuglien, Kris Versteeg, Antti Niemi, Andrew Ladd, and Brent Sopel because of the cap crunch they were facing.
The Bruins will be in far better cap shape.
“As a coach, when you win the Cup and know that a big majority of your team is coming back, you have to be happy,’’ said Claude Julien. “If you ask Chicago last year, they would have loved to have kept their team together. They couldn’t. But if they could, they would have. When you build a championship team, you like having those guys back.’’
Game face Tim Thomas is the only Bruin not to have shorn, or at least trimmed, his playoff beard. Perhaps that’s because mentally, he’s still in the moment.
“My mind was trying to throw out any distractions and just focus on playing,’’ the Conn Smythe Trophy winner said. “I did that for so long throughout the season, but also for the two months in the playoffs, that my mind is still in that mode. Somehow, my mind feels like it’s preparing for a game, tomorrow or the next day. That’s where it’s at right now.’’
Thomas will travel to Las Vegas today or tomorrow for the NHL awards show. On Wednesday, Thomas likely will win his second Vezina Trophy in three years.
Breath of fresh air Lucic will undergo sinus surgery in the upcoming days. He was slowed by a sinus infection at the end of the regular season that carried over into the first round of the playoffs. It prevented him from breathing properly out of one side of his nose.
Lucic will not need surgery on his right big toe, which was broken when struck by a Tyler Seguin shot at practice during the Eastern Conference finals.
Clear thoughts Nathan Horton will not require surgery on his separated right shoulder. He also said he has been headache-free for the last few days . . . The Bruins were free to get complimentary tattoos yesterday at the Garden. It was the fulfillment of a long-ago pledge from Andrew Ference’s ink man in Calgary, who once promised his client he would fly to Boston and provide paint jobs if the Bruins won the Stanley Cup. Ference was planning on a spoked-B . . . Kaberle said he’d like to remain with the Bruins. Agent Rick Curran will talk with general manager Peter Chiarelli in the next few days regarding an extension. Kaberle will need to take a hefty pay cut from the $4.25 million average annual salary he’s been drawing . . . Rich Peverley’s life inside the Cup bubble: “The draft is next week?’’ Peverley asked with disbelief of the PR staff. Peverley then held his head. The summer is short when you win the Cup.