Happy New Year Viewers
Mailbag kids: In no particular order. Things change so quickly that often the questions or comments are already answered or you've been made to look pretty smart. But here we go anyway, from the last couple/few weeks. Thank you to the well wishers not included below.
As a long time Bruins fan (good times and bad), I feel the Bruins need to get back to the beginning of the year 'form'. Also, they are in great need of a goal scorer/sniper. Any chance of this happening in the near future???
Now that Peter Chiarelli moved Brandon Bochenski and shored up an injury depleted D unit with Shane Hnidy, I think a scoring winger would be the next thing on the wish list. Especially since Bochenski didn't get it done in that area when he was expected to do so on the second line. That's a hole. The lines look pretty good at the immediate moment given the injuries, but the talent is not deep. Chiarelli says he's always looking to improve the hockey club.
When are you making your "pilgrimage" to Providence this year? You guys noticing how our P-Bruins ??? Best team in the AHL so far. I want to see the Cup come to Providence!! Let's see some hockey in June, the PawSox can wait.
Yes sir, the P-B's look very solid. Good stuff. We expect to be down there pretty soon. In fact, we're doing a Rubber Biscuit on the AHL all over the Commonwealth. Just look at all of the great pro hockey being played at the 2nd best level, all over the state. We're gonna pop into Lowell, Worcester, Providence, and Springfield. And for a different show, we're headed to Portland.
whats your view about kessel? Their was negative article in globes abt Julien not liking his style of play and work ethic and that he is probably will be traded. Whats your view of Kessel and his attitude and will the bruins trade him?
I think that would only occur at this point in desperation, or if a great opportunity to upgrade came along. He's still just a kid, with a lot of maturing yet to do, and I think the B's are willing to be patient given his upside. If he's still not getting it, or defensively irresponsible come the end of the season, then maybe they'll start to wonder. But he's got the speed you need these days in the NHL, and with the right coaching and patience, and him buying in, there's great potential. Don't give up yet.
I see Don Cherry is defending Chris Simon for stomping on another player with his skate. He earlier defended Randy Jones for the blind hit that sidelined Patrice Bergeron.
Personally I think both cases are completely indefensible. Do you think Don Cherry is becoming a contrarian *%#(@&% artist, or is there some merit to what he says?
As you may know from past entries, I love "Coach's Corner" on HNIC. But I think Don was a bit ambiguous with this one. I kind of see what he meant, he wasn't defending the play, he was more saying "I can see why he did it", meaning Ruutu deserved it in a way for being a shift-disturber, coward type. I don't buy it. Breaking the ultimate code by using the skate blade as a weapon of sorts is a no-no under any circumstances. Case closed. Sucker punch - "I can see why he did it" - maybe, but not the skate.
On the Jumbotron today(Blues) they showed some guys with Derek Sanderson HEY HEY T-Shirts.Any idea where I can get one?
Any help people? Send in a response and I'll pass it on.
With all the talks about steroids in other sports, what is the NHL's take on steroids and have they played a role in the league at all?
The NHL adopted mandatory random testing last season. As far as I know, the entire League was tested and there was only one positive result. Sean Hill of the Islanders failed a drug test right at the end of last season and was suspended twenty games. He was able to play out the last few games of the regular season and some playoff action vs. Buffalo while the appeal was going on. Oddly enough, it was twice-an-Islander Bryan Berard who tested positive in November 2005 for steroids. Since the NHL didn't administer the test, and it was before the fulltime policy I believe, he wasn't penalized. He was banned from international play for two years.
Rob, I enjoy your insightful comments during the games. Keep up the good work. I do have a rant. I have been a Bruins fan for over 50 years and played as a kid growing up in Woburn and I do not like the changes the NHL has made to the game durong the past 20 or so years. I really have a problem with the way all these little cheap holding, hooking and interfearence penalties are called today. All it does take the flow out of the game and slow things down. As the former Bruin player and color analyst, Derek "Terk" Sanderson use to say,"This isn't tennis, let the boys play." I couldn't agree with him more. Years ago, before the days of helmets, there was none of the cheap stick work that there is today, the boys use to police themselves. Let the boys play!
Amen. Let them police themselves, and find a happy medium on the other calls.
A few years back, I read the reason behind the NHL’s switch to dark jerseys at home (sorry, I don’t remember where). During the now extinct third jersey craze, the majority of teams’ third jersey was a dark (non-white) design, so when they wanted to wear them at home, it meant making arrangements for the visitors to wear their usual home whites on the road. (And teams wanted to wear the third jersey at home since this was about selling merchandise to the home team fans).
An easy solution was to go to dark jerseys at home all the time and have the visitors wear white.
Although I too prefer the “old days” when the home team wore white, in the even older days the home teams wore dark (remember what color jersey Orr is wearing in the famous Cup winning goal from the Garden in 1970?). Apparently the original change to whites at home was to make things easier on the equipment managers: keeping the whites clean and spotless on long road trips could be a chore.
This is true. Blood stains in particular. The dark road sweaters hid them better. Now I think it's simply marketing. They sell more sweaters if the dark is showcased at home. Most would like to see the colors of the visiting team.
My wife and I had the opportunity to visit the Dill Farm in June 07 for our honeymoon in Nova Scotia. The experince was inspiring, to stand at the murky long pond envisioning the native Miq-Maq, and early settlers playing a game on ice with a wooden puck as early as 1800! I am a Marine currently stationed in NC. My wife and I are avid Bruins fans (we grew up in the Boston area) and always catch a game when we visit during Christmas. However, this is the only time we can watch the "Rubber Biscuit". Our question to you is: how can we get a copy of the 2 episodes from your visits to the Dill Farm? They would certainly be a nice addition to our honeymoon collection. Keep up the excellent coverage, we love watching you when we can.
Very cool. Send me another e-mail with your contact/mail info in the body of it and we'll see what we can do. We're swamped, but we'll take a crack at it.
Off to write a Biscuit. All the best. And much health, happiness, and prosperity to you all in 2008.