Tim Thomas Traded

Bye Timmy! (credit:flickr/Slidingsideways)

Well friends the day has come. Today is the day that goaltender Tim Thomas is officially no longer a part of the Bruins organization. It was just announced/ my twitter is currently blowing up with the news.

As of now, Thomas is now a member of the New York Islanders. In exchange for Thomas, the Bruins will get a conditional  2nd round draft pick in either the 2014 or 2015 draft. He will, however, not be playing for the Isles this season as he is on  leave. He did say he wanted to play next season so potentially the Isles could have a good goalie for next year.

Thomas was in the final year of his contract and since he wasn’t playing at the moment, he was basically taking away the B’s chance to sign someone new. Well now that he’s gone, the B’s have $5 million in cap space to play around with as the trade deadline approaches.

On the other hand, the Isles picked up Timmy to make sure they were over the cap floor.

So I guess it’s a win, win for everyone? Well us mostly.

In the end thanks for everything Tim Thomas, good luck whenever hockey and or your three f’s take you!

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Hockey East and the Bruins

Parker Milner at Bruins Development Camp (Credit: Flickr/ Cerebusfangirl)

By now it’s pretty well known that I got to UMass Amherst, a school with a hockey team in the Hockey East division. For those of you that are unfamiliar with Hockey East, the schools that are featured in it are UMass, Boston University, Northeastern, Boston College, UMass Lowell, Providence College, University of Maine, University of New Hampshire, University of Vermont, Merrimack College, and University of Connecticut. With the recent development camp and the draft the past few weeks, a few players making the cut to development camp have their roots in Hockey East.

That’s right sticking close to Boston four players represent Hockey East and the Bean Pot. Unfortunately, none come from UMass but these players are names that I have yelled at/will yell at when my home team plays against Boston University and Boston College.

From the BU Terriers end comes 2012 third-round draft pick and Charlestown native Matt Grzelcyk who will be a freshman this coming season and alternate captain, and camp invite forward Justin Courtnall. Grzelcyk spent the last two seasons with the U.S. National Development team, picking up 21 points (2G/19A) in 60 games played. Obviously he still is a ways away from the Black and Gold. Meanwhile, Courtnall will be heading into his senior year at BU and had a junior season with 4-3=7 totals with 73 penalty minutes in 39 games  for the Terriers. Not to mention, Courtnall helped BU advance to the NCAA tourney last year.

And down Commonwealth Avenue from BU is Boston College former home to defenseman Tommy Cross and current mainstay of goaltender Parker Milner. Cross was drafted to the B’s back in 2007 as a second round pick. He has participated in all of the Bruins development camps. Meanwhile Milner is a camp invite who helped lead the Boston College Eagles to the NCAA national championship last season by posting a 1.66 GAA and .937 SV% with three shutouts in 34 games, in addition to compiling a .50 GAA and .982 SV% in the NCAA tournament. Not too shabby.

When Hockey East season starts off Milner will go up against potential teammates Grzelcyk and Courtnall. If that doesn’t make for an interesting story line, I don’t know what does! Also just because these boys could potentially be Bruins players someday, you can bet I will not lay off the slack when it comes to yelling at them when they play against my UMass minutemen!

 

 

Dougie Watch at B’s Development Camp

Dougie will be repping the Black jersey during camp (Credit: NHLBruins twitter)

Today is not only 91 days until the Bruins are back in action but it’s also the start of Bruins development camp. The camp is basically a look at the future of the Bruins organization as B’s prospects show off their skills in hopes of someday making it to the pro team. There is one player in particular that the Bruins will have their eyes on making pro by regular training camp in September and that’s 19-year-old defenseman Dougie Hamilton.

Hamilton was drafted in 2011 in the first round as the ninth overall pick for the Bruins and he was drafted with high expectations. The 6-foot-6 player played in the OHL last season for the Niagra Icedogs. He was named OHL defenseman of the year leading all defenseman in scoring with 17 goals and 55 assists in 50 games.

With a season like that it would look like Dougie has nothing left to do but show off his skills in the NHL with the black and gold.

Here’s Dougie’s prospect video if you wanted to see him in action:

But if you’re looking for some more Hamilton in your life than you should make the trip to Wilmington and check him and the other prospect out in the Development camp this weekend!

 

Bruins Announce Development Camp Roster

You can check out Dougie Hamilton this weekend at Development Camp! (Credit:Flickr/Slidingsideways)

Today the Bruins announced their expected roster for the 6th annual Development Camp that’ll be taking place this Thursday June 28th through Monday July 2nd. The Camp takes place at the Bruins practice rink Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington Massachusetts and all of the on ice practices are open to the public.

So fans if you’re free this weekend and want a look at the future of the Boston Bruins organization then here’s your chance!

The roster features 29 players, 22 of which are within the Bruins organization, the other seven being  NCAA college players outside of the prospect system.

Here’s the roster as of today:

Forwards:  Anthony Camara,  Daniel Carr, Brian Ferlin, Justin Florek, Seth Griffith, Colton Hargrove, Alex Khokhlachev, Jared Knight, Cody Payne,Ben Sexton, Ryan Spooner

Defensemen: Matt Benning,  Tommy Cross, Matthew Grzelcyk, Dougie Hamilton, Torey Krug, Robbie O’Gara, Zach Trotman

Goaltenders: Zane Gothberg, Adam Morrison, Malcolm Subban, Niklas Svedberg, Lars Volden

Invites: Darik Angeli: Forward (Ohio State University), Colin Campbell: Forward (Lake Superior State University), Chris Casto: Defense (University of Minnesota-Duluth), Justin Courtnall: Forward (Boston University), Parker Milner: Goalie (Boston College), Wayne Simpson: Forward (Union College)

Here’s the Schedule:

Thursday, June 28
-On-ice practice, Ristuccia Arena, 10:30 a.m. ET

Friday, June 29
-On-ice practice, Ristuccia Arena, 11:00 a.m. ET
-On-ice power skating, Ristuccia Arena, 12:45 p.m. ET

Saturday, June 30
-On-ice power skating, Ristuccia Arena, 10:30 a.m. ET
-On-ice practice, Ristuccia Arena, 11:45 a.m. ET

Sunday, July 1
-On-ice practice/scrimmage, Ristuccia Arena, 11:00 a.m. ET

Monday, July 2
-On-ice power skating, Ristuccia Arena, 10:00 a.m. ET
-On-ice scrimmage, Ristuccia Arena, 10:45 a.m. ET

So if you’re looking to have some hockey back in your life, are curious about the new guys acquired last weekend in the draft, or are wondering who might make the B’s starting lineup, this is a must go!

 

 

Daily Countdown: 97 Days B’s 1st Round Pick

Welcome to the Boston Bruins Malcolm Subban (Credit:NHLBruins Twitter)

Tonight was round 1 of the 2012 NHL Draft and the Boston Bruins had the ever exciting 24th draft pick. As players were being picked and current players were being traded around, all remained quiet on the Boston front. But eventually the 24th pick came and it was…

MALCOLM SUBBAN

If that last name sounds a bit familiar, you’re not second guessing…that is in fact Montreal Canadien P.K Subban’s little brother. And yes I mean the Montreal that we in Boston loathe. I think our rivalry just took a whole new turn for the better/ I personally cannot wait to own a Subban BRUINS jersey!

Subban was 25-14-0 with a 2.50 GAA and a .923 save percentage with Bellville Bulls (OHL) last year. Going into the draft, he was the number 1 North American goaltender. He played for Team Canada at the 2011 World Under-18 Championships getting a shutout in his first game. He finished the tournament with 2.98 goals-against average and a .913 save percentage.

With Tim Thomas leaving the team, it doesn’t really surprise me that the Bruins would select a goalie in the first round. So I think it was a great call.

Check out his prospect video below:

On being drafted Subban said:

“I’m just so happy…I’m going to work as hard as I can to crack the lineup sometime” (Via NHLBruins)

The Bruins organization is equally excited with General Manager Peter Chiarelli saying:

“Subban’s selection fulfills 2 criteria: top player, fillers a need. And with TT out of the system, a spot in the roster is open. He needs some seasoning, foundation is there”. (Via NHLBruins)

Just because here are some of Subban’s favorites courtesy of NHL.com:
FAVORITES
NHL team: New York Rangers
NHL player: Henrik Lundqvist …he wore number 30 for the Bulls in honor of Lundqvist
Goal celebration: Jaromir Jagr’s salute
Video game: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
Artist: Eminem and Drake
Movie: Fast Five
TV show: NHL on the Fly and TSN
Website: YouTube
Pump-up song: ‘Cinderella Man’ by Eminem

There have been many tweets talking about a Subban sporting a Bruins jersey but I think Tyler Seguin’s takes the cake:

And with that being said, Welcome to Boston Malcolm =)

Bruins Potential NHL Draft Picks

Who Will Chiarelli Pick (Credit:Flickr/John Tammaro)

This weekend is the NHL Draft in Pittsburgh and if you’re wondering why we haven’t heard much from the Bruins regarding the draft it’s because 24th pick isn’t quite newsworthy. From there the Bruins don’t have another pick until 3rd round with the 85th selections.

Yes friends the days of drafting in the top 10 (Tyler Seguin with the 2nd overall pick in 2010) and (Dougie Hamilton with the 9th overall pick in 2011) are over. So I guess we can finally stop thanking Phil Kessel and the Toronto Deal now?

So the Bruins staff buckled down and put a lot more into finding guys that’ll still be around when it comes the Bruins turn to pick. And Peter Chiarelli are staying optimistic despite a not so thrilling pick number. Chiarelli wants to build up our defense which is why the picks are mostly aimed at defensemen.

“There are a bunch of good defensemen that are available, and that’s not a bad thing. Those can be hard to find. We’re going to get a good player with the 24th pick.” (Via CSNNE)

Without anymore talk, here are the 5 players that the Bruins will have their eyes on when that 24th pick comes around.

1)Slater Koekkoek (defenseman): Currently a member of the Peterborough Petes, Koekkoek had a season ending shoulder injury this season which only allowed him to play in 26 games. However, in those games he managed 18 points which isn’t too shabby. If he had had an healthier season, he definitely would have been picked up before the No.24 so the Bruins could get lucky with the 6-foot-2, 184-pounder. Fingers crossed on this one!

2) Matthew Finn (defenseman): Finn finished sixth in the OHL in defensemen playing on the Guelph Storm with 48 points in 61 games. He has family ties in the NHL and the Bruins have their eyes on developing the 6-foot 196-pounder into a strong defenseman with an offensive edge.

3) Olli Maatta (defenseman): Not going to lie, his name intrigues me. Anyway, Maatta is a native of Finland but played in the OHL for the London Knights this season alongside Bruins prospect Jared Knight. The 6-foot-2, 202 pounder led the OHL rookie defenseman with 32 points in 58 games and the last two years had played for Finland in the World Juniors. In fact he was the youngest player to player for Finland as he qualified as a 16-year-old. Maatta would be a solid addition to the Bruins lineup.

4) Hampus Lindholm (defenseman): This Swedish defenseman is one of the top ranked European players eligible for the draft so there’s no doubt that picking him would be a good idea for the Bruins. The 6-foot-2 196 pound player though not producing ridiculously good stats had an excellent performance at the NHL combine. Definitely wouldn’t hurt to go for him.

5) Brendan Gaunce (center): The only non-defense player on the list should count for something. The 6-foot-2, 215-pound player led the Belleville Bulls in rookie scoring with 36 points in 65 games. He would be a great addition to the Bruins offense if he makes it to the 24th pick.

Will any of these boys join the Bruins organization come this weekend? Guess you’ll have to stay tuned to A Cup A Bruin to find out!

stats via CSNNE