BRAMPTON, Ontario — This time last year Tyler Seguin was not even a rookie on the Boston Bruins roster.
He was just a draft pick — albeit a very high draft pick — who had fought through “The Program” at Boston Bruins Development Camp, and would eventually attend B’s rookie and training camp in the hopes of donning the Black & Gold and avoiding a trip back to juniors.
A year removed from those uncertainties, Seguin, a Stanley Cup champion, enjoyed his day with hockey’s Holy Grail.
San Jose changed its look with two blockbuster trades while Anaheim continues to wait for Teemu Selanne's decision on whether he'll return or retire. Phoenix has had to replace some key parts while Los Angeles added a significant piece in Mike Richards. And after falling just shy of the playoffs last season, Dallas has made wholesale changes, including behind its bench.
PORT COLBORNE, Ontario — Selected by Buffalo (1st round, 11th overall) in the 1983 NHL Entry Draft, Adam Creighton played 708 games in the NHL with the Sabres, Blackhawks, Islanders, Lightning and Blues, but he earned an afternoon with the Stanley Cup as a pro scout for the Boston Bruins.
"Yeah, it’s very special," said Creighton at his home, prior to the arrival of the Cup. "I played for 14 years and never — I guess the closest I came was two semifinals — and you realize how hard it is to win it and that’s why I think that, for me, I really appreciate what the players have done and how hard they worked."
Creighton talked about Stanley Cup Final and watching Game 7 in Vancouver.
Vancouver is still getting over the disappointment of losing Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final, but the Canucks remain, without question, the favorite to win the division. Calgary, Minnesota and Colorado feel they’re closer to being playoff contenders after falling short last season. Meanwhile, Edmonton added another major piece to its rebuild by drafting Ryan Nugent-Hopkins first in the 2011 Entry Draft.
Zach Parise, Devils agree on 1-year deal (ESPN.com)
The two sides continue to try to work out a long-term contract. The deal is worth $6 million, according to TSN.
Report: Kovalev to sign contract with KHL team (TSN.com)
Alex Kovalev appears to be heading back to Russia, as sports website Sport Express reports that the veteran winger is set to sign a two-year contract with Atlant Mytishchi of the Kontinental Hockey League.
KITCHENER, Ontario — During the season, Gregory Campbell is one of the players that the media goes to when they need a thorough explanation of what is going on — right or wrong — with the Bruins.
But it was Campbell’s reply to the question, “What will you do with the Stanley Cup?” that was one of his best answers to date.
"I felt like I’ve been so lucky and privileged and blessed to be able to win this thing, and to be able to do something I love on a daily basis," he said. "So I felt like it was important for me to give a little bit of the joy I felt in winning this thing back to some people, so I wanted to take it to a hospital — specifically a children’s hospital — where those kids are fighting a much bigger fight than we had to, to win this thing."
Detroit had to replace some of its history, but not the biggest piece. Nashville decided it can compete with a core that needs to get locked up and younger players who must get better. Chicago spent money to bolster its depth and get tougher while St. Louis got older in the hopes of getting better. Not to be outdone, Columbus finally made the splash its fans have been waiting for.
GUELPH, Ontario — Rich Peverley's time with the Stanley Cup began in the basement of his home, where his family gathered to take professional photographs with the world's most well known still life.
"Well I’m just enjoying some time now, alone [at home]," he said when BostonBruins.com visited Guelph this morning.
"When I first came here I spent some time with the family and then the whole circus came to town and we got all of our family here and getting pictures," continued the forward. "Then we’re going to head to the rink downtown and we’re going to bring it to the city and hopefully everybody in the city is able to enjoy it.
BOSTON — Boston Bruins fans boarded the M/V Provincetown II cruise ship Wednesday night to have a good time celebrating their team’s success and ready to raise money for the 2011 Boston Bruins Foundation Pan-Massachusetts Challenge Bike Team.
Hosted by the Director of Development of the Boston Bruins Foundation, Bob Sweeney, the Black & Gold faithful enjoyed gorgeous Boston scenery, great music, and the company of B’s alumni such as Ray Bourque and Lyndon Byers.
“It was so nice to have Ray Bourque and Lyndon Byers come on tonight. I thought it was a very welcome addition,” said Sweeney.
Washington again re-tooled its roster, this time adding the veteran No. 1 goalie that it has been missing over the past couple of seasons. Tampa Bay held on to its own talent while Carolina added the pass-first, puck-moving defenseman it hopes will improve the power play. Winnipeg began building its organization and Florida spent about $30 million to complete its overhaul.
Goaltender Ray Emery will attend the Chicago Blackhawks' training camp on a tryout basis in September in the hopes of continuing an NHL career that looked like it would be derailed by injury, Emery's agent told ESPN.com Wednesday.
Rangers, Callahan avoid arbitration with three-year deal (TSN.ca)
The New York Rangers have avoided arbitration with another one of their young forwards, signing Ryan Callahan to a three-year contract worth a reported $12.875 million.
WELLAND, Ontario — Every day with the Stanley Cup is different.
In contrast to his linemate Shawn Thornton's free form day on Tuesday, nearly every minute of Daniel Paille's time with the Stanley Cup was scripted and that's why Paille and his pals were on the move early on Wednesday morning.
Paille’s friends and family left a local parking lot at 7:00 a.m. for a full day with the Cup and didn’t reach their final destination (a local eatery) until past 6:00 p.m.
BostonBruins.com — The first player to hoist the Stanley Cup after the Boston Bruins Game 7 win over the Vancouver Canucks, Zdeno Chara, finally got his day with the trophy he and his teammates worked so hard for.
The B’s captain brought Lord Stanley’s Cup to his hometown of Trencin, Slovakia. There he was greeted by the town’s new mayor.
“We got welcomed by our new mayor of the town and it was kind of a short visit but he just wanted to show, again, the appreciation, the respect [we had as they] welcome me in the town,” Chara said.
BostonBruins.com — On his day with the Cup, David Krejci took it home, traveling to his hometown in the Czech Republic to celebrate, knowing the magnitude of Lord Stanley’s trophy translates across the ocean.
“For Czech people, the NHL is the best league in the world, and it’s the hardest trophy to win,” Krejci explained, “so it means a lot to them.
“It’s in every single newspaper, it’s on TV, so it’s huge.”
The Bruins look poised for a run at a repeat while the Sabres are spending to the cap for the first time. The Maple Leafs are hoping to build off a strong finish to the 2010-11 season and the Canadiens believe their depth is better now than it was last season. The Senators are in the early stages of their youth movement with the hope that having their top farm team win last season’s AHL championship will benefit this season’s NHL team.
Could Alexei Yashin really return to Isles? (ESPN.com)
In an interview with ESPN.com on Tuesday, Yashin was neither giddy about the possibility of returning to the NHL — and specifically the New York Islanders — nor was he distant.
Richards plays down ‘dry island’ story out of Philadelphia (TSN.ca)
Mike Richards is already looking ahead to a new future with the Los Angeles Kings, but the young centre was firing back at the past on Tuesday at a story that said he and former teammate Jeff Carter were traded out from the Philadelphia Flyers because of excessive partying.
TORONTO — Shawn Thornton’s day with the Cup was as memorable as most would imagine, but unlike his bull-in-a-china-shop attitude on the ice, the forward’s second off-ice soiree with Lord Stanley began quietly in the living room of his parent’s house in his hometown of Oshawa, Ontario and ended under the radar (if not as quiet) in a Toronto restaurant at a party that featured lots of food, friends and a live band.
In between, Thornton took the Cup to the top of Toronto’s CN Tower in order to, as he put it, celebrate “on top of the world.” However, prior to his day, Thornton was careful not to tell anyone his plans.
"I think when you tell the city or whatever you’re going to show up somewhere, you end up being there for a lot longer and we don’t have it for that long," said Thornton during a stop in Whitby, Ontario in the backyard of his in-laws the Chadwicks.
The Flyers changed roughly half their team, the Rangers landed the big prize of the 2011 free-agent crop and the Penguins are simply looking forward to getting back two of the NHL’s biggest stars — Crosby and Malkin — for the start of the 2011-12 season. Meanwhile, the Devils and Islanders have stayed relatively quiet, intent on relying on their youth to provide depth behind their veteran leadership.
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman’s salary has more than doubled since the 2004-05 lockout with his current salary at $7.5 million for the fiscal year ending June 30 of last year, according to SportsBusiness Journal.
Red Wings’ Draper to announce retirement on Tuesday (TSN.ca)
A clutch playoff performer, Draper won four Stanley Cups with the Wings. He would also claim the Frank J. Selke Trophy in 2003-04 as the NHL’s best defensive forward.
Walling: MacKinnon the second coming of Sid the Kid? (TSN.ca)
He is the most talked about hockey player in these parts of Atlantic Canada and for a 15-year old, his career mirrors Sidney Crosby in so many ways when he was at this stage in his career.
Offer sheets make little sense in today’s salary cap world (USAToday.com)
All of the discussion about offer sheets before Steven Stamkos re-signed with the Tampa Bay Lightning seemed pointless when you consider how much money owner Jeff Vinik has invested in the team and the renovation of the arena. It seems doubtful that a team could have made a realistic offer that Vinik would not have matched.
Official benefits: How NHL teams have been drawing and taking penalties since the lockout (NBCSports.com)
Last night’s foray into the land of non-traditional stats focused on special teams, power play and penalty kill plus minus totals for the 2010-11 season, but perhaps to little surprise, it sparked a deeper journey down the numerical rabbit hole.
After all the speeches, Chara was then greeted with what I can only relate to as a 21-gun military salute.
If you read this blog last year, you would know that both Marian Hossa and Tomas Kopecky were knighted, so it appears to be Slovakian tradition as they can now welcome newly-knighted and friend, Sir Zdeno Chara.
Following that ceremony, a fire show began and many of the people who were mingling quickly found their seats. A tremendous show — let’s call it the Macy’s Day Parade of Slovakia.
Yashin’s agent, Mark Gandler, told Newsday talks were originally exploratory but have been “growing in seriousness.” According to Newsday reporter Katie Strang, Islanders general manager Garth Snow has also confirmed the camps have talked about a return for Yashin.
A complaint filed in Hennepin County District Court said Aaron Boogaard, 24, told police he gave his brother a single oxycodone the night before he found Derek Boogaard dead in their Minneapolis apartment May 13. Derek Boogaard, 28, died of what authorities ruled was a toxic mix of alcohol and drugs.
Canadiens sign Gorges to one-year, $2.5 million deal (TSN.ca)
Gorges had a goal and six assists in 36 games last season. He had 18 penalty minutes and averaged 21:10 seconds of ice time per game.
BostonBruins.com — No doubt everyone heard about the false start to Nathan Horton's day with the Stanley Cup and how hockey's Holy Grail somehow got stuck between Boston and Buffalo.
However, nobody will be shocked to learn that the slow beginning didn’t hamper Horton’s enjoyment of his special day with Stanley.
"It finished a lot better, I mean, I was a little worried how it was going to work out but everything actually worked out fine," said Horton via cell phone earlier this week. "It actually couldn’t have been better."
BostonBruins.com — All hockey players, from the moment they first lace up their skates, dream of spending a day with the Stanley Cup, the sport’s ultimate prize.
To have two days seems even more incredible. But that’s exactly what happened for Czech Republic natives Tomas Kaberle and David Krejci, who decided to capitalize on their respective days with their newest trophy.
“David is a special guy. He is a great player and a great guy, a quiet leader on the ice, it shows every time,” Kaberle said. “[He] said ‘I would come over to your day’ and I said I would come over to his and we could have two days.
Rangers, Dubinsky agree to four-year deal (NHL.com)
The Rangers announced Thursday that Dubinsky, who was slated to have an arbitration hearing Thursday morning, has agreed to a four-year deal worth a reported $16.8 million. His cap hit will be $4.2 million.
San Diego State baseball coach Tony Gwynn, who knows a thing or two about hitting himself, told the Toronto Sun on Thursday that Gretzky signed with the Cubs on Monday morning and will forgo playing for the Aztecs.
Lightning avoid arbitration, sign Purcell to two-year deal (TSN.ca)
The Tampa Bay Lightning have avoided arbitration with right wing Teddy Purcell, agreeing to terms on a two-year contract Wednesday.
BOSTON — The summer continues to be busy for the B’s, who on Thursday signed three players and inked an assistant for their AHL affiliate in Providence.
On Wednesday, the Bruins signed Jared Knight and Ryan Spooner to entry-level contracts, gave an extension to Stefan Chaput and named Kevin Dean the assistant coach for the P-Bruins, under Head Coach Bruce Cassidy.
"We wanted to see a full year of development up until and including the development camp and we saw improvement and we saw that willingness to get better and that’s why we decided to sign him now," said Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli of Spooner. "The same applies to Jared."