The PHT Nightcap: Saturday, September 4th

Even in the depressingly hockey-free summer, we expect to be a productive bunch here at Pro Hockey Talk. Sometimes it might be difficult to follow our pace. We understand that. For that reason, whenever we can, we’ll put all of the day’s stories in one convenient post called the PHT Nightcap. Enjoy, hockey fans.

Ilya Kovalchuk’s signing is official – Hey, it didn’t take the entire summer, right?

Bruins GM said they won’t trade Marc Savard – OK, I didn’t think they’d trade him … until now. (Fear the GM doublespeak.)

Yzerman and Stamkos not worried about extension – Steven Stamkos in a contract year? Could be scary.

Reactions around the league about Kovalchuk signing – I wonder if a couple GMs are kicking themselves for not signing a goofy lifetime contract for their big names.

Dallas Stars invite Jonathan Cheechoo to a tryout – How the mighty, Maurice Richard Trophy winners have fallen …

Patrice Bergeron wants to remain in Boston – His concussion problems might make him a little difficult to trade, anyway.

Jaroslav Halak waves goodbye to Montreal – Now they’re stuck with Carey Price … good luck with that.

Caps owner Ted Leonsis squabbles with Damien Cox – Ugh.

Atlanta Thrashers reportedly will sign Fredrik Modin to a one-year deal – Depending on the money, it could be a smart deal for Atlanta.

What about … Marek Svatos? – You’d think someone would be interested in a 30-goal scorer.

Ty Conklin, B.J. Crombeen ride a tandem bike for charity – Hilarity and charity mixing? I like it.

Fantasy hockey cheat sheets: SOG – Alex Ovechkin is not shy about putting the puck on net.

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    No hearing scheduled for Burmistrov after Bergeron headshot

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    Winnipeg forward Alex Burmistrov isn’t in line for a disciplinary hearing for his elbow to the head of Boston’s Patrice Bergeron on Thursday night, an NHL spokesman confirmed to PHT.

    Burmistrov was tagged with an illegal check to the head minor late in the first period. Bergeron received a minor roughing penalty for retaliating on the Russian forward, but was able to finish the contest.

    Afterward, B’s head coach Claude Julien expressed frustration with the hit.

    “It will be interesting how that is being reviewed, and especially to an elite player in the league who’€™s had some [concussion] issues in the past,” Julien said, per WEEI. “I hope they look at it seriously. In my mind, I don’€™t see why there wouldn’t be further consequences [for] that.”

    Bergeron said that, while it was “definitely a hit to the head,” Burmistrov did come up to him afterward and apologized.

    According to sources of CSNNE’s Joe Haggerty, Burmistrov received a warning from the Department of Player Safety.


    After lopsided loss, Julien says it’s ‘not about the young D’

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    The Boston Bruins’ young, makeshift defense failed to come through Thursday night as the B’s were thumped, 6-2, on home ice by the Winnipeg Jets.

    Without injured veterans Zdeno Chara and Dennis Seidenberg, the defensive pairings were as follows:

    Torey KrugAdam McQuaid
    Joe MorrowKevan Miller
    Matt IrwinZach Trotman

    And let’s just say, turnovers were a factor:

    That was Irwin getting checked off the puck there.

    “I had the puck behind the net, and I went to one side of the net, and then I just didn’t use the net to my advantage,” he explained afterwards, per CSN New England. “He got his stick in there, obviously stripped me of the puck, and we all know what happened after that. I take full blame for that one.”

    But head coach Claude Julien wasn’t willing to blame inexperience for the poor outing.

    “It’s not about youth. It’s not about the young D,” said Julien. “It’s about our game without the puck. I think we might have gotten a little excited here about our offense and forgot about the other part of our game.”

    And to be fair, even Boston’s more accomplished d-men had their challenging moments.

    Here’s Krug failing to get position on Nicolas Petan in front of the Bruins’ net:

    All in all, it was a tough night.

    “We’ll correct those [mistakes] tomorrow in practice,” said Irwin. “We’re a confident group in here. We liked our offense. We liked the chances we were getting. All those mistakes, D-zone, are something that we’re going to work on and get better every day.”

    The Bruins host their rivals from Montreal on Saturday.