After winning the Stanley Cup in 2011, Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli found himself as just another spectator when the Los Angeles Kings were battling the New Jersey Devils in the 2012 Stanley Cup finals.
“It was obviously a unique feeling because we won it last year, but I wouldn’t characterize it as empty,” Chiarelli said. “It was different. It was almost like some of the feelings of joy that I had lifting [the Cup] came up again.
“That’s what I felt…the remembrances. I was watching it with my wife and my kids, and that’s what they were talking about while we watched it on television. It was a different feeling. When you talk about the players feeling [empty] watching it and wanting to get back there, I can certainly understand that.”
The Kings ended up defeating the Devils in six games in a series that felt very different than the Bruins-Canucks battle a year ago. Chiarelli thinks the 2011 series had more drama.
“There was always something happening, and there didn’t seem to be too much drama between those two teams,” Chiarelli said, referring to the Devils and Kings. “I noticed that, but wondered if it was just because I was a part of [last year’s] series.
“With our team and the Canucks it was two opposing styles and there might have been a little bit of that. It was kind of an oil/water clash and I think there were a lot more things happening on the ice.”
Perhaps, but both series had compelling stories to tell. The Boston Bruins were a team that won their series by the skin of their teeth and frequently had to dig themselves out of holes. To an extent, theirs was a tale of redemption after blowing a 3-0 series lead just one year prior.
The Los Angeles Kings were a team that defied the odds and did so in spectacular fashion. They were an eighth seed that butchered the competition and only lost four games over the course of the playoffs.
Both teams were worthy of their Stanley Cup wins and they both should be legitimate Cup contenders in 2012-13.
Alumni rosters announced for Bruins-Habs at Gillette Stadium
The Winter Classic Alumni Game is back this year, scheduled for New Year’s Eve at Gillette Stadium between former members of the Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins.
Today, the NHL announced the rosters and coaching staffs.
Famous ex-Habs that will take to the outdoor ice include Larry Robinson, Guy Carbonneau, and Mats Naslund. Behind the bench will be Yvan Cournoyer, Jacques Demers and Guy Lafleur, among others.
The home side will counter with Bruins legends Ray Bourque, Cam Neely, and “Nifty” Rick Middleton, while Don Cherry, Mike Milbury, and Derek Sanderson will be among the coaches. (Quite a trio of personalities right there.)
The hope was that the Columbus Blue Jackets would be jolted into a great, long winning streak, and their season would be saved.
The reality of John Tortorella’s first month behind the bench has been, well, reality. The Jackets are 8-7-0 since Todd Richards was fired. Better than 0-7-0, sure, but at 8-14-0 overall, they remain last in the Eastern Conference.
Fifteen games into his tenure, Tortorella is still trying to get his message across.
“A big reason why we bring them in (to practice yesterday and today) is because we don’t have a full understanding of the standard we need to be at in all areas of the game,” he told The Columbus Dispatch. “Some things you can’t control in our game, but it’s how hard you play, how hard you are with your bite as a team, and the pace you play with – you can control that.”
The Jackets play Wednesday in New Jersey, where they’ll look to shake off Sunday’s disappointing home loss to San Jose. Columbus held a 3-1 third-period lead in that one. The Sharks scored four straight to win 5-3.
The San Jose Sharks have signed forward Dainius Zubrus to a one-year, two way contract, the club announced today.
Zubrus was given a tryout with the Sharks last week.
The 37-year-old played 74 games with the Devils last season, scoring just four goals with six assists. His contract was then bought out.
According to a Mercury News source, the decision to sign Zubrus lay “mainly” with his former coach in New Jersey, now San Jose’s bench boss, Pete DeBoer.
“He looks good,” DeBoer said of Zubrus last week, per CSN Bay Area. “He looks close. It’s tough to find six-foot-four, 215-pound guys who can play. … He’s an easy guy to play because he’s defensively reliable. He plays a big possession, heavy game. There’s a lot to like there.”
In a related move, the Sharks have reassigned forward Nikolay Goldobin to the AHL.