Pittsburgh Penguins v Boston Bruins - Game Three

Bruins’ Iginla making sure ‘rust doesn’t build up’


Jarome Iginla has hit the ice, as part of his summer training regimen leading into training camp in September.

The Boston Bruins, after losing out on the Iginla sweepstakes in a chaotic turn of events prior to the NHL trade deadline, signed the veteran forward to a one-year deal worth $6 million on the first day of free agency on July 5.

The 36-year-old Iginla, who scored five goals and 11 points in 13 regular season games with the Pittsburgh Penguins, the team he was traded to in April, was recently in British Columbia, Canada, working on the ice in order to sharpen up prior to camp with his new team.

“During the summer, I like to get on the ice definitely starting in July and make sure the rust doesn’t build up, and also work on things to improve,” Iginla told the Bruins Blog recently.

“You always want to keep trying to get better, and try to make sure rust doesn’t get on there…You’ve got to work hard, it’s fun. You want to be prepared going into the season.”

If you’ll recall, Iginla chose the Penguins over the Bruins – although Boston’s GM Peter Chiarelli thought a deal was in place Flames GM Jay Feaster – as the team he wanted to be traded to in what turned out to be the big blockbuster leading up to the deadline.

But in a strange twist in the already thickened plot, the seemingly powerhouse Penguins wilted in the Eastern Conference final, as the Bruins swept them and advanced to the Stanley Cup Final.

Video: Evgeni Malkin leaves Oilers spinning

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Yes, there’s a lot of drama surrounding the Pittsburgh Penguins, whether it’s founded on serious problems or merely speculation.

It’s easy to get swept up in all of that and ignore the fact that, hey, they still have Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby. Those two can really heal wounds with their on-ice play, and in Saturday’s case, Malkin is taking over against the Edmonton Oilers.

His spin-o-rama goal above was a real jaw-dropper. He also scored Pittsburgh’s second tally:

These highlights feel like Malkin’s way of saying “It’s going to be just fine.”

Lightning’s first fight this season: Ryan Callahan vs. Kyle Okposo

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Fighting is down more or less across the board in the NHL, but the Tampa Bay Lightning might be the franchise least interested in dropping the gloves.

Ryan Callahan vs. Kyle Okposo already has some name recognition to it, yet it gets some bonus points for being the Bolts’ first fighting major of 2015-16.

It … probably loses those bonus points in being run-of-the-mill.

Hey, be fair; the Lightning are clearly out of practice.

Oilers GM doesn’t want to force a trade for the sake of a trade

Peter Chiarelli

It must be a helpless feeling to sit idly by while your team continues to flail, but such emotions are what opposing GMs love to prey on.

Edmonton Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli hasn’t been around through much of the suffering for this hapless franchise, yet that doesn’t mean he’s immune to the calls for improvement. To his credit, he’s not buckling under that pressure.

You can see and hear his full comments below:

If you don’t feel like playing the video, the message is simple enough.

Chiarelli isn’t happy with Edmonton’s record – he hasn’t “seen progression” in ways that he was expecting, but again … he doesn’t want to force moves.

Long story short, he can “sleep at night,” even if he’s disappointed.

Is he right to take a relaxed approach, though? Maybe it’s time to blow up a part of what isn’t working? Have some fun armchair GM’ing on this one.

Slump busters: Simmonds, Couturier end long scoring droughts in win over Rangers


It’s been a good few days to be a fan of the Philadelphia Flyers, as their team delivered not once, but twice during Thanksgiving weekend.

The Flyers picked up a 3-2 OT win over the Predators on Friday before shutting out the New York Rangers, 3-0, on Saturday.

It was a good afternoon for three players in particular.

Both Wayne Simmonds and Sean Couturier ended long scoring slumps.

Simmonds’ two goals were his first in seven games, while Couturier scored for the first time in his last 13 contests.

Goaltender Steve Mason also had a solid outing against the Rangers.

The 27-year-old turned aside all 24 shots he faced including this great save on Dominic Moore:

The Flyers lost defenseman Nick Schultz to an upper-body injury in the first period after he took a big hit from Dylan McIlrath.

Luke Schenn defended his fallen teammate by dropping the gloves with McIlrath, which didn’t go unnoticed by his teammates.

The Rangers are now on a season-high three-game losing streak. Their lack of effort has to be concerning for their head coach Alain Vigneault.

The Flyers outshot the Rangers 30-14 over the final 40 minutes.