Vol 2: Buying the Present to Preserve the Future

Welcome to the second installment of my and CarvinBass18’s three part series A Bruins Defense: A Three Part Series on How to Improve Next Season. This is Volume 2: Buying the Present to Save the Future, in which I play my best Jonathan Swift and make my modest proposal to make 2016-2017 less of a terrifying gong show than 2016-2017.

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We Went “To Cuts for a Cause” and Now We’re Telling You About it

Patrice Bergeron gets a haircut

Patrice Bergeron receives a trim at the 9th annual Cuts For A Cause event to fund the Bruins Foundation and the Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center

 

Patrice Bergeron and Toucher and Rich hosted The 9th Annual Cuts for a Cause at the Westin Boston Waterfront down in the Seaport District. The event has come a long way from it’s humble beginnings in the basement studio of WBCN, where Fred Toucher reminded us Aaron Ward and a handful of other Bruins players started this new charitable tradition to benefit multiple children’s charities. Continue reading

9th Annual Cuts for a Cause

Tuukka Rask had his hair shaved off ath the 8th Annual Cuts for a Cause at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel. (Photo Credit: Kenneth So)


Patrice Bergeron, 98.5 The Sports Hub and the entire team Bruins roster joined together for the 8th Annual Cuts for a Cause at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel, having their heads shaved by auction winners to show their support and raise money for the Boston Bruins Foundation and Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center. (Photo Credit: Kenneth So)
No Tuukka will NOT shave his head this year… but keep reading.

Patrice Bergeron and local radio station 98.5 the Sports Hub are holding the 9th annual Cuts for a Cause fundraiser at the Westin Waterfront Hotel in Boston on March 30th.

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Happy Birthday, Milt Schmidt!

Canadian professional hockey player Milt Schmidt of the Boston Bruins skates on the ice, md 20th Century. (Photo by Bruce Bennett Studios/Getty Images)

Bruins legend Milt Schmidt turns 98 years old today!  His illustrious Hall of Fame career has been truly foundational for the Boston Bruins, spanning playing, coaching, and managing.  Schmidt is a four-time Stanley Cup champion – twice as a player and twice as a general manager, all with the Bruins.

Schmidt was born on March 5, 1919 in Kitchener, Ontario.  He was a childhood friend and junior hockey teammate of fellow Bruins legends Woody Dumart and Bobby Bauer.  All three of them were acquired by the Bruins in 1935, and together they formed the legendary Kraut Line.  The Kraut Line led the Bruins to Stanley Cup championships in 1939 and 1941.  In 1940, they became the first line in NHL history to go #1, #2, and #3 in scoring, with Schmidt leading the league with 22 goals and 30 assists.  They famously interrupted their careers during World War II by enlisting in the Royal Canadian Air Force from 1942 to 1946.  Schmidt retired as a player to be come head coach of the Bruins in 1955, having scored 229 goals and 346 assists during his playing career.  Those numbers may seem low today, but at the time of his retirement, he was fourth all-time in goals scored and third all-time in assists.

After coaching the Bruins for eleven seasons, Schmidt was promoted to general manager in 1967.  He was the architect of the Bruins rennaissance, building a team that would win Stanley Cup championships in 1970 and 1972.  His most famous move – and one of the most lopsided trades in NHL history – sent  Pit Martin, Gilles Marotte and Jack Norris to the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for Phil Esposito, Ken Hodge, and Fred Stanfield.  It’s fitting that he celebrates his birthday today – the Bruins host the Washington Capitals tonight – as in 1975 he became the Capitals’ first ever general manager.

Milt Schmidt was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1961.  His number 15 was retired by the Bruins on March 13, 1980, along with Johnny Bucyk’s number 9.  Raising a player’s number to the rafters wasn’t in practice back then, so on October 28, 2010, the Bruins honored Schmidt with a number-raising ceremony.

Happy birthday to a man who has truly meant everything to the Boston Bruins!

 

Bruins Trade Deadline Preview Extravaganza

The Boston Bruins have exceeded the expectations of many prognisticators and have put themselves into a strong position to make the playoffs heading into the February 29 trade deadline. However, despite the strides made this season, they have significant deficiencies on defense that must be addressed if they want more than a one-round playoff run.

It’s clear what the Bruins’ need is: defensive help, particularly at the #3-#4 defenseman spots. The Bruins have the 3rd-best offense in the league, so acquiring an offensive defenseman doesn’t help much. They’re looking for stability in their own end. What are the defensive options available? What can the Bruins offer? What might be their game plan? Who might be willing trade partners?

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