The Eight Spoked Blog: Holiday Edition Part III

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Hendersonchef posted this 28 December 2015

The Eight Spoked Blog

12 Takes on The Bruins (Part III)

 

BREAKING: Bruins center David Krejci was seen today leaving the TD Garden with his arm in a sling.  According to head coach Claude Julien, Krejci is considered “week-to-week” and will most certainly miss the Winter Classic.  This is a big time blow for Boston, losers of their last two. As far as I'm concerned, Krejci is one of three "must have" players for the Bruins to be a quality playoff contender.  More on this to come in The Eight Spoked Blog Winter Classic Preview...

 

Now, back to the third and final installment of my 12 thoughts on the Boston Bruins. This was written on 12/25 during a bit merrier of a time before Boston lost two straight...

 

10-12:

 

Is The Pasta Ready?

 

Short answer: apparently not.  Not for NHL action, anyways.  David “Pasta” Pastrnak has been out since mid November with a fractured foot. Recently, Pastrnak began taking morning skates with his teammates and it appeared a return was close for the 19 year old sophomore.  Pastrnak has since been skating with the Providence Bruins of the AHL in efforts to return to game shape.  In two contests with the Baby B’s Pastrnak has one assist. And as of this morning, Don Sweeney announced that barring any severe injuries pressing Pastrnak back into service, he would be loaned to the Czech club for the World Junior tournament.  So while he isn’t quite ready, we can safely assume the Pasta is just about al dente, and close to a return.  This is end of my terrible, awful spaghetti pun.

 

Where Are They Now?

 

The Black and Gold still sit one point behind first place Montreal with three games in hand.  Take two points in any of those contests and Boston, at least theoretically, catapults into second place in the Eastern Conference.  Crazy, right?  Look, this team has done one hell of a job, especially in the month of December, to be where they’re currently at.  But honestly, does anyone think this is the second best team in the East?  No.  I don’t think that’s realistic.  Luckily, in the form of Pastrnak, they’re awaiting the arrival of another necessary top six forward.  And there’s still the glaring need at the top of the blueline.  But it’s great to see that the character and grit we all love and celebrate as fans of the Bruins organization does exist within this group. And that overachieving is well within their reach, seeing as they've done so to this point.  When it comes time for the tournament, those are three nifty tools to have in the bag of tricks.

 

Tis The Season

 

Today being Christmas...yeah, I write this thing on holidays - more fun hobby, less laborious assignment - this seems as good a time as any to tell Bruins fans to enjoy the rest of this season. Certainly, it won’t all come up roses and we’ll have the pleasure of being able to pick apart the rest of the year as it unfolds.  But as far as I’m concerned, that beats the hell out of “who's that kid in the draft again?  How many losses do we need to improve our odds on getting him? Is it time to tear it all down? Who's getting shipped out?”  I hate those games, and this club shouldn’t subject us to that for quite some time.

 

One last thing before I go: shame on the NHL and Commissioner Gary Bettman for keeping Boston legend, fan favorite, and native Mainer, Rene Rancourt away from the Winter Classic.  Rancourt has been singing the anthems at Bruins games since 1976.  He's a Garden & Boston legend - not allowing Rene to sing at the event is pure garbage.

 

Graeham Henderson writes The Eight Spoked Blog - follow along on twitter: @hendersonchef

 

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Terminator posted this 29 December 2015

Just in time for the Winter Classic! Well Done! Does Neely play on the 31st?

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Hendersonchef posted this 29 December 2015

Just in time for the Winter Classic! Well Done! Does Neely play on the 31st?

Neely has said on Boston sports radio that he will indeed play the alumni game on December 31st.  He's also said he hasn't skated since the last alumni game at Fenway Park on December 31st, 2009.

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Yanman posted this 29 December 2015

This is end of my terrible, awful spaghetti pun.

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Pete Pink posted this 29 December 2015

Totally agreed about Rancourt. He's not only a Bruins legend, but an NHL legend. The NHL marketing team keeps baffling me with their poor decisions. So stupid to the point of wondering if they do it on purpose.

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Nordiques Nation posted this 30 December 2015

Gotta love Brad and his fans 

Mike Lemay posted this 30 December 2015

Gotta love Brad and his fans 

No way he's suspended, the NHL wants all the best players on ice at the winter game.

Hendersonchef posted this 30 December 2015

Gotta love Brad and his fans 

No way he's suspended, the NHL wants all the best players on ice at the winter game.

Brad crosses the line, there's no doubt about it.  I don't hate guys like that, but some of the decisions he makes are absolutely stupid.  

I would be *shocked* if he isn't suspended.  And if for some reason he is not, I certainly hope that isn't the logic from the league.  A suspension (which I'm predicting will come), will throw further into clear view how moronic the play was.

Yanman posted this 31 December 2015

Hmm good call sir. Like Mike, I predicted no suspension.

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Phil le sanglier posted this 03 January 2016

And what is happening with Khokhlachev ??? Does the kid still have a future with the Bruins ?

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Bob76 posted this 03 January 2016

And what is happening with Khokhlachev ??? Does the kid still have a future with the Bruins ?

This guy doesn't impress me much

 

Pete Pink posted this 03 January 2016

What a pathetic performance by the Bruins at the Winter Classic

Hendersonchef posted this 03 January 2016

And what is happening with Khokhlachev ??? Does the kid still have a future with the Bruins ?

I don't think so, no.  During training camp, Khokhlachev voiced displeasure at not being given enough of a chance with the big club (in his opinion).  Since then, camp included, he's done nothing with any opportunity given.

Khoklachev's winter classic performance was exactly what Boston's been getting from him all along: passive, uninspired play. 

The kid needs a fresh start somewhere other than Boston.  If the Bruins make any transactions from here on out, I'd expect Khoko to be a part of the deal.

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Hendersonchef posted this 03 January 2016

What a pathetic performance by the Bruins at the Winter Classic

Yup...not much else to say there, sadly.

Yanman posted this 05 January 2016

Hello Graeham,

Do you see the Bruins being a candidate to acquire one of the rumored forwards on the market?  (Drouin, Johansen, Rychel)

Hendersonchef posted this 05 January 2016

Hello Graeham,

Do you see the Bruins being a candidate to acquire one of the rumored forwards on the market?  (Drouin, Johansen, Rychel)

Based on the high asking prices for Drouin & Johansen, I'd say no. If the Bruins are willing to package together major assets at this point; you'd have to assume they were after a top 2 caliber defenseman.

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