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Slowly but surely, the Bruins are climbing their way out of the hospital wing.

And while Thursday is headlined by the return of John Moore, who has missed all 28 games to date this year because of offseason should surgery, Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy provided updates on every other walking wounded Bruin.

Top-line center Patrice Bergeron, who will miss his sixth straight contest with a lower-body injury, skated at Warrior Ice Arena earlier this morning, and is inching towards a return to action. The Bruins are taking it as slowly as they can with their first-line pivot (for obvious reasons), but there seems to be a belief that Bergeron will travel with the team when they hit the road next week.

Brett Ritchie, absent for five straight games and 11 of the last 15 overall due to an infection and its lingering side effects, could play if the Bruins need him to, but patience seems to be the name of game with the 6-foot-4 winger, too.

“Part of it is allowing him more practice time,” Cassidy offered. “In terms of medical, he could go play if we needed him to, we’re just not sure his conditioning is at an NHL level right now. So that’s part of the process of getting back into the lineup.

“Some of it has to do with the previous injury; he returned, [then went] back on the injured list. We want to try to make sure we do it right this time by giving him that extra time to get the conditioning right and make sure that whatever’s going on inside of him — because of the exertion — is not going to act up again.”

The Bruins are also expected to see Zach Senyshyn skate at Warrior on Friday, too, according to Cassidy. The 2015 first-round pick has missed the last 10 games due to a lower-body injury, but looked capable in his NHL showings this year, with two assists in four games.

But the updates did come with two downers, as Cassidy noted that Karson Kuhlman (right tibia fracture) is not close to getting back on the ice, and did not have any update of any sort on defenseman Kevan Miller.

“I have nothing on Kevan,” Cassidy offered. “Nothing to report, unfortunately.”

While you’re hoping for the best given his rugged style and presence in the room, it may be time to wonder if Miller is going to come back at any point this year, really, as he’s been completely absent from any on-ice work after suffering a setback last month. This was not the 32-year-old Miller’s first setback in his attempt to return from a twice-broken kneecap, either, and though the Bruins have been more than cautious with Miller’s rehab, the clock is officially ticking when it comes to both his own recovery (this injury and first setback happened over eight months ago) and the timeline for the B’s to work him back into the mix.

The Bruins enter tonight’s game with the Blackhawks with 137 man-games lost to injury on the year.

Ty Anderson is a writer and columnist for Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries

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The Providence Bruins continue to deal with a shortened lineup. Jack Studnicka and his teammates look to step up to lead the team.

The Providence Bruins continued the November schedule with a couple games last weekend. How did things turn out down on the farm?

Providence welcomed the Hartford Wolf Pack to the Dunkin’ Donuts Center last Friday night. The Baby B’s protected home ice with a 4-3 shootout win. I guess some Bruins can score in the shootout!

Jack Studnicka scored his fifth goal of the season for Providence. Robert Lantosi had a goal, and he also scored the winner in the shootout.

Providence and Hartford completed the home-and-home on Saturday. Hartford won the second game 5-2. Ryan Fitzgerald scored the first goal, and then Studnicka added another.

Unfortunately, Providence goal Kyle Keyser surrendered four unanswered goals (before an empty-netter) to take the loss.

The weekend split brought Providence’s record to 9-7-2 over the first 18 games of the season. Providence sits fourth in the Atlantic Division.

Studnicka continues to be one of the biggest stories in Providence right now.

Jack Studnicka keeps up his streak
Studnicka had a goal and an assist in the first game against Hartford. Then, he followed that up with another goal the next night.

With points in both games, Stundicka now has six points in his last six games.

Mark Divver had a nice recap of Studnicka’s play over weekend. Studnicka dominated special teams, as he got a shorthanded assist and a power play goal on Friday. He scored on the power play again Saturday.

On top of that, Studnicka buried his shootout attempt to help Providence grab the extra point in the first game.

All in all, Studnicka looked impressive over the weekend. After a so-so start to the season, he now has 13 points in 18 games.

Studnicka’s been one of Providence’s best forwards over this last stretch of games. This is good news for Boston, as Studnicka remains one of the top prospects. Expectations are certainly high.

That said, we have to pump the brakes on Studnicka a little. He won’t be ready to make an impact in Boston this year, so he needs to continue his development down in the minors.

Providence hit hard by injuries
Injuries are a big issue in Boston, as the Bruins seem to face a new one every game. Providence felt these effects because Boston needed to recall a few players to the NHL.

To make things worse, Providence dealt with even more injuries at the AHL level.

Take a look at Providence’s current injury list: Chris Breen, Brendan Woods, Dan Vladar, and now Kyle Keyser. That doesn’t include Anton Blidh, who has yet to play this year after a preseason injury.

With so many players either hurt or in Boston, Providence has an uphill battle over the next few games. This is especially daunting given the nature of the AHL schedule.

AHL teams typically play games in bunches. There are a lot of back-to-backs over the weekends, for example.

Int his case, Providence has three games in three nights on the horizon. This is a tough task with a rather thin lineup.

Kyle Keyser is one of the newest Providence Bruins on the injury report. He joins fellow goalie Dan Vladar on the shelf.

With two goalies out, Providence needs to add another to backup Max Legace. According to Mark Divver, Brandon Halverson is likely to be the new goalie.

With Dan Vladar & Kyle Keyser out, look for Providence Bruins to add goalie Brandon Halverson from Norfolk of ECHL on PTO for the weekend. NYR 2nd rounder in 2014.

— Mark Divver (@MarkDivver) November 21, 2019

The New York Rangers drafted Halverson in the second round of the 2014 Draft, but he never made an impact in New York. He only made one appearance in relief two years ago.

Halverson split last season between Hartford in the AHL and Maine in the ECHL. He started this year with Norfolk in the ECHL.

Since he’ll sign a PTO, Halverson won’t be an official member of the Bruins organization. He still is set to see some ice time if Keyser isn’t ready to come back by this weekend.

Providence starts the three game stretch Friday night against Bridgeport. Then, Providence plays Springfield on Saturday and Hershey on Sunday afternoon. Let’s hope Studnicka and the rest of the top players step up and lead the team through this difficult run of games.

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The Boston Bruins won’t have ailing center Patrice Bergeron for road games Tuesday at Montreal and Wednesday at Ottawa.

Bergeron won’t make the trip with the team due to a lower-body injury, coach Bruce Cassidy said Monday.

“No timeline on it,” Cassidy told reporters. “Just want to make sure that when he’s in the lineup he’s not gonna put himself at further risk. Medical staff will keep on top of it and go from there.”

Bergeron missed two games earlier this month with a lower-body injury. Cassidy said Bergeron’s latest injury is in the same area as the first one.

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Afternoon Delight – The Caps start a three-game homestand on Saturday afternoon against the Vancouver Canucks. The game finishes off the season’s series between the two teams; the Caps rallied from a 5-1 deficit on Oct. 25 and came back to defeat the Canucks 6-5 in a Friday night game in Vancouver earlier this season.

This is Washington’s second afternoon game of the season, and the first one went poorly. That was back on Oct. 14, when the Caps hosted Colorado on Canadian Thanksgiving. The Avalanche scored on its first three shots of that game, rolling to a 6-3 victory over the Capitals. It’s one of only four regulation losses the Caps have suffered in 24 games this season.

Today against Vancouver, the Caps will aim for a better start as they try to adjust their body clocks for early afternoon hockey.

“They are routine-based athletes for sure, that rely on that for their preparation,” says Caps coach Todd Reirden, speaking of NHL players in general, “So we give them a couple of things to do, earlier in the day than they normally would.

“Other than that, we try to limit the number of video meetings where you turn the lights off early in the morning. So there really won’t be any of those, and immediately they get into their normal game day routine. We don’t change much in terms of their arrival time and what preparation we do, both in terms of special teams and our 5-on-5 stuff.”

Since the outset of their Stanley Cup championship season in 2017-18, the Caps have had difficulty with regular season afternoon games. Washington is 11-9-2 in afternoon contests over that span, for a points pct. of .545. But in night games over the same time period, the Caps have rolled up a much gaudier 101-44-17 mark, which translates to a .676 points pct.

Birthday Boy – The Caps have two birthday boys today, as Nicklas Backstrom celebrates his 32nd birthday and Garnet Hathaway celebrates his 28th birthday. Neither will play against the Canucks; Backstrom is still day-to-day with an upper body injury while Hathaway will be serving the second game of his three-game NHL suspension.

Growing up in Kennebunkport, Maine, Hathaway became a Caps fan as a kid, largely because his older brother latched onto the Caps as his favorite team at a young age. Twenty-one years ago this week, Hathaway and his family traveled down from Maine to see the Caps play in Boston on a Saturday afternoon as part of the celebration of young Garnet’s seventh birthday.

“We always parked in the Government Center lot, and walked over to the game,” remembers Hathaway, who saw a few Caps-Bruins games at TD Garden as a youth. “We were lower bowl in the corner. It was always special. Those are great memories.”

That November 21, 1998 Caps-Bruins game – also a Saturday matinee – turned into quite the memorable event.

With Boston leading 2-0 midway through the first period, an old-fashioned donnybrook broke out on the ice. All 12 players – including the goaltenders, the Caps’ Olie Kolzig and the Bruins’ Byron Dafoe, who served as the best man at each others’ weddings – squared off and had at each other, and all 12 were subsequently ejected from the game.

Washington lost Kolzig, defensemen Mark Tinordi and Dmitri Mironov and forwards Craig Berube, Dale Hunter and Ken Klee. Boston lost Dafoe, defensemen Don Sweeney and Grant Ledyard, and forwards Ken Belanger, Peter Ferraro and Kan Baumgartner. Rick Tabaracci took over in net for the Caps and Robbie Tallas for Boston.

Benches were sparsely populated the rest of the way, and several players had to step up and absorb a much larger workload than normal. Sergei Gonchar (33:36) and Joe Reekie (32:15) led the Caps in ice time, and Adam Oates (27:54) and Joé Juneau (27:18) led the forwards. Boston blueliner Raymond Bourque (39:20) led all players on both sides, and Boston center Jason Allison, a former Cap who scored the game-winner that afternoon, led B’s forwards with 25:04.

“At that age, you kind of feed off the crowd around you,” says Hathaway, “and when they stand up, you can’t see, unless you’re standing on the chair. I remember standing on the chair and trying to see, trying to look over people. I’m sure my dad was holding my brother and me as high as he could so we could see. I remember seeing Kolzig skating down, and later finding out that they were the best man at each other’s wedding. It doesn’t really set in at that point. But later on down the road thinking about it, it’s a pretty crazy story.”

Asked who his favorite Caps of that era was, Hathaway rattles off a few names.

“My brother was a huge Kolzig fan,” he says, “so it was tough not to lean on my big brother for advice for that. But those were the days of [Peter] Bondra, who was just unbelievable. When I got a Calle Johansson stick, that turned me a little bit. They had Oates, Juneau, and Chris Simon, too.”

Boston won that game 21 years ago, 5-4, on Allison’s overtime goal.

In The Nets – Braden Holtby gets the net for Saturday’s matinee match against Vancouver. Holtby’s streak of seven straight victories was halted on Wednesday when the Caps fell 4-1 to the Rangers in New York. In seven November starts this season, Holtby is 6-1-0 with a 2.25 GAA and a .926 save pct.

Lifetime against the Canucks, he is 5-2-0 with a shutout, with a 2.44 GAA and a .914 save pct.

For the Canucks, we’re expecting to see Jacob Markstrom in net. Markstrom is coming off a season-high 45-save performance in Vancouver’s 6-3 win over the Predators in Nashville on Thursday, his sixth win of the season.

Markstrom is still seeking his first-ever victory over the Capitals. Lifetime against Washington, he is 0-7-1 with a 3.59 GAA and an .887 save pct.

All Lined Up – Here is a look at how we expect the Capitals and the Canucks to look on Saturday afternoon in the District when they get together for the second and final time this season:



8-Ovechkin, 92-Kuznetsov, 43-Wilson

13-Vrana, 20-Eller, 77-Oshie

14-Panik, 18-Stephenson, 72-Boyd

47-Malenstyn, 23-Sgarbossa, 28-Leipsic


6-Kempny, 74-Carlson

9-Orlov, 33-Gudas

34-Siegenthaler, 3-Jensen





19-Backstrom (upper body)

21-Hathaway (suspension)

26-Dowd (upper body)

62-Hagelin (upper body)





70-Pearson, 40-Pettersson, 6-Boeser

9-Miller, 53-Horvat, 71-MacEwen

17-Leivo, 88-Gaudette, 18-Virtanen

59-Schaller, 44-Graovac, 21-Eriksson


43-Hughes, 8-Tanev

23-Edler, 51-Stecher

4-Benn, 57-Myers





20-Sutter (lower body)

64-Motte (lower body)

26-Roussel (lower body)

79-Ferland (upper body)

83-Beagle (upper body)




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Longtime Bruins winger Ed Sandford had played against Gordie Howe in the late 1940s and ’50s. But it wasn’t until he became a teammate of Howe’s in 1955 — in Sandford’s first training camp with the Detroit Red Wings — that he came to fully appreciate the legendary Howe, who died Friday at 88.

And Sandford got an early hint of the incredible longevity that Howe would enjoy as a player.

“In training camp, we had these skating drills, and the skating drills would be exhaustive, but he would be the last guy going. I don’t know where he got the energy from, but when the rest of us were hanging with our heads down, he was still going ahead. He had tremendous stamina,” Sandford said on Friday. “After two or three minutes of it, everyone was huffing and puffing and trying to get their breath, but, God, I’d take a look at him and he was still plowing ahead. He had this exhaustive stamina and more energy of all of us put together.”

Howe would go on to play another 23 professional seasons in both the NHL and WHA after that training camp in which Sandford participated with “Mr. Hockey.”

Sandford recalled what an incredible athlete Howe was.

“He played defense a lot when Detroit was winning the game in the last 10 minutes or so,” Sandford said. “He’d play a shift at right wing and then drop back for a shift on defense. He had the ability to do that because he was so darn strong and he handled the puck so well. It seemed he was playing 35, 40 minutes some nights.”

Many of the stories being told of Howe in the wake of his death the last couple of days centered on the ferocity with which he played. The terrible thumping he gave New York Rangers enforcer Lou Fontinato, culminating their long-running feud in 1959 — he broke the nose and dislocated the jaw of the Blueshirts enforcer — is perhaps the most vivid example of just how brutal Howe could be on the ice. And of course, when a player now has a goal, an assist and a fight, it’s called a Gordie Howe hat trick.

But in reality, Howe didn’t fight that much. The toughest guys didn’t have to after a while.

“I played against him a lot, but I never saw him in a fight that we had. But he was strong, he was tough,” said Sandford, born the same year as Howe in 1928. “When he checked you, he checked you with a very heavy stick. But we all did about the same. The talk was he was a great fighter and I guess he beat up the guy from New York one time and that became connected to him all the time. But I never saw that. He was not dirty, he was not vicious, he was hard-working and he was durable.”

Johnny McKenzie, who came into his own with the Bruins of the ’60s and ’70s remembers Howe as a player you crossed at your peril.

“Well, if you left him alone, he’d leave you alone,” McKenzie said. “But if you ever raised a stick or an elbow, he’d be more than willing to do the same to you, that’s for sure.”

Like Sandford, MacKenzie played both with and against Howe. After his rookie year in Chicago, McKenzie played with the Red Wings and Howe from 1959-61.

“I came from a small town in Alberta and when they told me I was going up to play for the Detroit Red Wings, I just about died,” McKenzie said. “Everybody wanted to play with that team in the ’50s.”

While Howe was known for his sharp elbows as much as the 801 NHL goals he scored (plus 174 WHA tallies), it was his off-ice kindnesses that stuck with many.

“Gordie was pretty good to the young kids that were up in camp for the first time. He had a car at camp, I think it was an Oldsmobile or something, and he’d see the kids walking back from the arena and give them a ride back to the hotel,” said Sandford. “He had no airs to him and he was a very modest person off the ice. Extremely modest. He didn’t want to have anyone talk about anything that he did, just a real good guy off the ice to a lot of kids, to tell them ‘You’re playing well in practice, just keep going, keep working.’ ”

Johnny Bucyk started his career with Howe in Detroit before going on to a Hall of Fame career in Boston.

“We were really close. He took great care of me when I first came up in Detroit, and any time he was in Boston he made a point of coming to see me,” said Bucyk. “He was mean and tough on the ice, but just a big pussycat off the ice. He never refused to sign an autograph. And he was a great family man, just so proud of his wife and kids. He was a great man.”

“I was so lucky to play with two of the best ever, Gordie and Bobby Orr,” said McKenzie. “If anyone says they saw anyone better than those two, then they must have seen something special, because I sure never saw anyone better.”


It has been pretty quiet in Bruins Nation for a couple of months now, but that’s about to change as the NHL offseason officially kicks off when the Stanley Cup is finally raised tonight or Wednesday.

The buyout period begins later in the week (Dennis Seidenberg?) and there is expected to be a gaggle of trades leading up the NHL draft to be held in Buffalo June 24-25. The period in which the unrestricted free agents (goodbye, Loui Eriksson?) can speak to other teams begins on June 25, the opening bell for free agency on July 1. Another important date is Aug. 15, when Harvard’s Jimmy Vesey becomes a free agent after declining to sign with the Nashville Predators, the team that originally drafted him.

The B’s have approximately $20 million to spend this summer, though a good chunk of that could go to RFAs Torey Krug, Colin Miller, Joe Morrow, Brett Connolly and/or Landon Ferraro. They also have to plan for significant pay raises to Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak for 2017-18.

On the open market, there are plenty of forwards who’d look good in a Bruins uniform — Steven Stamkos, Kyle Okposo, Troy Brower — but there are no bargains in that end of the UFA pool. Their big money acquisition could come via the trade market, perhaps grabbing a young RFA defenseman who has become unaffordable for his present team.

Whatever happens, Bruins fans can expect a fair amount of action this summer.


Retired sharpshooter Guy Lafleur took aim at the Civil War era beards of San Jose Sharks’ Brent Burns and Joe Thornton (right) last week.

“I think it’s a disgrace for hockey. I hate it. It’s not a good image for the game,” the Hall of Famer told the Montreal Gazette. “I don’t mind a guy wearing a beard, but to his belly?…enough is enough. The team’s managers should put their foot down.

He added with a laugh: “They can’t see the puck. That’s why they’re struggling.”

Not for nothing, but I wonder what, say, Eddie Shore thought of the long, flowing locks Lafleur wore as a player.

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John Shea Crawford (October 26, 1916 – January 19, 1973) was a Canadian ice hockey defenceman and coach. He was born in Dublin, Ontario. Despite Crawford’s preference to be called “Johnny” or “John”, the media often referred to him as “Jack”.[1]

Crawford started his National Hockey League career with the Boston Bruins in 1938. He played his entire career with the Bruins and retired after the 1950 season. In 1943 and 1946, he was a member of the NHL All-Star Team. He won two Stanley Cups with Boston 1939, 1941.

Crawford coached 659 games in the American Hockey League (10th on the all-time list)[2] with the Hershey Bears (1950–52), Providence Reds (1955–60), Rochester Americans (1961–62), and Baltimore Clippers (1964-66). He was the general manager of the Cape Cod Cubs of the Eastern Hockey League when he collapsed on January 17, 1973 while attending his team’s home game. He died at the Cape Cod Hospital on January 19, 1973. He was 56 years old.[3]

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Harvard sports legend George Owen, Jr. ’23, a member of both the college football and pro hockey Halls of Fame, died of a stroke Tuesday in Milton, Mass. He was 84.

Owen, a three–sport star at Harvard, captained the 1923 hockey team and later led the Boston Bruins to the Stanley Cup Championship in 1929. He also earned three varsity baseball and football letters at Harvard.

Owen was especially renowned for foiling Yale. The hero in a series of legendary comeback victories, Owen never lost to the Elis in any sport during three years of varsity play. The day of Owen’s graduation, the president of Yale sent the following telegram to Harvard: “Please be sure Owen graduates today and gets his degree.”

Owen later coached football, hockey and baseball at Milton Academy for 20 years until he retired in 1965.

He remained active in sports, however, as a scout for the Pittsburgh Pirates. He also tutored pitchers at Harvard and other area high schools and colleges.


Neighbor and Milton Academy collegue Barclay Feather ’41 said, “one thing that characterzed George was his humbleness about his own athletic abilities. He claimed he was merely doing his best with the talents God had given him.”

Assistant Harvard football Coach George Clemens said Owen often attended Harvard sporting events, even in his later years.

“He was an inspirational man to have around. He took a great interest in all of our kids, whether they were freshmen, JV or varsity players,” Clemens said.

Approximately 250 people attended a memorial service for Owen yesterday at the Milton Academy chapel.

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So I was thinking about Dean Prentice, the outstanding left winger who skated on a line with Andy Bathgate on the right and Larry Popein in the middle on some pretty good Rangers teams in the latter part of the 1950s, and who passed away at age 87 on Nov. 2.

I wasn’t thinking that he belongs in the Hockey Hall of Fame, though in a bit I will establish a comparative standard that would certainly seem to indicate that No. 17 has been done wrong by a succession of HHOF selection committees.

Rather, I was thinking about the trade that sent the winger to the Bruins for Don McKenney, a fine center, on Feb. 4, 1963, in the midst of a typical early-’60s Original Six season in which the NHL’s only two U.S.-based Northeast teams both missed the playoffs in six of the decade’s first seven years.

And I was thinking not only how that trade wasn’t exactly a winner for the Blueshirts, but how the Bruins have seemingly gotten the best of the Rangers in just about every deal between the clubs that I could recall.

Guess what? Until Jeff Gorton had baubles to offer the B’s leading up to the 2018 deadline purge, Boston pretty much had run the table.

As follows, ranked from best to worst, the good one or two, the bad, very bad and worst of the eight significant trades between the franchises:

1. February 2018: Rick Nash to the Bruins for Ryan Lindgren, a 2018 first-rounder, a 2019 seventh-rounder, Ryan Spooner and Matt Beleskey.
Pending free agent Nash sustained what became the final concussion of his career in Boston before retiring for medical reasons following the season. The Rangers, meanwhile, not only netted Lindgren, who is fast impressing folks in New York, but K’Andre Miller by virtue of an ensuing draft-day deal that included the previously owned Boston first-rounder.

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2. February 2018: Nick Holden to the Bruins for Rob O’Gara and a 2018 third-rounder.
The draft choice became Joey Keane, a potential part of the future on the blue line gained for a transitory part of the past on his way to free agency.

3. November 1975: Brad Park, Jean Ratelle and Joe Zanussi to the Bruins for Phil Esposito and Carol Vadnais.
On the ice, it honestly wasn’t all that terrible, the Rangers getting to one post-trade losing Cup final in 1979, the B’s reaching two in 1977 and 1978. But according to the heart, it was the day the music died and never, ever should have happened.

4. February 1963: Prentice to the Bruins for McKenney and Dick Meissner.
From 1955-56 through 1961-62, Prentice was 10th in the NHL with 358 points (163 goals). McKenney was seventh with 387 points (159 goals), per Hockey-Reference. But while Prentice continued to be productive after the deal, McKenney recorded just 50 points (17 goals) in 76 games before he was sent to the Maple Leafs a year later in the Bathgate trade.

5. January 1966: John McKenzie to the Bruins for Reg Fleming.
True enough, Fleming was a fan favorite and a reasonably important part of Emile Francis’ first three playoff teams, but Pie became an integral part of the Animalistic team wearing the spoked-B that won two Cups in the early ’70s while scoring 28 goals or more in four straight years on the line with Fred Stanfield at center and John Bucyk on the left.

6. December 1933: Babe Siebert to the Bruins for Vic Ripley and Roy Burmister.
When the Rangers shipped out Siebert, he was a fading winger. The Bruins moved him full-time to defense, where he became a first-team All-Star before going to Montreal, where he won the Hart Trophy. Neither Ripley nor Burmister made an appreciable impact during their respective short stays in New York.

7. March 2000: Mike Knuble to the Bruins for Rob DiMaio.
Knuble, acquired from the Red Wings entering the 1998-99 season, simply could not establish himself on Broadway (24-25-49 in 141 games) despite getting opportunities to play with Wayne Gretzky and Adam Graves his first year and Niklas Sundstrom and Petr Nedved his second season. But after leaving New York, Knuble emerged as one of the league’s most productive power wingers (243-236-479 in 851 games) while DiMaio rang up one goal and two assists in 12 career games wearing the Blueshirt.

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8. May 1976: Rick Middleton to the Bruins for Ken Hodge.
Seriously, need one say more about this one other than it stands as New York hockey’s version of Jay Buhner for Ken Phelps? Even Frank Costanza believes John Ferguson’s deal (under the prodding of Phil Esposito) was worse.

OK, now the Prentice HHOF case. The winger, who played through 1973-74, retired with 860 points (391-469) in 1,378 games, for .624 points per game. His name is never mentioned when the annual balloting rolls around.

Yet winger Dick Duff, a contemporary, was inducted into the Hall in 2006 after a career in which he recorded 572 points (283-289) in 1,030 games, for .555 ppg.pren

It makes little sense, except that Duff won six Stanley Cups with Toronto and Montreal while Prentice won none while skating for the Rangers, Bruins, Red Wings, Penguins and North Stars.

But how many do you think each would have won if they’d exchanged sweaters throughout their respective careers?

Duff, of course, played in New York for a brief time, obtained as part of the package from Toronto for Bathgate in February 1964. He recorded 20 points (7-13) in 42 games as a Ranger before he was sent to Montreal for Bill Hicke 10 months later.

So maybe we can infer.

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Alright folks, we’ve reached the second Monday in September. Is everyone hanging in there? Did you enjoy your weekend?

Today, we’ve got a really weird 9:30 AM hockey game, as the Bruins will take on the New Jersey Devils in the Prospects Challenge tournament. I think there will be a stream somewhere for this one, so if you find it, feel free to share.

UPDATE (8:56 AM) – It like like the Devils are streaming this one on YouTube. Watch here.

Today’s Peter Cehlarik Fact
Peter Cehlarik was born on August 2, 1995. Only one other player in Bruins history was born on August 2: Leo Boivin (born in 1932), a Hall-of-Fame defenseman who spent 12 seasons in Boston. Boivin played 751 games with the Bruins.

Cehlarik also shares a birthday with a couple other notable hockey names: Tony Amonte (1970) and Evander Kane (1991).

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AT FIRST GLANCETom Johnson was an odd choice to be the Boston Bruins’ coach when he was hiredin the spring of 1970. The Bruins of the early ’70s were a rambunctious bunch,led by long-haired night owls like Phil Esposito and Derek Sanderson and arevolutionary defenseman named Bobby Orr. By contrast Johnson, who died at hishome on Cape Cod last week at age 79, kept his hair slicked conservatively andrarely was seen without a bow tie. He was humble too. Asked at his introductorypress conference about his Norris Trophy win in 1959, the Hall of Famedefenseman who won six Stanley Cups with the Canadiens of the 1950s explained,”That was the year [Montreal great and seven-time Norris winner] DougHarvey was injured.”

Johnson wasunderselling his talent; he was a gifted and gritty player whose brilliance wasovershadowed by that of Harvey, a Montreal teammate for 11 years. Johnson, whohad never coached before, turned out to be a star behind the bench as well. Theteam thrived under his laissez-faire style—it was rumored that players decidedhow long practices ran—and Boston won a league-high 57 games in 1970–71 beforea first-round playoff loss. In 1971–72 the B’s finished first again and beatthe Rangers for the Stanley Cup. Thirty-five years later the Bruins haven’t wonanother Cup.

With the Bruinsstruggling in third place, Johnson was axed midway through the 1972–73 season.He never stood behind another NHL bench, but his career winning percentage(.738) is still the highest among coaches with at least 200 games in theleague. Johnson spent the next three decades as a Bruins ambassador andfront-office executive. “Tom Johnson did it all,” CBC analyst andformer Bruins coach Don Cherry said last week. “He won six Stanley Cups, hecoached Stanley Cups, he won a Norris Trophy, he’s in the Hall of Fame—whatelse can you do in hockey?”