It’s been a long 147 days since May 14, 2010. B’s fans know what happened that night. Enough said so let’s turn the page. With the Bruins starting their season tomorrow at noon I figured I’d throw out the ten games I’m most looking forward to going to this year.
October 9/10, 2010 both against the Phoenix Coyotes – OK, so I’m not actually going to these games but I can’t wait for the season to start. One question I have….After October 10th, will there be more Coyotes fans in Prague than in Phoenix?
October 21, 2010 – the home opener. Just like last year, the B’s open their home schedule against Ovechkin and the Capitals. Hopefully this year’s game will be better than last year’s 4-1 flop
October 28, 2010 – Kesselmania IV. The Toronto Maple Leafs come to town for the first time this year. The excitement, the venom the fans spew at Kessel makes this an entertaining night. Plus, the fact the Bruins have the Leafs first round pick again makes these games great to see how far down in the standings the Leafs are. Notice #19 in your Bruins program.
November 11, 2010 – Montreal Canadiens come to town for the first time this year. I’m old enough to remember Don Cherry’s version of “too many men on the ice”. I was 11 then and I’ve hated the Habs ever since. The funny thing is, I’ve always loved sitting next to a Habs fans at a game. If you can talk hockey intellegently, you can have a real good time with your “arch enemy”.
November 20, 2010 against Los Angeles. The Kings are building something special out there and to see them live and talk to the guys afterwards will be a special night. Oh, and would it be great if the Kings wore the purple and gold that night like they displayed at the entry draft last June? Once again, brings back my youthful, pre-Gretzky Kings memories.
December 11, 2010 against Philadelphia. See May 14, 2010…Enough said
January 15, 2011 against Pittsburgh. Crosby, Malkin, MAF and the talent the Pens have. Like the Kings, this is one of those nights where I look forward to talking to the other team as much as the good guys in black and gold. Oh yeah…there’s that whole Matt Cooke thing that’s lingering. Shawn Thornton dropped the mittens with Cooke last year after Cooke’s cheap shot on Marc Savard but the Bruins were “more concerned with getting points for the playoff push” rather than getting some western justice on the puke. With Greg Campbell on the B’s roster maybe his dad, Colin Campbell, won’t punish the Bruins for anything bad that might happen to Cooke?
February 5, 2011 – My best friend Rob’s birthday brings the Sharks to town. Last time old friend Joe Thornton was in town, he was mobbed after the game and I got to talk to him for a solid 10 minutes after the game. Plus the Sharks will be good once again and maybe, just maybe, they will do some playoff damage with a Cup winning netminder next April.
February 11, 2011 – Detroit Red Wings. Growing up it was Stevie Yzerman scoring goals and Bob Probert dropping the mittens. Old Probie passed away this summer and I looked at my autographed Red Wing home white Probert sweater that day. The Wings as we all know are perennial Cup threats and this Original Six matchup is must see Bruin hockey.
March 29, 2011 – Chicago Black Hawks invade the city. Last year the Hawks made the B’s look silly in their home building winning 5-2 in a game that wasn’t that close. Oh and it will be interesting to see if this new group of Hawks can add onto what they did last June.
So those are the ten I can’t wait for, hopefully the B’s can produce a better, more consistant regular season than they had in the 2009/10 season.
The Bruins extended Patrice Bergeron today for another three years and $15 million. He’s a solid two way player. Does everything asked of him and does it well. But is a $5 million cap hit for three years after this season for a guy who scores 17-22 goals a year and maybe 60 points total…is that too much? I mean David Krejci is locked up for $3.75M per year. Is Bergeron better than Krejci? I think offensively he’s not but in the defensive zone they may be equal.
For years, the Bruins were a laughingstock in this town for being so cheap when it came to slaries. I mean Ray Bourque took the team to salary arbitration. Four time Norris winner had to fight the team to get his payday. Now, it seems like the team is going the other way and almost hamstringing themselves against the salary cap. First Tim Thomas ($5M/4yrs), then Andrew Ference ($2.25M/3yrs) and now Bergeron ($5M/3yrs) all seem to be a bit overpaid. Don’t forger Ryder getting $4M per – this is the last year of that albatross. All these players while very good- all are a bit overpaid. Bergy and Ference were extended contracts before going to UFA status. Think for a minute, is there a team out there that would pay Bergeron that much if he became unrestricted? He’s got concussion problem potential and really he’s only a 20 goal scorer. I like his game, he does everything like I said but $5M I think is a bit much.
Enough complaining and let’s drop the puck. Enjoy the 2010/11 season!
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Written by Jim Mulligan