The Bruins placed center David Krejci and defenseman Kevan Miller on Long Term Injured Reserve (LTIR) on Thursday. Miller is out for the rest of the season with a shoulder injury while Krejci is out with a partially torn MCL but should be able to return for postseason play.
The move creates cap flexibility for the Bruins in the lead up to the March 2 trade deadline. With these moves, the Bruins will have an extra $6 million in cap space they can use to acquire players. The way LTIR works is that if a player who is placed on it returns before the end of the regular season, the team will have to get back under the cap. However, if the player does not return until after the regular season ends the team will not have to worry about the cap as the cap is not a factor in postseason play. If the Bruins choose to go this route, they will be able to add one to two high priced players for their playoff run and not have to worry about their cap situation until the end of their postseason play.
The Bruins have long been mired in salary cap purgatory and this move would allow them to keep their own higher priced players while potentially dealing for top flight talent. They have been discussing trades throughout the season and although this move doesn’t mean they will definitely make a deal, it makes things easier for General Manager Peter Chiarelli.
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1. Local Stars the year after missing a season (or the majority of a season)
* Ted Williams – 1946 – 38 HR / 123 RBI / .342
* Ted Williams – 1954 – 29 HR / 89 RBI / .345
* Larry Bird………1989 – 24.3 points / 9.5 rebounds / 7.5 assists
* Cam Neely……..1993 – 50 goals (49 games)
* Tom Brady……..2009 – 28 TD to 13 Int / 4,398 yards
2. Celtics stuff:
* Celtics are now on pace for 33 wins
* Celtics have Clippers pick, who are 5-7 over their last 12
* Hello Dallas – Welcome to Rondo world
* Isaiah Thomas the best sub six foot player on the Celtics since Tiny Archibald Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Comebacks, Championships and Doobie Brothers »
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The Bruins aren’t doing so well this season relative to their standards, but they have a bright moment now and then. And recently, Tuukka Rask got a new distinction to add to his impressive resume; a newly discovered species of wasp from East Africa was named for Boston’s star goalie.
Thaumatodryinus tuukkaraski was discovered in Kenya by a team of researchers sponsored by Rask’s home country of Finland. The team includes one scientist who has lived in Africa for over 25 years, but was from Newton before that.
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Current Personnel: Tom Brady, Jimmy Garoppolo
Need level: Low
Possible fits: None
Had the Patriots not drafted Garoppolo in the second round of the 2014 draft, this position would have a higher need. Continue reading Patriots 2014-2015 Position Review: Quarterbacks »
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Malcom Subban Flub
The highly touted goalie prospect was recalled from Providence a second time last week with the intentions of finally getting an NHL start. Malcom Subban got that opportunity on Friday night against the St. Louis Blues, and boy was it ugly. After a scoreless first period, he began the second by letting in three goals on three shots and was pulled in favor of Tuukka Rask. He was simply overmatched by an elite Blues team that he probably shouldn’t have been playing against in the first place.
The Bruins missed a couple big opportunities here. One was that they should’ve started him a couple weeks ago against the Canadiens. The Habs may have been just as tough an opponent as the Blues, but when your starting goalie has a tough history against the team to begin with what do you have to lose? Then, when they called him up last week, they should have started him against Edmonton, not St. Louis. It would have been a great chance to showcase him to a team that needs a goalie and the Oilers have much less firepower than the Blues. The B’s have a tricky situation on their hands now and must be careful not to let this kid lose his confidence.
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It had been 86 years between World Series titles when the Boston Red Sox finally won in 2004. It has been 20 years longer (and counting?) for the Chicago Cubs, and former Red Sox GM Theo Epstein is trying to recreate the formula that led him to that drought-ending title a little over 10 years ago in Boston.
Apparently, he’s going about it quite literally, as the Cubs have hired former Red Sox Manny Ramirez and Kevin Youkilis, who both played on the 2004 World Series Champion Red Sox, as consultants. Get the band back together, Theo!
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