Rumors that have linked the Flyers to the Bruins in recent trade discussions might be just that, according to a source close to the situation. Though the Bruins have been shopping Tim Thomas, the goaltender is "not on [Philadelphia's] radar," said the source. Thomas, who carries a $5 million salary cap hit will be a little easier to take on for interested teams with Tuesday's news that the NHLPA has exercised an inflator clause to bump the salary cap up to about $59 million. For more on the Bruins, visit the Big Bad Blog

New Bruin Nathan Horton, who has been a 20-goal scorer in every season since 2005 and had 31 in the '06-'07, said on Tuesday that he is determined to be a 30-goal scorer with the Bruins. Calling them a "stable, historic, and successful franchise," Horton said he wants to be a difference-maker on a team that is no stranger to the playoffs.

 

TSN's Bob McKenzie has tweeted that a deal that would send Panthers forward Nathan Horton and Gregory Campbell to the Bruins is a "done deal." McKenzie says the Bruins have sent Dennis Wideman, the 15th overall pick and another pick in exchange for the players. A source told WEEI.com Sunday night that Horton expected to be traded and that the Bruins were one of a few teams close to acquiring him.  

The Bruins released the schedule for the 2010-11 season on Tuesday. After a pair of games in Prague against the Coyotes to open the season, the team will embark upon a two-game road trip in New Jersey and Washington before returing home to face the Capitals on Oct. 21. The Bruins will have their first rematch with the Flyers, who eliminated Boston in the Eastern Conference semifinals after climbing back from a 3-0 series defecit, on Dec. 1 when the B's visit the Wachovia Center.

 

The Bruins offseason has gotten a ton of attention since it started a series or two earlier than many would have hoped. Naturally, when a team blows a 3-0 series lead, fans that saw promise want adjustments and answers.



Multiple reports have indicated the Bruins have been trying to trade goaltender Tim Thomas. Such talks were expected, as the former Vezina Trophy winner lost his starting job to Tuukka Rask last season and carries an annual cap hit of $5 million. ESPN is reporting that the Bruins have received calls from interested teams following Montreal's trade of Jaroslav Halak to the Blues, while Comcast Sportsnet, who mentioned talk of such chatter first on Monday, has indicated the Sharks, Flyers, and Lightning could be in on Thomas.

 Speaking with members of the media on Monday in a conference call, Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli indicated he doesn't expect to get a deal done with Edmonton Oilers GM Steve Tambellini involving the first and second overall picks of Friday's NHL draft, the latter of which the Bruins own. 

 

It appears the Bruins may not be on the verge of acquiring Florida Panthers forward Nathan Horton, according to a source close to the situation. Reports surfaced this weekend that the Bruins had been closing in on a trade for the former third overall pick, but the Bruins were just one of multiple teams to nearly have a deal with the Panthers. 

 

"They were close, as were a few other teams," the source said of the Bruins' chances of getting Horton. It was unclear where a potential trade stood as of Sunday night.

 

“I hate losing more than I like winning,” may have been the most resonant words to come out of President No. 8’s mouth Wednesday. 

And thus the Neely administration has begun. 



As was expected, the Bruins promoted vice president Cam Neely to president of the organization on Wednesday. Former president Harry Sinden, general manager Peter Chiarelli, and both Jeremy and Charlie Jacobs were on hand for the announcement. 

 

"There are a lot of things we want to accomplish," Neely said of the team's direction with him in charge. "First and foremost s winning the Stanley Cup and I can tell you without question that our ownership is strongly committed to bringing the Stanley Cup back to Boston."