Andy Brickley

Andy Brickley

NESN Bruins analyst Andy Brickley made his weekly appearance with Mut & Merloni on Wednesday to talk about Dennis Seidenberg, the injuries to Jarome Iginla and Kevan Miller, where Andrej Meszaros fits on the depth chart, the play of Matt Bartkowski and more. To hear the interview, go to the Mut & Merloni audio on demand page.

With momentum picking up on Seidenberg playing in the postseason at some point, fans have started to wonder where the defenseman would be on the depth chart. Brickley said he didn’t think that the 32-year-old should be slotted back on the top pairing at the expense of Miller, who’€™s played well in his absence.

“I just find it so difficult to put a guy that’€™s not a hundred percent, or depending on what percent he is, in front of say, Kevan Miller, who’€™s been getting the job done, who’€™s in top form, who’s game-ready and ready to go and proven that they have trust in this guy,” Brickley said.

Miller and Iginla both missed Tuesday’€™s matchup with Minnesota, despite making the trip. Brickley is confident both will be ready to go for the playoffs.

“€œIf this was playoff hockey right now, I’€™m convinced both would be able to play,”€ Brickley said. “€œIt’€™s all about maintenance, it’€™s all about rest, it’€™s all about precautionary, those are the terms you’€™re going to hear right now. Because the Bruins put themselves in this position, they have the options to really focus on the middle of April and not so much on the results and having guys play right now.”

At the trade deadline, the Bruins’ most significant move came in trading for Meszaros, who was expected to battle for one of the six defense positions. Brickley doesn’t think Meszaros has done enough, however, to warrant a spot.

“I think he is seventh on the depth chart,”€ Brickley said. “I think that’€™s based on what he’€™s done in a Bruins uniform relative to the six in front of him before he was acquired. I don’€™t think he’€™s supplanted anybody. I think he struggles a little bit with the defensive side of the game, the Bruins system, the decision-making, not to chase in one-on-one coverage. He’€™s real good when you start thinking about offense and jumping in on the play, having a good shot to point, maybe being an asset on the power play, but I don’€™t think that’€™s what the Bruins were looking for when they made that acquisition.”

While Brickley still sees Bartkowski, one of the players challenged for playing time with the Meszaros competition, making mistakes, he does see improvement.

“He’€™s still been a little bit up and down,” Brickley said. “He can have a really good game some nights for 55 minutes but then he’€™ll make a mistake and in a critical time and that mistake, traditionally or most commonly, has been a wraparound the boards when he’€™s under pressure instead of having the poise to make a play or making a better decision and not a simple giveaway. But overall I think his game has elevated.”

Blog Author: 
Arjuna Ramgopal

 

According to the Boston Herald, Bruins defensemen Dennis Seidenberg and Adam McQuaid skated Tuesday at Ristuccia Arena.

 

According to the Boston Herald, Bruins defensemen Dennis Seidenberg and Adam McQuaid skated Tuesday at Ristuccia Arena.

Seidenberg was ruled out for the season after tearing his ACL/MCL on Dec. 27 against the Senators, but he is well ahead in his recovery from surgery and the possibility exists that he could return late in the playoffs.

Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli had told the Boston Globe last month that Seidenberg might begin skating later in the postseason, but Steve Conroy of the Herald reported that the veteran defenseman skated for 15 minutes and that “it’€™s not known just how well his knee held up.” It is also unclear when he will skate again.

“My guess is, if we go deep, he’€™€™ll start skating at some point and we’€™€™ll just see how he is,’€ Chiarelli told the Globe on March 21. ‘€œWe’€™€™ve been very cautious in the past with the injuries and coming back.’€

McQuaid, meanwhile, has been out since Jan. 19 with a quad strain. The team decided to shut him down in early March after he suffered a setback in his attempted return. Conroy reported there is no timetable for either player’s return to the lineup.

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Blog Author: 
DJ Bean

Are the Bruins the best team in the NHL? Who do you want to face in the first round? Which defenseman sits in the playoffs? Does Loui Eriksson belong in the top six? Chat all things Bruins with DJ Bean at 2 p.m.

 

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WEEI

The last team to win the President's Trophy also won this trophy. (AP)The Bruins aren’t going for the Presidents' Trophy -- they haven’t all season -- and they’re probably going to get it. 



The Bruins continued resting players but blew a late lead before falling, 4-3, in a shootout to the Wild Tuesday night.

Ryan Suter tied the game with 1:05 remaining and Ilya Bryzgalov held on in the shootout as the Wild clinched a playoff spot.

The Bruins let Tuesday's game get away from them. (AP)

The Bruins let Tuesday’s game get away from them. (AP)

The Bruins continued resting players but blew a late lead before falling, 4-3, in a shootout to the Wild Tuesday night.

Ryan Suter tied the game with 1:05 remaining and Ilya Bryzgalov held on in the shootout as the Wild clinched a playoff spot.

The B’s and Wild traded a pair of goals apiece in the first period, with Jason Pominville beating Tuukka Rask with a one-timer on a power play 1:05 into the game. Reilly Smith answered with a power play goal of his own at 3:00 of the first, with the goal serving as his second in the last 27 games.

Patrice Bergeron gave the Bruins the lead by sending a loose puck in front past Bryzgalov to extend his point streak to 12 games (10 goals, six assists). Pominville tied the game 28 seconds later and the teams played tied late into the second period before Gregory Campbell scored a power play goal.

In addition to Jarome Iginla and Kevan Miller both missing the game with minor injuries, the Bruins sat David Krejci for the night as a healthy scratch. With both Krejci and Iginla out, Carl Soderberg centered a line with Milan Lucic and Loui Eriksson. The absence of two regular forwards also meant the team had only 11 forwards, so Torey Krug played left wing on Campbell’s line while Daniel Paille moved up to play with Chris Kelly and Jordan Caron. Kelly left the game in the third period and did not return to the game, with Claude Julien saying after the game that the team was being “cautious.”

The Bruins, who have already clinched the first seed in the Eastern Conference, gained separation from the Blues for the President’s Trophy. St. Louis lost to Washington, leaving Boston with a three-point lead over the Blues with three games left to play for each team.

The Bruins will play the Jets Thursday in Winnipeg before hosting the Sabres Saturday and finishing the season Sunday in New Jersey.

WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE BRUINS

- The Bruins have allowed a pair of goals while holding a one-goal lead in the final minute of games recently. In addition to Suter’s goal, Vincent Lecavalier got the equalizer with the goalie pulled when the B’s and Flyers played on March 30.

- Plus-minus isn’t everything, but Caron was the only player on either team to finish with a minus-2 rating, as he was on the ice for both Pominville’s second goal and Suter’s game-tying goal.

WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE BRUINS

- Rask was sensational in overtime, as the Wild had several good chances in 4-on-4 play and outshot Boston, 6-2. Given that overtime in the postseason has one more guy on the ice per side, it would be a stretch to say the extra five minutes did anything to prepare Rask for the postseason, but he at the very least provided a reminder of his dominance when games are on the line.

- Bergeron’s goal brought him up to 29 on the season. With three games left to play and putting up numbers like crazy of late, he has a great chance of recording 30 goals for just the second time in his career and the first time since 2005-06.

- Speaking of goal plateaus, Smith finally reached the 20-goal plateau after racing out to 18 goals early in the season.

Blog Author: 
DJ Bean

In 2011, it was an old Bruins Starter jacket that the No. 1 star of the game wore after each Bruins playoff win.

Last year, Andrew Ference continued his own tradition by using an Army Rangers jacket to serve the same purpose, paying tribute to veterans of the battles in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Bruins can thank a legend from their past for the newest tradition, a heavily-worn “Old-Time Hockey” jacket.

“This is the new game jacket. It’s from Johnny Bucyk, so this is the new look from here on in after a win, and hopefully we can pass it along for a long time,” Lucic said.

Perhaps the greatest significance of the latest tradition is honoring the past, specifically Bucyk and the Big Bad Bruins of the 1970s, a team the current Bruins are trying to emulate with a second Stanley Cup title this spring.

“There’€™s a lot of respect for those guys, the past of this franchise and the people that have been here, and it’€™s Johnny Bucyk’€™s jacket ‘€” he gave it to Looch because he doesn’€™t fit it in anymore,” head coach Claude Julien quipped over the weekend. “So otherwise, he probably would have had to buy it, right? So he’€™s been real good to us, and we felt that this was a great opportunity for him to continue to be a part of our group, which he is, and donate something that I think the players are finding really important right now.

“And again, it’€™s an homage to those guys that have been here and done so well, and I think our players, as I said, have a lot of respect for those guys and they want to continue the tradition. So they’€™re going to wear that jacket.”

Ference might be gone but the tradition of honoring the player each game that symbolizes what it means to be a Bruin, thanks to captain Zdeno Chara.

“Being the captain, he stepped up and carried the tradition of a game jacket,” Lucic said.

Blog Author: 
Mike Petraglia

Delaware North Companies announced Monday that TD Garden will undergo a privately funded $70 million renovation project over the next two years. Bruins and Delaware North Principal Charlie Jacobs will oversee the project.

Among the improvements coming to the Garden are redesigned concourses, a newer and bigger Pro Shop, high-density Wi-Fi throughout the arena (whatever that is) and a renovated Legends Club. Construction will begin next month.

The press release is as follows:

Delaware North Companies announced Monday that TD Garden will undergo a privately funded $70 million renovation project over the next two years. Bruins and Delaware North Principal Charlie Jacobs will oversee the project.

Among the improvements coming to the Garden are redesigned concourses, a newer and bigger Pro Shop, high-density Wi-Fi throughout the arena (whatever that is) and a renovated Legends Club. Construction will begin next month.

The press release is as follows:

BOSTON, MA (April 7, 2014) – Delaware North Companies, Inc., owner and operator of TD Garden and Sportservice, announced today a series of privately financed upgrades and renovations for TD Garden, the home of the Boston Bruins and Boston Celtics, over the next two years. This comprehensive, $70 million arena-wide upgrade led by Charlie Jacobs, Principal of Delaware North Companies and Boston Bruins, will touch every aspect of the TD Garden fan experience and feature the development of a new ProShop, redesigned modern concourses, comprehensive renovation of Legends Club and an upgraded technology infrastructure and state-of-the-art solutions from Cisco to support digital fan expectations well into the future.

“The Jacobs family is committed to providing the people of Boston with an arena that sets the industry standard,” said Charlie Jacobs, Principal Delaware North Companies and Boston Bruins. “With the TD Garden being nearly 20 years old, we recognize that these renovations are necessary and we are confident that they will transform the fan experience from the moment a patron enters the building.”

The ProShop will be repositioned from its current location on the west side of the North Station concourse, to the arena’s east side second floor, known as the main turnstile area. This strategic relocation will maximize the store’s location for future incorporation into the front development project and the arena’s new entryway. Plans for the new ProShop will expand retail offerings, optimize traffic flow and allow for increased accessibility for fans before, during and after games. The new ProShop will feature a complete redesign and a “Powered by Reebok/adidas” partnership with the Bruins and Celtics respectively, representing part of a new, three-year deal with the official outfitters of the NHL and NBA. Construction will begin in early May with a targeted completion by year-end, and the existing store will remain operational during this time. 

TD Garden’s loge and balcony concourses, the arena’s largest gathering areas, will receive a complete floor to ceiling refurbishment and redesign. Major construction on these areas will take place in two phases, with loge concourse slated for summer of 2014 and balcony concourse for the following summer. Incorporating fan survey feedback, concourses will feature new concession concepts and offer fans an increased variety of food and beverage options.

Legends Club, TD Garden’s largest restaurant located on level three of the arena, will also receive an extreme makeover. This private, members-only hospitality area houses the Celtics Courtside Club and is open to eligible Bruins and Celtics Season Ticket Holders. All of the aforementioned projects are in final stages of planning and design. More comprehensive development plans for TD Garden’s concourses, concessions and private dining areas will be announced in the coming months.

Through a partnership with PC Connection and Cisco, the installation of high density Wi-Fi throughout the arena is in its final stages and will be fully implemented at the start of the 2014-15 NHL season. New technology features will be integrated throughout the arena’s overall renovation, including but not limited to dynamic digital signage via Cisco StadiumVision and new point of sale technology. The TD Garden data architecture, both wired and wireless, is based on Cisco’s Connected Stadium model and will enhance overall fan engagement.

This major investment is part of the ongoing commitment of Delaware North Companies to maintain the arena’s industry-leading status, with the primary focus on the fan experience, as it approaches its 20-year anniversary. Prior to today’s announcement, the Jacobs family and Delaware North Companies have privately financover the last four years on renovations to TD Garden’s Premium Club products, a new ecofriendly roof and technology upgrades.

Blog Author: 
DJ Bean