Bruins' Julien, Thomas ready for another Cup run


Bruins' Julien, Thomas ready for another Cup run

Much publicity was made about the Patriots season officially kicking off Monday night, but that night was also big for another sports team in Boston, one that is coming off a championship season, the Boston Bruins.

The B's held their "State of the Bruins" event Monday night, and kicked things off by showing a whole new set of Stanley Cup Championship banners, with each banner showing the applicable Bruins logo for each respective Bruins team for that season.

Those banners didn't include the newest one, which will be raised at the B's home opener against the Philadelphia Flyers on Oct. 6, a game that Charlie Jacobs advised fans to arrive early too.

While it's been a nonstop party ever since the B's hoisted the Cup, it's back to business now -- with the same intentions of winning it once again.

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"We're never satisfied from management to the coaches down to players," Claude Julien said. "We need to be ready to up our game for the challenge."

That message had better be heard loud and clear to a Bruins team that will certainly have a target on its back.

But will be there be a Stanley Cup hangover? Are the B's content with winning one? Tim Thomas begs to differ.

"I won the Cup, Conn Smythe, and Vezina," Thomas said. "The conclusion I came to this summer is that I have no choice but to shoot for it again."

Thomas was the Bruins' MVP for the 2010-11 season, and that play picked up even more so throughout the postseason.

Another player on the B's who picked up their play in the postseason was Mark Recchi. Recchi retired after the season, and has expressed much interest in joining a front office staff in the NHL.

Asked what the chances of Recchi joining the B's front office were, B's president Cam Neely said, "He's going to get a well deserved break. We'll certainly revisit it if he knocks on our door."

Morning Skate: Golden Knights happy to get Malcolm Subban back


Morning Skate: Golden Knights happy to get Malcolm Subban back

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while watching old Super Friends episodes with my 4-year-old on a Saturday morning.

*Has anybody ever been as excited to get a healthy Malcolm Subban back in the lineup as the Vegas Golden Knights are this weekend? Pro Hockey Talk is asking the question, and I think I can honestly answer with a resounding “No.” We’ll see if he’s actually worth all the excitement, but obviously, he’s better than what the injury-plagued Golden Knights had in the interim.

*The Buffalo Sabres continue to get very little return for any of the investments they’ve made in the team over the last couple of years.

*Ryan Suter knows what it takes to remain among the NHL defenseman workhorses in the NHL, and he is consistently there year in and year out.

*Dustin Brown has been a resurgent performer for the Los Angeles Kings this season and is one of the big storylines behind their turnaround.

*The Detroit Red Wings are beginning to more openly adopt Jeff Blashill’s speed game, but the question is how much that will pay dividends for them.

*For something completely different: Good piece in the Boston Globe about Danny Ainge’s relationship with recently passed Red Sox great Bobby Doerr.


Morning Skate: No place for Gudas’ slash on Perreault


Morning Skate: No place for Gudas’ slash on Perreault

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while enjoying the new Brown Sugar Cinnamon coffee flavor at Dunkin’ Donuts. It’s not Cookie Dough, but what is after all?

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) and PHT writer James O’Brien has the details on Radko Gudas getting ejected for an ugly, reckless and dangerous slash to Mathieu Perreault’s head last night. Gudas should be facing a long suspension for a play that has no place in the NHL. It’s time for Flyers fans to stop making excuses for a player who’s no better than a cheap-shot artist and hatchet man. He has to face the music for consistently trying to hurt his fellow players.  

*Frank Seravalli has some of the details for a historic GM meeting in Montreal where NHL hockey was born in the first place.

*You always need to link to a service dog being part of the pregame face-off ceremonies. That’s like a rule here at the morning skate?

*Cam Atkinson and the Columbus Blue Jackets have agreed to a seven-year contract extension, according to reports from the Athletic.

*It’s been quite an eventful year for Arizona Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet and some of it has been to the extreme both good and bad just a month into his first year as bench boss.

*For something completely different: Chris Mannix is all-in on the Celtics being the front-runners in the Eastern Conference after their big win over the Golden State Warriors.