Hockey Santa leaves the Bruins presents


Hockey Santa leaves the Bruins presents

It was a very merry Christmas for so many over the last couple of days, and that includes the Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins. Heres what we here at envision hockey Santa leaving the Bruins players, coaches and staff under their collective Christmas trees before they hopped on a plane for Phoenix on Tuesday.

On with the list:

Zdeno Chara a copy of an X-Men comic book with the character Wolverine playing a starring role. One of Wolverines attributes is his ability heal at a superhuman pace, and thats something he seems to share in common with Chara. That knee injury in Columbus looked serious and might have sidelined a lesser-conditioned athlete for longer, but it only took the Bruins captain out for two games.

Tim Thomas For the goaltender that has everything, an autographed Welcome to the Club Bernie Parent picture when Thomas has another season just like last year. Hes the only goalie aside from Parent to win the Stanley Cup, Vezina Trophy and Conn Smythe Trophy, and the former Flyers netminder did it two years in a row.

Patrice Bergeron A guaranteed full season with Tyler Seguin and Brad Marchand alongside him, as its doing wonders for his offense. Bergeron is on pace for a 70 point season for the first time since prior to suffering a horrendous concussion in the 2007-08 season.

Milan Lucic A thank you note from Buffalo for speeding up the process of getting highly overrated goaltender Ryan Miller off the Sabres, and out of a Northeast Division thats clearly too rough and tough for him.

Brad Marchand A full Nose Face Killah clothing line for all those that have a nose for the net.

Tyler Seguin A Justin Bieber alarm clock? Too easy and it looks like Seguin has taken things to heart after missing the pancake social in Winnipeg.

Nathan Horton The full day with the Stanley Cup that he never received when it arrived in Weiland, Ontario several hours late this summer.

David Krejci A louder speaking voice or a megaphone. Krejci is among the funniest and most intelligent Bruins players when he has his dry wit going, but hes also one of the softest talkers.

Rich Peverley A full bottle of Ibuprofen, as he plays through a nagging injury that may need surgery in the off-season.

Chris Kelly The contract extension he richly deserves to stay in Boston as the perfect third line centeralternate captain for a playoff caliber Bruins team.

Andrew Ference A replica Stanley Cup made of recycled materials for the environmentally conscious NHL player.

Joe Corvo A few more body checks in the post-Christmas schedule so he can pull away from Seguin for the fewest on the Bruins team.

Benoit Pouliot A 247 channel devoted to playing his filthy between his legs goal on a loop after making everybodys highlight reel during the win against the Panthers Friday night.

Gregory Campbell A fully healed left foot after he played through the pain of a fracture to finish out the last few games before the Christmas break. Campbells pain tolerance is fully appreciated by hockey Santa.

Dennis Seidenberg The German defenseman got his first goal of the season in the final game before Christmas, so he got his present early.

Daniel Paille Good fortune and good health for Paille after he fractured his face and suffered a concussion within a month of each other. The Steve Staios shot to the face was a bloody mess that is enough injury to last an entire season.

Johnny Boychuk The thing Boychuk most wanted to see under his tree was a contract extension with the Bruins, but hell have to wait until the summer for that.

Shawn Thornton His own reality show where hes mic'd up for each and every hockey game he plays. The stuff that comes out of his mouth on the ice is HBO 247 gold.

Adam McQuaid McQuaid said hell grow out the mullet again if the Bruins are in the playoffs come this spring, so the only natural gift for McQuaid is another flowing, curly mullet to match last years model.

Jordan Caron A new road roommate after Caron was forced to answer questions in the wake of Tyler Seguin sleeping through morning meetings in Winnipeg.

Zach Hamill A new NHL destination where Hamill will get a chance to play every night and fully develop his game because its not likely to come with the Bruins this season. Who knows what the future holds for the former first round pick?

Tuukka Rask A whole lot of playing time in the second half of the season something hell get plenty of with road-heavy portions of the schedule in January and March for the Bruins.

Claude Julien A collection of his greatest Christmas hits after releasing the single Kevin Walsh Got Run Over by a Reindeer just before the holiday. Its a feel-good Christmas ditty.

Peter Chiarelli A box of LA Kings golf balls to complete the deal for Marco Sturm last season for future considerations (and needed salary cap relief).

Cam Neely Whatever he wants because nobody messes with Seabass. Not even hockey Santa.

Morning Skate: Habs' Pacioretty blames himself


Morning Skate: Habs' Pacioretty blames himself

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while watching the Montreal Canadiens crash and burn in the Atlantic Division.  

*Max Pacioretty is certainly falling on his sword up in Montreal calling himself “the worst one on the ice” as the Habs really struggle to get going this season.

*Brad Marchand was on the Twitter machine after Thursday night’s win and having some fun with what his video game controller probably looks like when he plays hockey.

*Pro Hockey Talk has the details of the Erik Gudbranson boarding hit on Frank Vatrano from last night that looks like it’s going to get the Vancouver D-man suspended.

*Oliver Ekman-Larsson is still adjusting to the changes that are taking place with the Arizona Coyotes as they struggle in the desert.

*The Maple Leafs are looking and acting like contenders early on up in Toronto, and that would be a very good thing for the NHL.

*For something completely different: The Backstreet Boys are going country? Now I’ve definitely seen it all.


Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid’s leg is broken, will have surgery Monday

Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid’s leg is broken, will have surgery Monday

BRIGHTON, Mass – Another serious injury has hit the Bruins in the first few weeks of the season.

Adam McQuaid’s right leg is broken, he'll have surgery Monday and he’ll miss some significant time after he blocked a shot that knocked him out of the Thursday night victory over the Vancouver Canucks. The rugged, stay-at-home defenseman took multiple pucks of in successive games off his leg in the past two games against the Golden Knights and the Canucks.


Bruins GM Don Sweeney, in a Bruins statement released after practice Friday, said McQuaid sustained a broken right fibula and is scheduled to have surgery on Monday at Mass. General Hospital. He is expected to miss approximately eight weeks.

It’s a tough blow for McQuaid, 31, after he was able to play 77 games last season before missing the playoffs with an injury and has consistently battled injuries in his career while playing a hard-nosed, fearless brand of hockey.

“Adam [McQuaid] is seeing the doctors as we speak, so there will be an announcement about him,” Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said earlier Friday at practice. “With Bergie [Patrice Bergeron] it’s a maintenance day where we felt it would be better after 20 minutes of ice to let it rest, and the same with [David] Krejci. Miller is a maintenance day as well. He got whacked, but he should be fine as well. We’ll have a better idea in the morning, but we expect all of the [maintenance players] to play.”

Bergeron, David Krejci and Kevan Miller were all missing from practice on Friday morning at Warrior Ice Arena, but it was maintenance days for all as they’re expected to be back in the lineup on Saturday against the Buffalo Sabres. 

Tuukka Rask is out indefinitely while in the concussion protocol after his practice collision earlier this week, but the good news is that Bruins goaltender was up and around at the practice facility on Friday rather than at home convalescing in a dark room.

Here are the line combos and D-pairings for the Black and Gold with a few bodies missing from practice: