BOSTON -- Bruins president Cam Neely and general manager Peter Chiarelli officially opened the 2013 Bruins regular season with the first day of training camp on Sunday afternoon, and had a simple message for Black and Gold Nation.
First of all Id like to apologize to all our fans, season-ticket holders and premium clients for the lengthy lockout, said Neely. I dont know if any of us expected it would go for this long, but fortunately we can start talking about hockey and hockey games.
Neely went on to announce that the Bruins organization will be offering free concessions to all fans during the five home games in the month of January at TD Garden, 25 percent off team merchandise at the Souvenir Store in North Station, and many other features and gifts
These are things that hopefully our fans can appreciate because Lord knows that we appreciate our fans, said Neely.
For Opening Night against the Rangers at TD Garden on Saturday, fans will have the chance to receive game-worn players jerseys through a Shirts Off Our Backs promotion. Fans will also have the opportunity to win a number of prizes, including the chance to fly with the Bruins on their team charter to an away game and the chance to visit the Bruins locker room postgame.
Click here for a press release from the Bruins detailing the various offers the team is making.
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.
The mask will be back tonight in Atlanta for Kyrie Irving.
The Celtics guard told reporters at the team's shootaround Saturday in preparation for Saturday night's game against the Hawks - where Boston will try and win its 15th in a row - that he'll grudgingly go back to wearing the clear plastic facemask he had been using to protect a facial fracture he suffered last week.
Irving wore the mask against Brooklyn for a full game earlier in the week then ditched it in the second half of the victory over the Golden State Warriors on Thursday. He shot just 4-for-16 from the field (1-for-5 on 3's) against the Warriors and has made no secret of his disdain for wearing it.