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Bruins scheduled for 17 appearances on NBC, NBC Sports Network

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff August 30, 2012 01:15 PM

Assuming there is a full season in 2012-13, 17 Bruins games will be aired on either NBC or the NBC Sports Network.

The NBC Sports Network is scheduled to carry the Bruins’ season opener against Philadelphia on Oct. 11. On Nov. 23, NBC will kick off its league coverage by airing the Bruins’ annual day-after Thanksgiving matinee at TD Garden against the Rangers.

Here is the schedule:

Oct. 11 at Philadelphia (NBCSN)
Nov. 23 vs. Rangers (NBC)
Nov. 27 vs. New Jersey (NBCSN, NESN locally)
Dec. 10 at Detroit (NBCSN, NESN locally)
Jan. 9 at Buffalo (NBCSN)
Jan. 13 at Rangers (NBCSN)
Jan. 29 vs. St. Louis (NBCSN)
Feb. 4 at Colorado (NBCSN)
Feb. 6 vs. Buffalo (NBCSN)
Feb. 17 at Chicago (NBC)
March 4 vs. Montreal (NBCSN, NESN locally)
March 10 at Washington (NBC)
March 17 at Pittsburgh (NBC)
March 27 vs. Montreal (NBCSN)
March 31 at Philadelphia (either NBC or NBCSN)
April 10 at New Jersey (NBCSN)
April 13 at Buffalo (NBC, NESN locally)

Bruins players hopeful for labor resolution

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff August 22, 2012 06:29 PM
LOWELL – Milan Lucic, Dennis Seidenberg, Tuukka Rask, Johnny Boychuk, and Mike Mottau have gathered at LeLacheur Park to participate in the left wing’s annual charity softball game. They hope there will be bigger team gatherings to come.

“Hopefully we can get an agreement done,” Boychuk said. “It’s too bad we’re at where we’re at. But as teammates, you stick together. We’ll get through this. Hopefully we’ll be back sooner than later.”

Seidenberg was the only one of the five to commit to an immediate alternate plan if 2012-13 hits the skids. Yanick Seidenberg, the defenseman’s younger brother, plays for Mannheim in Germany. Dennis Seidenberg said he’d like to play with his brother if dressing for a club other than the Bruins is the only alternative.

“It would be nice to play with him if it gets to that point,” Seidenberg said. “But for now, I haven’t really put enough thought into it to say what I’m going to do.”

* Rask is planning to attend NHLPA meetings in Toronto on Thursday.

Ex-Bruin Matt Lashoff playing in Switzerland

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff August 15, 2012 04:29 PM
When the Bruins drafted Matt Lashoff in the first round of 2005, they believed they were landing an offensive-minded NHL defenseman. Seven years later, Lashoff is no longer in the league.

Lashoff is playing for Switzerland’s Zurich Lions. Lashoff is teammates with former Boston College captain Ryan Shannon, who is also kicking off his first season in Zurich.

Unlike their former NHL colleagues, Lashoff and Shannon are already in action. They both appeared in a preseason game on Tuesday.

“It’s different. It’s tough to compare,” Shannon said of the Swiss game. “Players, for the most part, are in incredible shape. They take care of themselves. They’re very fast, very skilled. They play the game at a really fast level. The ice is bigger. It seems like the game slows down a little bit. There’s more playmaking involved.”

Lashoff projected to have the necessary skills to become an NHL regular. Lashoff was comfortable skating the puck out of danger. Lashoff had good vision and soft hands. But like many young defensemen, Lashoff struggled when he made mistakes. He didn’t have the confidence to dig himself out of trouble. As a result, the game slipped away from him even more.

By 2009, Lashoff didn’t figure in the Bruins’ plans. On March 4, 2009, the Bruins traded Lashoff and Martins Karsums to Tampa Bay for Mark Recchi and a 2010 second-round pick. Recchi was a critical piece in the Bruins’ Cup run in 2010-11. Lashoff couldn’t gain traction in Tampa nor in Toronto, his next stop.

There will be more on hockey in Switzerland in Sunday’s Globe.

Tuukka Rask ready for No. 1 duty

Posted by Kevin Paul Dupont, Globe Staff August 2, 2012 05:10 PM
Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask, back from Finland for the first time since agreeing to a one-year, $3.5 millon contract extension, said Thursday he will return to the Boston net figuring that his good friend and teammate Tim Thomas is gone for good and will not be back to share the workload.

''Well, of course, that's what everyone wants,'' said Rask, speaking in the lobby of the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, following an afternoon goodwill visit with some patients. ''You know, he takes a step back and thinks about his situation ... and if he comes back, he comes back. But I just try to do my job as good as I can, like always.''

For the first time in his career, Rask will report to training camp as Boston's presumptive No. 1 tender, likely with Russian Anton Khudobin as his backup. Not having Thomas in the dressing room, his equipment parked at the adjacent locker, will take some getting used to, said Rask.

''I wasn't expecting him to do that, obviously,'' said Rask, asked if he were surprised at Thomas' decision to back away from the game for a while. ''But I really appreciate what he's done and I appreciate his decision to want to be with the family and to take some time off hockey. It really didn't shock me that much, but it's more like I am sad to see him leave because we had a real good connection going on. But I am sure he is happy where he is and gets to spend time with his family.''

Rask, who will begin skating locally next week, acknowledged that many people were surprised that he signed only a one-year contract extension. But he said he felt it was the right deal for him and the club, while maintaining his goal one day to sign a much lengthier deal with the Bruins.

''Sometimes,'' he said, ''you have to roll the dice a bit and see what happens.''

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