Things have been pretty quiet in regards to the Boston Bruins in the last two weeks. As the start of rookie camp approaches on September 11th rather rapidly, three key players remain un-signed to new contacts. It's possible that there is no money to sign Torey Krug or Reilly Smith currently and the Bruins may have to wait until they can move salary to be able to sign them. Matt Fraser also remains un-signed, but frankly doesn't have much if any leverage to wait out a favorable contract as other signed players could get his potential spot on the Bruins and he'd only be cutting his own throat sort of speak by holding out. Krug and Smith holding out though have more leverage. Krug has an offer for a contract in the KHL. Smith probably could also work out a contract to play overseas as well. The problem may be two fold, if the Bruins are trying to trade players to make salary cap space, other teams might not be open to make deals to help them and the longer that takes could affect how the team looks to open the season and/or the readiness of holdouts to be ready for the new season. I don't expect anyone would be crying if the Bruins were a lesser team coming out of the gate. As a result, I will not speculate as to who the players are who will make the roster on opening night until training camp or what the lines or defense pairings will be until there is something to speculate on.
In other Bruins related news, Bobby Orr was voted "Greatest All Time Bruin" in a survey on Pro Hockey Talk. I say DAH!!!
What was disappointing as voted on the top five, was no mention of Milt Schmitt or Eddie Shore. Ray Bourque, Cam Neely, Zdeno Chara and Patrice Bergeron filled out the other four spots.
Jay Pandolfo was signed to be an development coach/evaluator of talent to the Providence Bruins.
On a sad note, Carol Vadnais passed away on August 31st after a long battle with cancer at aged 68. He played for the Bruins from 1972-76 in 263 games, scoring 47 goals and 134 assists with 433 penalty minutes winning one of his two Stanley Cups with the Bruins in 1972. In 1973 a popular movie was released titled Bob and Carol and Ted and Alice. That same year the B's defense was coined as Bob and Carol and Ted and Dallas for Bobby Orr, Carol Vadnais, Ted Green and Dallas Smith. We send our condolences to the Vadnais family from here at Boston Madness. Some may remember that to acquire Carol and Don O'Dorerthy we gave up Reggie Leach, Rick Smith and Bob Stewart and in 1976 we traded Carol with Phil Esposito for Brad Park, Jean Ratelle and Jon Zanussi.
Around the NHL, the hot talk last week was expansion, possibly as early as 2016-17 and again in 2017-18. The talk was of 4 teams in Las Vegas, Seattle, Quebec City and a second Toronto area team. While I'm all for expansion of two teams to equal the conferences, I'm not sure there would be 4 new teams. I think two new teams and two teams changing locations. I wouldn't be surprised to see Florida move to Quebec and Carolina move to Las Vegas. That would leave expansion to Seattle and Toronto.
Until Next Time !