Brad Marchand sings, Patrice Bergeron recites poetry for NHL 15

Rory Boylen
Patrice Bergeron

At the NHL Awards, Patrice Bergeron was announced as the winner of the EA cover vote and now he’s reciting poetry for the game he’s representing.

With the release of NHL 15 around the corner, the marketing for it is in full gear. Today, EA released two video promotions for the game. In one, Bergeron snaps romantic poetry and in another, teammate Brad Marchand sings about his love for the game.

Both are pretty funny. Bravo. Read more

Who won the Phil Kessel to Toronto trade…five years later?

Jason Kay
Phil Kessel of the Toronto Maple Leafs (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

For a guy who doesn’t say much, Phil Kessel is the source of significant noise.

Ever since he begged out of Boston and was dealt to Toronto for a trio of high draft picks, fans and media on both sides of the equation have been debating the merits of the blockbuster.

The derisive “Thank you, Kessel” chants in Beantown remain alive and boisterous, while the Maple Leafs showed faith in their sniper by rewarding him with an eight-year, $64-million contract extension that kicks in this season.

The trade officially turns five on Sept. 18 and the question is: who has had the happier returns? As part of a recurring feature in which we re-open a cold file (ok, this one still has some burning embers) from a deal that transpired five or more years ago, we re-assess the swap.

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Rumor Roundup: The latest on unsigned RFAs

Justin Schultz of the Edmonton Oilers. (Photo by Derek Leung/Getty Images)

Entering the final full week of August, a number of restricted free agents remain unsigned. With NHL training camps opening on Sept. 18 sufficient time remains to get those players under contract, but so far there’s little indication they’re any closer to new deals.

The most notable is Columbus Blue Jackets center Ryan Johansen. The 22-year-old enjoyed a breakout performance last season, leading the Jackets in goals (33) and points (63). But his contract talks have become contentious.   Read more

Rumor Roundup: Flyers need help on the blueline, but don’t expect it to come soon

(Photo by Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images)

The state of the Philadelphia Flyers defense core remains a troubling issue. They’ve lacked a true top-two defenseman since Chris Pronger’s career was ended by injury nearly three years ago. They attempted to address that issue in July of 2012 by signing Nashville Predators captain Shea Weber to an expensive offer sheet, but the Predators swiftly matched it.

Former GM Paul Holmgren attempted to bolster the overall blueline depth, acquiring Luke Schenn, Mark Streit and Andrew MacDonald via trade and free agency. None of them, however, can fill Pronger’s skates.

The Flyers underwent a front-office shakeup this spring when Ron Hextall took over as GM. Despite Hextall’s stated preference for building from within, rumor-mongers believe the Flyers still seek a stud defenseman, linking them to Winnipeg Jets blueliner Zach Bogosian. Read more

Bruin killer Simon Gagne will be at Boston’s training camp

Rory Boylen
Simon Gagne

There’s no denying NHL teams are, and have been, changing the way they build their rosters. Young and cheap players have become valuable under a cap system. The increasing awareness and use of advanced possession stats have been putting a priority on skilled players. The game has sped up, so quickness is valued. One-dimensional fighters, who could play fewer than five minutes in a game, are going the way of the dodo. Depth and fresh, fast legs are key.

The Boston Bruins let go of fighter and fan favorite Shawn Thornton this summer, which was a big statement for a team that prides itself on toughness. But, really, the 37-year-old wasn’t needed anymore because these days you need speed and scoring capability even on your fourth line. So who will the Bruins replace him with?

According to TVA’s Renaud Lavoie, Simon Gagne has accepted a training camp tryout with the Bruins. Read more

NHL logo rankings No. 7: Boston Bruins

Rory Boylen
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So far, the top 10 NHL logos have included Philadelphia, Anaheim (still not over that one) and Pittsburgh. Today, coming in at No. 7, we present the Original Six look from the Boston Bruins.

At times in Bruins history, the logo has shown a bear, but we most associate the team to the spoked, black and gold ‘B’. But the Bruins weren’t always black and gold. Originally, their primary color was brown.

Although we’ve noticed some commenters poo-pooing Boston’s look as we’ve counted down our favorite NHL logos, the ‘B’ was almost universally favored by the seven THN staffers who were part of the voting – and debating – process. The goal was to look at all the NHL logos again for the first time, not taking history into consideration, and judge them on design, color and, if applicable, how it relates to the city. The Bruins logo stood up to these tests – and, hey, you have to give bonus points for using a color like yellow.

But if you think you can design a better logo for the Boston Bruins, send your art to editorial@thehockeynews.com. At the completion of our logo rankings, we’ll share some of our best reader logo submissions.

(All logos are from Chris Creamer’s website.)

HISTORY OF THE BRUINS LOGO
In 1924, Charles Adams purchased the NHL franchise rights for a Boston team from Thomas Duggan for $15,000. Adams, who was president of First National Stores Inc., (Finast) also purchased a share in Major League Baseball’s Boston Braves franchise in 1927.

Adams, along with GM Art Ross, settled on the name “Bruins” an old English term for bear. But the colors the team would use were settled on before the team name was selected.

The color scheme of Adams’ Finast chain was brown and yellow and he wanted his NHL franchise to share that combination. The name Bruins happened to fit rather perfectly with it.

As you’d expect for a logo from the 1920s, the original look wasn’t the most refined the team has ever had. This logo, which was placed on a brown jersey, was used for one season before the team added more white into the mix.

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In 1925-26, a face was put on Boston’s Bruin and the whole logo was outlined. Brown was still the primary color used by the team, but white was added to the middle of the jersey, which made it easier to see the logo. During this time, Adams and Ross took advantage of a collapsing Western League to pick up a few star players, such as Eddie Shore.

The Bruin would last on the jersey for another seven years before it was kicked off in favor of a look that set the team on a path towards today’s spoked ‘B.’ Read more

Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask looks like EVERYONE

Matt Larkin
Tuukka Rask

From the files of Typical Summer Story, Bro comes the world’s growing fascination with Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask and his magical powers.

He isn’t just a fantastic goaltender. He’s a shapeshifter who would make Mystiqueand Sam Merlotte proud. The guy looks like everyone. It’s uncanny.

If you’re a THN magazine reader, you know we run a feature called Separated at Birth in the back of each issue. We take fan submissions of players and their famous doppelgangers. Sidney Crosby looks a lot like Andy Samberg. Dustin Tokarski and Michael Buble are long-lost twins. And so on.

But for every one NHL player submission we receive, five Rask ones pour in. We’ll get the same Rask comparisons from multiple readers and we’ll get multiple Rask submissions comparing him to different people.

Behold:

TUUKKA RASK

 

 

TUUKKA RASK, A.K.A MILOS RAONIC

 

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