The Bruins sign Tom Brady? NFL QB jokes he’s willing to suit up as enforcer

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Tom Brady on the Bruins bench (via Tom Brady/Facebook)

The Boston Bruins opened up their season without star defenseman Zdeno Chara due to injury, but another local sports hero is ready to step into the lineup.

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady took to his Facebook page Thursday to show his support for the Bruins and he did it in hilarious fashion. Brady photoshopped a picture of himself waiting for a high-five, in Patriots uniform, into a photo of Boston left winger Brad Marchand skating by the Bruins’ bench to celebrate a goal. Read more

Prospect Need to Know: Logan Brown is playing big for Windsor

Windsor's Logan Brown (Photo by Dennis Pajot/Getty Images)

Welcome to the rebirth of The Hot List. From now on, my weekly collection of top prospects will be known as Prospect Need to Know and the format will be a little different. The biggest changes involve star power and flexibility – there will be more of both. If your prospect knowledge is limited, I’ll have you covered with a steady dose of names such as Auston Matthews, Alex DeBrincat and Patrik Laine. If you like to go deeper, there will be categories on sleeper picks, major injury news and, as the season goes on, high risers in the draft rankings. Basically, I wanted to make sure I have a platform that would not limit me in bringing you the most essential prospect news. And for organizational purposes, players will now be listed in groupings, with those already drafted first (after the spotlight player, of course). So let’s get to it and have some fun:

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THN’s 2015-16 NHL season preview: Boston Bruins

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David Pastrnak celebrates (Photo by Gregg Forwerck/NHLI via Getty Images)

2014-15 Record: 41-27-14 (96 Pts.)

THN’s Prediction: 6th, Atlantic Division

What To Expect: After seven straight playoff appearances, including a Stanley Cup, ownership swiftly axed GM Peter Chiarelli when Boston missed the dance by two points. It wanted the roster remodelled, and new GM Don Sweeney did just that, moving six regulars, most notably Milan Lucic and Dougie Hamilton. The core of Patrice Bergeron, Zdeno Chara and Tuukka Rask remains, but the 2015-16 Bruins will have a different feel.

Last season, the B’s dropped from third in offense to 22nd, and Sweeney moved four of
the seven players who reached 40 points. Wingers Jimmy Hayes and Matt Beleskey are the major additions up front. They’ll be challenged to replace Lucic, Carl Soderberg and Reilly Smith. Beleskey and Hayes have each had one productive season, so banking on either is a gamble. A bounce-back year from Brad Marchand and another step for David Pastrnak, the youngest regular in the NHL last season, will help Bergeron and David Krejci carry the offense. Pastrnak led the team with 26 second-half points. Read more

Bruins owner, board of governors chairman Jacobs says he’s unsure of desire for expansion

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Jeremy Jacobs (Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

Las Vegas and Quebec City have given their formal presentations and jumped through all the hoops necessary to put their expansion bids in the best position possible, but even that may not be enough for the two potential expansion cities to land NHL franchises.

In December, the executive committee of the board of governors will gather in Palm Springs, Calif., where they will hold the fates of the expansion bids in their hands. Members of the executive committee include Ducks owner Henry Samueli, Flames co-owner Murray Edwards, Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos, Blackhawks owner Rocky Wirtz, Wild owner Craig Leipold, Flyers owner Ed Snider, Lightning owner Jeff Vinik and Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment chairman Larry Tanenbaum and Capitals owner Ted Leonsis, but the most powerful man of all may be Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs, who is chairman of the committee.

And Thursday, Jacobs spoke with ESPN’s Joey McDonald, but Jacobs’ words weren’t music to the ears of those behind the Vegas and Quebec City bids. Read more

Rumor Roundup: Zajac doesn’t make sense for Maple Leafs

Travis Zajac (Andy Marlin/Getty Images)

Last week, Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reported of talk around the league suggesting Toronto Maple Leafs GM Lou Lamoriello might be keen to acquire center Travis Zajac from the New Jersey Devils.’s Rich Chere weighed in on the speculation, suggesting Lamoriello could be discussing several options with Devils GM Ray Shero. Chere believes Leafs center Nazem Kadri could be part of a trade scenario, and feels the Devils “would undoubtedly consider a package deal” involving Leafs winger James van Riemsdyk.

Chere didn’t tie Zajac with Kadri or van Riemsdyk, though it’s easy to understand why the Devils might wish to move him. Since his career-best 67-point effort in 2009-10, his production has steadily declined, reaching a career-worst 25 points last season. Zajac’s also carrying an annual average salary of $5.75 million for six more seasons, plus he carries a full no-trade clause.

Acquiring Zajac, however, makes absolutely no sense for the supposedly rebuilding Leafs. Nor does peddling Kadri before they’ve had an opportunity to fully evaluate his play in the upcoming season. And unless the centerpiece of a package offer is Adam Henrique, there’s really not much the Devils can propose to convince the Leafs brain trust to part with van Riemsdyk.

Toronto Sun columnist Steve Simmons said it best: if the Leafs acquire Zajac, it will be the first sign that their great rebuild plan won’t take place.


When it was announced last week that Boston Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg would miss eight weeks following back surgery,’s Joe Haggerty suggested it could spark another round of rumors linking the Bruins with Winnipeg Jets blueliner Dustin Byfuglien.

Sure enough, the “Byfuglien-to-Boston” speculation resurfaced, prompting Haggerty to follow up by noting the high price to acquire the Jets rearguard. He thinks the Jets will want a return consisting of a first-round pick, a good roster player and a top prospect. The Boston Globe’s Fluto Shinzawa chimed in by suggesting the Jets could seek one of the Bruins two first-round picks in the 2016 NHL draft, along with help off the roster.

Byfuglien, 30, is eligible next summer for unrestricted free agency, which explains why his name has been bandied about the rumor mill in recent months. Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman claims he’s heard no updates on contract talks between the defenseman and Jets management. While acknowledging the rumors linking Bygulien to the Bruins, Friedman believes they’ll look at more cost-effective options.

It’s rumored Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Luke Schenn could be available, while the Edmonton Journal’s Jonathan Willis believes Oilers blueliner Nikita Nikitin could be a trade candidate. However, Haggerty doesn’t consider them palatable options for the Bruins. For now, the Bruins continue to assess the young defensemen in their system in hopes one or two prove capable of stepping up this season.

Rumor Roundup appears regularly only on Lyle Richardson has been an NHL commentator since 1998 on his website,, and is a contributing writer for Eishockey News and The Guardian (P.E.I.).

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Chara ‘not feeling sorry’ for himself, ready to prove doubters wrong

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Zdeno Chara. (Getty images)

By Rob Simpson

The Hockey News Yearbook picked the Boston Bruins to finish sixth in the Atlantic Division for the upcoming season. That’s assuming one of three teams, the Florida Panthers, Toronto Maple Leafs, or Buffalo Sabres, passes them for fifth, where the Bruins finished last year, two points and a tiebreaker behind Pittsburgh Penguins for the final Eastern Conference playoff spot. Now someone just needs to step up and explain that to rejuvenated B’s Captain Zdeno Chara.

“If the predictions are not going to empower you, don’t listen to them,” said ‘Big Z’. “Obviously I can’t control what people are saying, they have their predictions, but I just choose to be strong, not feeling sorry for myself because I’m 38, just to be a leader. I’m very motivated, dedicated and focused on the process of reaching my goals.”

He references the team and his own play, so often tied together because of his physical dominance in leading the way to one Stanley Cup in 2011 and a runner-up two years later. While his performance and numbers slipped last season, many commentators felt compelled to say his career was winding down. Chara says its short-term memory loss. Read more

Getting To Know: Reed Larson

Reed Larson (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Status: NHL defenseman from 1976-1990 for Detroit, Boston, New York Islanders, Edmonton, Minnesota and Buffalo.

Ht:  6-0  Wt: 195 pounds
DOB: July 30, 1956  In:  Minneapolis, Minnesota

First Hockey Memory: “Started outside.  When I grew up they had a big park, Sibley Park, with a football field, they would flood the field and make a hockey rink. I remember taking a break and watching the big guys playing, snow falling, standing in the snow bank, watching the guys from Roosevelt High School play. The park was in the city of Minneapolis.” Read more

The Metropolit Brothers: one pro hockey player, one convicted felon

Glen Metropolit (Francois Lacasse/NHLI via Getty Images)

It’s a sunny summer morning in Toronto and Glen Metropolit is back home. Well, not exactly. Home is actually a little west of the Starbucks where he’s sitting. To be in an upscale coffee shop at all has to be considered a triumph for him. That’s because Glen grew up in a neighborhood called Regent Park, which was one of the most notorious and densely populated projects in Canada.

Constructed in the late 1940s, it was established to narrow the divide between the poor and the well off. The social experiment ended in disaster. Just a stone’s throw from the financial district where billions of dollars flow every day, Regent Park was once described by a local newspaper this way: “Living here is like getting kicked in the teeth.” The area has been gentrified in recent years and now includes mixed income housing, but back in the day it epitomized the dead end street for the disenfranchised. Glen’s 83-year-old grandmother still lives in Regent Park, but when he comes back to visit in the summer he couch surfs at the homes and apartments of his old friends in the area. He’s used to that, since he moved about 50 times when he was a kid, by his estimation, including foster homes.

Glen’s cellphone rings as he sips his coffee. It’s his younger half-brother, Troy Metropolit. As the two make plans, Glen says his brother’s name at the end of every sentence. “So, what time are you free, Troy?” “Should I pick you up at your girlfriend’s place, Troy?” The name sounds foreign coming from his mouth, given Glen just saw his brother in June for the first time in 16 years, when he was 25 and Troy 22.

“I can’t believe I can just pick up the phone and talk to him whenever I want to,” he says. Read more