Bear Essentials on the Road: OttawaCanada's capital city of Ottawa, Ontario is a mixture of beauty, business, tourism, technology, and architecture. Ottawa was settled during the years following the War of 1812 and has grown to be the fourth largest city in Canada with a population of over 1.2 million.
The mixture of history, culture, and outdoor attractions attracts more than seven million visitors per year. The city borders three different rivers and sits on the bank of the Ottawa River. The capital also borders the province of Quebec, which allows for a unique mixture of French and English creating what ottawatourism.ca calls, "a truly cosmopolitan experience – a North American city with a distinctly European charm and flair."
Queen Victoria appointed Ottawa the capital on New Year's Eve in 1857. At that time, Ottawa was a just a logging town, far less superior than cities such as Montreal, Quebec City and Toronto. But Ottawa was anointed the capital based on its location away from the borders and dead center between Canada's eastern and western halves, as well as Toronto and Quebec.
Over the last 150 years, Ottawa has grown into a municipality including the old city of Ottawa, a handful of suburbs, and the Regional Municipality of Ottawa-Carleton.
In addition to the NHL's Ottawa Senators, sports fans around Ottawa can also sit back and watch a baseball game with the new Ottawa Rapidz of the Canadian-American Association of Professional Baseball. They also are home to the Ontario Hockey League's Ottawa 67's.
Phew! That was a mouthful. But the historical perspective is important, as the forward-looking citty of Ottawa, a city steeped in tradition, welcomes the future of the tradition laced NHL through the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.
The Boston Bruins management team has been in hunker-down mode over the last two days, but Peter Chiarelli comes out of the bunker at 11:00 a.m.
We'll have full coverage of the GM's session with the media as soon as I can get back to my computer!
In the meantime, we here at The Bear Essentials will be tracking down facts, but if you want to delve into the world of trade rumors, try Spector's Hockey
And I almost forgot, don't forget that our cousins over at NESN.com have Jack Edwards chatting from the NHL draft in Ottawa on Friday, June 20, at 1 p.m.
That will be a slow period between the early morning GM press scrums and the big party later that evening so be sure to log in to check out the chat and fill in the gap.Click here
to go to the new NESN.com.
|Chiarelli speaks to TSN |
Just got back from listening in to Peter Chiarelli's talk with the press.
Listen in: BruinsCast: Peter Chiarelli, Draft NHL 2008
Beyond simply speaking about this evening's draft, Peter Chiarelli spoke about other issues around the NHL and the Hub of Hockey.
"If that impact player is available, we'd have a look at him," said the GM of the free agency season. "You can't ignore it and you have to see if you can make it fit.
"But as I said (before), they are hard to come by."
One journalist mentioned Patrice Bergeron
and implied that his return was almost as good as trading for big name player. He asked if Bergy was expected at training camp for day one.
"Yah, that's what I expect," said Chiarelli. "I've been speaking with Patrice and he's excited to go.
"So there's our impact player [chuckles]."
"It's like adding a player by trade -- he's going to be a huge addition," he said.
The GM was queried as to if he would like to clear some salary off the books before July 1.
"There are different ways to create room," he said, "(but) you're allowed to be ten percent over the cap from July 1 on, so you have the whole summer.
"There are a variety of ways (to deal with salary)."
Chiarelli also said that making any moves in anticipation of trading for an impact player is dangerous.
"There's no lock that you are going to get the player you want," he said. "So you have to be careful if you are going to move a player…you really have to gauge the market right -- the free agent market and the trade market."
Chiarelli implied he was not overwhelmingly enthusiastic about this summer's free agent market.
"I see it as a market that is not overly deep," said Chiarelli. "The trend has been that teams have been locking up players."
And speaking of locking up players, there has been no resolution to the Dennis Wideman talks. However the Bruins GM said he did not "fear an offer sheet" and that the negotiations could go to arbitration.
"Of course I'd like to get him done," said Chiarelli. "We've made some considerable progress."
Wish I could say I've made considerable progress. Traffic and technical issues have put me behind the eight ball, but AWAY WE GO!
I am here at the arena and we are just a few minutes away, so keep it here!
TSN is reporting that Montreal has traded for Alex Tanguay. We await confirmation...
Guys, the trades and rumors are flying fast and furious. I am going to stick to what I know about the Boston Bruins for now, or else I will not get anything done. So far, Boston has not been linked to any movement.
That being said, Tampa is on the podium. They pick Steve Stamkos.
Tanguay is a Hab.
The fans are really enjoying the draft. Especially all of the trades.
Very, very funny. The fans here are really booing the Toronto Maple Leafs management.
Still waiting on the B's...in the mean time, you can follow all the picks, here
So I am finally done with the tour de joe and folks, this kid is the real deal. Poised, skilled and ready to go to the University of Denver and play some great college hockey.
We are waiting in the management suite to greet him and welcome the young man to The Hub of Hockey.
Unfortunately, there have been technical difficulties, internet-wise, and we have had to improvise.
Fear not -- plenty of pics and interviews, the official release and the whole shebang coming on Saturday morning.
The official release is up. Back to the rink at 7:45. Need sleep. 10:00 a.m.
Okay, ready to add six or so Bruins to the media guide.
The draft is just starting, though, so here is some audio stuff from yesterday: Peter Chiarelli after Drafting Colborne Scott Bradley talks about Joe Colborne Boston's Joe Colborne talks about his day
And how about some pictures:
|2008 NHL Entry Draft: Day 1 |
Saturday, June 21st
Boston has selected Maxime Sauve with their second pick.
From his profile: "Was one of 40 players selected to the 2008 CHL Top Prospects Game. Participated in the 2007 Canada Winter Games as a member of Team Quebec, posting three points in the tournament (2-1-3). His dad, Jean-Francois Sauvé, played for the Buffalo Sabres and the Quebec Nordiques, tallying 65 career goals and 138 career assists in 290 NHL games."Go here
Boston selected Michael Hutchinson
From his profile: "Led the Colts to a first round playoff upset of the Brampton Battalion before losing to the eventual Eastern Conference champions, Belleville, in the second round. His .941 save-percentage in eight playoff games in 2008 was second among OHL goaltenders – he averaged 44 saves per-game through the five-game series against Brampton." Go here
for more. Draft 2008: Michael Hutchinson
The Bruins traded up and swapped their picks at 107 and 137 for the 97th pick (from Columbus). They then chose Jamie Arniel
From his profile: "Finished third on the Sarnia Sting with 27 goals in 2007-08. Was selected to participate in the 2008 Top Prospects Game, picking up a goal in his team's 8-4 win. Was a member of Team Canada at the 2007 World Under-18 Hockey Championship in Finland where he was paired up on a line with fellow draft-eligible teammates Steven Stamkos and Zach Boychuk. "Go here
for more. Draft 2008: Jamie Arniel
The Bruins just selected Nicholas Tremblay.
From his profile on cjahl.com: "Nicholas Tremblay had a tremendous season with the Smiths Falls Bears of the CJHL. His 51 goals, 59 assists, and 110 Points were enough to lead his team and the entire league in scoring. The centreman collected an impressive 12 power play goals, 19 power play assists, and 6 game winning goals."
Read the full profile here and another here.
Well, it's over. And the Bruins last pick is Mark Goggin
Choate Rosemary Hall head coach Pat Dennehy says:
"Mark is the ultimate competitor who wants to be on the ice when the game is on the line. He works tirelessly year round to improve his game. Simply put, Mark wants to be a hockey player. He is both a student of the game and a leader – his teammates both look up to him and learn from him. He is possessed with great hands and has a wonderful hockey sense as well as a flare for the dramatic."
Read his full profile and see some pictures here
. Draft 2008: Mark Goggin
The Bruins contingent is back at the hotel getting some rest before a big meal and an early flight. However, how about some food for thought from day two of the draft?
- Maxime Sauve's cousin Philippe played briefly in the Bruins organization in 2006-07, including 2 relief appearances in Boston (no decisions).
- His father Jean-Francois and uncle Bob also played in the NHL but had no ties to the Bruins.
- Jean-Francois Sauve played alongside Claude Julien while with the Quebec Nordiques.
- Jamie Arniel's uncle Scott played 29 games in Boston in the 1991-92 season.
- Joe Colborne is going to the University of Denver in the Fall - their Senior Associate Athletic Director is Ron Grahame, who played in goal for Boston in 1977-78.
- Perhaps more famously, Grahame was traded to Los Angeles for the 1979 first round draft pick that became Ray Bourque.
Mark your schedules -- we will have an interactive chat with Joe Colborne on Wednesday, June 25th at 2:00 p.m. Don't miss this chance to chat with the B's first pick in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.