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Bear Essentials: February 16th

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
7:02 p.m.

Coach Julien's Update
Click on Coach Julien's picture to watch the press conference.
Before the club left for Carolina, Bruins head coach Claude Julien updated the press on all things Bruin.

Julien spoke about the B's attitude going into Carolina, the health of Michael Ryder, Chuck Kobasew and Petteri Nokelainen as well as changes in the Bruins lines.

Click here to watch the press conference.

6:01 p.m.
This just in...
B's Announce Playoff Tickets are Now on Sale for Current Season Ticket Holders

Boston, MA -- The Boston Bruins announced that 2009 Stanley Cup Playoff Ticket Strips (which includes tickets for all Bruins home playoff games in all rounds) are now on sale for current Boston Bruins Season Ticket Holders in an exclusive purchasing period ending on March 18.  There are two price points for each round for Season Ticket Holders, with account holders who renew their Season Tickets for the 2009-2010 Boston Bruins season by March 18 receiving discounted pricing on their playoff tickets.

Season Ticket Holder 2009 Stanley Cup Playoff pricing per ticket is as follows:

                                                  Round 1     Round 2     Round 3     Round 4
Glass Seats
Renew by 3/18                      $165            $210          $300            $465
Not Renewed by 3/18          $208            $265          $378            $586

Loge Seats (Price Range – depending on specific seat location)  
Renew by 3/18                      $55-109     $70-139     $100-198   $155-307
Not Renewed by 3/18          $94-138     $119-175   $170-250  $264-388

Balcony Seats (Price Range – depending on specific seat location)   
Renew by 3/18                     $17-66        $21-84        $30-120     $47-186
Not Renewed by 3/18         $18-$78     $22-$99      $32-$142   $50-$220

Hungry for Hockey (All You Can Eat Balcony Section)
Renew by 3/18                     $43             $55               $78             $121
Not Renewed by 3/18         $50             $63               $90             $140

Current Season Ticket Holders are now able to renew their season tickets and purchase the playoff strips during their exclusive purchasing period, which lasts until March 18.  Following March 18, Bruins Season Ticket Holders are not guaranteed playoff tickets.

All tickets purchased by season ticket holders for playoff games not played are 100% refundable.

For questions about Season Tickets and Playoff Ticket pricing for Season Ticket Holders, fans are encouraged to call 617.624.BEAR (option # 3) or email

Individual Boston Bruins 2009 Stanley Cup Playoff tickets will go on sale on a date to be determined following the Season Ticket Holder exclusive purchasing window.

The Bruins continue their five-game road trip on Tuesday, February 17 when they take on the Carolina Hurricanes at the RBC Center in Raleigh, NC at 7:00 p.m. ET.

12:40 p.m.
We just got done speaking with Coach Julien. The only Bruin who is not making the trip is Nokelainen and he may join the club later in the week.

11:15 a.m.
John Bishop is the beat writer for He covers the Black & Gold hoping to offer a positive look at the team, not only from the stands and the press box, but also from inside the locker room.
Everyone who should be on the ice is on the ice, with the only missing piece being Petteri Nokelainen (and, of course, Marco Sturm).

No news yet as to what the travel party will look like for this afternoons flight to Carolina.

10:56 a.m.
Michael Ryder was just stopped by Manny Fernandez and Manny looked to be giving Ryder the business about his head gear.

Ryder could be heard to say "I can't see" as to why he had missed on his recent shot.

It is funny to see a cage out there, though and with the scarlet and white jersey, Ryder looks as if he might belong on Boston University's first line.

I'd bet BU head coach Jack Parker might enjoy that a little bit.

10:48 a.m.

Boston Bruins right wing Chuck Kobasew, center, is congratulated by teammates Dennis Wideman, Phil Kessel (81), and Marc Savard after scoring a goal against the Ottawa Senators during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Boston, Thursday Jan. 8, 2009. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Well, I've been here 12-minutes and there is already good news:
Chuck Kobasew (undisclosed injury) is back on the ice and wearing a regular practice jersey.
Michael Ryder is on the ice wearing a full cage and a red non-contact jersey.

Although there had been no news to the contrary, I have to admit I am both surprised and thrilled that both men are back on the ice.

When Ryder, the Newfoundland native, hit the ice with his red jersey and college-esque cage he got an appropriate beaver tail salute (think everyone's stick hitting the ice at a clapping pace).

Chuck seems to be his speedy self, and Ryder is playing with some hop, but we'll wait for B's head coach Claude Julien to tell us what's what.

I will also admit that I was expecting to find a somewhat more sullen crowd of Black & Gold clad skaters in the Ristuccia Memorial this morning, the mood on the ice is excellent. From the moment I started watching (and Shane Hnidy flipped a puck in my general direction, complete with missing-tooth grin) there has been a lightness about the proceedings.

It's been a decently-paced practice, but after each decent play there have been stick salutes and whoops and hollers.

It's as if Coach Julien told Our Boys that they are still allowed to have fun.

The general hilarity has been a welcome diversion to the frozen fans in attendance -- many of them children with the Presidents Day holiday off.
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