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Bish's Blog: July 2

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
8:52 p.m.

Official Recchi Release
Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that the club has signed forward Mark Recchi to a one-year contract.  Per club policy, terms of the deal will not be disclosed.

Recchi, a seven-time NHL all-star and two-time Stanley Cup Champion, is a veteran of 1490 NHL regular season games with 545 goals, 897 assists (1442 points) and 964 penalty minutes over 20 seasons. Of his 545 goals, 186 have come on the power play and 83 have been game-winners. He has had 16 career 20-goal seasons, seven 30-goal seasons, four 40-goal seasons and one 50-goal season

5:38 p.m.
The B's have signed Mark Recchi. Details to follow...

4:51 p.m.
Harris thinks Savvy deserved better...
The Boston Herald's Steve Harris thinks at least one more Bruins forward should be on Team Canada's list:

"Bruins center Marc Savard has been seriously snubbed by Hockey Canada, which yesterday announced the 46 players invited to an orientation camp in Calgary late next month - a key step in selecting Team Canada for the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver next February.

Savard was not on the list, which included 15 centers - only two of whom scored more points last season than the Bruins pivot’s 88. Savard’s plus-25 was also superior to every center named, as he earned praise league-wide for his strong two-play play."

Hear, hear!

4:38 p.m.
Development Camp Schedule/Roster Announced
The Boston Bruins announced today the schedule and media information for the team’s third annual Development Camp, which will take place July 7 - July 11 at Ristuccia Memorial Arena in Wilmington, MA (190 Main St, Wilmington, MA 01887).  All on-ice camp practices are open to the public and to members of the media ...more.

2:58 p.m.

1:53 p.m.
Jeremy is an Islander
Per an Islanders press release:

"The New York Islanders announced today that they have agreed to terms with three players.  Goaltender Scott Munroe, left wing Jeremy Reich and defenseman Brett Westgarth all have signed one-year, two-way contracts...Reich has played in a total of 99 NHL games scoring two goals and four assists while compiling 161 penalty minutes.  The Craik, SASK native has been a part of the Boston Bruins organization for the past three years and played under Islanders head coach Scott Gordon his first two seasons with the team’s AHL affiliate, the Providence Bruins.  Last season, the 6’1, 196 pound left wing, served as the team captain of Providence, setting single-season career high numbers of 21 goals and 13 assists for 34 points in 76 games.  Reich was originally drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks in the second round (39th overall) of the 1997 NHL Entry Draft."

Good luck Reicher (except when you play the B's). JB

1:41 p.m.
More looking around
The Buffalo News Sabres blog, The Sabres Edge, talks about the Steve Montador signing:
"Darcy Regier said at the NHL entry draft that his Buffalo Sabres team was looking for players who will compete on a daily basis. The general manager found one on the opening day of free agency.

The Sabres have signed defenseman Steve Montador to a two-year, $3.1 million contact. Montador is known more for his grit than his scoring, which is what the Sabres wanted.

"I certainly think the atmosphere in Buffalo is always competitive, and teams that play consistently will have that [competitiveness]," Montador said by phone." Would I say they needed that? I think they’ve always been consistent with that, but it doesn’t ever hurt to add more."

1:15 p.m.
"Yes" I am reading the Web, and "No" I have nothing to report. Once (and if) I do, you'll hear it.

In the meantime...
Damien Cox of writes:

"Brian Burke will make one more attempt to capture The Monster.

The Maple Leafs GM, fresh of signing Colton Orr and Mike Komisarek as free agents yesterday and making a deal with Atlanta to send Pavel Kubina to the Thrashers in exchange for Garnet Exelby, is meeting with Swedish free agent goalie Jonas (The Monster) Gustavsson today in Stockholm.

With offers in from Dallas, San Jose and Colorado, as well as the Leafs, Gustavsson has been struggling to make a decision as to which of the four will be his first NHL club. He has to sign a one-year entry level salary at the same money with any of the clubs, but he's really looking at a three- to four-year commitment given that he wouldn't be unrestricted again next summer.

Burke has pursued the 24-year-old netminder hard, travelling once to the world championships in Switzerland to meet with him, and then again in a previous trip to Sweden."


12:49 p.m.
Fluto on the mark
I totally agree with's Fluto Shinzawa when he writes of Lucic's being named to the Canadian camp:

"Quite a feather in Lucic's cap to earn the invite after only two NHL seasons. But given his unique skill set, it's not surprising that he's under consideration for the final roster. The Canadians are loaded with skill, and they need players like Lucic to grind and bang."

Think about it folks, the B's could have guys all over the place for the Olympics.

12:30 p.m.
A Great Report

I sent a note up to one of those guys from asking about Steve Begin. I got a glowing report from longtime Habs-watcher Dave Stubbs:

"He's a warrior who will skate through the boards for Claude. A great guy in the room, always available, always smiling, a very good quote. Tears were shed in Montreal by a lot of fans when he was dealt to Dallas. He would have been useful in the playoffs...He'll be a role player, certainly, 10-12 minutes per night unless Claude wants him more than that. Passionate as hell and he hates to lose."

Dave also sent a link to a story Pat Hickey wrote about Steve around the time he was traded.

That's here.

12:17 p.m.
Trolling the inter-web for news, I happened apon this paragraph by The Montreal Gazette's Pat Hickey:

"Detroit bills itself as Hockeytown. The folks in Minnesota describe it as the State of Hockey. Montreal is rapidly becoming the Land of the Smurfs."

Wow. Check out the rest of the article, here.

As alwasy, the folks at are doing their darndest to give the world everything and anything about the Habs -- great coverage boys!

11:56 a.m.
Begin is happy to "B" in Boston
Begin. (AP Photo/Paul Chiasson, The Canadian Press)
Hey, I'll be the first to admit that I was ready to lose my mind during the spring of 2008 when Steve Bégin and the Montreal Canadiens eliminated  the B's in the first round of the playoffs. Whenever or wherever something bad happened to the B's, Begin was there.

But I also have to admit that I remember thinking, "This Bégin guy might be a pretty good Bruin."

Now we'll get our chance to see if the Quebec-born agitator can return Boston and his former stomping grounds (in Montreal and elsewhere) and create the same amount of havoc he did when he was wearing bleu, blanc et rouge.

"I like to finish my checks," said Bégin without a hint of irony during the conference call that re-introduced the banger to the Boston media. "Of course I like to chip in [offensively] once in a while, but it’s a bonus when I do and like I said, the most [important] thing is I bring a lot of energy.

"I’m a team guy."

That sounds awfully familiar. But what if some of Bégin new teammates have long memories?

"Obviously [there's history] with [Marc] Savard a couple of years ago and then preseason with Thornton," admitted Bégin. "It’s going to be fun to have them on my side now and me on their side.

"So that’s why I’m pretty excited too.

"Like I said with Montreal, [the rivalry between Boston and Montreal] is always big.  The games are always very important and it’s fun to be on the other side now," he said.

That answer had a tinge of Michael Ryder-speak to it. And for good reason -- Michael's resurgence with the B's may have paved the way for Bégin's return to the Northeast Division.

"Mike's [an easy] guy to understand," explained Bégin of Ryder. "When you see him [in Boston] he’s got a big smile on his face -- he's happy.

"I know he likes it."

Add fellow Quebecois (and B's Assistant Captain) Patrice Bergeron to the mix.

"I talked to Las Vegas and he told me it was a great place to be," said Bégin. "The organization is great...and they want to win. I wanted to be a part of a team that likes to win and knows where they’re going."

And Begin also thinks that the B's have the right guy at the helm in Claude Julien.

"He knows how to play you and how to use you," said Bégin. "I think if you look at Ryder. I mean, a year ago in Montreal...[Former Canadiens head coach] Guy Carbonneau thought he was done.

"And now he’s playing for Claude and he had his best season last year, so that’s what I like with Claude. 

"[When Julien was with Montreal] he gave me another life, too."

Bégin was definitive in his praise.

"The most of important thing is listening to the players," said Bégin of coaching. "[Julien] knows how to get the best out of you."

Bégin was also quick to point out that he should easily fit into the B's system.

"Back there two years ago in the playoffs...what made us extra successful was working hard," said Bégin of his 2007-08 Habs. "We’re putting the puck deep, skating hard, finishing our checks.

"It was the same thing with [Boston].  We saw first hand that All those guys that were playing good against us, and it was the kind of game that I like to play.

"Like I said, most important thing is bringing a lot of energy to the team," he said.

Steve may have already started doing that.

"I chose Boston," said Bégin. "I like Claude, he’s a great coach and I looked at the Boston Bruins [and] they have a great team.

"It was like a pretty good match here, so it was an easy choice for me."

10:26 a.m.
Official Bruins Release on Lucic
Hockey Canada announced today that Bruins forward Milan Lucic has been named to the roster of 46 players that will attend Canada’s National Men’s Team orientation camp from August 24-27 at the Pengrowth Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta (555 Saddledome Rise SE Calgary, AB, Canada T2G 2W1). These 46 players have been identified as candidates for upcoming international events in the 2009-10 season: the 2010 Olympic Winter Games and 2010 IIHF World Championship.

Lucic established career highs in all categories last season with 17-25=42 totals in 72 games. He also skated in 10 postseason games for the Bruins, finishing with three goals and six assists for nine points.  His plus/minus rating of +12 was the best on the team and good enough for third overall in the playoffs ...more.

10:02 a.m.
Hockey Canada Names Lucic
From Hockey Canada announced on Thursday the roster of 46 players that will attend Canada’s National Men’s Team orientation camp from August 24-27 in Calgary ...more.

8:52 a.m.
B's Add B's

MONTREAL - APRIL 21: Steve Begin #22 of the Montreal Canadiens races against Mark Stuart #45 of the Boston Bruins for a loose puck during game seven of the 2008 NHL conference quarter-final series at the Bell Centre on April 21, 2008 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Andre Ringuette/NHLI via Getty Images)
It stands to reason that there could be additional comings and goings (and/or just plain ol' news) from Causeway Street today.

But just to recap, yesterday saw the B's add Steve Begin and re-sign Byron Bitz and Johnny Boychuk.

Unfortunately, the day also saw the end of Steve Montador and Stephane Yelle's tenures with the B's.

"[Begin] Steve effectively replaces Stephane if you really want to get to the nitty gritty," said Chiarelli. "If you look at him as a player and how he plays, he’s a versatile player.

"He’s a guy that can slide a little bit up [and down] the lineup, and he’s a guy that can kill penalties.

"He’s a guy that will wear the emblem on his sleeve," he said.

For yesterday's complete story, go here.

PS: Remember, my friends on Twitter will most likely hear of any breaking news first! So, go here to join. JB
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