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Suddenly Sunday: League Wide Player Movement

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
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. A graduate of Boston U. and Northeastern, 'Bish' grew up in Connecticut and moved to the Hub of Hockey in 1993. Since then he has made all four rinks at the Beanpot schools, as well as both Gardens, his icebound homes away from home. Prior to joining the TD Banknorth Garden staff in 2005, Bishop had written for several publications, with his primary focus being college hockey. He coauthored the book Bygone Boston in 2003 and hopes someday to pen a bio of Hobey Baker.

Nothing new from the TD Banknorth Garden for a while, so let's take a break. If anything comes up for the B's tonight, it will be here first.

7:51 is reporting that Chris Drury is a New York Ranger.

It was nice while it lasted. Jason Blake is now a Maple Leaf.

Reports say that Gomez is a Ranger. Thus far, no major signings by any of the Bruins opponents in the Northeast. Phew!

Random Manny Fernandez fact. His favorite movie is the Boston-based Good Will Hunting.
Here are some clips of Manny being Manny, in goal. 300K|700K

The media just had a conference call with Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli, who talked about the day and the acquisitions of Thornton and Fernandez.

Some thoughts from the GM (in no particular order):

"I would be happy going to camp with (Fernandez, Thomas and Toivonen) but I've got a couple of things in the works to (attempt) to clear the logjam."

"I left a message with Jeremy (Reich's) agent to say that (signing Thornton) doesn't mean that we are out (in terms of) signing Jeremy. We're just trying to get our ducks in a row, here, so just give us some time."

"I am going to take a step back and look at our roster and look at who we have. We had targeted Shawn and we targeted Manny and got him (but) we still have some areas to improve and I want to see where the market is and where guys are and make some more projections...I guess we'd like to get some more goal scoring and (improve) in a lot of little areas, but it's just one step at a time."

"We're  unlikely (to sign more free agents) unless I move some money. There may be another minor addition, but (as for as) large additions...we would have to move some more money. Having said that, I think it's good to take a step back and see where the market is falling, too."

Dinner. Special K. Mmmmmmm.

Anaheim Ducks left winger Shawn Thornton (45) and St. Louis Blues left winger D.J. King tussle in the first period of an NHL hockey game in Anaheim, Calif. on Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2007. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
The Bruins have signed Shawn Thornton. Details here.

Tapping foot. Tap. Tap. Tap.

Brian Rafalski to Detroit says TSN.

Another rumor had Scott Gomez signing with the New York Rangers, but seems to have proved baseless.

Internet reports say that Daniel Briere is a Philadelphia Flyer! Obviously this is not directly Bruins related, but, if true, Buffalo has lost a key component of last year's amazing club. Is Drury next?


Not sure what, if any, signings the B's might make this afternoon, but transactions are starting to come quickly with names like Tom Poti and Mathieu Schneider changing teams and with several players, including Joe Thornton and Jerome Iginla, signing extensions with their current club.

Rumors (and they are just that, right now) around the net have the Bruins making all kinds of different moves, but no word from the Garden as of yet, so stay tuned.

2:00 p.m.
Manny Fernandez
Nothing much going on, signing wise, with the Black & Gold at this point, but as you know, the team acquired Manny Fernandez in a trade that sent Peter Kalus and a fourth rounder in 2008 to Minnesota.

The long rumored deal was supposedly set to move forward at the draft in Columbus, but, for whatever reason, failed to come to fruition.

There is nothing more disconcerting than the unknown, and up until last night, Fernandez was not sure what direction his hockey career would take during the 2007-08 season. Now, after being dealt from the Minnesota Wild to the Bruins his future is becoming clearer and the 32 year-old Quebec resident knows he is coming east to play for Boston.

"Today is a great day," said Fernandez from his summer home in Montreal. "I am turning the page and am looking forward to the challenge."

Generally, when players are traded, it comes as a shock and somewhat of a disappointment.

That's not so for the B's newest goalie.

"This was something that I was looking forward to," he said. "You come to a point in a career where you need to experience something else.

"Boston…is a great team and I think (we) can accomplish a lot more than last year."

Fernandez is himself quite accomplished.

A QMJHL First Team All-Star, regular season MVP and playoff MVP in 1994, he was named to the IHL's second team the following season. Originally drafted by Quebec in 1992, his rights were traded to Dallas and stayed with that organization for five years until he was traded to Minnesota in 2000.

Niklas Backstrom, right, and Manny Fernandez of the Minnesota Wild, who paced the team to a League-low 191 goals-against, are presented with the William M. Jennings Trophy, which goes to the goaltenders who played in at least 25 games on the team that allowed the fewest goals by former Montreal Canadiens goaltender Brian Hayward Saturday, June 2, 2007 in Ottawa. (AP Photo/Paul Chiasson, CP)
In 11 NHL seasons, Fernandez has an impressive 125-113-24-8 record, with a 2.47 goals against average and a .913 SV%.  Last season, despite suffering a knee injury, he was 22-16-1 with a 2.55 GAA and a .911 percentage.

He shared the William M. Jennings Trophy (lowest goals-against) with his goaltending partner Niklas Backstrom.

"That was the final clincher," said Fernandez of Backstrom's success last year. "When I first got hurt, for him to play that well (right away) and all they way through to the playoffs -- I thought my job was in jeopardy.

"I understand hockey is a business and as a hockey player these days I think you have to prepare yourself mentally for that kind of change."

You can prepare for it, but it doesn't mean that you can't hope for something else.

"I think that this was something that me and my family were looking forward to," said Manny of the trade. "I was hoping that Boston was still in the mix.

"I am happy to be a Bruin today."
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