Tuesday, August 08, 2006


A press conference will be held Wednesdeay morning at 8 AM Pacific. This will probably end a Hall of Fame career for Sinden, who is currently the president of the Bruins.
He has a hell of a resume.
-A Stanley Cup win in Boston in 69/70 as a coach. Pretty easy with Espo and Orr, huh?
-Coached Team Canada to the Summit Series victory in 1972, even after alot of Canada had lost faith in him and the team.
-inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1983 in the builder's category.
-As TSN mentions, Sinden was the first GM to walk away from a player who had won an arbitration award (1999, Dimitri Kristich.) And a host of GMs followed suit!
-Sinden was coach and GM of the Bruins for almost 30 years.
He always managed to keep the Bruins competitive, but was also controversial as well. He was well known for being stingy, and unwilling to open his pocketbook to talent. I'm sure alot of Bruins fans will rejoice with this announcement. Me, I admire his accomplishments, and also look forward to seeing what a change in Bruins management will do for the team.


At August 8, 2006 at 10:28 p.m. , Blogger Temujin said...

Seems unfortunate, because the 06-07 Bruins are perhaps the strongest they have been (on paper) in twenty five years!

At the very least, as strong as they were during the cup run of 1990. If the Bruins do make some noise this season, they'll know who orchestrated the whole thing.

At August 8, 2006 at 10:46 p.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

Absolutely! I still wouldn't even crucify Bruins management for the Thornton deal. Boston will reap the rewards alot longer than the Sharks will, IMO.
I'm sure Bruins fans have other stories that maybe we've forgotten about!

At August 9, 2006 at 5:17 a.m. , Blogger reality check said...

Trading away Esposito, Orr, Hodge, Linseman, Middleton, Bourque...not many Bruin greats have retired Bruins. Other than Neely and Bucyk, I can't think of many. Had Neely not been forced out of the game, he might have gotten the heave-ho also. The trading of Bourque in different circumstances, was IMO a classy gesture though.

I just don't buy it that the Bruins are all that great yet. They have 3 good young players and Chara. Marc Savard does nothing for them. In close to 500 games he has yet to appear in the playoffs. They are simply a last place team that bought it's way to fourth. FA signings never accentuate progress better than inner team growth does. Three years ago it was believed Colorado had won the Cup with Selanne and Kariya in October. Last season, it was Philly who was projected to be strong. When teams go out on tears and spend like the Bruins did, it usually upsets team chemistry and the hierarchy of long standing players. Things will take a while to gel in Beantown. How many are left from the team that was there before the lockout?

At August 9, 2006 at 8:03 a.m. , Blogger Hodge said...

I'm interested to see what influence Dave Lewis has on the team. Mike Sullivan never impressed me to much last year.

At August 9, 2006 at 9:06 a.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

I was never impressed with Dave Lewis. I don't think Sullivan was that bad. He kept them competitive alot of the times, and they lost the most one-goal games last year right?
RC, I think the Bruins are close. If that shitbag Savard clicks with Murray, then they have 2 lines that kill!

At August 9, 2006 at 9:54 a.m. , Blogger reality check said...

They had a way better team three years ago when they blew it big time against the Habs in the playoffs. Thornton played with broken ribs for 7 games and they blamed the lost on him. That carried over post lockout to when they didn't want to pay him a contract they eventually conceded on. When things got off to slow start last year, they panicked and sent him to SJ.

Savard is an offensive talent to be sure but he carries two bad reps with him.

All the way back to junior, he's been known to be a dressing room cancer. Troubles with coaches carry over into a me-first attitude. This came up with NYR and again with the Flames. Both gave up on him quickly enough and didn't get much return. Atlanta put no effort into keeping him before he reached FA status. Leads me to belive the issues are still present. That and Bob Hartley benched him for numerous third periods last season.

The other mark against Savard is his total lack of defensive commitment. He goes out for points and doesn't physically lay himself out there for the benefit of the team. An old story about him is the morning paper thing where he's the last guy out to practice. He's checking the scoring race to see who got what the night before and finding out where he places. Teammates hate that. This one goes back to junior as well.

At August 9, 2006 at 10:08 a.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

You're right, he is a cancer! I sure don't forget how bad he was pre-Kovalchuk. I hope his attitude doesn't prove detrimental to the Bruins locker room chemistry. Odds are, it will.

At August 9, 2006 at 10:32 a.m. , Blogger Hodge said...

Just because he looks like a Nazi is no reason to not like him, Zanstorm. lol

At August 9, 2006 at 11:00 a.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

He kind of reminds me of a toned down Sean Avery.
Coach Greg Gilbert benched him in Calgary for his lack of passion and defensive play. The year before, Savard demanded a trade and started a war with Gilbert.

At August 9, 2006 at 12:00 p.m. , Blogger reality check said...

"a toned down Sean Avery"

...makes him sound like the Tazmanian Devil on quaaludes!

I think if Glen Murray has a tradeable salary, he be gones also!

At August 9, 2006 at 12:53 p.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

Really? I doubt it!

At August 9, 2006 at 1:24 p.m. , Blogger reality check said...

He's been miserable and bitter since Thornton was dealt. In his last negotiation a summer ago, he didn't resign until the Joe T deal was done. He is the most senior player there and took management to task over it. He made some regrettable remarks to Boston media regarding the teams vision of the future - i.e. there is none. He's happier now I'd imagine. They have yet to resign Bergeron. That to me is the biggest story for Boston right now. He is young and has so far come cheap. I'd say he's the future of the franchise along with Kessel. You'd think they'd want to long term him at pretty good bucks. They are fast running out of cap room to play with. Just as well, the guy is a Hab killer in the making!

At August 9, 2006 at 2:06 p.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

Yes he is! Sturm/Boyes/Bergeron is becoming my new favorite line. Even Murray has to be happy with that! I forgot that he had issues with the Thornton deal.


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