Hockey fans can finally sit back in their chairs and say, “We made it.” Today starts the last weekend in August. After nearly a 3 month hiatus from the sport, we are licking our chops at just the thought of watching our favorite teams again. It’s been a long break, and we probably needed it. But the regular season is drawing ever so closer, and the madness will soon begin once again. We will be throwing stuff around our houses, screaming at our television sets. Arenas will be filled to capacity with 18-20,000 crazy hockey fanatics.
And the truth of the matter is, we wouldn’t want it any other way.
- The Boston Bruins announced yesterday that General Manager Peter Chiarelli has been signed to a four year contract extension which will go through the 2017-18 season. This is an important signing for the B’s. Chiarelli was the man that put together a championship team in 2011, and came within two wins against the Hawks this past shortened-season. In addition to Chiarelli’s GM position, he will also continue serving as an alternate governor on the NHL’s Board Of Governors. Chiarellli was named the GM in May of 2006.
- Yesterday, Buffalo Sabres forward Thomas Vanek denied that he asked to be traded but he did say that he wasn’t ready to discuss a contract extension with the team. “I didn’t ask to get traded,” Vanek said Wednesday, according to the Olean (N.Y.) Times Herald. “But I didn’t want to talk extension right now because I do want to see where this team is going and where it’s heading and what direction.” It is quite clear that Vanek is simply going to wait before he starts discussing the topic of a contract extension. If the Sabres continue to show poor results, we might be seeing the star forward in a different jersey.
No MSG but there will be a live stream of #NYR games at the traverse city prospects tournament
— Drew (@NaughtyDog95) August 30, 2013
— Lauren (@TrueBlue387) August 30, 2013
— James McLoughlin (@JamesMcL52) August 30, 2013