BREAKING NEWS: Milan Lucic Signs 3-Year Contract Extension

October 6, 2009

Bruins forward, BSN mancrush and re-arranger of faces Milan Lucic has signed a three year contract extension with the Boston Bruins.

HUGE move to get this deal done now.  Lucic was set to become a Restricted Free Agent at the end of this season, and we all remember how that worked out for Phil Kessel.

Looch has “Future Captain” written all over him (don’t try to wipe it off, or he’ll kick your ass.)

This is a great day for Bruins fans as it shows the team is willing to keep its young hard-working nucleus together for years to come.

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Hello Milan

September 26, 2009

The Boston Sports Network’s favorite black and gold man crush Milan Lucic was at it again last night.  In the second to last preseason game of the year he squared off with Chris Neil.  It didn’t go so well for Mr. Neil.


Our 2nd Podcast is Here

September 23, 2009

Here’s a link to the 2nd Boston Sports Network Podcast.

Today’s podcast touches on: VS and NESN’s horrible TV Lineups, Jeff’s plea for Lil’ Wayne to join him at a Bruins game and we answer the BSN Podcast Mailbag.

Special thanks to Nick Maine for the audio help.


Why You Should Boo Phil Kessel

September 22, 2009

Apologies for the delay on weighing in on the weekend’s Phil Kessel trade.  I was in the woods of Maine when it went down and news did not travel down the Kennebec River.  I will have a full-on reaction to the trade in tomorrow’s podcast, but first I want to get to something more pressing: Why Bruins fans should boo Phil Kessel every chance they get.

I didn’t think this needed to be explained until I saw this.

Yes, that’s Bill Simmons ignorantly blasting the Kessel deal to his 800,000+ followers on Twitter.  I think if Bill had a better grasp on the situation he’d recognize Phil Kessel for what he truly is:  the biggest villain in Boston sports since Johnny Damon.

Dont worry, Phil.  Mike Komisarek will protect you!  Oh wait...

Don't worry, Phil. Mike Komisarek will protect you! Oh wait...

1) Phil Kessel had been planning not to wear black and gold since last year. There are reports that Kessel turned down $4+ million dollar offers from the B’s since the get-go because he no longer wanted to be in Boston.  Apparently he had his mind made up that he was not going to return to Boston.  This is especially significant because the Bruins signed David Krejci for $3.5m and they widely regard him as a more important player.

2) Phil Kessel will hold a grudge if a coach coaches. Also reported was Kessel’s unhappiness with Coach Claude Julien ever since he was benched in 3 playoff games.  It’s no secret that Julien preaches defensive responsibility for his forwards.  Apparently what was good for Marc Savard (a player perceived to be one dimensional before being molded by Julien) was not good for Kessel.  So, Phil got benched.  The move seemed to light a fire under him, but apparently it got so hot he needed to get the hell out of Boston.

3) Phil Kessel held the Bruins hostage. If the Bruins had their choice on who to deal Kessel to, it would’ve been to the Nashville Predators.  One, he’d be out of the division and they’d only have to see him once, maybe twice a year.  Two, the Predators were reportedly offering a better package of picks and prospects (Wilson and Blum were mentioned.)  But, Phil didn’t want to play in Nashville, he wanted to be the biggest star in the biggest city.  If traded to Nashville, he wouldn’t sign and the Leafs would’ve just offer sheet-ed him anyway.  Total dick move.


Bruins Classic Jersey = CONFIRMED (Plus a Juicy Jersey Tidbit)

September 17, 2009

Yesterday I was able to confirm that the leak we’ve been seeing around the webs, including right here on The Boston Sports Network, is legit.

Now, this may not come as a major shocker, I mean, why would Tim Thomas take a photo with Carrie Milbank (yes, that’s her name, stop asking) in a fake jersey?  Throwing off jersey geeks like me is probably not priority one with the Bruins, though it may be higher than signing Phil Kessel.  So that’s why I’ve got a new bit of info to sate everyone’s palates for tonight’s release.

What will the number and nameplate font be?  That’s still undecided!

Not the biggest scoop of all time, but apparently it still hasn’t been chosen.  That could be the reason for this:

All Season Ticket Holders can apply their 15% Pro-Shop discount to their purhcase of their Winter Classic jersey and receive free shipping.  Lettering will not be included. In addition, by pre-ordering your jersey at the ‘State of the Bruins,’ you will be guaranteed your jersey prior to the Winter Classic and receive a Winter Classic gift.

So, what will the back look like?  Will they even use a nameplate?  They didn’t in the combination of the two past uniforms their using to make the hybrid Classic jersey:

1948-49 jersey (from NHLUniforms.com)

1948-49 jersey (from NHLUniforms.com)

1958-59 jersey (From NHLuniforms.com)

1958-59 jersey (From NHLuniforms.com)

So, on the morning of the unveiling, that’s the latest news regarding the Bruins Winter Classic jersey.

Due to work, I won’t be attending the Classic tonight, so stay tuned for the latest updates both here and on Icethetics.

Also, if you haven’t yet listened, check out Josh and I’s 1st ever Podcast.  I think it’s pretty good, and I’m totally, totally unbiased.  I swear!


Oh, Shit. We’re Podcasting

September 16, 2009

Josh and I just recorded our first podcast and think it went pretty well.

Take a listen here.

In this installment we talked about Jerod Mayo’s injury, Junior Seau’s new reality show, the Bruins Winter Classic jersey, Dice-K’s return and whether or not it’s ok to watch Mean Girls instead of the Sox.

Special thanks to our homie Nick Maine who hosted this podcast and is helping us get it into the iTunes Store so you can subscribe!

Cool?

We’d love your feedback, and we’d love to get some questions that we’ll answer in our next podcast.  Ask them in the comments section below!


Bruins Season Ticket Holder Draft

September 13, 2009

This season marks the second year of having Bruins season tickets with my friends Jon, Steve and Chris.  We have 2 seats between the 4 of us, so we need figure out how to dole out the tickets.  What’s the best way to decide who goes to what game?  DRAFT!

So, last night we gathered for the 2nd Annual Draft/End of Summer Party. (LAST YEAR’S DRAFT RECAP)

Draft board gets intense.

Draft board gets intense.

Here are the ground rules:

  • Opening Night, Winter Classic are off-limits
  • Snake format
  • Last pick in last year’s draft (Steve) picks 1st
  • Order of remaining 3 picks are chosen out of a hat
  • Picks are denoted on calendar with person’s assigned color (Jeff – Red, Steve – Yellow, Chris – Green, Jon – Blue)
  • Stickers must be extremely goofy smiley faces

This year, I was a bit more excited as a high amount of Bruins games fell on my days off (I can only attend Wednesday, Thursday & Saturday night games.)

Here’s how I did within those restrictions:

Thursday, October 1 v. Washington – Opening Night.  We’re all going and this is going to be madness.  Second time I’ll ever see Ovechkin live.  He’s amazing to see in person.  The only time you won’t panic when he has the puck is if he’s behind his own net.
Saturday, October 3 v. Carolina – Punch Scott Walker in the face night!  This is the second game of the year and was part of my Fuck You ____ Back to Back Picks.   For the record it went Fuck You Mike Komisarek followed by Fuck You Scott Walker.
Thursday, October 8 v. Anaheim – Am I going to the first 3 home games of the year?  Oh hell yes!  Never seen the Ducks before and can’t wait to see Getzlaf and Bobby Ryan!
Wednesday, October 21 v. Nashville – I believe this was my last overall pick and it could turn out to be Phil Kessel’s return to Boston if the rumors are true.  Also, never seen the Preds.
Thursday, October 29 v. New Jersey – 5th October game!  This was on the board for awhile and I’m surprised.  “Have fun at that 1-0 game,” Jon taunted.  I disagree, I think these games have been intense the past 2 seasons.
Thursday, November 5 v. Montreal – My first overall pick (#4) and the first Bruins-Habs game of the year.  Not much to say about this other than it’s the most intense, frenzied crowd of the year.  Here’s a recap from last year.


Wednesday, December 30 v. Atlanta
– Typical late round Thrasher game on a day off.  Hey, things happen.  Plus…. Kovalchuk?
Saturday, January 30 v. Los Angeles – I’ve never seen the Kings and I’m becoming a big Dustin Brown fan.  Saturday night games rule.
Thursday, March 4 v. Toronto – The aforementioned Fuck You Mike Komisarek Game!  Also a possible Phil Kessel’s Return Game.  Prediction: B’s-Leafs games are going to be BLOODY this year.
Thursday, March 25 v. Tampa Bay – Typical late round Lightning game on a day off.  Had a choice between Tampa Bay and Florida.  Seen Stamkos?


Thursday, April 8 v. Buffalo
– Wanted to spread things out, or at least try to.  This is the 2nd to last home game of the year.  It’s always fun seeing BuffaZzzzzzz…. Oh sorry.

STICKERS! OCTOBER GAMES!  DRAFT!

STICKERS! OCTOBER GAMES! DRAFT!

Notable: First game picked overall: 1/7 vs Chicago.  Randomly hardest game to draft:  January Flames game.  Lots of scheduling conflicts kept this killer game on the board for awhile.  Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins were on the board longer than expected.