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Krejci Turns the Trick as Bruins Hammer Panthers

Krejci Turns the Trick as Bruins Hammer Panthers

BOSTON, MA – With the trade deadline looming tomorrow afternoon at 3:00 PM and rumors circulating across the league, the Boston Bruins were on the ice on Tuesday evening against old friend Tim Thomas and the Florida Panthers. Earlier in the afternoon, it was the visiting Panthers and general manager Dale Tallon who made waves, dealing [...]

Predators Fall to the Panthers In A Shoot Out

Predators Fall to the Panthers In A Shoot Out

The Nashville Predators continued with their three game road trip, making a stop in Sunrise to do battle with the Panthers. The Predators were looking to continue to amass points as they scramble to get back into the playoff race. For the Predators, a good start and a full 60 minute game were critical. The [...]

Bruins Snap Skid With 4-1 Victory Against Florida

Bruins Snap Skid With 4-1 Victory Against Florida

BOSTON, MA– After coming up short in four of their last five contests, the Boston Bruins were back on the TD Garden ice on Thursday evening with hopes of reversing their recent fortunes through a victory over the basement-dwelling Florida Panthers. Now, the obvious storyline many had in mind when circling this one on their calendars [...]

Weiss, Cleary Lead Red Wings to 3-2 Columbus Day Victory Over Bruins

Weiss, Cleary Lead Red Wings to 3-2 Columbus Day Victory Over Bruins

BOSTON, MA – For the second time in the last nine days, the Boston Bruins and Detroit Red Wings were on the ice for an Atlantic Division tilt at the TD Garden. After capturing a victory in their first meeting last Saturday, by the score of 4-1, the B’s were looking for another hot start against [...]

Pre-Season Expert Predictions Looked Like This

Crow For Two

For half a season, the Islanders were making us look like prophets. We even wrote about it in a previous piece, which the prolific writer at Islanders Optimism – a site where the Islanders can do no wrong- called very fair. Our stat projections were largely dead on. Our team point projections were within 1 [...]

NY ISLANDERS TRADE DRAMA: Garth Makes a CBA Cap Trade with the Bruins

NY ISLANDERS TRADE DRAMA: Garth Makes a CBA Cap Trade with the Bruins

  Got to give it to Islanders fans, they are damn passionate bunch. They desperately want to have this team and fortunes turn a corner so quickly. It’s why that start got hyped and overrated to the gills, and a 3 game slide is now a virtual apocalypse.   It is why news of a [...]

Isles Acquire Tim Thomas; Grabner Effect Alive in Loss to Rangers

Isles Acquire Tim Thomas; Grabner Effect Alive in Loss to Rangers

How’s it going, Isles fans? I had to bolt New York early this morning due to the upcoming snowstorm, so I’m writing from Miami. This may be the last you hear from me until February 16th, as I will be on a cruise as of February 9th. Anyways, after a day of traveling, I fell [...]

End of an Era: Bruins Deal Tim Thomas to Islanders

End of an Era: Bruins Deal Tim Thomas to Islanders

Late Friday afternoon, the Boston Bruins agreed to trade goaltender Tim Thomas to the New York Islanders in exchange for a conditional second round draft pick in either the 2014 or 2015 NHL Entry Draft. In doing so, B’s brass closed the book on what was one of the most unique and successful goaltending eras [...]

2013 Eastern Conference Power Rankings

2013 Eastern Conference Power Rankings

The 2013 NHL season is no longer an 82 game marathon, but instead is a 48 game dash to the finish line. Will teams that had multiple players skating in Europe fair better? Will veteran squads win because they will have fresh legs all season long? Only the next few months will tell. Here are [...]

Call For Backup

Call For Backup

When the NHL schedule is announced and you skim over the highlights of your team’s path, you already know that back-to-back games will be no surprise. At least with this shortened season, teams are not being asked to wear out their passports and those sleeping neck pillows with the amount of traveling over the 48 [...]

Blackhawks Fix: Randomness for a Hockeyless October

Blackhawks Fix: Randomness for a Hockeyless October

Fine. So the season isn’t starting on time, I’ve accepted that, BUT that will not stop me from finishing my game-by-game breakdown of the Blackhawks season. I mean, I’ve come this far and quitters never prosper. Apparently the stubborn and rich do though (cough… all NHL owners… cough). It truly is a shame that we’ve [...]

How The Boston Bruins Stack Up In NHL 13

How The Boston Bruins Stack Up In NHL 13

Following in the path of good friend Todd Cordell from HockeyBuzz and The Hockey Guys, I have decided to take a look at the newly-released overall ratings for the team that I cover in the upcoming EA Sports video game NHL 13. The graphic below is of EA’s Boston Bruins depth chart for NHL 13 [...]

Potential Lockout Could Bring Both Good and Bad For the Boston Bruins

Potential Lockout Could Bring Both Good and Bad For the Boston Bruins

Hello, folks. It’s been quite some time since I’ve posted any news here on Hockey Independent. I do apologize for the lengthy delay as there hasn’t really been much to talk about in recent weeks. Outside of the ongoing negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement, news in the hockey world has been few and far between [...]

Boston Bruins Offseason Notebook: Rask, B’s Agree To New One-Year Contract

Boston Bruins Offseason Notebook: Rask, B’s Agree To New One-Year Contract

Even before 2011 Vezina trophy winning goaltender Tim Thomas made his unofficial decision to sit out the 2012-’13 season, many believed that the starting job between the Boston pipes wouldn’t belong to him even if he’d decided to play out the final season of his 4-year, $20 million dollar contract (signed in 2009). Whether it [...]

Boston Bruins Postseason Report Cards: Part IV: Extra Skaters/Call-Ups

Boston Bruins Postseason Report Cards: Part IV: Extra Skaters/Call-Ups

Throughout the month of May, I will be providing you all with a four-part Boston Bruins’ postseason review, grading the performances of each and every player that donned the eight-spoked “B” during the 2011-’12 campaign. The schedule looks like this: Part I –> Top Six Forwards Part II –> Bottom Six Forwards Part III –> [...]

Life Without Tim Thomas: Bruins Confirm “Strong Possibility” That Reigning Vezina Winner Will Sit Out Next Season

Life Without Tim Thomas: Bruins Confirm “Strong Possibility” That Reigning Vezina Winner Will Sit Out Next Season

When reports began to emanate on Thursday that Boston Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas was toying with the idea of taking a season off, many — including myself — simply shrugged it off in the belief that it was pure speculation on the part of the media. However, the tide took a major turn on Friday [...]

Boston Bruins Offseason Notebook: A Steal, A Deal And A Departure?

Boston Bruins Offseason Notebook: A Steal, A Deal And A Departure?

With the off-season in full swing here in Boston, news out of Causeway street has been few and far between since the B’s first round exit at the hands of the Washington Capitals. In the meantime, I hope you’ve all been enjoying my series of postseason report cards. Soon enough things will begin to heat [...]

Boston Bruins Postseason Report Cards: Part III: The Defensemen

Boston Bruins Postseason Report Cards: Part III: The Defensemen

Throughout the month of May, I will be providing you all with a four-part Boston Bruins’ postseason review, grading the performances of each and every player that donned the eight-spoked “B” during the 2011-’12 campaign. The schedule looks like this: Part I –> Top Six Forwards Part II –> Bottom Six Forwards Part III –> [...]

Boston Bruins Postseason Report Cards: Part I: The Top Six

Boston Bruins Postseason Report Cards: Part I: The Top Six

Vacation. Relaxation. Warm weather. Spending time with family. Unfortunately for the Boston Bruins, these wonderful conjectures that encompass the summer season have arrived in the Hub far earlier than many of us expected. Now a week and a half removed from Boston’s game seven loss at the hands of the Washington Capitals at TD Garden [...]

Bruins Hope First Round Exit Re-Ignites Championship Fire

Bruins Hope First Round Exit Re-Ignites Championship Fire

After the celebration of the 2011 “break up day” last June, the Boston Bruins were quickly snapped back to the harsh reality of what normally constitutes a locker clean out day for most NHL squads. During which, the B’s brought to light the injuries that hampered them throughout the postseason as well as their reflections [...]