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Bear Essentials: November 4th

Boston returns to practice

Tuesday, 11.04.2008 / 10:41 AM / Bish's Blog
By John Bishop  -
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Bear Essentials: November 4th

3:01 p.m.
Just a heads up!
For those of you who are beginning your holiday shopping and have a big Bruins fan on your list, be aware that tomorrow (Wednesday, Nov. 5th), from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Zdeno chara, Rick Middleton, Steve Babineau and Rob Simpson will be in the Boston Bruins pro shop to do a book signing of Rob and Steve's new project, Black and Gold: Four Decades of the Boston Bruins in Photographs. Please note: The authors and the Bruins will only sign the book, which will be available for purchase at the Pro Shop for $34.95.

2:30 p.m.
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.
Coach Julien was asked after today's full session of practice whether we can expect Kobasew to break into the lineup on Thursday.

"I think we have to give him a little bit of time here," said Coach. "We've got another day or so and we can make that decision on Thursday.

"You know he's getting better, he's feeling better, (but) I think for me to make that decision today is a little premature."

As reported earlier, Vladimir Sobotka will travel down I-95 to Providence.

"He's going to be going down to play a few games," said Julien. "He's a young player and I think we have to give those guys an opportunity to keep developing.

"Playing three games in three nights will be good for him.

"It's been tough to get in the lineup here with the way the team has been going and the way some of the players have been playing."

1:12 p.m.
Rookie forward Vladimir Sobotka will be sent to the Providence Bruins. The official release will follow...

11:30 a.m.

Chuck Kobasew (12)
"I've been skating hard, pretty much all week," said Kobasew on Monday. "I've been practicing with the team and doing all the stuff.

"I think I am ready to go."

The reserved Kobasew has been seen smiling quite a bit over the last few days.

"I feel good," he said. "I've been skating for the past seven days and doing a lot of workouts.

"I'm getting sick of hanging out in the gym, and I am happy to be on the ice."

Kobasew has been down this road before.

"It's timing," answered Kobasew to the question about what was the hardest thing to get back after an injury.

"Conditioning comes with the practices and the skates. (You) just want to get up to speed and get adjusted to that, again."

Kobasew said he is glad that the team did so well in his absence, but that he did not ever get used to watching.

"It's always tough to be out watching," said Chuck. "But with the guys winning, it's a positive, and want to keep things going.

"It's nice because it makes it a little less stressful.

Kobasew is looking toward the Leafs on Thursday for a possible return.

"This is a good week to skate with the team," said Kobasew of the three days of practice before the game with Toronto. "We haven't had many times like this where you can get two or three good practices with the team.

"We'll go from there...I've been testing it out the last couple of days, pretty much doing everything. Turning on my leg, hard and stopping and starting. Long skates.

"It feels good," he said.

Kobasew said that he has no extra trepidation based on his recent bad luck with injuries.

"When I play, I play as hard as I can," said Kobasew. "Once it's healed, it's behind me.

"You just go forward with positive thoughts."

Kobasew finished his interview by saying, "I am just happy to be out skating again."

10:42 a.m.
David Krejci
The Bruins returned to practice today in Wilmington with a full roster (including Chuck Kobasew) after having a sparsely populated optional on-ice portion of practice on Monday.

Manny Fernandez, Chuck Kobasew, David Krejci, Michael Ryder, Tim Thomas and Blake Wheeler joined coaches Houda and Essensa yesterday.

Bruins head coach Claude Julien is known for giving the Bruins plenty of rest during the season and being sure to treat his charges like the professional hockey players that they are.

“To be a successful team it really depends on individuals to really take care of themselves and be honest with themselves,” was how Andrew Ference explained it on Saturday.

The Bruins bench boss has his best interests in mind, when it comes to R & R. So, after a day off on Sunday, yesterday was off-ice workouts and an optional skate.

“I don’t know what everybody’s view of the way he coaches (is), but he’s not a hard ass," said Ference. "He’s very fair.

“The reason I like him is that he has that balance of respect, honesty and fairness."

In pro sports, that's not always the case.

Boston Bruins head coach Claude Julien, right, talks with players  (AP Photo/Alden Pellett)
“I’ve seen hard asses, and he’s certainly not somebody who is going to rip into (a player) just because or come in and kick around stuff because it’s there," added Ference. “He’s honest and that’s the way good coaches are.

"If there are problems then you address them and if there’s not, then you make sure there’s not (other things) that need to be addressed and he does that.

“I think that is good," said Andrew.

Ference also indicated that he thought the Bruins organization provided a good environment for the youngest of their players, too.

“Young guys have it good here," said Ference. "They have a good teacher, and they have somebody that is going to be fair and going to be honest and isn’t just going to scream at them just because they are a young guy.

"And if they are playing well there’ll be a lot of praise, as well.

“So it’s a good learning environment around here, and as long as people embrace that and understand the constructiveness of it, we’re all set."




1 MTL 64 41 18 5 172 142 87
2 TBL 65 39 20 6 213 171 84
3 DET 62 36 15 11 182 160 83
4 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
5 FLA 64 28 23 13 156 181 69
6 OTT 62 28 23 11 176 167 67
7 TOR 64 26 33 5 173 195 57
8 BUF 64 19 40 5 123 215 43


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L. Eriksson 61 14 21 2 35
R. Smith 62 12 23 11 35
B. Marchand 57 18 16 8 34
M. Lucic 61 13 21 11 34
D. Hamilton 62 10 24 0 34
C. Soderberg 62 10 24 6 34
T. Krug 58 11 20 6 31
D. Krejci 38 7 19 7 26
C. Kelly 60 7 19 8 26
T. Rask 25 16 9 .920 2.34
N. Svedberg 6 5 0 .917 2.39
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