News aplenty for Boston Bruins before start of camp
With the start of Training Camp still minutes away, the Boston Bruins are still busy getting back to business; from the promotions department to the front office and the on-ice product. Here are some of the announcements from the past 12-plus hours.
Chiarelli and Neely speak to the media
Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli and Team President Cam Neely, who were both originally scheduled to speak to the media Saturday at TD Garden, held a press conference Sunday morning to talk about the upcoming season. Notable takeaways from the presser included the announcement of Tim Thomas being suspended, and the health of defenseman Adam McQuaid.
While Thomas will take the year, Chiarelli did note that he wants to play in the 2013-14 NHL season according to his agent Bill Zito. But, presumably speaking, it looks like we’ve seen Thomas, who turns 39 in April, play his last game as a member of the Bruins.
“According to the transition rule, they have until 10 p.m. [Monday] to show up,” Chiarelli said. “Tim’s not going to show up. He told us that he’s not playing for the year and wants to play next year. As late as last week he told me that through his agent. So we’ll end up suspending him in a non-adversarial way. We’ll talk to the agent and agree to some certain set facts, but that’s about it.”
On the other hand, the Bruins seem to have some good news regarding McQuaid, who seems to be recovering from a blood clot underneath his right collarbone. Things are looking up for the third-year defenseman as he should be ready for opening night – despite only skating for the past few weeks – according to Chiarelli.
“He’s ready to play and he’s ready to play now,” said the Bruins GM. “I don’t know what level of contact he’s been cleared for – I haven’t talked to the doctors yet. But I think he’ll be ready to play.”
With clubs trying to get back in good graces with the fans after the lockout, the Bruins announced a set of promotions for the upcoming season. That didn’t stop Neely though for apologizing to the Bruins fan base.
“I would like to apologize to all our fans, season ticket holders, [and] premium clients for the lengthy lockout,” he said. “Certainly I don’t think anyone expected it to go this long, but hopefully we can start talking hockey and hockey games.”
Here are some of the promotions already announced by the team.
- TD Bank and the Bruins are teaming up for a ticket giveaway for Twitter users called #BruinsAreBack. To enter the contest, fans must follow the official Bruins Twitter account @NHLBruins, who will reveal the location for the giveaways each day throughout the week of Jan. 14.
- Not only will the Bruins be giving away tickets, but they’ll also offer free concession vouchers throughout the month of January. For each home game this month, the vouchers can be used for three food or non-alcoholic beverages, including hot dog, sausage sandwich, a slice of pizza, wraps (turkey, Chicken Caesar or Greek), jumbo meatball, popcorn, peanuts and fountain drinks.
- Fans will also receive a 25% discount at the Boston Bruins ProShop and Fan Zones at TD Garden in January
- Several promotions have been announced for opening night against the New York Rangers Saturday night at TD Garden. The traditional end of the year “shirt off our backs” returns and each fan will also receive a free #BruinsAreBack t-shirt. Additional giveaways include a trip for two to a Bruins away game on the team charter plane, post-game locker room meet and greets, an exclusive skate on the Garden ice with family and friends, suite nights for a concert or Bruins game, free parking at the North Station garage for the other 23 home games, and a $500 shopping spree to the Bruins pro shop. More opening night details should be announced beginning on Monday.