The Bruins will raise their Stanley Cup Championship banner to the rafters this evening, and then set about the task of defending that title as they open the NHL regular season with a matchup with the Philadelphia Flyers.

Go ahead, enjoy those shivers up your spine – Kevin Paul Dupont graciously gives you permission to enjoy yourself tonight – at least until the puck is dropped. Stephen Harris has the Bruins ready to turn the page on last season.

Odds stacked against another Cup – Bud Barth says that among all the pitfalls that come with being a defending champion, there is one advantage. Mike Loftus looks at what the Bruins must do to keep the Cup. Joe McDonald says that the Bruins are in a great position. Fluto Shinzawa says that it is very much by design that this team is essentially the same one that won the Cup in June. Mark Divver says that this team could be even better than last year. Harris says don’t bet against them hitting that jackpot again.

Bruins push over the Sox in Boston – Joe Haggerty says that the Bruins have replaced the Red Sox as the resident rock stars in Boston. Steve Buckley has the Bruins stepping in as the Red Sox fail.  Bill Burt says that the Bruins have become a model franchise.

Banner year ends here – Mick Colageo says that hockey will feel different once the game begins tonight. Douglas Flynn says that the Bruins will need to keep their emotions in check once the game begins.

Still affected by hits – Fluto Shinzawa’s notebook has Marc Savard still dealing with post-concussion symptoms. The Herald notebook from Steve Conroy reports that the Bruins will not sign Chris Clark, who was here on a tryout.

Rex Ryan’s defense has Tom Brady’s number – Karen Guregian looks at the challenge facing the Patriots quarterback this week.

Pats’ pass rushers poised to take advantage of Jets’ porous offensive line – Christopher Price looks at whether this is the week the Patriots pass rush finally breaks through.

Pats Pregame Points: Game Five vs. Jets – Chris Warner says there is plenty to think about this week.

Patriots Ellis, Ihedigo to face former team – Tim Whelan Jr. has a pair of former Jets getting ready to face their old teammates. Mark Farinella has Shaun Ellis saying that his coaches haven’t asked him for too many secrets.

Brady calls an early end – The Globe notebook has the Patriots QB breaking off his weekly press conference after repeated questions from the media about comments from Antonio Cromartie. The Herald notebook from Ian R. Rapoport has more on Brady refusing to talk about Cromartie. The Patriots Journal has more from Ellis. The Jets notebook from Ron Borges has the Jets in awe of Wes Welker. The Globe Jets notebook from Julian Benbow has Rex Ryan keeping things light this week.

Ex-Red Sox manager Terry Francona on Big Show: ‘Maybe it was just time’ – Alex Speier has the highlights of Terry Francona’s appearance on The Big Show yesterday.

No clues on Theo Epstein’s future – Michael Silverman says there is nothing new on the status of the Red Sox GM.

Crawford’s first season in Boston a forgettable one – Tim Britton looks at the season-long struggles of the Red Sox big free agent signing.

From Billy Beane to Theo Epstein, life comes full circle for Red Sox – Speier compares the Epstein/Cubs situation to when the Red Sox tried to get Beane from the A’s.

This was the big topic of conversation on 98.5 this morning:

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6 thoughts on “Banner Night On Tap For The Bruins

  1. I have always thought Bill Burt was as dumb as a post but today he actually proved it when he wrote:

    "Because of good planning and the fact the Bruins didn't mortgage the future to win a title — are you listening Bill Belichick? — this franchise is built for the long haul."

    Maybe if he had said are you listening Danny Ainge who at best had a 3 year window/plan. Or maybe if he took a shot at Theo and his $513 mill of ill spent dollars, he might have had a legitimate argument. But to take a shot (and he actually took another one mentioning the fact that Pats have not won a title in 7 years earlier in the article) at Bill Belichick who is the model for not mortgaging the future to win a title…makes Burt the dumbest reporter in Boston this morning. Nothing but an obvious agenda.

  2. The more I watch Eck in his post-game role on TBS, the more I've come to appreciate the analysis that he brings to the job. NESN has clearly under-utilized this asset, and – while I understand he was travelling and thus unavailable for game 162 – the contrast between Eck and JimEd's post-game work is remarkable. I know this has been commented on here previously, but how much greater would it have been to hear Eck's direct and honest commentary following the Sox final night? As much as I enjoyed watching #14 swing the bat, I'd rather not hear him after another game.

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