PJ Axelsson Donald Audette Bob Beers Christian Bordeleau Ray Bourque Francis Bouillon Rob DiMaio Benoit Brunet Tom Fergus Patrice Brisebois Hal Gill Guy Carbonneau Steve Heinze Lucien Deblois Al Iafrate Gilbert Delorme Brian Leetch Eric Desjardins Reggie Lemelin Normand Dupont Ken Linseman Gaston Gingras Rick Middleton Rick Green Jay Miller Mike Keane Cam Neely Alex Kovalev Terry O'Reilly Sergio Momesso Andrew Raycroft Mats Naslund Mark Recchi Chris Nilan Sergei Samsonov Lyle Odelein Marco Sturm Oleg Petrov Bob Sweeney Stephane Quintal Don Sweeney Stephane Richer Tim Sweeney Larry Robinson Glen Wesley Richard Sevigny Steve Shutt Jose Theodore Lyndon Byers Simon Arsenault Don Cherry Yvan Cournoyer Stan Jonathan Jacques Demers Don Marcotte Stéphane Gauthier Tom McVie Réjean Houle Mike Milbury Guy Lafleur Derek Sanderson John Bucyk Eddie Sandford
1) I feared the Bruins would cheat, obviously, and stack their roster with recently-retired players, younger players who gave them a greater chance to win. On first perusal, there's no real smoking gun, there are some names from the seventies and eighties, so I'll lower my pre-emptively raised hackles.
Although I see a note at the bottom of the press release stating that:
These rosters are current as of Nov. 24 – additions or changes may be made leading up to the game.So you know I'll be checking behind the curtains and under the bed and be hyper-suspicious of any wheeled wooden horses right up until puck drop.
2) Steve Shutt and Larry Robinson! I know Larry in his current role with the Sharks probably spends a lot of time on skates, but I don't know how nimble Shutty is going to be. He'll probably have to up his game in the dressing room, contribute in that manner. Not merely be 'good in the room', but great. Should be manageable for the quipster.
3) Francis Bouillon will be our cheater, he could probably still play in Europe right now.
4) Richard Sévigny and José Théodore in nets, no André 'Red Light' Racicot, so we should be fine in goal. I would have brought in Jocelyn Thibault, he's the emergency practice goalie for the Canadiens now, should still be sharp.
5) Isn't Stéphane Quintal more of a Bruin than a Canadien? At least, that was my sense until I looked it up, and found that he spent barely four seasons in Boston, around 150 games played with some time in the AHL, and seven full seasons with the Canadiens over two stints.
6) Chris Nilan to handle the nastiness. I fully expect there'll be a real fight, not the good-natured pantomime we often see. Jay Miller, the Bruins' worthless goon they somehow found reason to include in the proceedings, will be going down hard.
7) Wait, that leaves Sergio Momesso to handle Terry O'Reilly and Rob DiMaio. And Stan Jonathan and Linden Byers on the bench. We're outmanned! Damn dirty Bruins.
8) And Ken 'The Rat' Linseman, the original rat against which all are measured. What, couldn't they spring Nevin Markwart out of jail for this too?
9) I'm on the record that I hate the name 'Sweeney', it gives me the creeps somehow, maybe it's too close to 'swine' and/or 'sheeny', something like that, that it just rubs me the wrong way.
I now realize there's more to it, there have been three Bruins named Sweeney for me to hate over the years.
10) Fossil Zdeno Chara should by all rights slide right into that game, and then disappear forever.
I honestly don't know which game I want to win more, the Winter Classic itself or the Alumni Game.
Oh, who'm I kidding. I desperately want to win both