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from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
I was curious the morning after if the NHL would share everyone else's enthusiasm with McCauley's emotional call, complete with his "put up your dukes" gesture. I mean, the days of NHL on-ice officials showing a lot of flair or personality or individualism appear to be long gone. No one is suggesting the guys in stripes should become the show, but there's no reason they can't genuinely contribute to it either.
So it was gratifying to hear NHL director of officiating Stephen Walkom say he had no issue with it, since McCauley's call was an accurate and true reflection of who he is and how he officiates a game. He has a passion and a feel for it; that's who Wes McCauley is.
More importantly, at least in terms of the "put up your dukes" fight signal, McCauley was actually following a directive from his superior.
"I loved that part because I used to do that and I've been telling the guys if they're signalling a fight, use it," Walkom said. "The funny thing is there has never been an actual signal for fighting in the NHL. We have always had an official signal for every other infraction but we have never had one for fighting.
If you haven't seen it, you can watch McCauley's call below...
from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,
For most of Sunday’s 18-minute second intermission, the Bruins general manager spoke to Colorado counterpart Joe Sakic in Section N24 of TD Garden’s press box. It’s unlikely they were comparing powder conditions between Boston and Denver.
Colorado’s season is over. On Sunday, while Sakic was in Boston, his team was in Brooklyn, losing to the Islanders by a 5-1 score. The Avalanche have mastered losing, just like ex-coach Patrick Roy had foreseen when he stepped away and said no thanks to flogging himself behind the Colorado bench in 2016-17.
Sakic, credentialed to be at the Garden alongside assistant GM Chris MacFarland and amateur scout Neil Shea, is the steward of the worst team in the league. The Avalanche have 32 points, putting them 28 out of a playoff spot in the Western Conference....
If the Bruins want to play big-name ball, it will cost them the standard package of young player, prospect, and pick. Players such as Ryan Spooner, Frank Vatrano, Peter Cehlarik, and Colin Miller are not likely to raise Sakic’s eyebrows when it comes to a significant deal.
Brandon Carlo, however, is a different story.
The Avalanche have some blue-line pieces in Tyson Barrie, Erik Johnson, Francois Beauchemin, and Nikita Zadorov. But part of the reason they’ve allowed a league-high 3.4 goals per game is because the defense remains under construction. Of all the areas they’d like to rebuild, the blue line is the Avalanche’s priority. Carlo would be squarely in their crosshairs.
Carlo is from Colorado Springs. But making a push for a hometown player is not the primary motivation behind Colorado’s interest.
from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,
After years of speculation and intensifying recent rumors, the Bruins on Tuesday finally fired Claude Julien, the coach with the most wins in franchise history (419), and replaced him on an interim basis with assistant coach Bruce “Butch” Cassidy.
The move, widely denounced as tone deaf because it coincided with the Patriots Super Bowl victory parade, was made with 27 games to go in the regular season and less than 72 hours after the Bruins suffered a crushing 6-5 loss to the Maple Leafs on home ice.
Dismissing the timing as unfortunate, general manager Don Sweeney once more stated that he believes in his team and holds out hope for the playoffs. Sweeney also said he is building a list of candidates to hire as head coach for next season should the 51-year-old Cassidy fail to prevent the franchise from missing the postseason for a third straight season.
“I wasn’t ready to commit on a longer-term basis with Claude,” explained Sweeney, who was new in the Boston front office when then-GM Peter hiarelli hired Julien following the 2006-07 season. “I felt there was a level of frustration in our wins and losses . . . and felt we would be in a better position moving forward to allow our players to be assessed . . . as to who is part of our group.”
BOSTON, MA - Boston Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs, Bruins CEO Charlie Jacobs and Bruins President Cam Neely issued the following statements on Claude Julien:
Bruins Owner Jeremy Jacobs
"I want to thank Claude for his service to the Boston Bruins, and wish him and his family the best in the future. I am confident in the direction and vision that Don has for our team, and look forward to seeing the results on the ice."
BOSTON, MA - Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney announced today, February 7, that the team has relieved Claude Julien of his coaching duties. Julien has led the team to a 26-23-6 record (58 points) through 55 games this season. Assistant Coach Bruce Cassidy will assume interim head coaching duties.
A good bout and it is not often you see Matt Martin on the losing end.
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
It sure seems as if there is something fishy about the NHL’s decision not to suspend repeat slew-foot offender Brad Marchand for his dangerous kick/trip/takedown from behind of Detroit’s Niklas Kronwall last Tuesday, instead of allowing him to escape with a slap-on-the-wrist $10,000 fine.
Understand. It is not only that Marchand previously had been suspended once and fined another time for slew-foot infractions among the four times he had been suspended and seven times he previously had been disciplined by the league’s Department of Player Safety.
It is also that Marchand was the 12th player this season to be summoned by vice president Stephane Quintal for a hearing per the Department’s Twitter announcements and the first — the first and only — not to be suspended in its aftermath.
The first 11 not only were suspended but all suspended for at least two games.
And then came Marchand.
Of course, there was no video (or audio or written) explanation of the leniency afforded Marchand, who is thus free to participate in this weekend’s All-Star festivities for Chairman of the Board of Governors Jeremy Jacobs’ Bruins.
When an anomaly such as this occurs, it is my sense there probably is more to it than Quintal doling out charity.
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from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,
The losses pile higher, the hope of a playoff berth grows slimmer, and Bruins coach Claude Julien said Saturday that he is fully aware of the ongoing rumors that have him on the verge of being cashiered from Causeway Street.
Sounding somewhat philosophical about his future, and resolute about his commitment to improve his club’s faltering record, the 56-year-old Julien made clear that he’s committed to the job and intends to remain here until or unless told otherwise.
“My job is to coach this team and do everything I can,” said Julien, less than 24 hours after his club fell again at home, 1-0, to the Blackhawks. “And if I become one of the reasons that we are not doing well, then I think management has to make that decision — it’s not my decision to make.
“So I am not quitting on this team. I am not quitting on anybody, I am not quitting on management.
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