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via DJ Bean of WEEI,
Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli told WEEI.com Friday morning that he has no plans to trade forward Brad Marchand. He also refuted a rumor from Thursday that the team was discussing a trade of the pesky forward for Sharks veteran Patrick Marleau.
“I have had no discussions for Marchand and I have no plans to trade him,” Chiarelli said. “I don’t make it a practice to respond to reports in the social media but occasionally it is necessary.”
from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,
Here are the Bruin ingredients, with some fun chipped in.
You need a freaky, huge, gifted and intelligent monster of a defenceman like Zdeno Chara, who intimidates most attackers and downright terrifies almost all Euro forwards. Stanley and Livingstone may have to be hired as scouts to find that guy.
Then you need a mobile, surly yet gifted monster like Milan Lucic who will combine with Chara and the likes of Shawn Thornton (who can be found anywhere) to give your team that personality of the bully. It empowers every player on your team to play tougher. Guys like Lucic are extremely difficult to find, but we suppose it’s possible.
Then it would help if you are able to get your owner elected chairman of the Board of Governors and perhaps even get him on the committee which determines the compensation of the commissioner.
Then it might, repeat might, be helpful if you can have a player on your team whose father is way up the ladder in the decision-making process of the league. And then you need to recognize as a team that the officials can only call so many penalties against one team on most nights, and given the way you play you’re going to need outstanding goaltending and an excellent penalty kill.
Then you are going to play tough, take those first two, maybe even three calls, but then once that happens, you’ll be able to walk around punching people in the face or sticking them any time you feel like it and nothing will be called, at least until you get a couple of power-play chances of your own.
That’s how the Bruins are perceived out here, at least. Can you pull that off, Trev?
“I think that it speaks to what’s now become sort of the Boston model. People do want to copy what you’re doing because of the success we’re seeing. We didn’t win this year, (but) we got to the Final the year before — these are enviable positions to be in.”
“It’s a leadership team and Cam (Neely) leads and is part of it Starting with Charlie (Jacobs), through Peter (Chiarelli), through Claude (Julien) and Cam. I think they have met and exceeded our expectations, my expectations at least. I think we’ve done a terrific job to create a winning institution. I think we have delivered on what we promised.”
-Jeremy Jacobs, owner of the Boston Bruins on the reports of assistant GM Jim Benning being named GM of the Vancouver Canucks. More from Mike Cole of NESN.
from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,
Under the divisional playoff format, it’s possible that the Bruins could repeatedly clash with Montreal and Detroit. Both teams emphasize skill and speed. The Bruins have to get faster and quicker to avoid future hiccups. They spent too much time chasing the Canadiens instead of controlling the pace, and lost to them in seven games.
The best way to defend is to spend minimal time in the defensive zone. Dougie Hamilton is good at triggering the transition with a seam pass or a puck-pushing rush. Torey Krug can do it, too. The Bruins require another defenseman with a similar tool kit.
Keith Yandle and Alex Edler are two who fit the profile.
Yandle led Phoenix in scoring with 8 goals and 45 assists for 53 points. The 27-year-old Milton native likes to push the pace.
Edler is coming off a down season in Vancouver. He had 7 goals and 15 assists in 63 games under one-and-done coach John Tortorella. If Jim Benning, Chiarelli’s assistant, lands the Vancouver GM job as Mike Gillis’s replacement, his knowledge of the Bruins system could make a deal easier.
So it was once again Wednesday evening, the Bruins minced to pieces by Les Glorieux in a Game 7, their nerves frayed from the opening faceoff, their bumbling newbie defensemen dripping rivulets behind the ears, their top two lines frozen in time and in the futility of their goal-scoring ineptitude.
The final sight was a brutish, agitated Milan Lucic (0-0—0 in the final four games) jawing his way through the sacrosanct handshake line. The perturbed big man was a fright, not only in the utter incompetence of his production, but also his inability to abide politely by the time-honored code of respecting one’s conqueror in the goodbye line at center ice.
-Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe where you can read more on the Bruins/Canadiens...
from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,
The Bruins, it seems, we’re always going to play the role of Abdullah the Butcher and the Canadiens were always going to be Edouard Carpentier. The Bruins were favourites. The Habs were underdogs. The Bruins were big and bad. The Habs relied on speed and finesse. The Bruins were the team of Chara and Lucic. The Habs were the team of Brendan Gallagher and Brian Gionta.
On top of everything else, the Bruins had Brad Marchand. Even Bruins head coach Claude Julien understood the court of public opinion was sitting in judgment of his team.
“We’re perceived like the bad guys and they’re the good guys,” Julien groused after the Habs’ 3-1 win in Game 6.
OK, it over-simplified things to an illogical degree and seldom have the lines been drawn as sharply as they were for the Eastern Conference semifinal. But, if it was unfair to the Bruins, who cares? All great stories need good guys and bad guys, guys in black hats and white hats. And no matter your rooting interest, this was hockey, and theatre, of the highest order.
from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of Yahoo,
The Montreal Canadiens want respect, but this isn’t how to get it – whining about how the pundits didn’t pick them, complaining about how the Boston Bruins treated them, acting like they accomplished something substantial by winning a second-round series. The Habs beat the Bruins. Congrats to them for the way they played. But the way they acted Wednesday night after their 3-1 victory in Game 7 showed not how far they have come, but how far they still have to go.
“Listen, it comes down to respect,” said Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban. “I think we’ve done a lot of great things in this league since I’ve been here. Our team’s done a lot. But we failed to get the respect that I think we deserve, and I think we earned that.”
Really? What great things have the Canadiens done in recent years? What respect do they deserve? What have they earned?
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