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Afternoon Line- Zdeno Chara

"I think every player wants to be part of the Olympics, it's one of the biggest stages that any athlete can participate in and compete in. It makes it so special when you have your best athletes all over the world competing against each other.

"Any time there's some sort of interference, it looks bad on the sport and it looks bad on the people making the decisions. We are at a point where people need to really sit down behind one table and find a solution, instead of always kind of being defensive I would say, or finding ways not to find solutions. That's what I'm hoping for and believe that it will eventually happen. Things will find a way and fall into place for the Olympics, for the sport and for the history of all the nations being in the same place; come together and we will see the best hockey players for their countries at the Olympics.''

--Zdeno Chara of the Boston Bruins.  Pierre LeBrun of ESPN has more on this topic.

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Video- Happy St. Patrick’s Day, Gene Principe Style

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Winnipeg Sends Drew Stafford To Boston

added 3:45pm,


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GIF- Colin Miller Hit On Alex Burmistrov

Five for charging and a game for Miller...


added 8:36pm, video added below...

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Video- Drop The Puck And Drop The Gloves

Jamie Benn and David Backes go at it.


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Why Did The Boston Bruins Allow Claude Julien To Go To Montreal?

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Question that would be rhetorical except that it is not:

In what world would a team allow its just-fired, universally respected coach to be hired within a week by not only a blood rival, but one that it could very well meet in the playoffs?


In the world of Jeremy Jacob$, the Boston owner who allowed Claude Julien to skip to Montreal so the B’s wouldn’t be on the hook for the approximately $1.5 million due on his contract for this season. And that $1.5M? Wouldn’t that be less than the value of a single home playoff gate?

Please don’t suggest that the Bruins granted Julien permission to go to the Habs because of their respect for him. There were other places for Julien to go and would have been still more for the 2011 Cup winner to land this offseason.


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The NHL On Wes McCauley’s Call

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...

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Are The Boston Bruins And Colorado Avalanche Talking About A Deal?

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.  


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The Firing Of Claude Julien

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.”


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Statements From The Bruins On Claude Julien

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."

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