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from Stephen Harris of the Boston Herald,
Anyone who is in the running to become just the eighth general manager in the history of the Bruins would be wise to contemplate the peculiar circumstances under which Peter Chiarelli yesterday was fired.
What did Chiarelli do to earn his pink slip? Well, in the past eight seasons, his B’s teams have averaged 103 points (including a projected total for the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season). Twice they went to the Stanley Cup finals. They won it all in 2010-11.
In 2013-14, Chiarelli and Co. made a calculated decision to try and win another Cup. In doing so, the B’s were left with severe salary-cap problems that led to a non-playoff performance this season.
The B’s had 96 points, the most ever for a team that missed the postseason. They still were in the running for a playoff spot in the final hours of the regular season. They missed out only because the Ottawa Senators engineered an utterly improbable 23-4-4 record in their final 31 games.
Chiarelli went for it all in 2013-14, which any Bruins fan would have wanted him to do, and it ends up costing him his job.
from Alex Prewitt of Capitals Insider,
“The result is that we look like a slow team,” forward Brooks Laich said. “It has to get better.”
“If we turn the puck over against them, they’re really good in transition and they made us pay a few times,” defenseman Brooks Orpik said.
“We’re a quick team and we’re playing slow,” forward Troy Brouwer said. “Those types of frustration is what we’re not happy with.”
The Capitals had entered the playoffs preaching a “heavy” game built on pressuring forechecks and thundering hits, and instead the Islanders glided around them like red-sweatered cones. Their breakouts fizzled inside the neutral zone. Their passes sailed wide of their targets. On two occasions, ordinarily sure-handed skaters lost possession at the offensive blue line and forced themselves to regroup, without any opponents within striking distance.
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from Mike Boone of Hockey Inside/Out,
Just a suggestion: Maybe Dave Cameron should leave discipline to the league ands focus on who his goaltender will be for Game 2.
Ottawa’s head coach made some injudicious remarks after the Canadiens defeated his team 4-3 in the playoff series opener. Cameron said P.K. Subban ought to be suspended for his slash on Senators sniper Mark Stone.
Failing that, Cameron warned darkly, his team might have to inflict its own brand of justice on the Canadiens.
“I think it’s quite simple,” Cameron said. “It’s a vicious slash on an unprotected part of his body and you either do one of two things. I think it’s an easy solution: You either suspend him or one of their best players gets slashed and you just give us five. It’s not that complicated.”
Those are fighting words – literally, if Chris Neil dresses for Game 2.
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added 8:42am, Sportsnets' version of the nightly recap is below...
We have our first controversy of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and none other than P.K. Subban is the catalyst as his two-handed slash on Mark Stone prompted a five minute major and a game misconduct on the Ottawa rookie.
added 10:05pm, below the Sportsnet panel said the refs made the right call...
The Stanley Cup Playoffs are finally here. To kick things off let’s go back through the years and look at the ‘all for one’ mentality it takes for a team before it can hoist Lord Stanley’s mug each spring.
Four games on the NHL schedule on the opening night of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Feel free to discuss the games tonight or anything hockey related.
Tonight's schedule is below... and let's drop the puck and have some fun, heartbreak and all the emotions which come with this great game.
from David Pollak of the Mercury News,
A little more than a month after Joe Thornton told his general manager to "shut his mouth," the veteran center took two jabs at his coach during Wednesday's locker clean-out session.
No changes were made in the Sharks hierarchy, but Todd McLellan's future remains in doubt. McLellan has said he wanted to discuss his situation with his family before deciding if it made sense to come back for the final year of his contract.
"I have no idea," Thornton said when asked if a coaching change was needed. "Todd has to talk to his family. Maybe he should talk to this family as well in here. We'll see what happens."...
When Thornton was asked, he said failure to make the playoffs shows there is room for improvement as far as team culture. Where would that improvement need to come from?
"Everywhere," he said. "It comes from the coaches, and they bring it down to us. It comes from everywhere."
from Austin Karp of SportsBusiness Daily,
NBCSN averaged 349,000 viewers for 91 NHL game telecasts during the '14-15 season, down slightly from 351,000 viewers over 88 games last season.
The audience still marks the cable net's third-best audience since acquiring NHL rights prior to the '05-06 season. Only last season and the lockout-shortened '12-13 season rank higher. NBCSN did see a small gain (+1%) for its "Wednesday Night Rivalry" telecasts (565,000 vs 559,000 viewers). The Wednesday night window drew seven of NBCSN's 10 most-viewed games this season.
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