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Morning Line- Harry Sinden On Jeremy Jacobs

"Mr. Jacobs makes a marvelous chairman because he's able to see all sides and corners of the table he sits at, and he has an understanding of all of those things. I think many owners, especially new owners, rely on him to answer some of their questions. He's been very good at it, and he's earned the position.

"He's a big part of the growth of this League. He's been a terrific sounding board for Commissioner [Gary] Bettman all these years. He has foresight, and he's able as well as anybody in the League to look at the big picture as it involves expansion or rules or such delicate items as the Olympics, things like that. He's well versed and well aware of every piece of business that goes on in this League."

-Harry Sinden on Jeremy Jacobs.  Dave Stubbs of NHL.com has more on this topic (Jacobs goes into the HHOF on Monday).

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Donald Trump Was Ready To “Clobber” Harry Sinden

from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

Several years ago, former Bruins GM and coach Harry Sinden met Donald Trump. For Trump, the meeting sparked memories of the 1970 postseason clash between the Bruins and Rangers — in particular, a Game 3 dustup between Derek Sanderson and Ed Giacomin at Madison Square Garden.

During the game, Sinden and Rangers counterpart Emile Francis had words as well. Trump had an up-close look at the Sinden-Francis exchange from his premium seat near the Bruins’ bench. Decades later, Trump told Sinden what he thought at the time of the Bruins coach.

“We didn’t do anything, but we were looking and screaming at each other,” Sinden recalled of his showdown with Francis. “[Trump] said, ‘I was ready to clobber you.’ Just in the typical Trump manner, he said that to me.”

many more topics...

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Harry Sinden On The State Of The Boston Bruins

from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

“It’s not quite a real contender at the moment,” Sinden said. “But it’s shown signs that it can move into that second level of contention. As we all know, there’s nothing like the Stanley Cup playoffs for upsets. There’s just nothing like it. Eighth seeds win sometimes. I think we’re on the edge of that. We’ve shown improvement. We’re showing signs of playing offensively, which I wasn’t sure we were going to show.”

To Sinden’s eye, Claude Julien has steered an in-flux roster in the right direction. Julien has designed and implemented a transition game with a higher metabolism. He’s welcomed rookies Colin Miller and Frank Vatrano and helped them become effective players. Julien’s challenge is to figure out how to squeeze more complementary production out of Brett Connolly, Jimmy Hayes, and Ryan Spooner.

“What we have is a real good coach,” Sinden said. “He controls this team. He controls our players.”

more on/from Sinden plus additional hockey topics...

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Harry Sinden’s Experience Counts For The Boston Bruins

from Joe McDonald of ESPN,

You'll find Harry Sinden's name in the Boston Bruins media guide under the ownership and executive section.

The former Bruins coach, general manager and team president is listed as "senior advisor to the owner and alternate governor" right below owner Jeremy Jacobs, CEO Charlie Jacobs and president Cam Neely.

Sinden, 82, has been out of the spotlight since he officially retired on Aug. 9, 2006. That same summer, Peter Chiarelli was named general manager.

Under Chiarelli, the Bruins won a Stanley Cup in 2011 and returned to the finals in 2013. During Chiarelli's nine seasons in Boston, Sinden had zero influence on decisions and very little input.

But this new era under first-time GM Don Sweeney has an old-school feel to it. Sinden's name has been mentioned more in the past few months than it was during Chiarelli's entire tenure in Boston.


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Harry Sinden Back In The Picture In Boston?

from Stephen Harris of the Boston Herald,

After decades as the most dominant individual on the Bruins leadership team — as general manager for 28 years and president for 17 — Harry Sinden has faded largely into the background since taking the title of senior advisor to the owner nine years ago.

For media members, it was more likely to see him at a Bruins game against the Panthers in Sunrise, Fla. — near his second home — than at the Garden.

This was Peter Chiarelli’s team since the day he took over as GM May 26, 2009, and it was commonly assumed Sinden had little or no input on major decisions.

But after the club fired Chiarelli on April 15, the decision-making duties fell to team president Cam Neely and CEO Charlie Jacobs — and, of course, whomever they name as the new GM.

And according to a well-informed NHL source, team owner Jeremy Jacobs, concerned that both son Charlie and Neely lack experience running an NHL franchise, also has asked the 82-year-old Sinden to play a larger role than in recent years.


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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

About the most sensible thing ever said about fighting – and its place in the NHL, past, present and future – came from former Boston Bruins general manager Harry Sinden almost two decades ago.

Responding to the widely held canard that fighting always was and is an integral part of the game, Sinden noted that the soldiers who invented the game by playing hockey on the frozen St. Lawrence River in the 19th century didn’t go onto the ice with the intention of starting a fight. Fighting gradually crept into the game, an unhappy part of its evolution, and according to Sinden, it can evolve right out again.

“If the wise men of today sat down and started a brand new hockey league, they wouldn’t include fighting,” Sinden said in an interview Friday. “They wouldn’t start off by saying, ‘Let’s let everybody fight and just give them a five-minute major.’ It wouldn’t fit today.

“How you ever get it out entirely, I don’t know, but they have opportunities to adjust things so these goons – and people who are only in the game to fight – could be limited and slowed down. That they could do.”


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Morning Line

“I saw a good game by the Bruins.  A pretty typical game. [Tim] Thomas held it together when we faltered, which has been the case all year.

“We did slip a little in the third. We could have won the game. It’s like Thomas said, we didn’t come here to tell you we played a good game, we came here to win. Who cares how you play in the Stanley Cup Finals if you don’t win?

“We’re up against a good team, the best team we’ve played. But I don’t think we’re up against [Wayne] Gretzky and [Mark] Messier.’’

-Harry Sinden, Senior Advisor to the Owner & Alternate Governor for the Boston Bruins on game 1.  More from Dan Shaughnessy of the Boston Globe.

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Talking About An Injury

from Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail,

Did former Boston Bruins general manager Harry Sinden break a golden rule in hockey when he revealed that Boston captain Zdeno Chara has been playing with sore ribs in an interview with the Boston Globe in today’s edition?

Sinden was asked for his opinion on a variety of subjects and players, and when queried for his thoughts on Chara, the former Bruins president stated, “We’ve got a hell of a leader in Chara, but I think he’s hurting right now. This rib injury. He’s playing OK, but he’s not as aggressive.”


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