From Comcast SportsNetNEW YORK (AP) -- The NFL will hold 10 regional combines and a 2013 super regional combine beginning late in January.The regionals are a supplement to the NFL's national scouting combine in Indianapolis in late February.Regional combines are conducted specifically for players eligible for the 2013 draft but not attending the Indianapolis combine; players with college playing experience who want to gauge their pro potential; and players with some professional playing experience but who have been out of the game for a period of time.NFL executive Ray Anderson says the regional combines program " provides players who may not have had the chance before the opportunity to work out for NFL personnel executives. It allows all 32 clubs a chance to further evaluate future prospects."The regional combines will be at NFL facilities except for Honolulu (University of Hawaii) on Jan. 24-25 and Los Angeles (Orange Coast College) on Feb. 9-10.The other sites are Houston on Feb. 16; Berea, Ohio, on Feb. 17; Florham Park, N.J., on March 2-3; Tampa on March 9; Lake Forest, Ill., on March 10; Flowery Branch, Ga., on March 16-17; Renton, Wash., on March 23-24; Owings Mills, Md., on March 23-24; and the super regional at Dallas Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas."The regional combine showed me the competition and level of energy you need to play in the NFL," said Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Kevin Elliott, who impressed teams at last year's Tampa Bay combine and received an invitation to the 2012 super regional in Detroit. "It was definitely a blessing and I recommend it to anybody who's trying to get to the NFL."When this season began, 14 players who attended an NFL regional combine andor the super regional combine last year had made teams. An additional 14 were on practice squads.
BOSTON -- With three crushing losses in a row at a time when results are really all that matters, the Boston Bruins are reeling at the wrong time during the regular season. The B’s tried their best to win a game 0-0 with strong defense against a sleepy Chicago Blackhawks bunch on Friday night, but ultimately coughed up a Marian Hossa goal in the final minutes for a 1-0 regulation loss at TD Garden.
The defeat continued a swirl downward for the Black and Gold over the last week, and was a second straight shutout loss on home ice for the first time in almost 15 years. The losing stretch has also kicked up the chatter that Claude Julien is in trouble as head coach of the Bruins, and the hockey club’s underperformance up and down the lineup is ultimately going to cost the NHL’s longest tenured bench boss his job.
The Ottawa Senators have passed the Bruins in the Atlantic Division, and it’s only a matter of time before the Toronto Maple Leafs move by them as well with both Toronto and Ottawa holding six games in hand on Boston. Combine all of this with the B’s having missed the playoffs in each of the previous two seasons leading into this one, and it shouldn’t be at all surprising that Julien is squarely on the coaching hot seat.
The B’s bench boss was asked about his job security after the Chicago loss, and clearly didn’t appreciate the tough, but appropriate question.
“Well, I’m not into shock-journalism,” said Julien in a prideful tone. “So I’ll stay away from that question if you don’t mind.”
The Bruins posted their Saturday schedule shortly after Julien and the B’s players had addressed the media following the loss, and sure enough the embattled coach is scheduled to address the media post-practice as part of the regular practice day routine. So it doesn’t seem that a move with Julien is imminent this weekend despite another loss, but both the coach and the players know something is going to happen to shake things up with this team if they continue to struggle.
“Right now it’s a results based situation, so if you’re going to keep losing games then probably something’s going to happen,” said Torey Krug. “But right now we’re just pretty down emotionally after this game, so I don’t want to look at the big picture. I just [want to] focus on what’s going on in this room, and hopefully we can come back with a good effort the next game.”
A good effort might help Julien’s standing with the Bruins in the short term, but it’s impossible to imagine the B’s bench boss making it through the rest of the Bruins regular season given all of things working against him right now.
The Bruins drop their third straight game as they fall 1-0 to the Blackhawks at the TD Garden.