B's indifferent toward Thomas reaction

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B's indifferent toward Thomas reaction

BOSTON -- While there is more than enough passionate discourse to go around on Tim Thomas decision to go public with his political leanings, there isnt much emanating from the Bruins dressing room.

The greatest slice of the annoyance pie may stem from simply answering questions about their goaltenders hot political takes something Milan Lucic was asked to do Thursday while hosting a team-sponsored charity event that had nothing to do with Thomas or politics of any kind.

There arent many fellow political activists in the making inside the Bs dressing room aside from the environmentally conscious Andrew Ference, and there are very few Bruins players taking part in the social media networks. Tyler Seguin, Steve Kampfer, Brad Marchand and Zach Hamill are the only Bruins players with twitter accounts that have worn the Bs sweater this season. That lessens the impact within the Bs dressing room and had teammates reiterating their indifference toward Thomas Facebook posts.

It doesnt matter whether its about President Obamas domestic policy or the latest Ronald Reagan quote to pop up on his public Facebook page, guys like Lucic dont take much of an active interest in it at all.

I dont have Facebook so I only hear that from you guys, said Lucic when asked if the Thomas flap was a distraction. He has his own personal views on things. He felt strongly in sharing it. He is who he is. We have to accept him for who he is. His main job for us and as a teammate is to be a good goaltender.

The relationship between the two of us is as teammates and whatever he does in his own personal life is his own business. Obviously if people are still talking about it then people are making a big deal out of it.

Bs captain Zdeno Chara also confirmed he doesnt have an account with Facebook or tweeter, and perhaps may have won a moral victory in avoiding the obligatory Myface reference that Bill Belichick loves to drop. He was asked what level of concern he has over the distraction potential for Thomas political offerings.

None. I dont know what people are saying. Im not into that thing of Facebook or tweeter, said Chara. I dont listen to much radio, so I really dont know what people are saying or not saying. But its not a distraction in the room.

Interestingly enough the Bruins players have been equally open to those questioning Tim Thomas decision to air his opinions in public as well. After all its a free country and everybody gets a chance to fire away on what they deem appropriate, inappropriate, courageous, selfish, patriotic or ill-conceived as the case may be.

People are obviously going to have their opinions about what he has to say and rightfully so, said Lucic. Tim Thomas has his opinions about stuff and people have their own opinions. Youve got to respect the opinions that they have on Tim Thomas as well as we should respect his opinions. It is what it is; take it for what its worth.

That opinion actually sounds like it's worth quite a bit, and would carry plenty of weight along with a couple of wins for the Black and Gold in the next few days.

Friday, Aug. 26: Coyotes keep taking on dead money in latest deal

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Friday, Aug. 26: Coyotes keep taking on dead money in latest deal

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while finally catching up on “The Man in the High Tower” on Amazon.

*The Coyotes and Panthers executed a trade sending Dave Bolland to Arizona, and it’s not exactly great news for Gary Bettman with Arizona continuing to take on a lot of dead money.

*Alex Pietrangelo was appropriately humbled to be named the 21st captain in the history of the St. Louis Blues.

*The Colorado Avalanche have a new head coach, and his name is Jared Bednar, who it is said will get the players to play hard for him.

*The footage of somebody in full goalie equipment running away from a burglary scene is something out of a movie.

*The New York Rangers can never have enough depth, and that’s why they added Brandon Pirri to the mix on Thursday.

*PHT writer Cam Tucker says Lawson Crouse brings the total package in the trade from Florida to Arizona, and he also brings a player that can take a hell of a hit as he was the guy that got rocked by Charlie McAvoy at the World Junior Showcase earlier this month.  

*It’s only 15 days until the US National Team Development Program gets going with their 2016-17 schedule: here it is in full.

*For something completely different: can you see David Ortiz’s face in this corn maze? This could be like an ink blot test.

 

Thursday, Aug. 25: Nearly two decades later, the Whalers live on

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Thursday, Aug. 25: Nearly two decades later, the Whalers live on

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while in disbelief mode that the summer is almost over.

*Good piece on the remainders of the Hartford Whalers organization in Connecticut trying to keep the dream alive for the Whale.

*Tyler Seguin sits down for a podcast this week that I freely admit I did not have the time to listen to. I wonder if Boston even rated a mention in the conversation?

*Rating the top NHL contracts, according to the fancy stats hockey analysts, sounds like an interesting exercise.

*Tracey Myers has Duncan Keith bowing out of the World Cup of Hockey while recovering from an injury, and getting replaced by Jay Boumeester.

*The “Da Beauty” Hockey League has kept players like Dustin Byfuglien, Ryan McDonagh and David Backes in hockey shape this summer while slowly getting ready for the season.

*The Arizona Coyotes make a historic hire by naming Dawn Braid as skating coach, making her the first female coach in the NHL.

*For something completely different: FOH (Friend of Haggs) Rich Shirtenlieb guested on the #DORK podcast this week, and it sounds like he didn’t love “Stranger Things.” At the very least he liked “Preacher” better. I thought Preacher was entertaining, but I didn’t even think it was in the same stratosphere as Stranger Things. Rich also has me wanting to watch “It Follows” now, however, after his endorsement.