Johnson in, McQuaid out for Bruins


Johnson in, McQuaid out for Bruins

It appears that Claude Julien found something he liked in the third period of Monday nights road win over the Carolina Hurricanes. According to the line rushes during pregame skate it appears that the Bruins coach will be keeping spare defenseman Aaron Johnson in the lineup rather than inserting Adam McQuaid now back from Prince Edward Island after attending funeral services for his grandmother McQuaid missed Monday's road game in Carolina to be with his family during the services.

The 29-year-old Johnson played 11:29 of ice time in the victory his third game of the season for the Black and Gold and sports a minus-2 rating along with three shots on goal during that time period. Perhaps the Bruins simply like the way Ference has looked playing the right side with McQuaid out of the lineup, but that will be a question for the Bs head coach following the game.

So the Bs lineup is completely the same except for Tuukka Rask getting back between the pipes after taking the first part of the back-to-back games off.

Johan Hedberg will get his first start of the season for the New Jersey Devils, and hasnt played in an NHL game since April 17. Here is the lineup for the Bruins according to pregame warm-ups:









Wednesday, August 24: B's dealing with post-Vesey aftermath


Wednesday, August 24: B's dealing with post-Vesey aftermath

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading with the Olympics coming to a close . . .
-- FOH (Friend of Haggs) Kirk Luedeke sorts through the aftermath for the Bruins after losing out on Jimmy Vesey

-- Detroit Red Wings GM Ken Holland gave an interview where he said the Red Wings aren’t Stanley Cup contenders this season. 

-- Related to Holland’s comments, some of the media in Detroit aren’t taking the dose of reality all that well

-- It’s a big season for New Jersey Devils forward Kyle Palmieri, who will be starring for Team USA on the World Cup team. 

 -- PHT writer Cam Tucker says the Buffalo Sabres still have a strong group of forwards even without Jimmy Vesey.

-- Jamie Benn is giving everything to his Dallas Stars team, and that means that the World Cup of Hockey is taking a backseat
-- The Colorado Avalanche are nearing the end of their head coaching search as they look for their replacement for Patrick Roy.
-- For something completely different: NBC is making the argument that millenials watched the Olympics, but just not on the traditional formats

Tuesday, Aug. 23: What about NHLers in Olympics?


Tuesday, Aug. 23: What about NHLers in Olympics?

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while appreciating all the birthday wishes I got yesterday while turning 42 years old.

*With the World Cup of Hockey around the corner, there is still a decision pending on NHL players participating in the Olympics.

*With the Winnipeg Jets and Jacob Trouba still unable to agree on a contract extension, some are wondering about comparable contracts for the young D-man.

*In the strict interest of self-promotion, here’s my radio hit with Pete Sheppard and Jimmy Murphy on the Bruins from Monday afternoon.

*Marek Zidlicky is still a free agent option for teams seeking a cheap solution on their back end.

*PHT writer Cam Tucker has the Ottawa Senators and Cody Ceci agreeing on a two-year contract extension after a summer without a deal.

*The Minnesota Wild do the right thing and officially change their goal song to Prince’s “Let’s Go Crazy” for next season.

*For something completely different: there will be a "Hamilton" documentary and the question will be whether I see that before I see the actual play.