WILMINGTON, Mass. -- Claude Julien has always disliked when opposing coaches speak negatively about his players. And on Monday, Julien was especially upset at the attacks on Brad Marchand coming from Vancouver.
Canucks coach Alain Vigneault put out some not-so-subtle threats toward the Bs agitator after Marchand was tossed out of Saturdays game for clipping Sami Salo and causing the Vancouver defenseman to flip over.Vigneault said Marchand is going to get it and "the kid is going to get hurt"for his antics, intimating that players were eventually going to police Marchand by attempting to hurt him on the ice.
Thats where Julien drew the line on Monday morning after Bruins practice at TD Garden.
Rarely has the Bruins' coach been as fired up as he was about the verbal barbs thrown at Marchand. Peter Chiarelli called Vigneault's comments "unprofessional" during a few moments with the media, and then Julien opened up.
I think its pretty hypocritical . . . everything thats been going on, Julien said. "Its unfortunate. Sometimes you have to look in your own backyard.
We all know Vigneault has the same type of players on his team. Theyve all done the same thing. You just have to look at Alex Burrows putting his blade in Shawn Thorntons throat prior to Saturday's brawl.
"Its so hypocritical. I guess were stupid. Were idiots and theyre the smartest team in the league. We need to listen to all of the gab that they have to say.
Marchand has a phone hearing with Brendan Shanahan and the Department of Player Safety staff at noon on Monday, and he will soon find out the disciplinary fate that awaits him. Marchand will likely be forced to pay the price with a suspension, especially since his actions resulted in an injury for Salo (concussion).
Whatever the punishment, the Bruins will deal with it internally rather than running to the league. "That's not our style. There are people watching in Toronto. I'm going to let the league decide whatever they want to decide on it. You've got to let those people do their jobs," said Julien. "If the NHL feels we crossed the line then we have to deal with it. But all ofthis stuff today is the 'famous' propaganda from the other side."One thing Marchands teammates and coaches wont stand for, though? Other teams standing as judge, jury and potential executioner.
Here are the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while wondering exactly what “semi-exact” means.
*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Josh Cooper has a piece on Jumbo Joe Thornton bringing an ageless energy to Team Canada.
*If you’re wondering where former B’s farmhand goaltender Jeremy Smith ended up, he’s now with the Colorado Avalanche.
*The Hockey News believes that the Bruins will be back in the playoffs this season after a two-year absence.
*While I appreciate the Hockey News linking to my work, I feel like it’s a key piece of info that I’m the Bruins Insider for CSN New England and not NESN.
*Is Team Europe coach Ralph Krueger the man with the plan to defeat a Team Canada juggernaut in the World Cup of Hockey.
*Dustin Byfuglien had an interesting take on the World Cup after flaming out with Team USA: “It is what it is. I didn’t really enjoy it.”
*For something completely different: this is not your father’s Converse, but it’s a sleek look that the kids are gonna love.
BOSTON – It was an excellent night for the many varied Bruins prospects in the preseason opener against the Columbus Blue Jackets. The B’s eventually dropped the game in a 3-2 shootout loss at TD Garden, but not before some of their young players showed exactly what they can do.
“For sure it’s a lot of fun. Coming in here everybody’s a little nervous, but it was, once you’re out there, it’s just fun. It was good to see the young guys out there,” said former University of Denver standout Danton Heinen, who scored the tying strike in the third period on a redirect. “It was definitely adjusting. You don’t totally know what to expect and then once the game went on I kind of felt a little more comfortable. We started playing better as a team.”
Former first-round pick Jake DeBrusk set up the B’s first goal with Jimmy Hayes by executing a nifty give-and-go at the Columbus net, and young skaters Jakub Zboril and Austin Czarnik made the initial transition passes that led up to the goal. In the third period Danton Heinen redirected a Brandon Carlo point shot from the slot area, and scored in his first career game played at TD Garden in an impressive show of hand-eye coordination.
Carlo, Czarnik, DeBrusk, Zboril and Heinen all had strong performances on the score sheet and at both ends of the ice, and that’s exactly what the Bruins coaching staff wanted to see with NHL jobs potentially up for grabs in main camp.
“A lot of young players in the lineup, I won’t go through all of them, but I thought quite a few of them acquitted themselves well,” said Bruins assistant coach Bruce Cassidy. “They were given opportunities to do that. I think some of them certainly took advantage of it, and did a nice job.”
It was good that the young players stepped up and made a nice impression in the preseason debut because the veteran players will cut into their opportunities once the World Cup of Hockey crew gets sprinkled into the mix starting this week.