Morning Skate 1230: Do the Stojko!

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Morning Skate 1230: Do the Stojko!

It's been a busy day in the NHL. Here's the latest news you need to know.

Yahoo! Sports hockey blogger and FOH, Sean Leahy, says Tim Thomas has taken a comfortable lead over James Reimer in NHL All-Star game voting. Appropriate since hes the best goaltender in the world and all.

The Days of YOrr boys recap the year that was 2011 and say it was clearly the Year of the Bear. Hard to disagree.

Nick Cotsonika has a nice piece detailing how the Bruins are better than last years Cup edition, and perhaps the best theyve ever been.

Sarah Baicker has the CSNPhilly.com recap of HBOs 247 episode and its just as groovy as the first two editions.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has the story of Jaromir Jagrs return to Pittsburgh as an enemy member of Flyers Nation.

Do the Stojko? I have no idea what this is, but it made me think of former Celtics great Stojko Vrankovic, so I had to include it.

The Toronto Sun says it was a very good year for James Reimer, and its hard to disagree. A lot of good things happened to the young Toronto goaltender en route to becoming the Man for the Leafs.

Bruins prospect Ryan Spooner missed out on the World Junior Championships with a case of mononucleosis, but he hopes to return to his Frontenacs junior team sooner rather than later.

A good look at Henrik Lundqvist by Jesse Spector, who managed not to get lost in his dreamy blue eyes or stories from his jam sessions with John McEnroe.

The top 20 Boston athletes under the age of 25, brought to you by CSNNE.com and featuring quite a few members of the Boston Bruins.

Julien sidesteps job security question with "shock journalism" comment

Julien sidesteps job security question with "shock journalism" comment

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.