Morning Skate: Monday, July 30

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Morning Skate: Monday, July 30

Apparently Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis are going to visit the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto on Monday. This ought to be good, and include somebody being called a "smelly pirate hooker." Would love to see Ferrell do a hockey movie after he took a swing at the world of figure skating.
Old friend Laura Behnke sits down with Rick Nash to talk about his excitement joining the New York Rangers.
The Rick Nash trade has brought flexibility to the forward lines among the Columbus Blue Jackets. So they have that going for them. Which is nice.
Chuck Gormley from CSNWashington.com wonders whether the Washington Capitals are better, worse or the same after their offseason moves.
The beginning of the Todd Bertuzzi trial has been delayed.
Kevin Allen from USA Today breaks down some moves and maneuvers that could still happen within the world of the NHL.
An investor calls Seattle the best market in the United States that doesnt have a hockey team. It would make for a heck of a rivalry with the Vancouver Canucks and give them somebody thats easy to travel back-and-forth from.
For something completely different: very compelling stuff with US gymnastic team members Jordyn Wieber and Aly Raisman last night in London at the Summer Olympics.

McIntyre still building and earning trust of B's coaching staff

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McIntyre still building and earning trust of B's coaching staff

BRIGHTON, Mass -- It hasn’t been an easy road for Bruins rookie goaltender Zane McIntyre since getting called back up by Boston a few weeks ago.

The 24-year-old netminder is trying to give the B’s top-level goaltending while earning the trust of the Bruins coaching staff, and adjusting to the sporadic playing time that goes along with playing understudy to a No. 1 netminder like Tuukka Rask. The three goals allowed in the third period of Sunday afternoon’s 5-1 loss to the Penguins didn’t look good on paper, but really there wasn’t much McIntyre could do with the defense totally breaking down in front of him during a 12-shot barrage in the final 20 minutes.

The 3.95 goals against average and .860 save percentage certainly look like a little frightening for the first-year goalie, but the truth is there’s going to be some bumps as he adjusts to life as a backup for the first time.

“[The adjustment] is mostly between the ears, to be honest,” said McIntyre. “I have confidence in my physical abilities and I know what I can do, and what makes my game successful. So right now it’s just building confidence every day in practice and staying persistent, staying with it. I know good things are going to happen when you surround yourself with good people, and the biggest thing is battling every day and making sure I’m contributing to the team.”

McIntyre will certainly have to be sharp if he’s put back in the crease on Tuesday night against the Red Wings after Rask exited from Sunday’s loss in the second period with symptoms of a migraine. The Bruins top goalie missed practice on Monday while getting himself checked out medically, and there’s a chance he could be out if the symptoms are in any way related to the Roman Josi shot he took off his neck last week.

“I’m just taking it day-by-day to be honest. That’s what I’ve always done in the past, and I’m just trying to build up confidence every day,” said McIntyre, who had been lights out in Providence prior to getting the call to Boston. “We’ll just see what happens and roll with it.”

That’s a challenge McIntyre will certainly be up for in a different way than Sunday’s mop-up duty, but it remains to be seen just how steady-footed the Bruins will be about their goalie situation if Rask is expected to miss any time this week.