Morning Skate: Tuesday, June 26

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Morning Skate: Tuesday, June 26

Kirk Luedeke gives the Bruins a C grade for their draft last weekend.Im inclined to agree given that Matt Finn was still on the board as a defenseman that Boston could have used, but theres also a willingness there to reach for a boom-or-bust pick with Malcolm Subban at No. 24 overall. Some of the other picks I share Kirks curiousity about.

A video piece about theSubban hockey familyfeaturing P.K., Malcolm and younger brother Jordan that is skating with the Bs first rounder in Belleville.

While theSt. Louis Blues are attempting to keep together their team, perhaps the biggest signing of them all was keeping Darren Pang on as their color analyst.

Joe Sakic is a virtual lockwhen the new Hockey Hall of Fame class is announced this afternoon. Hope that Pat Burns is included as well after the HOF dropped the ball over the last couple of years.

Agent Kent Hughes isconfident that the Tampa Bay Lightning will agree to a contract with Benoit Pouliotafter receiving him in a trade with the Bruins.

Theres a history of brotherly love in the NHL, andthe Staal Brothersare just the latest example in Carolina.

The Nashville Predators are facing plenty of free agent choices and potential dilemmas as July 1 approaches, and it appearsmore and more of a chance that Ryan Suter wont be returning.

Alexander Khokhlachev will be playing in the KHL next season, according to his former junior hockey club.

For something completely different: the Red Sox are in no hurry to find a permanent replacement for Carl Beane in thePA announcer gig at Fenway Parkwhile honoring his memory.

Saturday, Oct. 1: Vesey's New York state of mind

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Saturday, Oct. 1: Vesey's New York state of mind

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while gearing up for Big Papi weekend.

 
*A “behind-the-scenes” look as Jimmy Vesey was sold on the New York Rangers, but there’s not too much detail about the pitches from the other teams. Feels pretty apparent at this point that Vesey wanted to live, and work, in New York City.

*Damien Cox says that the World Cup of Hockey better get it right the next time, or else…or else what, Damien? You’re going to block them on Twitter?

*PHT writer Joey Alfieri has Patrick Kane, Erik Karlsson and P.K. Subban making their preseason debuts on Saturday. David Backes and David Pastrnak will play their first preseason games for the Bruins as well.  

*It’s a complicated, strange story with Vladimir Sobotka, the KHL and the contract he seemingly can’t get out of to again play for the St. Louis Blues.

*Oliver Ekman-Larsson is ready to get back to work with the Arizona Coyotes after his World Cup experience.

*San Jose Sharks prospect Timo Meier is out for the next month with mono, which is definitely worse timing than Zach Senyshyn getting hit with the mononucleosis bomb over the summer.

*A quick look at the Philadelphia Flyers in advance of their preseason meeting with the Black and Gold tonight, which won’t be televised.

*For something completely different: there will be some pretty funky stuff happening on The Walking Dead this season.

 

 
 

Claude Julien on David Ortiz: 'Finishing in style, you don't see that very often'

Claude Julien on David Ortiz: 'Finishing in style, you don't see that very often'

BRIGHTON, Mass. – It hasn’t been difficult to spot Claude Julien randomly at Fenway Park on a nice summer night in Boston over the past ten years. The Bruins coach doesn’t hide his affection for the Old Towne Team. 

So, Julien didn’t waste much time before sharing his thoughts on the final season for David Ortiz and the celebration of his Hall of Fame-worthy career that’s going on at the Fens this weekend.

It might have been a chore when the rest of the Team Canada coaching staff was watching the Toronto Blue Jackets during the World Cup of Hockey, but Julien never strayed too far away from his Red Stockings.

“He’s finishing in style, and you don’t see that very often,” said Claude Julien of Big Papi, who was sitting with numbers of .316 with 38 home runs and 127 RBI that border on the ridiculous at 40 years old. 

“A lot of times when people retire the game has caught up to them big time. Not him. He doesn’t seem to have missed a beat here. I’m pretty impressed with how he’s handled this year, and what he’s done. If I’m correct he just hit the home run last night for the game-winner.

“But as you know I was in Blue Jays land for about two weeks, so I had to keep a low profile. They were watching the Blue Jays and I’m Canadian too...but I was watching the Red Sox. So, it was healthy competition for our [World Cup] coaching staff.”

The most intriguing part about all is that the best is still yet to come for Ortiz in his farewell tour as he gets one more chance to clutch up in the postseason. It'll give Julien more to marvel at over the next few weeks while showing again why Big Papi will go down as the greatest clutch hitter in the history of Major League Baseball.