Morning Skate: Tuesday, March 27

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Morning Skate: Tuesday, March 27

Bruce Arthur gives his take on the old Nordiques ghosts potentially returning to Quebec with a new 400 million rink being built in the middle of the city.

A nice piece on Michigan goaltender Shawn Hunwick, younger sibling of Matt Hunwick, at the end of his unexpected run manning the pipes for the Wolverines.

Elliotte Friedmans 30 thoughts for this week with some of them prominently wrapped around the Phoenix club and their potential elsewhere following this season.

Justin Bourne has a new feature on his blog adding to a few of the thoughts put out by Friedman from a players perspective.

Alain Vigneault admits that Daniel Sedin has been suffering from a concussion and thats a big blow to any aspirations for the Vancouver Canucks.

There are plenty of players around the league that dig the unique playing style of Evgeni Malkin, and this could be the season where hes thoroughly recognized for it.

Ondrej Pavelec admits that its the players fault in Winnipeg for the Jets failing to win enough down the stretch, and it appears once again those players will be out of the playoffs.

The Bruins have a new license plate raffle going on to benefit Mass Hockey Inc. and you could be the lucky winner of the No. 1 license plate.

For something completely different: An inspirational tale of a young woman that was bullied as a child, but has turned that into US Olympic aspirations.

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.