'Mysterious' Chara picks Thomas, Seguin for squad


'Mysterious' Chara picks Thomas, Seguin for squad

OTTAWA Zdeno Chara didnt let his Bruins teammates in on his All-Star Draft plan ahead of time, but the Bs captain had designs on getting both of them involved all along. He just never let them know before selecting Tim Thomas in the second round of the draft at the rowdy at the Hilton Lac Leamy, and eventually tapping Seguin in the 18th round of the proceedings.

Zee was very mysterious about the draft and hes not usually a very mysterious man towards me, said Seguin. I didnt know what to expect and I didnt know his game plan. I was wondering in the end. I was just as curious as all of you were.

"He had sent me some jabs over the last couple of weeks in front of the boys about getting picked last. In the end, though, Im just here to have a good time. It was a great experience no matter when Im picked.

Chara and Toronto Maple Leafs forward Joffrey Lupul managed all of the selections for Team Chara, and put together a formidable squad for Sundays exhibition while leaving former Ottawa teammate Daniel Alfredsson to corner the market on Senators players and Swedish All-Stars for Team Alfredsson. Chara selected Detroit Red Wings superstar Pavel Datsyuk with his first round choice, but followed that up with Thomas in the second round.

It was an enjoyable experience for Chara who was so locked into the planning and drafting that he forgot to shake hands with Montreal goaltender Carey Price after his team selected him getting such a prominent role in the All-Star game process. Chara made certain to select fellow Slovaks Marian Hossa and Marian Gaborik, and even found an opportunity to select former Bruins Phil Kessel and Dennis Wideman for his squad.

I think its an honor. Ive said that from the beginning. It will be a great event. Its fair enough to have the team guys together especially for Ottawa and their fans, said Chara. When you can have the home team players on the same team it makes it special for them. I didnt want to interfere with that, but then my goal was to choose my countrymen and my teammates for Team Chara.

The Bruins defenseman waited a little longer to tap 19-year-old Tyler Seguin, holding out until the 18th round when Seguin was one of the final four remaining All-Stars along with Jason Pominville, Logan Couture and Jamie Benn.

Chara appeared to feel a little guilty about making Seguin sweat it out a little bit, and he offered a want to hug it out? before wrapping his gargantuan arms around the second-year wunderkind.

Seguin had a few things running through his mind, but was pretty impressed Chara knows his Entourage quotes.

Does that make me Turtle? inquired a smiling Seguin. I needed a hug at that point plus hes a big teddy bear, so I jumped right on that.

With Chara jumping on the chance to select both of his teammates that means there is a chance for Tim Thomas tobe the winning goaltender in his fourth straight All-Star appearance should things go well for their squad on Sunday. All of that was made possible through Charas plan even if he didnt share it with his teammates headed into the event.

Griff Whalen practicing for Patriots, wearing No. 14


Griff Whalen practicing for Patriots, wearing No. 14

FOXBORO -- The Patriots took to the practice field behind Gillette Stadium on Friday with all but one player. 

Wideout Danny Amendola was the only player not present at the session. Newly-acquired receiver Griff Whalen was present and wearing No. 14. 

Safety Jordan Richards was back on the practice field for the first time since suffering a knee injury against the Jets in Week 12. Martellus Bennett (ankle/shoulder), Elandon Roberts (hamstring), Eric Rowe (hamstring) and Matthew Slater (foot) were all limited in practice on Thursday, but were on the field Friday.

Friday, Dec. 9: John Scott calls it quits

Friday, Dec. 9: John Scott calls it quits

Here are all the links from around the hockey world and what I’m reading while digging the Spider-Man trailer that dropped last night. 

*John Scott has finally called it a day and announced his retirement, and apparently there’s a book of his memoirs also coming out too. I’m predicting it’s not headed for the New York Times best seller list. 

*Winter Olympics participation and the CBA negotiations for the NHL are starting to merge into giant issue.  

*Connor McDavid calls the Flyers' Brandon Manning classless for telling him on the ice that he purposefully tried to hurt him last season. Some players might also take issue with McDavid making public what another player said to him on the ice. That’s kind of a no-no for most hockey players and breaks an unwritten rule that McDavid might think he’s above given his star status. This whole thing isn’t a good look for anybody. 

*Kevin Stevens pleads guilty to federal drug charges in what’s become a pretty sad situation for the former NHL star. 

*New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist is beginning to raise questions with his play, and his massive price tag. 

*Youngsters Zach Weresnki and Dylan Larkin took similar paths to the NHL, and are both considered part of the talented young generation full of hockey stars. 

*PHT writer Joey Alfieri has Carey Price taking a nutty on Kyle Palmieri after the player crashed into his crease last night. Price is being celebrated for sticking up for himself, but if another goalie did that to a Habs player at the Bell Centre, there would already be a warrant out for his arrest. Play it both ways, Montreal!  

*For something completely different: here’s the aforementioned new Spider-Man: Homecoming trailer that looks pretty darn good.