Neely, Felger go at it over Thomas' playing time

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Neely, Felger go at it over Thomas' playing time

Oh, boy.

Don't mess with Seabass, Felger!

Mike Felger, on 98.5's Felger and Mazz Show (simulcasted on CSNNE) has an issue with the amount of games Tim Thomas has played in net for the Bruins as of late.

Thomas has played in 17 of the last 18 to be exact.

But asked about the reason, B's president Cam Neely got a bit testy, sarcastically telling Felger he'd 'love' to hear his way of doing things.

"Well it's more than we like, but tell me how we could have done anything differently," Neely said. "Walk me through it, love to hear it."

Felger suggested playing Turco and taking your lumps, to which Neely responded by saying, "And potentially what, fall out of the playoffs? Potentially be a lower seed than we really needed to be?"

Right now, the Bruins (93 points) are tucked into the No. 2 seed in the division. They won't make it to No 1, and have to win a couple more games to seal the No. 2 spot.

Felger then questioned whether Neely really thought the B's could have fallen out of the playoffs, as Buffalo currently holds on to the 8th seed with 86 points.

Were the Bruins panicking by playing Thomas so much?

"Certainly no panic, but we want to make sure we're solidifying the best possible playoff spot, and we take into consideration how our players are feeling, how they're playing, how the team's playing. All these things we take into consideration," Neely said.

Neely agrees with where Felger's coming from, but thinks the B's have been doing the right thing.

"Marty Turco came in here and he had to get accustomed to NHL shot, the size of the rinks, the size of the rink, where the pucks are coming from. We wanted to make sure he felt comfortable getting him back in the net and giving him a chance to succeed and as well as giving us a chance to win hockey games."

Bruins taking a chance on Clarke in the fifth round

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Bruins taking a chance on Clarke in the fifth round

The Lone Star Brahmas aren’t exactly a household name in the junior hockey world, but NAHL team did produce a player worth of a Bruins draft pick last weekend. A 20-year-old defenseman named Cameron Clarke showed his offensive skills and playmaking en route to nine goals and 50 points in 59 games last season for the Brahmas, and continued to add strength to a wiry 6-foot-1, 170-pound frame that still needs to be developed as he heads off to Ferris State University.

The Tecumseh, Michigan native was floored at the prospect of being drafted by the Bruins after he was selected in the fifth round (136th overall) at last weekend’s draft in Buffalo, and excited to see some results for all of his hard work over the last few years.

“It’s a feeling like no other. I was just sitting in there with my family and when it happened, it was just pure excitement, and to go to Boston, they’re an Original Six organization,” said Clarke, who described himself as a good-skating defenseman and a good puck-mover that models his game after Capitals D-man John Carlson. “It’s just — it’s something you dream of growing up and it’s a great feeling.

“I talked to Mr. Sullivan [Bruins Scout Keith Sullivan] I believe it was in December and I knew that they had come watch me play a couple of times so I knew that they were interested. I knew that they were a team that could be a possibility that could be picking me and I’ve always watched hockey and my dad used to be a Bruins fan growing up when he was little [he grew up in Ottawa and was a big Bobby Orr fan], so it’s a great feeling. Boston’s an Original Six franchise. It’s very special, for sure.”

Clarke will obviously take a big step in his development headed to the Ferris State hockey program next season, and the Bruins hope to continue seeing improvements in the size and strength department during his college hockey years.

“We knew there were teams that were there [ready to take him], and our guys really liked him,” said Bruins Director of Scouting Keith Gretzky. “He’s gained a lot of weight in a year-and-a-half, but we know he’s going to take some time. We’re good with that. Our guys really liked him, so we took him.”

The Clarke pick is a pretty low risk/high reward selection that was off the beaten path of the normal OHL/European junior league paths, but it remains to be seen if it will pay dividends later for selecting the over-age player. 

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Watch the video above for Welsh's appearance on Sports Tonight.

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