Quick on Picard's 'I'm just sayin'


Quick on Picard's 'I'm just sayin'

Jonathan Quick called in to speak with Comcast SportsNet's Danny Picard on his podcast 'I'm Just Sayin' today to talk playoffs, celebrity status, and pizza.

Quick, a Connecticut native and UMass alum hasn't let his success in the playoffs go to his head. He talked about how he likes to spend his rest days, mostly doing recovery and planning for the next game. He even made it out to a comedy club with some teammates to relax.

So far during his time in the NHL, he says the biggest lesson he's learned is that it's not only what you do on the ice that matters, it's also what you do away from the rink, like getting proper nutrition and rest.

Some of the conversation turns to pizza, though, even though Quick says he won't be getting anything from Antonio's in Amherst, Mass. until after the finals are over.

Picard asked whether or not Kobe Bryant would recognize Quick if they walked by each other on the street. Quick said that Bryant had attended some games in the last month, but that he probably wouldn't recognize him. Apparently Quick doesn't get recognized often, which is hard to believe after the way the playoffs have gone.

Picard asked Quick if he felt like he wasn't getting enough work on the ice. The Devils only took 17 shots in Game 1.

"Yeah, absolutely, every game's gonna see its own challenges," Quick said. "Whether it's when you don't see too many shots, it's more mentally challenging to be ready for every time they do throw the puck your way . . . Being a goalie you just know your team's doing a great job in front of you and you just try to do the same for them."

For more of the conversation, check out the video:

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Saturday, Jan. 21: McKenzie on Julien's job security

Saturday, Jan. 21: McKenzie on Julien's job security

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while proud of my wife and daughter participating in today’s Women’s March.

*This is from a few days ago, but Bob McKenzie weighing in on the prospects for Claude Julien and his job security is always worth checking out.  

*The New York Rangers have themselves a rookie named Pavel that’s doing a pretty darned good job for the Blueshirts.

*What should the St. Louis Blues do with Kevin Shattenkirk as the trade deadline approaches and the seven-year, $49 million contract waiting for him in free agency is pretty daunting?

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Kevin Allen has a list of underperforming NHL stars, including Jamie Benn and Jonathan Toews, that may have been impacted by the World Cup of Hockey. Certainly Patrice Bergeron could have made this list as well.

*Blackhawks backup goalie Scott Darling may be earning some more playing time after the way he performed against the Bruins, according to Pro Hockey Talk.

*Good news with Ottawa Senators goalie Craig Anderson set to return to the team in a couple of weeks after tending to his wife in a battle against cancer.

*The struggles of Anthony Duclair with the Arizona Coyotes mirror the team’s issues this season as well. It’s interesting that Duclair has popped up in trade rumors with the Desert Dogs this season.

*For something completely different: the final Wolverine movie with Hugh Jackman is going to be extremely emotional with its characters.


Both Millers missing from Bruins practice, but trending toward return

Both Millers missing from Bruins practice, but trending toward return

BRIGHTON, Mass – While both Kevan Miller and Colin Miller were missing from Bruins practice on Saturday morning, both injured Bruins defensemen could be rejoining the team soon.

Colin Miller skated on his own prior to Saturday’s team practice at Warrior Ice Arena for the second or third time since suffering a lower body injury in the win over the St. Louis Blues. Claude Julien said his presence on the ice was proof that the puck-moving defenseman is “definitely on the mend”, and could be nearing a return to practice soon with Sunday marking the sixth straight game that he’ll have missed.

Kevan Miller is out with a concussion suffered last weekend in the win over the Philadelphia Flyers, and the B’s current three-game losing streak has coincided with his absence from the lineup.

Julien said Miller has actually been away from the team for the last couple of days while dealing with a virus, and that his recovery from the concussion symptoms was good prior to being knocked down by the illness.

“Kevan was actually feeling really well and then he got hit by a virus that’s kept him in bed for the last two days,” said Julien. “It’s nothing to do with his original injury. There was a possibility he could have been ready very soon, but that’s set him back a bit.”

Both are obviously out for Sunday’s matinee against the Penguins, but a return to practice at some point next week seems like a good bet for both players. Here are the line combos and defense pairings from Saturday’s practice with the Bruins focusing on getting a good result in Pittsburgh with the hockey club on a “mom’s trip” with 22 of the players’ mothers traveling with the team to and from the game: