FOXBORO -- Bill Belichick sounded as if he was past preparation mode for the Jets on Friday and is starting to warm to the intensity that's looming. Belichick even squeezed in one of his accidentally-on-purpose non-sequiturs when illustrating the climate, saying, "Its a pretty intense atmosphere when these two teams play. I think if you played in a parking lot out there by CBS News, whatever it is, itd be pretty intense." Belichick was referring to the parking lot near Patriots Place which has a restaurant called CBS Scene. Anyway, back to Belichick's appraisal of the bitterness between the two teams. "A lot of energy here, a lot of energy down there,"Belichick said."Its a good football game. Two teams that know each other well, a good rivalry." Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald decided to probe Belichick with a question about the day back in 2000 when Belichick resigned as head coach of the Jets. (HC of the NYJ). Rapoport noted that Belichick looked younger then. "What's that supposed to mean," Belichick said sternly. He entertained the question, though, saying, "That wasnt a great situation all the way around, with Bill Parcells resigning the day before and me resigning the day after that. Thats all water under the bridge."
It's not something he spends time reminiscing about. "I honestly dont spend a lot of time looking back on that," he said. "At that point in time, that situation, I did what I felt I needed to do, and I don't have any regrets about that. There's certainly a lot of things that could have been handled differently or whatever, but anyway, that doesnt matter now." Not so much.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while looking to avoid any and all updates on Kanye West. I’ve officially maxed out on my Kanye updates for the next four or five years.
*Jimmy Vesey left a trail of broken hearts and hard feelings across the NHL this summer, but he’s happy in New York with the Rangers.
*There is still a pathway for the NHL players to participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics, says FOH (Friend of Haggs) Chris Johnston, but I’m pretty skeptical about it and have been for a few years now. I just don’t see it happening in South Korea.
*The New York Islanders are reportedly looking for a big name executive to take over their entire hockey operation.
*Speaking of the Islanders, Alain Vigneault is using them as an example of parity in the NHL to motivate the Rangers.
*A big blow for the Detroit Red Wings as they’ve lost gritty forward Justin Abdelkader for the next few weeks.
*Ottawa Senators GM Pierre Dorion is looking to add depth to their roster as the Sens appear in it to at least get a playoff spot this year. That is bad news for anybody that likes to watch, you know, entertaining hockey and stuff.
*PHT writer and FOH (Friend of Haggs) Mike Halford says that the Colorado Avalanche core group has come under heavy scrutiny as they’re struggling again this season.
*For something completely different: Saving the bees is a year-round job that everybody should be interested in based on their impact across the world.
The Bruins have added another injury to their current collection of banged-up players.
This time it’s scrappy left winger Matt Beleskey, who was knocked out of Saturday’s game in Buffalo in the first period with a check thrown at his lower body. Beleskey was hit with a body check targeting his right leg at center ice from Buffalo forward Tyler Fedun, and skated gingerly to the bench before eventually heading back to the dressing room.
There was no penalty called on a borderline hit that seemed to be targeting Beleskey’s leg. The Bruins announced in the middle of the second period that he was done for the day with a lower body injury. Beleskey finished the day with three registered hits and was 1-for-2 in the faceoff circle with six shifts for 5:27 of ice time in the second period.
The 28-year-old Beleskey had managed to stay pretty healthy this season to this point, but was underachieving a bit offensively with two goals and five points along with a minus-6 rating in 23 games this season.