Michael Felger greeted the Montreal Canadiens' hiring of Claude Julien with a round of applause.
Julien is just eight days removed of getting fired as the coach of the Boston Briuns. He'll join Montreal after the team fired Michel Therrien on Tuesday.
"That is beautiful. That's a whopper," Felger said. "All right Montreal, how's your fourth line up there? Get used to seeing a lot more of them. ... When he pounds the crap out of his veteran fourth-line grinders and just puts them into every faceoff situation -- just pounds them and pounds them and wins games, 2-1 -- where's he going to take them to get their fribble?"
Felger then took aim at Montreal, who he called "deplorable."
"One of the reasons they bring him back is because he speaks french, and that's a requirement for them, if you don't know this. In Montreal, still to this day, they require that their coach speak french, so that he can do bi-lingual press conferences. That is important to these a-holes. These are the worst people in North America -- on the planet frankly."
He added: "Do you care about winning a hockey game? Or do you just want to speak French?"
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading after watching the Boston Celtics take a hard pass on the Boogie.
-- Bob McKenzie sits in with the good folks at TSN 1200 Ottawa sports radio and talks a little Claude Julien of the Montreal Canadiens.
-- The Avalanche youth movement is set to begin as quickly as March 1, as Colorado may move some of its veteran players at the trade deadline.
-- Ryan Johansen got snubbed in his return to Columbus for the first time as a member of the Nashville Predators. That’s too bad, but it’s also not exactly Wayne Gretzky returning to the Edmonton Oilers for the first time.
-- The price tag for Kevin Shattenkirk is in and it includes a top prospect and a first-round pick, along with another piece, for a rental defenseman. That should be far too rich for the Bruins’ blood. The B's were already intent on avoiding the rental market ahead of the trade deadline, and the steep price -- even for a potentially useful short-term acquisition like the puck-moving Shattenkirk -- should make that even more of a certainty.
-- Ken Campbell asks whether hockey agents have gone too far in chasing after prospective prospects before they even enter their teenage years.
-- Bobby Ryan has a hand injury that’s going to sideline him, another piece of bad luck for the Senators forward.
-- For something completely different: On President’s Day, it seems only natural to go through the favorite Presidents in the history of the Marvel Universe.
Highlights from the Boston Bruins 2-1 overtime win over the San Jose Sharks