Bruins hold lockout practice at Harvard

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Bruins hold lockout practice at Harvard

CAMBRIDGE The Boston Bruins got together with a number of their NHL brethren at Harvards Bright Arena on Monday for their first official practice following the lockout. Milan Lucic, Gregory Campbell, Zdeno Chara, Andrew Ference, Tuukka Rask, Shawn Thornton, David Krejci, Daniel Paille, Tyler Seguin and Johnny Boychuk were among the Bs players in attendance along with local skaters Matt Gilroy, Ryan Whitney, Keith Yandle, Jay Pandolfo and retired NHL forward Mike Grier.

Patrice Bergeron was not among the skaters after being a regular attendee last week in Wilmington, and Nathan Horton, Chris Kelly and Brad Marchand continued to be missing from the regular group of Bs skaters.

There was a much higher number of players at Harvard than at the previous captains practices at Ristuccia Arena, so its likely another group of AHL, NHL or college players were also skating with the Bruins.

The 90-minute practice broke into a scrimmage about half-way through the action, but CSNNE.com wasnt able to get the players' thoughts on practice or the lockout after the local media (the Boston Heralds Steve Conroy and this humble hockey writer) was asked to leave Harvards hockey arena. According to Harvard PR flack Brett Moore, the lockout practice sessions are closed to the media per policy of the college. Moore then walked the hockey reporters off the campus grounds to the sidewalk outside the facility.

It was the kind of act to suppress information that probably would have made Harvard alum Mark Zuckerberg nod his head in approval.

Those hoping to get the thoughts of the Bruins players now that theyve been locked out by the NHL are now victims to Harvards strict no media policy just like everybody else. Hopefully the university will re-think their position provided the players are okay with a reasonable amount of media coverage for these lockout practices. After all, fans are hungry for whatever information scraps are available while the NHL regular season is temporarily on ice.

Thursday, Feb. 23: Eaves and Chewbacca? Now that's hair-raising

Thursday, Feb. 23: Eaves and Chewbacca? Now that's hair-raising

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while amazed, and alarmed, at any politician that would ever duck a town hall-style meeting with their constituents.

*Patrick Eaves had a close encounter of the hairy kind with the mighty Chewbacca during a recent visit to Disney. Let’s just say Eaves, Brent Burns and Chewie could all be from the same family tree.

*Good, long read on junior hockey scoring star Alex Debrincat, who Bruins fans will remember that Boston passed over to draft Trent Frederic at the end of the first round last summer. He’s scoring at the kind of levels that say he might be something special at the next level. Just saying.

*Wayne Gretzky jumps on the Florida Panthers telecast to chat about Jaromir Jagr, and jokes about what he’ll do if Jagr ever gets close to his NHL all-time scoring title.

*Pierre Lebrun has a list of NHL defensemen that are in demand ahead of the trade deadline, and it’s a fairly underwhelming list aside from Kevin Shattenkirk.

*If you’re looking for some good Blackhawks talk then you should check out the Blackhawks Talk podcast over at CSN Chicago.

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Bob McKenzie dropped into the NBCSN studios again this past week to chat about the NHL tweaking the bye weeks moving forward after watching them play out this season.

*People getting concerned about turning budding personal NHL rivalries into another “Ovechkin vs. Crosby” is perhaps the dumbest NHL hot take I’ve ever heard. The Ovechkin/Crosby rivalry was perfectly good and anything to draw attention to the NHL and its players is also good. This is the kind of thing said by somebody that I’m sure gets more super-excited by a bar graph showing a player’s effectiveness rather than watching what they’re actually doing on the ice.

*For something completely different: A really interesting look from a random date that Carrie Fisher took to the 1978 Oscars while palling around with the young, new stars of Hollywood.

 

 

What we learned in Bruins' 5-3 loss to Ducks: Back to earth for Cassidy's crew

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What we learned in Bruins' 5-3 loss to Ducks: Back to earth for Cassidy's crew

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