Bruins skip morning skate; Canucks loose


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VANCOUVER -- The Bruins chose not to hold a morning skate this morning prior to Game 5, but the Canucks practiced and then met the press. Some highlights, courtesy Comcast SportsNet's Mike Giardi and Kevin Walsh:

Coach Alain Vigneault on Ryan Kesler's line: "They've got to take it to the net, stay in front and compete for that netfront presence. All those guys can do that."

Both Sedin boys -- dubbed "Thelma and Louise" by ex-Bruin defenseman and coach Mike Milbury -- said they didn't feel "pressure" playing at home, despite what happened in the two games at Boston. Thing is, no one mentioned the word "pressure".

Daniel Sedin laughed when he was reminded that Thelma and Louise killed a guy.

Henrik Sedin: "I like the situation we're in. Two of the next three at home. If you had offered me this months ago, I'd have taken it."

Kesler and Henrik Sedin both smiled about having the last change. "This is what we played the 82 games in the regular season for," says Henrik Sedin.

Kesler was asked if he's hurt. "No." Then he was asked if he would say if he were. "No."

When asked if Chris Tanev would be in the lineup tonight in place of Keith Ballard, Vigneault replied: "We'll see."

When asked if Dan Hamhuis, who was injured early in the series, was going to make the trip to Boston for Game 6, Vigneault replied: "Yes." When asked if there was any chance of him playing, Vigneault merely said, "He's day-to-day."

Henrik Sedin says that the Canucks' 1-for-22 performance on the power play is surprising, but he feels there have been opportunities. "Rebounds are there," he said. "We just have to get to them."

Aaron Rome, who's suspended for the remainder of the aseason, was on the ice for the Canucks. Rome's agent, Jarrett Bousquet, said two days ago they were considering an appeal.

The Canucks seemed fairly loose here. Hamhuis didn't participate, but it was a full skate otherwise.

When asked Thursday about his confidence level and whether he expected to start Game 5, goalie Roberto Luongo answered an entirely different question -- albeit politely -- about how the Canucks didn't play well as a team. It was similar to a politician who has their own talking points and answers their own questions. It's evasive, but telling; as if the inner truth is too difficult to be voiced. But Vigneault stood by his man when asked directly whether Luongo would start Game 5. "You can bet on it. He's my guy."

Report: Changes coming to Bruins' uniforms?

Report: Changes coming to Bruins' uniforms?

The assumption was that some NHL jerseys and logos were going to get tweaked when Adidas takes over for Reebok as the manufacturer of the game sweaters and it looks like the Black and Gold of the Bruins will be getting some alterations. 

According to a report on, the Bruins are one of 13 NHL teams, including the expansion Vegas Golden Knights, that will have some changes made to the jerseys they wear.

There’s no indication as to how sweeping the changes will be and it’s doubtful something as heinous as the 1990’s Pooh Bear jerseys will be entered into the B’s mix. The last major changes for the Bruins came when Reebok first took over in 2007-08 and some slight alterations were made to the B’s logo, but the Bruins have also switched around their third alternate jerseys several times over the past decade.

The personal favorite at this address is the gold Winter Classic jerseys the Bruins donned on Jan. 1, 2010 against the Philadelphia Flyers at Fenway Park. Something like that could be a pretty interesting look as a home alternate jersey for special occasions at TD Garden, but the expectation at this address is the Bruins will keep it simple with something in black that’s not too distant from their 2016 Winter Classic jerseys that have become their alternate third jerseys.

The speculation on the blog was that the Bruins sweater alterations will be something along the lines of a “font change for the names or numbers” on the jerseys, and that’s something that wouldn’t qualify as a significant deviation from the classically popular Bruins game sweaters. In other words, the Bruins and Adidas shouldn’t be messing with something that isn’t broken with the Black and Gold, or with their fan base that still wears old school Andy Moog and Ray Bourque Bruins sweaters to home games on a regular basis. 


Coyotes hire Craig Cunningham as scout

Coyotes hire Craig Cunningham as scout

The Coyotes have hired former player Craig Cunningham as a pro scout, keeping the 26-year-old in hockey after a cardiac episode ended his playing career this season. 

Drafted by the Bruins in the fourth round of the 2010 draft, Cunningham played 34 games for Boston over parts of two seasons before he was waived and claimed by Arizona. He totaled 19 games for the Coyotes, but served as captain of the Tucson Roadrunners, the team’s AHL affiliate. 

Cunningham was hospitalized after he collapsed during pregame warmups on Nov. 19. He was kept alive by continual CPR, but had his lower left leg amputated the next months due to an infection from the episode. 

Known as a high-character player who was popular with his teammates, Cunningham’s transition to scouting lets him further his career after a scary break. 

"I'm very excited to begin the next chapter of my life with the Coyotes," Cunningham said in a statement released by the team. "I'm very grateful to John Chayka, Dave Tippett, the Coyotes and Roadrunners organizations, and all of the great fans across Arizona for the incredible support I've received over the past year. I'm looking forward to helping the Coyotes and I can't wait to get started in my new role."

Said Chayka, the team’s general manager: ”We're thrilled to have Craig join our hockey operations department as a pro scout. Craig was a smart, hard-working player with an incredible passion for the game. We're confident that he will bring those same qualities to the Coyotes in his new role and that he will be an invaluable asset to our organization. We look forward to Craig helping us in several areas and are excited that he is staying with the club."