B's indifferent toward Thomas reaction

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B's indifferent toward Thomas reaction

BOSTON -- While there is more than enough passionate discourse to go around on Tim Thomas decision to go public with his political leanings, there isnt much emanating from the Bruins dressing room.

The greatest slice of the annoyance pie may stem from simply answering questions about their goaltenders hot political takes something Milan Lucic was asked to do Thursday while hosting a team-sponsored charity event that had nothing to do with Thomas or politics of any kind.

There arent many fellow political activists in the making inside the Bs dressing room aside from the environmentally conscious Andrew Ference, and there are very few Bruins players taking part in the social media networks. Tyler Seguin, Steve Kampfer, Brad Marchand and Zach Hamill are the only Bruins players with twitter accounts that have worn the Bs sweater this season. That lessens the impact within the Bs dressing room and had teammates reiterating their indifference toward Thomas Facebook posts.

It doesnt matter whether its about President Obamas domestic policy or the latest Ronald Reagan quote to pop up on his public Facebook page, guys like Lucic dont take much of an active interest in it at all.

I dont have Facebook so I only hear that from you guys, said Lucic when asked if the Thomas flap was a distraction. He has his own personal views on things. He felt strongly in sharing it. He is who he is. We have to accept him for who he is. His main job for us and as a teammate is to be a good goaltender.

The relationship between the two of us is as teammates and whatever he does in his own personal life is his own business. Obviously if people are still talking about it then people are making a big deal out of it.

Bs captain Zdeno Chara also confirmed he doesnt have an account with Facebook or tweeter, and perhaps may have won a moral victory in avoiding the obligatory Myface reference that Bill Belichick loves to drop. He was asked what level of concern he has over the distraction potential for Thomas political offerings.

None. I dont know what people are saying. Im not into that thing of Facebook or tweeter, said Chara. I dont listen to much radio, so I really dont know what people are saying or not saying. But its not a distraction in the room.

Interestingly enough the Bruins players have been equally open to those questioning Tim Thomas decision to air his opinions in public as well. After all its a free country and everybody gets a chance to fire away on what they deem appropriate, inappropriate, courageous, selfish, patriotic or ill-conceived as the case may be.

People are obviously going to have their opinions about what he has to say and rightfully so, said Lucic. Tim Thomas has his opinions about stuff and people have their own opinions. Youve got to respect the opinions that they have on Tim Thomas as well as we should respect his opinions. It is what it is; take it for what its worth.

That opinion actually sounds like it's worth quite a bit, and would carry plenty of weight along with a couple of wins for the Black and Gold in the next few days.

Haggerty: Reports of Seidenberg's demise were greatly exaggerated

Haggerty: Reports of Seidenberg's demise were greatly exaggerated

Hindsight is always 20/20, of course, but it appears the Bruins made a mistake buying out veteran defenseman Dennis Seidenberg from the final couple of years of his contract. 

Seidenberg just finished up a wildly successful stint with host Team Germany at the IIHF World Championships, where he was named Directorate Best Defenseman (the tournament’s best defenseman) after leading all D-men with a goal and eight points. This came after Seidenberg, at age 35, posted 5 goals and 22 points in 73 games for the Islanders, with whom he signed after being cut loose by the B's, while averaging a shade under 20 minutes per game.  Seidenberg also had an excellent World Cup of Hockey tournament for Team Europe last summer (where he was teamed once again with Zdeno Chara), thus managing to play at a high level from September all the way through May.

A faction of Bruins fans thought he was on the serious decline after the 2015-16 season and, clearly, the Bruins agreed, opting to buy him out with two more years still left on a sizable contract extension. (They owe him $2.16 million next season and then will be charged $1.16 million on their salary cap over the next two seasons.) But the B's could have used a durable, defensive warrior like Seidenberg in the playoffs, when they lost three of their top four defensemen against the Ottawa Senators. A rejuvenated Seidenberg, able to play both the left and right side, would have been a better option than Colin Miller.

The Bruins made a conscious decision to hand things over to younger defensemen like Miller, Torey Krug, Brandon Carlo and Joe Morrow in cutting ties with Seidenberg. But they also perhaps miscalculated how much Seidenberg still had left in the tank after his best season in at least three years. 

“Well, at the time we felt like [Seidenberg's] game had really dropped off to where we thought he couldn’t contribute, and we wanted to see if some younger players could come in and help us out,” Bruins president Cam Neely said at the end-of-the-season press conference earlier this month. “I’ve got to say he played well this year for Long Island. But at the time we thought it was the right move. You can’t envision us having three of our top four D’s get hurt [in the playoffs]. We went through a lot of D’s in the postseason. You can’t predict that.”

Neely is referring to the decision made after Seidenberg’s second straight minus season in Boston, when back injuries and a major knee injury had seemed to slow him down a bit. It seemed the only way to properly evaluate some of their other, younger defenseman was to cut Seidenberg loose, but one has to wonder if the Bruins would have possibly done it had they known he was still capable of playing like he did this season for the Islanders. 

Either way, the buyout of Seidenberg is an extremely legitimate second guess of Bruins management in a year where they did a lot of things right. 
 

Monday, May 22: Senators all out of playoff magic?

Monday, May 22: Senators all out of playoff magic?

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while feeling like we’ll be getting a Pittsburgh/Nashville Stanley Cup Final, which I suppose would be the best possible outcome at this point.

*You hear the name and it just gets you angry all over again if you grew up watching the Bruins. Ulf Samuelsson is in the running for an assistant coaching job with the Chicago Blackhawks, according to a report.

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Chris Johnston says it appears that the time is running out on a Cinderella season for the Ottawa Senators.

*A taste of winning at the world championships with Team Sweden could fuel Alex Edler’s desire for a change from the rebuilding Vancouver Canucks.

*Interesting piece on a former can’t miss goaltending prospect with the Nashville Predators that ended up totally missing, and what he’s been up to in life since then.

*Guy Boucher explains to Pro Hockey Talk why he kept changing goaltenders in the Game 5 blowout loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

*Don Cherry explains that he hates afternoon hockey during his Coach’s Corner from Hockey Night in Canada in the Game 5 blowout between the Penguins and Predators.

*A good piece from FOH (Friend of Haggs) Alex Prewitt on the Nashville Predators, and the evolution of the franchise into a team on the verge of a Stanley Cup Final appearance.

*For something completely different: What a win by the Boston Celtics in Game 3 in Cleveland, and quite an interesting, fired up interview with Al Horford afterward.