BOSTON -- Patrice Bergeron skated at the TD Garden for the secondstraight day on Sunday, while the Bruins who dressed for Saturday nights Game1 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning had the day off.
Bergerons presence on the ice for two straight days is anencouraging sign, but coach Claude Julien said afterwards that theorganization will never allow one of its players to dress unless allconcussion symptoms are gone, regardless of how big a playoff game it is.
If hes not 100 percent, he will never play, said Julien,when asked about the teams concussion policy for the postseason. Whether itsregular season or playoffs, our organization, even before the NHL tightenedup the rules on that, theres no way we would ever do that to a player. Thatstoo important to his personal lifestyle and the life hes going to lead afterhockey. That will always come before the game.
Its unfortunate, but thats the way it should be. Webelieve in that, and were going to continue to enforce it.
The day you see Bergeron back in our lineup, hell be 100percent, added Julien. If hes not, youre not going to see him.
Julien continued to say that he had no other update on theBruins center, other than what everybody witnessed on Sunday.
You saw him skate, and thats basically where hes at rightnow, said Julien. Thats the only update I can give you.
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Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while still digesting all of the awesome trailers and tidbits released at Comic Con in San Diego.
*The NHL says there is no alternative regular season schedule for next season, and that any hope of participating in the Olympics is dead.
*PHT writer James O’Brien has the Predators just one Ryan Johansen deal away from a piece of salary cap artwork, and being able to keep everything together.
*Clark Booth is either upset or mystified that the Bruins haven’t done anything this offseason. My good man Clark, they need to re-sign David Pastrnak and let some of their young prospects continue to grow and develop. Better that than sign another premium-priced contract to a player like David Backes or Matt Beleskey. They don’t need that at this point. And they shouldn’t panic and trade one of their good, young players either.
*Former UMass-Lowell goaltender Connor Hellebuyck has agreed to a one-year deal with the Winnipeg Jets.
*It’s a wonderful time to be a sports fan in Pittsburgh as the Penguins have been dominant, and it looks like the Steelers are in position to finish in second place behind the New England Patriots in the AFC. Well, that’s something to write home about.
*Minnesota native Kyle Okposo opens up for the first time about a scary season-ender with the Buffalo Sabres where Illness forced him to the hospital.
*Larry Brooks explains why the New York Rangers have short-changed Mika Zibanejad in their salary arbitration exercise.
*For something completely different: Are you kidding me with this Stranger Things 2 trailer to Michael Jackson’s Thriller? This looks awesome.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while simply shaking my head at David Price. What a typically soft, boorish ballplayer not meant for a big market where more is expected of those wearing the Red Sox uniform.
*There are tempered expectations for rookie defenseman Mikhail Sergachev as he gets things going with the Tampa Bay Lightning.
*Keith Yandle believes that Dale Tallon being back in charge of the Florida Panthers is going to bring unity and solidarity to the Panthers once again.
*Kevin Shattenkirk believes that the New York Rangers are right on the cusp of challenging for a Stanley Cup title.
*Here 20 thoughts from the just-concluded Chicago Blackhawks prospect camp, where there’s some pretty strong, young talent.
*Even as the highest-paid player in the NHL, Connor McDavid is underpaid for what he brings to the table, says Ron MacLean.
*Interesting look at the Matt Duchene and Gabriel Landeskog situation in Colorado, where both players have watched their performance fall off a bit. This is why I’d be very nervous about giving up the farm to trade for either of these players if I’m the Bruins. The jury is out on whether they’re in decline as players, or if it’s simply the mess in Colorado getting them down.
*For something completely different: What a sweet interaction between "Wonder Woman" Gal Gadot and a young, emotional fan all decked out in WW gear.