BOSTON -- Jeremy Jacobs isnt one to interfere with the everydayactions of his hockey team, and the Bruins players and coaches both understandand respect that.
So when the teams owner came down to talk with the playersbefore Sundays optional skate at the TD Garden, it sent quite the message,according to coach Claude Julien.
I think it meant a lot, said Julien. I was happy that hedid take the time to speak to our team. We dont see him much during theseason. He comes and watches games, but hes certainly not one of those ownersthat will interfere and come down much.
Thats his personality and thats his style. We respectthat, but when he does come in like he did today and address the team, I thinkeverybody was happy to hear from him. Hes a person that obviously speaks hismind. He told us that he was very proud of our group. For a person that we donthear much from, I think it was a great message today for our players. And Iknow that our guys walked out, and were really happy to see him and hear fromhim.
Danny Picard is on Twitter at http:twitter.comDannyPicard.
Here are all the hockey links from around the world, and what I’m reading while feeling like Warren Beatty took the sneaky way out by handing that wrong Academy Award card to Faye Dunaway last night. Clearly he knew something was amiss and he let her step into it. Kind of a weasel move if you asked me.
-- An interesting letter from FOH (Friend of Haggs) James Mirtle about the pay wall involving The Athletic sports website in Toronto.
-- Dean Lombardi and the Los Angeles Kings dealing for Ben Bishop is about more than just an insurance policy for Jonathan Quick.
-- FOH Mike Halford has the Minnesota Wild going for it with their trade for Martin Hanzal, but also keeping him from the other teams in the West.
-- NHL commissioner Gary Bettman says the Penguins are in great shape after winning the Cup last spring, and it’s clear they’re in good hands after Mario Lemieux and Ron Burkle opted not to sell the franchise.
-- Kyle Quincey is being held out of the lineup in New Jersey because of pending trades, and the wonder is who else in New Jersey might be getting dealt.
-- Gabriel Landeskog and his Colorado Avalanche teammates know the trade deadline is coming. It would certainly be weird if they didn’t.
-- The San Jose Sharks feel fortunate for the timing of their bye week as it was clear that they needed a break.
-- For something completely different: Gronk was busy doing Gronk things at the Daytona 500 over the weekend.