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Julien: 'There won't be a Savard answer today'

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Julien: 'There won't be a Savard answer today'

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.com

BOSTON Marc Savard is en route to Boston today to meet with local doctors for another round of testing after his latest concussion suffered against the Colorado Avalanche, but there isnt likely to be an update on his condition.

Its something Ive been asked about every day about Savvy, and I respect that," said coach Claude Julien. "But I wont be able to have an update every day, and its up to the organization, when they have some information, to share it with you. I know hes on his way back, but from there on in its out of my hands. Itll be our people, doctors and medical trainers thatll be dealing with him.Julien added that a decision on whether or not Savard will attempt to play again this season may not "be made tomorrow or the day after."Savard was originally scheduled to come back to Boston on Wednesday, but the snow and ice didnt allow him to fly out of Peterborough, Ontario, until Thursday. He's still suffering from concussion symptoms nearly two weeks after the hit from Matt Hunwick while skating against the Avs, and the Bruins have discussed potentially shutting down the center for the season.With concussions, as you know, it could a matter of saying were going to give it another week and see how he feels, said Julien. But we dont know when that answer is going to come. Thats where were at with Savvy. The question of how its going to impact the team if hes out, we wont know that until we have the information on whether hes out or not. Tuukka Rask was the first goaltender off the ice at morning skate for the Bruins at TD Garden, and apparently will get his first start coming out of the All-Star break. Former Bruins goalie Andrew Raycroft will get the start for the Stars. Ironically enough, Raycroft is the goaltender who was dealt to the Toronto Maple Leafs for Rask four years ago. Mark Stuart will again be a healthy scratch for the Bruins as it becomes more and more obvious that Adam McQuaid has supplanted Stuart as a starting defenseman for the Bs.

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Marchand stepping up his twitter game to hilarious effect

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Marchand stepping up his twitter game to hilarious effect

BOSTON – It was probably only a matter of time before it happened, but it looks like Boston’s favorite Little Ball of Hate is stepping up his game on social media.

Brad Marchand is known as much for his rabble-rousing and trash-talking on the ice as he is for massive offensive production while serving as Boston’s top scorer in each of the last few seasons. So Marchand has the perfect mixture of good humor and clout as a star NHL player, and that usually combines for a pretty powerful voice on Twitter.

Marchand has been noticeably more active on Twitter in recent days with a wide-ranging group of tweets, and the big winner is the hockey fan that gets a little more exposure to some classic Nose Face Killah wit. Some of the tweets have been as a Bruins team leader where he’s praising the talented young crop of B’s prospects that he’s watching during training camp:

Some have been about chirping the NHL for their decision to skip the Olympics this winter where Marchand most certainly would have been primed for a chance at a Gold Medal:

Some have been engaging with “fans” and dropping classic pop culture references from children’s books while showing the nasty edge that routinely drives opponents up a wall:

The Charlotte’s Web reference is a devastating classic from Marchand, a noted longtime fan of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Sometimes it’s just telling a quick story in a tweet that gives you an inside look at the kind of chirping that goes on when Marchand is on the ice:

A social media platform like Twitter was made for a personality like Marchand, and a stepped-up presence is good for him and good for hockey fans. So why all of a sudden is No. 63 tweeting with greater frequency over the last few days?

It sounds like it’s a combination of training camp boredom and a genuine interest in amplifying his voice on all manner of subjects.

“I’ve just been kind of lying around with nothing to do and I jumped on [twitter]…thought it was kind of funny,” said Marchand. “I thought I’d get a little more involved. I don’t know if I’m going to have enough time to do it every day, but it’s fun.”

As fun as it’s been for Marchand, it’s no doubt even more fun for the fans that might get a chance to interact with him even if it’s as the unwitting foil for one of his well-placed chirps. 

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Cassidy: Khudobin 'has a leg up' on backup competition in Bruins camp

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Cassidy: Khudobin 'has a leg up' on backup competition in Bruins camp

BOSTON – Fresh off a strong performance allowing just a single goal on 31 shots in his preseason debut, Tuukka Rask looked close to the top of his game and exactly where he needs to be with the regular season a couple of weeks away. Nearly as important as Rask’s state as the regular season nears, the Bruins coaching staff has been keeping a keen eye through camp on the all-important backup goaltender position as well. 

It’s important that the Bruins have a quality backup goalie in place as they hope to start Rask in just 55-60 games this season, and manage the slender puck-stopper in a way where they can get the best out of him from beginning to end. Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy indicated Anton Khudobin has the inside track on the backup job after finding his groove in the second half of last season, and it would appear he’s well on his way to retaining his job with a Malcolm Subban/Zane McIntyre tandem in Providence.

“Tuukka looks good, and looks good in practice and healthy. So that’s reassuring,” said Cassidy. “[Anton Khudobin] I thought played very well in his game. He had the one unfortunate goal, but I thought he was rock-solid the rest of the game. He’s in very good shape and he’s practiced well, so he’s got a leg up on the other [goalies] based on his experience.

“We know that going in, but he’s going to get pushed. Zane [McIntyre] was good in a game, and Malcolm let in a couple where he could have been more aggressive. But it was a first game, so right now they all look good. That’s a good problem to have if they all push each other, but to get direct to the point Anton has done nothing to lose that backup spot.”

At this point, it would likely be McIntyre rather than Subban that would challenge for the NHL backup job if Khudobin did stumble at all in training camp or early in the regular season as he did last year. There will be no backup controversy, however, if the 31-year-old plays like he did in stopping 20-of-22 shots in Tuesday night’s win vs. the Red Wings or as he did going 6-1-0 with a .922 save percentage after the All-Star break last season.  

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