Morning Skate 421: Campbell trying to do right

Morning Skate 421: Campbell trying to do right

By JoeHaggerty

MONTREAL Gregory Campbell admitted that hed received a text message from a friend about his dads rant on TSN Radio when approached about it after todays morning skate, but he hadnt yet heard it for himself.The Bs fourth line center has heard it all before, though. He knows the kind of exhausting scrutiny and high pressure his father Colin is under as the Vice President of Hockey Operations and sheriff when it comes to supplemental discipline in the NHL for borderline hits and dangerous play.People think its an easy job, but its something he puts so much time into and works extremely hard at it, said the younger Campbell of his fathers responsibilities within the league Doing the right thing means a lot to him, and thats how hes always approached it.The elder Campbell was appearing on TSN Radio 1050 Wednesday night to discuss the latest round of controversies with TSN host James Cybulski, and it quickly turned into a Colin Campbell rant directed at the second guessers and press box hecklers. The latest wave of criticism arrived on Campbells doorstep when he opted not to suspend CanucksruffianRaffi Torres for a punishing hit behind the net on Chicago defenseman Brent Seabrook a shot toward the head that some felt was a hard, playoff hockey play.Others felt was an obvious shot to Seabrooks head.Not too difficult to discern which side Campbell is on after deeming there was no need for supplemental discipline."Thankless job? Yeah, it's thankless," said the elder Campbell. "Especially at this time of year when there's so much at play here with the playoffs and cities are involved. When you rule on certain situations, all of a sudden you become public enemy No. 1 so ... Am I pissed off right now? Yeah, I'm pissed off.""I don't make up this stuff as I go along. We do lots of work on this. We send out lots of videos. You think I want to do the popular thing here? I don't get paid to do the popular thing. I don't get paid to do the easy thing to do.Campbell slammed the radio hosts pretty hard when he presented them with the David Steckel hit on Sidney Crosby during the Winter Classic a hit that resulted in a concussion thats kept Crosby out for the rest of the season and playoffs. Campbell asked both radio hosts if they felt the hit was dirty, and then lambasted them when they termed Steckels hit as borderline. "You guys are crazy when you say that," Campbell said. "What do you want to do to the game? You're nuts. There are some hits out there that we don't like, but ... Come on, you guys. You can't say that was dirty, you guys. ... You can't say that hit was dirty or you guys don't watch hockey."I've got a responsibility to try and protect players from other players in the game of hockey but yet keep the physicality in the game. To keep jobs like your jobseveryone's jobs. The game supplies a lot of jobs. That's what's thankless about this job. You try to do the right thing, you try to keep physicality in the game. You guys think that I enjoy hearing everybody saying Torres should have been suspended? Well, that would have been the easy thing to do. If they want to go forward and say that type of hit or all head hits should be suspended, maybe this job will be easier. But I don't think so.Say what you want about Campbell in individual cases, but the guy clearly feels passionately about his job and doing the right thing to protect players and the game of hockey at the same.Perfect hes not, but he seems to be trying.On to the links:A great story by ESPN.coms Wayne Drehs on game-winning puck from last years Chicago Blackhawks Stanley Cup victory, and the complete mystery of its whereabouts one year later. Has anybody called Doug Mientkiewicz?TSNs Darren Dreger says former Bruins player Craig MacTavish is looking for an NHL coaching job after sitting out the last two seasons following his dismissal from the Edmonton Oilers.FOH (Friend of Haggs) Dave Lozo talks with New York Rangers sniper Marian Gaborik after he severely screwed the pooch in overtime on Wednesday night.Tom Glavine is interested in putting an ownership group together to keep the Atlanta Thrashers in Georgia. Hed better hurry up before they end up in Winnipeg or Quebec City. Heres a good look by the Hockey News at the hockey connection the Billerica native has after being drafted by the Los Angeles Kings way back in 1984.Chicago goon John Scott certainly has a lot to say for a hockey player that doesnt actuallyyou knowplay all that often. This time hes chirping with Canucks defenseman Kevin Bieksa.An interesting look at the players potentially available via restricted free agency this summer, and sparking plenty of chatter about offer sheets according to Spector.Heres the actual audio of Colin Campbell going a little mad during a hockey discussion with TSN 1050.Brian Gionta has earned his captaincy with the Montreal Canadiens, and is playing like the leader hes already been at Boston College and in New Jersey.The Ottawa Senators are in no rush to hire a head coach according to the Ottawa Citizen, which is probably a good thing since nobody is in a rush to go there with such a long rebuild road ahead of them.A really nice look at the Sedin Twins by the Wall Street Journal, and bonus points for doing the wholeWonder Twins activate thing when it comes to the Vancouver superstars.Joe Haggerty can be reached at Joe on Twitter at http:twitter.comHackswithHaggs

Tuesday, Jan. 24: Crosby, Matthews top coaches' poll

Tuesday, Jan. 24: Crosby, Matthews top coaches' poll

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while rooting for “Manchester By the Sea” to upset some favorites at the Oscars.

*Sidney Crosby and Auston Matthews top the annual NHL coaches' poll produced by TSN Insider Bob McKenzie.

*The oral history of Fox’s glowing puck used for the NHL during their run with the league is an entertaining one.

*Mike Babcock gives pep talks to the reporters along with his own players while running the show in Toronto.

*The Vegas Golden Knights are moving forward with their timetable toward hiring a coach with some good candidates out there now, and some other ones potentially available soon. I’ve wondered if Claude Julien would be interested in that spot if he’s let go by the Bruins this season, but the one sure thing is that he wouldn’t be out of work long if he is relieved of his duties.

*Claude Giroux needs to start playing a little more fearlessly and without dwelling on mistakes, according to his general manager.

*Detroit Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill doesn’t believe that fancy stats and analytics have had a major impact on the way the Wings do things.

*PHT writer James O’Brien has the rundown on a Millenial’s dream of performers at the 2017 NHL All-Star Game: Nick Jonas, Fifth Harmony and Carly Rae Jepsen.

*For something completely different: keeping an eye on the notion that Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg is going to run for President.



Julien: 'The less said and the more shown' is good for Bruins right now

Julien: 'The less said and the more shown' is good for Bruins right now

BRIGHTON, Mass – Claude Julien met with the media after Tuesday’s morning skate and there was a bit of a long pause between questions at one point early in the session.

“I understand because everything that needs to be said has already been said, right?” cracked the longtime Bruins bench boss, who was in good spirits after morning skate despite the turmoil around him.

It’s clearly less about words and more about results right now for a struggling team that’s lost a season-worst four games in a row in gut-punching fashion and has fallen out of a playoff position despite teams above them, Ottawa and Toronto, holding five games in hand on them. 

The Bruins are in a freefall at the worst possible time and at this point, Julien wants to see positive action and winning results from his team rather than the empty talk with the media.

“We want to respect our game plan, execute it well and that normally helps you. We’ve been a little bit all over the place, especially in the last game,” said Julien. “That’s what we addressed yesterday, moving forward.

“I haven’t used the All-Star break as a motivation. We’re basically looking at these last two games, and what we have to do in these last two games. I think we’re well aware of what’s waiting for them after that. The players normally know when the breaks are. That’s not for us right now. I’d like to see our focus on what we need to do [against the Wings] to right the ship. We’ve talked about it a lot, and I think right now the less said, and the more shown is probably the best thing.”

With two games left until the All-Star break, one has to wonder what Julien’s fate will be if the Bruins drop both games to Detroit and Pittsburgh before the group breaks up for All-Star weekend. 

A good showing might be enough to keep Julien calling the shots for the Black and Gold down the stretch this season. But the sense is that more of the same fragile, losing efforts from the Bruins in these final two home dates, a familiar look from this group over the past three seasons, could spell doom for the winningest coach in Bruins franchise history.

One thing is for sure: Words aren’t going to do anything for Julien, and instead it’s about cold, hard results for the coach and the Bruins players who are nose-diving in the middle of the regular season.