Morning Skate: Tuesday, June 12

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Morning Skate: Tuesday, June 12

A good piece by local author Marty Dobrow where he speaks with the coaches from Avon Old Farms and UMass about Jonathan Quick the man of the hour.

Steve Yzerman is not a fan of offer sheets and probably hasnt been after suffering all those Stamkos offer sheet nightmares last spring.

Fast-forward to the 10 minute mark of the video and enjoy Hockey Night in Canadas 2012 playoff montage. Its worth the watch every year.

Nick Cotsonika has the story of the Kings celebrating their first Stanley Cup in the 45-year history of the Los Angeles franchise. Maybe this will finally turn Southern California into a rabid hockey market.

Sam Carchidi has courting season about to begin for Zach Parise on the free agent market.

Martin Brodeur wants to play another season and its difficult to envision him anywhere else besides New Jersey.
A look at the newsmakers during an upcoming NHL off-season that will be eventful to say the least.

Craig Custance of ESPN.com says that the Bruins are one of the five favorites to win the Stanley Cup next year. I am definitely not willing to go there until I see how the goaltending situation shakes out, but Ill commend Custance for his optimism.

So the Dingo really did eat the womens baby in South Africa? I guess Im going to have to change my fantasy league football team name now. Damn.

McIntyre still building and earning trust of B's coaching staff

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McIntyre still building and earning trust of B's coaching staff

BRIGHTON, Mass -- It hasn’t been an easy road for Bruins rookie goaltender Zane McIntyre since getting called back up by Boston a few weeks ago.

The 24-year-old netminder is trying to give the B’s top-level goaltending while earning the trust of the Bruins coaching staff, and adjusting to the sporadic playing time that goes along with playing understudy to a No. 1 netminder like Tuukka Rask. The three goals allowed in the third period of Sunday afternoon’s 5-1 loss to the Penguins didn’t look good on paper, but really there wasn’t much McIntyre could do with the defense totally breaking down in front of him during a 12-shot barrage in the final 20 minutes.

The 3.95 goals against average and .860 save percentage certainly look like a little frightening for the first-year goalie, but the truth is there’s going to be some bumps as he adjusts to life as a backup for the first time.

“[The adjustment] is mostly between the ears, to be honest,” said McIntyre. “I have confidence in my physical abilities and I know what I can do, and what makes my game successful. So right now it’s just building confidence every day in practice and staying persistent, staying with it. I know good things are going to happen when you surround yourself with good people, and the biggest thing is battling every day and making sure I’m contributing to the team.”

McIntyre will certainly have to be sharp if he’s put back in the crease on Tuesday night against the Red Wings after Rask exited from Sunday’s loss in the second period with symptoms of a migraine. The Bruins top goalie missed practice on Monday while getting himself checked out medically, and there’s a chance he could be out if the symptoms are in any way related to the Roman Josi shot he took off his neck last week.

“I’m just taking it day-by-day to be honest. That’s what I’ve always done in the past, and I’m just trying to build up confidence every day,” said McIntyre, who had been lights out in Providence prior to getting the call to Boston. “We’ll just see what happens and roll with it.”

That’s a challenge McIntyre will certainly be up for in a different way than Sunday’s mop-up duty, but it remains to be seen just how steady-footed the Bruins will be about their goalie situation if Rask is expected to miss any time this week.