Morning Skate: Wednesday, June 6

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Morning Skate: Wednesday, June 6

Stephen Harris says that Tim Thomas has once again proven himself selfish with his decision making in walking away from the Bruins, and its very difficult to argue that.

A funny WEEI bit with Mutt and Merloni where they reenact the tweet beef between Kirk Minihane, DJ Bean and your favorite hockey writer. Good stuff from the producers over there.

Chris Clark joins the Columbus Blue Jackets as Director of Player Development after being one of the final cuts from Bruins training camp last year.

Deadspin asks the question why is no one watching the Stanley Cup Finals? Its pretty simple: not as compelling as the hate-fest between the Bruins and Canucks. People can say what they want, but that series had heroes, villains and controversy. This one-sided Cup Final does not and the ratings reflect it.

The Zach Parise free agency derby awaits with the Los Angeles Kings about to put a stranglehold on the Devils in the Stanley Cup Finals.

Michel Therrien gets rehired as head coach of the Montreal Canadiens, and it doesnt appear that the fan base is all that excited about it.

Harvard alum and San Jose Sharks forward Dominic Moores wife is dealing with a rare form of liver cancer in a sad dose of real life news.

Apparently anyone who is one Linkedin has had their password compromised by a hacker in Russia whose name may or may not be Peggy. That is just awesome sauce.

Matt Beleskey a healthy scratch tonight vs. San Jose

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Matt Beleskey a healthy scratch tonight vs. San Jose

The Bruins are ready to give it their best crack coming out of the NHL’s five day bye despite some evidence that it’s not going to be easy on Sunday night.

Teams in their first game back from the five day vacation were sporting a 3-10-3 record entering Sunday’s action, and the coast-to-coast flight from Boston to San Jose for a date with the Sharks wasn’t likely to do them any favors. Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy didn’t make any mystery of his Sunday night lineup against the Sharks, and will scratch hard-nosed left winger Matt Beleskey along with Joe Morrow and John-Michael Liles. Beleskey was healthy scratched from last weekend’s win against Vancouver as well, and had no points along with a minus-1 rating in the two games he played under Cassidy ahead of the five day break.

Here are the projected line combos and D-pairings vs. the Sharks on Sunday night according to the Boston Bruins twitter feed:  

 

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Cehlarik-Krejci-Pastrnak

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Schaller-Moore-Nash

 

Chara-Carlo

Krug-McQuaid

K. Miller-C. Miller

 

Rask 

Morning Skate: Brian Boyle embroiled in trade rumors

Morning Skate: Brian Boyle embroiled in trade rumors

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while enjoying Hockey Day in America. 

*Brian Boyle is the subject of trade rumors with the Tampa Bay Lightning, but he wants to stay a member of the Bolts. 

*Watch out for the Florida Panthers, who swept the road trip through California and are now back in playoff position for the first time in a long time. 

*It’s great to see play-by-play man Dave Strader back in the broadcast booth doing what he does best after his cancer diagnosis. 

*Hats off to the Bruins ECHL affiliate, the Atlanta Gladiators, for the sweet-looking Boba Fett sweaters worn during this weekend’s Star Wars night. 

*It’s pretty amazing when you’re an NHL player and a former first round pick, and you’re the one most known for being somebody else’s brother. That’s life for Dallas Stars D-man Jamie Oleksiak. 

*Interesting piece about sportswriting, politics and a couple of worlds that were destined to collide at some point. 

*For something completely different: For the 40h anniversary of Star Wars, the toys are being used to recreate classic movie scenes.