Pandolfo: Dream come true to sign with Bruins


Pandolfo: Dream come true to sign with Bruins

BOSTON -- Jay Pandolfo is now officially a Boston Bruin.

During intermission of Tuesday night's game against the New York Rangers, the veteran Massachusetts native spoke about finally signing with the team, calling it a dream come true.

"Yeah, I'm really excited," said Pandolfo. "I've been here for a month now practicing with the team. I was hoping this day was going to come, and now it's here. So, I'm really excited about being part of this organization."

Pandolfo has been practicing with the team, but his signing hadn't been made official until Tuesday.

"They were really up front and honest with what was going on the whole time," said Pandolfo. "When you have that type of communication, it's pretty easy. I'm living in the area, so I come to practice, and just to be a part of this organization, that was good enough to keep me around for sure. This team has a great chance of winning a Stanley Cup. I'm really glad to be a part of it.

"The communication was great with Claude and Peter," he added. "They were kind of talking to me every week or so, and trying to keep my up to date on what's going on. I wasn't getting frustrated at all. I was actually having fun coming to the rink every day. It was good. I got to know these guys pretty good."

Pandolfo admits that he needs a few games to get back into "game shape." He just doesn't know if that will require a trip to AHL-Providence, before he acquires his new role with the B's.

"I think I'm going to be a depth guy," said Pandolfo. "In a shortened season like this, I don't think anyone can predict what's going to happen with injuries or different things. So I think the more depth you have, it's only going to help. So I think I see myself as a depth guy and fill in wherever needed."

Bruins coach Claude Julien will be re-united with Pandolfo, who spent his first 13 NHL seasons with the New Jersey Devils.

"It was only one year in New Jersey, but I had a great working relationship with him there, and I'm happy to be back with him," said Pandolfo. "I know what type of coach he is and what he expects. I've talked to him quite a bit, and I know what he wants."

Pandolfo wanted to play for the Bruins. He'll now get that opportunity.

"My main goal, obviously, was to sign here, and that's what happened," said Pandolfo. "I really didn't want to go anywhere else. My family's here. I'm from here. This couldn't be a better situation for me."

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.