Bruins: No Campbell? No controversy


Bruins: No Campbell? No controversy

By Joe Haggerty

VANCOUVER One of the few things that has soured Bostons trip to the Stanley Cup Finals has been the constant yammering from Vancouver and around the NHL, for that matter about unbiased calls and officiating are tilted toward the Bruins.

Its not just the normal rampant homerism in the Stanley Cup Final, however. There is a belief, most recently propagated by the Vancouver Provinces Tony Gallagher, that the fix is somehow in for the Bruins because NHL Hockey Ops Director Colin Campbells son Greg plays for Boston. It was an easy argument to make over the years despite the fact Campbell removed himself from any suspensions or other supplemental discipline decisions involving his sons team during his career with the Panthers and Bruins.

But now, with the news from multiple outlets that Campbell will be stepping down in his role as the NHLs sheriff (to be replaced by former All-Star Brendan Shanahan), the Colie Effect should be a moot point.

The younger Campbell was not made available for comment, but coach Claude Julien certainly thinks its a non-issue.

I dont think Greg has had any issues about it and neither have we, said Julien. Its been publicly known here that Gregs father had no decision to make with anything regarding our team. It was done fairly and it was somebody else dealing with those issues.

Even before Greg came to our hockey club, Ive always understood how tough Colies job was. Even when it didnt favor us, I always respected the decisions that had been made. Nothing has changed. Hes one of those guys thats no different than the referees. If he does something good nobody gives him a pat on the back, but the minute he does something people dont agree with hes criticized from all sides. It takes somebody special to do that job. Im one of those people that respect the jobs that people have in this game, and that includes referees. I dont think it will affect Gregs game much. His father is still with the league. Basically theres a responsibility being taken away from him for now.

One of Campbells outspoken teammates, Andrew Ference, put things a little more succinctly when asked about the supposed Colie Effect on the Bruins.

Colie doesnt deal with any of our stuff, so it doesnt matter, said Ference. Those insinuations are coming from people that have a lot less faith in the league than I do.

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Saturday, Jan. 21: McKenzie on Julien's job security

Saturday, Jan. 21: McKenzie on Julien's job security

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while proud of my wife and daughter participating in today’s Women’s March.

*This is from a few days ago, but Bob McKenzie weighing in on the prospects for Claude Julien and his job security is always worth checking out.  

*The New York Rangers have themselves a rookie named Pavel that’s doing a pretty darned good job for the Blueshirts.

*What should the St. Louis Blues do with Kevin Shattenkirk as the trade deadline approaches and the seven-year, $49 million contract waiting for him in free agency is pretty daunting?

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Kevin Allen has a list of underperforming NHL stars, including Jamie Benn and Jonathan Toews, that may have been impacted by the World Cup of Hockey. Certainly Patrice Bergeron could have made this list as well.

*Blackhawks backup goalie Scott Darling may be earning some more playing time after the way he performed against the Bruins, according to Pro Hockey Talk.

*Good news with Ottawa Senators goalie Craig Anderson set to return to the team in a couple of weeks after tending to his wife in a battle against cancer.

*The struggles of Anthony Duclair with the Arizona Coyotes mirror the team’s issues this season as well. It’s interesting that Duclair has popped up in trade rumors with the Desert Dogs this season.

*For something completely different: the final Wolverine movie with Hugh Jackman is going to be extremely emotional with its characters.


Both Millers missing from Bruins practice, but trending toward return

Both Millers missing from Bruins practice, but trending toward return

BRIGHTON, Mass – While both Kevan Miller and Colin Miller were missing from Bruins practice on Saturday morning, both injured Bruins defensemen could be rejoining the team soon.

Colin Miller skated on his own prior to Saturday’s team practice at Warrior Ice Arena for the second or third time since suffering a lower body injury in the win over the St. Louis Blues. Claude Julien said his presence on the ice was proof that the puck-moving defenseman is “definitely on the mend”, and could be nearing a return to practice soon with Sunday marking the sixth straight game that he’ll have missed.

Kevan Miller is out with a concussion suffered last weekend in the win over the Philadelphia Flyers, and the B’s current three-game losing streak has coincided with his absence from the lineup.

Julien said Miller has actually been away from the team for the last couple of days while dealing with a virus, and that his recovery from the concussion symptoms was good prior to being knocked down by the illness.

“Kevan was actually feeling really well and then he got hit by a virus that’s kept him in bed for the last two days,” said Julien. “It’s nothing to do with his original injury. There was a possibility he could have been ready very soon, but that’s set him back a bit.”

Both are obviously out for Sunday’s matinee against the Penguins, but a return to practice at some point next week seems like a good bet for both players. Here are the line combos and defense pairings from Saturday’s practice with the Bruins focusing on getting a good result in Pittsburgh with the hockey club on a “mom’s trip” with 22 of the players’ mothers traveling with the team to and from the game: