Bruins react to Paille's hit; Hamill called up


Bruins react to Paille's hit; Hamill called up

By DannyPicard

BOSTON -- Daniel Paille received a five-minute major and a game misconduct for his hit to the head of Dallas Stars forward Raymond Sawada in the second period of Boston's 6-3 win on Thursday night.

Paille came over the middle and came up high on Sawada.

Bruins coach Claude Julien came to the support of Paille after the game, saying that it wasn't intentional, and that a possible decision by the league to suspend Paille is up for debate.

"I looked at the hit. I know that certainly wasn't intentional or anything," said Julien. "Sawada came through the slot, he had lost the puck and was reaching for it, so he was a little low. There's an argument to be made there. And that's why there's lots of meetings about that stuff, as far as, whose responsibility is it? At one point, I don't know if Dan could have stopped or if he could have done something different.

"I'm going to let the league look at it. I'm going to certainly support my player."

With Marc Savard currently out of the lineup with his second concussion in less than a year, thanks to an illegal hit from Matt Cooke last season, Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference didn't necessarily take the same stance, admitting after the game that it was a high hit.

"I mean, it's a bad hit, right? That's what they're trying to get rid of, and you can't be a hypocrite and complain about it when it happens to you and say it's fine when your teammate does it," said Ference. "So it is a hit that they're trying to get rid of."

A postgame announcement that forward Zach Hamill has been called up from Providence seemed as if it was related to Paille's hit, with the Bruins making a preemptive move knowing that a suspension was looming.

Julien shot that idea down after the game, however, saying that he had known about the Hamill call-up earlier in the day, saying that Hamill and Paille have "no relation."

"He's been playing really well," said Julien of Hamill "He's really, in the last month, his game's been outstanding. We certainly want to give him a shot. And I think coming in is going to give him that opportunity."

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Former Bruins star Ray Bourque 'in unfamiliar territory'


Former Bruins star Ray Bourque 'in unfamiliar territory'

ANDOVER, Mass. — Former Boston Bruins star Ray Bourque, who's facing a drunken driving charge, says he accepts the responsibility of his actions.

Bourque was charged Friday night with operating under the influence of alcohol and following too closely. He posted bail and was released.

"For the first time in my life, I find myself in unfamiliar territory," Bourque said in a statement released Sunday. "I am not happy about the situation I put myself into."

Andover Police Chief Patrick Keefe said the 55-year-old Bourque was arrested about 11:30 p.m. after his Mercedes-Benz rear-ended a minivan in a construction zone in the city. No injuries were reported.

Bourque is to be arraigned in Lawrence District Court. Police haven't provided a date.

According to The Boston Globe, Bourque currently owns Tresca, a restaurant on Boston's North End.

"Everything is on track" with Bruins prospect Zboril


"Everything is on track" with Bruins prospect Zboril

Little more than a year after he was drafted in the middle of the first round by the Boston Bruins, some are whispering that 19-year-old Jakub Zboril isn’t going to live up to advanced billing. Clearly the Czech defenseman took a step back for the Saint John Sea Dogs after being taken 13th by the Bruins in last year’s draft, and dropped to six goals and 20 points in 50 games in the QMJHL while watching second round pick Jeremy Lauzon pass him by on the prospect hype chart.

Perhaps the more concerning thing have been the whispers about an erratic work ethic and bad habits in Zboril’s game, a couple of criticisms that haven’t exactly gone away since the Bruins signed him to a contract last summer following development camp. Bruins assistant general manager Scott Bradley was asked about those concerns with the young D-man as he heads into an important training camp with Boston this fall, and didn’t seem all that concerned about his first round pick being a “bust.”

“I think his offensive production was down, and that he struggled a little bit coming out of the gate” said Bradley of Zboril, who had 13 goals and 33 points in 44 games during his first season in the Quebec Major Junior League prior to getting drafted by Boston. “But he had a strong playoff. Everybody forgets that he’s a gritty guy, and a strong player that moves the puck. The thing that stands out about him are that his numbers are down from last year.

“But everything is on track with him. He’s going to come to camp and hopefully shines, and has a good year this year…patience.

“I think it’s great if the second rounders are on par with him: the [Brandon] Carlos and the [Jeremy] Lauzons. If you look at the whole of our draft last year you can’t rule out the first eight picks that they might play [in the NHL]. We’re excited. Donnie and I were at the Memorial Cup, and Lauzon raised our eyebrows every night that he played. You’d come away with a good feeling like this kid plays hard, plays the Bruins style, moves the puck and is tough. Obviously [you had to like] what Carlo did when he was brought in [to Providence] at the end. It just bodes well for what we have coming this year. Zboril and Lauzon are probably going back to junior, but Carlo is going to get a long look.”

The young Czech D-man is still at a point where his stock can still shoot higher than it’s ever been with a good showing at training camp, and a strong season for the Sea Dogs entering into his professional hockey career. But he can’t afford to go through another down season, or that talk of him being a first round bust is only going to get louder and stronger.