Chara, Thomas, Seguin ready for All-Star experience


Chara, Thomas, Seguin ready for All-Star experience

By Joe Haggerty
RALEIGH, N.C. Tim Thomas, Zdeno Chara and Tyler Seguin have all touched down in North Carolina, and all three players were Bruins players were in attendance for the first annual NHL All-Star player draft where the elite players will be selected by captains in a gym class-style fashion. For a first-timer like Seguin its a pretty heady experience that will culminate with his participation in the Rookie SuperSkills competition on Saturday at the RBC Center, and will allow him to be a bit of a kid in a candy store with all of the other All-Stars in one place for the weekend.Im obviously very excited, said Seguin. Last year I was a fan watching at home, and now I get to meet all of the guys and be a part of it. Its pretty surreal. I dont know if Im star struck by anybody because Im here in the NHL now, but Ill definitely have some stories to tell my buddies back home.Zdeno Chara and Tim Thomas were pretty curious to see how the entire player drafting process was going to play out, and Chara in particular had a request prior to the NHL player draft: he wants to be a part of Team Lidstrom with Marty St. Louis and Patrick Kane.It goes back to a career-long streak of admiration that the Norris Trophy-winning Chara has had for Detroit Red Wings defenseman Niklas Lidstrom.Nik Lidstrom is a guy that Ive always looked up to and really admired as a defenseman and as a person, said Chara, in his fifth All-Star game. If I was chosen by that team then it would really make me happy and make my All-Star experience complete.

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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: