Ference: No issue in locker room over comments

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Ference: No issue in locker room over comments

By Danny Picard
CSNNE.com

WILMINGTON -- Andrew Ference reiterated Sunday that hits like Daniel Paille's are an "issue that has to be taken seriously" in the National Hockey League, but dismissed the notion that criticism of his teammate had caused a rift in the Bruins' locker room.

"It's a joke," said Ference. "Our room is awesome. Stuff likethat doesn't divide locker rooms. Are you kidding me? C'mon."

On Saturday's Hockey Night in Canada telecast, ex-Bruins coach Don Cherry took Ference to task for calling Paille's hit to the head of Dallas' Raymond Sawada -- which earned Pailee a four-game suspension from the NHL -- "a bad hit."

You do not -- I dont care if your teammate is an axe murderer -- . . . go to thepress like Ference did and say that was a bad hit," Cherry said. Then, referring to the Bruins' 2-0 loss to San Jose earlier Saturday, Chery added: "See what happened in the game today? Two-nothing. That brings yourdressing room down when you have a guy in the dressing room talkingabout your own players and you know hes going to get suspended."

But when asked about it Sunday, Ference stood his ground.

"We have an issue in the league with head shots, with those kind ofhits," said Ference after Sunday's practice. "There's a big push by,not only us, but the NHL, to look out for the safety of the players, andgetting rid of those hits is one of those things . . .

"It's an issue that has to be taken seriously. It's a concussion. Theseare guys lives. When you talk about things like that . . . it's not somethingthat you throw around lightly."

Paille -- who said he has reached out to Sawada, and the two had a "goodconversation" -- was asked how he felt about Ference, and answered: "Obviously, on the ice, I'll doanything I can to back him up with everything. It's just something that, hevoiced his opinion. Obviously I have different views on how I see things, Iguess. But that's just me."

Ference said he and Paille had no problems.

"It's not like Paille was head-hunting," he said. "He'snot going out there saying, 'I'm trying to put this guy out.' If it's asplit-second later, it's a good hit. It's a fast game, so no matter what ruleis there, it's going to happen.

"But you can't glaze it over and pretend likeit's fine."

Being someone who knows a thing or two about concussions, Patrice Bergeron alsogave his take on Paille's hit after Sunday's practice.

"Obviously, I know Daniel feels bad about what happened," saidBergeron. "He didn't mean to. But at the same time, sometimes those hitscan be avoided. I've said that before, and I'm not going to change my speechbecause it happened with someone on our side."

Danny Picard is on Twitter at http:twitter.comDannyPicard. You can listen to Danny on his streaming radio show I'm Just Sayin' Monday-Friday from 9-10 a.m. on CSNNE.com.

Bruins looking forward to getting World Cup teammates, coach back

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Bruins looking forward to getting World Cup teammates, coach back

BRIGHTON, Mass. – With the World Cup of Hockey and Team Canada crowned as champions, the final few Bruins players involved in the international hockey tournament will be filtering back into regular training camp.

It was a brilliant tourney for Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron, especially while forming the World Cup’s best forward line with Sidney Crosby. Marchand was one of the leading scorers and had the clutch game-winner in the decisive game.

As a line they combined for a ridiculous 25 points in six games and it was Marchand who scored a couple of the biggest goals in the biggest games against Russia and Team Europe.

“They did it all of last season for us, so I’m not shocked. They played well throughout the entire time they played there, so I’m really happy for them,” said Ryan Spooner. “It’s been kind of a weird camp. We’ve been missing a lot of guys, and to get all of those guys back is huge. They’re the leaders of the team, so to get them back is good.

“Marchand around the room is a funny guy, so he’s definitely missed. We miss them all.”

Zdeno Chara was a force for the surprising rag-tag group of players on Team Europe and led them to the best-of-three final series against Team Canada. Now that it’s over, the B’s teammates are looking forward to all three joining fellow World Cup participants Tuukka Rask, David Pastrnak and David Backes at camp probably at some point next week.

“It does [feel like training camp], but it will be nice to get those guys back,” said Adam McQuaid. “They are big parts of this team. We’re looking forward to having those guys back, for sure.”

That also includes getting their coach, Claude Julien, back as well after missing his presence while he served behind the Canadian bench with Mike Babcock and Barry Trotz. He’ll be rejoining the Bruins over the next couple of days, and getting through preseason road games against Detroit and Philadelphia before making some tough decisions on cuts at main training camp.

That’s when things will officially start getting back to normal for a training camp that’s felt like something was a little missing over the first few weeks of getting ready for the season. 

Friday, Sept. 30: It's all Bruins in World Cup final

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Friday, Sept. 30: It's all Bruins in World Cup final

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while taking a nap this afternoon so I can watch the 1:30 am replay of tonight’s Bruins/Red Wings game on the NHL Network.

*Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron and Zdeno Chara scored the goals at the World Cup’s decisive game on Thursday night, and No. 63 got the clutch game-winner late in the third period for Team Canada. Then he watched as linemate Sidney Crosby won the MVP for the tournament in what could be perceived, from a Boston point of view, as a largely Canadian-based hockey media fawning over Sid the Kid once again. Look, he was the tournament’s leading scorer, but last night’s heroics probably should have tipped the scales toward the B’s agitator getting the World Cup hardware.

*PHT writer and FOH (Friend of Haggs) Mike Halford has Anaheim Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm seeking an eight year deal from his team. That could be another contract negotiation to watch closely if you’re a Bruins fan.

*Zach Werenski, one of the D-men the Bruins were trying to trade up to get two years ago in the first round of the draft, is looking like he might be NHL-ready for the Columbus Blue Jackets.

*Tampa Bay Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov is holding out with the Tampa Bay Lightning, and just wants to get paid like the rest of his teammates.

*Marian Hossa says he still wants to play hockey when he’s 42 years old, or close to the age that countrymen Zdeno Chara is right now.

*Here are some preseason college hockey storylines with the world of NCAA hockey about to start up in force.

*A judge has ruled that the family of the late Derek Boogaard may pursue a lawsuit against the NHL over the death of their son.

*For something completely different: “Tex Ryan” takes his jokes to open mic night and I’m fairly this is Toucher and Rich skewering the Buffalo Bills head coach. And rightfully so.