Marchand: The Green Men 'look like fools'

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Marchand: The Green Men 'look like fools'

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.com
VANCOUVER It appears that Bruins agitator Brad Marchand and the official court jesters for the Vancouver Canucks, the Green Men, are at war with each other after just one Stanley Cup Finals game.Marchand admitted there was some airborne water from his bottle in their direction while in the penalty box for holding in Game 1, and the Green Men claimed on their twitter account that it was in retaliation to them cause I asked if he was sitting on phone books in the penalty box.I tried to squirt some water in my mouth and might have missed a bit and it got on the Green Men, said Marchand. That quick exchange was enough for the 23-year-old Bruins winger to drop a few bombs on The Green Men during his meeting with the media on Friday afternoon following a full day of practice.They probably paid about ten grand for those seats, so they can do whatever they want, said Marchand. Theyre not a factor. Theyre just trying to seek a little piece of fame. For the most part you just ignore them. You cant hear what theyre saying. They look like fools anyway.I think its all dumb. What are they even doing? Im not really paying any attention to them. Im not gonna be wearing that suit in public. People have done that forever. I dont know why theyre anything special. They like to yell through the box. I think theyre a little embarrassed about the way they look, so theyve got to wear those masks.Marchand was informed that theyll likely be taking their road show to Boston, and he seemed pretty excited at the different ways Bruins Nation could creatively make it an uncomfortable existence for the grown men in green body suits.Id like to see. Id really like to see what happens in Boston, said Marchand. Ive heard some crazy stories about the Boston fans. It would be funny. Thats for sure. Id like to videotape it.Heres betting Wednesday night wasnt the last fieryexchange between Bostons self-proclaimed rat and the cartoonish Green Men before the series ofStanley Cup Final gameshave concluded.

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Bruins don't poll well in latest New England Sports survey

Bruins don't poll well in latest New England Sports survey

It’s no secret Bruins fans are getting fed up with a hockey team in decline, one that’s missed the playoffs each of the last two years. Now there are numbers to prove it.

Channel Media and Market Research, Inc. came out with its annual New England Sports survey,  tabulating responses from over 14,600 polled, and, according to the numbers, the Bruins are dropping in popularity, fan support and faith in the current management group.

The B’s are holding somewhat steady with 16 percent of voters listing them as their “favorite sports team” behind the Patriots (46 percent) and Red Sox (29 percent) while ahead of the Celtics and Revolution. Claude Julien also ranked ahead of John Farrell among the big four teams in the “coaches/manages most admired” category.

But after sitting at a relative high of ranking at 27 percent for “ownership performance” in 2014 -- they year after their trip to the Cup Finals against the Blackhawks -- the Bruins now rank dead last in that category at 2 percent, behind the Patriots, Red Sox, Celtics and even the Revolution. Ouch, babe.

Also sitting at a lowly 2 percent is Bruins president Cam Neely in the “leadership performance” category. In "management performance," Neely has dropped from a solid 49 percent in 2014 to just 16 percent in this summer’s survey.

So B’s fans are clearly upset with a team that traded away Tyler Seguin, Johnny Boychuk, Milan Lucic and Dougie Hamilton, and has featured a decimated defense corps for each of the last two seasons. But do the B’s fans think that things are getting any better with prospects coming down the pipeline?

Not really.

In the “which team has done the best job making its product better.” category, the Patriots (35 percent) and Red Sox (31 percent) were resting at the top, with the Celtics (27 percent) a respectable third. The Bruins limped in at just 4 percent with a fan base that very clearly sees that, on paper, this upcoming season’s club doesn’t appear to be much better than last year's.

On top of that, only 13 percent of those surveyed believe the Bruins have gotten better over the last year, and 52 percent believe they’ve just gotten worse. A lowly 3 percent of those surveyed think the Bruins have the best chance of the five teams to bring a world championship back to Boston; the Patriots (79 percent), Red Sox (11 percent) and Celtics (5 percent) all ranked higher.

Finally, Zdeno Chara, Tuukka Rask and Jimmy Hayes were at the top of the list of the Boston athletes “who did not meet expectations” last season. None of that is a surprise, given the state of Boston’s defense along with Hayes’ subpar season.

The good news for the Bruins: They still have a passionate fan base. But they need to start reversing course immediately before they do lasting damage to the B’s brand.

Wednesday, August 24: B's dealing with post-Vesey aftermath

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Wednesday, August 24: B's dealing with post-Vesey aftermath

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading with the Olympics coming to a close . . .
 
-- FOH (Friend of Haggs) Kirk Luedeke sorts through the aftermath for the Bruins after losing out on Jimmy Vesey

-- Detroit Red Wings GM Ken Holland gave an interview where he said the Red Wings aren’t Stanley Cup contenders this season. 

-- Related to Holland’s comments, some of the media in Detroit aren’t taking the dose of reality all that well

-- It’s a big season for New Jersey Devils forward Kyle Palmieri, who will be starring for Team USA on the World Cup team. 

 -- PHT writer Cam Tucker says the Buffalo Sabres still have a strong group of forwards even without Jimmy Vesey.

-- Jamie Benn is giving everything to his Dallas Stars team, and that means that the World Cup of Hockey is taking a backseat
 
-- The Colorado Avalanche are nearing the end of their head coaching search as they look for their replacement for Patrick Roy.
 
-- For something completely different: NBC is making the argument that millenials watched the Olympics, but just not on the traditional formats