Morning Skate 428: Thomas says Subban is a 'travesty'

Morning Skate 428: Thomas says Subban is a 'travesty'

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.comBOSTON Tim Thomas didnt really let it fly while the Bruins were playing the Canadiens, but he finally loosened his lips the morning after the Bs defeated the Habs in an epic overtime Game Seven win that really validated the Black and Gold.The Bruins goaltender is kind of an old school guy when it comes to plenty, and he wasnt digging the Nestea Plunge that P.K. Subban took in the second period of Game Seven looking for a penalty call from the refs a group he was basically playing for stooges with his mocking embellishments. Subban and Gregory Campbell were locked up fighting for a puck behind the Montreal net, and the Habs defenseman was holding on to Campbells stick until the Boston center attempted to break free. Once Campbell started to push away from the boards Subban took that as a cue to completely flop backwards, and attempt to sell something that wasnt even remotely close to an infraction.Thomas went on 850 WEEI sports radio on Thursday morning to talk things over with the Mut and Merloni Radio Show, and turned the conversation into a condemnation of his flashy, flamboyant style perfected to irritate opponents."I have respect for the Montreal Canadiens team and the way they played that series and the way that they battled, but to be completely honest, I don't have respect for actions like that," Thomas said. "That's a travesty to the game. That's not the way the game is supposed to be played. When I saw that happen in the first period, when he threw himself back on Campbell, it can be infuriating."If anything, it seems the refs let him get away with more, which I'm very surprised at. He's making the refs look not good on a regular basis. He's got enough talent, and he's a good enough player that there's no need for stuff like that."Subban certainly didnt make any new friends in the just-concluded playoff series against the Bruins, but he did manage four points and 28:20 of ice time in seven games while cementing his status as a rising star in the NHL ranks. Hell be rankling members of the Bruins for years to come.On to the links:Bruce Arthur says that sometimes the difference between winning and losing can come down to one lucky bounce, and the Bruins know all about that.Tampa GM Steve Yzerman and the Tampa Bay Lightning are starting to learn to live within the playoff pressure, and it all starts at the top.WEEI.coms Kirk Minihane has a big problem with NESN Bruins play-by-play guy Jack Edwards, and isnt afraid to say so. Apparently US Revolution references arent up his alley. Minihane is absolutely getting a "five minute major for straight-up frontin'."Roy McGregor says that Nashville Predators center Mike Fisher is a throwback player to a bygone era of hockey. He certainly is proving to be the missing ingredient for the Preds this postseason.The Days of YOrr boys eulogize the Montreal Canadiens on the Puck Daddy blog, and the image of Youppi! Operation is an instant classic. Such a good job that Im proud to say I knew them when.Sportsnets Mike Brophy answers some Eastern Conference burning questions including how much the shaky Flyers goaltending will factor into the series, and who will win the PhillyBoston rematch. Hint: Bruins fans wont be happy. CSNPhilly.com bon vivant Sarah Baicker says that the Flyers are downplaying any Bs thirst for revenge in the upcoming series.Chris Botta and TSNs Gord Miller take turns punting around Islanders ownership and management on Bottas Isles Point Blankblog.

Patrice Bergeron named Selke finalist for the fifth time

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Patrice Bergeron named Selke finalist for the fifth time

It was assumed that Patrice Bergeron will be finalist for the Selke Trophy again this season, and it became official on Thursday when it was announced that Bergeron, Ryan Kesler and Anze Kopitar were the three finalists for the award given to the best defensive forward.

It would be the third straight Selke Trophy and fourth overall for Bergeron if he can take the hardware home again during the NHL Awards in June, and the ever-humble No. 37 said he was just honored to once again be nominated.

“Being named a finalist for the Selke Trophy is a tremendous honor and one I am very grateful for,” said Bergeron in a press release. “While it is an individual award, my teammates and coaches deserve a lot of credit as well. Ryan and Anze are two elite players who both had great seasons and it is a privilege to be a finalist alongside them. Thanks to all of those who voted and I look forward to the NHL Awards Show on June 22.”

The Bruins center has won the Selke Trophy three times (2012, 2014 and 2015) and has now been a Selke finalist in each of the last five seasons. His three wins are tied for the second-most in NHL history, one behind Hall of Fame Canadiens forward Bob Gainey, who is the all-time leader with four Selke Trophies. Bergeron was the Bruins’ lone representative at the All-Star Game this winter for the second straight season, and was a no-brainer as a finalist given all of his defensive qualifications.

Bergeron finished the 2015-16 regular season leading the NHL in faceoffs taken (1,978) and for the second straight season led the league in faceoffs won (1,130) while finishing a solid seventh overall with a 57.1% faceoff win rate among players taking a minimum of 500 draws.

Thursday, April 28: Who are the lottery picks?

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Thursday, April 28: Who are the lottery picks?

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while giving a thumbs up to “The Good Dinosaur” as quality family viewing.

*TSN Hockey Buddha Bob McKenzie breaks down the players available in the NHL draft lottery and what kind of names teams like the Boston Bruins should expect to be available with the first 14 picks.

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Greg Wyshynski talks about the World of Cup ads with the ESPN creative people that made them happen. They used the word jarring in something of a positive fashion to describe them. I would use the word “not funny” for Reg Carling, the fictional character created for the ads. If they were trying to feature the personality of NHL players in those ads, I think they missed the mark. It’s not really a big deal in the final scheme of things, but it doesn’t make for a good first step in drawing hockey fans back to the four letter network.  

*Good luck to Cam Tucker, a hockey writer based out of Vancouver that appears to have been one of the latest to be downsized in our industry.

*Dennis Bernstein has some thoughts, facts, analysis and theories surrounding the Los Angeles Kings, who have a long time to think about their first-round exit from the playoffs.

*Bruce Garrioch has some info on Ottawa’s long range plan to move to a needed downtown arena and that being the blueprint for most other Canadian cities.

*Tracey Myers has a dilemma for the Blackhawks: Andrew Shaw wants to stay, but the question is whether the Blackhawks can afford him?

*PHT writer James O’Brien has Bruce Boudreau lamenting the tough Game 7 loss for the Anaheim Ducks to the Nashville Predators. The loss may cost Boudreau his job, and will see a lot of new blood in the West with Chicago, Los Angeles and Anaheim now all out of the postseason.

*For something completely different: how can you say “no” to a tour of the world’s most magnificent treehouses.

Bruins have slim chance at No. 1 in NHL Draft lottery Saturday

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Bruins have slim chance at No. 1 in NHL Draft lottery Saturday

The Bruins will know a great deal more in a couple of days about their prospects for NHL Draft weekend in Buffalo this June.

The NHL will hold its annual draft lottery in Toronto on Saturday night for those teams outside the playoffs that hold first-round picks or those shrewd enough to have secured a first-rounder and still have reached the playoffs. 

The Bruins will have two first-round picks regardless of what happens: they hold their own lottery-eligible selection along with the first-round pick from the San Jose Sharks sent to Boston last summer in the trade for goaltender Martin Jones. The Sharks are still alive in the postseason, so the B’s second selection will be a late first-rounder.

The Bruins were the last NHL team eliminated from playoff contention, so they hold the slimmest odds of securing the first overall pick with a 1 percent chance in the Auston Matthews sweepstakes.

It’s too bad because the kind of game-breaking talent available at the top of the draft is exactly what the Black and Gold franchise needs after trading away top-10 first-round picks in Tyler Seguin and Dougie Hamilton the past three years.

The Bruins will have roughly the same odds for the second (1.1 percent chance) and third overall picks (1.3 percent chance) should they miss out on No. 1, but the chances are still slim at they will pick anywhere but the same exact 14th overall pick where they selected Jake DeBrusk last season. Should they get a selection in the top three, the Bruins would be looking at big-time center Matthews, and a pair of Finnish wingers in Patrick Laine and Jesse Puljujarvi, along with Matthew Tkachuk (son of Keith Tkachuk and cousin to Jimmy Hayes).

The highest rated D-man on the board is Sarnia Sting blueliner Jakob Chycrun, who is a player the Bruins would need to trade up for, a la their attempt at Noah Hanifin last year. The Bruins will have assets to potentially make that happen, but we all know how that worked out last season for Don Sweeney when a big part of “the plan” was moving up to nab one of last year’s blue chip D-men in the draft.   

Hopeful Bruins fans can try their luck with the NHL Draft Lottery Simulator online, but fair warning that you won’t see the Spoked ‘B’ come up very much while hashing out the order of the top three overall picks for late June at the First Niagara Center.