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.

Report: Marchand agrees to eight-year extension with Bruins

Report: Marchand agrees to eight-year extension with Bruins

The Bruins took care of their biggest priority today as they reached agreement with Brad Marchand on an eight-year contract extension, according to several reports.

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Elliotte Friedman reports Marchand has agreed to an eight year, $49 million extension ($6.125 million per season) that will effectively allow him to finish his career in Boston.

It was felt the Bruins would have been playing with fire if they allowed Marchand -- a 37-goal scorer last year -- to start the season unsigned, especially after he ripped up the World Cup of Hockey competition on a line with Patrice Bergeron and Sidney Crosby. Bruins president Cam Neely told CSN a couple of weeks ago that Boston was aiming to get the deal done with Marchand prior to the start of the regular season. In fact, they managed to get it done before the start of even the preseason.

Marchand has consistently said that he wants to finish out his career with the Bruins, who drafted and developed him and with whom he turned into an elite player in the last couple of years. He’s clearly taking a hometown discount to stick with Boston.

This is what Marchand said to CSN on breakup day last April:

“I obviously love being a part of this organization, this city and this team, and I don’t think this team is done having some good runs. I would love to be a part of this organization for the rest of my career, but the reality is when you look around the league that it doesn’t happen for many guys. We’ll deal with it when the time comes.”

Well, the time came and Marchand put his money where his sometimes big mouth usually is. The Bruins agitator easily could have demanded a yearly salary of $7 million-plus in free agency.

Credit to Don Sweeney and Neely for closing the deal with Marchand, and ticking one very important thing off their checklist that will help make the Bruins great again.

Monday, Sept. 26: So what happens if Canada loses World Cup final?

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Monday, Sept. 26: So what happens if Canada loses World Cup final?

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while finding it hard to believe that it’s game day for the Boston Bruins. Summer is officially O-V-A.
 
-- The Montreal media is starting to get on board with this tougher, grittier version of the Habs, along with a healthy Carey Price.
 
-- Pierre McGuire sits in with Ottawa’s TSN sports radio station and talks Team Europe in the World Cup, as well as a number of other things.

-- FOH (Friend of Haggs) Mike Zeisberger is already openly wondering what would happen in Canada if they lose to Team Europe in the best-of-three final to the World Cup.

-- FOH (Friend of Haggs) Puck Daddy Greg Wyshynski asks Brad Marchand if a part of him has thought about playing with Sidney Crosby on the Penguins if he hits free agency. Bells, alarms and whistles should be going off on Causeway Street to give No. 63 whatever he wants at this point. In case you missed it, I talked about the danger of Crosby trying to woo his Nova Scotian buddy to Pittsburgh last week.
 
-- PHT writer James O’Brien says it sounds like the St. Louis Blues are going to play a more aggressive brand of hockey this season.
 
-- For something completely different: Forbes Magazine says Pete Carroll, not Bill Belichick, should be considered the NFL’s foremost cheater.