Morning Skate 519: Julien sick of 'mind games'


Morning Skate 519: Julien sick of 'mind games'

By Joe Haggerty

BOSTON -- Tampa Bay Lightning head coach Guy Boucher told reporters Thursday morning that the Bolts underestimated the speed of Tyler Seguin, and based on that the calculated Boucher decided the 19-year-old rookie would receive the verbal bouquets that the Tampa coach had been saving for Tim Thomas during the balance of the series. Heres the Boucher quote about Seguin, which Claude Julien took umbrage with as mind games when he was apprised of the comments later on at his portion of the press conference: The first two games it's clear," Boucher said. "I think the players and everybody underestimated his speed. That's the main thing. His speed is obviously a weapon for him and for his team. Being a young guy, having success right away certainly takes a lot of nervousness away. For us we know that he's going to be on the ice and we have to be able to keep on him.Julien has heard Boucher call Thomas an enigma and now wax poetic about Seguins skating speed, and the peeved Bs coach said its about time for the Tampa coach to start complimenting his own talented bunch of skaters.Tampa has been very good at complimenting our team," Julien said. "They do a really good job of that. I think Tampa has got some pretty good speed themselves, St. Louis and those kinds of guys Stamkos. They've got the same kind of players. So my answer to that would be I think they're pretty well served on their side. I don't think they're worried so much about Tyler more than they want to flatter him. We know that there are the mind games that teams play, and right now we're just focusing on what we have to do here. If anything, I would be more tempted if I were Boucher to compliment my own players such as St. Louis and those guys that are just as good as Seguin when it comes to speed. The Sports Hub 98.5 sports talkers Gresh and Zo wonder why there are so many complaints about a Bruins coach that has his hockey team within three wins of the Stanley Cup Finals. A great Inside Hockey piece by CBCs Elliotte Friedman on the University of Vermont connection between Tim Thomas and Marty St. Louis. The shots of Thomas and St. Louis as collegians are fun to watch. Toronto Star columnist Damien Cox chats with Hall of FameBruins goaltender Gerry Cheevers after heart bypass surgery administered after a routine check-up for a knee procedure. Barstool Sports puts a hammering on the Bruins market department for pulling a group of clever signs around TD Garden that poked fun at Tampa Bay Lightning hockey fans. Ive heard the back story on this and understand why the Bruins opted to go that route. Lets just say the Tampa radio personality and his listeners set a new standard for the dregs of society. Chris Botte has a good take on what the New York Islanders should do with Evgeni Nabokov as the player and team sit at a standstill with no easy solution. Bruins legend Terry OReilly chats with XM Home Ice about the BruinsLightning series, playing for Don Cherry and what it was like watching the 1972 Stanley Cup team as one of their Black Aces in the stands. Justin Bourne weights in on Ben Eager losing his mind against the Vancouver Canucks in the Western Conference Finals, and what it all means. Bourne, as usual, thinks it out beautifully. FOH (Friend of Haggs) and Yahoo! Sports hockey blogger Puck Daddy has the story of how Tyler Seguin saved the bacon of sports gear company Under Armour during the Stanley Cup playoffs.

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Bruins’ new Warrior Ice Arena practice facility to open Sept. 8.


Bruins’ new Warrior Ice Arena practice facility to open Sept. 8.

The Bruins’ new practice facility has been years in the making and they will finally get to officially open the doors to Warrior Ice Arena in Brighton next month. 

The B’s players will start informal captain’s practice skates at the new facility on the New Balance property in these final days of August, but the team announced on Friday that the new facility will be officially opened to the public on Thursday, Sept. 8.

Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs, Bruins CEO Charlie Jacobs, team president Cam Neely, general manager Don Sweeney and a number of players will be on hand for the opening ceremony and ensuing open house for the media. Also planning to attend from New Balance will be Owner and Chairman Jim Davis and NB Development Group LLC Managing Director Jim Halliday, along with Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and Massachusetts Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo. 

Following the formal portion of the event, Warrior Ice Arena will host the “Boston Youth All-Star Game featuring Bruins Alumni” which will feature local squirt players from the Boston communities of Allston-Brighton, Charlestown, Dorchester, Hyde Park, South Boston and West Roxbury mixed in with members of the Bruins alumni. 

The Youth All-Stars will team with Bruins alumni and they will play the first official game before the ice is turned over to the current Bruins players for their training camp later in the month.

The Warrior Ice Arena gets its name from the Warrior brand of hockey equipment that is now a division of New Balance and comes with a 79-foot high Warrior hockey stick that greets visitors at the front entrance doors.

Warrior Ice Arena will be the B’s new and permanent practice home after the Bruins spent 25-plus years practicing in the suburbs of Boston at Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington. 


Friday, Aug. 26: Coyotes keep taking on dead money in latest deal


Friday, Aug. 26: Coyotes keep taking on dead money in latest deal

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while finally catching up on “The Man in the High Tower” on Amazon.

*The Coyotes and Panthers executed a trade sending Dave Bolland to Arizona, and it’s not exactly great news for Gary Bettman with Arizona continuing to take on a lot of dead money.

*Alex Pietrangelo was appropriately humbled to be named the 21st captain in the history of the St. Louis Blues.

*The Colorado Avalanche have a new head coach, and his name is Jared Bednar, who it is said will get the players to play hard for him.

*The footage of somebody in full goalie equipment running away from a burglary scene is something out of a movie.

*The New York Rangers can never have enough depth, and that’s why they added Brandon Pirri to the mix on Thursday.

*PHT writer Cam Tucker says Lawson Crouse brings the total package in the trade from Florida to Arizona, and he also brings a player that can take a hell of a hit as he was the guy that got rocked by Charlie McAvoy at the World Junior Showcase earlier this month.  

*It’s only 15 days until the US National Team Development Program gets going with their 2016-17 schedule: here it is in full.

*For something completely different: can you see David Ortiz’s face in this corn maze? This could be like an ink blot test.