Morning Skate 916: Bruins back to work

497931.jpg

Morning Skate 916: Bruins back to work

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.com Bruins Insider Follow @hackswithhaggs
BOSTON -- Its the first day of training camp with physicals and fitness testing set for the Bruins at TD Garden. Some of us reporter types are wondering if there will be more definitive word on Marc Savard failing some kind of physical officially, but more on that later.

For now, just enjoy the morning skate links:

NHLPA boss Donald Fehr isnt hoping for an alley fight over the next CBA with NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, but it sounds like hell be prepared just in case there is one. The current CBA expires 365 days from yesterday, and it bears watching as another work stoppage could kill the league.

The Vancouver bloggers are trying to say that the Stanley Cup Finals made Brad Marchand and opened the door for his 5 million deal. Id say that the 20 goals and 19 points in 25 playoff games had a lot more to do with it, but thats just me.

It may be time for Jordan Staal to take leadership of the Pittsburgh Penguins until Sidney Crosby can make it back, and that makes a lot of sense to this writer.

The Buffalo Sabres are spending a ton of money under new ownership and that should make for interesting Northeast Division battles this year. Scott Burnside examines the Tyler Myers contract extension.

There were plenty of Canadian markets and non-Canadian markets for that matter dreaming of Steve Stamkos landing in their town via an offer sheet. It didnt happen and thats prompted the Tampa Bay media to pound their chest a little bit.

A great review by the boys at Barstool Sports on A Football Life, the Hard Knocks-style documentary running about Bill Belichick. Watched it and was fascinated by the entire thing from beginning to end.

Joe Haggerty can be reached at jhaggerty@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Joe on Twitter at http:twitter.comHackswithHaggs

Julien sidesteps job security question with "shock journalism" comment

Julien sidesteps job security question with "shock journalism" comment

BOSTON -- With three crushing losses in a row at a time when results are really all that matters, the Boston Bruins are reeling at the wrong time during the regular season. The B’s tried their best to win a game 0-0 with strong defense against a sleepy Chicago Blackhawks bunch on Friday night, but ultimately coughed up a Marian Hossa goal in the final minutes for a 1-0 regulation loss at TD Garden.

The defeat continued a swirl downward for the Black and Gold over the last week, and was a second straight shutout loss on home ice for the first time in almost 15 years. The losing stretch has also kicked up the chatter that Claude Julien is in trouble as head coach of the Bruins, and the hockey club’s underperformance up and down the lineup is ultimately going to cost the NHL’s longest tenured bench boss his job.

The Ottawa Senators have passed the Bruins in the Atlantic Division, and it’s only a matter of time before the Toronto Maple Leafs move by them as well with both Toronto and Ottawa holding six games in hand on Boston. Combine all of this with the B’s having missed the playoffs in each of the previous two seasons leading into this one, and it shouldn’t be at all surprising that Julien is squarely on the coaching hot seat.

The B’s bench boss was asked about his job security after the Chicago loss, and clearly didn’t appreciate the tough, but appropriate question.

“Well, I’m not into shock-journalism,” said Julien in a prideful tone. “So I’ll stay away from that question if you don’t mind.”

The Bruins posted their Saturday schedule shortly after Julien and the B’s players had addressed the media following the loss, and sure enough the embattled coach is scheduled to address the media post-practice as part of the regular practice day routine. So it doesn’t seem that a move with Julien is imminent this weekend despite another loss, but both the coach and the players know something is going to happen to shake things up with this team if they continue to struggle.

“Right now it’s a results based situation, so if you’re going to keep losing games then probably something’s going to happen,” said Torey Krug. “But right now we’re just pretty down emotionally after this game, so I don’t want to look at the big picture. I just [want to] focus on what’s going on in this room, and hopefully we can come back with a good effort the next game.”

A good effort might help Julien’s standing with the Bruins in the short term, but it’s impossible to imagine the B’s bench boss making it through the rest of the Bruins regular season given all of things working against him right now.