'Relieved' Campbell played no role in suspension

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'Relieved' Campbell played no role in suspension

By Danny Picard
CSNNE.com

BOSTON -- Mike Murphy didnt want to be speaking to the media onTuesday afternoon. He even said so.

But since the NHLs senior vice president is also theinterim disciplinarian for the league during this years Stanley Cup Finalbetween the Boston Bruins and Vancouver Canucks, the ruling to suspend Canucksdefenseman Aaron Rome for the rest of the series was a decision that had to bemade.

The NHLs previous disciplinarian Colin Campbell steppeddown just before the Finals began, as his son Gregory Campbell is a forwardfor the Bruins.

Murphy let it be known on Tuesday that, while he didreceive advice from others, he did not speak with Colin Campbell, and thefour-game suspension handed down to Rome was a decision made by him, and himalone.

This is my standard, said Murphy on Tuesday at WalterBrown Arena in Boston. I was given the responsibility to deal with thisseries. Brendan Shanahan will take over next year. And hell have a group ofpeople that are in his confidence.

I was told, You have to take care of this series. Ifsomething like this happened, its your responsibility. I have to look atmyself, and make sure Im doing the right thing. Because I know the severity ofwhat weve just done here. I know the severity with Nathan in the hospital, andAaron Rome not being able to play in the Finals.

Ive learned a lot of this from Colin Campbell, addedMurphy. Ive learned some it from talking with Brian Burke over the years,when weve had issues that Ive had to deal with. But, this is mine.

Gregory Campbell was one of several Bruins players availableto the media as well on Tuesday. He said his father was happy to not have tomake those kinds of decisions anymore.

I think hes relieved, said Campbell. You see situationsand decisions like the one that was just made. Its not an easy decision tomake, and its a tough spot to be in. So I think he put in his time, and heworked hard. I think hes happy to move on.

Its not an easy job. Youre dealing with injuriessometimes. But youre also dealing with taking a player out of a series, thattheyve worked their whole lives to get to that point. So its a no-win job.

I try to separate myself from that, because its not reallymy place, and its not my job, added Campbell. Ive dealt with it in mycareer, because thats the nature of it. Its my dad. Having been up front, andseen some of the decisions he had to make, its not an easy decision, butthats the job that they do.

With the ruling now in his hands, Murphy said on Tuesdaythat he took the decision very seriously, knowing that Horton and Rome may neverbe able to play in the Stanley Cup Final again.

And while he assured everyone that Campbell was not part ofany discussion or decision with Romes suspension, Murphy did acknowledge thatdealing with Campbell in the past, helped him handle the tough situation he wasdealt.

Most of what I know and what I decided on today, Ivelearned a lot from Colin Campbell, said Murphy. And I know he learned a lotfrom Brian Burke. This has to do with what we talk about almost on a nightlybasis, in the Toronto video room, when we have multiple clips.

Not to this severity, but we have a group of people thatshare ideas and share thoughts. And we often get asked about panels. We have apanel of people that I discussed this with, and a lot of people outside thepanel.

As difficult as this was, this was the right thing to do.

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Bjork returns to Notre Dame after impressing at Bruins' development camp

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Bjork returns to Notre Dame after impressing at Bruins' development camp

Given that he’s a former fifth-round pick, he’s not a local guy with any Boston ties to speak of and that there isn’t a lot of fancy to his game, Anders Bjork might be a bit under the radar as far as Bruins prospects go right now. 

Still, the 19-year-old Notre Dame forward has been steadily rising among the ranks at the NCAA level and Bjork put on a pretty impressive show at B’s development camp right along with more hyped forwards like Danton Heinen and Jake DeBrusk.

Bjork showed great skating speed and a hard-nosed willingness to battle whether the puck was on or off his stick. Even better, he showed a finishing flourish with the puck whenever he was around the net. He was literally blowing by defenders with his speed throughout drills each and every day at camp, and it was hard not to notice. Time after time Bjork buried those chances earned through speed and tenacity and showed the offensive confidence that saw him lead Notre Dame in points (12 goals and 35 points in 35 games) last season as a sophomore.

“You can tell the guys that have been here. Grizzy [Matt Grzelcyk] has a great week and Anders [Bjork] has a great week because they’re just comfortable in what they’re doing,” said Bruins general manager Don Sweeney. “I mean they’ve played at the college hockey level for two, three, four years in some of these cases. They’re very comfortable in their own skin and in what they do.

"In Anders’ case he gained a tremendous amount of confidence in the World Juniors last year and you can tell he’s carrying that over offensively. He also plays in a very tight system at Notre Dame, so the habits away from the puck are really ingrained in him. Now he’s looking to explore his offensive side.”

The good news for the Bruins: Bjork wants to keep improving on the offensive end and pump up the goal-scoring numbers in his third season with the Fighting Irish. If the week spent at Ristuccia Arena is any indication, Bjork should be lighting it up in Hockey East next season after being a second team All-Hockey East selection last season.

“I’m just working on trying to contribute a little more offensively, and really work on my goal-scoring and offensive abilities like that,” said Bjork, who is a bit of a legacy at Notre Dame with his father, mother, siblings and cousin NHL forward Erik Condra all having matriculated in South Bend as well. “Working on the little things in areas like goal-scoring and playing on the wall are what I’ve been focused on. The feedback from the Bruins has been really good, and really helpful.

“Sometimes they’ll check in after a game or after a weekend of games, and give really helpful feedback. Sometimes it’s even different than what my coach said, so it’s nice to get my viewpoint and sometimes they see things that my coach doesn’t notice. Stuff like that has been really helpful, and has helped me develop as a player definitely.”

Bjork said the Bruins have stressed consistency and greater focus in his game from shift-to-shift and game-to-game and that’s something he clearly took to heart in a dominant week at development camp. Given the rising number of college hockey players that are foregoing the teams that drafted them and become free agents following their senior seasons, one would expect that next season will be Bjork’s last at Notre Dame before signing with the Bruins.

The way that the 6-foot, 188-pound Bjork is improving his game each and every season after being projected a couple of years ago as a possible third-line player in the NHL, the Bruins should be looking to bring him into the Black and Gold fold sooner rather than later. 
 

Tuesday, July 26: Daley’s surprise visit with the Cup

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Tuesday, July 26: Daley’s surprise visit with the Cup

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while never getting tired of the Bernie Sanders/Curb Your Enthusiasm parallels.

*PHT writer Cam Tucker has Trevor Daley making a surprise visit with the Stanley Cup and talking more about his emotional moment hoisting the Cup right after the win by the Penguins.

*Don Cherry and Ron MacLean get their just reward with a star on the Canada Walk of Fame after years of great hockey entertainment.

*Adam Larsson has heard the fan reaction in Edmonton after being traded for Taylor Hall, and he’s downplaying it all.

*A lack of a deal for RFA defenseman Jacob Trouba with the Winnipeg Jets doesn’t mean Trouba trouble quite yet. But it sure doesn’t sound like things are all ducky in Winnipeg.

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Dan Rosen sits down with Arizona Coyotes GM John Chayka to answer five questions about his new gig, and some big changes for the Desert Dogs.

*Scott Powers has Jimmy Vesey’s camp confirming that the Chicago Blackhawks will be one of the teams on Vesey’s “short list” when he speaks with teams on Aug. 15. Watch out for Stan Bowman and the Blackhawks, who have been out to see Vesey a couple of times in Foxboro over the last month.

*The Washington Capitals continue to build depth among their forward group, and have constructed a strong roster for next season.

*For something completely different: if you love baseball or have ever enjoyed some of the truly great Dan Shaughnessy columns over the years, you will enjoy this column from Shaughnessy about his Hall of Fame induction. Congrats to Dan, a true titan in our industry.