A weird night for Corvo

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A weird night for Corvo

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.com Bruins InsiderFollow @hackswithhaggs
BOSTON -- It had to be a little weird for Joe Corvo.Okay, it had to be a lot weird for Joe Corvo.

The newest member of the Bruins was the only skater in the season openerwho hadnt played for last years Stanley Cup winner, and wasnt part of the emotionalbanner-raising ceremony that took place prior to Thursday nights opening 2-1 loss to the Flyers. The puck-moving defenseman admitted he was sitting in the Bs dressing room alone for a long stretch with nothing to do while the 30plus minute banner processional took placejust minutes before game time.It was akin to a Bruins man without a country.Coach Claude Julien said thatCorvo's teammates made sure to acknowledge their new defenseman before heading onto the ice for their Cup celebration, and there aresimply some things that are unavoidable as the Black and Gold'snew guy.

Corvo is so respected and accepted by his teammates that he understood the situation, said Julien. Everybody went by him on the way out to the banner-raising and gave him a tap and made sure he felt that this was just last years stuff.

"He was good. I mean, for him tosit in the dressing room alone couldnt have been easy either, but he came back. I thought he didnt play any worse . . . than anyone else against the Flyers.

Corvo eventually walked out into the hall and viewed the banner-raising on a television in thecorridor before his Bruins debut, but it wasnt exactly taking achapter out of the hockey player handbook. Nobody can really tell you what to do as a hockey player at game time when the rest of the team is out on the ice taking one last hoist at Lord Stanley's Cup.It really just spoke to the established hockey situation that Corvo is entering into in Boston with both eyes wide open and perhaps the kind of offensive production from the defensemen spot that Corvowill be expected togenerate on the power play. That is, after all, why Corvo is the B's new guy.

The game itself was kind of a rude awakening, said Corvo, who finished with his first assist as a member of the Bruins in 23:01 of ice time. There were normal butterflies before the game.

So how weird or foreignwas it sitting by himself in the dressing room while each one of his new teammates paraded the Stanley Cup around the TD Gardenice before eventuallyraising the banner to the rafters?

It was weird, said Corvo. I was just sitting here. I was about to go get my phone and turn the camera on and say, This is me sitting here in the dressing room all by myself before the game. It was weird sitting in here all alone knowing that youve got to play in another 10 or 15 minutes.

I just couldnt it stand it anymore, so I just got all my stuff on and then watched it on TV out in the hallway. It would be awesome if I could have a Cup celebration, but its a long road.

Corvo, more than anybody, has to be happy that the Bruins have closed the chapter on this past year, and he can stop trying to live up to the ghostsof last years team. Hell be the new guy for the foreseeable future, but at least it wont be all about what happened last season and what he wasn't a part of.

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

Bruins coaches: Czarnik a ‘Belichick-type hockey player’

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Bruins coaches: Czarnik a ‘Belichick-type hockey player’

BOSTON – Austin Czarnik is off to a good start at Bruins training camp.

He’s got points in each of the first two exhibition games and just the fact that he’s cracked the B’s lineup in both games tells you that the coaching staff wants to get a long, good look at the undersized forward.

But the 5-foot-9, 167-pound Czarnik brings more than simply a touch of the Napoleon complex after always being told that he was too small to make it to the elite levels of hockey. The 23-year-old clearly can score after posting 20 goals and 61 points in his first pro season in the AHL in Providence last season. He plays with heart, energy and a dogged determination when he’s hunting pucks on the fore-check.

But former P-Bruins head coach and current B’s assistant coach Bruce Cassidy says that Czarnik also brings something a little extra that New England Patriots fans will certainly appreciate.

“As far as being a player goes, he would be, to me, that [Bill] Belichick-type player that you could use in a lot of different situations,” said Cassidy, in clear reference to intelligent utility guys Troy Brown, Danny Woodhead, Julian Edelman and others that all filled different roles in their time with New England.

“He’s got a very, very high IQ, he’s a quick learner and very coachable,” Cassidy said. “So, he’s a guy you can move around, and he can play with different players. He can play on the penalty kill, he’s good on the power play and especially on the point.

“So there are a lot of different things. I think from night-to-night if you wanted to, you could move him around in your lineup and he could be effective for you. I know he’s a center, but it would be interesting to see if he could play the wing and be effective. That’s something we haven’t really seen. Is that something we maybe attempt down the road? I don’t know. I don’t want to speak out of turn, but it wouldn’t surprise me if he could handle it. He even played for us 6-on-5 as a defenseman with the goalie out. He’s just a smart player, and he understands the game very, very well.”

So, Czarnik is off to a good start in training camp with the Bruins, but we also saw the same thing from him last year as a rookie to pro hockey. 

Now, it’s about seeing whether a smaller player can finish strong as the competition heightens deeper into the preseason, and perhaps he can bring that versatility and feistiness to the NHL level in Boston. 

 

 

Thursday, Sept. 29: Oilers right where they belong

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Thursday, Sept. 29: Oilers right where they belong

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while looking forward to watching the Luke Cage Netflix series.

*The Cult of Hockey has no issues with yours truly ranking the Edmonton Oilers 29th out of 30 teams in my first preseason NHL power rankings.

*An interesting piece about Brian McGrattan and his battle with alcohol in his career as an NHL tough guy. I can honestly say having covered him a bit when he was in the Bruins organization that he was one of the scariest dudes I’ve ever talked to in an NHL dressing room. A nice guy, but very intense and always looked like he definitely enjoyed his work on the ice.

*Dennis Seidenberg hopped on with the Hockey Central crew today to talk about his new contract with the New York Islanders.

*PHT writer and Friend of Haggs (FOH) Mike Halford has Guy Boucher with some serious Dion Phaneuf love going on in Ottawa.

*Jack Eichel is oozing confidence and swagger in his second NHL season with Buffalo looking to make a big step up this season.

*Scott Burnside said that the World Cup of Hockey could be coming to an end tonight and I think most predict that it will with a little bit of an anticlimactic thud due to the sheer awesomeness of Team Canada.

*For something completely different: “Aleppo Moment” sounds like a great name for a rock band. Not so much for a Presidential candidate.