Ference not a Subban fan


Ference not a Subban fan

Andrew Ference is an honorable player, and he is not happy about P.K. Subbans antics after throwing a dangerous head shot at David Krejci in the third period of last nights 2-1 victory over the Canadiens at TD Garden. Ference emptied both barrels on Subban during his weekly radio appearance on the Dennis and Callahan Show on 850 WEEI Friday morning and didnt leave much to the imagination when it comes to his feelings about Subban.

"I wasn't that surprised. I think it's more embarrassing he was fighting his own teammates in practice the early January tussle betweenSubban and Tomas Plekanec during a Habs practice. I don't know. It was a hit to Krejci's head. I'm the smallest defenseman on our team, so I think he pulled a pretty good card on that one. But I guess he still didn't want to fight.

I wasn't extremely surprised. With most guys, it's a big hit to one of our key players, and obviously a high hit -- Krejci's got the marks on his face to prove it. So, that's usually pretty cut and dry. You don't have to be the toughest team in the league or fight all the time. And they're not; that's not their identity. That's fine. There's nothing wrong with that. But the general code in hockey is on plays like that, you man up. That's whether you're big or small or whatever you are. You just do it. That's where I think it rubs a lot of guys around the league -- and probably on his own team -- raw. I think most guys were raised as kids playing hockey, that's just the way you do it.

Ference pointed to teammates Brad Marchand currently out on a five-game suspension due to a clipping incident with Sami Salo as a guy that will answer for his actions when opponents feel hes crossed the line. Ference has seen Marchand in action.

Marchand is a friend of his, and Subban is clearly no Marchand.

"If you're going to play that way -- and for a direct example on our team, before this season started, I talked with Brad Marchand. I said, 'If you're going to play the way you play, you have to fight. You have to drop the gloves once in a while.' I said, 'You don't have to fight the toughest guy or fight every time somebody asks you, said Ference. But if you're going to play that style of hockey, if want any respect at all around the league, you have to drop the gloves once in a while.' So, that's what it's all about. Not being crazy and not picking up penalty minutes all over the place, but at least showing up once in a while and playing honest."

Subbans cockiness, confidence and outspoken style has certainly rubbed plenty of NHL players the wrong way, and its even spurred Ference to chirp at him on some occasions. Like last season when the Montreal defenseman was beaming after his team had lost a heartbreaking playoff series.

"He was even smiling after they lost in the playoffs last year, and I told him -- I'm not much for chirping guys and trash-talking -- but I said, 'You're team's not exactly doing so hot right now, I don't know if it looks so great when you're smiling around at the rink all game, said Ference. If a guy on my team was smiling like that after you're losing and when you're obviously going through some struggles, I don't know. Well, I guess that's why they're having the kind of practices they're having.

Sounds like theres not a lot of love lost between those two.

Tom Brady comes up if you Google 'Owner of the Jets'


Tom Brady comes up if you Google 'Owner of the Jets'

No clue why this happens, but if you google “owner of the Jets” or “owner of the New York Jets,” Tom Brady comes up. It was posted on reddit Thursday and then a follow-up google confirmed it. 

Tom Brady does not own the New York Jets. Woody Johnson does. Brady is 23-7-0 lifetime against the Jets in the regular season and 1-1 in the playoffs, though. 

Morning Skate: Star players must get more involved in CBA negotiations to make Olympics a reality


Morning Skate: Star players must get more involved in CBA negotiations to make Olympics a reality

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while marveling that we’re just now learning about the massive rap skills of the brotherly duo of Andrew and Pete Frates. 


*Ken Campbell from the Hockey News says that if influential players, like Connor McDavid, want to go to the Olympics then they need to get more involved in the CBA negotiations


*Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang shows what a class act he is by taking the Stanley Cup to a children’s hospital in Montreal.


*PHT writer James O’Brien has the Minnesota Wild looking to find long term deals for both restricted free agents Mikael Granlund and Nino Niederreiter. That was pretty clear when they chose to deal off Marco Scandella in order to clear up some cap space to afford both of them. 


*The Edmonton Oilers are going to face higher expectations for next season, and are willing to embrace that kind of pressure.


*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Craig Custance wonders aloud whether there will be any offer sheets coming for restricted free agents. I appreciate Craig wanting to add a little more intrigue to the NHL’s offseason, but it isn’t going to happen as long as GMs are treated like they have small pox once they go that route with an offer sheet. Take a look at the future job prospects for general managers that went with offer sheets in the past, and you’ll see why GMs simply don’t do them. This is why the Bruins are uncomfortable with David Pastrnak sitting unsigned as a restricted free agent, but not overly concerned that he’s going to sign a mega-offer sheet elsewhere.  


*The CCM hockey brand is apparently changing hands from its former home at Adidas


*For something completely different: Speaking of Pete Frates, MLB has announced a fundraising drive for ALS research in his name.