Morning Skate: Thursday, September 13

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Morning Skate: Thursday, September 13

The Hockey News sits down with No. 4, Bobby Orr, to talk about all things hockey, and that is always worthy of a link. By the way I read the book Searching for Bobby Orr not too long ago and Id highly recommend it for a full view of the man, myth and hockey legend.

Twitter was abuzz with the exchange between the NHL and the NHLPA in New York City on Wednesday, and the boys at Pro Hockey Talk have all the details.

Puck Daddy has an interesting story about the Bain Capital interest, yes that Bain Capital, in the NHL back in its heyday.

Adrian Dater posits some thoughts about the coming NHL lockout for the Denver Post.

John Vogl wraps up some loose ends in the talks between the NHL and NHLPA in New York City with very slow progress being made.

The Vancouver Canucks still intend to deal goaltender Roberto Luongo once the final landscape becomes clear, but theyre not going to give Bobby Lou away according to the Vancouver Sun.

The Canucks are going to sign Alex Burrows and Alex Edler, and still hold out hope that Shane Doan is going to eventually choose Vancouver as his free agent spot.

Veterans are bristling at the thought of losing playing time due to the NHL lockout, according to the Edmonton Journal. The players all want to play at the end of the day.

For something completely different: Apparently the Seattle Mariners are trying to step in the way and prevent the NBA and NHL from potentially returning to the Home of Grunge.

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.