|11.20.10 at 1:10 pm ET|
Bruins coach Claude Julien took a few minutes to reflect on the late Pat Burns, who died on Friday after a lengthy battle with cancer. The three-time Jack Adams award winner and Stanley Cup Champion in 2003 was 58.
Julien knew Burns while Julien was still playing in the AHL and Burns was coaching, but it wasn’t until the two were both “in the same coaching fraternity” that they got to know one another best.
“The one thing everybody knows about Pat was he was sincere and direct and there was no beating around the bush with him, but the part that people didn’t always see was that away from all of that was that he was a really good guy. I know that I was fortunate enough to kind of follow his path. It certainly wasn’t done purposely, but I was fortunate enough to follow his path and maybe part of that has helped me become a better coach because I had some big shoes to fill along the way.
“When Pat leaves somewhere, he’s obviously left his print. As I said, when I won the Jack Adams I was so honored to receive it from him because I consider him a friend and at the same time, my comment was ‘if I could even accomplish what you’ve accomplished, I’ll be a really happy coach.’ I mean he’s got three Jack Adams, he’s got a Stanley Cup, you know, he’s done so much.”
A former police officer, Burns was a fiery coach whom Julien said had a touch for turning teams into contenders by getting everything out of his players, no matter what the cost.
“He was a guy that didn’t always get along with every player, but every player liked him and respected him. Even the guys that he had his little run-ins with, I think eventually they came around to understand where he was coming from and that’s what you do as a coach, you do what you think is best for the player, whether it makes you popular or not.
“Sometimes it might take a player five, 10 years to realize what he was trying to do, but eventually they do and as a coach like him, all he could do was ‘I could live with the situation for now, as long as at the end it’s understood that what I was trying to do was the best for the players.’ That to me is what Pat was all about.”
Many fans who once rooted for Burns later found themselves rooting for Julien. Burns had coached all three teams Julien has coached in his career: the Canadiens, Devils, and Bruins. Julien said that his employment with former Burns’ teams isn’t as much a coincidence as one may think, as Burns esteemed Julien wherever he went.
“At one point, Pat, when he was here [in Boston], I think they were looking for a coach in Providence and Pat asked them to interview me,” Julien said. “I think Pat always had a good word. I went to New Jersey and there’s no doubt that Lou [Lamoriello] talked to him at some point, and so I had Pat’s support, obviously. He always had a good word to say about me, which certainly helped to make me follow his path, to a certain extent, so that’s why I guess, I’m grateful to him. I think, at the same time, I’m grateful to him also for leaving such big shoes to fill to push me to be the best coach I can be.”
|11.20.10 at 1:10 pm ET|
Bruins center Marc Savard spoke about a number of things Saturday, including the rough time he had while dealing with post-concussion syndrome symptoms, one of which was depression.
“I need to understand that is just the way I was feeling, because you think that maybe it’s because I didn’t want to play, but this is the game I grew up playing, I loved and love. Again, I think that love went away for a bit because I wasn’t sure about anything,” Savard said. “Obviously now I’ve had time to heal and I can’t wait to get back out there with the guys and play some games.”
Here’s some video of Savard talking about how glad he was to return to practice with his teammates. He was cleared on Friday to practice in non-contact situations and will undergo further tests next week.
Here is the complete transcript of Savard’s briefing with the media on Saturday, thanks to the fantastic folks at the Bruins:
On how good it felt to be out with the rest of the boys skating:
It felt unbelievable. You know it’s been a long time. You know it’s pretty special to be… To make it to this step, and hopefully gradually get better and go from there;
On how he’s been feeling over the last couple of weeks:
Fantastic. I would say for about two or three weeks now that I really haven’t felt any ill effects and things are heading in the right direction, that’s for sure.
On if there was a turning point where he just started feeling better:
Yeah, I mean I think it’s been a combination of stuff and working hard and working with the doctors carefully. The whole staff has been excellent you know Dr. Asnis and Dr. McInnis , Dr. Durant, Donny [Don DelNegro], Whitey [John Whitesides] obviously for keeping me in shape and you know the whole training staff back to Keto [Keith Robinson], Matty [Matt Falconer], I’d like to mention everybody. I think a big thing too you know the fans, they’ve been great. I’ve gotten a lot of really nice letters. It really helped me through this time and I appreciate that stuff.
On if he has thought about where he fits in on a team that is playing so well:
I think there’s a couple areas I can still help a bit, but no it’s great seeing the guys playing well. I think that’s been the easiest thing for me, is to have time to get better and then work on my stuff that I need to work on and clearing my head so I am ready to go. The way they’ve been playing is fantastic and hopefully I can just fit in quietly and go about what I do best and help the team win in some area.
On if he has talked to any of the players who have gone through the same thing:
I mean every incident is different and you know obviously Patrice [Bergeron] has helped me a bit and stuff. A couple players who don’t play anymore have been helping me too and obviously I think the biggest thing has been the doctors. Just listening to what the doctors have to say and you know it’s been a whole group effort here. Everyone in my family has been incredible and everybody behind me, it has really help the process. Obviously Peter [Chiarelli]’s been one of the best supports for me in helping me out and obviously [Matt Chmura] too. It’s just been a long road, but everybody’s been patient and that’s made me feel a lot better. Read the rest of this entry »
|11.20.10 at 12:18 pm ET|
After skating with the rest of his teammates for the first time this season, Bruins center Marc Savard addressed his state of mind, his recovery from post-concussion syndrome, and the unflattering light in which his name has grabbed headlines of late. NHL disciplinarian Colin Campbell, who coached Savard while the two were with the Rangers in 1997-98, had e-mails leaked in which he called Savard a “little fake artist” and the “biggest faker going.”
On Saturday, Savard reminisced on their days in New York and the positive relationship the two had, and noted that it would be unfair to suggest the e-mails conveyed a bias that went into the decision to not suspend Matt Cooke, who gave Savard his concussion last March.
“I have nothing against [Colin Campbell]. I think that stuff was private stuff, and I think that stuff that he was saying got interpreted in a bad way,” Savard, who noted the e-mails “didn’t faze” him. “It had nothing to do with the Cooke incident.
“Me and Colie got along fine,” he added. “He actually joked with me a lot. He made me feel comfortable, and I owe a lot to him. He was my first coach that I broke in with, and he gave me an opportunity. ‘¦ He was great for me, and I’ve got no hard feelings against him. I think that the media should maybe take it a little bit easier on him.”
As for the idea that he is a “faker,” Savard said that he felt the comments were probably less serious than one would think, given that Campbell himself encouraged that style of play.
“I played for Colie, and I think one of the ways when I first came in the league to stay in the lineup was to draw penalties, and I think he encouraged that at the time if you asked him,” Savard said. “I think that’s what he was referring to, but it had nothing to do with the Cooke situation. ”
The situation was made dicier by the fact that one of the e-mails was about a high-sticking call that Savard drew on Campbell’s son Gregory, now playing for the Bruins, back in 2007.
“I talked to [Gregory Campbell, a.k.a ‘Soupy’] here, and Soupy’s a great kid. We had no hard feelings against each other. I can’t wait to get back and play with him.”
Savard has been cleared to practice with the team, but still cannot take physical contact. He is expected to undergo further testing next week.
|11.20.10 at 10:33 am ET|
With the Bruins heating up at home, they will face a test against a very good Kings team that has been cooling off of late. Tim Thomas was first off the ice for the Bruins, an indication that he will likely be between the pipes for the B’s against UMass product Jonathan Quick.
WHERE IT’S AT
– The Bruins are 4-4-1 in home games this season, but are 4-3-1 in games played at TD Garden given that the first game was actually in Prague. Things are looking up for them in Boston, though, as they have won their last two home games, shutting out both the Senators and Panthers.
– The Kings are a dominant home team, but the same can’t be said for they’re road play. They’re 4-5-0 outside of Los Angeles and have dropped their last two road games.
– Ten. That’s how many victories both Tim Thomas and Quick have been able to attain in just 12 starts this season. Thomas is 10-1-0, with Quick entering the game at 10-2-0. Thomas has four shutouts to Quick’s one.
Despite the impressive play and 1.73 goals against average for Quick, he’s coming off a rough game Wednesday in which he allowed four goals to the Blue Jackets on just 25 shots.
– Thomas leads the NHL in save percentage (.959), but one might be surprised that Tuukka Rask is third in the league in the category with a .939 clip, ahead of Quick and many others. Not bad for a guy with a 1-4-1 record, eh?
– This might be the only time one could point out that Milan Lucic is on pace for 48 goals, so why the hell not? His career high is 17, though he’s never had an 82-game season in his career.
STORYLINES GOING IN
– This is a battle of two teams that have been at opposite ends of the spectrum recently. The Bruins are winners of their last three, while the Kings have lost three in a row after a 12-3-0 start to the season.
– The last time these teams faced one another, it was an interesting one. It wasn’t until the sixth round of the shootout that Jarret Stoll sealed a 3-2 Kings victory in Boston. The game was the Bruins’ seventh of their 10-game losing streak that stretched from Jan. 16 (another loss to the Kings) to Feb. 16.
|11.19.10 at 8:17 pm ET|
The hockey world was shaken as NHL coaching legend Pat Burns died on Friday. Burns, 58, had battled colon cancer, liver cancer, and lung cancer in the later stages of his life.
Burns coached the Bruins from 1997-2000, leading them for 254 games. He also coached in Montreal, Toronto, and New Jersey over his 20 year career, leading the Devils to a Stanley Cup victory in 2003 over the Mighty Ducks in a thrilling seven game series.
“On behalf of the Jacobs family and the entire Boston Bruins family, I would like to express our deep sorrow on the passing of Pat Burns. Pat was a great coach and more importantly a wonderful man. The Bruins are honored to have him as a part of our history. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Burns family.”
|11.19.10 at 1:32 pm ET|
WILMINGTON — The Bruins did not skate on Friday — well, Adam McQuaid, David Krejci, Marc Savard, Johnny Boycuk, and Tim Thomas did — so much of the focus was on Savard. Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said at Ristuccia Arena that Savard is set to join his teammates in practice, though he still can’t take or receive contact. Afterwards, he touched on the other news surrounding Savard in talking with Matt Kalman of TheBruinsBlog.
Emails from Colin Campbell that were leaked last week suggested that the league’s disciplinarian holds a bias against Savard, whom he called the “biggest faker going.” Chiarelli told Kalman that he’s had contact with Campbell since the development.
‘I’ve spoken to him,” Chiarelli said. “My conversations with him are private, but I’ve spoken to him.’
Campbell, meanwhile denied holding any bias against Savard, saying that his feelings about the player had no impact on his decision regarding the Matt Cooke hit last March that gave Savard the concussion from which he is still recovering.
“For someone to compare me saying that Marc Savard is an embellisher — a diver — on penalties, and then say that I might think he was faking in the Cooke hit is totally absurd,” Campbell said on the NHL Network on Thursday.
|11.19.10 at 1:17 pm ET|
WILMINGTON — The Bruins got good news on Marc Savard on Friday, as he passed a conditioning test that will clear the center to participate in line drills and other non-contact practice scenarios. While it’s a positive step for Savard, it doesn’t seem their other long-term injury reserve resident, winger Marco Sturm, is on as fast a track to return to the lineup.
“He is… I would say he’s a little bit away,” Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said of Sturm’s progress when asked on Friday.
Sturm is recovering from a torn ACL and MCL suffered against the Flyers in the Eastern Conference semifinals. His rehab hit a bit of a snag when he travelled with the team to Belfast and the Czech Republic to begin the season.
‘I think all the traveling to Europe, I think all that didn’t really help.,’ Sturm said in late October. ‘But the whole team went, and I wanted to go too. It was good, but all the traveling, it didn’t help too much and that’s why I think [the rehab] has gone back a couple of weeks.’
Sturm led the Bruins in goals last season with 22.
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