|Matt Beleskey: ‘I’m not Milan Lucic’||02.09.16 at 10:59 am ET|
Bruins forward Matt Beleskey has similar numbers to Milan Lucic a season ago, but he’s trying to avoid the comparison to the former Bruin.
“He’s a great player. If anyone put me in that [class] I’d take it, but like I said [when I came here] I’m not Milan Lucic,” Beleskey said Monday. “I won’t be that player. I’m different. I’m my own player and that’s the way I’ve been playing all year.”
Beleskey, who signed a five-year contract worth $3.8 million annually this offseason to replace Lucic, has nearly identical goals per 60 (.68) to what Lucic had in his final season in Boston (.70). He currently finds himself in a scoring slump that’s seen him score just one goal in his last 16 games, a slump that Lucic himself had last season.
Claude Julien said he’s happy with Beleskey, whom he feels the Bruins signed for his physicality rather than raw numbers.
“It’s his production that’s maybe thrown things off a little bit,” Julien said Monday. “Do people have the right view of what he is as a player vs. looking at last year’s stats and thinking that’s what it should be or even better. We knew what we were getting. We were getting a guy that, [after] losing Lucic, would give us some grit, would be able to contribute offensively here and there as well. So far he’s given us that. To me, he’s a player that, when you look at our group up front, he’s a player that we really need.”
To read more on Beleskey’s season and how it compares to Lucic’s final season in Boston, click here for Monday’s story.
|Sunday Skate Live Chat: ‘It starts at 7 a.m. again’ edition||02.07.16 at 12:45 am ET|
|Sunday Skate Live Chat: P.K. Subban, Chewbacca, Jaromir Jagr, Skills Competition, Vince Gill or whatever else edition||01.31.16 at 2:37 am ET|
Sunday Skate has its final one-hour show of the season before moving back to two hours next week. Call in at (617) 779-7937 and chat with Pete Blackburn, DJ Bean and Joe McDonald starting at 8 a.m. Click here to listen live.
|Sunday Skate Live Chat: ‘We’re probably going to talk about football and John Scott’ edition||01.16.16 at 11:59 pm ET|
The first hour’s the best hour. Y’all know the drill. 8 a.m.-9 a.m. Don’t miss it. Click here to listen live.
|Sunday Skate Live Chat: ‘The first hour’s the only hour’ edition||01.09.16 at 11:12 pm ET|
Sunday Skate with DJ Bean, Joe McDonald and Pete Blackburn is back and so is the interactive live chat. Ask questions, make Photoshops, do whatever. This is a safe place.
Listen to the show here from 8-9 a.m.
|Live blog: Bruins take on Canadiens in Winter Classic at Gillette Stadium||01.01.16 at 12:14 pm ET|
|Photos: Bruins-Canadiens Winter Classic at Gillette Stadium||01.01.16 at 11:20 am ET|
The Bruins host the Canadiens in the 2016 Winter Classic at Gillette Stadium on Friday, and WEEI has been in Foxboro all week. Check out our photos from Thursday and Friday here.
WEEI.com’s DJ Bean also hosted a Winter Classic Special with Joe McDonald and Pete Blackburn at Bar Louie just outside Gillette. Mark Recchi and Kathryn Tappen were among those who stopped by.