|Bruce Cassidy named head coach of P-Bruins||06.25.11 at 11:18 am ET|
Bruce Cassidy was named the head coach of the Providence Bruins, the B’s minor-league affiliate in the American Hockey League, Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli announced Saturday morning.
Cassidy has some experience as a head coach at all levels of the professional game. He was head coach of the Capitals starting in 2002-03 and compiled a 47-45-9-6 record in parts of two seasons in Washington while leading the team to a playoff berth in his first year. Previous to that, he had spent one season as an AHL head coach, leading Grand Rapids to a 42-27-11-0 record in 2001-02 before moving on to the Caps. He had also headed teams in both the IHL and ECHL.
Cassidy had worked as an assistant for the P-Bruins for the past three seasons under Rob Murray, who was let go after the team failed to make the postseason for the second straight season. During those three years, the team had garnered a record of 117-103-10-10.
|Andrew Ference on D&C: Bringing Stanley Cup back to North End one more time||06.21.11 at 9:31 am ET|
Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference joined the Dennis & Callahan show to talk about what his life has been like after winning the Stanley Cup championship last Wednesday. The veteran D-man told the guys that unfortunately the Cup in all its glory is no longer in Boston but is rather on its way to Las Vegas to be showcased at the NHL Awards Ceremony. Ference also deemed rookie forward Brad Marchand the “runaway winner” for the team’s resulting celebrations after beating the Canucks in seven games to take home the most prized trophy of the four major sports. (To hear the entire interview, visit the D&C audio on demand page.)
The blue-liner said as much fun as Marchand and some of the other guys have been having, the most difficult part of the process for him is perhaps just trying to go down the block.
“It’s taken me a lot longer to do a few chores, that’s for sure,” Ference said. “It’s great. I wouldn’t want to be in a hurry to get anything done, but the people are pumped. We know a lot of people so most of the time it’s people we already met and already know and just pass on a congratulations and tell stories where they watched or whatever it was. It was great. It’s been that way for a number of years now, living that way. [Zdeno Chara‘s] been riding his bike and a lot of teammates walk over [to the TD Garden] anyways so I don’t think you’re going to see things change too much unless we start showing up late to practice because we get stopped for conversation.”
Ference also said during his interview that he had an inkling that the B’s would win the Cup even before the three-month grind of the Stanley Cup playoffs even began.
“Even before the playoffs started, I had a really, really good feeling. I was almost scared to have that kind of feeling. A few of us teammates talked about it that we’ve had good years and good teams in the past where we thought we had a chance. But in the process of talking about it, we knew this would be more than just a chance. We knew that there’s something different about the team and that it was a legitimate shot. When it really sunk in was after the first round because the first round is just so tough, doesn’t matter what year it is. I think it’s the toughest round of the playoffs. To get by the way we did against Montreal, that series was so close and our team got so much better from the beginning to the end of it. I think after that first round I had a really, really great feeling.” Read the rest of this entry »
|The day after the Cup, 6 p.m.: Recap of Bruins talk on The Big Show||06.16.11 at 6:00 pm ET|
Glenn Ordway, Michael Holley and Mikey Adams were given plenty of material for Thursday’s Big Show when the Bruins won the Stanley Cup the night before. Here’s a brief recap of all the Bruins talk from 2-6 p.m:
–The guys played an awesome compilation of the four championship calls from the Bruins, Red Sox, Celtics and Patriots from the last decade.
—NBC sideline reporter Pierre McGuire told the guys that he believed the Canucks had chemistry issues in Game 7, saying “”Coaches overreacting. I thought in the case of Alain Vingeault when the frustration set in, and the composure and the focus and basically every one of the Bruins players acting as coach. It was really an interesting dynamic to witness.”
—Kevin Paul Dupont of The Boston Globe called in from Minnesota when he was returning from Vancouver. He said he thought the hit on Nathan Horton in Game 3 signaled the turning point in the finals but perhaps not for the reasons you’d think. “I didn’t see it so much as, ‘Let’s do it for Horton.’ There’s always that element no matter what the injury, but I had a sense of a couple of things in the immediate minutes after it, which was Vancouver began to play small. They got afraid. Their skilled players were afraid because you know in those instances there has to be a payback.”
|The day after the Cup, 5 p.m.: The most memorable moments from B’s playoff run||06.16.11 at 5:00 pm ET|
The Bruins’ Stanley Cup victory signals not only the resurgence of hockey in the Hub but also the unfortunate end to the 2010-11 hockey season. That may have some already feeling nostalgic about this historic run to the Cup. But no worries, you can relive each of the Bruins’ most memorable moments from these playoffs in each of the clips below and after the jump.
Eastern Conference quarters vs. Canadiens
Jack Edwards screams ‘Get Up!’ to Roman Hamrlik in Game 3
|The day after the Cup, 4 p.m.: The Big Show talks with Kevin Paul Dupont||06.16.11 at 3:59 pm ET|
Kevin Paul Dupont of The Boston Globe, a regular contributor down the stretch for the program, called into The Big Show to give his expert take on the Bruins Stanley Cup victory and precisely how the team got there in the first place. Dupont saw Aaron Rome‘s suspension-worthy hit on Nathan Horton as the point where the finals began to take a turn toward the Bruins side.
“The turning point of the season was the hit on Horton,” he said. “I didn’t see it so much as, ‘Let’s do it for Horton.’ There’s always that element no matter what the injury, but I had a sense of a couple of things in the immediate minutes after it, which was Vancouver began to play small. They got afraid. Their skilled players were afraid because you know in those instances there has to be a payback. It wasn’t the traditional payback of the years of my youth of the 60s, 70s and even into the 80s which was grab two or three finesse guys and beat the hinges off of them. Instead, the thought was at least from a competitive standpoint, just get in their face, be relentless. And other than that one next game in Vancouver, they were that. They played effectively. They played punishingly. They stayed on them on every shift. We saw the shrinking of Vancouver.”
While others seemed ready to call Claude Julien vindicated after several in both the stands and the media, Dupont wanted to make sure fans didn’t forget about team owner Jeremy Jacobs. Although he’s been seen a villain in Boston sports lore over the years, Dupont noted that B’s fans could have been much worse.
“Has the guy spent? Yes he has. Is the guy reliable? Has there ever been a question about payroll in this town, which I know a lot of people take for granted? I can show you a lot of NHL cities where you can’t take that for granted. He’s never bitched and moaned about the money. He’s never tried to hold up the city for another dime for development on Causeway St. … Is he vindicated? I don’t know if he’s vindicated. He is rewarded. He has spent a lot of money. He has been rewarded even though being an out-of-town citizen. I think from a business standpoint, he’s been a very good citizen.”
Before leaving, Dupont wanted to make sure he praised the city of Boston for not being as violent in their celebrations as Vancouver was in its riots Wednesday night.
“Good on that,” he said. “It took us, what, 400 years in Boston to learn how to drink and party?”
|The day after the Cup, 3:15 p.m.: The national media checks in||06.16.11 at 3:16 pm ET|
We all know Boston’s reaction to the Bruins first Stanley Cup finals win in 39 years, and earlier on this blog, we saw what the Vancouver media had to say after the Canucks fell. Now it’s time to see what the national media wrote about the Bruins win in Game 7 and the subsequent hoisting of the Cup by the black and gold.
—ESPN hockey writer Scott Burnside said that the Bruins as a team paled in comparison to recent Stanley Cup winners and even failed to stack up against the Canucks on paper. But none of that matters, he wrote, because the B’s had the “heart of a champion.”
—Sean Gentille of Sporting News wrote that the first goal of the game, or the eventual game-winner, was a microcosm of the Bruins road to the finals because it connected the punchy rookie Brad Marchand with veteran team leader Patrice Bergeron. It was also representative of the B’s performance in the playoffs because it was the only goal the team would need with Tim Thomas playing well in net.
—The New York Times featured the end to the career of 43-year-old winger Mark Recchi. In the article, Recchi says he doesn’t know what he will do next with his career but he expects to stay in hockey in some capacity. He’s already a part-owner of the Kamloops Blazers in the Western Hockey League. (For a more local view on the topic, read DJ Bean‘s article on the same topic here.)
–Not everyone was willing to say nice things about the Bruins win. Grantland.com’s Chris Jones, a native Canadian, wrote an article for the new sports site entitled “Screw Boston.” In the article, Jones claims Boston fans “still don’t know what Canadian hockey fans know.” He then goes to discuss Canadian teams’, who have not won the Cup since 1993, struggles in the Stanley Cup finals before concluding with “Some year, however distant from now, the Cup will be ours again. And however happy Boston felt last night, however happy that city feels this morning, we’ll feel that a thousand times more, and we’ll feel it together.”
|The day after the Cup, 2:30 p.m.: Jack Edwards joins The Big Show||06.16.11 at 2:39 pm ET|
NESN play-by-play man Jack Edwards got The Big Show going when he called in while on his way back from Vancouver. After calling Wednesday night’s proceedings “a night I’ll ever, ever forget,” he talked about what he though was truly the best part of the celebration.
“”The greatest thing about it was how sincere the players were about what this meant to them and how hard they have worked for it and what they would take out of it. You hear from Tim Thomas that as a great a moment as this was, it’s not as important to him as his family. It is just a hockey game. That kind of thing really sinks into your heart and gives you a moment that you know you can go back to at any point in your life.”
As big as the moment was for the Bruins though, Edwards couldn’t help but throw a little dig at the Canucks, the Sedin brothers in particular, after they fell flat on their own home ice to lose the Cup.
“I have to extend this observation,” he said. “I’m about to board this plane and I was walking past the souvenir stand here in the Vancouver airport and I saw Henrik Sedin T-shirts on sale. First thing I did was I went up to it and I noticed it was very soft. Then the next thing I noticed about it was that it had a minus-4 on it to signify the discount you’d get on it.”
And just before he was about that plane back to Boston, Edwards sneaked in a mention about just how good Thomas’s season was and that he doesn’t expect to ever see it in-person ever again.
“The numbers, the performance that Tim Thomas put up, not just the saves he made but when he made them, I’m pretty sure I’m going to be dust before anybody approaches what he did in the Stanley Cup finals,” Edwards said. “That’s how heroes are made. He made himself one.”