|Bobby Orr on D&C: Zdeno Chara ‘not finished yet’||02.13.15 at 12:16 pm ET|
The Bruins legend discussed the team’s current struggles to maintain consistency.
“In our game today, just get to the playoffs. If you can get to the playoffs, who knows?” Orr said. “Look at the Bruins, look who they’re competing against. How much stronger are the other teams? The parity is unbelievable, and if you get there, who knows?”
Added Orr: “One of the key things for all the teams is injuries. I mean, the injuries that the teams have right now and have had all season, if you can go into a playoff healthy, you’ve got a shot. I mean, nobody’s that much stronger than the next.”
One of the struggling Bruins is veteran captain Zdeno Chara, who has shown signs of slowing down in recent years.
“He’s not finished yet, but he plays a lot,” Orr said. “He’s so big. I mean, if we go back to last year’s playoffs and the Montreal series, you could see that he was tired. And they do play him a lot, and they’re kind of in a bind now. I think they’re four points ahead of Florida for the wild card position. They’ve got to play him, he’s their best defenseman. … It’s unfortunate they can’t give him a little bit of a rest.”
The Bruins occupy the eighth and final playoff position in the Eastern Conference.
The rival Canadiens have shut out the Bruins in the season series this year, winning all four games between the teams.
“I’m not sure they’re that much better than the Bruins. It’s been like this for years,” Orr said when asked why the B’s haven’t been able to find a way to beat Montreal. “The Canadiens have had great luck against the Bruins, and it could be a head thing. The Canadiens come into Boston, and they play very well in the Garden. They really do. They’ve always played well in the Garden. Going back to my time, we had issues with the Canadiens. So it’s not just happening to this Bruins team, it’s been happening for a long time.”
Orr also offered his comments on the hot topic in New England sports: the Patriots’ Super Bowl victory. Leading up to the championship win two weeks ago, the national conversation was focused on the Deflategate controversy.
With that Super Bowl, Brady has solidified his legacy as one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time and is in the discussion for one of the best players in Boston sports history.
“Brady should be there. He’s a great quarterback, four championships, absolutely,” Orr said when asked if Brady deserved to be in that discussion. “Tom is a heck of a player.”
|P.K. Subban gets picture taken with Bobby Orr: ‘He truly is the best defenseman to ever play the game’||11.22.14 at 12:47 pm ET|
P.K. Subban is one of the most talented defensemen in the NHL and, at age 25, already has one Norris Trophy to his name. No accomplishment, however, will ever make him too cool to ask Bobby Orr for a picture when he gets the chance.
With the Bruins great in the building Saturday morning to take in Montreal’s morning skate, Subban crossed paths with the Hall of Famer, asked for a photo and took to Instagram.
Orr strolled through the media room shortly after the photo was posted. Asked whether he or Subban had requested the photo, Orr simply laughed. Subban put that mystery to rest quickly after Montreal’s morning skate.
“Oh no, it was definitely me who asked for the picture. He’s the legend, right? I posted as soon as I got it on Instagram,” Subban told WEEI.com. “It’s pretty special for me as a defenseman to be able to interact with someone as great as Bobby Orr. He really truly is the best defenseman to ever play the game. I’m very lucky to still be able to see him around and talk to him.”
Added Subban: “It’s funny, I met him when I was 15 — that was 10 years ago – and he looks exactly the same. He hasn’t changed at all. I don’t know what he’s doing, but he should keep doing it.”
|Seth Griffith makes like Bobby Orr, but Bruins ruin it with 3rd-period meltdown||10.29.14 at 12:05 am ET|
No Stanley Cup was on the line Tuesday night at TD Garden, but Seth Griffith certain woke up the Gallery Gods echos when he made like Bobby Orr of May 10, 1970, and flew through the air to score what was, at the time, the go-ahead goal in the second period.
But the trouble with this airborne goal is that it wasn’t the final goal of the season. It wasn’t even in the final goal of the game.
The Bruins would score again, on a power-play tally from Milan Lucic, to go ahead 3-1 entering the third period. But the final 20 minutes featured a meltdown as the Wild outworked the Bruins and came away with a 4-3 win at TD Garden.
Still, the Griffith goal is what many Bruins fans will take with them out the door as the lone highlight. Gregory Campbell made it all possible when he rushed the net, drew a defender and left Griffith alone to come down the slot and finish it off. It was the rookie’s second goal of the night and third of the season. He also added an assist and was just a fight shy of the Gordie Howe hat trick.
“It’s kind of hard to be happy but two goals — obviously the win is more important,” Griffith said. “It’s too bad we didn’t have a very good third.”
|Bobby Orr on D&C: Bruins ‘a better team than they were in ’11’||06.06.13 at 9:11 am ET|
“This team, you go back to the Toronto series, is this the same team? What did they do? Absolutely amazing,” Orr said. “They didn’t play great against Toronto. The 10 minutes of the last game, an unbelievable comeback. They played a little better against the Rangers. But in this series, they’re playing as well now as they did in ’11. They’ve completely dominated Pittsburgh. ‘¦ They’re playing their big guys against their big guys, and the Bruin guys that are supposed to score are scoring, Tuukka [Rask] has been unbelievable. I don’t know what happened. But Claude [Julien] and the coaching staff got them playing great. Very impressive. Very impressive.”
Added Orr: “This is team is playing unbelievable hockey. And people are going to say, ‘Well, Pittsburgh’s not playing very well.’ Well, the Bruins aren’t letting them play. They’re all over them, they’re not giving them any room. And when they get those chances, Tuukka’s coming up huge for that team. It’s a team effort.”
“I don’t agree with that at all, about him being overrated and this guy not doing da-da-da-da,” Orr said. “Let’s look at what the Bruins are doing. they’re not giving them one inch. You want to play tough? The Bruins are there. Finesse? Every player that’s supposed to — whatever the players’ strength is, that player is playing to his full strength. It’s wonderful to watch. And they’re defense, wow. Defensively they’re very, very strong.”
Gregory Campbell took a slap shot off his leg late in the second period but showed toughness by getting back to his feet and struggling to help the B’s penalty kill for almost a minute until the puck was cleared and he had a chance to get to the bench.
“What that kid did last night — I mean, they’re reporting he may have a broken leg. He obviously he was in pain, and he hung in there,” Orr said. “That’s the team. That’s the team right there. That’s what they are right now. We saw what they’re made of. This team has a ton of character. A ton of character.”
Added Orr: “What he did was incredible. Certainly it gave the team a great lift. Certainly the fans appreciated what Gregory did.”
|Best backup goalie ever? Ross Brooks recalls 1970s stint with Bruins fondly||03.21.13 at 11:58 am ET|
PROVIDENCE — Ross Brooks keeps a photo of Bobby Orr above his desk, even in the temporary trailer office to which he’s been exiled while Providence College’s Schneider Arena is remodeled. Forty years after he first stood in goal for the Bruins as a 35-year-old rookie, Brooks hasn’t forgotten the sight of his name above a locker room stall alongside those of Orr, Phil Esposito and the rest of the storied early ’70s Bruins.
“The biggest thing was looking around the room and seeing all those names on the seats — Esposito, [Ken] Hodge, Dallas Smith, Terry O’Reilly — you could just go around the room. And then I saw my name,” Brooks said. “And I just stared at it for a while, and you almost want to pinch yourself to make sure that it’s right.”
Brooks spent three seasons — 1972-73 to 1974-75 — with the Bruins, playing in 54 games. He posted goals-against averages of 2.64, 2.36 and 2.98, respectively, and in the ‘73-74 season he tied an NHL record with 14 consecutive wins. He finished that year with a 16-3 record, serving as the backup to Gilles Gilbert.
It all happened rather suddenly. Brooks broke into the NHL at age 35 after a 12-year minor league journey that took him from Phoenix to Rochester. Despite his stellar statistics, he spent just three seasons in the league, retiring when Gerry Cheevers returned to the Bruins from the World Hockey Association.
‘In hindsight, you’d wish that had happened at 21 years of age, but you know what? At least it happened,’ Brooks said of his chance with the Bruins.
Despite never earning a starting job, Brooks maintained patience and a good attitude, according to Orr. The two have kept in touch over the years and still golf together from time to time.
“Sometimes, being a backup, they’re unhappy all the time and moaning and groaning, and that wasn’t Ross,” Orr said. “Ross was a great team guy. Everybody loved him, and when he was called upon to play, obviously, by his record, he played very well for us. ‘¦ He’s a fun guy. He’s a jokester, and we always had a lot of fun.”
Brooks, 75, now is the arena manager at Providence College. His longest minor league stop involved seven seasons with the AHL’s Providence Reds, and with a few interruptions he’s been based there ever since. Even as a Bruin, he made the 45-minute commute from the Providence area and says he was only late for practice in Boston once.
|Bobby Orr has high hopes for Bruins in hectic season||01.09.13 at 11:23 pm ET|
“I just wish it happened sooner,” Orr said at the event to announce “Turk: The Movie,” based on the life of Bruins teammate Derek Sanderson. “There are are so many people that are hurt by the lockout. People talk about who won, well nobody won. How do you win? You don’t win.
“You can’t pick winners and losers in something like this. Everybody lost. Now I just hope that players will get back to work and work hard, and I’m sure they will. It’s going to be a short season for these teams, so you have a bad start, you’re going to be in trouble, so I think we’re going to see real good hockey.”
Orr, whose agency represents Bruins forward Nathan Horton, said to “give me a team that’s better” than the Bruins this year. He expects the upcoming 48-game season to be hectic.
“This is going to be an interesting year,” he said. “You’ve got to come out of the chute. You’ve got to win real fast. You go into any long losing streaks early and you’re in trouble. I think it’s going to be a great season. I really do, because I think we’re going to see high intensity hockey and very good hockey. I think the players all know what’s at stake here.”
The league and players finally came to terms on a new collective bargaining agreement last Sunday, the 113th day of the lockout. Orr hopes that the new CBA, which lasts for 10 years with a mutual opt-out after eight years, is good enough to provide long-term labor peace and prevent another lockout at the end. In the meantime, he just hopes the league can do its best to recover over the course of this CBA.
“It’s a long term deal and we need that. Sponsors will be more comfortable doing deals with the league. Players have 50 percent of everything, so it’s a good deal for everybody,” Orr said. “Get good sponsors, have good hockey and everybody will be in good shape.”
There had been talk of the league making concessions, such as offering the Center Ice television package for free, but it’s been reported that fans will still have to pay for Center Ice. Orr has a better idea in mind for how to make it up to fans.
“Play hard and give them good hockey,” Orr said. “Hockey fans are very loyal and I’m sure they’ve missed the game as I have. … There are some that may be slow coming back, but hockey fans are very loyal and hopefully they will come back.”
|Bobby Orr on M&M: Tomas Kaberle let criticism get to him in Boston||07.06.11 at 12:07 pm ET|
Bruins legend Bobby Orr joined Mut & Merloni live from the Pinehills Golf Club for a charity golf event benefiting Mark Herzlich‘s foundation. Orr discussed the Bruins’ Stanley Cup run and offered updates on a couple of players his agency represents. To hear the interview, go to the Mut & Merloni audio on demand page.
‘The Bruins have given us a lot to cheer about and talk about,” Orr said. “The heart that that team showed this year was incredible. Again, [Tim] Thomas shows that you cannot win without goaltending. This guy was incredible. If you look at that team everyone did something, someone came up one night and the next night it was someone else.’
Orr was asked about the Stanley Cup and its whereabouts. Orr noted how it is much different from when it was back when he won titles with the Bruins in 1970 and ’72.
‘We didn’t get it like they do today,” he said. “We had it for the parade and that was it. I think it is wonderful. The Stanley Cup will be all over the world. I think it’s the only trophy in sports that it’s ‘The’ trophy, the others every year there is a new one. This is it. To have it all over the world, and let the kids touch it and see it. It is wonderful.’
Orr gave an injury update on forward Nathan Horton: ‘He’s fine,” Orr said of his client. “We really won’t know until he starts working out that will be the true test. I talked to him a few days ago and he feels great. He loves Boston, he was so excited to be in Boston. ‘¦ We really won’t know until he starts working out. He has to let things settle down. He also hurt his shoulder in the Montreal series and probably shouldn’t have been playing, so he is trying to heal the shoulder and the concussion.’
On Tuesday the Bruins lost defenseman Tomas Kaberle to the Hurricanes but acquired defenseman Joe Corvo from Carolina in exchange for a fourth-round pick in 2012. Orr said that Corvo is a good player who can shoot the puck.
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