Ference takes issue with Cherry and Milbury


Ference takes issue with Cherry and Milbury

By Mary Paoletti

WILMINGTON -- Andrew Ference laughed outright at his critics after practice on Tuesday.

"When guys like Don Cherry or Mike Milbury start making it into an issue when they've never been in our locker room -- literally, never been in our locker room -- they don't know what our locker-room dynamics are," he said. "There's absolutely no issue down here."

The defenseman was addressing the firestorm he ignited within NHL media last Thursday.

His critique of the hit that earned teammate Daniel Paille a four-game suspension in Boston's 6-3 win over Dallas was treated as treason. In their Saturday commentary for Hockey Night in Canada, Mike Milbury and Don Cherry chastised Ference for tagging Paille's check of Raymond Sawada a "bad hit," saying that the Boston blueliner should have shown solidarity with his fellow Bruin.

Milbury and Cherry said the team would be divided. According to Ference, nothing could be farther from the truth.

"We have a really good team. It's honest and open, with young guys and old guys all contributing to that. Something like that . . . " Ference shook his head and laughed. "It isn't going to tear apart a room or split us up. It's ludicrous.

"We actually all found it somewhat amusing," he continued. "We even pulled up the clips on YouTube at the Super Bowl party just to watch them because we were all having a good laugh about it. So really, it was much ado about nothing."

Ference was relaxed and matter-of-fact -- speaking just a few steps away from his locker-room neighbor, Paille. A constant in his quotes was that use of the word "we," as he stressed that this is the way they're dealing with both the suspension and the supposed controversy: As a team.

"Even Bergy Patrice Bergeron was like, 'Well, I kind of said the same thing after the game.' He had comments that were basically the same. So maybe it's a little more unique to our team just because of what we've dealt with on the receiving end."

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Morning Skate: Habs' Pacioretty blames himself


Morning Skate: Habs' Pacioretty blames himself

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while watching the Montreal Canadiens crash and burn in the Atlantic Division.  

*Max Pacioretty is certainly falling on his sword up in Montreal calling himself “the worst one on the ice” as the Habs really struggle to get going this season.

*Brad Marchand was on the Twitter machine after Thursday night’s win and having some fun with what his video game controller probably looks like when he plays hockey.

*Pro Hockey Talk has the details of the Erik Gudbranson boarding hit on Frank Vatrano from last night that looks like it’s going to get the Vancouver D-man suspended.

*Oliver Ekman-Larsson is still adjusting to the changes that are taking place with the Arizona Coyotes as they struggle in the desert.

*The Maple Leafs are looking and acting like contenders early on up in Toronto, and that would be a very good thing for the NHL.

*For something completely different: The Backstreet Boys are going country? Now I’ve definitely seen it all.


Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid’s leg is broken, will have surgery Monday

Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid’s leg is broken, will have surgery Monday

BRIGHTON, Mass – Another serious injury has hit the Bruins in the first few weeks of the season.

Adam McQuaid’s right leg is broken, he'll have surgery Monday and he’ll miss some significant time after he blocked a shot that knocked him out of the Thursday night victory over the Vancouver Canucks. The rugged, stay-at-home defenseman took multiple pucks of in successive games off his leg in the past two games against the Golden Knights and the Canucks.


Bruins GM Don Sweeney, in a Bruins statement released after practice Friday, said McQuaid sustained a broken right fibula and is scheduled to have surgery on Monday at Mass. General Hospital. He is expected to miss approximately eight weeks.

It’s a tough blow for McQuaid, 31, after he was able to play 77 games last season before missing the playoffs with an injury and has consistently battled injuries in his career while playing a hard-nosed, fearless brand of hockey.

“Adam [McQuaid] is seeing the doctors as we speak, so there will be an announcement about him,” Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said earlier Friday at practice. “With Bergie [Patrice Bergeron] it’s a maintenance day where we felt it would be better after 20 minutes of ice to let it rest, and the same with [David] Krejci. Miller is a maintenance day as well. He got whacked, but he should be fine as well. We’ll have a better idea in the morning, but we expect all of the [maintenance players] to play.”

Bergeron, David Krejci and Kevan Miller were all missing from practice on Friday morning at Warrior Ice Arena, but it was maintenance days for all as they’re expected to be back in the lineup on Saturday against the Buffalo Sabres. 

Tuukka Rask is out indefinitely while in the concussion protocol after his practice collision earlier this week, but the good news is that Bruins goaltender was up and around at the practice facility on Friday rather than at home convalescing in a dark room.

Here are the line combos and D-pairings for the Black and Gold with a few bodies missing from practice: