Jacobs: 'Cup is on loan' to this season's winners


Jacobs: 'Cup is on loan' to this season's winners

BOSTON -- Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs has a message to whatever NHL team of the remaining eight eventually hoists the Stanley Cup in the middle of June.
Dont get too comfortable with Lord Stanleys chalice.
Jacobs was presiding over an end-of-season press conference for the reigning Cup champ Bruins that came too soon after getting knocked out in the first round by the Washington Capitals.
While expressing disappointment at the seasons final outcome and pride at the regular season that produced a Northeast Division title and a No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference, Jacobs indicated the Black and Gold have their sights set on more hockey immortality next year.
I think weve got to tell the Stanley Cup winner this year that the Cups on loan to them, said Jacobs, in a show of chest-thumping bravado. Thats going to come back home here in the near term.
Jacobs son Charlie has taken over much of the day-to-day presence with the Bruins on Causeway Street, and he expressed a similar mixture of pride and disappointment with a hockey club that was on two very distant ends of the spectrum over the last year.
They climbed to the NHL mountaintop last June while defeating the Canucks in a seven-game series, but they couldnt overcome Cup fatigue, a tiny dose of champions arrogance and a healthy dose of adversity this year.
Its disappointing to be sitting up here this early in the postseason and have a season-ending press conference the fact that its very disappointing. Having said that, we cant overlook where weve been: the Stanley Cup parade here was a very special moment for the summer, said Jacobs. We perhaps got probably caught up in the bit and it snuck up on us in October, but I thought we righted the ship by the time November and December came around the team certainly responded well.
Then when you get set up and come into the playoffs as we did when youre missing your top-line winger, its not an excuse its a fact. There is such parity in the league today, if youre missing a top-line center as we were, and a fifth or sixth defensemen as we were... its a difference maker. We get a series that was as close as we had in seven games of one goal apiece and it shows. I cant say Im not proud of my team I am really proud of the organization and Cam Neely, and General Manager Peter Chiarelli and Head Coach Claude Julien and the players. Im real happy and proud of the effort that we gave. But I cant say that Im up here with a giant smile on my face because I just dont have one. I feel we couldve had a better ending.
The elder Jacobs seems to have a happier ending in mind for next seasons team after forging together the hunger and disappointment stemming from this season, and harnessing it into another excuse-free Cup run next year.

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: