Marchand calls for Cooke's suspension


Marchand calls for Cooke's suspension

By Danny Picard

WILMINGTON -- Some Bruins players didn't want to talk about it. Others said they didn't see it. Another called for disciplinary action. And the coach, well, he didn't even wait for the question to come to him.

"You have to trust your players that they've learned those things, and that they don't let it happen, although, there's certain guys in the league that don't seem to be learning," said Claude Julien, after being asked a question about the end of Brad Marchand's recent two-game suspension.

He was clearly taking jab at Matt Cooke, who has an in-person hearing with NHL disciplinarian Colin Campbell on Monday at 1:30 p.m. The conversation will be about Cooke's elbow to the head of New York Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh on Sunday.

Already a villain to the Bruins, after last year's elbow to the head of Marc Savard, Cooke's hit was the hot topic in the B's dressing room after Monday's practice at Ristuccia Arena.

"No reaction, no comment, because I think right now, I've got my hands full with trying to get our team back on track," said the Bruins' coach. "This is an opportunity for me to let the league do their job."

Three of Cooke's previous four suspensions have involved a hit to the head or a hit from behind.

Marchand -- who will return from a two-game suspension, Tuesday, for an elbow to R.J. Umberger's head last week -- was more open, about Cooke's latest head shot, than any other Bruins player or coach after Monday's practice.

He said he hopes the league gives Cooke a pretty good suspension.

"I think that it's about time he gets suspended," said Marchand. "He's got to be taught lessons.

"I expect that he'll probably get a bunch of games, but he's got to be taught lessons. You can't be running around doing that stuff all the time. He's going to seriously hurt someone again."

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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: