LAKE PLACID, New York Time is running on Tomas Kaberle to actually do something meaningful for the Boston Bruins.The puck-moving defenseman and power play quarterback was brought to cure all of the ills that bothered the Bruins special teams, but Kaberle has managed only three power play assists in 27 games both regular season and playoffs since he arrived in Boston. The Bruins are 0-for-11 on the power play during the playoffs, and there are whispers now that the ex-Toronto defenseman wasnt in the proper shape this season to take on responsibilities as a 1A defenseman to Zdeno Charas No. 1 role. Beyond that, Kaberle also seems to really lose poise and coolness during big moments in these high pressure games along with the seeming unwillingness to shoot the puck from the point position on the power play.Mix that all together with the occasional defensive brain cramp at key points in games since his arrival, and Bs general manager Peter Chiarelli didnt pull any punches when asked about things this morning on 98.5 the Sports Hubs Toucher and Rich during his weekly conversation.Has he been a disappointment? He hasnt played up to the level that we expected, said Chiarelli. There have been parts of his game where he hasnt played in the playoffs for a while, and some of those bad habits have stuck with him. We expected better.With that decided, on to the links:Martin St. Louis has root canal surgery and then dresses for playoff games in another show of postseason toughness. It isnt Mark Recchi playing through kidney stones, but still worth remarking.Down Goes Brown is one of the most consistently funny hockey blogs around, and their map of an NHL arena in the spirit of a Pirates treasure map is pretty high-level genius stuff.Jon Tortorella and the Rangers wish that Bruce Boudreau and the Washington Capitals would quit their whining. It is the playoffs, after all.Here is the full Peter Chiarelli interview this morning, including the Bs general manager refuting some of his comments about being satisfied with making it through a couple of playoff rounds this season.Mark Stuart goes through some of his final thoughts about the season end with the Atlanta Thrashers while speaking with the Blueland Blog on exit interview day in Atlanta.A candid conversation with Calgary Flames President Ken King about the direction of the Calgary franchise after falling short of the playoffs this season.ESPN.coms Pierre Lebrun has the story on an amazing San Jose Sharks comeback from a four goal deficit against the Los Angeles Kings at the Staples Center. Not going to lie, I didnt think the Sharks had that in them.Stan Fischler says that Claude Julien is out in Boston if the Bruins dont beat the Canadiens in the first round of the playoffs. To which I reply: No Duh.
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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.
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: