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Morning Skate 518: Look back at Seguin's night

Morning Skate 518: Look back at Seguin's night

By JoeHaggerty
CSNNE.com

BOSTON A few thoughts and stats that didnt make the cut in the Tyler Seguin: A Star is Born piece I wrote at about 4 a.m. last night. Really impressive way the 19-year-old handled all of the media attention and hullabaloo after an epic game on Tuesday night, and thats a credit in many ways to the method that the Bruins used to handle him this season. There was a deliberate method to Boston's madness in never overloading Seguin on a team stocked with quality veteran players, and that means it's all coming together for No. 19 at the exact right time.
"We had talked about that before the season when we chose to keep him even though we could still see he had some things to learn. But we were willing to work with him and help him learn along the way. I guess people that had seen him play before thought he was that good, andthat he would probably benefit better with our team than going back to junior," said Julien. "But at the same time, he would have to take some bites here and there. To start the season, he had some ups and downs, but through all of that you could see him progressing."At the beginning of the playoffs he didnt get a chance to play. But theres no doubt sometimes you watch, and you see whats going on. When he was told he was going to be in the lineup, he was a really excited and determined individual. I thought he worked hard that week in practice. You could see he was really preparing himself for that, and the two games hes played, hes been nothing but a real good player for us."It was certainly frustrating for the player and unsatisfyingfor a team that could see the potential within Seguin once he got going, but everything came together at the exact right time for both team and player. "I just want to stay focused, stay composed, stay poised, stay confident and all those other big words, said Seguin. I want to try to carry it into tomorrow and play as consistent as I can.Seguin is the anti-Phil Kessel in so many ways and people will realize that as he grows and develops into a bigger and more prominent role with the Black and Gold.You could hear everybody get pretty excited in the building the first time they put him on the power play, said Mark Recchi. Its great to see. Hes worked hard and its been a real learning year for him. Hes learned how to compete and learned how to be a pro. Hes competing really hard right now.Hes coming along now and hes getting rewarded for being competitive out there and that is great to see.But one last salute of the stick: not only did Seguin put up a preposterous six points in his first two playoff games, but he also became the first teenager in NHL Stanley Cup history to ring up four points in one period of play. He was the first teen-ager to register a four point game since Vancouver Canucks legend Trevor Linden did it way back in 1989.Thats some pretty heady stuff. Elliotte Friedman from CBC captures whats happening on the AtlantaWinnipeg roller coaster with some pretty good indications that the Thrashers will be no more. Some interesting thoughts from Nashville GM David Poile via Joshua Cooper about potentially shifting divisions and conferences to accommodate a relocation to Manitoba. My resource for all things NHL draft and draft prospects, Kirk Luedeke, about this years upcoming draft in Minnesota at the end of June. Bruce Arthur with a good look Tomas Kaberle struggling in Boston, though theres a caveat: it was written prior to a solid effort in Game 2. Yes, its true according to the Toronto Globe and Mail. The new team in Winnipeg would not be called the Jets. They would likely be the Manitoba Moose if and when they ditch the city of Atlanta. The Flyers sign a goalie from Finland, according to CSNPhilly.com. Theyve tried just about everything else, so they might as well give that a shot. A nice piece on Tim Thomas and the never say die attitude that permeates everything in his life, livelihood and love of hockey. Matt Lashoff joins Bronson Arroyo in the small, but hip obscure pro athletes that have taken recording cover songs to a new level as his first CD dropped earlier this week. Good thing he can play guitar because hes not much of a defenseman. Elliotte Friedman sees that Joe Thornton is finally growing his playoff fangs, and many other playoff thoughts -- 29 to be exact -- in the must read weekly blog entry. The Top 10 things said in Toronto on Wednesday in response to Tyler Seguins breakout performance against the Lightning in Game 2, per the View From My Seats.Joe Haggerty can be reached at jhaggerty@comcastsportsnet.com.Follow Joe on Twitter at http:twitter.comHackswithHaggs

Sounds like some Bruins players suffering from Claude fatigue

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Sounds like some Bruins players suffering from Claude fatigue

BRIGHTON, Mass – The resume for Claude Julien speaks for itself in terms of greatness in Boston, so he certainly will get a warm ovation from the TD Garden crowd in his first visit back to Boston since getting fired last February. Julien coached the Boston Bruins for 10 years, won a franchise record 419 games over that time span, made it to the Cup Finals twice and of course hoisted the Cup in 2011.

It won’t matter that he’s now the head coach of the Montreal Canadiens when Julien gets his video tribute, and basks a long ovation similar to the one he received when he was recognized for passing Art Ross on the B’s all-time wins list a couple of season ago. The warmth will be a little weird in the middle of a Bruins/Canadiens rivalry game, but it’s clear that Bruins fans appreciate the job done by Julien for such a long period of time.

The mutual respect was also clear when players like Patrice Bergeron spoke warmly of their coach ahead of last weekend’s showdown in Montreal, which the Bruins eventually pulled out in a shootout at the Bell Centre.

But it would seem the Bruins are starting to get a little tired of tossing verbal bouquets at the guy that’s now behind the Habs bench. It all started with Tuukka Rask’s postgame reaction on Saturday when asked if there was any extra emotion going up against his old coach for the first time.

“He was not playing a shift on the ice, so it doesn’t really matter. He was coaching, so it was nothing special,” said Rask, matter-of-factly.

So there wasn’t any added emotion for Rask going up against Julien’s new team for the first time?

“Nope,” said Rask.   

That line of questioning continued again after Tuesday’s practice at Warrior Ice Arena with Julien coming back to the Garden for the first time.

“Well, I can tell you what’s going to happen,” said Rask. “We’re going to start the game, at some point there’s going to be a video montage, we’re going to tap our sticks and the crowd is going to clap their hands and give him a warm welcome. Then the game is going to continue.”

Does Rask expect either he or some of his longtime teammates will get emotional if they see Julien showing some emotion during his ovation?

“No,” said Rask.

Is it really that cut-and-dry, the Bruins goaltender was asked?  

“It’s just another game,” said Rask, who improved to 8-15-3 lifetime against the Montreal Canadiens after last weekend’s shootout win. “It’s probably special for him to come back and be on the other side, but for us it’s just another game.”

Similarly, Marchand was much more understated speaking about Julien on Tuesday after speaking enthusiastically last weekend about the many discussions player and coach had about “becoming a better a pro” early in his career. But the Bruins winger wasn’t about to get all warm and fuzzy when asked about any greeting that his former coach is expected to get while the legendary Bruins/Habs rivalry plays out on the ice.

“I’m not really looking forward to it, but I’m sure he is,” said Marchand, when asked about the fan reception from Bruins fans awaiting Julien on Wednesday night. “It doesn’t really have anything to do with me, but I’m sure he’s excited to come back. He’s deserved that video and I’m sure a lot of people will be excited to see him again. I’m sure it will be a memorable game.”

Marchand went on to say he "learned a lot" from Julien during their time together, and clearly still has a high level of respect for his former coach. 

 Maybe it’s the very nature of the Bruins/Habs rivalry, or maybe the Bruins players are suffering from a little Claude Julien question fatigue with the two teams playing three times in a span of eight days. Maybe we're even finally seeing some of the Bruins players that had tired of the longtime coach's methods by the end of his long-running tenure in Boston. 

But it sure sounds like some longtime Bruins players might be over it when it comes to the “Claude Bowl” aspect of the ongoing rivalry week between the two storied rivals.  

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Morning Skate: Robust trade market for D-men

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Morning Skate: Robust trade market for D-men

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while prepping for Claude Bowl II.

*It’s going to be a robust trade market for defensemen with names such as Jack Johnson, Dion Phaneuf and Oliver Ekman-Larsson highlighting the group that’s available. Paul Martin will be in that select company if he clears through waivers and perhaps Niklas Hjalmarsson will as well with many teams holding D-men they’re willing to part with.

*The Buffalo Sabres apparently want four assets in any deal for rental Evander Kane that includes a draft pick, a prospect and an NHL roster player, and it’s hard to believe anybody is going to do that for a perennial underachiever who's never even scored 60 points in a season before.

*A tough end to the Andrew Cogliano iron-man streak as he’s been suspended for a couple of games after an incident last weekend.

*Brent Burns is the envy of many blueliners around the league because of his hard, accurate shot, which isn’t scoring him as many goals this season

*Year-round Las Vegas resident Deryk Engelland has been rewarded for being a member of the Golden Knights with a one-year contract extension.

*It sounds like the Philadelphia Flyers have got Shayne Gostisbehere thinking more about defense after some up-and-down moments last season in his sophomore effort.

*For something completely different: A profile on a UFC champion and a firefighter all at the same time. Sounds like an interesting dude.


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