Morning Skate: Stats say Colin Miller a top possession player

Morning Skate: Stats say Colin Miller a top possession player

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while I’m certain Pablo Sandoval is a sad panda after getting DFA’d by the Red Sox.

*TSN’s Scott Cullen has his always thought-provoking “Statistically Speaking” column where he looks at the top possession players that changed teams already this summer. Colin Miller actually had some of the best numbers of anybody on the list, so it will be interesting to see how that pans out for him whether he’s in Las Vegas, or he ends up somewhere else when it’s all said and done leading up to training camp. I still have no problem with protecting Kevan Miller if that’s a player the Bruins expect to potentially play top-4 minutes on the left side with Charlie McAvoy this season, but it could really backfire if Colin Miller blossoms away from Boston.  

*Good luck to FOH (Friend of Haggs) Sean Leahy as he leaves Yahoo’s Puck Daddy amid changes there, and looks for his next adventure.

*Jeremy Roenick showing off on the golf course, and this time he isn’t wrestling any alligators. Thank goodness for that.

*PHT writer and FOH (Friend of Haggs) Jason Brough has details on the Carolina Hurricanes franchise being close to sold, and that they will remain in the Raleigh/Durham area under the prospective new owners.

*Congrats to former Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference on his retirement from the NHL after 16 very solid seasons. Ference was one of the key players/personalities brought in to help turn things around in Boston, and that’s exactly what he did along with a slew of other special leaders when the B’s finally hoisted the Cup back in 2011. Ference was a conscientious, hard-working overachiever as a player and is that way in life too. He’ll be a success off the ice, and even better the world is a better place for having him focus on something other than hockey these days.

*Pavel Zacha talks 10 Questions with FOH (Friend of Haggs) Amanda Stein, who apparently has a new gig with the New Jersey Devils. Good for her!

*For something completely different: It’s time to start getting excited about Season 7 of "Game of Thrones" premiering this weekend on HBO. Winter is no longer coming…it’s here.

Postma "ready and excited" to make his Bruins debut


Postma "ready and excited" to make his Bruins debut

BRIGHTON, Mass – It took seven games into the regular season, but it looks like Paul Postma will be making his Bruins debut on Saturday night after signing on in Boston as a free agent last summer. The 28-year-old Postma is getting into the Bruins lineup after a couple of blocked shots knocked Adam McQuaid out of the Bruins lineup with a broken leg, but it’s a moment he’s been prepared for since the end of NHL training camp.

“Those things happen. I obviously wish him the best and we’re going to miss him a lot, but it’s up to the other guys to step up and I’m going to get a chance to play now. [I’m going to] make the most of it,” said Postma, who finished with a goal and 14 points along with a plus-3 rating in 64 games for the Winnipeg Jets last season in his eighth and final year with the organization that dated back to their days as the Atlanta Thrashers. “It was a long summer and I obviously play this game because I want to get into the lineup. I’m ready and excited, and I’m excited to just play my first game as a Boston Bruin.”

Postma has pretty good size at 6-foot-3, 190-pounds, but he’s more of a puck-mover and offensive catalyst with a strong, accurate shot from the point than he would be considered a defensive stopper-type. Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy has to keep that in mind while building the defensemen pairs, and adjusting to also potentially being without fellow stay-at-home defenseman Kevan Miller on Saturday night as well.

The book on Postma, according to sources within the Winnipeg Jets organization, was that he could impress with the talent and skills within his game, but that he could never consistently put it together on a consistent basis. With injuries piling up for the Bruins, Postma will now get a new, fresh chance with the Bruins after serving as the seventh defenseman for the first few weeks of the season. 

“He’s working diligently to close a little quicker and understand what his assignment is. We’re more zone oriented in terms of layers [than Winnipeg] and we’re not going to chase people away from our net, so he’s had to get used to that,” said Postma, of his adjustment from the Jets system to the one that the Bruins play. “The puck-moving department will always be there. That’s one of his strengths and we’re going to expect that from him. He’s got a big shot, so he’ll definitely add some offensive blue line presence.”  

The nice part for Postma is that all of the talk and theory about how he’ll look in a Bruins uniform will be over at puck drop on Saturday night, and it will be about impressing a team full of new people where he’s looking for a permanent role.  

Morning Skate: Two sports writing legends talk Bruins


Morning Skate: Two sports writing legends talk Bruins

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while shaking my head that’s going to be close to 80 degrees in late October today in New England. Summer clearly isn’t over around here.

*A couple of Boston sports writing legends shoot the breeze about the Bruins and hockey as Bob Ryan hosts FOH (Friend of Haggs) Kevin Paul Dupont on his podcast.

*Auston Matthews is happy to share his stick-collecting stories as a hockey-loving kid growing up in Arizona that’s now living the dream.

*The Los Angeles Kings are off to the best start in franchise history, which really seems strange given the Cup-winning pedigree that this organization has built up over the last five-plus seasons.

*The NHL has admitted that they completely botched a coach’s challenge for offside that cost the Avalanche a very important goal. This is the Pandora’s Box that you open up once you start making replay a big part of the game.

*Kailer Yamamoto is making a late push to stick around with the Edmonton Oilers for the entire season rather than be returned to junior hockey. Again, it should be mentioned that Yamamoto was Edmonton’s first-round pick this summer while the Finnish defenseman that the Bruins tapped wasn’t even a training camp invite.

*Claude Lemieux enjoys his son’s NHL debut in Winnipeg long after the notorious forward wound up his own event-filled NHL career.

*For something completely different: I think we all enjoyed Patrick Beverley taking Lonzo Ball to school in his first NBA game this week.