Morning Skate: Thursday, November 1


Morning Skate: Thursday, November 1

Alan Muir talks about the Tuukka Rask groin situation, and how that underscores the touchy situation with potential injuries while NHL players are skating over in Europe.

Who doesnt need a guide to effective heckling at a hockey game?

Cory Schneider tells the Vancouver Province that the lockout poker game now includes a cancellation of the Winter Classic as the biggest card in the deck.

The Nick Cotsonika trip through Europe continues with a piece on Sergei Federovs hockey transformation from the modest days to his current status as a Russian sports legend.

On the other hand the Red Wings are concerned that the Winter Classics cancellation could be the last step toward an entire season getting cancelled.

Steve Stamkos trying to stay in shape while the NHL lockout rolls on, and hes in the same boat with many other players around North America.

Joffrey Lupul is already lamenting the loss of the Winter Classic before its even been cancelled, so hes really going to be bumming when it actually gets whacked. The question is whether that happens at the end of this week.

For something completely different: Friday Night Lights actress Connie Britton rips Mitt Romney for his continued usage of Clear Eyes, Full Hearts Cant Lose despite the vehement protestations of its creator, Peter Berg.

Grzelcyk happy to be back w/ B's and confident in his game


Grzelcyk happy to be back w/ B's and confident in his game

BRIGHTON, Mass – It had to be a bitter pill for Matt Grzelcyk to be sent back down to the AHL after playing solidly for the Bruins earlier this season. 

The 23-year-old Charlestown native was excellent playing in place of Torey Krug in Boston’s opening night win over the Nashville Predators, but his stay didn’t last very long. The former Boston University standout was back in the minor leagues shortly afterward once Krug returned from his fractured jaw a little earlier than expected. Now Krug is again banged up again with an upper body injury, and Grzelcyk has been called up to fill in for Krug during Wednesday night’s pre-Thanksgiving road game in New Jersey against the Devils.

Once again it will be about a focus on puck-moving and power play for Grzelcyk, who is the closest thing that the Bruins have to the smaller, skilled Krug in their minor league system. 

“I was happy with how things went before I got sent to Providence, so I’m just going to try to do the things that I was doing well before I got sent down. Mentally knowing that I can play at the NHL level [is huge], and just going through the experience was positive,” said Grzelcyk. “Mentally my first year I think I was a little too nervous and tentatively with my play, and that’s not me at all when I’m at my best. I’m confident with the puck, and confident with my speed and ability. It was just about going out and doing it on the ice.”

Grzelcyk was okay down in Providence with four assists and a plus-4 rating in 14 games, but he’s been patiently waiting for another NHL call since logging 12:11 of solid puck-moving ice time in his lone appearance for Boston this season. Now he’ll get it in a likely pairing with Kevan Miller against the New Jersey Devils

“He’s a puck-mover. He’s quick. He can get up the ice and support the rush, and he’s a good distributor,” said Cassidy of Grzelcyk. “There are a lot of natural similarities to Torey [Krug] because of their physical makeup, but they are similar [players] with Torey at this level being a bit more significant offensive player. Whether it’s in [Grzelcyk] or not time will tell, but we believe it is and we just need to get it out of him.”

Grzelcyk will get a chance to show that offensive wrinkle and more when he suits up against the New Jersey Devils for his second game of the season after paying his dues with the P-Bruins overt the last month.