Joe Haggerty

Morning Skate: Get ready for a next generation of 'Mighty Ducks'


Morning Skate: Get ready for a next generation of 'Mighty Ducks'

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while Tanguay is busy taking America...again!

*I kind of missed the "Mighty Ducks" phenomenon as I was a little too old to be the target audience when the movies first came out, but hopefully my kids will get to experience it fully with a new Mighty Ducks TV show in development. Gordon Bombay might be one of the greatest names for a movie character in cinema history, let alone hockey movie history.

*Speaking of hockey and television, it looks like PK Subban is going to get the big-shot experience on the Daily Show in the near future.

*A couple of major hockey figures say that the NHL has been completely silent on their pitches for funding to further study concussions.

*There’s a lot of concern over whether or not the Vancouver Canucks will play it smart at the trade deadline, but I’m more concerned about the health and well-being of this “sentagraph” that’s badly in need a breath: “It was only a little more than a week ago that the team’s effort to put everything together after kinda-sorta blowing it up a year or two back (at least as far as ownership would allow) was dubbed a “model rebuild” but that was not the world’s greatest take and I think everyone disagreed with it immediately.”

*The Chicago Blackhawks lost again and continue to spiral further out of a playoff spot with a team that sure seems like they should be better than they are.

*For something completely different: The Oscar nomination for the adapted “Logan” screenplay should be a game-changer for comic book movies.



Bruins on Patriots success: 'We would love to be that'


Bruins on Patriots success: 'We would love to be that'

BRIGHTON, Mass. - The Bruins are clearly in a much different place now with a young, up-and-coming group, but they certainly have hopes and aspirations to build something similar to what the Patriots have in place in Foxboro.


The Pats are headed to Minnesota looking for their third Super Bowl title in four years to go along with the three Super Bowls in four years at the start of the Tom Brady/Bill Belichick Era. Plenty of Bruins players were on hand in Foxboro on Sunday with the day off from practice. Torey Krug even posted a picture on Instagram with Charlie McAvoy, Riley Nash, Paul Postma, Matt Grzelcyk, David Pastrnak and Tuukka Rask all ready to cheer on the Patriots in a truly entertaining AFC Championship victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars.


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Clearly, the Bruins semi-recently had a nice run of their own with seven consecutive seasons of playoff appearances and two Cup Final appearances between 2011-2013, but the Patriots’ current dynastic run is something that’s never been seen before in modern professional sports.

Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy makes no bones about being a fan of the Patriots and the way they play and said it’s something that inspires him and should inspire his team full of players as they roll through a very good season of their own.

“You can’t help but get caught up in it,” said Cassidy. “I’ve been in New England ten years, and you can see how teams continually can’t put the Patriots away. It’s not just one time. So they’re in people’s heads...I don’t care what anybody says.

“There are conversations, probably less about their own game and more about what the Patriots can do. On a game day, they’re probably focusing less on themselves. It’s an amazing quality that team has, the character, the culture they’ve created and the identity. We would love to be that. We’re coming at you, we’re coming at you, and it doesn’t matter what happens right to the bitter end. We’ll see where that goes, but you’ve got to be champions to do that. There are guys in this locker room that were [champions] and would love to be again, and with the younger guys hopefully, it’s something that they embrace.”

For those Bruins that have won before, the ongoing excellence of the Patriots, who've been dominant for close to two decades, becomes the truly amazing accomplishment. Zdeno Chara, Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand, David Krejci and Adam McQuaid have been through one cycle of dominance earlier in their B’s careers, but before getting on that upward trajectory again, they needed to hit a rough patch for a couple of seasons that included a housecleaning of their GM and coach.

That’s something the Patriots have never really had to do since the arrival of Belichick and Brady, and it’s something that blows away those veteran Bruins who have watched it all unfold. 

“It’s not easy. You see it in every sport that the one season you win, and then the next season you don’t even make the playoffs,” said David Krejci. “The Patriots year after year they’re always a top-four team and last season they won the Super Bowl. I’m looking forward to the next couple of weeks and watching the game, especially given the way they played with the injuries they had with [Julian] Edelman and Gronk getting hurt. It was fun to watch [on Sunday].”  

If nothing else it’s inspiring for the younger Bruins to simply see how focused the entire community gets supporting one of the local teams when they reach the championship level and just how bonkers the Boston area will become if the Patriots take it to the Super Bowl house for a record-tying sixth time in NFL history. 


McAvoy 'doing fine and in good spirits' after heart procedure


McAvoy 'doing fine and in good spirits' after heart procedure

BRIGHTON, Mass – At some point in the next couple of days, 20-year-old Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy will be ready to talk about the past couple of months that led to the procedure he had this week to deal with an abnormal heart rhythm.

The good news is that the ablation procedure went well Monday at Mass General Hospital and that McAvoy was released on Tuesday morning with the expectation he’ll be able to return in a couple of weeks. The young D-man has definitely been ruled out for games this week prior to the NHL All-Star break and may miss a couple more when the regular-season convenes again next week. Still, the good thing is that he’s healthy and recuperating.


“He’s doing very well...everything went very well,” said Bruce Cassidy. “Our concern as an organization is obviously his health moving forward. That’s the No. 1 priority and he’s doing terrific, and we’ll see how his recovery goes from there.”

Longtime Boston University and Bruins teammate Matt Grzelcyk said he’s traded some texts with McAvoy the past couple of days and fellow D-man Brandon Carlo said he offered to pick up a few things up at Whole Foods while McAvoy's on the mend.

“I just texted with him to make sure he was doing okay, and he was in good spirits,” said Grzelcyk. “He’s doing well and it was good to be able to talk to him. Obviously, it’s pretty scary when you hear about it, but I’m not really too sure what is going on. I just wanted to make sure he was doing well and that he’s not too down on himself, or anything like that.

“He’s doing fine and I know he’s healthy. He’s been one of my closest friends for a while now and it’s obviously a little scarier when it’s your heart as opposed to being a shoulder or a knee injury. It’s tough, but I think he’ll come out stronger because of it. Charlie has played so many games for a while now and not had anything creep up on him. He’s such a big, strong kid. It’s tough that he’s going to have to miss time. It’s something he definitely doesn’t want to do, but we’ve just got to step up as best we can as a team.”

Clearly, the important aspect of this entire situation is that McAvoy is healthy and ready to resume his life as one of the best young defensemen on the planet when the time is right. Still, it certainly felt like it also served as a reminder to many of his young, talented Bruins teammates that good health is a precious thing for everybody.

“At first, it makes your heart drop a little bit, but then you find out a little bit more about what it is and it’s not too severe in a way. Ultimately, when you hear that it’s going to be okay, with the training staff we have here, it’s very reassuring,” said Carlo. “In that game on Nov. 26 when he was feeling it he didn’t show any signs of slowing down. That’s pretty crazy that a guy like that could seem like he’s almost having a heart attack and still play 23 minutes a night. He’s a pretty special guy to handle the minutes he does and we’ll see that for a long time from him.”

The Bruins indicated that McAvoy, Bruins general manager Don Sweeney and doctors will hold an availability to discuss McAvoy’s supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) condition and the procedure in the near future when McAvoy is feeling up to the task.