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Blues GM snaps at TD Garden ice crew, prompting this great response

Blues GM snaps at TD Garden ice crew, prompting this great response

It appears at least one member of the St. Louis Blues is on edge ahead of Game 7.

That'd be general manager Doug Armstrong, who was at TD Garden on Tuesday for the Blues' practice as they prepare for the Boston Bruins in a winner-take-all Stanley Cup Final showdown.

Per reporters at the Garden, Armstrong was irritated that the Garden ice crew (otherwise known as the "bull gang") didn't have the rink ready to go for St. Louis' practice.

But according to TSN's Darren Dreger, at one least bull gang member didn't take Armstrong's tongue-lashing lying down.

Welcome to Boston, Doug.

Luckily for all parties involved, it appears tensions were diffused.

Bruins defenseman Matt Grzelcyk's father actually is a member of the Garden ice crew, but no word on whether he was the one to snap back at Armstrong.

The TD Garden ice occasionally has been an issue during the Stanley Cup Playoffs, as the warm Boston weather has resulted in soft ice and strange bounces.

Wednesday's forecast calls for temperatures in the mid-70s, so Armstrong can rest assured that the bull gang will be hard at work leading up to Game 7.

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Nathan MacKinnon gives perfect description of training with Brad Marchand

Nathan MacKinnon gives perfect description of training with Brad Marchand

If you closed your eyes and pictured what it would be like training with Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand in the offseason, Nathan MacKinnon's description is probably what would come to mind.

The Colorado Avalanche center, who tallied a career-high 99 points last season, recently detailed the experience of training with Marchand over the summer.

“Marchy is like exactly how you think,” MacKinnon said on Barstool Sports' "Spittin' Chiclets" podcast. “The whole time he’s just chirping everybody on the ice, like just carving everybody. If you lose the puck, he’s all over you. If he snipes, he’s showing everybody. But he’s an awesome guy, I love being around Marchy, he’s an awesome guy.”

Sounds like the Marchand who Bruins fans know well.

Marchand is one of the NHL's best trash talkers and an expert at getting under opponents' skin. He's also one of the most talented players in the world. Marchand posted a career-high 100 points (36 goals, 64 assists) last season -- his third straight year scoring above a point-per-game rate.

The veteran left winger should enter the 2019-20 campaign with plenty of motivation after how the Bruins' 2019 Stanley Cup playoff run ended in June. 

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Report: Bruins, Bruce Cassidy are discussing contract extension

Report: Bruins, Bruce Cassidy are discussing contract extension

"I don’t anticipate us having any problems with Butch."

That's what Bruins president Cam Neely had to say about Bruce Cassidy's contract situation when he sat down for an exclusive interview with NBC Sports Boston's Joe Haggerty earlier this month.

Now the team is reportedly doing something about it. According to The Athletic's Joe McDonald, the Bruins have begun contract negotations with their head coach, who is entering the final year of his contract.

Locking Cassidy up is a no-brainer for the Bruins, as the 54-year-old has led the team to a 117-52-22 record in two-plus seasons behind the bench. He needed just 166 games to win 100 games with the Bruins, the second-fastest coach in team history to reach that mark, behind only Tom Johnson's 138 games.

Cassidy has also taken the Bruins deeper into the postseason in each successive year, losing in the first round in 2017, the second round in 2018, and Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final this past season. And despite coming within one game of hoisting the Cup in June, Neely has said that the playoffs are a growth opportunity for Cassidy.

"Coming in when he did and getting us to the playoffs and then almost having two back-to-back, 50-win seasons is pretty impressive," Neely said in June. "You know, learn from our playoff losses and how to maybe coach a little bit differently in the playoffs. You know, it’s kind of a tale of two seasons, to get into the playoffs, and then once you’re in the playoffs, how do you adjust for a seven-game series. I think Butch [Cassidy] has done a really good job in managing the regular season and learning from playoff hockey."

The Bruins' roster hasn't changed much since last season, so Cassidy will once again be very familiar with his players this coming season. While Marcus Johansson and Noel Acciari departed in free agency, the team added other lower-impact free agents like Brett Ritchie and Par Lindholm.

The biggest item on Boston's to-do list before the season begins (outside of Cassidy's contract) is locking down defensemen Charlie McAvoy and Brandon Carlo, both of whom are restricted free agents. If the team can figure out deals for McAvoy, Carlo, and Cassidy, it would be a good first step in trying to get back to the Stanley Cup Final and winning one more game this time around.

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