Guess what? There’s a game tonight. We weren’t sure if anyone remembered with all of Boston and half of the media talking Colin Campbell’s hating on Marc Savard emails being the big story of the day.
Kovyjoke is barely ahead of Shawn Thornton in the scoring race.
When you shoot like that, we’re not surprised.
Today is “Send a Soldier to the Game” night and Bruins fans came through, donating over $70,000 worth of tickets to US troops. Props to everyone who partook in this.
Umm… not much else to say about this game. All minds are on Colin Campbell, really. Hopefully the Bruins minds are on the game. Poor Greg. He probably just hates it when his dad makes the news.
Remember, folks: Start a “Thank You, Colin” chant.
After the jump… more on the Campbell e-mails, roster (Thornton on 3rd line?), links and game day video…
TSN finally wrote a story about the Campbell e-mails, with two quotes from the league (they’ve disabled comments).
Contacted by TSN for its reaction to Dellow’s piece, deputy commissioner Bill Daly said: “Any suggestion that Colin Campbell performs his job with any less than 100% integrity at all times and in every decision he makes is way off base and just factually wrong. Because of the potential for a conflict of interest, or more importantly a perceived conflict of interest, the League has implemented various structural protections that prohibit Colie from having any oversight or disciplinary authority relating to any game in which his son, Gregory, plays. Its always fair to question and criticize League decisions as being wrong, but not on the basis that they aren’t justly and fairly arrived at.”
Contacted by TSN for his reaction, Campbell said: “For me, it’s much ado about nothing. Stephen and I would have banter back and forth and Stephen knows I’m a (hockey) dad venting and both of us knowing it wouldn’t go any further than that. Stephen would laugh at me. The game in question (when Gregory Campbell was penalized late in the Atlanta-Florida game) wasn’t on TV and I was asking Stephen to find out for me if it was a soft call. That’s all there ever was to it. The (refs) working that game are still in the league, aren’t they? Stephen handled the officials, just like Terry Gregson does now, and I’ve got a lot of emails to those guys asking about this soft call or that soft call and that’s in a lot of games. I’m not ultimately responsible for the (on-ice) officials, that’s Terry Gregson’s responsibility, but I have to answer to GMs on these calls.”
There’s no proof that Campbell’s distaste for Savard was why Cooke didn’t get suspended, but it doesn’t look good by any stretch of the means. Colin comes off as uber-unprofessional and extremely biased. Still, we’ll be surprised if the NHL does anything to Campbell.
Projected Line-up (Boston.com):
Milan Lucic-Patrice Bergeron-Nathan Horton
Jordan Caron-Blake Wheeler-Mark Recchi
Brad Marchand-Gregory Campbell-Michael Ryder
Daniel Paille-Tyler Seguin-Shawn Thornton
Zdeno Chara-Andrew Ference
Matt Hunwick-Dennis Seidenberg
Mark Stuart-Adam McQuaid
Game Day Links:
- Looking to jump-start the offense, JC has switched Shawn “Wayne” Thornton and Michael Ryder. With Thornton being an offensive beast this season, we approve.
- Tonight: It’s Caron vs. Brodeur Part 2: Electric Boggaloo.
- Johnny Boychuck inches closer to returning to the Bruins line-up; DoY staff collectively wet themselves.
- Jamie Lagenbrunner won’t be playing for the Devils tonight. We’d say that hurts this author’s fantasy team, but JL has sucked this year anyways.
- McGratten happy to play for Providence… aka, he’s glad he has any hockey paycheck.
Game Day Video:
Time to Go!