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Post subject: significant ties between the organizations. Carolina has t Post Posted: Sat Jan 18, 2020 3:20 am
BOSTON -- P. Lew Reeve Jersey Store .K. Subban says his social media haters have nothing to do with the Boston Bruins or their fans. The Montreal defenceman, who is black, was the target of racial abuse on Twitter and other social media forums after his double-overtime winner Thursday night in Game 1 of the Canadiens second-round playoff series with the Bruins. Coaches and players from both teams, along with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and the mayors from both cities, decried the abuse. Subban, himself, did not speak publicly until after Game 2 Saturday, won 5-3 by Boston. "First thing first, the Boston Bruins are an Original Six franchise, they have been around for a very long time, they are respected," said Subban, telling reporters it was "the first time and probably the last time" he would comment on the issue. "Its completely unfair for anybody to point the finger at the organization or the fan base. They have passionate fans here, great fan base and since Ive been in the league its been awesome. Ive come to Boston many times, my family has come here and its been great. What people may say on Twitter or social media is not a reflection by any means of the league or the Boston Bruins. So whoever that is, theyll get dealt with, but its completely separate from this league or the Boston Bruins organization." Canadiens coach Michel Therrien met with Subban on Friday night to see how he was feeling and to ensure his player knew he had the teams support. "Hes got a lot of character, that kid," Therrien said prior to Saturdays game. "But like he said, and from my standpoint too, its more important that were here to sell the game, were here to win a hockey game, were here to compete," Therrien told reporters. "Were not here to talk about a few bad people that put some comments on the Internet." Therrien said Subban, 24, spent part of Friday with his family. Bettman spoke out against the racial abuse when asked about it before Saturdays game. "I fully endorse and support the comment that (Boston president) Cam Neely and the Bruins issued," he said. "We are about diversity and inclusiveness. We condemn bias and hatred. It has no place in our game and its not acceptable." Subban, as he was in Game 1, was booed every time whenever he had the puck Saturday. He had two assists on the day. "Its unfortunate when things take away from the great hockey that was played two days ago," Subban said. He also talked of the NHLs diversity -- "tons of players from different backgrounds, from different places around the world and thats what makes this league so special and thats what makes sports so special. It brings everybody together." Ken Panfil Jersey Store . -- Among the 31 players at the Montreal Canadiens rookie camp, none feels closer to cracking the NHL roster than right winger Aaron Palushaj. China Jerseys Wholesale . Striker Dario Mandzukic scored the opener in the 22nd minute but was given a red card nine minutes later for a reckless tackle and left Croatia with 10 men for the remainder of the match. https://www.chinacheapjerseys.net/ .com) - The game was all punts and field goals before Kodi Whitfields catch.PITTSBURGH -- Jim Rutherford doesnt believe the Pittsburgh Penguins need to undergo a massive overhaul to regain their spot among the NHLs elite. One thing is for certain: Dan Bylsma wont be part of the process. The Penguins fired the franchises all-time winningest coach on Friday while hiring Rutherford away from the Carolina Hurricanes to replace Ray Shero as general manager. Rutherfords first decision was to end the three weeks of limbo for Bylsma, whose star-laden teams had fallen well short of the Stanley Cup since winning it all in 2009. "What ownership wants here is a complete change in direction, one with the GM and one with the coach," Rutherford said. Bylsma won 252 games behind the bench and was the Jack Adams Award winner in 2012 as the NHLs Coach of the Year but failed to produce a bookend to the championship he captured with stars Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin in 2009. The Penguins were just 4-5 in playoff series since raising the 2009 Cup, with each loss coming to a lower-seeded team. Pittsburghs latest defeat came last month when the Penguins fell to the New York Rangers in seven games in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Rutherford met with Bylsma on Friday morning as part of an organization-wide shake-up. In addition to dismissing Bylsma, the Penguins promoted Jason Botterill to associate general manager, named Bill Guerin and Tom Fitzgerald assistant general managers. The 65-year-old Rutherford takes over for Shero, who was fired on May 16. The new gig is a homecoming for the former goaltender. Rutherford played for the Penguins in the 1970s before spending 20 years with the franchise that began as the Hartford Whalers, moved to North Carolina in 1997 and won the Stanley Cup in 2006. The Hurricanes struggled maintaining that success, missing the post-season each of the last five years. It led to Rutherford stepping down in April when the Hurricanes promoted Ron Francis -- who helped Pittsburgh win consecutive Cups in 1991 and 92 -- to the GMs job. Rutherford took on an advisory role in Carolina with a small ownership stake in the team, a position he will relinquish in the near future. The Penguins, meanwhile, plan to get their moneys worth out of a man closer to the end of his career than the beginning. Rutherford allowed he will likely only be around "two or three years" andd will serve as a mentor to his new staff, adding he will give Botterill and company "big roles with a lot to say. Bill Baumgartner Jersey Store. ." Rutherford hopes to find Bylsmas replacement by the time free agency begins in July. Considering the talent at the top of the roster, the job will certainly be attractive. Finding the right fit, however, may be challenging. "With some changes, they dont have to be sweeping changes, we can (win another Cup) in the near future," Rutherford said. While its unlikely Rutherford will do much to mess with the core of Crosby, Malkin and defenceman Kris Letang, there are some serious depth issues, particularly along the bottom two lines. "Our supporting cast needs to be improved," Rutherford said. "I look at our fourth-line players and some of those guys are in double-digit minuses and we cant have that." What the Penguins do have is arguably the leagues best player in Crosby and one of its most dynamic in Malkin. The duo has dominated during the regular season when healthy -- with Crosby the favourite to pick up his second Hart Trophy as league MVP after leading the NHL with 114 points this season -- but that success hasnt translated into deep playoff runs. Crosby struggled in the post-season. He scored just once in 13 games while maintaining he was not injured. Rutherford will try to find the right kind of role players to take some of the pressure off his high-wattage stars. Coincidentally, the Hurricanes are also looking for a new coach -- Francis first big decision in his new job was firing Kirk Muller after three years -- and Carolina has been mentioned as a possible landing spot for Bylsma. The move by Rutherford -- who won 44 games in net for the Penguins from 1971-74 -- is the latest in a series of significant ties between the organizations. Carolina has the longest active playoff drought among Eastern Conference teams. Its last post-season appearance came in 2009 -- when the Hurricanes were swept in the East final by a Penguins team that went on to win its only Stanley Cup under Sheros leadership, the crowning achievement of his eight years as Pittsburghs GM. Rutherford and Shero orchestrated the blockbuster trade of the 2012 NHL draft when forward Jordan Staal was sent to Carolina and reunited with big brother Eric in exchange for Sutter and prospects. ' ' '
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