Savard has had enough with Mike Richards


Savard6.jpgIt took nearly 55 minutes, but the Boston Bruins finally showed some
emotion in last night’s game against the Flyers. Unfortunately, at that
point the Bruins were down 4-0 and already it was inevitable that the
series was headed back to Philadelphia for a Game 6.

At the heart
of the festivities between the two teams at the end of the game was Marc
Savard and Mike Richards. Savard has seemingly had enough with
Richards’ antics, who has gone out of his way to agitate the Bruins with
his physicality and big hits. Knocking David Kejci out in Game 3 didn’t
help, and then Savard constantly being checked into the boards became
the last straw before the emotional player had enough.

Joe Haggerty of

“I was just facing the boards again, and enough is enough of that,”
said Savard in the Bruins dressing room following the game. “It’s a
reaction. Part of hockey, I guess.

“I just got fired up. Like I got hit the other night in Philly from
behind, and then I was facing the glass again in the same situation
[tonight]. And I look back at [the hit on Krejci] and enough is enough. I
don’t know that’s all.”

Like the Vancouver Canucks, the Bruins need to find a way to channel
this anger and frustration into some solid play on the ice. While Savard
and the Bruins worry about what Richards is doing, the Flyers have
controlled play and taken all the momentum of the series.

Jason Demers tweets #FreeTorres, gets mocked

Los Angeles Kings v San Jose Sharks - Game One

Following his stunning 41-game suspension, it looks like Raffi Torres has at least one former teammate in his corner.

We haven’t yet seen how the San Jose Sharks or the NHLPA are reacting to the league’s hammer-dropping decision to punish Torres for his Torres-like hit on Jakob Silfverberg, but Jason Demers decided to put in a good word for Torres tonight.

It was a simple message: “#FreeTorres.”

Demers, now of the Dallas Stars, was once with Torres and the Sharks. (In case this post’s main image didn’t make that clear enough already.)

Perhaps this will become “a thing” at some point.

So far, it seems like it’s instead “a thing (that people are making fun of).”

… You get the idea.

The bottom line is that there are some who either a) blindly support Torres because they’re Sharks fans or b) simply think that the punishment was excessive.

The most important statement came from the Department of Player Safety, though.

Bruins list Chara on IR, for now

Zdeno Chara

Those who feel as though the Boston Bruins may rebound – John Tortorella, maybe? – likely rest some of their optimism on the back of a healthy Zdeno Chara.

It’s possible that he’s merely limping into what may otherwise be a healthy 2015-16 season, but it’s definitely looking like a slow start thanks to a lower-body injury.

The latest sign of a bumpy beginning came on Monday, as several onlookers (including’s Joe Haggerty) pointed out that Chara was listed on injured reserve.

As Haggerty notes, that move is retroactive to Sept. 24, so his status really just opens up options for the Bruins.

Still … it’s a little unsettling, isn’t it?

The Bruins likely realize that they need to transition away from their generational behemoth, but last season provided a stark suggestion that may not be ready yet. Trading Dougie Hamilton and losing Dennis Seidenberg to injury only make them more dependent on the towering 38-year-old.

This isn’t really something to panic about, yet it might leave a few extra seats open on the Bruins’ bandwagon.