First, from Senators general manager Bryan Murray after his assistant and nephew, Tim Murray, left to become the new Sabres’ GM:
“It is a day of mixed emotions for me, seeing Tim leave for the Buffalo Sabres. He was a great member of our staff and his contributions will be missed, but I’m also very proud that he is able to become a general manager in the National Hockey League. I want to formally congratulate him on this tremendous achievement.
“Tim has consistently shown the ability to be a tremendous talent evaluator and I’m confident that he’ll step in and do a great job for the Sabres. It is a testament to the quality of our hockey staff in Ottawa that Tim is prepared and able to make the move to lead another franchise.”
Next, here’s Columbus president of hockey operations John Davidson on Craig Patrick leaving his post as senior advisor to become special assistant and advisor to Buffalo’s hockey department:
“On behalf of Mr. McConnell, our ownership group and the entire Blue Jackets organization, I want to thank Craig for his service to our hockey club over the past two years. Craig is a consummate professional and gentleman who brought valuable experience and insight to the club and for that we are grateful. He was presented with a terrific opportunity in Buffalo and we wish him all the best.”
Julien says Lundqvist’s acting ‘doesn’t need to be on the ice’
The goalie interference penalty called on Brad Marchand late in Friday’s Thanksgiving Showdown didn’t sit well with the Bruins.
Marchand, whistled after making contact with New York’s Henrik Lundqvist midway through the third, said he thought “it was a bit of a weak call,” adding “[Lundvqist’s] out of the crease, and he lightly gets touched.”
While Marchand took issue with the call, his head coach took issue with King Henrik.
Julien on Hank: "I know he does some acting on the side, but it doesn't need to be on the ice." #Bruins
Somebody tell the Boston Bruins there’s a goal-scoring crisis in the NHL.
This afternoon, for the 14th time this season, a Bruins game featured at least six goals. The final score was 4-3, as Boston came back to beat the Rangers in a wildly entertaining Thanksgiving Showdown on NBC.
David Krejci scored the winner with 1:43 remaining. Krejci’s goal came just 2:03 after teammate Ryan Spooner had tied it on the power play.
The win was the Bruins’ fifth straight. Though the defensive mistakes remain…
…Claude Julien’s troops have been finding ways to overcome them.