Boston hockey fans can be hard on big players who don’t play with an edge, according to former Bruins defenseman Hal Gill.
“I had my share of fights, but it was never good enough,” Gill, now retired, told WEEI.com. “[It was,] ‘You should have beaten up Tie Domi.’ It was unrealistic, but that’s what the Bruins fans want. That’s the Big Bad Bruins mantra. It can be tough at times.”
Gill made that remark while speaking about new Bruins winger Jimmy Hayes, the towering 25-year-old who had 147 hits, but just 20 PIM, in 72 games last season with Florida.
Hayes has only fought twice in 168 career NHL games.
While Gill believes Hayes will be fine if he stays “true to his game” and “doesn’t get caught up trying to please everyone,” he insists there’s a big difference between playing for Boston, which Gill did for over 600 games, and Montreal, which he did for almost 200 games.
“In Montreal, I was amazed,” he said. “When I was there, they would cheer because I made a nice poke check. They would say, ‘Wow, that was a great poke check.’ With the Bruins, you could play a great game defensively, but if you didn’t kill someone or you didn’t get a big goal, they can pile on you.”
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The Philadelphia Flyers have hired Scott Gordon to coach their AHL affiliate, the club announced today.
Gordon, last employed as an assistant coach with the Toronto Maple Leafs, will be the new bench boss of the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.
“We are extremely pleased to add Scott to our organization as head coach of our top affiliate in the Lehigh Valley,” said Flyers GM Ron Hextall in a release. “He brings in a proven track record of success and knowledge as a coach at all levels, and we are confident he can help develop our prospects through our system, as well as lead the Phantoms back to the Calder Cup playoffs.”
A former head coach of the Islanders, Gordon was fired by the Leafs in May of 2014, at the same time Randy Carlyle’s contract was extended.
With the Flyers vowing to focus more on drafting and developing, Gordon’s job will be an important one.
Terry Murray had coached the Phantoms for the last three seasons, but he left last month to take a spot on Dan Bylsma’s staff in Buffalo.
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The Kostitsyn brothers are reuniting in Russia.
According to Igor Eronko of Sport-Express, both Andrei and Sergei have signed contracts with Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod of the KHL.
There had been talk the Kostitsyns could be back in North America next season. Sergei, 28, was reportedly nearing a deal with an NHL team, while Andrei, 30, wanted the same thing.
Torpedo is the same club that just signed Rangers RFA Carl Klingberg.
The Kostistyns were last teammates with the Nashville Predators.
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