Tag: Jack Edwards

Ray Shero

Penguins GM confronted Jack Edwards over Matt Cooke comments


Yesterday’s over-the-top comments from Bruins commentator Jack Edwards regarding Penguins controversy producer Matt Cooke didn’t go unnoticed by those in the Penguins organization.

Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports Pittsburgh GM Ray Shero was in attendance at yesterday afternoon’s game in Boston and was none too pleased at hearing his player compared to infamous assassin Sirhan Sirhan.

Penguins general manager Ray Shero was visibly enraged when he learned of Edwards’ comments and confronted him in the first intermission.

Molinari says Shero refused to comment on what he said to Edwards but shortly after the two met, Edwards headed to Twitter to post an apology for his comments.

Curious part of this was Edwards said on-air, “The apology is prompted by nothing but my conscience.” Terse words from Ray Shero would get most people to hone up to saying something foolish.

Video: Jack Edwards compares Matt Cooke to Sirhan Sirhan, apologizes


Pittsburgh’s Matt Cooke is as divisive a character as there is in hockey. In Boston, he’s virtually Public Enemy No. 1 among Bruins fans thanks to the hit he delivered that ruined Marc Savard’s career.

That was fresh in the mind of NESN’s acerbic play-by-play man Jack Edwards as he sounded off on Cooke during the first period of today’s Bruins-Penguins game in Boston. He ripped Pittsburgh’s media for nominating Cooke for the Masterton Trophy last year and then stepped it up a notch from there. Check out the video from YouTube.

Yes, he said Cooke “assassinated the career of Marc Savard” and compared him to Robert Kennedy’s assassin Sirhan Sirhan. If that sounds completely bonkers to you, Edwards would probably agree as he apologized both on Twitter and over the air for the comments.

Edwards saying outlandish and over-the-top things on air isn’t anything new, but this kind of comment in the wake of everything that happened in Boston this week was probably a bit too much.

Now Jack Edwards is chirping the Canucks

Jack Edwards

The voice of the Boston Bruins took to Twitter this morning to blast the Vancouver Canucks after a number of media guides with a Stanley Cup-hoisting Zdeno Chara on the cover were ripped up, allegedly by the Canucks.



You know, a lot of people are going to say that this Bruins-Canucks rivalry is starting to get out of hand. But those people just don’t get it. Obviously Jack Edwards is going to take this sort of thing seriously. When you win a Stanley Cup ring with a team, you’re forever loyal to the guys in the room. It’s that whole “band of brothers” mentality that only those who’ve fought and bled alongside each other can truly understand.


Can Benoit Pouliot redeem himself in Boston?

Benoit Pouliot

Benoit Pouliot is one of the more intriguing players of the last few years. He’s a former first round pick of the Minnesota Wild back in 2005, fourth overall. He’s also one of the most disappointing first round picks of recent memory. After three massively disappointing seasons with the Wild, he was traded to Montreal for Guillaume Latendresse in November 2009 and after a hot start in Montreal, things turned south for Pouliot again.

Pouliot’s legacy with the Wild is one as a total bust but his two more memorable moments in Montreal comes thanks to the Boston Bruins. During a regular season game he dropped the gloves with, of all people, David Krejci but his “biggest” moment came during the playoffs.

During Game 3 of their first round series, NESN’s Jack Edwards verbally destroyed Pouliot after he left his feet to try and hit Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk, missing his head. Andrew Ference took exception to Pouliot picking a fight with him giving Edwards all the time needed to berate Pouliot for his sub-par career. Edwards called Pouliot a “chump” and “one of the greatest disappointments of talent in National Hockey League history.”

While that’s a bit of hyperbole, it’s not far from the mark. Through 183 career games Pouliot had 37 goals and 35 assists while averaging just 12:30 of ice time in his career. For a guy taken fourth overall, that’s miserable.

Now Pouliot is hoping to spark his career in, of all places, Boston. The Bruins signed Pouliot this summer to a one-year deal hoping he can plug in and provide some offense and use his 6’3″ 200 pound frame the right way and be a physical offensive force on the ice. For Pouliot, he’s hoping Bruins coach Claude Julien can help him tap into the talent it’s believed he has.

CSNNE.com’s Joe Haggerty catches up with the Bruins’ “chump” for hire.

“[A new start] is always fun. I think my fresh start in Montreal went really good. My two years were definitely good and a lot more positive than negative,” said Pouliot. “Maybe there was a little bit of a slip there at the end. Coming to a new team you’ve got to earn the trust of the players and the coaches, and you’ve really got to just go out and do your own thing.

“It’s a business. Things happen. I’ve just got to play the way that I’m capable of. I’ve got a couple of strengths for shooting and skating, and I’m a pretty big guy. I can go into the corners very easily.”

So what went wrong in Montreal?

“I don’t know. I think there was a little bit of a lack of trust there between me and the coach . . . maybe in the end,” said Pouliot. “When I first got there things were going well and he was playing me 16 or 17 minutes a game, but things went downhill after that. Last year I had a good year on the third and fourth line and played a full season. So that was good.”

If Pouliot can learn from his days as a third and fourth liner and also take home the lessons learned from two failed stints in the NHL, he can make the most of it. Pouliot is still just 24 years-old and in Boston he’s joining a team where he’s the sole new guy in town. If seizing the opportunity and getting the opportunity to stick it to his old team isn’t motivation enough for Pouliot to figure it all out, perhaps it’s time to start believing more of what Jack Edwards has to say about him and help buy into the hyperbole.

Save of the night: Tim Thomas robs Jarret Stoll, makes Jack Edwards’ head explode

Tim Thomas, Dwight King

Tim Thomas of the Boston Bruins has been one heck of a story this year in the NHL. He’s got four shutouts this year and is a leading candidate to be the comeback player of the year after struggling most of last season with a mix of ineffective play and a wonky hip he had operated on in the off-season. This season he’s putting up ridiculous numbers and relegated last year’s breakout star Tuukka Rask into a backup role. Not bad for an older goalie.

Last night he showed that he’s still got the ability to make the occasional acrobatic save and L.A.’s Jarret Stoll got to see first hand how well Thomas is playing as he tried to slam home a rebound opportunity only to be met by Thomas and a stellar glove save good enough to be our save of the night. NESN’s Jack Edwards has the call on the video and he gives it the kind of flair we all hope to get out of him when it comes to this pretty of a save.