Tag: Jarome Iginla

Vancouver Canucks v Colorado Avalanche

Despite healthy scratches, Briere won’t be ‘that miserable old guy’


Daniel Briere has been a healthy scratch in each of Colorado’s last six contests, but he isn’t letting the situation frustrate him.

“I’m trying to take it all in,” Briere explained, per the Delaware County Daily Times. “I don’t want to be that miserable old guy that comes to the rink every day just complaining about everything.

“I try to have fun with it, have fun with the guys and enjoy as much as I can while I still have the chance.”

At 37, it’s clear time has caught up with Briere. He’s struggled through three consecutive down years in three different cities — Philadelphia, Montreal and Colorado — and suffered setbacks in each market: Philly bought him out, Montreal traded him after banishment to the press box and the Avs are now parking him in favor of the likes of Dennis Everberg and Marc-Andre Cliche.

That said, he is trying to fill the role Colorado envisioned for him — even if it’s not on the ice. Briere, along with Jarome Iginla and Brad Stuart, is a veteran presence brought aboard to help one of the NHL’s youngest teams adapt to life with expectations after last year’s breakout campaign. In that regard, Briere isn’t just fulfilling his duties with the Avs — he’s relishing them.

“I’m staying ready for whenever they need me,” he explained. “We have some extra (players) and I just have to bide my time in a little bit of a different role. But I embrace it.

“I don’t know how much time I have left but I don’t want to come to the rink and be miserable and not enjoying what’s going on. Right now all I can do is stay ready.”

Video: Iginla drops the gloves with Brayden Schenn

Colorado Avalanche v Philadelphia Flyers

Just a typical defensive/offensive zone faceoff and then, suddenly, the gloves came off.

Colorado Avalanche Jarome Iginla, 37 years old, fought 23-year-old Philadelphia Flyers forward Brayden Schenn right off a faceoff in the second period of Saturday’s game, which the Flyers held on to win despite once possessing a four-goal lead. Not sure exactly what sparked the scrap though one can’t help but notice the age gap between the two combatants.

Earlier in the game, Avalanche star forward Nathan MacKinnon was given a boarding major for a hit from behind on Flyers defenseman Luke Schenn late in the first period.

Roy says Avs ‘need more consistency’ from forwards

Hampus Lindholm, Jarome Iginla

The Colorado Avalanche lost again last night, falling 3-2 to the Ducks at home. The defeat dropped the Avs’ record to 3-5-5. So far this season, only five teams have gained a lower percentage of points from their games than the 2013-14 Central Division champs.

While head coach Patrick Roy has largely kept his cool and stayed positive during the Avs’ tough start, that doesn’t mean he’s happy.

“We have to find ways to play 60 minutes,” he said (video).

“We’re going to need more consistency, especially from our forwards. Everybody’s talking a lot about our D, but I think we have some forwards that are capable of giving a little more to the team.”

Roy singled out the play of veteran Jarome Iginla — “Jarome lost his position, he lost his D” — on the Ducks’ third goal, scored by defenseman Cam Fowler.

Reason for optimism?

On Tuesday, the Avs host the Canucks, a team Colorado dominated on Oct. 24.

The caveat in saying that?

Vancouver won’t be playing the second game of a back-to-back this time.

“It doesn’t have to be always pretty,” said Roy. “Sometimes, it’s just good game management, be smarter in our decisions, and keep it more simple. … Things are not always going to go our way. And it’s when things are not going our way that we try to force plays, push plays, and this is where we get into trouble.”

Rask surprised to learn Bruins have won five of seven

Tuukka Rask

For as tumultuous as Boston’s start has been, the team has played reasonably well of late and secured 10 of a possible 14 points.

All of which came as news to Tuukka Rask.

“We won five out of seven? Oh yeah?” Rask said, per the Boston Herald. “It doesn’t feel like it. It feels like we have been losing and winning.

“But you know it’s better, it’s good, the right way.”

The B’s started the year 2-4-0 and things hit their lowest on Oct. 16, when Rask was hooked after allowing five goals on 23 shots in an eventual 6-4 loss to Montreal. Losing to their heated rival after last year’s playoff ouster was one thing, but Boston looked downright rattled — and nobody embodied that frustration more than Milan Lucic, who received a misconduct penalty at the end of regulation and was later fined $5K for making an obscene gesture towards Montreal fans.

Since then, though, things have improved.

Lucic has been better, scoring six points in his last six games, but the real story has been the less-heralded individuals that’ve stepped in and provided quality efforts.

In Saturday’s 4-2 win over Ottawa, Matt Fraser was a late insertion for the injured David Krejci and stole the show, scoring a pair of goals while finishing as the game’s first star. Rookie Seth Griffith has five points in his last six games, and first-year backup Niklas Svedberg has a 1.66 GAA and .940 save percentage.

Much credit here is due to head coach Claude Julien, who has done well in keeping the team afloat despite a depleted blueline (Zdeno Cara, Torey Krug and Kevan Miller all out with injures) and the departures of Johnny Boychuk and Jarome Iginla.

It makes sense, then, that Boston rewarded Julien with a three-year contract extension this weekend, with one of the club’s veteran presences — Dennis Seidenberg — shedding light on how Julien has gotten his new, inexperienced players to perform at a quality level.

“He’s proven in the past that he knows how to coach,” Seidenberg said, per the Herald. “He knows how to teach a young team to play a system.

“I really enjoy playing for him and I think all the guys in here do.”

Report: Coach Julien inks three-year extension with Bruins


The Boston Bruins have agreed to a three-year contract extension with coach Claude Julien, according to CBC’s Elliotte Friedman. The 54-year-old is in his eighth season as the Bruins’ bench boss.

When Julien took over the team, Boston had missed the postseason for two straight campaigns and hadn’t won a playoff series over its last seven seasons. Under his guidance though, Boston has reached the postseason for seven straight years and in 2011, the Bruins won their first championship since the 1970s. They made it to the finals again in 2013, but lost to Chicago.

Not including tonight’s game against Ottawa, Julien has won 435 career regular season games, which is good for 28th place on the all-time head coaching list. Julien also won the Jack Adams Award in 2009.

This season might be one of his most challenging in years though. The Bruins were forced to watch Jarome Iginla walk over the summer due to cap restraints and they traded defenseman Johnny Boychuk for the same reason. They’re also trying to get by right now without Zdeno Chara (knee), Torey Krug (finger), and David Krejci (undisclosed).