Felger & Mazz: Milbury On Bruins’ Waiving Bourque, How To Fix Embellishing Issue In NHL
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Felger and Massarotti were joined by Mike Milbury to discuss the Bruins’ waiving Chris Bourque, the Phil Kessel trade, and embellishing in the NHL.
Was it the right time to put Bourque on waivers to send him to the AHL?
“He does have a good mind for the game. They gave it a whirl, and God bless ‘em for giving it a try — both Chris and the Bruins. But they’re playing for the Stanley Cup, they’ve got to the best team out there, and right now they think they have better options. … I think it was time.”
With the team clearing Bourque off the roster for the time being, Felger wanted to know, who’s next?
Milbury says nobody might be “next,” so to speak, but Rich Peverley and Chris Kelly need to improve their games.
“When you have history, then you can be a little bit more forgiving if a player has a down time,” Milbury explained. “Peverley hasn’t been great, Kelly hasn’t been great. Those guys need to pick it up. I think they will — they were very useful in the Stanley Cup run and there’s no reason to think they can’t get it back. But right now, they need to find the back of the net more often than they have.”
With embellishment the topic of the week, Felger and Mazz had to ask Milbury if it’s a problem in the game and what can be done to fix it.
“It’s always been there. It’s always going to be there,” Milbury said. “I’d like to think that you could start to take a look at things a lot more frequently after the fact to punish guys and make sure that they get fingered and that referees know that there are certain people that are likely to embellish. I’d like to see more single embellishment calls. If there’s a hook and somebody dives, maybe we should think about forgiving the hook and just going with the embellishment.”
Also, with the trade deadline less than a month away, do the Bruins need help on offense or defense? And with the Toronto Maple Leafs and Phil Kessel in town … what were the Maple Leafs thinking when they made the trade for Kessel?
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