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The Globe's Kevin Paul DuPont talks Bruins with the Big Show

Feb 22, 2013|

We check in with 'Dupes', Kevin Paul Dupont of the Globe and talk about how the Bruins have rocketed ahead as one of the best teams in the NHL in this shortened season.

Transcript - will not be 100% accurate

Don't tell if you are read somebody who knows a little something something about hockey Stan Fischler know now. Love him -- -- Adrian Gator love her. Everybody else. Bob McKenzie. Bob McKenzie he's the man puck daddy -- issue is going to be. -- We have to get your threat catapult to pile potentially from the Boston Globe Twitter handle. Globe APD's. On the column is called on second thought. Kevin joins us today Kevin was Cornell man. All of that very good company so I feel if I that's right and drove toward. That it. Kept it going -- spot would have been over. It -- -- what you're talking about this off the job by Kevin you look at the Bruins and their ability to come back in the third if you look at it that way. A couple of times this year they look like after two periods it's not gonna happen this is a definite loss. In the case of the Rangers was a miraculous comeback that that ended in a loss that. It was it was great drama. And in other cases they have pulled up the victory what do you think that is -- great comeback ability is that something else. Well account of that extra second not not to really dispute your point but they've they've got they've seen the other side of the two which is. Just a few days ago on buffalo they went into the third with a lead and for whatever reason they just they just lost everything including the game in the and so it it is -- every night but overall he points true I think it speaks to. -- some of the usual suspects here which is it it's a veteran group they've been together for awhile. I would say more than most teams in most sports in terms of core group if you look at. If you look at Chara and how they brought up guys like -- chief Jim Croce. And Bergeron and Marchand and importance been here for awhile so I think some of it is just. Known product skill and they are they are bigger than most you know bears in the works there -- -- they've got a good site team would skill. And novel which you find that you guys known as you get some good sides we don't necessarily get the skill with a but controller and a good job here of computing both. My opinion that this team despite the 102 and two record has much more to give. That your gonna see better play eventually. Out of Tyler Sagan out of Nathan Horton and out of our power play perhaps in some others I do think this team's going to be better. Yeah that it needs they are good. I I think a mitigating factor here could be that this can schedule for. March and April you know dale out just wrote. Seventeen games in the month of march in. Need of them common goes back to back couple yup oh either in the evening here in afternoon and there are the other way around. So I can't believe they'll do better on a percentage basis I think -- -- going to be very consistent. Whether they can win had a fourteen get points twelve out of fourteen I think that's a tall order given that they've had a nice entry here. Out of the lockout schedule wise. The opponents -- -- tough it is tough for everybody. But I think it is that they've really had the best of -- here for the first month the five weeks. And now they're really gonna go into the furnace. You're absolutely right say again and Gorton RR news it's sort of the marriage you know cherries here guys who could be better. I do worry a little especially about the defense and Hamilton. Given this workload. Given that it's really going to be big -- hockey now -- -- -- comets such a tastes. He could thrive in that. But as we know in all sports now. Coaches are more and more reluctant to try to see if god can -- And there are more willing or apt to. Put them in these positions of just don't fail just thought I'd hate just don't. Well and and to your point last night Doug Hamilton played nine minutes. -- and add a couple of assist to grow up had a couple of assists early on. And then as as the mistakes that that's one thing -- has not been afraid to do this year is -- shorten the bench. And and cut down on ice time for guys if they don't have it don't. Right right and and hey let's face it he's he's done an excellent job here on the cup. They've bought into the system they like him that respect them all the things you have to house. -- you know what what I'm talking about here out of you guys feel the same. I'd much rather see the coaching that misses and specifically to -- this is just the sort of the nature of the beast. Coaching that really encourages guys to be creative and -- and go out there are really wonder in today's system of or walk through the door. If if he'd -- if they try to turn him into -- -- at age eighteen. And just say you know something we're gonna trap but up here in the middle -- retreats. Gonna clogged the middle keep everybody the outside. It's it's it's it's redundant from an entertainment standpoint and I think it is it it's you know it's. It's a re starting agent in terms of guys developing. Our camera we take questions via text and Twitter texture on the AT&T declined says ask Kevin. Turn and you turn you into a general manager Kevin. Ask Kevin if he would have resigned in monopoly. Have to say he even impressive this year he wouldn't have been -- if I would have signed up at a certain price and I don't know that's what they did here. But its price who's running I think upward of a million bucks and forwarding rules for where they pegged him and for what he was delivering. I I could easily I easily as a GM would have let him go. I I liked him I liked his I like this try. He did that very likable guy in the room to all of that. But you know what he didn't deliver. Anywhere near what I think -- capability was is the first round pick. Didn't do it in Minnesota didn't do -- Montreal didn't do it here. I hope he goes -- -- -- he hasn't nailed down if if that's their biggest mistake here they're going to be fortune. I am curious your thoughts and we talked about this habit last night on NASA and the the dramatic increase in the number of five on three power play opportunities there up 100% from a year ago. The dramatic increase in fighting majors not necessarily with the Bruins. But overall around the league. And I do feel conspiracy theorist in me. The the NHL went to the officials and said look if there's a penalty there you call it. Power plays are not a bad thing when we're trying to get the fans' interest in the game again. I know -- talked to the -- and in this and they they tightened down on a couple of standards that the the only what gets me about that is I'm all for because -- a -- I I'd much rather see an open game. Low power plays a lot of five on three. I'd have to go back and look at the park police -- stale in terms of effectiveness. It strikes me certainly from the Boston perspective in the history of making Tampa had a great start on the power play. Hasn't done much -- right so. I don't think the -- pleaser anymore successful I think the league would do itself a huge favor and a long full discussion. With Mike Milbury this morning and I'm gonna use it much -- this -- -- from Sunday lead here on notes is. Is is that scoring has only gone down. Since the start on the on the gonna put this. We all know the came out of the lockout scoring went gangbusters out of the shoot seven or eight years ago right it's only gone down cents. Power play is getting harder to score on. And they trap without they block it out we see that toward relegate so if you're going to mandate more power plays more power plays. That's well and good and I think they should. What they also should to is change now you can kill on the power play and to me that's the real problem with the game right now and has been for years. Allowing teams to ice the -- to me is ludicrous. And they could do so many. Tweaks here. That the power I'm not saying just allow guys to score at free will on the power play but make it's so at least one out of three of them go. It's it's about 20% that they score. It you know if if you could dial and I think it would be fairly easy to do dial -- -- guys are now scoring thirty to 35% of the time much better game. All those penalties the game open. Gary Bettman online to I was gonna say -- governor I know they're saying I didn't say it like that what is our camera. You know one thing I like Kevin Paul DuPont as general managers only to -- another GM type question. What do you do with all that money he traded -- -- your production cap space what what should you do what can't you do. Well -- which which idiot let's face of what should you do to go out and get the guy who can score fifty right. Andy can do it from forty feet 45 feet out and -- but all Dominican and -- he can run the power play and be -- Well. It's it's hard enough. I'm guessing Tampa want -- Stephen -- coast area that got. Or where the Rangers decided that anybody can play. That toward a -- game and they just spit out Brad Richards. So it's it's. Very difficult if not impossible to do that when you've got all that cash and it's July 1 I think can be July 5 this year because the lockout. But it's the first day of free agency you're the first guy on the plane -- to beat a path to the guys door and they tumbled and here's the dull. So what the season is running I'm not saying it's impossible and I'm not counting them a break here by. You know what the guys -- see picked up -- the trade deadline each year are usually third and fourth line guys or salary dump guys. The guys were talking about the can really -- difference makers in the thirty team league I would say you've got probably the anywhere from 9220. Of those guys. That three of four guys the team at best. Or Columbus would like to have one. And they're just not there have. That there to have and that sounds like your excusing them here for not spending the money because -- -- find the guy it's just. Very difficult not tell you one other is too great quest and I have I have this not debate but -- the constant topic. It harder and harder in the NHL because I think foolishly these GM give out too many no trade contracts. So when I see the Celtics talking about -- that -- -- maybe it'll move KJ you may be available populace of him as a president NHL team there's one team in the NHL can think that way because those guys all have no trades. Well I will say this and in of all of the the things that I think -- gamble that are feasible that you might consider getting. I loved the Daniel Alfredsson. Cardin and if there was some way you could do that and I think the more audible falls off the the face of the earth here might be doable I do that one. If that bald faced the earth he probably is available it's -- LeBron put that out this week. I I I would love. And that is a guy and I know we we made -- mistake and I was first in line to make the mistake when they got happily I was saying this is going to be rate. It is the 20% -- the 18% partly that and the B 25 -- it went to attend. So but I think without written in there that he's the kind of juice is one of the few guys. I remember this game last year deal late this season. They in Ottawa had I think it was a five on three it was Alfredsson on the -- and Egypt even at age 64. He drilled a one time bomb that just -- -- -- -- so he's still got it. I I think could be a real personable a real reluctance for him to move that is his point age but how does not he he does not have a cop to that would help. I really wonder if Ottawa law would be would be inclined to throw the Boston. -- culturally thing coming here still think this and that confide in Ottawa over that. And the fact that they're very good here that would -- sort of be handing a team in the division not the cup but certainly good point but. But that's that the idea of coming here like as as it would be true in any town to -- Our Kevin and offers before we go to break and give you an opportunity did -- defend yourself some sort of from callers on this we -- against Texas who says in my home oh god I'll let our holder had dealt already did he tweeted that out already. The guys as this doesn't yet know icing on the PKK are we creating a new league called the XHL. Kevin's argument on this before I got a -- makes compelling case. Yeah and I know you've got a pretty tied up against the break but here's my feeling -- it's. The -- team has been -- penalized now for committing an error but now you changed the game you'd say. All right we're gonna play at a different eat you committed the foul under certain that are ruled -- gonna change the rules. We're gonna say you can throw that 200 feet I say. Throwing at 200 feet his failure to compete due to a boxing match in the guy just ran into the corner you'd you'd. He'd be losing points that should loose points. I say that's what's happening not in it happened forever. So it that there was a great fear here back in the days when that when the Canadians could score well on the power play. Of tinkering at all but -- where decades past that now he he he even even with this rule change. I don't know what that would -- would really change advocate have to. We salute immediately if the shorthanded team ice that. Bring the puck back down don't allow the change. And one and I I said today in my discussion -- Milbury add another penalty basically wore what stand about the diving or failure to compete. -- lot and I like it. Was. Do that don't allow the change bring the puck back but just give the attacking team free possession of the puck inside the line and just force the team that's short and that the defense. And that's DuPont home phone rings than relieved through one -- -- we appreciate that thanks a lot. I -- yeah appreciate it are started as Kevin Paul DuPont from the Boston Globe read his Sunday column called on second thought. And what we're back with more your phone calls and I think -- bin. Have something planned to -- that dale does have this look on both of this happens look up to -- to something Hogan and you'll stay tuned for that.

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