NESN analyst Andy Brickley joined Dennis & Callahan on Wednesday morning for his weekly appearance. Brickley discussed Bruins forward Tyler Seguin being benched in Boston's loss to the Jets on Tuesday night.
Seguin missed a mandatory team breakfast on Tuesday morning, leading to coach Claude Julien to make Seguin a healthy scratch against Winnipeg. It was not the first time that Seguin had missed a team event. The Bruins went on to have their point streak snapped in a 2-1 loss against the Jets.
Brickley said that the players had to show up for breakfast at some point between 8:30 and 11 a.m. on Tuesday morning, and that this is what the Bruins typically do on the road. Seguin never made it to the breakfast in that time frame.
"It's never an easy decision, but this was a decision that had to be made," Brickley said of Seguin's benching. "It may have happened in the past, he was fined and he was told that this was unacceptable, so yes, coaching moment, teaching moment whatever you want to call it. And it hurt the Bruins, because they could have used his services last night."
The Bruins could have certainly used Seguin's scoring prowess, and Brickley hopes that this fact is not lost upon Seguin.
"I'm going to hope that the fact that they lost a game 2-1, a game they could have won, a game he could have been a difference, I hope that really bothers him, that he let his team down," Brickley said. "And I hope that this coaching moment, this teaching moment, has the impact that it should have."
Following are more highlights from the conversation, including more talk about Seguin and Brickley's thoughts on eliminating fighting from hockey given the recent deaths of former NHL enforcers.
On if it's troubling that Seguin has been missing these meetings: "It's bothersome that it's happened more than one time. You hope that young players learn their lessons and all they need is that one time where it gets your attention and you make the necessary changes in the way you approach your daily routine, particularly on a game day."
On if Seguin's veteran teammates are mad at him for missing the breakfast and getting benched: "Yes. They had a good thing going. 14-0-1. They hadn't lost in regulation. They understood that this was going to be a difficult game, a challenging game given all the circumstances and that they needed everybody on board and doing what they needed to do. You hope that he wasn't just watching the game and having a good time and just laughing it off. You hope that it had major, major impact and I think the players that have been around for a long time deliver that message as well."
On if the Bruins would have won with Seguin: "There are a couple of power-play instances that Jack [Edwards] and I were talking about, even though they had five or six shots on one power play, they were missing a finishing touch. They certainly had their opportunities. You think about Nathan Horton at the end of the game, [Milan] Lucic had an open net, [David] Krejci had a rebound open net, [Brad] Marchand … these are all good players that usually finish. But Seguin has that finishing touch. And even though he hasn't played as well over the last four or five to six games than he was earlier in this stretch of winning streak. Yeah, he was missed, he was definitely missed."
On if the NHL should ban fighting in light of the recent discoveries in the death of former NHL enforcer Derek Boogaard: "I'm not ready to make that leap. I feel bad, it's a sad story what happened to Derek Boogaard, as with the other three guys who have passed away recently and been diagnosed with that condition. But when you read that [New York Times] article, I think there are way more questions, certainly for me, as to what's going on with that kid and his life and the way it all fell apart or unraveled for him. I'm not making that one-to-one correlation between fighting and that condition, I'm just not, I'm not convinced yet. If you give me more data and more information and really compel me to say, 'OK, that is the definite one-to-one correlation,' then I would reconsider my position."
On why fighting should remain a part of the game, other than for entertainment value: "If your goaltender is being run or if an opponent is right in his face, inside the paint, not like Ryan Miller, out where he's trying to play the puck where he's a little bit more fair game, but if he's in the paint like [Tim] Thomas was and [Joe] Vitale comes in and initiates contact and you get a response from Gregory Campbell, those fights are good fights, I think. It makes that element of fear and intimidation a real piece of the sport of hockey and it allows you, in the course of a hockey game, to get a little bit more time, to get a little bit more space, because your opponent is a little less courageous to come and oppose you when you have the puck."
Peter King of Sports Illustrated joins the show to talk about the Patriots clinching homefield advantage and who the AFC is contenders.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss the Patriots' approach for Sunday's game against Buffalo, a game rendered essentially meaningless now that the Patriots have clinched the No. 1 seed.
Bruschi joins the conversation on the Patriots win over the Jets and other games over the weekend.
Jackie MacMullen, ESPN Boston, talks with MFB about Rondo being traded to the Dallas Mavericks, and how this will have an effect on the Celtics rebuild process
How have the Celtics looked after a couple weeks? Could they be a playoff team? These questions and more...
Sam and Ben talk with Greg Dickerson about how fun this year's Celtics team is to watch as well Jeff Green trade ideas.
Mut, Rob, and Alex talk with former Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester. Jon talks about his experiences with free agency, what it would have taken to sign him to the Red Sox last season, and his experiences with fans since signing with the Cubs.
Mut, Rob, and Alex talk with newly signed Red Sox pitcher, Wade Miley. They talk about the story that came out about the D-Backs wanting him to switch to a gluten-free diet, and what he expects coming from the N.L. West to the A.L. East.
The boys are back at it, Mut, Rob, and Alex talk with former Red Sox pitcher and new Chicago Cub Jon Lester, they then talk with new Red Sox pitcher and ongoing consumer of gluten, Wade Miley.
Pierre joins the show to talk about the Bruins-Wild game, Bruins trade rumors, and the rest of the NHL.
Jack Edwards talks with Dale, Michael and Jerry Thornton and drops the bomb on us that based on how the standings look now, the Bruins could miss the playoffs this season.
Pierre joins the guys to talk about the Bruins and all things NHL
Just like on a Sunday morning in the summer, Butch Stearns and Steve Buckley hit the airwaves to talk about the Bruins win last night, and Patriots possibly resting starters against Buffalo this Sunday.
Nancy Frates called in to discuss her son Pete and her granddaughter Lucy.
Tom joined the show to discuss the close win over the Jets and Rex Ryan's comments.
A Christmas eve edition of "The Price is Right," Chris Price of WEEI.com makes some predictions for the Patriots Sunday afternoon tilt against the visiting Buffalo Bills.
Andy Brickley joined the show to talk about the Bruins, who are in the midst of a 3-game winning streak. The team clearly has deficiencies and may need to make a few moves before the deadline.
Bradford asks everyone who will listen, "Who's the most famous person to use your bathroom?"
Bruins Play-by-Play announcer breaks down the Bruins season so far.
For each of the 4 major sports teams, we give our naughty and nice lists.
Jerry and DJ are out to prove that this Christmas classic is one of the creepiest songs of all-time
Kay comes into the show to try out for the textress role on the program. We learn about her favorite sports and fondness for Rajon Rondo.
Mikey, Mut, Lenny and Kerry Byrne are taling Patriots-Jets and the potential end of Rex Ryan's coaching career with the team.
Tonight marks 9 straight years of the Planet Mikey Show. We play some sound from the takeover which got Planet Mikey rolling .
DJ and Scott reveal the greatest Christmas song of all time: Fleetwood Mac's "Silver Springs." They also discuss the Christmas outrage of Fleetwood Mac's "Silver Springs" being left off Rumours.
Scott McLaughlin of WEEI and Chris Peters of CBS’ Eye on Hockey preview this year’s World Junior Championship and break down Team USA’s strengths and weaknesses. The U.S. opens the tournament against Finland on Friday.
Sam and Ben react to the Rondo trade and talk about the top 5 players in the NBA. The Celtics get their 2014 superlatives.
NBC Sports analyst, Rodney Harrison, joined the show to talk about how he doesn't think Bill Belichick should rest the starters in week 17. He also warned against falling asleep on the Denver Broncos, Brady's durability, the Bengals and the Seahawks.More from this show
Jackie MacMullan, ESPN, talks with Tim and Steve about the Patriots resting the starters in Week 17. Jackie's argument is that they have a bye, so they're gonna be rusty REGARDLESS of whether or not they play in week 17, so keep them safe. She also spoke about Peyton's MNF performance, and how the Celtics have looked since the trade of Rajon Rondo.More from this show