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Rick Middleton joins Planet Mikey

Apr 1, 2014|

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Parity. -- always game now. As apparent headphones. Don't wanna know me well on item and you're surprised about real guesses studio tonight. They're on the planet Mikey show promoted him all set up writer how -- A great Mikey -- -- -- -- like the sign he brought in today yeah let me just to mention that. Somebody somebody who April for your -- first rate it is -- all day. April 1 so of course today's a big day for jokes you know ha ha. So what's up my car in my driveway brighter today a big sign. Duct tape to my car. That says honk if you love LeBron James I do. I think the people are hoping those good drive away get some hogs. And I noticed that there was a gigantic. Very artfully done to went away. LeBron James sent back -- -- colors. And he collars. And these goofy kids today you thought about if they don't raise it wasn't identity was you -- what elegant with that. You don't do that we're honored and pleased to have one of the great Bruins of all time Rick Middleton studio hello Rick. But -- -- -- nifty way to -- -- that are already if that's you know bear. As you know people -- realize sometimes especially if they're younger conjured Dublin and the eighties and last year much younger I was the last season 8888. The best that I delays would go to the guy that's right that's right center tonight against Edmonton as a few -- it's frozen that were boarded the days we have lots of listeners who were born the very young you know young folks at some award. Cognizant NBA season. I'm just how unbelievable player you were you had like almost 900. Points. In a Bruins uniform. -- That is I have to hit it. Two season throw -- a good blitzer is not a thousands of well I don't look at. But two seasons with a hundred points or more your captain of the team you're -- let's first talk about how you got the Bruins is that since he story. If you rule played Providence for the Rangers. Minor league club. I got drafted and 73 by the Rangers Rangers and the Bruins went to the cup in 72. So the Rangers still had those helicopters in couldn't crack the lineup and they seven of their farm team which was Providence reds and knows -- reds I was nineteen years old those playing the very first thank goodness the very first years of both the civic center -- -- -- And living in Cranston, Rhode Island podcasts and especially young India as a young wannabe hockey nineteen yes ten single guys living room apartment building. And so they'd ever had any fun it was not a part of at all I don't remember it editing room. I went through that knew the thing that people brewers his own bottles and realizes that the trade that brought -- To Boston was for another Bruins legend Ken Hodge and he's at the end really caddies at the end of his. And he's a few years older than and you know whether it was at the end of his career and this does yoga trader earlier that year yes that was the big trade as well and that name for park. And from everything that I hear her dead fastball one on one of those old wingers. And I'm not sure if he said Kinnear over or Wayne Cashman. Particularly you know but and wasn't like accurate Middleton to I don't -- it was like I don't know. But the Bruins I think at the time from everything I've read between them has soured any movement. And decided that he was expendable and the Rangers is John Ferguson -- that we just -- -- -- York it was like yeah they thought I was having too much fun. -- -- that agreement was one of Providence. Bruins moves about as large and all I got lucky that I went from a team that didn't make the playoffs and so -- five to a team went -- cup finals two years and rolling out here you know who's spent -- Act and that you know course you your contributions on the yeah. I'm -- brewers team you know a year after year after year just you know how many times you score forty plus goals I'm sure a bunch let's look at our David Garrett. I know what the two time general hundred points that that was key. The one one fingers -- -- 5150. Goals once and that's right one but I only -- 49. Years ago I always two for Google's net net over Leo -- we -- the way to put that is -- articles are members of the yes we do it. Rick Middleton of course was that you will get -- you want to see it on at home. -- -- was -- yeah I it was a nice and have a Harry -- to make me a co captain with ray -- from 1985 to 88 when I retired yet and we did switch him back and forth obviously if I had a lot of home railroad and road but -- wasn't any set. A year or I I -- remember if was month leave your half the year and the other thing like capitalism like every game we switch back and forth. And a nifty -- just tell educate the people how many -- Cuba. You know all I honestly don't know and I wish it was a better storybook Jerry chambers takes credit for its argument to Gerri we know why he's cheesy and so if -- Yeah we don't -- -- And I think you lose somebody turned over urban to a known in the newspaper and it's stuck. -- you know it stands alone it's like you know you don't get that -- could you sake you know they take Richard -- say well I -- at all and they always nice about a -- it was on us and their for a few years young kids -- I came up and article mean if -- -- -- -- -- -- board of -- now. There's got to like your relive all that time saw but it really like the nickname when it first I think grow. And to hear it -- it's like -- nickname you know after -- -- -- it becomes synonymous would you would you become comfortable win -- -- knows what it means where you know where it came from that disagree -- -- nerves or sell the -- -- so well -- -- -- -- -- hockey -- a live with this -- especially provocative sports in general like my nickname might never really care for either. But poll that I mean I don't I got a lot of weight is relative to. -- -- -- it -- but it I just don't know him -- and my mom didn't like him very much for now we have a great season going here and it's been more than one great season. And -- you noticed this brewers team I was talking via following. And I'm so convince I have been from what persona writers we hear about over and over again now I think is definitely be the brewers in the Stanley Cup finals and it's for me to get ahead of myself that far. I got a lot of confidence in his team you you watch him play. Reckon the points I told right decision today one thing is indicative of this team we talk about -- -- agree coaching analyst of all the time. When I look at that chart of it is the stat I'm in love with the issue with this team plus minus. Six of the top fourteen NHL players are Bruins with the you know plus minus candidates. The system they play they play that so similar service over and over every game of group of the year and some games today they're not on and go through stretches where the offense is scoring. In the games looked boring because they're not scoring goals and it's really to defense and but they work on that assist them all year and there ruling on it now I'm hoping that it's going you know like in any sport you have your ups and your downs and and good times in your bed and you know a lot of times people say while they can't keep doing it they can't keep playing like this -- The Bruins play like this all your -- -- there could easily keep going like this and unless they hit it team was caught. And stops meant by that I don't think they're gonna beat himself. It's generally a one GameStop and they're right back at it again they don't seem to get Adobe big long seven game series though it's gonna take a really good team yes yes and it's not boring like that the old I called the pat -- devils when they were you know -- it was a little sort of as the you know it's like that that is that is drag this doesn't affect me that way it's the same kind of consistency containment procedures and -- -- The overall generous attitude they have amongst themselves spread it around. -- got some guys who can carry the -- now they don't just dump it in all the time they get to. Good mobile defenseman to move the plot thickened a log and up the ice. You know as opposed to the way used to be was just like one pass across from east to west yes try to get it up to a guided to -- in the analyst we'll get to see what we can go. There there are being a little more creative with. It's a lot more fun than this year's two I've had a good time watch these guys -- you know I guess your expectations get as you said in the hall yet I expectations based on what they did a few years back but. Nowhere and that you're supposed to whatever -- yep and people in Boston we know we with a Red Sox experience there was an 86 year drought with a Red Sox threat. And then all of a sudden they win it no Fordham expects it every year and I guess that's a transition you make is a fan. Where once you what you know dipped to be in the magic potion you wanna keep going back in there and know when he's going to get sent down. But this guy crude according crude he's a tremendous coach marched in a -- first came aboard here or break passes well here's a former royal Montreal guy. He's kind of you know history looks like curly in The Three Stooges and he talks you know did it in that fashion that he talked. And you say what had which covers do we have this guy that bull bull -- only builds up does resonate now it's like cruise control everybody loves and trusts them. It wasn't what was great about the Bruins team that maybe they didn't have in years past is everybody's on the same page from the general manager to president for the coached players. They know the system they wanna play and they bring the players in here to complement that system via the -- goes -- -- an injury or somebody gets traded. They go and get another player that commandment that can play that system. -- and I don't think they thought was ready or could. Play that says -- score of forty shoulder and -- -- Charlie polite but needed to at all you're gonna put up a really good talented player because he doesn't fit in and that's right. And right now they can do that because they're winning everything's rule. SA -- -- -- you know in normal years if the Bruins were suffering and not doing well we we'd be hearing about stylish say you know he's not here we heard it with -- when he -- All -- well could we use or realize that -- this year gas well where you know you have ordered that all Internet and thought I can't imagine how how do you know if you know the second what you third or something in league and score some more there are watching them. Yeah how how -- do you think it is that the mix they have because they've got a really great mix of younger guys that have been in the system emperor front stolen while later twenties of Lucic is still a young -- more chance and it -- guys like a gala in the in shore as well it seems like -- not only do they have the depth but it. -- but a nice mix. In terms of they have a great mix and they have agreed. Bunch -- guys have been together great nucleus. That a stuck together and one together. If you talk to any player the hardest thing is when and a first. Once you win their first was like you know how to do that bring reform and you know how to do it now. And he can teach you of -- what's needed to be done. And they're good leadership. You know like I can go on and -- the one thing there were word what was your goaltender but look at you know. To who's right there is ridiculous haven't missed a step up and there's no reason to believe that they that they can't go all the way because they can roll four lines. Chicago was the only team that could match from last year with four line yeah and barely eked out of the Stanley Cup can be almost so it should be similar this year. This and that's my old pal from the Hartford whalers Joel Quenneville he's been he's developed today you know he might have been a slog as a as a harassment by an authority and catalog no he was in -- -- -- -- almost like he got so that -- acknowledge -- is a great stay at home defensemen and opted. Yeah and played the game on us hard and would elect a ton of bricks that you yeah. And he you know he went on to be you know he's he's got speaking of coaching resonates pretty pretty good run grown you know between the two teams he's done well with. And -- Chicago team. Is similar to brewers team in the -- date approached beatable than yesterday that's a good hockey club but they -- injuries right now Sunday I think is can be. Some injuries and they're not playing at -- through the top of their game but you know there through the playoffs their news a long stretch and what do what they have which means you wouldn't think is really good goaltender got very good goaltending. And a defense that moves up puck better than -- defense in the head during handled -- and you know that's stretch -- and and you know if if all of a sudden this stretch passes working you can stop but you start backing off those do you give more room and they start rushing the puck. And you ever get the puck in there and on the right so Chicago completely game either way right now they're struggling because of injuries -- couple guys -- warm -- expect that the term community do you look at them as the a bronze possible toughest opponent of course abuse Stanley Cup at that point well you know I think there's two teams in the -- you know with Pittsburgh maybe you know feeling like -- Pittsburgh run for it some people think it's going to be Philly Boston is but analysts and the -- 5% in -- -- could take a run batted in including San Jose and -- can never tell while Leo quick and that now Saint Louis say loyalists has been up there all you shark -- a little but. You know and then they got some of the some teams that wanna be of their like Colorado. That has played very while the -- You know so it'll be interesting this year to see who's going to be the spoiler. And I think there might be a couple spoilers in the west but as opposed to the -- great I've Iran before I -- -- Your article we know well I ask Lazar I don't and I for the kings not enough might have the kings knocking out Mike he's ducks -- they beat the -- and I -- -- -- -- hooked up for the -- this year and and -- -- an -- ball and fired but you know the playoffs are totally different -- -- you guys are like. Offering of the season's over OK brand new season let's go to work and start all over yeah. It is a whole different world but it is it is and I say this proudly I love the NHL hockey playoffs as much I love anything and every sports. Because. The big difference even though. You can ask a player all year long all playing hard and don't give a 110% all that stuff yeah I guess what do you found an extra 10% a playoff suddenly I saw. Every single guy jumps is game. Absolutely and especially if you're playing on a good team because you have to raise your game. Yeah but. Especially the first round because I think it's harder on the failed -- -- for two week -- catching the country is close games the west goes games out to these coast curiouser and every other day every day. And mostly for two weeks. And even if you DV army -- watch from -- still not sleep if he's got to be edited or watch him on tape escorted through them the minimal commercial. That's a great amount pocketed on many commercials that based baseball game and every ten minute more than -- rubberized on the NFL. Our net felony UK I -- a guy you can. You know you can you don't just get up get a beer and go to the bathroom you can but on the street get a look at North Carolina wash -- argues someone else's bathroom of you have to. Rick militants and a house -- your phone calls for real might take some follow hockey all right 617. 7797. 937. For nifty he's everywhere this till 7 o'clock if you wanna talk some hockey with Rick Hilton would be happy to have you -- John. -- -- You know -- saying we're back -- -- planet Mikey show Rick Middleton and a house Rick who lives up into a New Hampshire -- comes out here for a whole bunch of stuff including Bruins alumni. Yes so while most of our games are in mass who we play all over knowingly and then we actually go up to Canada for 23 times a year for special occasions special care that. Take it up north of the border bus that we and we was the -- of yeah I -- we got a lot of people want charges so let's get to some of these callers for Rick Middleton nifty in a house chris' in plain Bill Hall Chris. We're absolutely. Honor to cut -- but he -- What. You know when I was growing up. I'm -- -- -- I could not understand how about people -- and Adam -- -- let -- -- Goal expert about. Just a quick question how how do you how -- people that is as a goaltender it's people. The person who who commit themselves how you. Oh we can -- you do it. You have to go in new lease school. Which you can't these days is that everything is so fast with the back pressure in the back checking. You -- go right to the net and make your play you can't -- and you know the illegal meal with the way he did I mean when he was moving fast it was moons will always has had that look larger. Stride one of the greatest players ever you know if you can slow it down and make the goal lead. Make -- first mover back in a little too fast. And then he realizes oh I'm back -- my net too too far out and he's got to do something -- to stop you and you haven't shot the puck yet. You go to -- immersed in trying to get a commitment out. Yeah you try to review some. He's got a rhythm to his coming out to block block the angle picture gonna Schubert and he's gonna -- and as you get closer and that's gonna open up -- -- I'm just absolute -- pleasure and I really good luck to you play and this is not going to. Well I real I really appreciate that thank you thank you Chris. Rick Rick how much do you think the game or has it changed that much from the 70s80s up until now to speed things besides I think this mainly the goaltenders in the equipment the equipment and the style they play in the butterfly now now -- there's -- file I couldn't play -- -- -- -- level. There's a death in Europe for most guys are already teams that he never hit the back of the net to supply ups over the red -- and that's a particular there was squeeze it through the -- ago. We put in there is a yet -- Quincy old -- They get I don't and I drove the market -- -- -- bring him back aways where it was torture -- him most days they were fun days. Here are I get this some I was on NHL dark armories and watch tomorrow. And it -- apply it to the guy on the -- heroic think it is real sort -- Supplies they are only two on the broadcast but normal what set that I see were melt into. Supplies that you have a border that are really brought it back to debate as one argue I was watching play house moved. Have you you did everything the passing sticking him -- the shooting made it look so great and so we keep. Well in dog food and people thank you for saying about people ask me where I got the handling skills and we sit I play a lot of street hockey. Not because I I had to but you know when you're kid growing up in Toronto in the sixties to leafs won four Stanley cups and there's three channels on the TV. We have a new video games it was a much else to do right on the street and bureau frozen does all the and these -- drawn on the sixties it was expanding into the suburbs and there's a -- kids are all the same age and we just played hockey arena and I didn't realize that it was happening but it it kind of morphed over on the ice I guess and and I had those deals with tiger only I really didn't have a big shot so I had to get inside the defense when I was gonna score I had to give -- -- -- goalies. Try to develop some moves. Had eyes on -- on the team that pitched it could have had a big shot only I -- -- -- because you may get back at you know I get off I didn't have put -- -- my respects go I never had the big slap shot -- pretty quick snapshot. You know you -- away a lot pretty quickly. And is fairly accurate but I didn't have the big booming shots so I developed a style to get in close and -- your. If you're gonna mix up the defense when you have to -- little middle there you see a lot of guys today it's up and down north insult and that it's easiest thing in the world. But the defenseman but it's also a hazard to steer help. I -- a -- has one last question regular. If you had if you had to put you on the spot -- defenseman and the -- to play and we do you have a -- Someone in mind that that was atop the toughest play against. Well people often ask me if I was gonna start the hockey team who would always start with there is surprisingly ago Chrysler with the Larry Robinson. -- Larry who was you know maybe because. Montreal beat us all those years ago Larry could play an. -- only beat the flyers. And then he can rush that you see you know once in awhile you take apart from behind his net after spurt it was 656 election. Gangly legs he can move pretty good -- Marty played forever to it and yeah it and they still coaches saw it -- here's a guy I played with a meant to Canada cups. And he was a great leader in just a regular guy you know didn't mean. Wanna Wear the C didn't wanna leave the guys -- is easily guy as far as a goaltender. Apologies you know as a score I never had any respect for eagle -- Like -- lawyers and managers need anybody yeah yeah well and it you know the ones that really gave me trouble with a goofy here good goal the -- the world policy. As you used to see in the one way. Right in the middle Sunday a Little League and -- -- and that quick millisecond of thought process -- normal looking something like look like mere colonias disease rulers you know guys like yeah. -- you know I always think about -- yeah -- but not to be goaltender anyway I think a lot of museum you know it Patrick wants the world and -- and it really edgy weird twenty guys I don't -- -- couples -- -- past. Realistic but -- the burrows is one Markel baron -- was about back a -- with a broad knees and he he couldn't cut Gordon. This is superstition. Like I said Google is data from there there was no door knobs on the doors leaving into the way how to get a -- I thought about -- also a does save saw him standing in front of doors for half a pain in the neck and his roommate will open the door for mauled that's real weird. I mean that's always judge -- weird the toddler out with a doorknob and not that man but how how weird what goalies have to be for the agency's amassed. This rock music -- -- the -- just I want you. In an era where they didn't Wear masks. -- Ohio or loud or homeless I mean. You know I talked to. Old wars and pianist in a game summaries really doubt I don't commit up -- -- you didn't play on an indoor ring until he was seventeen at. And he would have a warm house. Clearly -- them clintons know it didn't. Spla elements -- these five degree is dues may be image although there was only six goalies in the world. I am obviously very -- for going to be crazy and specialist -- don't want to sort out there would gnome has become -- -- you mention the candidate cup but did he played on the same line as Gretzky. They're ready for I was lucky enough to be put a lot of wood rescue any -- Michelle -- now we end up -- Russia rescue does that mean he couldn't play. I'm not lie I tried to do with two point bump he can't even couldn't shoot couldn't score couldn't skate up farm. That must have been quite experience there really was intimidating because when you play it was someone at that level you wanted to try to raise your own view that would be. The -- you know he passes the puck -- should be. If you're not fair you know you sort of bad air gap you know anyone's day and review news we're -- we have -- wants just about the hall of fame and I yards one -- from the outset -- there's no one I've ever met doesn't that you should be in the hall of payment to -- in New Hampshire go -- John. That that's my question I got what do -- play yeah. -- from really good offensive player. To an all around great player and I -- I I think your point so I don't -- like 91990s. My dad. But. I have no doubt that you belong in the -- of pain and he's still eligible. Yeah I don't have limits yes. You know -- they're also under on the rule I've been nominated a few times I think. And the only way I found out that I didn't get in is -- in the paper. Our celebrity film I had so I'm not exactly sure what the rules are but I believe you know they have eighteen people are so on the board you've got Parity. -- always game now. As apparent headphones. Don't wanna know me well on item and you're surprised about real guesses studio tonight. They're on the planet Mikey show promoted him all set up writer how -- A great Mikey -- -- -- -- like the sign he brought in today yeah let me just to mention that. Somebody somebody who April for your -- first rate it is -- all day. April 1 so of course today's a big day for jokes you know ha ha. So what's up my car in my driveway brighter today a big sign. Duct tape to my car. That says honk if you love LeBron James I do. I think the people are hoping those good drive away get some hogs. And I noticed that there was a gigantic. Very artfully done to went away. LeBron James sent back -- -- colors. And he collars. And these goofy kids today you thought about if they don't raise it wasn't identity was you -- what elegant with that. You don't do that we're honored and pleased to have one of the great Bruins of all time Rick Middleton studio hello Rick. But -- -- -- nifty way to -- -- that are already if that's you know bear. As you know people -- realize sometimes especially if they're younger conjured Dublin and the eighties and last year much younger I was the last season 8888. The best that I delays would go to the guy that's right that's right center tonight against Edmonton as a few -- it's frozen that were boarded the days we have lots of listeners who were born the very young you know young folks at some award. Cognizant NBA season. I'm just how unbelievable player you were you had like almost 900. Points. In a Bruins uniform. -- That is I have to hit it. Two season throw -- a good blitzer is not a thousands of well I don't look at. But two seasons with a hundred points or more your captain of the team you're -- let's first talk about how you got the Bruins is that since he story. If you rule played Providence for the Rangers. Minor league club. I got drafted and 73 by the Rangers Rangers and the Bruins went to the cup in 72. So the Rangers still had those helicopters in couldn't crack the lineup and they seven of their farm team which was Providence reds and knows -- reds I was nineteen years old those playing the very first thank goodness the very first years of both the civic center -- -- -- And living in Cranston, Rhode Island podcasts and especially young India as a young wannabe hockey nineteen yes ten single guys living room apartment building. And so they'd ever had any fun it was not a part of at all I don't remember it editing room. I went through that knew the thing that people brewers his own bottles and realizes that the trade that brought -- To Boston was for another Bruins legend Ken Hodge and he's at the end really caddies at the end of his. And he's a few years older than and you know whether it was at the end of his career and this does yoga trader earlier that year yes that was the big trade as well and that name for park. And from everything that I hear her dead fastball one on one of those old wingers. And I'm not sure if he said Kinnear over or Wayne Cashman. Particularly you know but and wasn't like accurate Middleton to I don't -- it was like I don't know. But the Bruins I think at the time from everything I've read between them has soured any movement. And decided that he was expendable and the Rangers is John Ferguson -- that we just -- -- -- York it was like yeah they thought I was having too much fun. -- -- that agreement was one of Providence. Bruins moves about as large and all I got lucky that I went from a team that didn't make the playoffs and so -- five to a team went -- cup finals two years and rolling out here you know who's spent -- Act and that you know course you your contributions on the yeah. I'm -- brewers team you know a year after year after year just you know how many times you score forty plus goals I'm sure a bunch let's look at our David Garrett. I know what the two time general hundred points that that was key. The one one fingers -- -- 5150. Goals once and that's right one but I only -- 49. Years ago I always two for Google's net net over Leo -- we -- the way to put that is -- articles are members of the yes we do it. Rick Middleton of course was that you will get -- you want to see it on at home. -- -- was -- yeah I it was a nice and have a Harry -- to make me a co captain with ray -- from 1985 to 88 when I retired yet and we did switch him back and forth obviously if I had a lot of home railroad and road but -- wasn't any set. A year or I I -- remember if was month leave your half the year and the other thing like capitalism like every game we switch back and forth. And a nifty -- just tell educate the people how many -- Cuba. You know all I honestly don't know and I wish it was a better storybook Jerry chambers takes credit for its argument to Gerri we know why he's cheesy and so if -- Yeah we don't -- -- And I think you lose somebody turned over urban to a known in the newspaper and it's stuck. -- you know it stands alone it's like you know you don't get that -- could you sake you know they take Richard -- say well I -- at all and they always nice about a -- it was on us and their for a few years young kids -- I came up and article mean if -- -- -- -- -- -- board of -- now. There's got to like your relive all that time saw but it really like the nickname when it first I think grow. And to hear it -- it's like -- nickname you know after -- -- -- it becomes synonymous would you would you become comfortable win -- -- knows what it means where you know where it came from that disagree -- -- nerves or sell the -- -- so well -- -- -- -- -- hockey -- a live with this -- especially provocative sports in general like my nickname might never really care for either. But poll that I mean I don't I got a lot of weight is relative to. -- -- -- it -- but it I just don't know him -- and my mom didn't like him very much for now we have a great season going here and it's been more than one great season. And -- you noticed this brewers team I was talking via following. And I'm so convince I have been from what persona writers we hear about over and over again now I think is definitely be the brewers in the Stanley Cup finals and it's for me to get ahead of myself that far. I got a lot of confidence in his team you you watch him play. Reckon the points I told right decision today one thing is indicative of this team we talk about -- -- agree coaching analyst of all the time. When I look at that chart of it is the stat I'm in love with the issue with this team plus minus. Six of the top fourteen NHL players are Bruins with the you know plus minus candidates. The system they play they play that so similar service over and over every game of group of the year and some games today they're not on and go through stretches where the offense is scoring. In the games looked boring because they're not scoring goals and it's really to defense and but they work on that assist them all year and there ruling on it now I'm hoping that it's going you know like in any sport you have your ups and your downs and and good times in your bed and you know a lot of times people say while they can't keep doing it they can't keep playing like this -- The Bruins play like this all your -- -- there could easily keep going like this and unless they hit it team was caught. And stops meant by that I don't think they're gonna beat himself. It's generally a one GameStop and they're right back at it again they don't seem to get Adobe big long seven game series though it's gonna take a really good team yes yes and it's not boring like that the old I called the pat -- devils when they were you know -- it was a little sort of as the you know it's like that that is that is drag this doesn't affect me that way it's the same kind of consistency containment procedures and -- -- The overall generous attitude they have amongst themselves spread it around. -- got some guys who can carry the -- now they don't just dump it in all the time they get to. Good mobile defenseman to move the plot thickened a log and up the ice. You know as opposed to the way used to be was just like one pass across from east to west yes try to get it up to a guided to -- in the analyst we'll get to see what we can go. There there are being a little more creative with. It's a lot more fun than this year's two I've had a good time watch these guys -- you know I guess your expectations get as you said in the hall yet I expectations based on what they did a few years back but. Nowhere and that you're supposed to whatever -- yep and people in Boston we know we with a Red Sox experience there was an 86 year drought with a Red Sox threat. And then all of a sudden they win it no Fordham expects it every year and I guess that's a transition you make is a fan. Where once you what you know dipped to be in the magic potion you wanna keep going back in there and know when he's going to get sent down. But this guy crude according crude he's a tremendous coach marched in a -- first came aboard here or break passes well here's a former royal Montreal guy. He's kind of you know history looks like curly in The Three Stooges and he talks you know did it in that fashion that he talked. And you say what had which covers do we have this guy that bull bull -- only builds up does resonate now it's like cruise control everybody loves and trusts them. It wasn't what was great about the Bruins team that maybe they didn't have in years past is everybody's on the same page from the general manager to president for the coached players. They know the system they wanna play and they bring the players in here to complement that system via the -- goes -- -- an injury or somebody gets traded. They go and get another player that commandment that can play that system. -- and I don't think they thought was ready or could. Play that says -- score of forty shoulder and -- -- Charlie polite but needed to at all you're gonna put up a really good talented player because he doesn't fit in and that's right. And right now they can do that because they're winning everything's rule. SA -- -- -- you know in normal years if the Bruins were suffering and not doing well we we'd be hearing about stylish say you know he's not here we heard it with -- when he -- All -- well could we use or realize that -- this year gas well where you know you have ordered that all Internet and thought I can't imagine how how do you know if you know the second what you third or something in league and score some more there are watching them. Yeah how how -- do you think it is that the mix they have because they've got a really great mix of younger guys that have been in the system emperor front stolen while later twenties of Lucic is still a young -- more chance and it -- guys like a gala in the in shore as well it seems like -- not only do they have the depth but it. -- but a nice mix. In terms of they have a great mix and they have agreed. Bunch -- guys have been together great nucleus. That a stuck together and one together. If you talk to any player the hardest thing is when and a first. Once you win their first was like you know how to do that bring reform and you know how to do it now. And he can teach you of -- what's needed to be done. And they're good leadership. You know like I can go on and -- the one thing there were word what was your goaltender but look at you know. To who's right there is ridiculous haven't missed a step up and there's no reason to believe that they that they can't go all the way because they can roll four lines. Chicago was the only team that could match from last year with four line yeah and barely eked out of the Stanley Cup can be almost so it should be similar this year. This and that's my old pal from the Hartford whalers Joel Quenneville he's been he's developed today you know he might have been a slog as a as a harassment by an authority and catalog no he was in -- -- -- -- almost like he got so that -- acknowledge -- is a great stay at home defensemen and opted. Yeah and played the game on us hard and would elect a ton of bricks that you yeah. And he you know he went on to be you know he's he's got speaking of coaching resonates pretty pretty good run grown you know between the two teams he's done well with. And -- Chicago team. Is similar to brewers team in the -- date approached beatable than yesterday that's a good hockey club but they -- injuries right now Sunday I think is can be. Some injuries and they're not playing at -- through the top of their game but you know there through the playoffs their news a long stretch and what do what they have which means you wouldn't think is really good goaltender got very good goaltending. And a defense that moves up puck better than -- defense in the head during handled -- and you know that's stretch -- and and you know if if all of a sudden this stretch passes working you can stop but you start backing off those do you give more room and they start rushing the puck. And you ever get the puck in there and on the right so Chicago completely game either way right now they're struggling because of injuries -- couple guys -- warm -- expect that the term community do you look at them as the a bronze possible toughest opponent of course abuse Stanley Cup at that point well you know I think there's two teams in the -- you know with Pittsburgh maybe you know feeling like -- Pittsburgh run for it some people think it's going to be Philly Boston is but analysts and the -- 5% in -- -- could take a run batted in including San Jose and -- can never tell while Leo quick and that now Saint Louis say loyalists has been up there all you shark -- a little but. You know and then they got some of the some teams that wanna be of their like Colorado. That has played very while the -- You know so it'll be interesting this year to see who's going to be the spoiler. And I think there might be a couple spoilers in the west but as opposed to the -- great I've Iran before I -- -- Your article we know well I ask Lazar I don't and I for the kings not enough might have the kings knocking out Mike he's ducks -- they beat the -- and I -- -- -- -- hooked up for the -- this year and and -- -- an -- ball and fired but you know the playoffs are totally different -- -- you guys are like. Offering of the season's over OK brand new season let's go to work and start all over yeah. It is a whole different world but it is it is and I say this proudly I love the NHL hockey playoffs as much I love anything and every sports. Because. The big difference even though. You can ask a player all year long all playing hard and don't give a 110% all that stuff yeah I guess what do you found an extra 10% a playoff suddenly I saw. Every single guy jumps is game. Absolutely and especially if you're playing on a good team because you have to raise your game. Yeah but. Especially the first round because I think it's harder on the failed -- -- for two week -- catching the country is close games the west goes games out to these coast curiouser and every other day every day. And mostly for two weeks. And even if you DV army -- watch from -- still not sleep if he's got to be edited or watch him on tape escorted through them the minimal commercial. That's a great amount pocketed on many commercials that based baseball game and every ten minute more than -- rubberized on the NFL. Our net felony UK I -- a guy you can. You know you can you don't just get up get a beer and go to the bathroom you can but on the street get a look at North Carolina wash -- argues someone else's bathroom of you have to. Rick militants and a house -- your phone calls for real might take some follow hockey all right 617. 7797. 937. For nifty he's everywhere this till 7 o'clock if you wanna talk some hockey with Rick Hilton would be happy to have you -- John. -- -- You know -- saying we're back -- -- planet Mikey show Rick Middleton and a house Rick who lives up into a New Hampshire -- comes out here for a whole bunch of stuff including Bruins alumni. Yes so while most of our games are in mass who we play all over knowingly and then we actually go up to Canada for 23 times a year for special occasions special care that. Take it up north of the border bus that we and we was the -- of yeah I -- we got a lot of people want charges so let's get to some of these callers for Rick Middleton nifty in a house chris' in plain Bill Hall Chris. We're absolutely. Honor to cut -- but he -- What. You know when I was growing up. I'm -- -- -- I could not understand how about people -- and Adam -- -- let -- -- Goal expert about. Just a quick question how how do you how -- people that is as a goaltender it's people. The person who who commit themselves how you. Oh we can -- you do it. You have to go in new lease school. Which you can't these days is that everything is so fast with the back pressure in the back checking. You -- go right to the net and make your play you can't -- and you know the illegal meal with the way he did I mean when he was moving fast it was moons will always has had that look larger. Stride one of the greatest players ever you know if you can slow it down and make the goal lead. Make -- first mover back in a little too fast. And then he realizes oh I'm back -- my net too too far out and he's got to do something -- to stop you and you haven't shot the puck yet. You go to -- immersed in trying to get a commitment out. Yeah you try to review some. He's got a rhythm to his coming out to block block the angle picture gonna Schubert and he's gonna -- and as you get closer and that's gonna open up -- -- I'm just absolute -- pleasure and I really good luck to you play and this is not going to. Well I real I really appreciate that thank you thank you Chris. Rick Rick how much do you think the game or has it changed that much from the 70s80s up until now to speed things besides I think this mainly the goaltenders in the equipment the equipment and the style they play in the butterfly now now -- there's -- file I couldn't play -- -- -- -- level. There's a death in Europe for most guys are already teams that he never hit the back of the net to supply ups over the red -- and that's a particular there was squeeze it through the -- ago. We put in there is a yet -- Quincy old -- They get I don't and I drove the market -- -- -- bring him back aways where it was torture -- him most days they were fun days. Here are I get this some I was on NHL dark armories and watch tomorrow. And it -- apply it to the guy on the -- heroic think it is real sort -- Supplies they are only two on the broadcast but normal what set that I see were melt into. Supplies that you have a border that are really brought it back to debate as one argue I was watching play house moved. Have you you did everything the passing sticking him -- the shooting made it look so great and so we keep. Well in dog food and people thank you for saying about people ask me where I got the handling skills and we sit I play a lot of street hockey. Not because I I had to but you know when you're kid growing up in Toronto in the sixties to leafs won four Stanley cups and there's three channels on the TV. We have a new video games it was a much else to do right on the street and bureau frozen does all the and these -- drawn on the sixties it was expanding into the suburbs and there's a -- kids are all the same age and we just played hockey arena and I didn't realize that it was happening but it it kind of morphed over on the ice I guess and and I had those deals with tiger only I really didn't have a big shot so I had to get inside the defense when I was gonna score I had to give -- -- -- goalies. Try to develop some moves. Had eyes on -- on the team that pitched it could have had a big shot only I -- -- -- because you may get back at you know I get off I didn't have put -- -- my respects go I never had the big slap shot -- pretty quick snapshot. You know you -- away a lot pretty quickly. And is fairly accurate but I didn't have the big booming shots so I developed a style to get in close and -- your. If you're gonna mix up the defense when you have to -- little middle there you see a lot of guys today it's up and down north insult and that it's easiest thing in the world. But the defenseman but it's also a hazard to steer help. I -- a -- has one last question regular. If you had if you had to put you on the spot -- defenseman and the -- to play and we do you have a -- Someone in mind that that was atop the toughest play against. Well people often ask me if I was gonna start the hockey team who would always start with there is surprisingly ago Chrysler with the Larry Robinson. -- Larry who was you know maybe because. Montreal beat us all those years ago Larry could play an. -- only beat the flyers. And then he can rush that you see you know once in awhile you take apart from behind his net after spurt it was 656 election. Gangly legs he can move pretty good -- Marty played forever to it and yeah it and they still coaches saw it -- here's a guy I played with a meant to Canada cups. And he was a great leader in just a regular guy you know didn't mean. Wanna Wear the C didn't wanna leave the guys -- is easily guy as far as a goaltender. Apologies you know as a score I never had any respect for eagle -- Like -- lawyers and managers need anybody yeah yeah well and it you know the ones that really gave me trouble with a goofy here good goal the -- the world policy. As you used to see in the one way. Right in the middle Sunday a Little League and -- -- and that quick millisecond of thought process -- normal looking something like look like mere colonias disease rulers you know guys like yeah. -- you know I always think about -- yeah -- but not to be goaltender anyway I think a lot of museum you know it Patrick wants the world and -- and it really edgy weird twenty guys I don't -- -- couples -- -- past. Realistic but -- the burrows is one Markel baron -- was about back a -- with a broad knees and he he couldn't cut Gordon. This is superstition. Like I said Google is data from there there was no door knobs on the doors leaving into the way how to get a -- I thought about -- also a does save saw him standing in front of doors for half a pain in the neck and his roommate will open the door for mauled that's real weird. I mean that's always judge -- weird the toddler out with a doorknob and not that man but how how weird what goalies have to be for the agency's amassed. This rock music -- -- the -- just I want you. In an era where they didn't Wear masks. -- Ohio or loud or homeless I mean. You know I talked to. Old wars and pianist in a game summaries really doubt I don't commit up -- -- you didn't play on an indoor ring until he was seventeen at. And he would have a warm house. Clearly -- them clintons know it didn't. Spla elements -- these five degree is dues may be image although there was only six goalies in the world. I am obviously very -- for going to be crazy and specialist -- don't want to sort out there would gnome has become -- -- you mention the candidate cup but did he played on the same line as Gretzky. They're ready for I was lucky enough to be put a lot of wood rescue any -- Michelle -- now we end up -- Russia rescue does that mean he couldn't play. I'm not lie I tried to do with two point bump he can't even couldn't shoot couldn't score couldn't skate up farm. That must have been quite experience there really was intimidating because when you play it was someone at that level you wanted to try to raise your own view that would be. The -- you know he passes the puck -- should be. If you're not fair you know you sort of bad air gap you know anyone's day and review news we're -- we have -- wants just about the hall of fame and I yards one -- from the outset -- there's no one I've ever met doesn't that you should be in the hall of payment to -- in New Hampshire go -- John. That that's my question I got what do -- play yeah. -- from really good offensive player. To an all around great player and I -- I I think your point so I don't -- like 91990s. My dad. But. I have no doubt that you belong in the -- of pain and he's still eligible. Yeah I don't have limits yes. You know -- they're also under on the rule I've been nominated a few times I think. And the only way I found out that I didn't get in is -- in the paper. Our celebrity film I had so I'm not exactly sure what the rules are but I believe you know they have eighteen people are so on the board you've got Parity. -- always game now. As apparent headphones. Don't wanna know me well on item and you're surprised about real guesses studio tonight. They're on the planet Mikey show promoted him all set up writer how -- A great Mikey -- -- -- -- like the sign he brought in today yeah let me just to mention that. Somebody somebody who April for your -- first rate it is -- all day. April 1 so of course today's a big day for jokes you know ha ha. So what's up my car in my driveway brighter today a big sign. Duct tape to my car. That says honk if you love LeBron James I do. I think the people are hoping those good drive away get some hogs. And I noticed that there was a gigantic. Very artfully done to went away. LeBron James sent back -- -- colors. And he collars. And these goofy kids today you thought about if they don't raise it wasn't identity was you -- what elegant with that. You don't do that we're honored and pleased to have one of the great Bruins of all time Rick Middleton studio hello Rick. But -- -- -- nifty way to -- -- that are already if that's you know bear. As you know people -- realize sometimes especially if they're younger conjured Dublin and the eighties and last year much younger I was the last season 8888. The best that I delays would go to the guy that's right that's right center tonight against Edmonton as a few -- it's frozen that were boarded the days we have lots of listeners who were born the very young you know young folks at some award. Cognizant NBA season. I'm just how unbelievable player you were you had like almost 900. Points. In a Bruins uniform. -- That is I have to hit it. Two season throw -- a good blitzer is not a thousands of well I don't look at. But two seasons with a hundred points or more your captain of the team you're -- let's first talk about how you got the Bruins is that since he story. If you rule played Providence for the Rangers. Minor league club. I got drafted and 73 by the Rangers Rangers and the Bruins went to the cup in 72. So the Rangers still had those helicopters in couldn't crack the lineup and they seven of their farm team which was Providence reds and knows -- reds I was nineteen years old those playing the very first thank goodness the very first years of both the civic center -- -- -- And living in Cranston, Rhode Island podcasts and especially young India as a young wannabe hockey nineteen yes ten single guys living room apartment building. And so they'd ever had any fun it was not a part of at all I don't remember it editing room. I went through that knew the thing that people brewers his own bottles and realizes that the trade that brought -- To Boston was for another Bruins legend Ken Hodge and he's at the end really caddies at the end of his. And he's a few years older than and you know whether it was at the end of his career and this does yoga trader earlier that year yes that was the big trade as well and that name for park. And from everything that I hear her dead fastball one on one of those old wingers. And I'm not sure if he said Kinnear over or Wayne Cashman. Particularly you know but and wasn't like accurate Middleton to I don't -- it was like I don't know. But the Bruins I think at the time from everything I've read between them has soured any movement. And decided that he was expendable and the Rangers is John Ferguson -- that we just -- -- -- York it was like yeah they thought I was having too much fun. -- -- that agreement was one of Providence. Bruins moves about as large and all I got lucky that I went from a team that didn't make the playoffs and so -- five to a team went -- cup finals two years and rolling out here you know who's spent -- Act and that you know course you your contributions on the yeah. I'm -- brewers team you know a year after year after year just you know how many times you score forty plus goals I'm sure a bunch let's look at our David Garrett. I know what the two time general hundred points that that was key. The one one fingers -- -- 5150. Goals once and that's right one but I only -- 49. Years ago I always two for Google's net net over Leo -- we -- the way to put that is -- articles are members of the yes we do it. Rick Middleton of course was that you will get -- you want to see it on at home. -- -- was -- yeah I it was a nice and have a Harry -- to make me a co captain with ray -- from 1985 to 88 when I retired yet and we did switch him back and forth obviously if I had a lot of home railroad and road but -- wasn't any set. A year or I I -- remember if was month leave your half the year and the other thing like capitalism like every game we switch back and forth. And a nifty -- just tell educate the people how many -- Cuba. You know all I honestly don't know and I wish it was a better storybook Jerry chambers takes credit for its argument to Gerri we know why he's cheesy and so if -- Yeah we don't -- -- And I think you lose somebody turned over urban to a known in the newspaper and it's stuck. -- you know it stands alone it's like you know you don't get that -- could you sake you know they take Richard -- say well I -- at all and they always nice about a -- it was on us and their for a few years young kids -- I came up and article mean if -- -- -- -- -- -- board of -- now. There's got to like your relive all that time saw but it really like the nickname when it first I think grow. And to hear it -- it's like -- nickname you know after -- -- -- it becomes synonymous would you would you become comfortable win -- -- knows what it means where you know where it came from that disagree -- -- nerves or sell the -- -- so well -- -- -- -- -- hockey -- a live with this -- especially provocative sports in general like my nickname might never really care for either. But poll that I mean I don't I got a lot of weight is relative to. -- -- -- it -- but it I just don't know him -- and my mom didn't like him very much for now we have a great season going here and it's been more than one great season. And -- you noticed this brewers team I was talking via following. And I'm so convince I have been from what persona writers we hear about over and over again now I think is definitely be the brewers in the Stanley Cup finals and it's for me to get ahead of myself that far. I got a lot of confidence in his team you you watch him play. Reckon the points I told right decision today one thing is indicative of this team we talk about -- -- agree coaching analyst of all the time. When I look at that chart of it is the stat I'm in love with the issue with this team plus minus. Six of the top fourteen NHL players are Bruins with the you know plus minus candidates. The system they play they play that so similar service over and over every game of group of the year and some games today they're not on and go through stretches where the offense is scoring. In the games looked boring because they're not scoring goals and it's really to defense and but they work on that assist them all year and there ruling on it now I'm hoping that it's going you know like in any sport you have your ups and your downs and and good times in your bed and you know a lot of times people say while they can't keep doing it they can't keep playing like this -- The Bruins play like this all your -- -- there could easily keep going like this and unless they hit it team was caught. And stops meant by that I don't think they're gonna beat himself. It's generally a one GameStop and they're right back at it again they don't seem to get Adobe big long seven game series though it's gonna take a really good team yes yes and it's not boring like that the old I called the pat -- devils when they were you know -- it was a little sort of as the you know it's like that that is that is drag this doesn't affect me that way it's the same kind of consistency containment procedures and -- -- The overall generous attitude they have amongst themselves spread it around. -- got some guys who can carry the -- now they don't just dump it in all the time they get to. Good mobile defenseman to move the plot thickened a log and up the ice. You know as opposed to the way used to be was just like one pass across from east to west yes try to get it up to a guided to -- in the analyst we'll get to see what we can go. There there are being a little more creative with. It's a lot more fun than this year's two I've had a good time watch these guys -- you know I guess your expectations get as you said in the hall yet I expectations based on what they did a few years back but. Nowhere and that you're supposed to whatever -- yep and people in Boston we know we with a Red Sox experience there was an 86 year drought with a Red Sox threat. And then all of a sudden they win it no Fordham expects it every year and I guess that's a transition you make is a fan. Where once you what you know dipped to be in the magic potion you wanna keep going back in there and know when he's going to get sent down. But this guy crude according crude he's a tremendous coach marched in a -- first came aboard here or break passes well here's a former royal Montreal guy. He's kind of you know history looks like curly in The Three Stooges and he talks you know did it in that fashion that he talked. And you say what had which covers do we have this guy that bull bull -- only builds up does resonate now it's like cruise control everybody loves and trusts them. It wasn't what was great about the Bruins team that maybe they didn't have in years past is everybody's on the same page from the general manager to president for the coached players. They know the system they wanna play and they bring the players in here to complement that system via the -- goes -- -- an injury or somebody gets traded. They go and get another player that commandment that can play that system. -- and I don't think they thought was ready or could. Play that says -- score of forty shoulder and -- -- Charlie polite but needed to at all you're gonna put up a really good talented player because he doesn't fit in and that's right. And right now they can do that because they're winning everything's rule. SA -- -- -- you know in normal years if the Bruins were suffering and not doing well we we'd be hearing about stylish say you know he's not here we heard it with -- when he -- All -- well could we use or realize that -- this year gas well where you know you have ordered that all Internet and thought I can't imagine how how do you know if you know the second what you third or something in league and score some more there are watching them. Yeah how how -- do you think it is that the mix they have because they've got a really great mix of younger guys that have been in the system emperor front stolen while later twenties of Lucic is still a young -- more chance and it -- guys like a gala in the in shore as well it seems like -- not only do they have the depth but it. -- but a nice mix. In terms of they have a great mix and they have agreed. Bunch -- guys have been together great nucleus. That a stuck together and one together. If you talk to any player the hardest thing is when and a first. Once you win their first was like you know how to do that bring reform and you know how to do it now. And he can teach you of -- what's needed to be done. And they're good leadership. You know like I can go on and -- the one thing there were word what was your goaltender but look at you know. To who's right there is ridiculous haven't missed a step up and there's no reason to believe that they that they can't go all the way because they can roll four lines. Chicago was the only team that could match from last year with four line yeah and barely eked out of the Stanley Cup can be almost so it should be similar this year. This and that's my old pal from the Hartford whalers Joel Quenneville he's been he's developed today you know he might have been a slog as a as a harassment by an authority and catalog no he was in -- -- -- -- almost like he got so that -- acknowledge -- is a great stay at home defensemen and opted. Yeah and played the game on us hard and would elect a ton of bricks that you yeah. And he you know he went on to be you know he's he's got speaking of coaching resonates pretty pretty good run grown you know between the two teams he's done well with. And -- Chicago team. Is similar to brewers team in the -- date approached beatable than yesterday that's a good hockey club but they -- injuries right now Sunday I think is can be. Some injuries and they're not playing at -- through the top of their game but you know there through the playoffs their news a long stretch and what do what they have which means you wouldn't think is really good goaltender got very good goaltending. And a defense that moves up puck better than -- defense in the head during handled -- and you know that's stretch -- and and you know if if all of a sudden this stretch passes working you can stop but you start backing off those do you give more room and they start rushing the puck. And you ever get the puck in there and on the right so Chicago completely game either way right now they're struggling because of injuries -- couple guys -- warm -- expect that the term community do you look at them as the a bronze possible toughest opponent of course abuse Stanley Cup at that point well you know I think there's two teams in the -- you know with Pittsburgh maybe you know feeling like -- Pittsburgh run for it some people think it's going to be Philly Boston is but analysts and the -- 5% in -- -- could take a run batted in including San Jose and -- can never tell while Leo quick and that now Saint Louis say loyalists has been up there all you shark -- a little but. You know and then they got some of the some teams that wanna be of their like Colorado. That has played very while the -- You know so it'll be interesting this year to see who's going to be the spoiler. And I think there might be a couple spoilers in the west but as opposed to the -- great I've Iran before I -- -- Your article we know well I ask Lazar I don't and I for the kings not enough might have the kings knocking out Mike he's ducks -- they beat the -- and I -- -- -- -- hooked up for the -- this year and and -- -- an -- ball and fired but you know the playoffs are totally different -- -- you guys are like. Offering of the season's over OK brand new season let's go to work and start all over yeah. It is a whole different world but it is it is and I say this proudly I love the NHL hockey playoffs as much I love anything and every sports. Because. The big difference even though. You can ask a player all year long all playing hard and don't give a 110% all that stuff yeah I guess what do you found an extra 10% a playoff suddenly I saw. Every single guy jumps is game. Absolutely and especially if you're playing on a good team because you have to raise your game. Yeah but. Especially the first round because I think it's harder on the failed -- -- for two week -- catching the country is close games the west goes games out to these coast curiouser and every other day every day. And mostly for two weeks. And even if you DV army -- watch from -- still not sleep if he's got to be edited or watch him on tape escorted through them the minimal commercial. That's a great amount pocketed on many commercials that based baseball game and every ten minute more than -- rubberized on the NFL. Our net felony UK I -- a guy you can. You know you can you don't just get up get a beer and go to the bathroom you can but on the street get a look at North Carolina wash -- argues someone else's bathroom of you have to. Rick militants and a house -- your phone calls for real might take some follow hockey all right 617. 7797. 937. For nifty he's everywhere this till 7 o'clock if you wanna talk some hockey with Rick Hilton would be happy to have you -- John. -- -- You know -- saying we're back -- -- planet Mikey show Rick Middleton and a house Rick who lives up into a New Hampshire -- comes out here for a whole bunch of stuff including Bruins alumni. Yes so while most of our games are in mass who we play all over knowingly and then we actually go up to Canada for 23 times a year for special occasions special care that. Take it up north of the border bus that we and we was the -- of yeah I -- we got a lot of people want charges so let's get to some of these callers for Rick Middleton nifty in a house chris' in plain Bill Hall Chris. We're absolutely. Honor to cut -- but he -- What. You know when I was growing up. I'm -- -- -- I could not understand how about people -- and Adam -- -- let -- -- Goal expert about. Just a quick question how how do you how -- people that is as a goaltender it's people. The person who who commit themselves how you. Oh we can -- you do it. You have to go in new lease school. Which you can't these days is that everything is so fast with the back pressure in the back checking. You -- go right to the net and make your play you can't -- and you know the illegal meal with the way he did I mean when he was moving fast it was moons will always has had that look larger. Stride one of the greatest players ever you know if you can slow it down and make the goal lead. Make -- first mover back in a little too fast. And then he realizes oh I'm back -- my net too too far out and he's got to do something -- to stop you and you haven't shot the puck yet. You go to -- immersed in trying to get a commitment out. Yeah you try to review some. He's got a rhythm to his coming out to block block the angle picture gonna Schubert and he's gonna -- and as you get closer and that's gonna open up -- -- I'm just absolute -- pleasure and I really good luck to you play and this is not going to. Well I real I really appreciate that thank you thank you Chris. Rick Rick how much do you think the game or has it changed that much from the 70s80s up until now to speed things besides I think this mainly the goaltenders in the equipment the equipment and the style they play in the butterfly now now -- there's -- file I couldn't play -- -- -- -- level. There's a death in Europe for most guys are already teams that he never hit the back of the net to supply ups over the red -- and that's a particular there was squeeze it through the -- ago. We put in there is a yet -- Quincy old -- They get I don't and I drove the market -- -- -- bring him back aways where it was torture -- him most days they were fun days. Here are I get this some I was on NHL dark armories and watch tomorrow. And it -- apply it to the guy on the -- heroic think it is real sort -- Supplies they are only two on the broadcast but normal what set that I see were melt into. Supplies that you have a border that are really brought it back to debate as one argue I was watching play house moved. Have you you did everything the passing sticking him -- the shooting made it look so great and so we keep. Well in dog food and people thank you for saying real guesses studio tonight. They're on the planet Mikey show promoted him all set up writer how -- A great Mikey -- -- -- -- like the sign he brought in today yeah let me just to mention that. Somebody somebody who April for your -- first rate it is -- all day. April 1 so of course today's a big day for jokes you know ha ha. So what's up my car in my driveway brighter today a big sign. Duct tape to my car. That says honk if you love LeBron James I do. I think the people are hoping those good drive away get some hogs. And I noticed that there was a gigantic. Very artfully done to went away. LeBron James sent back -- -- colors. And he collars. And these goofy kids today you thought about if they don't raise it wasn't identity was you -- what elegant with that. You don't do that we're honored and pleased to have one of the great Bruins of all time Rick Middleton studio hello Rick. But -- -- -- nifty way to -- -- that are already if that's you know bear. As you know people -- realize sometimes especially if they're younger conjured Dublin and the eighties and last year much younger I was the last season 8888. The best that I delays would go to the guy that's right that's right center tonight against Edmonton as a few -- it's frozen that were boarded the days we have lots of listeners who were born the very young you know young folks at some award. Cognizant NBA season. I'm just how unbelievable player you were you had like almost 900. Points. In a Bruins uniform. -- That is I have to hit it. Two season throw -- a good blitzer is not a thousands of well I don't look at. But two seasons with a hundred points or more your captain of the team you're -- let's first talk about how you got the Bruins is that since he story. If you rule played Providence for the Rangers. Minor league club. I got drafted and 73 by the Rangers Rangers and the Bruins went to the cup in 72. So the Rangers still had those helicopters in couldn't crack the lineup and they seven of their farm team which was Providence reds and knows -- reds I was nineteen years old those playing the very first thank goodness the very first years of both the civic center -- -- -- And living in Cranston, Rhode Island podcasts and especially young India as a young wannabe hockey nineteen yes ten single guys living room apartment building. And so they'd ever had any fun it was not a part of at all I don't remember it editing room. I went through that knew the thing that people brewers his own bottles and realizes that the trade that brought -- To Boston was for another Bruins legend Ken Hodge and he's at the end really caddies at the end of his. And he's a few years older than and you know whether it was at the end of his career and this does yoga trader earlier that year yes that was the big trade as well and that name for park. And from everything that I hear her dead fastball one on one of those old wingers. And I'm not sure if he said Kinnear over or Wayne Cashman. Particularly you know but and wasn't like accurate Middleton to I don't -- it was like I don't know. But the Bruins I think at the time from everything I've read between them has soured any movement. And decided that he was expendable and the Rangers is John Ferguson -- that we just -- -- -- York it was like yeah they thought I was having too much fun. -- -- that agreement was one of Providence. Bruins moves about as large and all I got lucky that I went from a team that didn't make the playoffs and so -- five to a team went -- cup finals two years and rolling out here you know who's spent -- Act and that you know course you your contributions on the yeah. I'm -- brewers team you know a year after year after year just you know how many times you score forty plus goals I'm sure a bunch let's look at our David Garrett. I know what the two time general hundred points that that was key. The one one fingers -- -- 5150. Goals once and that's right one but I only -- 49. Years ago I always two for Google's net net over Leo -- we -- the way to put that is -- articles are members of the yes we do it. Rick Middleton of course was that you will get -- you want to see it on at home. -- -- was -- yeah I it was a nice and have a Harry -- to make me a co captain with ray -- from 1985 to 88 when I retired yet and we did switch him back and forth obviously if I had a lot of home railroad and road but -- wasn't any set. A year or I I -- remember if was month leave your half the year and the other thing like capitalism like every game we switch back and forth. And a nifty -- just tell educate the people how many -- Cuba. You know all I honestly don't know and I wish it was a better storybook Jerry chambers takes credit for its argument to Gerri we know why he's cheesy and so if -- Yeah we don't -- -- And I think you lose somebody turned over urban to a known in the newspaper and it's stuck. -- you know it stands alone it's like you know you don't get that -- could you sake you know they take Richard -- say well I -- at all and they always nice about a -- it was on us and their for a few years young kids -- I came up and article mean if -- -- -- -- -- -- board of -- now. There's got to like your relive all that time saw but it really like the nickname when it first I think grow. And to hear it -- it's like -- nickname you know after -- -- -- it becomes synonymous would you would you become comfortable win -- -- knows what it means where you know where it came from that disagree -- -- nerves or sell the -- -- so well -- -- -- -- -- hockey -- a live with this -- especially provocative sports in general like my nickname might never really care for either. But poll that I mean I don't I got a lot of weight is relative to. -- -- -- it -- but it I just don't know him -- and my mom didn't like him very much for now we have a great season going here and it's been more than one great season. And -- you noticed this brewers team I was talking via following. And I'm so convince I have been from what persona writers we hear about over and over again now I think is definitely be the brewers in the Stanley Cup finals and it's for me to get ahead of myself that far. I got a lot of confidence in his team you you watch him play. Reckon the points I told right decision today one thing is indicative of this team we talk about -- -- agree coaching analyst of all the time. When I look at that chart of it is the stat I'm in love with the issue with this team plus minus. Six of the top fourteen NHL players are Bruins with the you know plus minus candidates. The system they play they play that so similar service over and over every game of group of the year and some games today they're not on and go through stretches where the offense is scoring. In the games looked boring because they're not scoring goals and it's really to defense and but they work on that assist them all year and there ruling on it now I'm hoping that it's going you know like in any sport you have your ups and your downs and and good times in your bed and you know a lot of times people say while they can't keep doing it they can't keep playing like this -- The Bruins play like this all your -- -- there could easily keep going like this and unless they hit it team was caught. And stops meant by that I don't think they're gonna beat himself. It's generally a one GameStop and they're right back at it again they don't seem to get Adobe big long seven game series though it's gonna take a really good team yes yes and it's not boring like that the old I called the pat -- devils when they were you know -- it was a little sort of as the you know it's like that that is that is drag this doesn't affect me that way it's the same kind of consistency containment procedures and -- -- The overall generous attitude they have amongst themselves spread it around. -- got some guys who can carry the -- now they don't just dump it in all the time they get to. Good mobile defenseman to move the plot thickened a log and up the ice. You know as opposed to the way used to be was just like one pass across from east to west yes try to get it up to a guided to -- in the analyst we'll get to see what we can go. There there are being a little more creative with. It's a lot more fun than this year's two I've had a good time watch these guys -- you know I guess your expectations get as you said in the hall yet I expectations based on what they did a few years back but. Nowhere and that you're supposed to whatever -- yep and people in Boston we know we with a Red Sox experience there was an 86 year drought with a Red Sox threat. And then all of a sudden they win it no Fordham expects it every year and I guess that's a transition you make is a fan. Where once you what you know dipped to be in the magic potion you wanna keep going back in there and know when he's going to get sent down. But this guy crude according crude he's a tremendous coach marched in a -- first came aboard here or break passes well here's a former royal Montreal guy. He's kind of you know history looks like curly in The Three Stooges and he talks you know did it in that fashion that he talked. And you say what had which covers do we have this guy that bull bull -- only builds up does resonate now it's like cruise control everybody loves and trusts them. It wasn't what was great about the Bruins team that maybe they didn't have in years past is everybody's on the same page from the general manager to president for the coached players. They know the system they wanna play and they bring the players in here to complement that system via the -- goes -- -- an injury or somebody gets traded. They go and get another player that commandment that can play that system. -- and I don't think they thought was ready or could. Play that says -- score of forty shoulder and -- -- Charlie polite but needed to at all you're gonna put up a really good talented player because he doesn't fit in and that's right. And right now they can do that because they're winning everything's rule. SA -- -- -- you know in normal years if the Bruins were suffering and not doing well we we'd be hearing about stylish say you know he's not here we heard it with -- when he -- All -- well could we use or realize that -- this year gas well where you know you have ordered that all Internet and thought I can't imagine how how do you know if you know the second what you third or something in league and score some more there are watching them. Yeah how how -- do you think it is that the mix they have because they've got a really great mix of younger guys that have been in the system emperor front stolen while later twenties of Lucic is still a young -- more chance and it -- guys like a gala in the in shore as well it seems like -- not only do they have the depth but it. -- but a nice mix. In terms of they have a great mix and they have agreed. Bunch -- guys have been together great nucleus. That a stuck together and one together. If you talk to any player the hardest thing is when and a first. Once you win their first was like you know how to do that bring reform and you know how to do it now. And he can teach you of -- what's needed to be done. And they're good leadership. You know like I can go on and -- the one thing there were word what was your goaltender but look at you know. To who's right there is ridiculous haven't missed a step up and there's no reason to believe that they that they can't go all the way because they can roll four lines. Chicago was the only team that could match from last year with four line yeah and barely eked out of the Stanley Cup can be almost so it should be similar this year. This and that's my old pal from the Hartford whalers Joel Quenneville he's been he's developed today you know he might have been a slog as a as a harassment by an authority and catalog no he was in -- -- -- -- almost like he got so that -- acknowledge -- is a great stay at home defensemen and opted. Yeah and played the game on us hard and would elect a ton of bricks that you yeah. And he you know he went on to be you know he's he's got speaking of coaching resonates pretty pretty good run grown you know between the two teams he's done well with. And -- Chicago team. Is similar to brewers team in the -- date approached beatable than yesterday that's a good hockey club but they -- injuries right now Sunday I think is can be. Some injuries and they're not playing at -- through the top of their game but you know there through the playoffs their news a long stretch and what do what they have which means you wouldn't think is really good goaltender got very good goaltending. And a defense that moves up puck better than -- defense in the head during handled -- and you know that's stretch -- and and you know if if all of a sudden this stretch passes working you can stop but you start backing off those do you give more room and they start rushing the puck. And you ever get the puck in there and on the right so Chicago completely game either way right now they're struggling because of injuries -- couple guys -- warm -- expect that the term community do you look at them as the a bronze possible toughest opponent of course abuse Stanley Cup at that point well you know I think there's two teams in the -- you know with Pittsburgh maybe you know feeling like -- Pittsburgh run for it some people think it's going to be Philly Boston is but analysts and the -- 5% in -- -- could take a run batted in including San Jose and -- can never tell while Leo quick and that now Saint Louis say loyalists has been up there all you shark -- a little but. You know and then they got some of the some teams that wanna be of their like Colorado. That has played very while the -- You know so it'll be interesting this year to see who's going to be the spoiler. And I think there might be a couple spoilers in the west but as opposed to the -- great I've Iran before I -- -- Your article we know well I ask Lazar I don't and I for the kings not enough might have the kings knocking out Mike he's ducks -- they beat the -- and I -- -- -- -- hooked up for the -- this year and and -- -- an -- ball and fired but you know the playoffs are totally different -- -- you guys are like. Offering of the season's over OK brand new season let's go to work and start all over yeah. It is a whole different world but it is it is and I say this proudly I love the NHL hockey playoffs as much I love anything and every sports. Because. The big difference even though. You can ask a player all year long all playing hard and don't give a 110% all that stuff yeah I guess what do you found an extra 10% a playoff suddenly I saw. Every single guy jumps is game. Absolutely and especially if you're playing on a good team because you have to raise your game. Yeah but. Especially the first round because I think it's harder on the failed -- -- for two week -- catching the country is close games the west goes games out to these coast curiouser and every other day every day. And mostly for two weeks. And even if you DV army -- watch from -- still not sleep if he's got to be edited or watch him on tape escorted through them the minimal commercial. That's a great amount pocketed on many commercials that based baseball game and every ten minute more than -- rubberized on the NFL. Our net felony UK I -- a guy you can. You know you can you don't just get up get a beer and go to the bathroom you can but on the street get a look at North Carolina wash -- argues someone else's bathroom of you have to. Rick militants and a house -- your phone calls for real might take some follow hockey all right 617. 7797. 937. For nifty he's everywhere this till 7 o'clock if you wanna talk some hockey with Rick Hilton would be happy to have you -- John. -- -- You know -- saying we're back -- -- planet Mikey show Rick Middleton and a house Rick who lives up into a New Hampshire -- comes out here for a whole bunch of stuff including Bruins alumni. Yes so while most of our games are in mass who we play all over knowingly and then we actually go up to Canada for 23 times a year for special occasions special care that. Take it up north of the border bus that we and we was the -- of yeah I -- we got a lot of people want charges so let's get to some of these callers for Rick Middleton nifty in a house chris' in plain Bill Hall Chris. We're absolutely. Honor to cut -- but he -- What. You know when I was growing up. I'm -- -- -- I could not understand how about people -- and Adam -- -- let -- -- Goal expert about. Just a quick question how how do you how -- people that is as a goaltender it's people. The person who who commit themselves how you. Oh we can -- you do it. You have to go in new lease school. Which you can't these days is that everything is so fast with the back pressure in the back checking. You -- go right to the net and make your play you can't -- and you know the illegal meal with the way he did I mean when he was moving fast it was moons will always has had that look larger. Stride one of the greatest players ever you know if you can slow it down and make the goal lead. Make -- first mover back in a little too fast. And then he realizes oh I'm back -- my net too too far out and he's got to do something -- to stop you and you haven't shot the puck yet. You go to -- immersed in trying to get a commitment out. Yeah you try to review some. He's got a rhythm to his coming out to block block the angle picture gonna Schubert and he's gonna -- and as you get closer and that's gonna open up -- -- I'm just absolute -- pleasure and I really good luck to you play and this is not going to. Well I real I really appreciate that thank you thank you Chris. Rick Rick how much do you think the game or has it changed that much from the 70s80s up until now to speed things besides I think this mainly the goaltenders in the equipment the equipment and the style they play in the butterfly now now -- there's -- file I couldn't play -- -- -- -- level. There's a death in Europe for most guys are already teams that he never hit the back of the net to supply ups over the red -- and that's a particular there was squeeze it through the -- ago. We put in there is a yet -- Quincy old -- They get I don't and I drove the market -- -- -- bring him back aways where it was torture -- him most days they were fun days. Here are I get this some I was on NHL dark armories and watch tomorrow. And it -- apply it to the guy on the -- heroic think it is real sort -- Supplies they are only two on the broadcast but normal what set that I see were melt into. Supplies that you have a border that are really brought it back to debate as one argue I was watching play house moved. Have you you did everything the passing sticking him -- the shooting made it look so great and so we keep. Well in dog food and people thank you for saying

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