This feature will follow the various non-news tv shows surrounding the NHL and NHL teams.

Behind the B opens on June 24th as the NHL post season is winding down, just before the Chicago Blackhawks pick the Stanley Cup. After a depressingly quiet and still lockerroom scene it cuts away to the Bruins Brain trust, Cam Neely, Peter Chiarelli, Don Sweeney, Scott Bradley, Tom McVie and others

The war council is ready to lose players and it is immediately aparent they like most of their team. Andrew Ference is spoken of highly, but we know where that ends. Torey Krug comes up during that discussion, and the war council says they can see him stepping into Ference’s role.  They were not pleased to hear Nathan Horton would not be returning.

The Tyler Seguin discussions were fascinating. The most telling line was “We’re winning every year, we’re not babysitting.” Whatever else is said after that, even Chiarelli remarking that he thinks Seguin is a 35-40 goal scorer, that was the deathknell and it came early.

Neely in his sitdown with Loui Eriksson hammered home the need for consistent effort, and summed it up with; “You may not play well every night but you can work hard every night.”

After that the episode runs into puckbunny fluff. A couple minutes of Milan Lucic smaching guys on the ice, a couple goals, and then time sharing the screen with his baby daughter. Which is nicely edited to segue into the Jarome Iginla segment showing his fitness training, and reasons for choosing Pittsburgh.

Development camp featuring Malcolm Subban, Brian Ferlin, Anthony Camara, Seth Griffith, local boys Ryan Fitzgerald and Matt Grzelcyk and the rest of the young men. John Whitesides the strength and conditioning coach could be the inspiration for an evil dictator or drill sergeant in any Hollywood movie, particularly with a foul mouth that would shame most of Comedy Central’s roster.

The ‘quality’ of commercials forcibly reminds one of the early days of Versus; commercials repeated over and over, and over, and many of them for brands you’ve never heard of. Hooray for DVRs. Then a segment with Tuukka Rask and the nearly intelligible David Krejci. Making a special appearance at the golf course with Krejci and his big brother is Joonas Rask of the Nashville Predators.


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