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Lupul to Hartnell: Chara “doesn’t like you very much”

Jan 25, 2012, 6:43 PM EDT

Hartnell Chara

Earlier today, freshly-minted NHL All-Star Scott Hartnell appeared on The Sports Bash on 97.3 ESPN South Jersey to discuss, among other things, where he’ll be selected in Thursday’s Fantasy Draft.

On the plus side for Hartnell:  He has a backer in former Flyers teammate Joffrey Lupul, an assistant captain for one of the teams.

On the negative side: That team’s captain is Zdeno Chara.

Here’s the transcript of what Hartnell had to say (audio here.)

“I got Joffrey Lupul, he’s an assistant captain to Chara so we’ll see how much pull he has. I texted him and said ‘Where am I gonna go here? One, two overall?’ And he’s sitting there laughing at me, and he’s like ‘I think the Big Z doesn’t like you very much, playing you all the time in the playoffs.’

“It’ll be funny to see, I’m really fortunate to be there and to have that problem, I guess, sitting in the chairs waiting to be picked. I’m pretty jacked up.”

Earlier today, we highlighted a series of props from online sportsbook Bovada for the All-Star Fantasy Draft. Hartnell is a major longshot to be picked first overall (80/1, the highest odds available) but is one of the odds-on favorites to be taken last overall (6/1).

Perhaps online oddsmakers know how much Chara dislikes Hartnell.

  1. jpelle82 - Jan 25, 2012 at 6:58 PM

    a fluke season for this guy and a once in a career shot at an all-star game…who cares where you get picked…at least you get to go and see how real NHL talent handle themselves. should be a good learning experience for him

  2. murtdurt - Jan 25, 2012 at 7:15 PM

    Does anyone actually like Hartnell??

    • thefalloficarus84 - Jan 25, 2012 at 7:46 PM

      he makes for a hell of a drinking game!!

      • bjg5091 - Jan 25, 2012 at 7:52 PM

        Every time he falls down, you drink!

    • dsd3 - Jan 26, 2012 at 10:08 AM

      Yes. He is fun to watch, and is having a career year.

  3. tmjm621 - Jan 25, 2012 at 7:49 PM

    FUCK CHARA AND SCREW BOSTON! Scotty is a more honest player overall anyway. Idiots make chara too be the next bobby orr, if he wasnt so overgrown he would suck even more.

  4. andyreidisfat - Jan 25, 2012 at 8:16 PM

    Not the biggest fan of hartsy but at the same time IMO he’s been the best player in the NHL on the power play and he had been a force as a nasty power forward protecting giroux so even though I wish they would trade him you gotta give credit when it’s due and Scotty is a key guy on the third or 4 th best team in the NHL ( and if they could just get healthy and IMO make the schenn for jvr trade if jvr can get healthy, then maybe they are the 1 or 2 best team )

  5. bostonsfullofrats - Jan 25, 2012 at 8:51 PM

    boston hates everyone, and everyone hates boston. chara is a dumbass.. put all this rivalry shit behind you its a fuckkn all star game u 6″9 fuck tard.


  6. mojosmagic - Jan 25, 2012 at 8:56 PM

    I like it when Scotty flattens Chara into the boards.

  7. pastabelly - Jan 25, 2012 at 10:19 PM

    Chara consistently has amazing +/- numbers and is one of the most charitable guys in the league. Of course his height, reach, and strength are factors. Nobody compares him to Orr or Bourque. He’s a different kind of player and effective in different ways. Why should he like any Flyers? The Bruins don’t hate every team they face in the playoffs. But they don’t like Philly and Vancouver.

    • taytay099 - Jan 25, 2012 at 10:42 PM

      Or Montreal. Or New York. Or Toronto.

    • truehockeyfan - Jan 26, 2012 at 5:29 PM

      Even your own media bashes the best goalie in the league (and not a boston fan) about not going to the white house he excercised his right and core beliefs even members of his owned organization and teamates bashed him….he had that right the right of a US citizen. Thats one classy organization for ya!

  8. bostonsfullofrats - Jan 26, 2012 at 12:09 AM

    boston doesnt like any team but themselves cuz there gay.

  9. rexadelphia8 - Jan 26, 2012 at 1:43 AM

    Fuck chara and fuck Boston

  10. blacksabbathrulesall - Jan 26, 2012 at 6:07 AM

    The best thing for both captains is to not pick Fartsmell at all.
    Only in a perfect world that could happen.

  11. eddubbs - Jan 29, 2012 at 5:30 AM


    Take a good look at that radioactive byproduct Zdeno…is that just bone ugly or progress as seen by the radioactive Russian and Czech governments?

    The extra fingers that have been growing on some of the Boston Bruin players (those eating the radioactive “special brand potatoes” and drinking the Charo family “special brand vodka”) – I know, I know -Zdeno’s Mom told you they are an advantage -don’t worry.

    Then – there are the Leprechaun enigmas —coach Claude Julien & players — Thornton, Marchand, Lucic & Rask and their ever changing exaggerating facial features (3 story foreheads, alien noses and in Julien’s case -a loss of a neck)

    Time will tell if they will ever win a championship again or if we have finally discovered the real life Arquillian population we were warned about in Men in Black!!! Boston Bugs!!!

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