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B’s strength coach once viewed Lucic as a ‘stringbean’

Aug 17, 2014, 11:00 PM EST

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If you were to compile a list of the league’s most unstoppable physical forces, Milan Lucic would be close to the top. As this fascinating Boston Globe story reveals, he didn’t exactly come to the Boston Bruins as a complete product.

It’s easy to roll your eyes when someone talks about a prospect “growing into his body” or being able to do much more once he puts on some weight, yet it sounds like Lucic is a prime example of that actually working out.

Bruins strength coach John Whitesides apparently frequently regales Lucic with the story of his less-than-glowing analysis back when the power forward was being evaluated at the combine.

“They all told me how tough Lucic was,” Whitesides said. “I was like, this kid is tough? Really?

“I say it to him all the time. He always comes in, he’s like, ‘Tell me what you said about me at the combine.’ Because I looked at him, I didn’t write anything about him, but I’m like, this kid? This kid’s tough? He was a stringbean.”

The 26-year-old must have been a quick study, though. He was drafted 50th overall in 2006 and played in 77 games during the 2007-08 season. He’s now listed at 6-foot-3, 235 lbs and, again, is easily on the short list of the NHL’s most intimidating forwards.

Read on more here for some really interesting insight into how the Bruins (and probably other NHL teams) make decisions about prospects and how much things have changed even in just the last decade.

  1. pitpenguinsrulez - Aug 18, 2014 at 12:40 AM

    I view him as a big nosed douchebag, who I hate dearly… but wouldn’t mind on the Pens.

  2. blomfeld - Aug 18, 2014 at 12:43 AM

    FU LUCIC !

    and by the way, does anyone here know when it’s going to be Washington Capital’s Day ? … I mean seriously man, I can’t wait to lay into that retarded, narcissistic, self-absorbed, me me me ‘clown’ who wears yellow skates and pretends like his stick is on fire !

    ‘CLOSE RANK’ fellow OVI bashers ! … the hour of battle draws near !!! :) :) :)

    • patthehockeyfan - Aug 18, 2014 at 6:58 AM

      “that retarded, narcissistic, self-absorbed, me me me clown …”

      you just described yourself, blom. well done!

  3. 19inarow - Aug 18, 2014 at 12:49 AM

    Unlike his brain.

  4. terrier92 - Aug 18, 2014 at 6:00 AM

    Lucic is really a good kid. 29 other teams would love to have him on their roster

    • hockey412 - Aug 18, 2014 at 8:26 AM

      I agree about 29 other teams wanting him on their roster. But what makes him a “good kid”? Not trolling, not saying he isn’t, not criticizing. But I hear that he’s a really “good person” a lot from Bruins fans (or hell it could just be you, over and over, I haven’t kept track), and it seems a little contrary to the product on the ice. He’s done some horrible things on the ice, has had some issues off ice, etc. Why is he a good kid and, say someone like the often criticized Seguin, not?

      • terrier92 - Aug 18, 2014 at 11:22 AM

        Fair question. My comment about him being a good kid comes from personal contact and watching his interaction with kids at various times. While I certainly cant vouch for his character 24/7 whenever I have encountered him he has always been polite, unassuming and good with kids.I did not feel my “he’s a phony radar” going off. Seemed genuine to me. Of course this is true of a lot of hockey players. While I like his game I will not say that I am 100% happy with everything he does on ice. Emotions sometimes get the better of him.

    • bsaures - Aug 18, 2014 at 8:47 AM

      29 other teams want the size and skill not the person

    • c9castine - Aug 18, 2014 at 2:56 PM

      yeah he sounds all nice and likable in interviews.

      personally, i watch a man’s actions.

  5. billiam55 - Aug 18, 2014 at 7:50 AM

    now he’s just viewed as a big sore loser and a big d-bag.

  6. charastein - Aug 18, 2014 at 7:51 AM

    Everyone always says crap about Lucic….behind his back in whispers.

    Cowards.

    • avscup - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:26 AM

      I’d love tell him he is a douche bag for the nut spearing jobs! He could punch me all he wants and then I could get a big chunk of his bank account!

      • charastein - Aug 18, 2014 at 5:22 PM

        And you are proud of this?

    • bsaures - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:44 AM

      Except for george laroque who made him and chara look like sissies a few years back. Real tough when chirping the 5’9 gionta but always seemed to have a place To be when the guy close to his size shows up

      • Moop - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:51 AM

        Boo hoo, Lucic opted not to fight one time. Every fighter has been challenged and declined a few times; people get really hung up over that one incident.

      • bsaures - Aug 18, 2014 at 10:01 AM

        First off it was several games in a series and a few games earlier in the year. And second it perfectly represented what lucic is And that is a simple bully. Pick on the guys tou know wont hurt you but when someone comes around who can challenge you you run to hide behind momma thortons skirt.

      • titansbro - Aug 18, 2014 at 10:15 AM

        isn’t that when he was still a “stringbean”? regardless, he doesn’t refuse many fights these days. unless it’s some guy who can barely skate & plays 2 mins a game who just got added to the roster to play the bruins.

      • bsaures - Aug 18, 2014 at 11:04 AM

        And there lies the hypocrisy of bruins fans they think its ok for lucic to go around challenging people who dont want to fight and often are 4+ inches shorter and 40 + pounds lighter than him and call the guys pansies when they wont fight him yet apparently if the other team does it he doesnt have to man up and the other guy is just some punk.

    • elmerbrownelmerbrown - Aug 18, 2014 at 2:07 PM

      Milan Lucicheapshot

      • c9castine - Aug 18, 2014 at 2:58 PM

        thats actually really hard to say out loud

        lucheapshot be a lot easier.

  7. hockey412 - Aug 18, 2014 at 8:16 AM

    Definitely a good, tough hockey player – and an all-star talent when he’s not trailing behind the play trying to fulfill what he sees as his “role” in the NHL. Would love to see him do more than 60 points and get credit for being more than tough.

    • c9castine - Aug 18, 2014 at 2:59 PM

      i can see this guy scoring 40 goals once but like you said, im sure hell always think that being a bone head is a successful tactic.

  8. titansbro - Aug 18, 2014 at 8:28 AM

    Talk about him all you want, his temper gets the best of him far too often. But if you say you wouldn’t want him on your team you’re kidding yourself.

    • c9castine - Aug 18, 2014 at 3:00 PM

      i want him on my team like i want james neal on my team.

      catch my drift? basically not at all right now.

  9. matthews4 - Aug 18, 2014 at 4:32 PM

    What I like is in a PC world, he owns it a lot in his interviews. He does cross the line at times, however he does not have the NHL bail him out, or have a golden boy parachute, or have the media choose to bury things he does dirty. I want a guy on my team that cares so much he crosses that line, sticks up for teammates, and comes through in the clutch at times. I like that he recognizes the double standard that exists and speaks on it. God forbid we have some-body who spits out the cool-aide. Oh i choose to call him Luchampion because his name will forever be on the cup like or not. 2 cups actually Just sayin…..

  10. paulerhythm - Aug 19, 2014 at 11:17 PM

    I’d take Lucic, with all his faults, on my team! For those that say they won’t are full of $hit.

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