WILMINGTON, Mass. — Yesterday I wrote about the Boston Bruins’ need to get Manny Fernandez more playing time so he can be of help in the playoffs.
Today after the Bruins practiced at Ristuccia Arena, a TV reporter asked Bruins head coach Claude Julien if he still had confidence in Fernandez despite his poor play the last five times he’s gotten the start. The coach’s response started pretty boiler-plate and then ended with a mystery.
“Absolutely, there are no issues there. What people see on the outside and what’s happening on the inside are two different things,” Julien said. “We talk, (Fernandez) knows exactly what’s going on and there’s things that not everybody needs to know about and I’ll leave it at that.”
If this were the old-school Batman show with Adam West as the Caped Crusader, those last 12 or so words would’ve ended the episode and that announcer voice would’ve piped in with something like:
Could Manny Fernandez be hurt?
Could Fernandez not want to play?
Is Julien waiting to spring Fernandez on an unsuspecting foe down the road?
Will The Penguin leave Batman at the North Pole?
Check back tomorrow. Same Bruins Time. Same Bruins channel.
Alas, this is not a Batman episode (too bad, we could use a dose of Catwoman right about now), it’s the NHL. So unless there’s a major breach of security, we won’t know what Julien means. And instead we’ll just wait to see how these last 11 games unfold — with or without Fernandez.