The Skate Podcast: People should ‘relax’ when it comes to Charlie McAvoy

Matt Kalman
January 23, 2020 - 4:30 pm

Charlie McAvoy had an off game in Pittsburgh on Sunday, then bounced back Tuesday.

That didn’t stop people on social media from saying the Bruins should trade the 22-year-old.

Of course, a move like that would be nuts and we all know McAvoy is going to be a cornerstone of the Bruins’ defense corps for years to come.

Former Boston University NCAA tournament hero, Boston Bruins black ace and current NBCSN Philly analyst Colby Cohen joined The Skate Podcast this week to reassure people that McAvoy is on the right track.

Cohen praised McAvoy’s skills and his mind for the game, especially in the face of playing so much ice time and doing it against stiff competition. When asked about some of the mental mistakes McAvoy makes and whether they’re correctable with experience, Cohen told co-hosts Matt Kalman and Ken Laird:

“I think some of that is probably fixable by looking at some film and … recognizing some situations. But let me just tell you this guys, part of what makes him really good, it’s a little bit erratic. And you start thinking a little bit too much, for him it’s just so instinctual that you’ve got to be really careful that you don’t handcuff that.

“And Bruce [Cassidy> was an offensively gifted defenseman, high draft pick and he had some injuries, which is why he didn’t play a long time. But he understands that of all people, that’s it’s really delicate. And [assistant coach> Kevin Dean was a defenseman a long time, he understands the position well. So I think as Aaron Rodgers says, people need to relax, because Charlie McAvoy will be just fine.”

Cohen also shared his insights on Cassidy, who coached him in Providence, being around the 2011 Stanley Cup champions and what he think about the Bruins-Tampa Bay Lightning race in the Atlantic Division race down the stretch.

Kalman and Laird wondered why the McAvoy rumors only come out after losses and they discussed more about what the Bruins have been up to. It was a busy week with David Backes and Brett Ritchie assigned to Providence, and Anton Blidh, Karson Kuhlman and Jeremy Lauzon added to the lineup.

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