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Chris Nilan shows his true colors in a classless tweet calling out Jonathan Drouin.

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The Boston Bruins and the Toronto Maple Leafs will renew their rivalry on Tuesday night at TD Garden. Will Leafs forward William Nylander be in the lineup? One thing is for sure, he’s in head coach Sheldon Keefe’s doghouse right now after another lackluster performance in a 4-2 loss to the Canadiens Saturday.

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Finally, just an absolute classless and hypocritical tweet by former Montreal Canadiens and Bruins enforcer Chris Nilan on Sunday morning. Nilan called out Drouin for being injured again and urged him to ‘just stay home’ so he won’t get injured. Drouin has been limited to just 34 games this season due to a nagging wrist injury and this was after he missed the Canadiens’ run to the 2021 Stanley Cup Final due to mental health issues.

Nilan has presented himself as an advocate for anti-bullying and mental health awareness after he himself battled his own demons and substance abuse.





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Dan ONeill

You guys gotta let this non-vaccination thing go. Write about hockey like you’re paid to do, or just watch the zeroes on the Oscars tonight. Oh by the way, ever hear of free speech.

Kevin L

It’s somewhat disappointing that small, entitled minds of such anti-vaccination dweebs seem to avoid getting sick from Covid. Having barely survived it myself (in March 2020) I would never wish that deep, dark space on anyone… but perhaps people like Danny Boy here will eventually change my attitude.


Nilan has always been a piece of crap. I never liked him as a player and he showed how much of a pussy he really was when he butt ended Rick Middleton in the mouth knocking out several teeth in the process. I’ve been a lifelong Bruins fan and played Pro-Am hockey with a lot of NHL players. None of them had anything good to say about Nilan. I lost a lot of respect for the Bruins when they acquired him. I guess spending time tweeting is better than his previous past time of shoplifting bathing suits. POS!

Kevin L

Let’s hog-tie him and toss him off a Duck Boat in the Charles find out if he can or cannot!!!! You know, in the spirit of the old days with Espo, Bucyk, Orr, Sanderson — they wouldn’t think twice.

no icing

nilan got drafted by montreal precisely because he was psycho and he was willing to do anything to an opponent. i watched him play for northeastern and i watched him pick fights in the local bar where i worked. it was obvious back then he was missing a few marbles, so he was fortunate to have an NHL career at all. it IS too bad he cannot see the irony of his life and career in comparison to other players today. too many NHL suicides and tragic substance abuse stories.


So if I’m correct, you get paid to react to tweets from has beens of 20 years ago? No one cares but you about what Chris Nilan has to say. I dont agree with the way he said it but he wasnt entirely wrong.

Kevin L

Having been a B’s fan since 1962, I will readily admit that my only disappointment and deep regret over the Boston Bruins was the signing of Nilan. The day he hit the ice for Boston was an embarrassment; a dark and depressing event for the NHL as well. To this day I cannot imagine how that sordid bit of administration came to be. Nilan never has, and never will, display the the character nor bravery, nor dedication to the art that it takes to be a true Boston Bruin. His “career” was simply an opportunity to misbehave and fight without… Read more »

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no icing

i agree. there are players that come to town and are busts, but nilan was another entirely different critter. what did harry think this guy was going to bring to the table ? he was way worse than mc sorley, another harry dementia moment.

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