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Bruins roster projection: Which forward is odd man out?

09.27.15 at 11:19 pm ET
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Alexander Khokhachev

Alexander Khokhachev

With another round of cuts in the books, here’€™s a (still somewhat early) roster projection for the Bruins:

Forwards (13): Patrice Bergeron, David Krejci, Ryan Spooner, Chris Kelly, Brad Marchand, Matt Beleskey, Jimmy Hayes, Zac Rinaldo, Loui Eriksson, David Pastrnak, Brett Connolly, Max Talbot, Joonas Kemppainen

Boston’s top nine forwards (in no particular order/alignment) are already locked in. It’s the fourth line and 13th forward where things get tricky.

A line of Chris Kelly between Zac Rinaldo and Max Talbot could potentially be infuriating to play against (Kelly gets under his opponents’ skin enough to draw a good number of undisciplined penalties, Talbot is a pest and Rinaldo is Rinaldo), but it would lack skill. The B’€™s could try Alexander Khokhlachev on the fourth line to remedy that, but that likely wouldn’€™t happen unless the B’€™s were to trade Kelly, who is due $3 million against the cap.

Given what a tough time veteran forwards had finding jobs this summer, the guess is the Bruins would have difficulty trading the 34-year-old center this time of year even if they wanted to.

As such, assume for now that Kelly isn’€™t going anywhere and that Khokhlachev is the odd man out. Kelly and Talbot provide upgrades over Gregory Campbell and Daniel Paille, so the B’€™s should hope to ice a better fourth line than they had last season.

Pushing for a job, however, is Kemppainen, a defensive forward who comes to the NHL as a 27-year-old after playing his entire professional career in Finland. To this point, Kemppainen has been put on lines this preseason with Rinaldo and Talbot more than Kelly has. That could simply be because the Bruins feel they already know what they have in Kelly, though giving him some reps with Rinaldo couldn’€™t hurt.

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Bruins send Malcolm Subban, Zane McIntyre to Providence, return early draft picks to junior clubs

09.27.15 at 3:15 pm ET
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Malcolm Subban

Malcolm Subban

The Bruins have made another round of cuts, most notably sending goaltenders Zane McIntyre and Malcolm Subban to Providence.

Also sent to Providence were Noel Acciari, Chris Breen, Anthony Camara, Brandon DeFazio, Justin Hickman, Zane McIntyre and Ben Sexton. The B’€™s sent first-round picks Jakub Zboril (Saint John of the QMJHL) and Jake DeBrusk (Swift Current of the WHL), as well as second-rounder (Tri-City of the WHL) back to their junior teams. Fifteenth overall pick Zach Senyshyn was sent back to his OHL club (Sault Ste. Marie) earlier in the week.

Free agent defenseman Ben Youds was released from camp and will attend Providence’€™s training camp.

Though McIntyre and Subban could still be brought back up (a la Ryan Spooner last training camp), it would appear that Jeremy Smith and Jonas Gustavsson are now the finalists to be Tuukka Rask‘s backup.

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Bruins pick up preseason win over Red Wings

09.27.15 at 12:00 am ET
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David Krejci scored a pair of goals as the Bruins picked up a 4-3 overtime win over the Red Wings Saturday night in Detroit. The exhibition win improved the Bruins to 4-0-0 in preseason action.

Krejci scored both of his goals in the first period. After the Red Wings scored a pair of goals on Malcolm Subban, Brian Ferlin made it 3-2 with a second-period goal. Jakub Kindl tied the game for Detroit, with Torey Krug scoring the game-winner.

The Bruins will next play Monday night when they host the Red Wings at TD Garden.

Zdeno Chara (upper-body injury) given weekend off by Bruins

09.26.15 at 10:35 am ET
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WILMINGTON — Zdeno Chara was kept off the ice for the second straight day as the Bruins held practice at Ristuccia Arena ahead of Saturday night’€™s preseason game against the Red Wings. Claude Julien said following the team’s first session that Chara, who left Thursday’€™s preseason game with an upper-body after three shifts, has been given the weekend off.

“He’ll be re-evaluated on Monday,” Julien said. “Things continue to at least stay positive in our minds.”

The first of the two groups will play Saturday night in Detroit. Its lineup looked as such:


Arnesson-Kevan Miller

Subban, Smith

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Bruins sign Brandon Carlo to entry level contract

09.25.15 at 4:29 pm ET
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The Bruins announced Friday that they have signed defenseman Brandon Carlo to his entry-level contract.

Carlo, a 6-foot-5 right shot defenseman whom the B’€™s drafted with the 37th overall pick in June’€™s draft, is expected to be sent back to the Tri-City Americans of the Western Hockey League. He is the second member of the Bruins’€™ 2015 draft class to sign their entry-level contract, as 13th overall pick Jakub Zboril signed in July.

Carlo scored a goal in Thursday’€™s preseason game against the Rangers, the second exhibition in which he has played. Because he is under 20 and plays in a CHL league, Carlo would not be eligible to play in the AHL this season. Should they elect to, the Bruins technically elect to play Carlo for nine NHL games before either burning the first year off his contract or returning him to junior. That seems extremely unlikely, however, as Boston’€™s injuries on the blue line, the B’€™s have a good number of right-shot NHL defensemen in Adam McQuaid, Zach Trotman Kevan Miller and Colin Miller.

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Zdeno Chara day-to-day with upper-body injury

09.25.15 at 12:43 pm ET
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WILMINGTON — Zdeno Chara is “day-to-day” with an upper-body injury, according to Claude Julien. Chara left Thursday’s preseason game against the Rangers after three shifts, with a check from Ryan Bourque potentially doing the damage.

It’s worth considering that teams use “day-to-day” far more liberally than they should. Dennis Seidenberg, for example, was deemed day-to-day at the beginning of training camp, and though his back issue actually never got worse, the injury required surgery and will keep him out eight weeks.

The Bruins gave the players who played Thursday the day off on Friday. The forward lines in the practice were as follows:


The Bruins used different pairings on defense, but the blueliners to take the ice Friday were Torey Krug, Kevan Miller, Zach Trotman, Jakub Zboril, Ben Youds, Chris Breen, Tommy Cross, Linus Arnesson and Chris Casto.

Tuukka Rask and Malcolm Subban practiced for goalies. Rask has not played in any of Boston’€™s three preseason games so far.

Following the practice, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports and Journal de Montreal reported that the Bruins waived Zack Philips, Brandon DeFazio, and Breen.

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Why Claude Julien and the Bruins still consider new OT a work in progress

09.25.15 at 12:22 pm ET
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You can safely assume when on-ice officials are explaining what happens to a head coach in the middle of a play, there is still some uncertainty about the rules.

Such is the case with the reformatted overtime in the NHL. On Thursday night, Bruins defenseman Matt Irwin took a hooking penalty 1:25 into the extra period. Instead of the Bruins going down a man, the Rangers went up a man.

The reason?

The NHL is introducing the 3-on-3 overtime this season. To avoid a 3-on-2 situation that would be more like a pre-game warmup rush, the NHL decided to go with a modified power play that would be identical to overtimes of the past. But while that was difficult enough to get used to, what happened next was even a little more peculiar.

The Rangers, getting mixed up with the extra man line changes of the new overtime, took a too many men on the ice when they wound up with the puck and six skaters on the ice. Veteran referee Eric Furlatt went over to Claude Julien to explain that the Bruins would not gain an extra man and go 4-on-4 but rather the Rangers would lose their additional man on the ice.

Then the Bruins would have their own 4-on-3 once Irwin’s penalty expired. Neither team scored and the Bruins would win the preseason game, 4-3, in seven rounds of a shootout. Still, the experience was much more helpful than Tuesday night’s encounter with the Capitals, a game that featured 3-on-3 for all of 12 seconds before David Pastrnak scored.

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