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Zach Senyshyn, Peter Mueller among Bruins’ cuts

10.02.16 at 7:43 pm ET
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Zach Senyshyn

Zach Senyshyn

The Bruins announced roster 23 cuts Sunday, perhaps the most notable of which was Peter Mueller being released from his professional tryout.

Among the other big names to be released from camp were 2015 draft picks Zach Senyshyn, Jakub Zboril and Jeremy Lauzon, though none of them were expected to contend for an NHL spot this season.

Here’s a breakdown of Sunday’s cuts:

Assigned to Providence: Anton Blidh, Colby Cave, Peter Cehlarik, Colton Hargrove, Justin Hickman, Linus Arnesson, Matt Grzelcyk, Zane McIntyre, Dan Vladar

Returned to junior: Jesse Gabrielle, Zach Senyshyn, Jeremy Lauzon, Jakub Zboril

Sent to Providence training camp: Mark Naclerio, A.J. White, Josh Atkinson, Chris Breen, Alex Roach, Matt Ginn

Placed on waivers for the purpose of reassignment: Chris Casto, Tommy Cross, Alex Grant

Released from professional tryout: Peter Mueller

David Backes, David Pastrnak, Danton Heinen produce for Bruins in preseason win over Flyers

10.02.16 at 12:46 am ET
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David Pastrnak

David Pastrnak

David Backes and David Pastrnak had three points apiece as the Bruins picked up a 4-3 shootout win over the Flyers in preseason action Saturday night.

Backes, who centered Pastrnak and Danton Heinen, had three assists in regulation, while Pastrnak had two goals and an assist. Heinen had one goal, bringing his preseason total to three in three games, and also scored in the shootout. Jake DeBrusk also scored for Boston in the shootout, while Malcolm Subban stopped two of three shots after making 29 saves on 32 shots during the course of play.

A first year pro, Heinen is a strong candidate to start the season in the NHL given that the Bruins are expected to be without Frank Vatrano until late December. The left-shot wing, who was drafted by the B’s in the fourth round of the 2014 draft and signed after his sophomore year at the University of Denver, will play in Providence if he doesn’t make Boston’s roster.

The Bruins are expected to announce roster cuts shortly. Their next preseason game will be played Tuesday against the Canadiens in Quebec City.

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Bruins give World Cup of Hockey finalists weekend off, Christian Ehrhoff to skate Monday

10.01.16 at 1:45 pm ET
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Claude Julien

Claude Julien

BRIGHTON — Claude Julien’s management of his players’ ice time is not limited to games. Recent years have seen Julien emphasize rest, as he began cancelling morning skates regularly last season and has given more in-season days off to players like Patrice Bergeron.

As such, it’s no surprise to see how Julien is handling players returning from the World Cup of Hockey Final. Bergeron, Brad Marchand, Zdeno Chara and camp invitee Christian Ehrhoff, all of whom concluded the tournament Thursday night in Toronto, have been given the weekend off and will not show up to practice until Monday.

“They need some rest. I think they’re going to get it and [they] will because they’re not showing up here until Monday morning,” Julien said. “They will get probably some other days off this week as well, but I think the goal in talking with them and looking at our situation is, they didn’t feel comfortable taking too many days off straight. They don’t want to lose that edge, so they got an opportunity to rest and get back on the ice sooner than later [then] rest again. I think that’s probably the best approach right now for our group.”

For players who had shorter stints in the World Cup of Hockey, the preseason experience has been wonkier than the schedules to which they’ve grown accustomed. David Backes played only two games for Team USA and has not skated in a game since Sept. 20. He will make his Bruins preseason debut Saturday night.

“Truthfully, it’s feeling like it’s getting a little bit long to be here for maybe eight days now and having not played a meaningful game [for a while],” Backes said. “I’ve got to get back into the swing of the things. It’s kind of nice that there’s a little bit of time here now with Claude back and we’ll start getting Marchy and Bergy and Chara back so we can all get the group together a little bit more, start cutting this down to what the team’s going to be like and start to really find our identity.”

Cuts coming for Bruins

10.01.16 at 1:33 pm ET
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BRIGHTON — With Providence Bruins camp opening Monday, the big club is preparing to give them some more players.

Speaking after Saturday’s practice, Claude Julien said he expects the Bruins to make cuts following Saturday night’s preseason game against the Flyers.

“I think we’ve got to start cutting down numbers,” Julien said. “Probably after tonight.”

Many of the players cut from main camp will be sent to the AHL, while junior players who will be under 20 years old on Dec. 31 will have to return to their junior clubs for another season.

Saturday’s game will be the fourth of Boston’s preseason schedule. Julien said he monitored the performances of his players while at the World Cup of Hockey, watching all of the team’s exhibition games.

Claude Julien back with Bruins as team prepares for Flyers

10.01.16 at 11:07 am ET
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Jake DeBrusk

Jake DeBrusk

BRIGHTON — Coming off a 2-1 overtime win in Friday’s exhibition against the Red Wings, the Bruins will continue their preseason schedule Saturday night in Philadelphia. Claude Julien was on the ice with the team Saturday morning at Warrior Ice Arena after returning from the World Cup of Hockey.

The Bruins had the following lines in morning skate, though some of the players will not travel to Philadelphia in Zac Rinaldo, Tim Schaller, Colton Hargrove and Mark Nacliero. Riley Nash, Seth Griffith, Danton Heinen and Colby Cave will be in the lineup.


There are a couple of things to watch with those lines, assuming they aren’t changed too drastically. Austin Czarnik’s line sees him reunited with Jake DeBrusk and Jimmy Hayes, which was a line that played well together in Monday’s preseason opener. Also, it would appear that Peter Mueller will move to the left wing after being used exclusively at right wing early in the preseason.

Defensemen set to play Saturday night are Chris Casto, Tommy Cross, Colin Miller, Kevan Miller, Rob O’Gara and Jakub Zboril.

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Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron finish first and second in goals at World Cup of Hockey

09.30.16 at 10:17 am ET
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Brad Marchand

Brad Marchand

When Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand were put on Canada’s first line with Sidney Crosby, it stood to reason that they might end up putting up a lot of points in the World Cup of Hockey. They did.

Marchand led the six-game tournament with five goals and finished second to only Crosby in points. The Bruins left wing had eight points, while Bergeron had seven (four goals and three assists). Crosby, who was named tournament MVP, had three goals and seven assists for 10 points.

Team Canada won the World Cup of Hockey Thursday night with a 2-1 win over Team Europe, winning the first two games of a three-game final series. Team Europe, a surprise to get past the preliminary round, held a 1-0 lead into the third period thanks to a Zdeno Chara goal, but Bergeron tied the game on a power play goal with 2:43 remaining and Marchand scored a shorthanded goal with 44 seconds to go in regulation.

While Marchand and Bergeron starred in the tournament, other Bruins didn’t fare as well. Chara scored a pair of goals, but David Pastrnak (Czech Republic) and David Backes (USA) failed to record a point in their respective teams’ short stays.

Peter Mueller still getting feet wet with Bruins

09.29.16 at 3:12 pm ET
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Peter Mueller has dressed in each of the Bruins' two preseason games. (Bob DeChiara/USA Today Sports)

Peter Mueller has dressed in each of the Bruins’ two preseason games. (Bob DeChiara/USA Today Sports)

BRIGHTON — When Peter Mueller took a professional tryout with the Bruins late in the summer, he had more to worry about than just playing. After admittedly being immature in previous NHL stops, the 28-year-old said he had to prove to teams that he would commit to an organization. He needed to assure teams that if an AHL deal was his only way to return to North America after three years in Europe, he’d take it.

Of course, there’s nothing more important than just playing, for all the other stuff becomes moot if the 2006 eighth overall pick doesn’t convince the B’s that he’s worth a contract.

Two games into the preseason, Mueller has gotten typical PTO treatment, meaning he’s been one of just three players to dress in both contests as the team tries to get as good a look at him as possible. Monday saw him skate on the right wing of Sean Kuraly and Peter Cehlarik, while Wednesday saw him positioned on the right wing of Ryan Spooner and Matt Beleskey. He’s also seen time on the power play both games and on the penalty kill Wednesday against the Red Wings

“To be honest, it’s nice to play in the games. I’d rather play in the games and showcase my skills,” Mueller said after Thursday’s practice. “As much as you want to show how good you are in practice, it’s tough to show it that well. To be honest, it’s great to play in both games.”

Prior to the start of the preseason schedule, Mueller, a center earlier in his career, said that he’d played mostly at either right or left wing in Europe. A right shot, Mueller has been used exclusively at right wing thus far in the preseason, which is good and bad for his chances of staying in Boston. The Bruins are thin at right wing after David Pastrnak and possible David Backes, but the Frank Vatrano injury also presents opportunity on the left side. Mueller says he has no preference, as long as he’s playing.

The Bruins are drawn to Mueller’s skill, which is what got him drafted and gave him five years in the NHL prior to his departure after the lockout-shortened 2013 season. He didn’t set the world on fire offensively in either of the last two seasons abroad, but he put up 46 points (24 goals, 22 assists) in 49 games in the Swiss National League-A in 2013-14. Last season, he scored 13 goals and 12 assists for 35 points in 43 games in the Swedish Hockey League.

“I didn’t know him very well as a player before, to be honest with you, so I don’t have anything to go by, but I think he’s been OK,” Bruins assistant coach Bruce Cassidy said of Mueller’s preseason games. “We haven’t generated a ton of offense, and he’s that type of player. I think it will take him a while to develop some chemistry, but he’s shown moments where he’s got his shot off and had some looks. You can tell he’s got a heavy shot; he’s around the puck, so there’s certainly something there offensively. Hopefully it keeps getting better and better.”

Mueller’s last NHL experience did not go well, as he and the Blues severed ties on a one-year contract two seasons ago when he was told he wouldn’t make the team. After two more years in Europe, Mueller is glad to be back in North America, where he’s said he’ll stay regardless of what kind of deal he’s offered.

“It’s an honor to wear this jersey, it really is,” Mueller said. “And not just the jersey, but the whole experience has been tremendous and great so far. Even putting on the practice jersey and coming to the facility, this is an unbelievable experience. For me, I’m cherishing it every second of the way.”

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