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Bruins drop preseason finale to Red Wings

10.04.14 at 8:22 pm ET
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Patrice Bergeron had a hat trick Saturday night at TD Garden as the Bruins lost to the Red Wings, 4-3, in a shootout in their preseason finale.

David Krejci left the game after two shifts in the second period, returned for a third five minutes later before leaving the game for good. Following the game, Claude Julien said that Krejci had a “very, very minor” issue that would not be a factor going forward.

Bergeron scored all three of Boston’€™s goals, tying the game at one in the first period, burying a rebound of a Dougie Hamilton shot at 3:14 of the third period and finishing off a nice play by Carl Soderberg at 10:46 of the period.

Detroit got goals from Riley Sheahan, Xavier Ouellet and Andrej Nestrasil.

Both Ryan Spooner and David Pastrnak dressed for the B’€™s, playing for the second time in as many nights. Pastrnak, who was skating on a line with Spooner and Carl Soderberg, had a great scoring chance with just over a minute to play, but had a pair of shots stopped by Petr Mrazek.

Tuukka Rask was in net for the Bruins, who will open the regular season Wednesday when they host the Flyers at the Garden.

Peter Chiarelli: Johnny Boychuk trade ‘doesn’t make us better now, obviously’

10.04.14 at 5:14 pm ET
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Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said Saturday that he traded defenseman Johnny Boychuk due to the team’€™s salary cap situation and because he found the return ‘€” two second-round picks and a conditional third ‘€” to be strong value. He did concede one point, however.

“This doesn’€™t make us better now, obviously,” Chiarelli said, “but it’€™s something that, when I look at it in a series of steps, I think we made the right move.”

Chiarelli mentioned “steps” throughout the press conference to discuss Saturday’€™s trade with the Islanders. When asked what his next move was, the B’€™s general manager said that there may be roster moves in the coming days.

Boychuk is a free agent at season’€™s end and figures to command big money on the open market. Chiarelli said that he did not attempt to sign Boychuk before trading him.

Moving Boychuk, while making the current roster worse, gives the team one less big name to sign before the start of next season. Dougie Hamilton, Torey Krug and Reilly Smith will all be restricted free agents, while Carl Soderberg will be an unrestricted free agent. Though the salary cap is expected to go up from it’€™s current $69 million ceiling, the already have $49,897,857 against the salary cap committed to 10 players (not including Marc Savard) for the 2015-16 season.

“We’€™ve got a lot of people to sign,” Chiarelli said. “There’€™s a list of priorities and part of my job is to prioritize things. That’€™s a little bit of how it shakes out. I’€™d love to keep this team together player-to-player as long as I could if I felt it was prudent on the hockey front and the financial front. I’€™ve tried to keep the critical mass together and will continue to provide the right moves for the organization.”

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Bruins trade Johnny Boychuk to Islanders for draft picks

10.04.14 at 2:03 pm ET
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The Bruins have traded defenseman Johnny Boychuk to the Islanders for second-round picks in the 2015 and 2016 drafts and a conditional 2015 third-round pick. The B’s will get New York’s 2015 third-rounder if the Islanders trade Boychuk to an Eastern Conference team this season.

Boychuk, 30, was entering the last year of his contract. His deal carries a $3.36 million cap hit and he will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season.

Though the return for Boychuk provides good value, the trade comes as something as a surprise given previous moves. In signing Reilly Smith and Torey Krug to one-year deals worth $1.4 million on Monday, the Bruins positioned themselves to enter the season without having to shed a contract like Boychuk’s. With Boychuk likely to command big money on the open market next summer, the Bruins had the option of keeping him for this season and better their chances of winning this season.

The trade of Boychuk leaves a hole in the team’s top-4. Zdeno Chara and Dougie Hamilton figure to provide  one of the best defensive pairings in the league, but Dennis Seidenberg is coming off a knee injury and two of the other team’s options for a spot on the second pairing — Matt Bartkowski and Kevan Miller — struggled when given key minutes last postseason. This could be a vote of confidence for both players, however, as the Bruins may believe that with another full season of NHL play, their young defensemen will be better suited to handle the NHL playoffs.

Adam McQuaid could also work his way onto the second pairing now, though injury concerns make it tough to count on him to last a full season.

After trading for Boychuk, the Islanders also swung a trade with the Blackhawks for defenseman Nick Leddy.

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Bruins place Jordan Caron, David Warsofsky and Craig Cunningham on waivers

10.04.14 at 1:29 pm ET
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Jordan Caron

Jordan Caron

The Bruins placed Jordan Caron, David Warsofsky and Craig Cunningham on waivers Saturday.

Teams will now have 24 hours to claim the players. The Bruins noted in a press release that Warsofsky was waived with the intention of being sent to Providence.

The most notable name of the bunch is Jordan Caron, the team’€™s first-round pick in 2009. In 123 regular-season games, Caron has 12 goals and 16 assists for 28 points. He also has played in nine postseason games, with one goal.

Warsofsky, a native of Marshfield who played college hockey at Boston University, is a decent candidate to be claimed by another team, as he is an NHL-ready defenseman whose offensive play makes him a valuable power play asset. He told this week that though he wants to remain in the Bruins’€™ organization, his goal is to be an NHL player.

“If I’€™€™m going to be in the AHL, I’€™€™d rather be in Providence than any other city,” Warsofsky said. “€œ€œI’€™€™m comfortable down there with the coaching staff, the organization and the way they play. It’€™€™s a great city to be in if I am in the AHL, but obviously my goal is to play in the NHL, so the first opportunity, I want it to be here, but if it is somewhere else, it’€™€™s part of the business.”€

Cunningham was vying for a job as a fourth-line center or 13th forward after playing the last three seasons in Providence.

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David Pastrnak, Ryan Spooner to play in preseason finale for Bruins

10.04.14 at 11:10 am ET
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David Pastrnak

Both David Pastrnak and Ryan Spooner will be in the Bruins’€™ lineup in Saturday’€™s preseason finale against the Red Wings.

Pastrnak made his preseason debut Friday night after missing the team’€™s first five preseason games due to a shoulder injury suffered in the second practice of training camp. The 2014 first-round pick is trying to push for a roster spot in Boston, but his lack of a training camp could make it more likely that the B’€™s either start him in the AHL or return him to his pro team in Sweden.

The Bruins could also either return the player to Sweden or keep him for up to nine games into the season before either returning him or keeping him in Boston. For 18 and 19-year-old players, entry level contracts to not begin until a 10th game is played. If he is sent to the AHL, his contract will slide to the next season, meaning he could play a full year at the AHL, and years wouldn’t start being burned off his three-year deal until he plays in the NHL the next season.

Spooner, meanwhile, played left wing Friday night and had two goals and an assist for the B’€™s. With the Bruins’€™ depth chart crowded down the middle and Spooner having struggled with the defensive responsibilities of center, the team is at long last giving the 2010 second-round pick a good look on the left wing.

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Ryan Spooner scores twice for Bruins in preseason win over Islanders

10.03.14 at 11:32 pm ET
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Ryan Spooner scored twice and added an assist as the Bruins beat the Islanders, 6-1, in a preseason contest Friday in Bridgeport, Conn.

Spooner, who was among seven callups the team made for the game, played wing on a line with Chris Kelly and Seth Griffith after being kept in the middle for his career with the Bruins thus far. He scored an even-strength goal in the first and added a power-play tally in the third period. Spooner scoring is noteworthy, as his inability to do so at the NHL level (no goals in 27 career NHL games) is among the things that has kept him in Providence.

The Bruins also got goals from Carl Soderberg, Seth Griffith, Daniel Paille and Reilly Smith.

David Pastrnak made his preseason debut for the B’€™s, playing right wing on a line with Paille and Alexander Khokhlachev.

Malcolm Subban started the game for the B’€™s. Their lineup was as follows:

Lucic – Soderberg – Smith
Spooner – Kelly – Griffith
Paille – Khokhlachev – Pastrnak
Florek – Cunningham – Caron

Bartkowski – Seidenberg
Krug – Miller
Breen – Trotman

The Bruins will play their final game of the preseason Saturday against the Red Wings at TD Garden.

David Pastrnak to make preseason debut vs. Islanders

10.03.14 at 12:44 pm ET
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WILMINGTON –€” David Pastrnak will make his preseason debut Friday night as the Bruins play the Islanders in Bridgeport.

Pastrnak, who suffered a shoulder injury in the second practice of training camp, skated on a line with Craig Cunningham and Daniel Paille in Friday’€™s practice.

“€œHe’€™ll be in the lineup tonight. He’€™s been cleared,” Claude Julien said. “€œHe got cleared yesterday afternoon when we spoke to our doctors, so he’€™s got the green light.”

Julien would not say whether the team’€™s plan is to play Pastrnak in Saturday’€™s preseason finale against the Red Wings as well. If the Bruins see enough out of Pastrnak prior to Wednesday, they could keep him into the regular season for up to nine games before deciding to either keep him for the season or send him back to Sweden.

The Bruins recalled Justin Florek, Seth Griffith, Alexander Khokhlachev, Ryan Spooner, Chris Breen, Zach Trotman to play in Friday’s game as well.

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