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Bruins send Caron to Providence

12.06.10 at 4:42 pm ET
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Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced Tuesday afternoon that the team had assigned Jordan Caron to the Providence Bruins of the American Hockey League.

In his first pro season, the forward made the Bruins roster out of training camp. The 20-year-old has appeared in 20 games for the B’s, recording three goals and four assists. Caron was a healthy scratch for the last two games.

The Sayabec, Quebec native was selected by the Bruins in the first round (25th overall) of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.

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What the return of Marc Savard really means to the Bruins

12.03.10 at 11:08 am ET
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Less than an hour after the Bruins croaked the Tampa Bay Lightning, 8-1, at TD Garden, Bruins coach Claude Julien was asked if the team was given an emotional boost by the return of Marc Savard after a bout of post-concussion syndrome.

“Boy, you’€™re giving him a lot of credit, aren’€™t you?” Julien quipped in his classically wry sense of humor. “It’€™s nice to have him back, obviously everybody’€™s happy to have him back, but you know, I think our players, as a whole, even yesterday when he wasn’€™t in the lineup, decided that they were going to play hard and play well and they did. So he just added to that, I guess, fuel for tonight.”

Savard skated 21 shifts in 15 minutes and 45 seconds, taking one shot while winning 5-of-10 face-offs on the night. But his impact was felt early when he got into the fray early with a fore-check. He played on several combo lines and everyone thought he didn’t miss a beat.

“I mean, he brought a lot of offense today,” two-goal scorer David Krejci said. “He wasn’€™t on the score sheet but he had a lot of last minute chances. We have big depth now with him and all four lines can score goals and it’€™s hard for their top defensemen to defend our top guys. So, it’€™s good to have him back and it’€™s good to see him and hopefully we will keep doing the same thing we did tonight.”

And that can only help this Bruins offense. It certainly appeared that way Thursday night.

“I think that’€™s the first eight goals the team has scored that I haven’€™t had anything on it, but I kept telling Claude I was a presence tonight,” Savard said BEFORE Julien’s post-game observation. “I felt good, obviously had some shifts where I felt a little tired and as the battles wore on, I just stood in front of Timmy [Thomas], so hopefully he can stop it. It was great to be back. The fans were fantastic. I got a little emotional there. It was a little tough to go out on that shift there, but it was special.”

Tim Thomas set the tone for the night, stepping aside before leading the team on the ice for pre-game warm-ups. Instead, Savard had that honor against Tampa Bay.

“I didn’€™t know what he was doing there. I didn’€™t even realize. I just thought he was stepping aside, that’€™s maybe what he does now. I just kept skating, then I looked over and no one was there, so it was kind of nice of the guys, I think they did that on purpose, but it was funny.”

Still, for skating in a game for the first time since May, it was quite the adjustment for Savard.

“I mean, it’€™s been six months, so it’€™s been a long time,” Savard said. “Shaking off a bit of rust, but you know, I felt I made some good plays. I felt there’€™s some stuff I can build off of, some things I can work on still, obviously. Battles I had a little trouble as the shift wore on in our zone a couple times, but I felt good, I felt strong. I got in there a couple times, tried to bang around, didn’€™t really move anybody, but it was a lot of fun.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Dennis Seidenberg on Marco Sturm: ‘He agreed to waive’ no-trade

12.02.10 at 11:38 pm ET
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Life in the NHL – or any sport for that matter – can be unsettling. Just ask Marco Sturm, or his Bruins teammate and fellow German countryman Dennis Seidenberg.

Just hours after multiple media reports had Bruins forward Marco Sturm waiving his no-trade clause and being traded to the Los Angeles Kings, the Bruins made a formal effort to put the brakes on the story. Immediately following Thursday’s win over Tampa, the team – through GM Peter Chiarelli – released a statement on the report that they had traded Sturm to the Los Angeles Kings.

“I am aware of the various media reports today regarding Marco Sturm,” said Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli. “I can confirm that I spoke to Marco about waiving his no trade clause and have had discussions regarding Marco with other teams. I can also confirm that there is no trade in place with Marco. At this time, Marco is a member of the Boston Bruins and will continue to train with our team.”

Seidenberg said he spoke with Sturm earlier in the day and said Sturm confirmed to him that he had waived the no-trade. Now, Seidenberg and the rest of the team await the next move as Sturm’s future with the team appears in limbo.

“It is very tough, everybody loves Marco here,” Seidenberg said following the 8-1 thrashing of the Lightning. “He’s been a big part of our organization and he’s a great guy and I think any time you see a guy leave, especially in an awkward situation right now, it’s just tough.”

Seidenberg said he spoke to Sturm before Thursday’s game and he was under the impression that Sturm had already accepted the deal to L.A.

“He told me he agreed to waive it,” Seidenberg said. “I don’t know what’s going on. I haven’t talked to him since.”

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Looking back on a busy day of Marco Sturm comings and non-goings

12.02.10 at 11:11 pm ET
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The Bruins came right out and said it on Thursday night: Marco Sturm is not a member of the Los Angeles Kings. The same day that he reportedly waived his no-trade clause to facilitate a deal to LA, health issues held up the trade and kept him in Boston for the time being.

Amidst all the uncertainty, the Bruins went out on Thursday night and gave the Lightning a thorough beating, running up the score on Mike Smith and Dan Ellis to the tune of an 8-1 victory. It was a long day for the Bruins, and they end it with a big win in hand and Sturm still on the roster. Here’s a look back at the day:

11:00 a.m.: Sturm is one of five Bruins to take the ice at TD Garden, as he skated with Marc Savard, Daniel Paille, Jordan Caron, and Tuukka Rask.

Noon hour: Darren Dreger of TSN reports via twitter that a deal was struck between the B’s and Kings that would send Sturm to LA. The deal seemingly would end the team’s salary cap woes, as Sturm, who is in the final year of his contract, has a $3.5 million cap hit.

1 p.m. hour: ESPN.com reports the Bruins would receive a conditional fifth-round pick for Sturm.

7 p.m. hour: After crickets from the Bruins regarding an announcement, TSN’s Bob McKenzie tweets that “medical issues” had complicated the deal and that there was “uncertainty” as to whether it could get done.

9:43 p.m.: Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli issues the following statement on Sturm:

“I am aware of the various media reports today regarding Marco Sturm. I can confirm that I spoke to Marco about waiving his no trade clause and have had discussions regarding Marco with other teams. I can also confirm that there is no trade in place with Marco. At this time, Marco is a member of the Boston Bruins and will continue to train with our team.”

11:20 p.m.: McKenzie tweets the following:

“Final word on aborted Sturm deal: LAK were furnished with player’s medical records. They had concerns with what they saw.”

POSTGAME: Teammates acknowledge an odd day in which they thought Sturm was gone, only to learn he would stick around.

“It was a little different, that’s for sure,” Savard said. “Especially a good friend like that.”

Savard, who made his season debut on Thursday night, had done much of his on-ice rehabbing with Sturm, as the two would take the ice together before they were cleared to practice with teammates.

“We’ve had a tough run together, that’s for sure,” Savard said. “We’ve supported each other along the way, so when the news came that he was getting traded, it was tough for both of us, because we’re good friends, obviously. I’m going to see him tomorrow, and be happy he’s still there.”

Shawn Thornton noted that until Sturm is a member of another team, he is going to continue to embrace him as a teammate.

“I really don’t know what’s going on, except that he’s still part of our team,” Thornton said. “He’s a good friend of mine. Our families get along really well. As far as I’m concerned, he’s still here, so I’m going to continue to treat it as such.”

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Chiarelli issues statement on report of Marco Sturm trade

12.02.10 at 9:42 pm ET
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Immediately following Thursday’s win over Tampa, the Bruins released the following statement on the report that they have traded Marco Sturm to Los Angeles:

“I am aware of the various media reports today regarding Marco Sturm,” said Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli. “I can confirm that I spoke to Marco about waiving his no trade clause and have had discussions regarding Marco with other teams. I can also confirm that there is no trade in place with Marco. At this time, Marco is a member of the Boston Bruins and will continue to train with our team.”

Bruins crush Lightning, 8-1

12.02.10 at 9:31 pm ET
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Twelve different Bruins had points and the B’s chased Tampa Bay starter Mike Smith from the net in a 8-1 victory at TD Garden.

In a contest that featured standout play from many a Bruin, David Krejci and Tim Thomas stole the show. Krejci, who hadn’t scored since Oct. 30, scored a pair of goals and added an assist en route to a plus-4 night.

The Bruins also got goals from Dennis Seidenberg, Milan Lucic, Shawn Thornton, Michael Ryder, Mark Recchi and Blake Wheeler.

Thomas improved to 13-2-1 on the season, having his shutout streak stopped at 107:22 by a Victor Hedman goal in the second period. Thomas had picked up his league-leading fifth shutout of the season a night before in Philadelphia.

Marc Savard made his return to the lineup, centering Tyler Seguin and Ryder and posting a plus-1 rating. He was treated to multiple standing ovations by a sellout crowd of 17,565 at the Garden.

With the victory, the Bruins improved to 14-8-2 on the season.

WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE BRUINS

-  Lucic has now surpassed his point total from last season. In 50 games last season, Lucic had 20 points. Through 24 games this season, Lucic has 22 thanks to the assist he picked up on Krejci’s goal and his own second-period goal.

Not only is Lucic healthy, which is huge for him, but he’s played at a higher level and seems set to demolish the 20 goals he was hoping for entering the season (he has 12 thus far).

- It’s been beaten to death, yes, but as long as Thornton is outproducing Ilya Kovalchuk, it will receive attention. With his second-period tally, Thornton surpassed Kovalchuk with five goals to the Devils’ forward’s four.

-  Thomas picked up his second assist of the season, getting the secondary helper on Thornton’s tally. The double-threat goaltender’s other point came on Seguin’s first career goal in Prague on Oct. 10.

- Ryder has assists in three straight games. The first assist he picked up on Thursday came on a goal that should have never been scored, but he’ll take it. Ryder was given the helper on Dennis Seidenberg’s goal, a shot from center ice that was misplayed by Smith.

Ryder also sniped one past Dan Ellis from the top of the circle in the third period to make it a 6-1 game. He added his third point of the night on Recchi’s power-play goal.

WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE BRUINS

- The idea of Seguin playing on a line with Savard is very intriguing, but the rookie wasn’t much of a factor on Thursday. Seguin registered one shot on goal and had two shots blocked on the night.

Getting pucks on net hasn’t been a struggle for Seguin has worn on, so the lack of shots isn’t exactly a sign of a slump. Seguin had three or more shots in his last four games entering Wednesday’s game with the Flyers. He scored his fifth goal of the season in the 3-0 win in Philadelphia.

- Nathan Horton had a better game and had a golden opportunity on Ellis in the third period, but he has now gone nine contests without a goal. He was, of course, a plus-4 with one assist on the night, so it would be hard for the Bruins to complain.

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Bruins lead Lightning, 4-1, after two

12.02.10 at 8:40 pm ET
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The Bruins added two and the Lightning finally got on the board, and after 40 minutes of play, the Bruins have a 4-1 lead.

Milan Lucic picked up his 12th goal of the season at 6:48, taking a feed from David Krejci on a 3-on-2 and beating Mike Smith. Lucic and Krejci have two points apiece on the night, while Nathan Horton grabbed his first point in seven games on the play.

Tim Thomas allowed his first goal in two games, getting beaten in front on a bang-bang play by Victor Hedman on a feed from Ryan Malone.

Shawn Thornton scored his fifth goal of the season late in the period, with Brad Marchand and Thomas getting the assists. Thomas now has two assists on the season. He picked up his first on Tyler Seguin’s first career goal on Oct. 10 in Prague.

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