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Tyler Seguin on Bruins rookie camp, Taylor Hall, and the offseason

09.12.10 at 2:46 pm ET
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WILMINGTON — Bruins top prospect Tyler Seguin took part in his first official practice of this year’s training camp on Sunday. After voluntarily skating with Bob Essensa‘s goalie camp last week, he skated alongside Jamie Arniel and Jared Knight as Peter Chiarelli, Cam Neely, and Claude Julien looked on.

“I’m very excited,” Seguin, the second overall pick in June’s NHL draft, said. “I just know that everything is finally here and this is where all the big impression are made. It’s nice to be out there to be able to show my stuff.”

The session was closed to the public, but Seguin has gotten plenty of attention in Boston since his selection. In addition to throwing out the first pitch at a Red Sox game on his first day in Boston, he saw the Ristuccia Arena stands packed for this summer’s rookie development camp. Seguin, who racked up 106 points in 63 OHL games last year, doesn’t mind the attention.

“I’m just going out there, having fun with everything, and working my hardest,” Seguin said. “Whatever comes with it is just a bonus.”

“Yeah I have. I’m pretty comfortable and confident in either position. I’ve played both over my OHL career, so coming in here, any position — whether it’s goalie — those two positions I’ll play to make the team.”

Seguin did catch himself after the last comment, clarifying that he is “brutal” in net.

Here are a few notes from what Seguin’s session with reporters:

- He’ll play in both rookie games at the Garden this week against Islanders rookies. Last week fellow center prospect Joe Colborne, when asked, said that he had Seguin to thank for the games being played on such a big stage.

“He’s all over my case lately,” Seguin said when told of the discussion with Colborne.

- Seguin hasn’t figured out where he’ll live if he makes the team. Could see a situation similar to the Patrice Bergeron/Martin Lapointe situation of a few years back.

- Remember those pictures of Seguin playing NHL ’11 with Taylor Hall? Seguin said Hall, his OHL nemesis and NHL draft rival, beat him.

“He’s like, ‘Yeah, I’ve been playing for the last three weeks online trying to get good for the tournament.’ I completely 100 percent forgot about the thing and the day we came in I was like, ‘I didn’t even know we had to play,’” Seguin said. “‘I thought we were just taking some pictures and interviews.’”

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Peter Chiarelli golfed with Marc Savard, says center is ‘in good spirits’

09.12.10 at 2:24 pm ET
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WILMINGTON — Any concerns over how happy Marc Savard is after hearing his name in trade rumors all season were met with some positive news Sunday, where Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said the center was in town last week. Though he won’t be back in Boston for Monday’s golf tournament, Savard did hit the links recently by playing a round with Chiarelli himself.

“He was in good spirits and [is in a] good frame of mind right now,” Chiarelli said of their day together.

Savard had said in August that he was “hurt” by the idea of the team considering him in a potential trade. He signed a seven-year, $28.5 million extension in December.

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Tyler Seguin sports No. 19 at rookie camp

09.12.10 at 12:36 pm ET
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WILMINGTON — With the likes of Peter Chiarelli, Cam Neely, and Claude Julien looking on from the stands, the Bruins began rookie camp Sunday morning. After skating with Bob Essensa‘s goalie camp last week, second overall pick Tyler Seguin took to the ice wearing his No. 19 (he wore 57 at rookie development camp this summer and many of the other prospects in attendance were sporting high numbers).

Seguin, believed to be able to help the Bruins as a center or wing this season, skated between Jamie Arniel and 32nd overall pick Jared Knight. Joe Colborne centered Lane MacDermid and Jordan Caron. The other two lines featured some guys rotating in. One consisted of Joe Pleckaitis, Tyler Randell, Max Sauve, and Ryan Spooner, with the Craig Cunningham, Yannick Riendeau, Antoine Roussel, and Walker Wintoneak skating on the other.

Defensemen Yury Alexandrov, Matt Bartkowski, Ryan Button, Matt Delahey, Ryan Donald, Alain Goulet, and Steve Kampfer skated as well. Goaltenders Adam Courchaine, Matt Dalton, and Michael Hutchinson were also in the house.

The first of two session is in the books. We’ll have more once the second is over with and the players have spoken.

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Report: NHLPA voting on Donald Fehr

09.09.10 at 5:32 pm ET
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According to Larry Brooks of the New York Post, the NHLPA executive board is in the process of voting former MLB head Donald Fehr in as its executive director. A tweet from Brooks says that player reps have until 5 p.m. on Saturday to submit their votes.

Fehr had reportedly been chosen for the position last month according to Liz Mullen of the Sports Business Journal, but earlier this week Bruins defenseman and player representative Mark Stuart said that a vote to put Fehr in charge had yet to take place.

Fehr, 62, served the NHLPA as an advisor last year after leaving the MLBPA following 13 years as its director. He made his name as baseball’s union head by getting players $280 million due to owners’ collusion and for leading the players association during the baseball strike of 1994-95.

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After long summer, Joe Colborne ready for action

09.09.10 at 12:58 pm ET
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WILMINGTON — With age and experience, hockey players often say that the offseasons shorten up. The time devoted to family and training flies by as training camp fast approaches. Tell that to 20-year-old prospect Joe Colborne.

“You have no idea. It’s finally here,” Colborne said after taking the ice with the veterans for the third day of captain’s practice at Ristuccia Arena. “Everyone kept telling me how short the summer was. I was like, ‘You’ve got to be kidding me.’ I’ve been waiting — it feels like this last month has taken a year.”

This will be Colborne’s first camp with the big boys. After starting the last two seasons playing for the University of Denver and finishing the 2009-10 campaign with six games in Providence, the center is preparing for his first foray in making an NHL squad.

Going the college-to-AHL-to-NHL-hopeful route has been beneficial for Colborne. The 16th overall pick in the 2008 draft, Colborne has the talent and size that make many believe he has a productive professional career ahead of him. It’s at each stop, however, that Colborne has been able to develop the most important tool — vision and timely decision-making.

“The biggest difference that I’ve noticed is that everyone knows how to play the game at a higher level and you think the game at a higher level,” Colborne said. “When you get to college and you get to the pros, everyone’s a good player and everyone has good skills, but it’s the guys who can think the game and think the game about a step faster than everyone else. You have to be thinking where the puck’s going to be a lot sooner than, say in college, where you’d have an extra second with the puck or so. I’ve noticed that the D-men close the gap better, forwards are on the forecheck quicker, and it’s just making the decisions a little bit quicker.”

In 39 games for the Pioneers in his sophomore season, Colborne had 41 points in 39 games. Over his short stint with the Baby B’s to end the season, he had two assists. Points aside, nothing was more valuable than getting to once again learn to adjust, just as he had when he first arrived in Denver in 2008.

“Playing in the AHL at the end of the year was a big jump,” Colborne said. “I felt like as the games went on, I felt better and better. This summer’s been huge for me, just working on my quickness. I’m looking forward to camp to see how I compare up against some of the best players in the world.”

The odds are that Colborne’s season will begin in Providence, but after an offseason in which he said he took “two or three days off,” his future is bright. He’ll be on display at the Garden for rookie games on September 15 and 16. He jokingly thanked Tyler Seguin for the opportunity to play at the Garden.

“I’m sure if he wasn’t here, we’d probably be playing in some rink in the middle of nowhere,” he said with a laugh.

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Caron, Reich take the ice at Bruins’ captain’s practice

09.09.10 at 11:40 am ET
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WILMINGTON — The third captain’s practice of the weeks just ended. There were some changes in attendance and the practice pretty much had the same deal of basic drills and scrimmaging. Here’s the list of guys in attendance.

Forwards: Brad Marchand, Daniel Paille, Shawn Thornton, David Krejci, Jordan Caron, Joe ColborneNathan Horton, Gregory Campbell, Milan Lucic, Jeremy Reich

Defensemen: Mark Stuart, Andrew Ference, Matt Bartkowski, Steven Kampfer, Adam McQuaid, Johnny Boychuk, Andrew Bodnarchuk, Dennis Seidenberg

Goaltenders: Nolan Schaefer, Mike Hutchinson

- Thursday was the first day that Tuukka Rask wasn’t out there, so it was nice to get a look at Schaefer and Hutchinson in the scrimmage portion of practice.

- After joining his teammates Wednesday, Mark Recchi was not out there for Thursday’s session.

- Attendance means incredibly little for something so nonchalant and optional, but it’s nice to see the newcomers taking initiative. Horton and Campbell have been out there for all three practices. Horton said earlier in the week that they had captain’s practices while he was a member of the Panthers but the players generally didn’t show up to them. Tyler Seguin was out there once again skating with the goaltenders. A lot of younger players partook in Bob Essensa’s camp since the actual captain’s practice itself is not for first-year guys.

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Seidenberg having ‘no problems at all’ with forearm

09.08.10 at 2:47 pm ET
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WILMINGTON — Last year defenseman Dennis Seidenberg didn’t know where he’d be playing the coming season. A free agent, he had yet to find the right deal and didn’t become a Florida Panther until two days in to training camp. After being traded to the Bruins and locked up by the team in the offseason, Seidenberg is getting an early start this year, taking part in captain’s practices in anticipation for the coming season.

“It’s nice, Seidenberg said of starting the preseason process in a situation with which he’s familiar. “I know everybody. I know what to expect, so I think I can just build on what I did last year. I’m really looking forward to getting started and just get going.”

After missing the playoffs with a lacerated tendon in his left forearm, Seidenberg said he is experiencing “no problems at all” and has felt healthy since June. He may begin wearing protective sleeves and socks to prevent any cuts in the future.

A teammate of Nathan Horton’s last season with the Panthers, Seidenberg echoed the winger’s comments about coming into a playoff atmosphere and how it should help Horton.

“I think he’ll flourish a lot. Florida I think can get old after seven years of there and just not being in a hockey city,” Seidenberg said. “I think being here is going to help him a lot, energize him, and I think he’ll be playing great here.”

The Panthers opened last season in Helsinki, Finland, so Seidenberg might know what to expect a bit this year when the team travels to Belfast and Prague. Seidenberg admitted that aspects of all the travel were “a lot to handle” at times, but called it a good experience.

A native of Germany, Seidenberg expects family to make the eight-hour drive to watch the B’s open the season October 9 against the Coyotes.

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