|07.13.11 at 2:48 pm ET|
According to NHL.com’s E.J. Hradek, the Bruins would not go past two years when negotiating with free agent defenseman Tomas Kaberle. The unwillingness to give him a longer deal makes given that Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said that the term of the contract was the biggest stumbling block between the two parties the day Kaberle took a three-year, $12.75 million deal with the Hurricanes last week.
Writes Hradek: “One team source in Boston says the B’s would have done a one-year deal and possibly two years with Kaberle, depending on the price. They weren’t, according to the source, going to any further than two years.”
Another interesting note in the report is that the Hurricanes requested Kaberle keep up with the team’s conditioning program. Kaberle appeared to be out of shape in his time with the Bruins, and Hradek writes that the Hurricanes plan on giving the 34-year-old more than 20 minutes a night.
|07.12.11 at 4:22 pm ET|
A picture that Dougie Hamilton took with one of his idols this past year perhaps best illustrates how much being drafted can change things.
He won’t play in the NHL next season, but if he did, Hamilton would be the second-tallest defenseman on the Bruins. Having gained between a quarter of an inch and half an inch since the end of the season, the ninth overall pick in last month’s draft stands right around 6-foot-5.
Hamilton is used to being one of the taller guys out there, but he’s known since he was drafted that he won’t be the biggest Bruin. The Toronto native has long admired 6-foot-9 defenseman Zdeno Chara, and the prospect met the Stanley Cup champion at the team’s development camp.
“He just said, ‘Hi, I’m Zee.’ I told him congrats, and he said ‘you too,'” recalled an excited Hamilton after camp concluded.
It wasn’t Hamilton’s first time meeting Chara, but the last time the two met, the circumstances were much different.
“I went down to the room after a game this year in Toronto and took a picture with him,” Hamilton said. “I kind of thought about that picture when I met him [at camp]. It’s pretty cool. You’re a fan, and you’re seeing him and taking pictures with him, and a couple months later you’re shaking his hand and could be his teammate one day. It’s definitely cool.”
Perhaps the next time a picture is taken of the two, they’ll both be on the ice at the team’s training camp. When he makes the big club in a year or two, Bruins fans can picture a rather large defensive pairing, should they skate together.
“He makes me feel small,” Hamilton, who needs to add around 20 pounds before he will be at optimal playing weight, said. “I don’t really feel small too often, but he definitely [makes it seem that way].”
Hamilton showed off his skills over the five-day development camp at Ristuccia Arena. He projects to be a top-pairing defenseman when he eventually reaches the NHL. The 18-year-old hopes to weigh between 210 and 220 pounds by then, with general manager Peter Chiarelli saying that 210 pounds “would be great.”
|07.11.11 at 1:30 pm ET|
WILMINGTON — Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said after the team’s development camp that there is no news to report with regard to contract negotiations with restricted free agent Brad Marchand.
“We’ve continued to talk,” Chiarelli said. “We’ve had some discussion, and we’ll leave it at that.”
Marchand, 23, scored 21 goals and added 20 assists for 41 points in his rookie season, winning the team’s seventh player award. He finished second on the Bruins with 11 postseason goals, and his plus-12 rating put him in a tie for third on the B’s in the playoffs.
The young winger is the only Bruins’ restricted free agent. Given that they have qualified him, the team match any offer sheet Marchand signs with another club or lose him in exchange for draft pick compensation. Defenseman Shane Hnidy is the lone other unsigned player, but the B’s have told the restricted free agent that they will not be offering him a contract.
|07.11.11 at 1:29 pm ET|
WILMINGTON — Bruins coach Claude Julien discussed the Bruins’ offseason moves and their prospects on the final day of development camp Monday. The B’s lost Michael Ryder and Tomas Kaberle to free agency, replacing them with Montreal’s Benoit Pouliot and Carolina’s Joe Corvo.
In the case of Kaberle and Corvo, Julien said the 34-year-old Corvo can help the power play, much like Kaberle was expected to when the B’s sent a package of commodities (a 2011 first-round pick, a 2012 second-rounder and center Joe Colborne) to Toronto or the defenseman.
“It’s not about replacing [Kaberle] but taking on his role,” Julien said of Corvo. “I think you look at Corvo, who’s got a really good shot. He’s a player that may be a little bit more physical and more engaged. We’re going to have to work with him as far as making him understand the way we play here. And I think the way we play will certainly help him a little bit, because we don’t want him running around. We want him playing well positionally.
“Again, he skates well and he’ll move the puck well. That’s where Kaberle ‘¦ people that thought he underachieved a little bit. I think at the beginning we weren’t quite getting what we wanted. But once you saw him get a little comfortable, we’ve got to give him credit. He’s a smart player, he sees the ice well, makes good plays and that’s where his strength is. When you look at Corvo, his shot is going to be a lot better and hopefully on the power play which we did [get] some good shots from the back end, it will certainly help us.”
Corvo, for whom the Bruins traded a fourth-round pick, had 11 goals and 29 assists for 40 points last season. Kaberle had four goals and 43 assists for 47 assists with the Maple Leafs and Bruins in the regular season. He signed a three-year, $12.75 million deal with Carolina last week.
|07.11.11 at 11:40 am ET|
WILMINGTON — The final day of Bruins’ development camp kicked off Monday morning with a final power skating session conducted by instructor Besa Tsintsadze. The session featured plenty of interesting drills, including one in which players had to position their sticks upright, spin around, and grab a hold of their sticks before they could move.
A scrimmage followed, with plenty of special teams work sprinkled in. Coach Claude Julien once again took to Ristuccia Arena to watch the prospects, and he had a rare offseason with the media. Check back for more from Julien and the B’s youngsters.
|07.10.11 at 1:12 pm ET|
WILMINGTON — With Bruins coach Claude Julien looking on from the stands, the organization’s youngsters followed their Sunday morning practice with a scrimmage. While a shootout and special teams work were mixed in, the black squad bested the white group by a 3-1 margin.
Forward Justin Florek factored into all three black goals, scoring two and assisting a Brian Ferlin strike. Third-round tough guy Anthony Camara scored the white squad’s only goal. The Bruins’ sixth-round goalies each allowed two goals, with 2010 sixth-round pick Zane Gothberg allowing a goal for each team and this year’s sixth-rounder Lars Volden allowing two goals.
|07.08.11 at 3:02 pm ET|
WILMINGTON — The Bruins may have two of the best goalies in the NHL, and now they have the man responsible for one of the most impressive (if not luckiest) saves you’ll ever see.
A simple YouTube search of “Lars Volden” will yield a video of the Noreweigen goalie absolutely robbing a Valerenga forward in 2009 while playing for the Stavenger Oilers of GET-Ligaen. Though the puck bounced off Volden’s right pad and through his legs, he hooked his foot back at the goal line to keep the puck out.
“It was a one-timer, it hit inside my [pad], and it bounced back,” Volden recalled. “I just felt something weird between my legs. I just turned around and kicked it out.
“It looks good, but it was a pretty lucky save, I think,” he added with a laugh.
Of course, the Bruins have set the bar high when it comes to making big saves. Tim Thomas‘ save on Steve Downie in the third period of Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals was arguably the best save any NHL goaltender in this season. Volden tried to watch the Stanley Cup playoffs as much as he could before eventually being drafted by the champions.
“I followed it a little bit, but it’s so late with the time difference. When I got drafted, I didn’t have any words to say. I was so happy, and now I’m so proud to be a part of this organization. I’m really happy about it.”