|09.14.11 at 2:48 pm ET|
The Bruins announced Wednesday that they have signed restricted free agent Brad Marchand to a two-year contract.
Renaud P. Lavoie of RDS in Canada was the first to report the deal, noting it is for $5 million and a $2.5 million cap hit.
Last season, Marchand made $821,667. He had 21 goals and 20 assists in the regular season as a rookie, and his 11 goals in the playoffs put him behind only teammate David Krejci for tops amongst all skaters.
Had he not signed this week, it was possible Marchand may have missed part of training camp.
|09.14.11 at 1:30 pm ET|
WILMINGTON — According to a tweet from ESPN’s James Murphy, the Bruins could finally sign restricted free agent Brad Marchand on Wednesday.
Tweeted Murphy: Brad Marchand’s agent Wade Arnott just told me: “We are closing in on a deal for Brad ‘ it will likely get done today.”
A deal for Marchand prior to Friday would save both sides the headache of what would essentially be a holdout. Without a deal, the risk involved in showing up to training camp and potentially being hurt would potentially prevent Marchand from showing up, though he’s participated in each veterans’ skate.
|09.14.11 at 1:26 pm ET|
WILMINGTON — In case being traded to the Bruins the day Tomas Kaberle signed with his team wasn’t enough of a hint, Joe Corvo is well aware that he’s in Boston to fill a role.
‘From what I hear, it’s some power-play time, some shots on the power play and getting it to guys, just moving the puck, skating the puck, trying to bring a little of the offensive flair to it and making plays with some of the guys on the team, the skill guys,” Corvo said Wednesday as he met the Boston media.
Shooting is something on which Corvo prides himself on, and something Kaberle rarely did in his days as a Bruin. It would seem it’s simply a difference in philosophy for the two players, as the pretty passes may now be absent with Kaberle gone.
‘He looks for the pass, looks to set guys up. If the shot’s there, I’m going to take it most of the time,” Corvo said. “I think a lot of power-play goals aren’t the cute, tic-tac-toe goals. A lot of them are rebound goals. And the more you hit the net and put it on goal, guys are going to be around the net and score.’
Corvo said the day Kaberle signed with the Hurricanes was a strange one, as he had known the Bruins were interested him but that a deal wouldn’t be made unless Kaberle signed with Carolina.
‘I had heard that it kind of hinged on him signing there, whether they would sign him there or what they were going to do,” he said. “But it was obviously a great surprised. I was just happy to kind of be in a market again where everybody’s so crazy about hockey and hockey’s so important. It’ll just be fun to play.’
More to come later on Corvo.
|09.14.11 at 1:15 pm ET|
WILMINGTON — When the Bruins signed forward Benoit Pouliot on July 1, any hockey fan with access to YouTube probably couldn’t stop laughing at the irony. The guy whom the fans hated and was even referred to as “one of the greatest disappointments of talent in National Hockey League history” by Jack Edwards was going to call TD Garden his home.
Now, you won’t find a more pro-Jack Edwards guy on the planet than me (UNH pride), but I’m not just defending Jack when I say he wasn’t the first to call Pouliot a bust. Pouliot was the fourth overall pick of the 2005 draft, and though his skill is undeniable, he hasn’t shown up enough on the scoring sheet. Last year, he had 13 goals in his fifth professional season, so it’s natural for people to wonder whether it’s a case of the 24-year-old not reaching his potential yet or a case of him being, as Jack said, a disappointment. He met the media Wednesday and shared his thoughts on that tag.
“I didn’t see it, but I heard about it,” Pouliot said of Edwards’ call. “I don’t really think about it. I don’t really listen to that kind of stuff. It’s their opinion, it’s the way people put it out there, but at the same time, in Montreal I had some good, good, good things happen to me. Playing on the third and fourth line helped me with my game a lot, defensively and the way I play in my own zone. It’s mostly good stuff.”
Pouliot had a rough go of it late in his tenure with the Canadiens. Game 3 — the game in which Edwards made his famous comments (“he’s a really high draft pick, but he’s never done anything with his talent.”) — would be the last of his Montreal career. Coach Jacques Martin cut him the rest of the way, so Pouliot was forced to watch the remainder of the series after playing 79 regular-season games.
“I don’t know. I think there was maybe a lack of trust between me and the coach,” he said. “At first when I got there, I think he played me 17, 18 minutes a game. Things went well, and then it kind of went downhill after that, but last year I had a good year on the third line, fourth line all year long, and it was more positives than negative stuff when I was Montreal.”
More to come on Pouliot.
|09.14.11 at 11:08 am ET|
WILMINGTON — The Bruins held another veterans’ practice Wednesday at Ristuccia Arena, with Benoit Pouliot making his first appearance in a Bruins’ sweater.
The former Canadiens and Wild winger is wearing No. 67 on his helmet. Anton Khudobin is also here for the first time this preseason. He was the only goaltender on the ice.
|09.13.11 at 9:38 pm ET|
One night after Ryan Spooner stole the show in New York with a five-point performance, the Boston rookies had a much harder time finding offensive production on Tuesday. The B’s rookies fell to the Islanders’ rookie squad Tuesday night by a 7-2 score at Nassau Coliseaum. The two squads split the two-game rookie series, as Boston was victorious in Monday night’s contest.
Former Northeastern forward Tyler McNeely led the way for the Islanders, registering a goal and three assists for New York. Goaltender Anders Nilsson made 38 saves on the night, holding a shutout until the third period, when he allowed goals to Craig Cunningham and Anthony Camara.
The Bruins’ rookies went 0-for-8 on the power play, though one lasted for just the final 7.1 seconds of the game. They failed to capitalize on a 5-on-3 that lasted 1:31, as they got seven shots on goal but failed to beat Nilsson.
Michael Hutchinson started the game for the B’s, allowing six goals through the first period before giving way to Jared DeMichiel in the third period.
The game featured four fights, three of which occurred in the first five seconds of the game. Camara, who had 132 penalty minutes for Saginaw (OHL) last season, was among those to drop the gloves for the B’s.
The youngsters will return to Boston, where they will wrap up their rookie camp this week.
|09.13.11 at 11:11 am ET|
WILMINGTON — After a long weekend off, the Bruins resumed veterans’ practices Tuesday at Ristuccia Arena.
The turnout for Tuesday was much greater than the first two skates, with Matt Bartkowski, Jordan Caron, Trent Whitfield, Chris Clark and Kirk MacDonald among the players to join in. The skate consisted of a scrimmage, with Tuukka Rask opposing three tires in the goaltending matchup.