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Chris Kelly, Dougie Hamilton practice with Bruins; Adam McQuaid absent

01.23.14 at 11:22 am ET
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WILMINGTON — Both Chris Kelly and Dougie Hamilton returned to practice Thursday at Ristuccia Arena. Adam McQuaid, who is out with a leg injury, was the only player missing from practice.

Kelly has been out since Dec. 7 with a broken fibula, while Hamilton has missed the last four games with a concussion. Kelly was wearing a grey (third line) jersey along with Carl Soderberg, Loui Eriksson and Ryan Spooner. With Kelly out of the lineup, Spooner has centered the third line.

“I was excited to come today,” Kelly said after the practice. “It’s been a little bit longer than I would have liked, but it’s all part of the process of getting better, and today was a good step in the right direction.”

Kelly said he isn’t sure when he will return to the lineup, but Claude Julien said that he will travel to Philadelphia for Saturday’s game and could be in the lineup within a week. The veteran center added that he “pushed it pretty good” in Thursday’s practice and felt good.

“I think I’ve done everything I need to do,” Kelly said. “Conditioning, I felt great. Obviously you can never simulate the physical aspect of the game, but I felt good out there today.”

Julien said it is unclear whether Hamilton will travel, as he hasn’t been cleared to take heavy contact yet.

Also on the ice for the B’s was Zach Trotman, who was recalled Thursday morning on an emergency basis. Trotman had been returned to Providence Tuesday after playing Monday’s game against the Kings. Though the Bruins were off Tuesday and Wednesday, Trotman was able to get a practice in with Providence on Wednesday.

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Bruins recall Zach Trotman

01.23.14 at 9:31 am ET
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WILMINGTON — The Bruins have recalled defenseman Zach Trotman from Providence on an emergency basis.  The team had recalled him for Monday’s game against the Kings and then sent him back.

Trotman’s recall comes with the Bruins still banged up on the right side of their blue line. Dougie Hamilton has missed the last four games with a concussion, while Adam McQuaid left Sunday’s game in Chicago and did not play Monday due to a leg injury. If neither are ready for Saturday’s game in Philadelphia, Trotman will see NHL action for the third time this season.

This is Trotman’s third recall of the season. In two games with the Bruins this season, Trotman has an even rating and is averaging 15:00 of ice time per game.

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Jack Edwards on S&H: ‘Peter Gammons commenting about hockey is like me commenting about women’s fashion’

01.22.14 at 8:08 pm ET
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NESN Bruins play-by-by man Jack Edwards vented his issues with an anti-NHL Peter Gammons tweet Wednesday during his appearance with Salk & Holley. For audio of Edwards’ appearance, check the Salk & Holley audio on demand page.

Edwards took a shot at Gammons during his call of Monday’s game against the Kings, disagreeing with Gammons’ tweet criticizing the actions of players and coaches in Saturday’s game between the Canucks and Flames.

 

Edwards made a fart noise Monday in response to the tweet, and followed up Wednesday on WEEI.

“I haven’t spoke to Peter directly,” Edwards said, “but on the other hand I haven’t seen him at a hockey game in about six years, either.”

Added Edwards: “Peter Gammons said, ‘This is why hockey will always be a minor sport.’ You know, Peter Gammons commenting about hockey is like me commenting about women’s fashion. It’s just absolutely not his spectrum. He has no validity. He has no credibility. If the guy were at the rink all the time, maybe we’d consider his opinion.”

Asked why he would need to be at games in order to form an opinion, Edwards said that one should be accountable and make themselves available to players after criticizing them.

“If you’re going to paint it with that broad a brush and speak from a position of being a Hall of Fame writer in any sport, you at least owe the guys about whom you’re talking the chance to refute it to your face,” Edwards said. “If you want to write something nasty, if you want to say something nasty, that’s fine. It is your obligation to be standing in front of the dressing stall the next time those guys play in your town. Period. That’s just having enough sack to show up. That’s all. Not to throw some broad side out there of, ‘Oh, that’s why hockey will always be a minor sport.’

“You know, Peter can have whatever opinion he wants. He can be as wrong as he wants. Hockey’s not a minor sport. Hockey is, in fact, the greatest sport in the world. I just can’t wait until other sports just decide that they’re above it all. And if there’s one sport in which you find guys who have an attitude that they think their poopy spells good, you know where to find it, and it’s not at the hockey rink.”

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Shawn Thornton on D&C: ‘I’m back to the way I was before’ suspension

01.22.14 at 3:28 pm ET
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Bruins forward Shawn Thornton talked with Dennis & Callahan on Wednesday about Canucks coach John Tortorella and his suspension, his own suspension and more. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

Tortorella was suspended 15 days for attempting to enter the Flames locker room after the first period of Saturday’s game, angry that Flames coach Bob Hartley started his fourth line. Tortorella responded with his fourth line, initiating a line brawl right after the opening puck drop.

While the former Rangers coach has come under criticism, Thornton said Tortorella deserves credit for standing up for his team.

“I love the that he always has his players’€™ back,” Thornton said. “€œThis has happened a few times with him, and it’€™s happened a few times in the league. Obviously the instance with him going down to the locker room probably makes it a lot more blown out of proportion, but this stuff happens.”

That said, Thornton said he isn’t sure Hartley’s intent was to have his fourth-line players mix it up.

“I don’€™t think that — and I don’€™t know because I’€™m not in the room — but I’€™m assuming when Hartley started his fourth line he wasn’t planning on a line brawl, he was just trying to start a line to get, maybe create some forecheck and then dump pucks in, get some momentum going for his team,” Thornton said. “We do it sometimes, too.”

Added Thornton: “You can start whoever you want. We [the B's fourth line] used to start all the time, probably two or three years ago. Our line started all the time. It was more to create momentum, not to drop the gloves.”

Thornton, who was suspended on Dec. 14 for 15 games after attacking Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik, says the suspension and league crackdown on violence hasn’t forced him to alter his style.

“I’m back to the way I was before. Nothing’€™s changed,”€ Thornton said. “€œIf I need to stick up for a teammate, I’€™ll stick up for a teammate. That hasn’t changed.”

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Bruins chat Wednesday at 1 p.m.

01.22.14 at 12:40 am ET
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With the Bruins off until Saturday, there’s plenty of time to discuss where they stand and what’s ahead. Chat Bruins with DJ Bean at 1 p.m.

 

Bruins sign Kevan Miller to two-year extension

01.21.14 at 6:09 pm ET
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Kevan Miller

The Bruins announced a two-year, one-way extension for Kevan Miller worth $1.6 million Tuesday. The 26-year-old defenseman’s deal will begin next season and run through 2015-16 with an annual cap hit of $800,000.

Miller has skated in 16 games for the Bruins, scoring one goal and contributing an assist for two points and seven penalty minutes. A right-shot defenseman, he has been in the lineup with fellow righties Dougie Hamilton and Adam McQuaid out.

The signing is a logical one for the Bruins. Should they see a future in Boston for him, he provides them with an NHL-caliber blueliner who can play on the third pairing or be the seventh defenseman. It also makes him more valuable in a potential trade, as was the case last season when the Bruins signed restricted free agent to be Matt Bartkowski prior to including him in last season’s deal-that-wasn’t with the Flames.

His presence long-term could also provide something of a redundancy with he and McQuaid, the latter of whom is in the second year of a three-year deal with an annual cap hit of $1.566 million.

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Bruins send Zach Trotman to Providence

01.21.14 at 12:01 pm ET
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The Bruins announced Tuesday that they have returned Zach Trotman to Providence.

Trotman was recalled for Monday’s game and played 13:19 in the Bruins’ 3-2 win over the Kings. The B’s had recalled Trotman Sunday evening because of Adam McQuaid’s leg injury.

The Bruins won’t play next until Saturday in Philadelphia, so they have time to see whether they’ll have McQuaid or Dougie Hamilton (concussion) back.

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