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Tyler Seguin admits he could have done things differently, but regrets nothing

11.04.13 at 3:10 pm ET
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Tyler Seguin

Tyler Seguin

Tyler Seguin is back in town, and on Monday he met with the Boston media for the first time since being traded to the Stars on July 4.

As Peter Chiarelli said, the former second overall pick was traded for a number of reasons, some of which were beyond Seguin’s control. As for the things that Seguin could control, the 21-year-old admitted that he might still be here had he done some things differently, but ultimately he didn’t seem overly remorseful over how things ended.

“I think there were obviously some decisions that I could have made differently, but in the end, people make mistakes,” Seguin said. “Everyone does. I don’t think I regret too much. I’ve faced up to all the music already and I’ve moved on here. I’m very excited to be in Dallas.”

Added Seguin: “Any decisions I made never really affected my job when I came to the rink or ever affected my work ethic.”

Cap reasons and his willingness to compete were two big reasons as to why the B’s moved on from Seguin, but there were also off-ice concerns with Seguin. Most notably, the team needed to hire a security guard to make sure he didn’t sneak out of the team hotel the nights before home games in the playoffs.

Seguin liked it in Boston. He was the best of friends with Brad Marchand, was on a team that regularly contended for the Stanley Cup and was a fan favorite. Asked if he feels a day will come when he regrets the way things played out in the end, Seguin said he wouldn’t take anything back.

“‘Regret’ is not a word I’m using,” he said. “When I look back, I guess you could [say] there was a process, and here we are.”

Overall, Seguin spoke fondly of his time in Boston. He admitted that he has no idea what kind of reception he’ll get from the Garden fans Tuesday, but he enjoyed his time calling it home.

“There’s so many great memories here,” he said. “Obviously my first year, being lucky enough to win a Stanley Cup, and my second year, going to my first All-Star game and leading the team in points, and then last year going to the Cup finals again, there’s some tremendous memories here. It’s a good feeling when I come here. I know I’m not a part of Boston anymore, but it’s always going to be a part of me. I’m still going to visit in the summers all the time, so it’s nice to be here again.”

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John Scott texted Loui Eriksson to apologize for hit

11.04.13 at 1:38 pm ET
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Bruins forward Loui Eriksson said Monday that John Scott sent him a text message to apologize for an elbow to the head that left Eriksson concussed and Scott suspended for seven games.

“He texted me and wrote me an apology,” Eriksson said. “That was good by him.”

Eriksson is nearing a return to the lineup after practicing and taking contact Monday. As for what he felt about the hit, Eriksson said it wasn’t pretty, but he was relatively measured in speaking about it.

“I didn’t remember the first two minutes after I got hit,” Eriksson said. “I’ve seen the replay, and it wasn’t the prettiest hit. The league made a decision to suspend him for seven games, and they took a good look at it. It’s a bad hit, and I don’t have more to say about that.”

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Brad Marchand talks Mike Napoli shirtless celebration, early season struggles

11.04.13 at 1:17 pm ET
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Brad Marchand

Brad Marchand

Mike Napoli spent this weekend celebrating the Red Sox’ World Series victory in a shirtless, drunken fashion.

Brad Marchand would know a thing about that. He celebrated the same way when the Bruins won the Stanley Cup in 2011, and he said seeing the pictures of Napoli brought back memories.

“Yeah, I did,” Marchand said when asked if he saw how Napoli had celebrated. “I did it first, though.”

That was the lightest moment in a conversation that centered mostly on Marchand’s underwhelming start to the season.

Playing between the second and third lines, Marchand has just one goal and three assists with a minus-3 rating through 13 games, hasn’t been his usual aggressive self and has been a turnover machine. He certainly spoke Monday like a player whose confidence has taken a hit.

“I thought I trained as hard this summer as I did any summer,” Marchand said. “I came in and things aren’t going right. It’s definitely frustrating when you can’t pinpoint exactly what’s going wrong. It just seems like everything’s going wrong right now.

“I think it’s more about effort right now and working hard. Normally when you do that and you work harder than you ever have, it will come together.”

When asked about Marchand’s game, Claude Julien was rather blunt.

“He’s not playing the way he should,” the coach said. “There’s nothing coming out of his game right now. … He’s really struggling to find his game, and sometimes you’ve just got to work your way through it.

“Brad is a good skater, and I don’t think he’s skating as well as he can. He’s obviously much better with the puck at managing it, and he hasn’t been great at that either. I think a lot of that is a result of frustration and putting a lot of pressure on himself. It’s not making it any easier.”

Asked if Marchand’s struggles have gotten to the point where a healthy scratch could be in order, a la Milan Lucic last season, Julien laughed and was noncommittal.

“That’s something I’ll address when the time comes,” Julien said., adding: “I go day by day, and if I feel it’s necessary, trust me, I’ll do it.”

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Loui Eriksson takes contact, could return Tuesday vs. Stars

11.04.13 at 12:49 pm ET
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Loui Eriksson

Loui Eriksson

Both Loui Eriksson and Johnny Boychuk were on the ice for Monday’s practice, with Eriksson participating fully and taking contact for the first time since suffering a concussion last month against the Sabres.

Claude Julien also tweaked his lines a bit, moving Reilly Smith down to the third line and having Jordan Caron as the extra forward on Patrice Bergeron‘s line.

Lucic – Krejci – Iginla
Marchand/Caron – Bergeron – Eriksson
Soderberg – Kelly – Smith
Paille – Campbell – Thornton

After practice, Eriksson said that he hopes to return to the lineup Tuesday against his former team.

“The head is getting better and I’m feeling pretty good right now,” he said. “We’ll see about tomorrow. I still have some testing to do, but I’m feeling much better than when I got hit.”

It was just last Monday that Julien had said that Eriksson was “at least” a week away from skating, but he’s zipped through the stages of protocol and could potentially play Tuesday.

“As long as you’ve passed all the different stages of the protocol, you’re good,” Julien said. “He went through one and felt good, then skated, then skated with us on the Island and he skated again yesterday. He’s had no issues so far. Today he had the opportunity to have a full workout with the team, and he still has to go through some tests before he’s cleared, and we’ll go day by day with his situation.”

As for Boychuk, Julien said the defenseman is still considered day-to-day. Boychuk left Thursday’s game against the Ducks after crashing into the boards in the second period and did not play Saturday against the Islanders.

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Report: Bruins send Ryan Spooner back to Providence

11.03.13 at 3:22 pm ET
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According to Kirk Luedeke, the Bruins have sent forward Ryan Spooner back to Providence. Spooner was recalled Thursday and has played in the Bruins’ last two games, picking up a secondary assist in each contest.

With Spooner back in Providence, the Bruins can insert Jordan Caron back into the lineup after the 23-year-old spent the last two games as a healthy scratch. It is also an indication that Loui Eriksson, who is back skating, is getting closer to making a return to the lineup.

Eriksson skated in Saturday’s morning skate (non-contact), and it is currently unknown whether he has been cleared to take contact. Whether he participates in practice Monday will be very telling in that regard.

For more on the Bruins, visit weei.com/bruins.

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Thomas Vanek up to old tricks as Bruins fall to Islanders

11.02.13 at 9:38 pm ET
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The ups and downs continued for the Bruins Saturday night, as they fell to 8-5-0 on the season with a 3-1 loss to the Islanders ad Nassau Coliseum.

With Tuukka Rask getting his second game off this season and Chad Johnson in net for the B’s, the Bruins were unable to do damage against Islanders net minder Kevin Poulin, who has making his third start of the season.

After the teams skated to a scoreless first period, the Islanders jumped out to a 2-0 lead thanks to goals from John Tavares and Andrew MacDonald. The Bruins got on the board with a power play goal from Dougie Hamilton, but newly acquired Islanders forward Thomas Vanek kept up his Bruin-killing ways by making it 3-1 less than a minute later on a 2-on-1.

The Bruins will return to Boston, where they will begin a five-game home stand Tuesday against the Stars.

WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE BRUINS

- The Bruins have had quite a few rough nights defensively this season, something that usually doesn’t happen around these parts. From poor breakouts to getting caught flat-footed in the neutral zone, the B’s are clearly still seeing some growing pains from their young blueliners. Torey Krug got a penalty out of it when Brock Nelson took a pass at the Bruins blue line and blew past him on a breakaway, causing Krug to hook Nelson and spend the next two minutes in the box.

The B’s gave up too many odd-man rushes, which ended up burning them.

- The Bruins actually came out strong in the beginning of each of the first two periods, but they trailed off in both cases. Considering that the Islanders were playing the second game of a back-to-back, that wasn’t enough to cut it.

- Thomas Vanek plus points equals points for Thomas Vanek, and a change of uniform hasn’t changed that. Facing the B’s for the first time since being traded from the Sabres to the Islanders, Vanek picked up a pair of points with the primary helper on Tavares’ goal and the goal that followed Soderberg’s tally.

Vanek’s second-period goal marked his 500th career point. It was also his 30th goal and 59th point against the Bruins in 51 career games.

- The Bruins missed a pair of golden opportunities in the third period. With Taveres in the box and the B’s on a power play, Torey Krug fed Zdeno Chara with a pass in the high slot, and with Poulin committed to Krug, Chara had an open net but missed. Shortly after the expiration of the penalty, Chris Kelly’s line failed to finish in front as well.

WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE BRUINS

- It really wasn’t a dazzling night for the Bruins, but Carl Soderberg’s confidence should be on the rise given that the work he put in out in front of Poulin on the Bruins’ second-period power play was a big reason as to why the puck Hamilton threw on net from a wide angle went in.

- Ryan Spooner picked up the secondary assist on Hamilton’s goal, giving him two points (both assists) in two games since being recalled Thursday.

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Loui Eriksson skates with Bruins teammates

11.02.13 at 12:31 pm ET
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Loui Eriksson took the ice with his Bruins teammates for morning skate at Nassau Coliseum Saturday, marking the first time he’s stated since suffering a concussion last Wednesday against the Sabres.

Morning skates are non-contact and are usually a good opportunity for teams to get rehabbing players back on the ice with the rest of the team. Claude Julien had said Friday that Eriksson had passed the exertion test required to begin working out.

Johnny Boychuk, who is day-to-day after crashing into the boards in the second period Thursday against the Ducks, was not on the ice Saturday.

For more on the Bruins, visit weei.com/bruins.

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