|09.24.10 at 3:04 pm ET|
Mark Recchi‘s name as been tied in with every Tyler Seguin discussion since the Bruins drafted the young forward. Given Recchi’s experience and knowledge of both the game and the league, it’s only natural to assume he will serve as a mentor to the young superstar.
Speaking Friday, Recchi was of course asked about Seguin, who he called an “extremely skilled” guy who’s “in a great opportunity to continue to grow as a player.” From his perspective, Seguin isn’t the only youngster who has impressed in camp, and certainly not the only one who might appreciate a word or two of advice from a veteran.
“It’s a growing process for these guys. They get nervous,” Recchi said. “Going to Montreal — it’s probably the first time [Jordan Caron] has played in [the Bell Centre] — and being a French-Canadian, it’s pretty nerve-racking for those kids. I think he handled it well, and I think he’s going to continue to get better.”
Recchi doesn’t mind doing what he can to help the young players get acclimated with the professional setting. Now 42, he looks back on his early days in the league.
“Right now, it’s just trying to make them comfortable, feel part of it, always saying hi to them, always tapping them. It makes kids feel good. I was there one day, when I had Bryan Trottier tapping me on the shin pads. It makes you feel pretty good, so right now the biggest thing is making sure that they feel welcomed and they feel part of it.”
Recchi spoke highly of how some of the organization’s younger guys, including calling second-round pick Ryan Spooner a “heck of a hockey player.”
“[Ryan] Spooner has opened a lot of eyes to me,” Recchi said. “He’s a heck of a hockey player.” Though guys like Seguin and Spooner would have to make the team or return to juniors, Recchi noted that the likes of Matt Bartkowski and Steve Kampfer could prove valuable as callups during the season.
“It’s great to have that kind of depth,” Recchi said. “If you have it, it makes it a lot easier, that’s for sure.”
|09.24.10 at 12:54 pm ET|
The Bruins announced Friday that they have released nine players from training camp. They consist of Andrew
Bodnarchuk, Ryan Button, Craig Cunningham, Jordan Knackstedt, Jared Knight, Lane MacDermid, Kirk MacDonald, Jeff Penner, and Joe Rullier.
Bodnarchuk, Knackstedt, MacDermid and Penner were all sent to Providence. Rullier and MacDonald were released from their tryout deals. MacDonald will report to the Providence’s camp.
The rest of the players will return to their respective junior clubs. Cunningham has already been named caption of the WHL’s Vancouver Giants.
|09.24.10 at 12:45 pm ET|
The Bruins split up into two groups that featured members of both of this preseason’s squads. Tim Thomas and Tuukka Rask both took the ice, which is encouraging as we keep an eye on just how many days off Thomas gets as he recovers from offseason hip surgery.
Though it’s still preseason and the team likely isn’t done trying things out, the top two lines on the ice friday were Lucic-Krejci-Horton and Seguin-Bergeron-Recchi. It’s very difficult to imagine those not being the top two lines on Oct. 9 when the team opens the season in Prague against the Coyotes.
The other lines out there on Friday morning consisted of Gregory Campbell, Jamie Arniel and Brian McGrattan, as well as Jordan Caron, Ryan Spooner, and Max Sauve.
|09.24.10 at 1:01 am ET|
A night after beating the Canadiens in Montreal, the Bruins were handed a 3-2 defeat by the Panthers at Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, NY. David Booth led the scoring charge for the Panthers with a pair of goals, while former Bruin Dennis Wideman notched a tally of his own.
Steve Kampfer and Jeff LoVecchio scored for the Bruins, who with the loss saw their young preseason record fall to 1-1 on Thursday. The team continues its preseason schedule with a rematch with the Panthers at the Garden on Saturday.
Nathan Horton and Gregory Campbell, both of whom were acquired in the deal that sent Wideman to Florida in June, did not face their club of a year ago, as the team elected to separate the roster into two squads to begin the preseason. Both players played in Wednesday night’s game, with Horton picking up a goal agains the Habs.
|09.23.10 at 5:13 pm ET|
According to Kevin Wozniak of Let’s go Amerks, the lines for Thursday night’s preseason game between the Bruins and Panthers are as follows (notice a couple of old friends in the Florida lineup):
David Booth ‘ Stephen Weiss ‘ Michael Frolik
Christopher Higgins ‘ Steven Reinprecht ‘ Cory Stillman
Kenndal McArdle ‘ Marty Reasoner ‘ Byron Bitz
Andrew Peters ‘ Adrian Foster ‘ Bill Thomas
Bryan Allen ‘ Erik Gudbranson
Bryan McCabe ‘ Dimtry Kulikov
Keaton Ellerby ‘ Dennis Wideman
Also, the Bruins won’t have 97th overall pick Craig Cunningham playing in their system this season. Currently at 48 of 50 allowed contracts and over the cap, the Bruins elected not to sign Cunningham, who will return to captain the Vancouver Giants of the WHL. The team has until June 1, 2011 to get a deal done before they lose the 20-year-old’s forward’s rights.
|09.23.10 at 2:11 pm ET|
Bruins forward Shawn Thornton joined Dale & Holley on Thursday afternoon. As he prepares to play in the team’s preseason game with the Panthers Thursday night, he took time to shed light on Tyler Seguin, who contributed an assist in the B’s 4-2 victory over the Canadiens Wednesday. Seguin, chosen second overall in the NHL draft in June, has received plenty of attention since coming to Boston, but Thornton said his case is much different than that of top overall pick Taylor Hall.
“It’s not as bad as it probably is in Edmonton [with Hall],” Thornton said of any pressure being placed on the rookie. “The good news is that we’ve had a good team ever since I’ve been here. The team’s been competitive, made it to the second round the last couple of years. He’s not expected to come in and turn this franchise around, whereas some other kids might be when they’re picked in that third, second, or third slot. We have a great bunch of guys. We already have superstars on our team and we don’t need him to step right in and dominate, but if he does, great. We’re going to take it, but I don’t think there’s as much pressure as [one] would think.”
“I’m going into my 14th year and I staple myself to Mark Recchi and follow him wherever he goes,” Thornton said. “He’s going to the Hall of Fame soon enough. There’s a bunch of good vets here, but obviously he’s been around the longest and the type of player that he’s been throughout his whole career is probably a good fit for Tyler to latch on to.”
Next week, the team is set to depart for Belfast on Wednesday, where they will play an exhibition game with the Belfast Giants before heading to Prague for another exhibition and two games with the Coyotes to open the regular season. Thornton said the trip should help team chemistry.
“I’m a big believer in team building and team bonding. I think it helps, especially in our sport,” Thornton said. “I don’t know if any of the other sports are really as team-oriented as hockey. We have a tight bunch of guys to begin with, and given that, it’s going to probably bring us together even more.
“I like the fact that we’re going over there. I’m excited to get to both places, and all the guys — everybody I talk to — are really excited to get over there.”
|09.22.10 at 10:14 pm ET|
Carey Price was replaced halfway through the second period of the Bruins’ and Canadiens’ preseason opener, but that may have been too late. The Bruins scored four goals on the Habs’ netminder, two of which came from Patrice Bergeron, in a 4-2 victory at the Bell Centre. The game featured a short-handed tally from each team, with Rask playing the entire game.
The first period featured the bulk of the Bruins’ scoring, as they went to the first intermission with a 3-0 lead. Nathan Horton, acquired in June in a trade with the Panthers, scored the Bruins’ first goal of the game, beating Habs’ goaltender Carey Price gloveside. The assists went to Matt Bartkowski and Ryan Spooner. Second overall pick Tyler Seguin orchestrated a Johnny Boychuk power play goal that also featured Bartkowski’s second assist, while Patrice Bergeron scored one of his two goals on the night at 15:20 of the period.
The Tyler Seguin – Patrice Bergeron – Mark Recchi line that impressed during Monday’s black/white scrimmage made its debut in the second period. Blake Wheeler, who began the game on Seguin’s wing, was tried at center in the second period. Claude Julien said Wednesday that the team’s plan was to get a look at Wheeler as a center, his position prior to joining the Bruins.