|09.15.10 at 10:40 am ET|
WILMINGTON — Michael Ryder, Blake Wheeler and Tim Thomas were among a fairly crowded group of veterans to take the ice Wednesday morning at Ristuccia Arena. Other vets in attendance included Nathan Horton, Milan Lucic, Shawn Thornton, and Tuukka Rask.
In other news, fans will get a taste of the future tonight at the Garden when Tyler Seguin, Joe Colborne and company will take on the Islanders youngsters in a rookie game. The puck drops at 7 there, so stick with the Big Bad Blog for as the Bruins top prospects get their first sample of the Garden ice.
|09.14.10 at 7:08 pm ET|
According to multiple reports, the Bruins have invited 29-year old enforcer Brian McGrattan to training camp for a tryout. McGrattan has played for the Senators, Coyotes, and Flames in his NHL career after being drafted by the Kings. In parts of five seasons, he’s racked up 395 penalty minutes.
McGrattan’s career-high in penalty minutes came in 2005-06, when he picked up 141 in 60 games. Last season, his first in Calgary, he played in 34 games, totaling four points and 36 penalty minutes.
Here’s one Bruins fans might remember from that 2005 season.
|09.14.10 at 5:46 pm ET|
|09.14.10 at 1:45 pm ET|
WILMINGTON — Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli had some nice things to say about that other center prospect in Joe Colborne, commending him on his improvements from rookie development camp earlier in the summer. Colborne on the other hand, has made no lie about how excited he is to skate at the Garden on Wednesday and Thursday for a pair of games against the Islanders rookies. Here’s the video of the two.
|09.14.10 at 1:45 pm ET|
|09.14.10 at 10:22 am ET|
WILMINGTON — After spending Monday in Bolton for the Bruins’ annual charity golf tournament, we’re back here at Ristuccia Arena for the third day of rookie practices. The same lines appeared to be out there as Sunday’s opening session in the first hour, with a shuffling occurring for the second session during special teams drills. Here’s how they looked:
Jamie Arniel – Tyler Seguin – Jordan Caron
Jared Knight – Joe Colborne – Max Sauve
Yannick Riendeau – Craig Cunningham – Ryan Spooner
Tyler Randell, Joe Pleckaitis, Antoine Rousel, Lane MacDermid and Walker Wintoneak rotated in and out during special teams drills.
The Bruins changed things up a bit and moved their noon captain’s practice up to before the rookie skate, meaning the vets are done for the day. Stay with the Big Bad Blog for what the rookies have to say Tuesday, their last day here before moving it to the Garden for a couple of games against Islanders rookies on Wednesday and Thursday.
|09.13.10 at 2:41 pm ET|
BOLTON — Cam Neely and Nathan Horton could be seen talking and laughing prior to teeing off at The International for the Bruins’ annual golf tournament on Monday. For Horton, his Bruins career has consisted of throwing out a first pitch at Fenway, playing street hockey with kids, scrimmaging with no coaches, surprising season-ticket holders by delivering their tickets with Milan Lucic, and now golfing. Given his excitement to be in Boston and factoring in all the aforementioned perks, one might dare to suggest that nobody is more excited for the 2010-11 season than Horton.
Except Neely, of course.
At his formal introduction as team president this summer, Neely spoke with passion of how the fans deserved more. Now on the other side of the offseason, Neely reinforced his line of thinking that the team has “unfinished business to take care of” and noted that he feels Peter Chiarelli and co. have put together “a much better club this year.”
Though Neely praised the talents of Horton and Tyler Seguin, the offseason’s other prize, he offered a unique perspective when discussing the subject of trade talks with returning players. Names such as Michael Ryder, Tim Thomas, and most notably Marc Savard came up frequently through either reports or speculation.
‘Speaking as a former player, you can’t worry about what’s out of your control. The way I looked at it when I was a player was, you hear about rumors and things that you can’t really control, you can’t worry about it.
“The only thing you can worry about are the stuff you can control, whether it’s in sports or in general. That’s how I approached it as a player and that’s how I would think most players would approach it. It’s always difficult if you hear your name mentioned in ways you don’t want it to be mentioned, but things you can’t control, you shouldn’t worry too much about.’
Neely knows a good amount about trades given the fact that he himself was dealt from the Canucks to the Bruins back in 1986. He can only hope that the team’s most recent trade for a big winger in Horton works out the way it did back then.