|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.
|09.22.10 at 10:26 am ET|
Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli announced Wednesday morning that the team released eight players from training camp: Adam Courchaine, Ryan Donald, Michael Hutchinson, Levi Nelson, Tyler Randell, Antoine Roussel, Jordan Smotherman and Cody Wild.
Donald, Smotherman and Roussel were released from their tryout agreements and will report to Providence Bruins training camp. Courchaine, Hutchinson, Nelson and Wild were assigned to Providence. Randell was returned to his junior team, the Kitchener Rangers.
With the cuts, 49 players remain in camp.
|09.21.10 at 11:03 pm ET|
The Bruins announced Wednesday’s roster for their scrimmage vs. the Canadiens. Mark Recchi said on Tuesday that he will play on a line centered by Tyler Seguin, with Blake Wheeler on the other wing. Gregory Campbell and Nathan Horton will join Seguin as the notable newcomers to the organization set to face the team’s biggest rivals.
Forwards: Bergeron, Campbell, Caron, Horton, McGrattan, Paille, Recchi, Reich, Sauve, Seguin, Spooner, Wheeler
Defensemen: Bartkowski, Bodnarchuk, Boychuk, Hunwick, McQuaid, Seidenberg
Goaltenders: Rask, Schaefer
|09.21.10 at 10:12 pm ET|
“As I stated on Friday, Marc Savard is suffering from symptoms related to post-concussion syndrome. He is under the care of our doctors. Any reports that suggest that there are any other issues regarding Marc, or him not playing for the Bruins this season, are completely inaccurate.
“Also, as I have previously stated, when there is a change in Marc’s status, I will issue an update.”
Earlier Tuesday, a source told ESPNBoston that Savard could miss the upcoming season with post-concussion syndrome. Savard has been held out of training camp thus far due to PCS symptoms, and according to the report, a source within the organization said that Savard’s case is “not a good situation.”
After the team’s “State of the Bruins” town hall meeting, Chiarelli spoke about why he felt it was necessary to send out clarification on the subject, a rare practice in a town where rumors fly at a rapid rate.
“It’s not normally my practice to respond to stories like that unless I feel like it’s completely contradictory to what I said, which is the case here,” Chiarelli said. “We issued that statement saying that everything is the same as it was when we started the camp with Marc, and when there’s a change, I’ll be the one to update you and there has been no change. The notion that he’s going to miss the whole year and [that] it’s this complex issue frankly is far from the truth.
“The symptoms related to post-concussion syndrome, that’s not diminishing that condition, but he’s in good spirits. He’s been seen by our doctors, he’ll continue to be seen by our doctors and he’ll be back shortly.”
Savard suffered the concussion on a March 7 hit from Penguins forward Matt Cooke. The play kept him out for the remainder of the regular season, though he did return for the Eastern Conference finals against the Flyers
|09.21.10 at 3:51 pm ET|
With Tim Thomas a notable absence from Tuesday’s practices, it is only natural to wonder just how much his workload will be cutdown as far as the short-term future goes. Thomas is recovering from offseason hip surgery, and after making appearances at captain’s practice earlier this month was held out of Monday’s intrasquad scrimmage.
Claude Julien, who has said that the team is taking precaution with Thomas in the preseason, said Tuesday that keeping the 2008-09 Vezina winner out of practice was simply “part of the process of giving him a little bit of rest in between those hard workouts.”
Julien noted that Thomas is expected to practice Wednesday and travel with the team for its preseason matchups with the Canadiens and Panthers. He did indicate, however that Saturday’s game against the Panthers at the TD Garden might be the soonest that Thomas, 36, sees preseason game action.
Regarding Wednesday and Thursday’s games, Julien said that the team’s intention is to go with a separate squad for each game, with no players participating in both matchups.
|09.21.10 at 3:20 pm ET|
There’s been a lot of hockey equipment talk coming from the Bruins over the last few days. The Joe Colborne neck guard post was supposed to be the lone tune of its genre played at this dance, but Blake Wheeler spoke at length Tuesday about switching up his skate of choice as he enters the 2010-11 season. After feeling that his second season in Boston featured more trouble turning and getting out of stops than usual, he’s sporting a new pair of CCMs this training camp.
“I had worn CCM skates my entire life,” Wheeler said Tuesday. “I gave Bauers a shot last year, and I don’t know, they didn’t really work out as well as I would have liked. It’s a great product, a great skate, and for me, I guess the best fit was [CCM].
“I feel different,” he added. “I feel a lot better out there and just a lot quicker and a lot more like myself. I’m able to make a little bit more one-on-one moves, be a little more effective.”
Wheeler said that he didn’t consider a change back to CCM during his sophomore season, nothing that “nothing felt wrong” for the most part during games, but that he did feel hindered in “crucial spots” when needing a burst in attempt to chase a puck or create a turnover.
“It was very frustrating for me,” Wheeler said. “I couldn’t really pinpoint it and once I threw these on this summer, I felt it right away. It was good to get that behind me.”
Though he’s glad to be back with CCM, Wheeler didn’t knock the Bauer product, likening the preference to one’s choice of shoe.
“It’s like anything else,” he said. “Some guys like Nike shoes, some like Adidas. It is what it is.”