|Joonas Kemppainen signs 1-year deal in KHL||05.14.16 at 1:02 pm ET|
Center Joonas Kemppainen has signed a one-year deal to play for Sibiu Novosibirsk of the KHL, according to agent J.P. Barry. Kemppainen spent last season in the Bruins’ organization, marking the only season of the 28-year-old’s career spent in North America.
Kemppainen attempted to become an NHL regular after nine seasons in the Finnish Elite League. The Finland native, who came to the Bruins on a one-year deal with a reputation for being a stout defensive forward with faceoff prowess, proved no better than mediocre in each aspect of the game in the NHL and was limited to just five points (two goals, three assists) in 44 games. He also played 11 games for Providence of the AHL, scoring one goal and adding four helpers for five points.
It’s possible that Kemppainen will have company in leaving the Bruins organization for the KHL. Russian forward Alexander Khokhlachev, whom Boston drafted 40th overall in the 2011 draft, is unhappy with his usage within the organization. CBS Boston’s Matt Kalman reported earlier this month that Khokhlachev, who played in Russia during the 2012 lockout, intended to return to the KHL.
|Brad Marchand and Brendan Gallagher are friends, which makes sense because Brendan Gallagher likes everyone||05.11.16 at 3:26 pm ET|
As could be seen with his Andy Dalton admiration in the Road to the NHL Winter Classic show, it doesn’t take much for a professional athlete to impress Brendan Gallagher.
Yet the Canadiens forward’s latest friendship should raise some eyebrows, as it’s with Brad Marchand. The two have bonded while playing for Team Canada at the World Championships in Russia. Earlier this week, the two offered to jump one another for the sake of getting Connor McDavid on the cover of NHL ’17.
“It’s been the worst part about this trip,” Gallagher said in an interview with TSN. “He turned out to be a pretty good guy.”
While the two discussed how they’ve gotten along, they were also given the opportunity to share their grievances with the other player.
“When he does something, he always acts like he’s not sure what he did,” Gallagher said of Marchand. “He knows exactly what he did, but he puts his arms up and looks around like he’s the most innocent guy on the ice. He knows exactly what he did.”
Marchand said that Gallagher spears players and slashes them off the faceoffs, adding, “I’m not saying I don’t do that, too.”
Watch the full interview here.
|Red Wings hire former Bruins assistant coach Doug Houda||05.10.16 at 1:29 pm ET|
There was some fear that if the Bruins fired their head coach, he might end up in the Atlantic Division coaching against them.
Instead, it was assistant coach Doug Houda who was canned, and guess what? Same outcome.
The Red Wings announced Tuesday that they had hired Houda as an assistant coach to replace the departed Tony Granato. Houda, a former NHL defenseman who was teammates with Zdeno Chara with the Islanders, joined the Bruins as an assistant coach in 2006 under Dave Lewis and stayed on from the hiring of Claude Julien until Houda’s dismissal last month.
The Bruins have not made a formal announcement on the futures of assistant coaches Doug Jarvis and Joe Sacco, neither of whom have contracts.
|Bruins to play Canadiens in Quebec City exhibition game||05.10.16 at 12:46 pm ET|
The Bruins and Canadiens will play a preseason game in Quebec City on October 4, the Habs announced Tuesday.
The teams did not play each other in preseason action this season, though they did in the previous two years. The B’s went 2-3-0 against Montreal in regular-season play this season.
For those interested in making the trek, tickets go on sale Saturday at evenko.ca.
|Brad Marchand injured at World Championships||05.09.16 at 1:54 pm ET|
According to TSN’s Darren Dreger, Brad Marchand aggravated an injury in Monday’s 8-0 win over Belarus at the World Championships in St. Petersburg.
Marchand missed only two games due to injury this season: Boston’s third and fourth games of the season after he suffered a concussion on Oct. 10. As such, he played through whatever injury he ended up reaggravating on Monday.
Brad Marchand aggregated pre-tourny injury, but Team Canada staff expects he will be fine. Not related to high hit in 2nd period.
— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) May 9, 2016
Marchand isn’t exactly out of commission, as he was able to take part in this publicity stunt to get Connor McDavid on the cover of the NHL ’17 video game:
— Brendan Gallagher (@BGALLY17) May 9, 2016
— Brad Marchand (@Bmarch63) May 9, 2016
|Bruins announce development camp schedule||05.04.16 at 4:57 pm ET|
The Bruins announced their development camp schedule on Wednesday. The annual prospect camp will be held July 12-15 at Ristuccia Arena.
The roster for the camp has yet to be announced, though it figures to include the team’s picks from next month’s draft as well as other B’s prospects who have yet to turn pro.
This will be the last prospect camp held at Ristuccia, as the team is expected to move into its new practice facility in Brighton next season.
|Frank Vatrano added to US Men’s national team||05.03.16 at 4:20 pm ET|
Bruins forward Frank Vatrano has been added to the US Men’s national team for the IIHF’s World Championship, which will be played this month in Russia.
Vatrano is coming off his first professional season. The East Longmeadow native and UMass-Amherst product had 36 goals in 36 AHL games and added eight goals in 39 games for Boston. Vatrano finished the season with 55 points at the AHL level and 11 points in the NHL.
The tournament will be helped May 6-22 in Moscow and St. Petersburg.