|Andrew Ference not worried about who gets the vacant ‘A’||09.16.11 at 2:58 pm ET|
Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference is a strong candidate (and, in one man’s opinion, the best candidate) to potentially wear the “A” that Mark Recchi wore for the Bruins last season. What does he think of joining captain Zdeno Chara and Patrice Bergeron as the letter-bearing Bruins?
“It’s not really on my radar,” Ference said.
Ference has certainly established a voice in the Bruins’ dressing room, but he’s happy that he’s on a team full of players who can be leaders. If he does end up getting the letter, Ference doesn’t planning how he approaches things.
“You see what Rex, how he wore it, and what he did with something like that. He didn’t go out of his way to try to be somebody he wasn’t,” he said. “I’ve mentioned that before with Zee, what a great leader he is because he just is himself. We have a group full of guys who have learned from Zee or Rex and learned those lessons, how Bergie carries himself.
“I think within the confines of the dressing room, I think we all know everybody has their own strengths of leadership, whether it’s by example or some guys are more vocal than others. So whether you have something on your jersey or not, I think you have a responsibility to add what you can to the dressing room. I don’t think it changes who you are or should be or anything like that. It just is what it is, and they’ve got to put it on somebody.”
|Heavier Tyler Seguin weighs in on second camp||09.16.11 at 2:16 pm ET|
Bruins second-year forward Tyler Seguin said Friday that he has gained “a bit more” than 10 pounds since the end of last season after spending the offseason working out in Toronto.
“I’ve gotten stronger,” Seguin said. “All my tests were better, so I definitely feel better, more confident and a bit more mature.”
Seguin spent the offseason working out in Toronto with former Maple Leafs strength and conditioning coach Matt Nichol. Other athletes who train with Nichol include Canadiens forward Mike Cammalleri and Lee Stempniak.
Seguin had 11 goals and 11 assists last season as a rookie. Having now established a roster spot, Seguin said the feeling entering camp now is far different from what it was when he came in last season.
“Last year I was really more blind coming in,” Seguin said. “This year, I know what to expect, so I’m excited to get going. Excited to take that experience into this year.”
Where he figures into the lineup this year is anyone’s guess, as he could remain on a retooled third line or potentially jump up to the second line and take the spot left vacated by Mark Recchi.
|David Krejci looking ahead to hockey, not his next contract||09.16.11 at 1:50 pm ET|
David Krejci is entering the final year of his contract and has communicated a message to his agent.
“I told him to leave me alone,” the Bruins’ first-line center said Friday after fitness testing at TD Garden.
Krejci is set to be a restricted free agent at season’s end, as he is in the last season of the three-year, $11.25 million deal he signed after the 2008-09 season. He likes Boston and would be happy with a new deal, but he made it clear that he doesn’t want to think about one until the sides agree.
“If there’s going to be some talk, [agent Larry Kelly]’s going to keep it to himself, and when he thinks there’s a good deal for me or something, he’ll let me know and I’ll decide. I told him to leave me alone. He knows that from my other contract. I’m going to be focused for a good start, and what happens happens.”
The 25-year-old led all postseason players with 12 goals over the Bruins’ championship run. As such, he’s focused on continuing the success that brought the Stanley Cup to Boston as apposed to worrying about the value of his next deal.
“Obviously, it’s nice that you make a living doing what you love to do, but that’s not why I play hockey,” Krejci said. “I started playing hockey when I was a kid because I loved it, and I still love it. What happens happens. If they’re going to offer me a deal, [general manager Peter Chiarelli] is going to talk to my agent, then he’s going to let me know and we’ll see what happens.”
A Boston Globe report recently stated that talks have opened between Krejci’s agent and the Bruins. Krejci showed he wasn’t kidding about asking to be left out of the loop, as he said Friday that the report was the first he’d heard of the sides talking.
“The first time I heard about it was when I saw on the internet that they’ve opened discussions. That was the first time I’d heard about it,” he said. “I wasn’t thinking about it at all this summer. I’m not going to be talking about it this season either. I’m just going to have a good year, help the team get to the playoffs. ‘¦ That’s where my mind is right now.”
While Krejci’s mind is on hockey, he’s also happy with where he is physically. Krejci spent the offseason following the 2009-10 working his way back from a wrist injury that both ended his playoffs and required surgery. Now coming off a completely healthy season and a relaxing offseason, Krejci is both refreshed and ready to start all over again.
“That was the best summer I’ve had in a long time, maybe in my life,” he said. “I know it was short. [The two years previous to last year] I had some injuries, so I had to do some rehabs and stuff. This one was short, but it was pretty good.”
Krejci had 13 goals in the regular season last year and 49 assists, with his 62 points making it the second highest total o his career. He had 73 in the 2008-09 season.
|Claude Julien: Stanley Cup hangover is real, and Bruins must avoid it||09.16.11 at 1:13 pm ET|
If things this time last year were about responding to one of the worst collapses in professional sports history, the Bruins can consider themselves fortunate to have a different frame of mind as they prepare for next season.
The coach made that clear Friday following the opening of training camp, as Claude Julien noted that it’s important for his players to not lose focus because they are the defending champions.
“What we accomplished last year really doesn’t matter this year,” Julien said. “It’s going to be starting from scratch and building our team up to go through the highs and lows of a season and battle through it and work your way into a playoff spot and be ready to battle for it. There’s a lot of things that need to happen throughout the course of the season for us to have success again.
“The famous Stanley Cup hangover that everybody talks about, I don’t think we should be different from anybody else. What we’ve got to be better at is how we’re going to handle it.’¦ Obviously it is a real thing, and we need to be ready this year even more than last year.”
|Some thoughts heading into Bruins training camp||09.15.11 at 10:52 pm ET|
The Bruins will return to TD Garden Friday as they officially open training camp with the thing every young hockey player dreams about: fitness testing. With rookie camp concluding on Friday, the players invited to camp will hit the Garden ice on Saturday.
Click here for the training camp roster, which is essentially the Bruins’ roster and the rookie camp roster (minus five players) with the addition of veteran tryout Chris Clark.
Camp will open with the roster spit into two squads, with each group holding their own practices for the early going. The Bruins will hold a black and white scrimmage in on the Providence Bruins’ ice at the Dunkin Donuts center on Tuesday, and they’ll play their first preseason game Wednesday in Ottawa, their first of two preseason meetings with the Senators.
The preseason schedule also features two contests against both the Islanders and Canadiens.
Here are the groupings:
Forwards: Jamie Arniel, Patrice Bergeron, Gregory Campbell, Nathan Horton, Alexander Khokhlachev, Lane MacDermid, Kirk MacDonald, Kyle MacKinnon, Daniel Paille, Benoit Pouliot, Calle Ridderwall, Yannick Riendeau, Tyler Seguin, Jamie Tardif, Shawn Thornton, Trent Whitfield.
Defensemen: Matt Bartkowski, Johnny Boychuk, Colby Cohen, Andrew Ference, Steven Kampfer, Nathan McIver, Zach McKelvie, Dennis Seidenberg.
Goaltenders: Anton Khudobin, Tim Thomas.
Forwards: Anthony Camara, Carter Camper, Jordan Caron, Stefan Chaput, Chris Clark, Craig Cunningham, Zach Hamill, Josh Hennessy, Chris Kelly, Jared Knight, David Krejci, Milan Lucic, Brad Marchand, Rich Peverley, Tyler Randell, Max Sauve, Ryan Spooner.
Defensemen: Andrew Bodnarchuk, Ryan Button, Marc Cantin, Zdeno Chara, Joe Corvo, Dougie Hamilton, Adam McQuaid, Kevan Miller, David Warsofsky.
Goaltenders: Michael Hutchinson, Tuukka Rask
There are a few things that come to mind when looking at the groupings. Here are some random notes attempted to be turned into something interesting:
– Some of the youngsters with little chance of making the team are at least paired with guys they can learn from. Take Group B for example. Camara, the Bruins’ their-round pick in June, is a gritty young winger with his fair share of fights in the OHL. He’s in the same group as Lucic, who could give him a bit of advice as one of the premier power forwards in the NHL.
Then there’s Hamilton, the ninth overall pick in June’s draft. Hamilton has long looked up to the 6-foot-9 Chara, the tallest player to ever play in the NHL. While Chara can’t teach the 6-foot-5 Hamilton how to be as tall as him, he can certainly help show the young defenseman the ropes.
– Group A has two defenseman who figure to last long into camp battling or the seventh defenseman spot in Bartkowski and Kampfer. Bartkowski made the Europe trip with the team last year and was the last guy cut from camp, but Kampfer ended up playing in 38 games for the B’s in an up-and-down rookie year. With Corvo figuring to take Kaberle’s spot in the lineup, the Bruins have a couple of young defensemen with NHL experience competing for the role McQuaid filled early on last season.
– One guy to watch will be Hamill, who was the eighth overall pick of the 2007 draft but has played just four games in the NHL. This is the final year of his entry level deal, and he’ll be a restricted free agent at season’s end. With open roster spots minimal, it will be interesting to see where Hamill stands amongst the other players likely destined for Providence this year.
– Speaking of high draft picks, 2010 second-rounders Knight and Spooner both impressed in camp last season before returning to the OHL. If a young player is going to push Caron for a roster spot, it could be Spooner or Knight, who had 35 and 25 goals in the OHL last season, respectively. The team told Spooner he needed to put the work into his body last year, and he spent the year cutting down his body fat, something for which the team has commended him.
– There are no questions as to which goalies will be on which team, an injury to Thomas or Rask is the only thing that could give Khudobin or Hutchinson even the smallest of chances of making the NHL team. Saturday will be Thomas’ first time on the ice with his teammates this preseason, as he was not at optional veterans’ practices.
|Bruins announce training camp roster||09.15.11 at 5:25 pm ET|
The Bruins announced their roster for training camp, which is set to open Friday. There are no shocks on this list or absent from it. Here’s the roster:
Forwards: Jamie Arniel, Patrice Bergeron, Anthony Camara, Gregory Campbell, Carter Camper, Jordan Caron, Stefan Chaput, Chris Clark, Craig Cunningham, Zach Hamill, Josh Hennessy, Nathan Horton, Chris Kelly, Alexander Khokhlachev, Jared Knight, David Krejci, Milan Lucic, Lane MacDermid, Kirk MacDonald, Kyle MacKinnon, Brad Marchand, Daniel Paille, Rich Peverley, Benoit Pouliot, Tyler Randell, Calle Ridderwall, Yannick Riendeau, Max Sauve, Tyler Seguin, Ryan Spooner, Jamie Tardif, Shawn Thornton, Trent Whitfield
Defensemen: Matt Bartkowski, Andrew Bodnarchuk, Johnny Boychuk, Ryan Button, Marc Cantin, Zdeno Chara, Colby Cohen, Joe Corvo, Andrew Ference, Dougie Hamilton, Steven Kampfer, Nathan McIver, Zach McKelvie, Adam McQuaid, Kevan Miller, Dennis Seidenberg, David Warsofsky
This means all but five players from the team’s rookie camp will be there when camp opens. Goalie Jared DeMichiel, forwards Dylan Hood, Adam Presizniuk and Conor Stokes and defenseman Charlie Dodero were those left off the roster.
|Dougie Hamilton ready for main camp||09.15.11 at 1:11 pm ET|
WILMINGTON — With rookie camp winding down, Bruins prospects have about to day to process what they’ve learned in the past week and figure out how to apply it when main camp officially opens on Friday. For some players, including Jared Knight and Ryan Spooner, it won’t be their first rodeo, but for 2011 ninth overall pick Dougie Hamilton, it will be uncharted territory.
“I think the first skate will be pretty cool,” Hamilton said after Thursday’s rookie practice at Ristuccia Arena. “I don’t really know what to expect. They’re obviously the pro guys, so you want to size yourself up to them and see what they’re like and what you need to do better and what you need to do to become an NHL player like them, so it’s going to be special going out there with them and kind of just learn from them and see what I need to do better.”
Hamilton hasn’t been around enough Bruins veterans to be able to pick their brains for what to expect, but he’s pretty close with someone who’s having a similar experience some 3,200 miles away.
Hamilton’s brother Freddie, a 2010 fifth-round pick of the Sharks, was not invited to main camp with the team last year, but like Dougie is set to wrap up rookie camp and hit the ice with the big boys. Neither figure to make strong pushes to make either team’s NHL roster, but to both be in similar spots in their careers (both played for Niagara of the OHL last year) is something that allows them to share their experiences.
“He’s helped me a lot with everything,” Hamilton said of his brother. “He’s doing [rookie camp] right now and he’s going to main camp. We’re kind of both going through the same thing right now on different coasts, so that’s cool.”
Brother Freddie isn’t the only OHL teammate Hamilton’s chatted with recently. When the Bruins and Islanders played their rookie games earlier this week, Hamilton faced Ice Dogs teammates Ryan Strome and Mitchell Theoret, who are both in rookie with the Islanders. Strome, selected one pick ahead of Hamilton in the draft, netted a pair of goals in Tuesday’s 7-2 Islanders’ win, one of which came off a funny bounce that, with Michael Hutchinson out of the net to play a dump-in, left Strome with an easy goal. Hamilton grinned as recalled telling his OHL teammate not to get too carried away with the tally.
“I don’t think he can brag too much about that one,” Hamilton said. “It’s pretty tough to miss those ones.”
Hamilton seems to be holding his own on the ice in the rookie practices, though his body isn’t yet what it figures to be by the time he reaches the NHL. The team would like the 194-pound Hamilton to add more weight, with the hope that he could end up in the 210 pound area to fill out his 6-foot-5 frame.
The biggest test for any of these players comes in the rookie games, as the game often features a high level of skill that’s yet to be fully polished. Top OHL players are donning NHL jerseys in games for the first time, and making their debuts in NHL arenas.
Hamilton certainly seems like a smart player on the ice, and though the Bruins’ offense never really got going in Tuesday’s game, he certainly knows when to be aggressive and pinch when to stay at the point in the offensive zone. Overall, Hamilton viewed the rookie games as a positive experience, though a different one.
“It’s a lot faster, a lot stronger guys, so you’ve got to step your game up and kind of play up to their level,” Hamilton said. “The guys are bigger and stronger, so it kind of pushes you. You’ve got to try to get your confidence up and be comfortable with that.”
The rookies will practice Friday at TD Garden before most of them, including Hamilton, join the veterans on the ice Saturday.
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