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New CHL/NHL transfer agreement could allow Dougie Hamilton to play in OHL and NHL 09.07.12 at 3:42 pm ET
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While the Bruins announced some bad news regarding a potential lockout Friday by canceling their rookie camp, they have gotten some good news when it comes to having their top prospect in the 2012-13 season.

General manager Peter Chiarelli said that the NHL and CHL are in talks regarding a new transfer agreement that would allow players to start a locked out season with their junior clubs and then go to the NHL mid-season if there is to be a season. Chiarelli said he is unsure of how many players the B’s would be able to take back, but he said defenseman Dougie Hamilton would be their priority.

Because there had been no precedent set in the previous lockout (the season was cancelled rather than starting late), teams and players were unsure as to whether junior-eligible players (under 20 years old; Hamilton is 19) could start the season with their junior teams and then jump to the NHL. It appears now that they most likely will be able to, though it is not yet official and just how many players can do so remains unknown.

“We’€™re told they’€™re working on an agreement, and we’€™re told that there will be the ability to take players, in the event of a work stoppage, and it cutting into the CHL [Canadian Hockey League] season,” Chiarelli said. “There will be some type of ability to take players from their respective CHL teams. So, I’€™m hoping that that will be finalized, but at the very least I’€™m told that it’€™s expected to happen in the agreement. So, I mean, to the extent – I don’€™t know how many we can take, and I know that they haven’€™t done the agreement yet, but they’€™re working on it. So yes, if we can take one, I can tell you that [Hamilton] will be the one.”

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Bruins cancel rookie camp 09.07.12 at 3:38 pm ET
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The Bruins have cancelled their upcoming rookie camp and tournament due to CBA uncertainty, general manager Peter Chiarelli said Friday.

The camp was expected to open on Sept. 14, one day before the expiration of the current collective bargaining agreement. The team has not made any changes regarding their training camp, which is set to open on Sept. 21, and they plan to have select players who would have participated in rookie camp in attendance.

Brad Marchand gets four-year extension from Bruins 09.07.12 at 1:01 pm ET
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The Bruins announced Friday that they have signed forward Brad Marchand to a four-year contract extension with an annual salary cap hit of $4.5 million.

Marchand, 24, is entering the final year of a $5 million two-year deal he signed prior to last season. With Marchand locked up, the Bruins’ list of free agents following next season include restricted free agents Milan Lucic, Tyler Seguin, Jordan Caron and Tuukka Rask. Nathan Horton and Andrew Ference will be unrestricted free agents.

The 2006 third-round pick posted career-highs in goals (28) assists (27) and points (55) last season. He was second to only Seguin in Bruins goals in 2011-12. A surprise 21-goal-scorer as a rookie in 2010-11, Marchand added 11 more goals in the playoffs during the Bruins’ Stanley Cup run.

In addition to his speed, two-way play and penalty kill contributions, Marchand is known for his feisty play and tendency to get under opponents’ skin and has thus been suspended twice by the league. He was given two games in 2010-11 for elbowing R.J. Umberger in the back of the head, but his most notable punishment from the league was a five-game suspension for a low-bridge hit on Sami Salo last January against the Canucks.

Even prior to the Marchand signing, Seguin has been the most intriguing of the Bruins’ upcoming free agents. The B’s have only two $5 million forwards (David Krejci and Patrice Bergeron), but with the likes of Jordan Eberle, Taylor Hall and Jeff Skinner signing long-term deals with annual average values of $6 million or in the neighborhood ($6 for both Eberle and Hall, $5.725 for Skinner), it would appear the 20-year-old Seguin is due for a hefty pay raise.

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Bruins announce entry-level deal for Malcolm Subban 09.06.12 at 2:56 pm ET
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The Bruins announced Thursday that they have signed first-round pick Malcolm Subban to a three-year entry-level contract.

The deal will not begin until Subban turns pro, something that the 18-year-old netminder figures to be a ways away from doing. Given that goaltenders take longer to develop, it could be three or four years until Subban reaches the NHL.

Subban, the brother of Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban and top prospect (and Belleville Bulls teammate) Jordan Subban, had a 2.50 goals-against average and .923 save percentage in 39 regular-season OHL games last season. He was selected 24th overall by the Bruins in June’s draft.

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Bruins announce national TV schedule 08.30.12 at 4:52 pm ET
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The Bruins on Thursday announced their national television schedule for the upcoming season, something that obviously depends on when the season actually starts.

Starting with the first game of the season (Oct. 11 against the Flyers), the Bruins will have select games broadcast on the NBC Sports Network, while the first NBC game is the annual “Thanksgiving Showdown,” which they play the Friday after Thanksgiving. This season, the B’s will host the Rangers on Black Friday.

Following is the Bruins’ national TV schedule:

Bruins games broadcast on NBC Sports Network:
Thursday, Oct. 11, at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 27, vs. New Jersey, 7 p.m. (non-exclusive)
Monday, Dec. 10, at Detroit, 7:30 p.m. (non-exclusive)
Wednesday, Jan. 9, at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 13, at New York Rangers, 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 29, vs. St. Louis, 7 p.m.
Monday, Feb. 4, at Colorado, 9 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 6, vs. Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.
Monday, March 4, vs. Montreal, 7:30 p.m. (non-exclusive)
Wednesday, March 27, vs. Montreal, 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 10, at New Jersey, 7:30 p.m.

Bruins ‘€œflex’€ game on NBC Sports Network:
Sunday, March 31, at Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m.

Bruins Games Broadcast on NBC (all times Eastern):
Friday, Nov. 23, vs. New York Rangers, 1 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 17, at Chicago, 3:30 p.m.

Bruins ‘€œflex’€ games on NBC:
Sunday, March 10, at Washington, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 17, at Pittsburgh, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 13, at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m. (non-exclusive)

Players want to distribute list of divers, which is hilarious 08.23.12 at 11:53 am ET
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One of the topics discussed at Wednesday’s rule enforcement meeting in Toronto was one of the most maddening acts in the game: diving.

According to a report from NHL.com, the players attending the session — a group that included Jason Spezza, Kevin Bieksa and John-Michael Liles — “led an impassioned discussing on enforcing” Rule 64.1, which is the rule against diving/embellishment.

The players had an interesting idea, proposing that a list of “divers” can be distributed throughout the NHL so every team’s dressing room can have it and so officials can see it before each game.

While that’s a nice idea in theory, it gets a roll of the eyes from this scribe. Diving, embellishment or whatever you want to call it happens with every team, so that would be one hell of a list. Sometimes it’s more outrageous than others, but diving happens. Maybe it can go away with more discipline, but I’m not counting on it.

For example, Kevin Bieksa is leading the charge against divers? Bieksa committed perhaps the worst dive of the 2011 playoffs — and P.K. Subban certainly had some candidates in the first round — in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup finals in order to get a high-sticking call on Mark Recchi. But it happens. Andrew Ference did pretty much the same thing to get a call on Mason Raymond in the same series.

How much would a list really accomplish? Does any referee go into a Canadiens game unaware that Subban has been known to embellish calls?

Honest players do it and dishonest players do it. As much as fans want to think it only occurs with whichever team the home team is playing, diving is ubiquitous. Maybe it won’t be some day, but it’s prevalent enough these days for this “list” idea to seem laughable.

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Bruins players discuss plans for potential NHL lockout 08.22.12 at 8:39 pm ET
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LOWELL — Several Bruins players weighed in on the NHL’s situation regarding the collective bargaining agreement prior to Milan Lucic‘s Rock & Jock softball game Wednesday night. Among the things discussed were their potential plans for the coming season in the event that there is a lockout. The current collective bargaining agreement is set to expire on Sept. 15.

Lucic hasn’t been able to attend any meetings thus far, but he said he has paid close attention to the negotiations between the league and the players’ association. Executives from the league and NHLPA, including league commissioner Gary Bettman and NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr, met in Toronto Wednesday, but got nowhere. The negotiations were cancelled before they began, and the two sides will meet again Thursday.

“Obviously there’s a lot of stuff that needs to be resolved,” Lucic said. “There’s a lot of issues that are being talked about and there’s a lot of things that from a player and a union standpoint, that we want and obviously from an owner’s standpoint, what they want. You’ve heard Don and Gary talk about it, that there’s still a wide gap between the two sides coming together. Like I said, hopefully it can get resolved sooner than later, but from a union standpoint and a player standpoint, we’re just trying to make sure we get a fair deal and have whatever’s right.”

Dennis Seidenberg played in the AHL during the 2004-05 lockout, but he hinted at playing in his native Germany next season if the NHL isn’t an option. One draw of playing in Germany would be the opportunity to play with his younger brother, Yannic, who is a forward for Adler Mannheim of the German Hockey League.

“Well, my brother plays in Germany, so it would be nice to play with him if it gets to that point,” Seidenberg said, “but for now I haven’t put enough thought into it to say what I’m going to do.”

Added Seidenberg: “It would be nice to play with him again, but I hope it’s not going to happen.”

Finland native Tuukka Rask said he also isn’t sure where he’d play, but did say it’s unlikely that he would play in Finland. Tim Thomas played in Finland during the 2004-05 lockout.

“I’m sure a lot of guys are thinking Russia and stuff like that, but I don’t think I’d go to Finland,” Rask said. “Maybe I’d try something new, because I played in Finland and I know what it is. Nothing against the league or anything, but maybe I’d try something else.”

Lucic said he knows he might have to consider alternative plans for next season, but he isn’t doing so yet.

“I’m still hopeful that there will be a season,” Lucic said. “‘€¦ I’m still hopeful that hockey will be played [in the NHL] this season, but that’s something that I’m going to have to think about and make a decision on at a later date.”

Another noteworthy bit of information from the players is that they still plan on having informal practices in early September, as they do each season.

“I’ve talked to a lot of guys on the team, and it seems like a lot of guys are coming back — especially the ones with kids going to school — as if everything’s going to plan,” Lucic said. “The CBA only lasts until September 15, so we don’t have much time even if we do start in Wilmington, but definitely for us guys that are on the Bruins and are here in Boston, we’ll definitely be skating together and doing whatever until whatever needs to be resolved.”

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