|Zdeno Chara returns to practice, Joe Corvo absent||09.21.11 at 11:27 am ET|
WILMINGTON — Just hours before the B’s preseason opener in Ottawa, the team held a pair of practices Wednesday morning at Ristuccia Arena. The first hour-long session featured the players dressing for the contest, with non-game players skating in the second session. (For Wednesday’s roster, click here).
Zdeno Chara, who is not playing, returned to the ice for the first time since leaving Monday’s practice with a left leg contusion. Joe Corvo, who left Tuesday’s black and white scrimmage with a lower body injury, did not practice.
Third-round pick Anthony Camara was not on the ice, suggesting he may have been cut from camp. We’ll have more on that after Claude Julien speaks to reporters.
|Bruins announce roster for preseason opener||09.20.11 at 10:13 pm ET|
PROVIDENCE — The Bruins released the schedule for Wednesday night’s preseason opener against the Senators. It is as follows:
Forwards: Jamie Arniel, Patrice Bergeron, Jordan Caron, Chris Clark, Chris Kelly, Jared Knight, Lane MacDermid, Benoit Pouliot, Max Sauve, Tyler Seguin, Ryan Spooner, Jamie Tardif, Shawn Thornton
Defensemen: Matt Bartkowski, Colby Cohen, Andrew Ference, Dougie Hamilton, Steven Kampfer, Adam McQuaid, David Warsofsky.
Goaltenders: Anton Khudobin, Tuukka Rask
Nathan Horton and Zdeno Chara, both of whom missed Tuesday’s black and white scrimmage, are among those not on the roster, though early preseason games generally consist of a mix of youngsters and NHL veterans. Chara suffered a contusion on his left leg after getting hit by a shot Monday in practice and is day-to-day. Joe Corvo, who is day-to-day with a mild lower-body injury, is also not playing.
Kelly and Thornton are playing after missing Tuesday’s scrimmage.
|Joe Corvo injured in black and white scrimmage||09.20.11 at 10:08 pm ET|
PROVIDENCE — Bruins defenseman Joe Corvo sustained what the team is calling a “mild lower-body” injury during Tuesday’s black and white scrimmage. He is considered day-to-day and was walking without a limp following the game.
Corvo was acquired in July from the Hurricanes for a fourth-round pick after Tomas Kaberle signed with Carolina.
|Alexander Khokhlachev scores two in black and white scrimmage||09.20.11 at 10:02 pm ET|
PROVIDENCE — The black team took the Bruins’ annual black and white scrimmage, 4-1, Tuesday at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center.
Second-round pick Alexander Khokhlachev had a pair of goals for the black team, with Lane MacDermid and Daniel Paille scoring the other two. Ryan Spooner scored for the white team.
Here are a few notes from the game.
– The penalties on the night came from Paille (holding), Dougie Hamilton (tripping), a bench minor to the white team (too many men on the ice) and Milan Lucic (boarding).
– Matt Bartkowski looked good with some nice rushes and an assist on MacDermid’s goal. He was the last player cut from camp last year, so it will be interesting to see if the Pennsylvania native can grab the seventh defenseman spot out of camp this year.
– Chris Clark, who’s in camp on a tryout, showed he can be useful in bringing some of the youngsters along. The 35-year-old manhandled second-year forward Tyler Seguin in the corner in the second period, with the 19-year-old Seguin shoving Clark back. Clark certainly got the best of Seguin in what was a frustrating few seconds for No. 19, but with Seguin needing to toughen up for his second season, any contact is a good thing.
– Hamilton is known for his size and smarts, but he also showed he’s not afraid to get in the way of pucks. The ninth overall pick fell to the ice after blocking a shot in the second, but got up and went to block another.
– Bartokowski’s top competition for a job in Steven Kampfer was the lone player to be “traded” during the game, as he switched from the black team to the white after the first period
– Dennis Seidenberg took a page out of the Michael Ryder/Zdeno Chara book by coming up with a save in the third period with Khudobin out of the net. Khudobin came back to stop the rebound on a hectic play.
|Zdeno Chara among those not playing in black and white scrimmage||09.20.11 at 3:22 pm ET|
The Bruins said Zdeno Chara was day-to-day after getting hit in the left leg with a shot Monday, and it turns out Tuesday will be a day off for the Bruins’ captain.
Chara is among the group of Bruins players not on the roster for Tuesday night’s black and white scrimmage. Other NHL guys not playing include Nathan Horton, Patrice Bergeron, Shawn Thornton and Chris Kelly.
Here are the rosters for the scrimmage, which will be played this year at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center:
BLACK: Gregory Campbell, Tyler Seguin, Daniel Paille, Andrew Ference, Colby Cohen, Matt Bartkowski, Dennis Seidenberg, Nathan McIver, Steve Kampfer, Zach McKelvie, Rich Peverley, Johnny Boychuk, Kirk MacDonald, Lane MacDermid, Benoit Pouliot, Jamie Tardif, Jamie Arniel, Alexander Khokhlachev, Kyle MacKinnon, Calle Ridderwall, Anton Khudobin, Tim Thomas
WHITE: Joe Corvo, Milan Lucic, Jordan Caron, David Krejci, Jared Knight, Ryan Spooner, Zach Hamill, Dougie Hamilton, Adam McQuaid, Marc Cantin, Carter Camper, Craig Cunningham, Josh Hennessy, Brad Marchand, Chris Clark, Max Sauve, Anthony Camara, Ryan Button, David Warsofsky, Kevan Miller, Michael Hutchinson, Tuukka Rask
|Deep Cup run makes Rich Peverley’s first camp with Bruins easier||09.20.11 at 10:54 am ET|
Training camp can be a feeling-out process of sorts for players participating in their first camp with a team. Even for returning players who had been acquired during the previous season, starting a full season with the team can still include some learning and adjustments from both a hockey standpoint and a comfort standpoint.
Take Dennis Seidenberg last year. Acquired in March of 2010, he was coming off a left wrist injury and had missed the last four games of the regular season and all of the playoffs. By the time he had entered his first camp as a member of the Bruins, he said he felt “awful,” but that’s likely because he was trying to shake off rust after a summer of rehabbing. OK, bad example.
Still, there is something to be said for returning players entering their first camp with a team. Rich Peverley has been in that situation twice now, and freely admits that he was still getting a grasp of things in Atlanta in the fall of 2009 after being claimed off waivers by the Thrashers in January of the previous season.
While that continued learning process is something Peverley experienced the last time he had his first camp with a team, he’s encountered no such thing in Boston. A deep run in the playoffs culminating in a Stanley Cup victory and familiarity with Claude Julien‘s system are responsible for that.
“This is a very close team, and we were quite close during the playoff run last year,” Peverley said. “I got to know a lot of guys. I’m definitely a lot more comfortable [now] than I was that year in Atlanta, just as far as knowing the guys and knowing the coaching staff and everything.”
Peverley began last season playing under head coach Craig Ramsay, a former assistant of Julien’s in Boston, so he didn’t run into too many roadblocks when grasping the Bruins’ system after being acquired in February. He finished the regular season with a modest seven points (four goals, three assists) in 23 games, but was a big contributor in the postseason. He scored two goals (including what was technically the game-winner) in the Bruins’ 4-0 victory in Game 4 over the Canucks to even the Stanley Cup finals at two games apiece and answered the call when he was summoned to the first line in wake of Nathan Horton‘s season-ending concussion.
When all was said and done, Peverley had been used regularly as a first-liner, second-liner and third-liner at various points of the postseason, and it brought him and the Bruins the Stanley Cup. Peverley made all his adjustments to Boston during that time, and after winning the Cup with the Bruins hardly feels like this is his first camp with the team.
“Absolutely,” he said to the idea of the playoff run making him better immersed in all things Bruins. “Every team that wins is a close-knit group, and it shows. Everybody cares for each other, works for each other, and it was no different last year. We did everything together, we worked hard together, and obviously we won together.”
Julien is happy to see that last season’s newcomers, Peverley and center Chris Kelly, have got the hang of things, and what the end result was in June. That isn’t to say he’s surprised, though.
“They know what we expect and that showed in the playoffs, too,” Julien said. “They just played the game that our team was to play and they did it in good fashion. It’s their first camp with us, but I don’t think it’s a shock to see how we’re doing things or how we’re expected to play because nothing has really changed.
|Chris Clark aims to make his time in Boston more than a tryout||09.19.11 at 7:58 pm ET|
With so few spots available to potentially be had in Boston as the Bruins gear up to defend their Stanley Cup title, the time is now for B’s prospects to show they deserve to play in the NHL this season.
Thirty-five year-old Connecticut native Chris Clark is in town to show that youngsters shouldn’t be the only ones in the equation.
Clark, the former captain of the Capitals and a veteran of 12 seasons, is attending Bruins’ training camp on a tryout, and is hoping to follow an underwhelming and at times injury-plagued stay in Columbus with a season with the defending champs.
“Besides the last couple years when I was injured, playing with injuries and coming off injuries and coming off a couple surgeries, [the Bruins] liked the way I had played previously,” Clark, who was limited to 53 games and 15 points last season due to a lower-body injury, said Monday. “I feel like if I can bring that and continue to bring that to the table, that would be something they were looking for. A good third-fourth, line winger, grind it out, kill penalties, that leader in the locker room, off the ice, stuff like that.”
Leadership is something that might be strange for a newcomer to bring to the table, and though he might not have the Mark Recchi leader-from-Day-1 about him that the retired Bruin showed throughout his two-plus years in Boston, Clark knows he’s capable of making a difference in that area. That isn’t to say he feels the tight-knit Bruins squad is lacking when it comes to character guys.
“They’re very level-headed,” Clark said. “Guys have been great to me, just jumping in here, so it’s something that if it comes to it — I don’t think there’s going to be much this team needs — but obviously it’s good to see someone with more games. They’ve done something I haven’t, but I’ve been around a little while, too.”
Unlike most of the veterans in camp, Clark did not spend the summer celebrating a Cup win. In fact, Clark has never won the trophy in a career that’s taken him to Calgary, Washington and Columbus.
Instead, Clark spent the summer gearing up for his next stop not knowing where it would be, but that he’d finally be healthy.
“It was the first full summer I’ve had in two years of pure training, and no rehabbing. It’s been great,” Clark said. “It was a long offseason for me, five months, but it was pure training and no rehabbing, no worrying about anything so it was a great offseason.”
Now, the Bruins simply hope that the veteran can prove in camp that he can stay healthy and prove he’s capable of sticking in the NHL. Coach Claude Julien knows Clark well from when they were in the AHL, as Julien was coaching in Hamilton when Clark was playing in Saint John. He’s seen growth from Clark over the years, and likes what he’s seen from him in Boston thus far.
“He came into the NHL and he’s become a captain on the teams that he’s played with. ‘¦ What I liked about Chris was that you knew he was going to play hard every night and to play against a guy like that is not an easy thing, but you learn to respect and like those kind of players,” Julien said. “I’ve always admired that from him and that’s what he’s shown here again. He’s a pretty determined individual, very focused, mentally strong. He’s a fun guy to be around. I think he’s already very well-respected by our players on our team because I think they’ve seen the same thing as I did when we played against him.
“I’m one of those guys that believes he’s going to push really hard and is going to make a real tough decision here. Certainly his experience, his leadership qualities are something that we can certainly look at. When you lose a guy like Recchi, sometimes you rely on guys in the dressing room to pick it up, but sometimes you also have the luxury of bringing somebody in who can help fill in that gap as well.”