|Bruins send Malcolm Subban, Zane McIntyre to Providence, return early draft picks to junior clubs||09.27.15 at 3:15 pm ET|
The Bruins have made another round of cuts, most notably sending goaltenders Zane McIntyre and Malcolm Subban to Providence.
Also sent to Providence were Noel Acciari, Chris Breen, Anthony Camara, Brandon DeFazio, Justin Hickman, Zane McIntyre and Ben Sexton. The B’s sent first-round picks Jakub Zboril (Saint John of the QMJHL) and Jake DeBrusk (Swift Current of the WHL), as well as second-rounder (Tri-City of the WHL) back to their junior teams. Fifteenth overall pick Zach Senyshyn was sent back to his OHL club (Sault Ste. Marie) earlier in the week.
Free agent defenseman Ben Youds was released from camp and will attend Providence’s training camp.
Though McIntyre and Subban could still be brought back up (a la Ryan Spooner last training camp), it would appear that Jeremy Smith and Jonas Gustavsson are now the finalists to be Tuukka Rask‘s backup.
|Zdeno Chara (upper-body injury) given weekend off by Bruins||09.26.15 at 10:35 am ET|
WILMINGTON — Zdeno Chara was kept off the ice for the second straight day as the Bruins held practice at Ristuccia Arena ahead of Saturday night’s preseason game against the Red Wings. Claude Julien said following the team’s first session that Chara, who left Thursday’s preseason game with an upper-body after three shifts, has been given the weekend off.
“He’ll be re-evaluated on Monday,” Julien said. “Things continue to at least stay positive in our minds.”
The first of the two groups will play Saturday night in Detroit. Its lineup looked as such:
|Bruins sign Brandon Carlo to entry level contract||09.25.15 at 4:29 pm ET|
The Bruins announced Friday that they have signed defenseman Brandon Carlo to his entry-level contract.
Carlo, a 6-foot-5 right shot defenseman whom the B’s drafted with the 37th overall pick in June’s draft, is expected to be sent back to the Tri-City Americans of the Western Hockey League. He is the second member of the Bruins’ 2015 draft class to sign their entry-level contract, as 13th overall pick Jakub Zboril signed in July.
Carlo scored a goal in Thursday’s preseason game against the Rangers, the second exhibition in which he has played. Because he is under 20 and plays in a CHL league, Carlo would not be eligible to play in the AHL this season. Should they elect to, the Bruins technically elect to play Carlo for nine NHL games before either burning the first year off his contract or returning him to junior. That seems extremely unlikely, however, as Boston’s injuries on the blue line, the B’s have a good number of right-shot NHL defensemen in Adam McQuaid, Zach Trotman Kevan Miller and Colin Miller.
|Zdeno Chara day-to-day with upper-body injury||09.25.15 at 12:43 pm ET|
WILMINGTON — Zdeno Chara is “day-to-day” with an upper-body injury, according to Claude Julien. Chara left Thursday’s preseason game against the Rangers after three shifts, with a check from Ryan Bourque potentially doing the damage.
It’s worth considering that teams use “day-to-day” far more liberally than they should. Dennis Seidenberg, for example, was deemed day-to-day at the beginning of training camp, and though his back issue actually never got worse, the injury required surgery and will keep him out eight weeks.
The Bruins gave the players who played Thursday the day off on Friday. The forward lines in the practice were as follows:
The Bruins used different pairings on defense, but the blueliners to take the ice Friday were Torey Krug, Kevan Miller, Zach Trotman, Jakub Zboril, Ben Youds, Chris Breen, Tommy Cross, Linus Arnesson and Chris Casto.
Tuukka Rask and Malcolm Subban practiced for goalies. Rask has not played in any of Boston’s three preseason games so far.
|Observations from Bruins’ preseason shootout win over Rangers||09.24.15 at 9:54 pm ET|
The Bruins enjoyed a 4-3 shootout win over the Rangers in Thursday night’s preseason contest at TD Garden. Here are some observations from what proved to be a more-entertaining-than-usual preseason game.
– There’s no word yet on what the upper-body injury Zdeno Chara suffered is, but there’s a good chance it occurred on the hit he took from Ryan Bourque on his third and final shift of the night. As previously noted, Chara appeared to be OK after the hit, so perhaps he was taken out for precautionary reasons. The Bruins had better hope that’s the case, as they’re already without Dennis Seidenberg.
If Chara is to be out for any stretch of time in the regular season, the Bruins would be without their four best defensemen from last season’s camp: Chara, Dougie Hamilton, Johnny Boychuk and Seidenberg.
There was another scare on Boston’s defense when Joe Morrow blocked a shot and limped off the ice late in regulation, but he would return to the game.
– Jeremy Smith played the entire game for the Bruins, and there’s no better test for someone trying to prove they can hack it in the NHL than going against a good lineup (the Rangers had Rick Nash, Kevin Hayes, Keith Yandle and Ryan McDonagh, among others, in the lineup Thursday) without Zdeno Chara in front of you.
Smith allowed three goals, two of which were power play tallies. The lone even-strength goal he allowed came on a Rangers rush during a Boston line change. Smith made the initial save on Brady Skjei’s shot but had it bounce off the post, then his back and in. He then allowed a Mats Zuccarello power play goal later in the period and saw a second-period Kevin Hayes shot go off him and in for New York’s second tally on the man advantage.
The 26-year-old netminder had some bright spots as well, stopping Kevin Hayes in the slot on a second-period Rangers power play and then robbing him with a glove save in the third.
– Smith stopped Hayes and Keith Yandle and John Gibbons in the shootout, though he allowed shootout goals to Mats Zuccarello and Dan Boyle. Ryan Bourque hit the post.
Boston got shootout goals from Ryan Spooner, Frank Vatrano and Brad Marchand.
– Zac Rinaldo swears he’s better than he gets credit for, and based on two preseason games, he may have a case. The numbers through two games: one assist, zero penalty minutes and a whopping four drawn penalties.
Rinaldo picked up an assist on Tyler Randell’s first-period goal, capping a strong shift by feeding the puck to Joe Morrow at the point, with Morrow’s shot being redirected by Randell past Henrik Lundqvist.
The former Flyer drew a period in the second period when he got Ryan McDonagh to break his stick on a slash. In the third period, Rinaldo threw a big (albeit clean) hit on Tommy Hughes in the neutral zone. He was then jumped by Tanner Glass, but Rinaldo kept his gloves on, with Glass being given a roughing minor for the exchange.
Perhaps most surprisingly (and most amusing): Rinaldo tried to show off his hands with a between-the-legs bid off the rush in the second period.
– Speaking of drawing penalties, Ryan Spooner’s line with Jimmy Hayes and Brett Connolly drew a pair on Thursday. Spooner drew a tripping penalty in the first period, while Connolly was slashed by Keith Yandle in the second.
It was a point apiece for the Hayes brothers, as Jimmy capped a very strong shift by picking up the secondary helper on a third-period Brandon Carlo goal.
– With the Bruins trailing in the final minute of regulation, Spooner scored as the extra attacker skating with Patrice Bergeron‘s line. Bergeron skated with Brad Marchand and Loui Eriksson Thursday night, an indication that Eriksson could at long last wind up being Bergeron’s right wing.
– Joonas Kemppainen continues to impress. He set up the rush on which Rinaldo got fancy by forcing a turnover at the Bruins’ blueline and taking it the other way.
– Matt Irwin took a penalty during the 3-on-3 overtime, meaning the Rangers got to add a player to the ice rather than the Bruins losing one. Bergeron, Morrow and Adam McQuaid made up Boston’s three-man penalty kill unit. Smith made a number of big saves before the power play was ended by a Rangers too-many-men-on-the-ice penalty.
– The Bruins had to mix and match on defense once Chara went down early, but Joe Morrow and Colin Miller skating together was an interesting sight. Such a pairing goes for broke offensively but would likely give Claude Julien anxiety in the defensive zone.
|Zdeno Chara leaves Bruins preseason game with upper-body injury||09.24.15 at 8:01 pm ET|
Bruins captain Zdeno Chara left Thursday’s preseason game against the Rangers with what the team is calling an upper-body injury.
Chara played just three shifts, the last of which ended at 4:12 of the first, before leaving the game. He took a hit from Rangers forward Ryan Bourque on his final shift, with Chara being thrown into the boards as a result. He appeared to be carrying himself fine after the hit, however.
Following the game, Claude Julien offered no update on Chara’s situation. It goes without saying that the B’s don’t want to find out what an already changed team would look like if it had to head into the regular season without him.
“He’s always a huge component to our team,” Brad Marchand said. “He’s a huge leader on and off the ice; he’s such a strong presence. I don’t exactly know what happened, but hopefully he’s OK.”
Thursday marked Chara’s first game of the preseason. The 38-year-old is looking to have a healthy season after missing 19 games due to a torn PCL last season.
|Zach Senyshyn among Bruins cuts Thursday||09.24.15 at 5:00 pm ET|
The Bruins made another round of cuts Thursday, with 2015 15th overall pick Zach Senyshyn among them.
Colby Cave and Colton Hargrove were both assigned to Providence, while Andrew Cherniwchan, Max Everson, Matt Ginn, Max Iafrate, Eric Neiley and Frankie Simonelli will all attend Providence’s camp, which opens on Sunday. Senyshyn will head back to the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds of the OHL, while Jeremy Lauzon will return to the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies of the QMJHL.
With Thursday’s cuts, the Bruins now have 48 healthy players left in camp.