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Zdeno Chara noncommittal on lack of surgery 11.04.14 at 12:50 pm ET
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Bruins captain Zdeno Chara spoke to the media Tuesday for the first time since suffering a torn PCL on Oct. 23.

Prior to the team’€™s morning skate, Chara stood in the hall at TD Garden with a brace on his leg as he stickhandled and shot pucks against the wall. He is in the second week of what is expected to be a 4-6 week recovery.

The day after the injury, Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said that surgery was not expected to be required for Chara. Asked Tuesday if he was happy to not need surgery, Chara wasn’€™t as definitive.

“Well, we’ll see,” Chara said. “It’s always nice to avoid surgery. We’ll see how it goes, but that was obviously good news.”

It’s worth noting that Aaron Ward, who first reported Chara’s injury, said in his initial report that the Bruins would “evaluate need for surgery or not” at the end of the 4-6 week process.

When asked about a timeline for his recovery, Chara was noncommittal.

Said Chara: “I wish I could tell you guys exactly when I’m going to return but at this point it’s such a slow process, who knows where it’s going?”

The injury was suffered in the first period of the team’€™s loss to the Islanders on a hit to New York captain John Tavares. Following the hit, Chara stayed on the ice during a TV timeout and finished his shift upon the game resuming. He left the bench but said he had not felt anything on his hit on Tavares.

“No, nothing,” Chara said. “Just on the shift after it I felt some discomfort, but no pain or anything like that. I just went into the locker room to just check on things, but obviously I found out there was more to it.”

Since losing the game in which he was injured, the Bruins are 3-1-0 without Chara. The team has also lost Torey Krug to a broken finger in that time, and Kevan Miller was already out with a dislocated shoulder. The team has also pulled Matt Bartkowski from the lineup amidst early season struggles, resulting in Joe Morrow, David Warsofsky and Zach Trotman making up half of Boston’€™s back end.

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David Krejci to miss second straight game with hip injury 11.04.14 at 12:23 pm ET
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David Krejci will miss his second straight game Tuesday when the Bruins host the Panthers at TD Garden.

Per a source, Krejci has been battling a hip injury suffered in the preseason that forced him to miss the first three games of the season. He returned to post nine points (three goals, six assists) in nine games, but the pain became too much to play through. Krejci has not skated since last Thursday’€™s game against the Sabres.

The Bruins termed Krejci day-to-day on Monday, with their hope Tuesday being that the injury doesn’€™t keep him out much longer.

“€œHe’€™s going to be out tonight, but we don’€™t think it’€™s a real major issue,”€ Claude Julien said after the morning skate. “œHe should be back soon.”€

According to Steve Conroy of the Boston Herald, both Torey Krug (broken finger) and Kevan Miller (dislocated shoulder) skated prior to the morning skate. Miller began skating Monday.

Tuukka Rask is expected to start Tuesday, while Matt Bartkowski appears headed for a third consecutive healthy scratch. With Krejci out, the lineup from morning skate was as follows:

Lucic -€“ Kelly – Griffith
Marchand -€“ Bergeron -€“ Smith
Fraser – Soderberg – Eriksson
Paille -€“ Campbell -€“ Gagne

Seidenberg – Hamilton
Morrow – McQuaid
Warsofsky – Trotman

Rask

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David Pastrnak named AHL Rookie of Month 11.03.14 at 3:33 pm ET
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David Pastrnak

David Pastrnak

David Pastrnak’€™s first month of the regular season went as well as it could go without him actually suiting up for Boston. The 2014 first-round pick was named the AHL’€™s Rookie of the Month for the month of October.

Pastrnak’€™s 10 points this season (three goals, seven assists) are tops among AHL rookies. Same goes for his plus-9 rating, which he has compiled over nine games.

Though just 18 years old, Pastrnak could push for a job in Boston at some point this season. The biggest obstacle he faces is his size, as the 5-foot-10 right wing weighs just 165 pounds. That could make it tough for him to handle the board work required of wings in the NHL.

There also isn’€™t a job opening at this point. Seth Griffith has fit in nicely on the right wing of David Krejci‘€™s line with Milan Lucic. Pastrnak projects to eventually be top-six right wing.

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Claude Julien, with contract extension in hand, still ‘has fire in the belly’ to win another Stanley Cup 11.03.14 at 2:25 pm ET
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Claude Julien was finally ready to talk about his good news on Monday.

After finalizing the terms of his new contract on Sunday morning, Julien felt comfortable enough to talk about what the extension means to him.

“I feel just as hungry this time around as I was before we won our first one,” Julien said. “I’m excited to have an opportunity to have a team that can compete for that and be part of it.

“I’m happy. We finalized the details [Sunday] morning and there was still some work to be done in our discussions. I’m happy to be here because as far as I’m concerned, this is a great team here. We have an opportunity every year to at least be contenders for the Stanley Cup.”

After bringing Boston its first Stanley Cup in 39 years in 2011, Julien was awarded a contract extension one year later in July 2012. He reached the Stanley Cup finals in 2013 before his team went out to the Canadiens last year in the second round. But all the while, Julien said Monday after his team’s practice, that the fire and hunger still burns inside him.

“I think my focus has to be 100 percent here, and it has been,” Julien said. “I think the thing I feel the most that’s important right now is no matter what we’ve accomplished, I’m really still very hungry to win another Stanley Cup. You want to succeed. And you when you start getting tired of doing that is when I think you become weaker as a coach. I really feel strongly about this organization and the direction it wants to go in. I feel strongly about my intentions of wanting to win. I was just as disappointed as anybody else last year because I really felt we had a team to go all the way. So, you come back and you’re hungry, and you have that and what they call the fire in the belly, I’m extremely happy in this organization, as long as they want me.”

“We have worked at this for a few months, but there was never any doubt in my mind that this would get done,” general manager Peter Chiarelli said in a statement. “Claude is one of the top coaches in the NHL and has consistently shown a passion for winning through his coaching. Coaching is a difficult profession at the best of times and what Claude does in implementing structure in his systems, and having a solid defensive foundation while allowing freedom in offensive play is no easy task. During his time with the Bruins, he has excelled in maintaining this difficult balance, and his longevity here speaks volumes. He has coached the Bruins to a Stanley Cup and a Cup Final appearance and our goal to win with him at the helm remains the same as we move forward.”

Julien said he was in no rush to extend his contract simply because he know Chiarelli had bigger matters on his plate, like dealing the salary cap and the unpopular trade of Johnny Boychuk.

“This has been in the works for longer than that,” Julien said. “It wasn’t even an argument-type thing. To be honest with you, Peter, in my mind, had a lot more important things to do than to worry about signing me. We all know that all of the stuff of signing players and everything else. It was a mutual agreement between us to let him deal with his stuff and mine would come around eventually. It was just that it leaked out Saturday but we weren’t done yet. We just finalized everything and now it’s time to move on and hopefully, after today, turn the page.”

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Kevan Miller begins skating, David Krejci day-to-day 11.03.14 at 12:50 pm ET
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Kevan Miller

Kevan Miller

Bruins defenseman Kevan Miller began skating Monday in his effort to return from a dislocated shoulder suffered on Oct. 18.

Miller skated by himself after Monday’€™s Bruins practice. He was considered out indefinitely following the injury, which happened in a fight against Nicolas Deslauriers.

David Krejci did not practice Monday. Claude Julien said that Krejci is day-to-day with the injury that caused him to miss Saturday’€™s game. According to a source, Krejci is battling the same hip injury that forced him to miss the first three games of the season.

With Krejci out, Chris Kelly centered Milan Lucic and Seth Griffith in Monday’€™s practice, just as he did in Saturday’€™s win over the Senators. The Bruins’€™ forward lines were as follows:

Lucic – Kelly – Griffith
Marchand – Bergeron – Smith
Fraser – Soderberg – Eriksson
Paille – Campbell – Gagne

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Bruins give Claude Julien multi-year extension 11.02.14 at 3:11 pm ET
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The Bruins announced Sunday that they have signed coach Claude Julien to a contract extension. They did not specify the length of the contract, calling it a “multi-year” deal, though Hockey Night in Canada reported Saturday that it was three-year extension.

Julien is in his eighth season with the Bruins, making him the second-longest tenured coach with his current team behind Detroit’s Mike Babcock. He won the Jack Adams Trophy in 2008-09 and led the Bruins to a Stanley Cup championship in the 2010-11 season. The team came two wins from a second championship in 2013.

“Claude is one of the top coaches in the NHL and has consistently shown a passion for winning through his coaching,” Peter Chiarelli said in a press release. “Coaching is a difficult profession at the best of times and what Claude does in implementing structure in his systems, and having a solid defensive foundation while allowing freedom in offensive play is no easy task.

“During his time with the Bruins, he has excelled in maintaining this difficult balance, and his longevity here speaks volumes. He has coached the Bruins to a Stanley Cup and a Cup Final appearance and our goal to win with him at the helm remains the same as we move forward.”

Since taking over for the start of the 2007-08 season, Julien has led the Bruins to a 317-171-65 record in 553 games.

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Young defensemen Joe Morrow, Zach Trotman, David Warsofsky aim to make most of opportunity 11.01.14 at 11:51 pm ET
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David Warsofsky is one of the young Bruins defensemen getting a shot thanks to injuries. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

David Warsofsky is one of the young Bruins defensemen getting a shot thanks to injuries. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

The Bruins’ defense could easily be a complete disaster right now. With Zdeno Chara, Torey Krug and Kevan Miller all injured and Matt Bartkowski struggling mightily, disaster might have even been the expectation.

But thanks to the way Joe Morrow, Zach Trotman and David Warsofsky have played the last two games, the Bruins’€™ defense has not been a disaster. Warsofsky made one glaring mistake Thursday night against Buffalo on a bad pinch that led to an odd-man rush and a goal at the other end, but other than that, the trio of young defensemen (Trotman and Warsofsky are 24; Morrow is 21) have played mistake-free hockey, which is all anyone can realistically ask for given the situation.

“They’ve been really good,”€ Dougie Hamilton said. “I think it just shows how deep our organization is. You could see that in the preseason and training camp and everything. They can all play, so it shows, I guess, how deep we are as an organization. They’€™ve played really well, so it’€™s nice to have that.”

All three have played 15 or more minutes in each of the last two games. Warsofsky, who has the most NHL experience in the group with eight career games, has led the way at 18:09 on Thursday and 19:16 in Saturday’€™s 4-2 win over the Senators. Trotman, now up to six career NHL games, played a career-high 17:51 on Saturday. Morrow, a former first-round pick, played 16:05 Saturday after logging 17:51 in his NHL debut on Thursday.

Warsofsky and Trotman both saw significant power-play time Saturday, with Warsofsky’€™s 3:24 on the man advantage leading all Bruins. All three have gotten a taste of killing penalties as well.

One thing Warsofsky, Trotman and Morrow can all do well is break the puck out, either with their skating or their passing. They all still have work to do when it comes to playing without the puck, but their decision-making with the puck has been a noticeable strength so far.

“I think they’€™ve been very poised with the puck, skating the puck very well, and just playing consistent hockey,”€ Dennis Seidenberg said. “It’s nice to see that. We always talk about depth, and hopefully we can build on that and put some consistency together.”

It’€™s worth noting that the two games in which all three have played haven’€™t exactly been against the toughest competition. The Sabres are a contender for the first overall pick, and even though it took overtime for the Bruins to beat them, it was a game the B’€™s dominated from a possession standpoint. The Senators have a decent record (5-3-2), but they’re also not a very good possession team.

Still, the fact that Warsofsky, Trotman and Morrow have done what’€™s been asked of them is encouraging. These last two games should give them some confidence moving forward, and the Bruins will need them to continue their solid play while they wait for Chara, Krug and Miller to return.

“I think we’€™re all just taking advantage of it,”€ Warsofsky said. “€œWe’€™re all around the same age and it’€™s all of our first handful of games, so we’€™re all kind of in the same boat. We’€™re having fun with it and trying to play our games every night like we do in Providence and translate that up here. I think so far everyone’€™s done a good job.”

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