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Peter Chiarelli: Johnny Boychuk trade ‘doesn’t make us better now, obviously’ 10.04.14 at 5:14 pm ET
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Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said Saturday that he traded defenseman Johnny Boychuk due to the team’€™s salary cap situation and because he found the return ‘€” two second-round picks and a conditional third ‘€” to be strong value. He did concede one point, however.

“This doesn’€™t make us better now, obviously,” Chiarelli said, “but it’€™s something that, when I look at it in a series of steps, I think we made the right move.”

Chiarelli mentioned “steps” throughout the press conference to discuss Saturday’€™s trade with the Islanders. When asked what his next move was, the B’€™s general manager said that there may be roster moves in the coming days.

Boychuk is a free agent at season’€™s end and figures to command big money on the open market. Chiarelli said that he did not attempt to sign Boychuk before trading him.

Moving Boychuk, while making the current roster worse, gives the team one less big name to sign before the start of next season. Dougie Hamilton, Torey Krug and Reilly Smith will all be restricted free agents, while Carl Soderberg will be an unrestricted free agent. Though the salary cap is expected to go up from it’€™s current $69 million ceiling, the already have $49,897,857 against the salary cap committed to 10 players (not including Marc Savard) for the 2015-16 season.

“We’€™ve got a lot of people to sign,” Chiarelli said. “There’€™s a list of priorities and part of my job is to prioritize things. That’€™s a little bit of how it shakes out. I’€™d love to keep this team together player-to-player as long as I could if I felt it was prudent on the hockey front and the financial front. I’€™ve tried to keep the critical mass together and will continue to provide the right moves for the organization.”

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Bruins trade Johnny Boychuk to Islanders for draft picks 10.04.14 at 2:03 pm ET
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The Bruins have traded defenseman Johnny Boychuk to the Islanders for second-round picks in the 2015 and 2016 drafts and a conditional 2015 third-round pick. The B’s will get New York’s 2015 third-rounder if the Islanders trade Boychuk to an Eastern Conference team this season.

Boychuk, 30, was entering the last year of his contract. His deal carries a $3.36 million cap hit and he will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season.

Though the return for Boychuk provides good value, the trade comes as something as a surprise given previous moves. In signing Reilly Smith and Torey Krug to one-year deals worth $1.4 million on Monday, the Bruins positioned themselves to enter the season without having to shed a contract like Boychuk’s. With Boychuk likely to command big money on the open market next summer, the Bruins had the option of keeping him for this season and better their chances of winning this season.

The trade of Boychuk leaves a hole in the team’s top-4. Zdeno Chara and Dougie Hamilton figure to provide  one of the best defensive pairings in the league, but Dennis Seidenberg is coming off a knee injury and two of the other team’s options for a spot on the second pairing — Matt Bartkowski and Kevan Miller — struggled when given key minutes last postseason. This could be a vote of confidence for both players, however, as the Bruins may believe that with another full season of NHL play, their young defensemen will be better suited to handle the NHL playoffs.

Adam McQuaid could also work his way onto the second pairing now, though injury concerns make it tough to count on him to last a full season.

After trading for Boychuk, the Islanders also swung a trade with the Blackhawks for defenseman Nick Leddy.

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Bruins place Jordan Caron, David Warsofsky and Craig Cunningham on waivers 10.04.14 at 1:29 pm ET
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Jordan Caron

Jordan Caron

The Bruins placed Jordan Caron, David Warsofsky and Craig Cunningham on waivers Saturday.

Teams will now have 24 hours to claim the players. The Bruins noted in a press release that Warsofsky was waived with the intention of being sent to Providence.

The most notable name of the bunch is Jordan Caron, the team’€™s first-round pick in 2009. In 123 regular-season games, Caron has 12 goals and 16 assists for 28 points. He also has played in nine postseason games, with one goal.

Warsofsky, a native of Marshfield who played college hockey at Boston University, is a decent candidate to be claimed by another team, as he is an NHL-ready defenseman whose offensive play makes him a valuable power play asset. He told this week that though he wants to remain in the Bruins’€™ organization, his goal is to be an NHL player.

“If I’€™€™m going to be in the AHL, I’€™€™d rather be in Providence than any other city,” Warsofsky said. “€œ€œI’€™€™m comfortable down there with the coaching staff, the organization and the way they play. It’€™€™s a great city to be in if I am in the AHL, but obviously my goal is to play in the NHL, so the first opportunity, I want it to be here, but if it is somewhere else, it’€™€™s part of the business.”€

Cunningham was vying for a job as a fourth-line center or 13th forward after playing the last three seasons in Providence.

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David Pastrnak, Ryan Spooner to play in preseason finale for Bruins 10.04.14 at 11:10 am ET
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David Pastrnak

David Pastrnak

Both David Pastrnak and Ryan Spooner will be in the Bruins’€™ lineup in Saturday’€™s preseason finale against the Red Wings.

Pastrnak made his preseason debut Friday night after missing the team’€™s first five preseason games due to a shoulder injury suffered in the second practice of training camp. The 2014 first-round pick is trying to push for a roster spot in Boston, but his lack of a training camp could make it more likely that the B’€™s either start him in the AHL or return him to his pro team in Sweden.

The Bruins could also either return the player to Sweden or keep him for up to nine games into the season before either returning him or keeping him in Boston. For 18 and 19-year-old players, entry level contracts to not begin until a 10th game is played. If he is sent to the AHL, his contract will slide to the next season, meaning he could play a full year at the AHL, and years wouldn’t start being burned off his three-year deal until he plays in the NHL the next season.

Spooner, meanwhile, played left wing Friday night and had two goals and an assist for the B’€™s. With the Bruins’€™ depth chart crowded down the middle and Spooner having struggled with the defensive responsibilities of center, the team is at long last giving the 2010 second-round pick a good look on the left wing.

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Ryan Spooner scores twice for Bruins in preseason win over Islanders 10.03.14 at 11:32 pm ET
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Ryan Spooner scored twice and added an assist as the Bruins beat the Islanders, 6-1, in a preseason contest Friday in Bridgeport, Conn.

Spooner, who was among seven callups the team made for the game, played wing on a line with Chris Kelly and Seth Griffith after being kept in the middle for his career with the Bruins thus far. He scored an even-strength goal in the first and added a power-play tally in the third period. Spooner scoring is noteworthy, as his inability to do so at the NHL level (no goals in 27 career NHL games) is among the things that has kept him in Providence.

The Bruins also got goals from Carl Soderberg, Seth Griffith, Daniel Paille and Reilly Smith.

David Pastrnak made his preseason debut for the B’€™s, playing right wing on a line with Paille and Alexander Khokhlachev.

Malcolm Subban started the game for the B’€™s. Their lineup was as follows:

Lucic – Soderberg – Smith
Spooner – Kelly – Griffith
Paille – Khokhlachev – Pastrnak
Florek – Cunningham – Caron

Bartkowski – Seidenberg
Krug – Miller
Breen – Trotman

The Bruins will play their final game of the preseason Saturday against the Red Wings at TD Garden.

David Pastrnak to make preseason debut vs. Islanders 10.03.14 at 12:44 pm ET
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WILMINGTON –€” David Pastrnak will make his preseason debut Friday night as the Bruins play the Islanders in Bridgeport.

Pastrnak, who suffered a shoulder injury in the second practice of training camp, skated on a line with Craig Cunningham and Daniel Paille in Friday’€™s practice.

“€œHe’€™ll be in the lineup tonight. He’€™s been cleared,” Claude Julien said. “€œHe got cleared yesterday afternoon when we spoke to our doctors, so he’€™s got the green light.”

Julien would not say whether the team’€™s plan is to play Pastrnak in Saturday’€™s preseason finale against the Red Wings as well. If the Bruins see enough out of Pastrnak prior to Wednesday, they could keep him into the regular season for up to nine games before deciding to either keep him for the season or send him back to Sweden.

The Bruins recalled Justin Florek, Seth Griffith, Alexander Khokhlachev, Ryan Spooner, Chris Breen, Zach Trotman to play in Friday’s game as well.

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Staying or going? David Warsofsky awaits fate with Bruins 10.02.14 at 5:51 pm ET
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David Warsofsky

David Warsofsky

At this point of training camp, cuts aren’€™t just about who will make it and who won’€™t. It’€™s also about managing how to keep players in the organization.

Take Wednesday’€™s cuts, for example. It’€™s probably no coincidence that forwards Justin Florek, Ryan Spooner and Alexander Khokhlachev don’€™t require waivers to get sent down and ended up getting cut, while some of the players kept –€” Craig Cunningham, Bobby Robins and David Warsofsky — would require waivers in order to be demoted.

The Bruins don’€™t want to lose their players for nothing if another team claims them, so it’€™s no surprise that someone like Warsofsky, who is unlikely to earn a spot in the Bruins’€™ defensive rotation, has stuck around.

It’€™s a nerve-wracking time for Warsofsky, who has seemingly been ready for an NHL opportunity for a year now. He wants to play in the NHL and he wants to stay in the Bruins organization, but he understands those might be two very different things.

‘€”I don’€™t really know, honestly,”€ Warsofsky said of what the next few days may hold for him. “I just focus on coming here every day and working hard. In the back of my mind, obviously I know that I have to clear waivers to go down to Providence. I don’€™t know what they’€™re going to do ‘€” I don’€™t think anyone does ‘€” so I think it’€™s just a waiting game for everyone.”

If the Bruins were to place Warsofsky on waivers with the intention of sending him to Providence, there’€™s a good chance that the Marshfield native and Boston University product could be claimed by another team. He’s had three solid seasons in the AHL at this point and put up nine points in 12 postseason games last season for the Baby B’s.

Getting claimed would be bittersweet for Warsofsky. If another team nabbed him, the 24-year-old puck-mover would at long last get an NHL job after spending three seasons in the Bruins’€™ organization with just six NHL games last season to show for it.

Peter Chiarelli has said multiple times since the offseason that he considers Warsofsky an NHL defenseman. Unfortunately for Warsofsky, Torey Krug is a better version than him, and there’€™s not enough space on Boston’€™s back end for two undersized left-shooting offensive defensemen.

Though there are too many guys ahead of Warsofsky on the depth chart, Claude Julien agrees that the defenseman is capable of handling NHL minutes.

“He played well when he played for us last year. I watched him in Providence a few times and again in the playoffs. I thought he did a good job, he carries the puck well, skates the puck well also,” Julien said. “€œHe sees the ice very well when it comes to moving it. He’s got a lot of good qualities — the power play, has a good shot and a good puck-mover. There’s a lot of qualities that we see and he’s in the mix of things when you look at our Ds with nine of them.”

The Bruins could always keep Warsofsky on their roster and trade one of their nine remaining defensemen. Of the remaining nine, Dougie Hamilton is the only one who could be sent to Providence without waivers. Peter Chiarelli has said that he’€™s going to trade a defenseman at some point, so the B’€™s could move Adam McQuaid, Matt Bartkowski or Warsofsky.

If the Bruins do try their luck with putting Warsofsky on waivers, he thinks he’€™d be able to find the positive in either of the situations two outcomes. The ideal scenario for him, however, is remaining in Boston.

“€œIf I’€™m going to be in the AHL, I’€™d rather be in Providence than any other city,” Warsofsky said. “€œI’€™m comfortable down there with the coaching staff, the organization and the way they play. It’€™s a great city to be in if I am in the AHL, but obviously my goal is to play in the NHL, so the first opportunity, I want it to be here, but if it is somewhere else, it’€™s part of the business.”

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