|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.
|Bruins pick up preseason win over Red Wings||09.27.15 at 12:00 am ET|
David Krejci scored a pair of goals as the Bruins picked up a 4-3 overtime win over the Red Wings Saturday night in Detroit. The exhibition win improved the Bruins to 4-0-0 in preseason action.
Krejci scored both of his goals in the first period. After the Red Wings scored a pair of goals on Malcolm Subban, Brian Ferlin made it 3-2 with a second-period goal. Jakub Kindl tied the game for Detroit, with Torey Krug scoring the game-winner.
The Bruins will next play Monday night when they host the Red Wings at TD Garden.
|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.
|Why Claude Julien and the Bruins still consider new OT a work in progress||09.25.15 at 12:22 pm ET|
You can safely assume when on-ice officials are explaining what happens to a head coach in the middle of a play, there is still some uncertainty about the rules.
Such is the case with the reformatted overtime in the NHL. On Thursday night, Bruins defenseman Matt Irwin took a hooking penalty 1:25 into the extra period. Instead of the Bruins going down a man, the Rangers went up a man.
The NHL is introducing the 3-on-3 overtime this season. To avoid a 3-on-2 situation that would be more like a pre-game warmup rush, the NHL decided to go with a modified power play that would be identical to overtimes of the past. But while that was difficult enough to get used to, what happened next was even a little more peculiar.
The Rangers, getting mixed up with the extra man line changes of the new overtime, took a too many men on the ice when they wound up with the puck and six skaters on the ice. Veteran referee Eric Furlatt went over to Claude Julien to explain that the Bruins would not gain an extra man and go 4-on-4 but rather the Rangers would lose their additional man on the ice.
Then the Bruins would have their own 4-on-3 once Irwin’s penalty expired. Neither team scored and the Bruins would win the preseason game, 4-3, in seven rounds of a shootout. Still, the experience was much more helpful than Tuesday night’s encounter with the Capitals, a game that featured 3-on-3 for all of 12 seconds before David Pastrnak scored.
|Zac Rinaldo wasting no time in his quest to pest||09.24.15 at 11:57 pm ET|
With two preseason games now under his belt in a Boston Bruins sweater, Zac Rinaldo has already racked up four penalties.
Not taken four penalties taken, mind you. Not those of the 572 penalties-in-minutes variety that Rinaldo has accumulated on his own ledger over his 223 game NHL career.
These are four penalties drawn, the kind where Rinaldo’s rivals end up in the box.
Presented with this four-pack of information after Boston’s 4-3 shootout-win over the New York Rangers on Thursday at TD Garden, Rinaldo was pleased.
“Yeah, yeah, it was today, two, and… four penalties!” Rinaldo said. “Just the way it’s going, I’m staying out of the stupid stuff and I’m using my speed and being a hard-nosed player. Guys aren’t liking it and they’re taking penalties on me, which, I’m loving. So, the more the merrier.”
Rinaldo, 25, really got to “his game” Thursday in the third period with his squad trailing by a goal. With just under nine minutes to play, Rinaldo finished a hit and then briefly jostled with Rangers forward Tanner Glass. Then, three minutes later, after Glass and Rinaldo were chirping at a faceoff, Rinaldo raced down New York’s Tommy Hughes and checked him hard. Glass had had enough, and dropped Rinaldo with a blind-side punch before being hauled away for his crime.
“Typical hockey, as you know,” was how Rinaldo described the exchange. “That’s just textbook hockey, make a nice hit and I hit a couple guys before that shift and he came at me that shift, too. I told him I’m going to keep running around. That’s just my game. I did and he took a penalty on it. Unfortunately we didn’t score on it but it’s just another part of my game that I can bring to the table.
“That’s just hockey since I’ve been eight-years-old,” continued Rinaldo. “If someone hits my guys like that, if someone’s like me on the other team running around I’m going to step up, too, and tell them they can’t do that. That’s what happened to me tonight. But, I really don’t care. I’m going to continue to hit and stuff like that. Some guys get told not to do it and they stop doing it. That fires me up and makes me do it even more.”
Rinaldo’s teammates can’t help but notice the quick impact he has brought to the Bruins in the energy department.
“He’s at the top,” said Brad Marchand of Rinaldo’s place on hockey’s “pest” meter. “Even playing against him, he’s a tough guy. He’s one of those guys, you always have to know where he is because he’s coming full steam, and when he hits, he hits to hurt. He’s a great player to have on our team, and you saw it tonight. He does his job and his role better than anyone.”
However, Boston coach Claude Julien made sure to emphasize that Bruins’ organization thinks of Rinaldo as more than just a pest.
“There’s a lot more to that than what you saw,” Julien said. “He’s a great skater. If you watch him in practice, he shoots the puck well. There’s no doubt, he’ll give us some energy. We want to keep it within the rules and in an area where it doesn’t affect your team. Right there, it seemed to distract [New York] more and our guys were focused on trying to win the hockey game. He stayed out of trouble, it was a clean hit, and leave it at that.”
It’s the staying-out-of-trouble part that has seemed impossible for Rinaldo throughout his career to this point.
He has been suspended three times already in his short NHL career, to go with four total fines, with his most recent incident in January netting him an eight-game discipline by the league and $73,170 of lost game checks.
That’s to say nothing of Rinaldo’s four suspensions in the American Hockey League and six others from his three seasons in Juniors.
Said Rinaldo: “I’ve just got to think about it, you know? Really process it in my mind, visualize the play that’s going to happen before I do. That’s what I’ve been doing the last two games I’ve been playing. I thought I’ve been doing a really good job at it so I’ve got to ease into it and not come off the handlebars flying and actually think about the repercussions about ‘If I do this, this is going to happen’, or ‘If I don’t do this, this is going to happen’. I’m feeling confident and I’m doing that every game and haven’t taken any penalties or done anything over the edge.
“I’m [actually] taking more of a pest role now than my first two years,” Rinaldo continued. “My first two years I would just fight, straight up, just fight, ‘boom’. But now I’m thinking about [things], tonight I drew a penalty with four minutes to go in the game. We got some life from it and [later] scored. I want to play, I don’t want to be sitting in the box all the time. That’s a pain in the [butt] sitting in the box, getting cold, and then the coach not playing you after, maybe. Anything I can do to help my team and also myself individually and play, I’m going to do it.”
Will it all lead to Rinaldo being a Boston fan-favorite?
“I’m not going to change so I’m hoping they love me,” Rinaldo said. “That’s my goal. I’m just a down-to-earth guy. I’m a 25-year-old kid just playing hockey, having a good time. Hopefully everyone’s enjoying me.”