|Milan Lucic still recovering from wrist surgery, not sure of contractual future||09.15.14 at 2:28 pm ET|
ANTIOCH, Tenn. – Milan Lucic told reporters back in Boston Monday that he needed to wear a cast on his wrist for 12 weeks following his offseason surgery.
Lucic, who underwent the procedure on his left wrist following the Bruins’ second-round defeat to the Canadiens, said that he figures he’ll be limited to begin training camp, and that he’ll be cautious as he continues to regain strength.
“I haven’t been able to do a pushup until a week ago just because of it being right there on the joint,” Lucic said. “But still, that’s something you’ve got to work at with rehab. It’s gotten better over the last week and you’ve got some time here before the season starts. As camp goes along here, you want to get your legs and everything underneath you, but you still have time to build your strength up until the season starts.”
Lucic was pretty candid about his contractual situation. With two years remaining on his contract with an annual salary cap hit of $6 million, Lucic might be tough to fit under the salary cap given Boston’s current cap situation. Peter Chiarelli recently signed David Krejci to a six-year, $43.5 million extension, but said on Sunday that he ‘can’t sign everybody.’
The 26-year-old Lucic said that with all eyes on Boston’s cap, he’s thinking about his own future.
“It’s hard not to. I’d be lying to you if I said I didn’t think about it at all,” Lucic said. “With two years left on this contract and when I come out of it, I come out of it as a UFA. You kind of see the direction that the team is going — they just signed Krech for six more years after this one, and obviously he’s a guy I want to play with. My plan’s as far as my future goes is to stay here and stay put in Boston, but obviously a lot of things are going to happen in the next year and two years, but I hope that both sides can keep me here for a long, long time.”
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|Chad ‘Ochocinco’ Johnson wants to fight Milan Lucic, Zdeno Chara||09.15.14 at 2:26 pm ET|
Taking to Twitter, former Patriots wideout Chad Johnson (formerly Chad Ochocino) was evidently feeling good about his hockey prowess — his video game hockey prowess that is.
As NHL training camp approaches I want to suit up for the HABS so I can fight Chara & Lucic…
A few minutes later, he went on to boast about his hockey skills, on the EA Sports video game, “NHL 15.”
I'm 28-0 online on NHL15, where's the competition for crying out loud…
— Chad Johnson (@ochocinco) September 15, 2014
|Bruins rookie practice notes: Stitches for Anthony Camara||09.15.14 at 1:20 pm ET|
ANTIOCH, Tenn. – Bruins rookies skated about an hour at the Ford Ice Center Monday in preparation for their final game of their three-game tournament in Tennessee.
Brian Ferlin and Linus Arnesson were both given the day off, as the B’s prospects had played on back-to-back days Saturday and Sunday against the Panthers and Lightning, respectively.
Anthony Camara got hit in the face and immediately left the ice about 25 minutes into the skate. He did not return and required stitches.
Camara had reason enough to be visibly upset, as he had a long offseason of recovering from a concussion that ended his first pro year in March.
Other players to receive medical attention on this trip include David Pastrnak and Seth Griffith, both of whom needed dental work.
The morning practice allowed for some potential team-bonding, as the players have the afternoon to themselves to explore Nashville. The B’s rookies will wrap up the three-game tournament with a game against Predators prospects on Tuesday.
For something different, check out this photo from after practice. Malcolm Subban went back onto the ice after the skate to grab something from the bench, and his lack of leg pads provided some perspective on just how huge goalie pads are these days.
New hilarious thing: goalies wearing all their big equipment, but no leg pads pic.twitter.com/LOJP67C8F2
— DJ Bean (@DJ_Bean) September 15, 2014
|Pastrnak Watch: Rookie mistakes, starting main camp on David Krejci’s line?||09.14.14 at 7:55 pm ET|
ANTIOCH, Tenn. – David Pastrnak was less impressive in Sunday’s overtime loss against the Lightning than he was the day before against the Panthers, but it was still a notable day for him as his general manager’s words added more fuel to the belief that Pastrnak could very well end up making the team as an 18-year-old.
Asked specifically whether the plan was to take the 2014 first-round pick into the season for the first nine games before deciding whether to keep him and begin his entry level contract, Peter Chiarelli said that decision has yet to be made. However, Chiarelli made it clear that the team will give Pastrnak a realistic shot to make the team, perhaps trying him on the first line with David Krejci and, should Reilly Smith remain unsigned, on the second line with Patrice Bergeron.
“Listen, if he’s going to make our team, he’s going to have to play higher up in the lineup,” Chiarelli said. “He’s a skill guy with speed and he needs to play with skill players. Maybe when I say, like he’s not going to start down the lineup in preseason, in camp, it’s just he’ll have to be with skill players because you’re not going to get what you want from him.
“Who knows, he might start with Krejci, I don’t know. It’s about giving him some skill players, measuring the expectation level. Everything’s about him right now. There’s other good players out there too, like Ferlin’s a player. I thought he was outstanding yesterday. He was really good and strong. He’s just not as flashy as David and so there’s other players. But with David, let’s take one step at a time and a smaller body can wear down over time so let’s see how he handles that stuff.”
Pastrnak remained at center between Seth Griffith and Anthony Camara on Sunday. He struggled mightily on faceoffs, but the team is only using him at center for this rookie camp before moving him back to right wing for main camp next week.
The lowlight of the day was the game’s final play, as Pastrnak tried to steal the puck from Jonathan Drouin in the defensive zone rather than taking the man. Drouin went around Pastrnak and set up the game-winning goal. After the game, Pastrnak acknowledged his error, saying that he understood he should have hit Drouin rather than going for the big play.
Despite Pastrnak not being as sensational as he was in the tournament’s opening game, he remained the flashiest player on the ice. His play with the puck on his stick has stood out thus far, while his defensive play has been hit-or-miss.
|Peter Chiarelli: ‘I can’t sign everybody’||09.14.14 at 6:43 pm ET|
ANTIOCH, Tenn. – At the first intermission of the Bruins’ rookie game against the Lightning, general manager Peter Chiarelli discussed the team’s NHL roster and where things stand going forward.
The biggest takeaways were that David Pastrnak could begin training camp on the right wing of David Krejci‘s line, that he will not sign all of his free-agents-to-be and that he will trade a defenseman at some point. Chiarelli offered no update on the status of Torey Krug and Reilly Smith, both of whom remain unsigned with days left until camp.
With Johnny Boychuk and Carl Soderberg the biggest names entering the final years of their contracts and the Bruins having $49,897,857 against the cap committed to 10 players (not counting Marc Savard) for 2015-16, money figures to be tight going forward. The last time the Bruins had multiple players to sign and a potential cap crunch ahead, Chiarelli opted to sign all three players (Tyler Seguin, Milan Lucic and Brad Marchands, all of whom were a year away from restricted free agency) with the idea that if he had to trade one down the road, he would.
Chiarelli said he won’t go the sign-everyone route this time. The team recently signed David Krejci to a six-year, $43.5 million extension.
“I can’t sign everybody, and I’d love to sign everybody, but we can’t for the numbers that they want,” Chiarelli said. “Before, when I said we’d like to lock up guys. We still would, and we can with our cap. We make a decision on Krej, and that’s a big number. Some things you have to let play out, and we have to be a little versatile ourselves when it comes to team-building and we’re forced to do that this year.
“Am I going to try to sign all these guys? We look at all these guys, we look at different lineups going forward into the year. As the year progresses, we look and I think we’re going to take more time.”
Historically, Chiarelli has signed his key free-agents-to-be before they enter their contract’s final seasons. Boychuk knows that his future is uncertain and recently expressed that he does not want to be traded.
“I’ve always tried to get the team together signed and get them in place and give them a level of security,’ Chiarelli said. ‘I always feel that with that, they will perform. Of course, I’ve got to see the performance to get to that point. They’ve seen that we’ve tried to keep this team together as much as we can; we’ve had a lot of success with this group of guys. Around the fringes, guys have to go, but they’ve seen us try and [keep the team together], so they know our intentions are noble, so now it’s not quite ideal where we can keep the band together, so to speak.
“I think they understand that we always want to ice a Cup-winning team, and with that comes some casualties. This year, I’m looking forward to it, to a certain degree; there’s a lot of competition, there’s a lot of spots, including ‘ you don’t wish one of these D men to be traded, but we just have too many D men. At some point, I’m going to have to do it, and all the teams in the league, most of the teams in the league would like one of these defensemen.
“And I know everyone’s waiting, ‘What move will [he] make? What move will [he] make?’ Well, I have to see what’s going to happen, see who fits well with whom, but the uncertainty is something this year that is a byproduct of the cap and a successful team and locking up those guys, and eventually there’s other guys that are just going to get too expensive. I don’t cast any aspersions on them for being at that level, but that’s what it’s at.”
|Malcolm Subban using rookie tournament to prepare for bigger role in Providence||09.13.14 at 6:20 pm ET|
ANTIOCH, Tenn. — Malcolm Subban is far from being the oldest Bruin at this week’s rookie tournament, but with more professional experience (one year) than most in attendance, the 20-year-old is practically a seasoned vet compared to his fellow Bruins prospects.
Not counting those who had cups of coffee in Providence late last season, Subban is one of six players in attendance who spent the 2013-14 season playing for Boston’s AHL affiliate. Splitting time with Niklas Svedberg, he went 15-10-5 in the regular season with a .920 save percentage and 2.31 goals-against average and figures to be Providence’s clear-cut starter this season, with Svedberg likely to back up Tuukka Rask in Boston this season.
Before any of that, however, he’ll get the full rookie camp treatment as he takes part in the tournament with fellow goaltender Adam Morrison. Bruins goaltending coach Bob Essensa is on the trip to work with both goaltenders as Subban prepares for veteran camp.
Considering how long it takes goaltenders to develop, the Bruins are wise to give him as much work as he can get.
“Malcolm’s a young goaltender and [last year] was his first year pro,” Bruins assistant general manager Don Sweeney said after Saturday’s game. ‘For us, I think it was important for him to be ere and play as much as he can, and to continue. Bob’s here to work with him, as he is with Adam. I think this is a very comfortable situation for him to be in.”
Subban got the start Saturday in the first game of the tournament and allowed both goals in a 2-0 loss to the Panthers. After facing just three shots in the first period, Subban was beaten on a wrist shot from Panthers forward Steven Hodges on Florida’s fourth shot of the game and later allowed a power play goal in which former Bruins prospect Cody Payne buried a loose puck in front.
Different goalies feel differently about long stretches of inactivity during games. Some like that it brings no chance of a goal scored, while others find it tough to stay in the game when they’re not facing shots. Subban seemed to put himself in the latter category.
“It’s pretty tough, especially the first game. You haven’t really gotten a feel for anything, so I’m just trying to feel the puck and I guess that was the result in the first two goals they got,” he said. “In the third period, I felt a lot better when I got into the game a bit more and finally felt a little more comfortable, but by the time that happened the game was pretty much over.”
Though not happy with the result Saturday, Subban seems to be embracing the opportunity to get game experience in an exhibition setting as he readies himself for the big camp.
“It’s good to be around guys your age and stuff and see the young talent in the organization,” Subban said. ‘Obviously I still have a lot of developing to do; I’m only 20, so I’ll just keep trying to develop right now and play with other guys my age and just go from there.”
The free trip to Nashville doesn’t hurt, either. Bringing Subban to the tournament gives the second-year pro an opportunity to be with players his age before he skates with a mix of youngsters and veterans in the coming season.
Plus, it lets him shake off whatever rust he may be carrying back from the offseason.
“I was there last year and had a pretty good year here in the AHL last year, so I feel like this wouldn’t really represent what I can do,” he said. “Obviously you still want to play well here; it’s obviously a tournament they have to get you ready for camp and whatnot and show what you have so far. I’m looking forward to playing well. I’m not here just to slack off.”
|Pastrnak watch: Bruins rookie outshines Aaron Ekblad, draws three penalties, loses half a tooth||09.13.14 at 5:17 pm ET|
ANTIOCH, Tenn. – David Pastrnak drew three penalties, made some nice plays and lost half a tooth in his first game as a Bruin.
Pastrnak centered a line with Anthony Camara and Seth Griffith as the B’s rookies took a 2-0 loss to the Panthers Saturday. He created a few of chances in the first period, the first of which came when he spun off a defender high in the zone and dished it to the wing. Later in the first, he intercepted a pass from Florida goaltender Sam Brittain and sent it in front, but Griffith couldn’t get there in time.
His best play of the game, however, was a one-man show in which he stole the puck from 2014 first overall pick Aaron Ekblad high in the defensive zone, bolted through the neutral zone and went through a defender for a partial break. He was then slashed by Florida defender Jonathan Racine and wasn’t able to get much on his shot, which was stopped by Brittain.
In the second period, Pastrnak got his stick on a puck in the neutral zone and pushed it up to Camara and Griffith for a 2-on-1. The next shift, Camara returned the favor by sending a pass up to Pastrnak in the neutral zone, but Pastrnak missed wide with a slap shot. He was also on the ice for the game-winning Panthers goal during 4-on-4 play early in the second.
One thing that was very apparent Saturday: Pastrnak tries to force a lot of turnovers defensively and gets his stick on a lot of pucks. Once he gets it, he makes things happen.
“Certainly, some offensive opportunities he created on his own or from some other people are fun to watch,’ B’s assistant general manager Don Sweeney said after the game. “There’s some risk-reward in his game that at times will really translate and other times he’ll understand that that’s a young man’s play. That’s what coaching and growth and development is all about.
“But [we're] really excited about the offensive plays that he did make and the effort that he puts in. He’s back on the back check, strips the puck and goes the other way as well. Lots of good things to like about David’s play and lots of things to have some talking moments that I’m sure coaches will address with him.”
Pastrnak got better on faceoffs as the day went on. There was a brief scare in the third period when Racine appeared to get him in the face with a high stick. He lost half a tooth on the play, with Racine going off for high-sticking.
He stayed in the game and drew a penalty shot on his next shift. After some fancy stick handling, he hit the post trying to beat Panthers goalie Jacob DeSerres glove side. Since shootouts will be held at the end of each of these games no matter what, Pastrnak got another crack at it and was stopped.
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