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Claude Julien on Carl Soderberg tinkering: ‘Because I’m the coach and because I can’ 06.22.13 at 2:53 pm ET
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CHICAGO — Maybe it was as innocent as Claude Julien showing his game face but when he was asked why he would bench Kaspars Daugavins and consider inserting Carl Soderberg into the lineup for his first playoff game in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup finals, he defended his turf in no uncertain terms.

“Why? Because I’m the coach and because I can,” Julien began. “You guys ask me why I make those changes. I didn’t spend three days thinking about that. It’s a situation that I can do. If I do that tonight, we’ll see where it goes. I may just go back to Daugavins, because again I’m tinkering between those two like I have from the beginning of the series.”

Julien admitted that he has only seen him play in six games toward the end of the season with the Bruins, which might factor into whether he plays in Game 5.

“Well, I haven’t seen him that much,” Julien said. “He’s only played a few games, and that’s probably the main reason he hasn’t played in the Playoffs is we went with some experienced players. Injuries have forced us to kind of look elsewhere, and that’s the injury to Gregory Campbell. So Daugavins, we’ve looked at Carl Soderberg, Jordan Caron, and there’s Jay Pandolfo. So there’s situations there that we can look at. We’re trying to find the best fit possible.

“I have to look at whether I feel comfortable staying with Daugavins, or as you know right now, it’s been between Soderberg and Daugavins. But they’re two different players. Size-wise they’re different. One is obviously real gritty along the walls, and the other one is probably more of a play maker. So, there’s a difference there, and that’s where I have to make my decision what I feel I may need for tonight.”

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Carl Soderberg on fourth line: ‘I’m a big guy and can protect the puck’ 06.21.13 at 2:37 pm ET
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Carl Soderberg may or may not make his Stanley Cup playoff debut in one of the biggest games of the season Saturday night.

But one thing is for sure, he feels confident he will be ready if called on by coach Claude Julien.

The 27-year-old Soderberg skated Friday morning in practice with the fourth line of Shawn Thornton and Rich Peverley as Julien and the coaching staff wanted to get a feel for what that might look like if the Bruins decide to change out Kaspars Daugavins for the highly touted 6-foot-3, 200-pound forward out of Sweden.

“I was just trying something else here and I’ll make that decision [Saturday] but just getting a different look on what that would look like,” Julien said before hopping on a charter bus outside TD Garden Friday morning and heading off to Chicago for Game 5 Saturday night.

“Obviously, I was on that line today but I haven’t talked to coach so I don’t know what will happen [Saturday],” Soderberg said. “I’ve been practicing for a long time now so I feel ready. I’m a big guy and can protect the puck, and maybe can get it deep and go from there maybe.”

Soderberg, who was traded to the Bruins by St. Louis for Hannu Toivonen in July 2007, played in the last six regular season games for the Bruins, notching two assists and no goals. He was signed by the Bruins on April 9 to a three-year, one-way contract after he refused to play for the Swedish national team in the world championships.

“I’ve been here for 11 weeks now,” Soderberg said Friday. “I’m getting to know the system a lot. I haven’t played games in a while but if I’m playing [Saturday], I think it will go well. I know everything.

“It’s amazing to be here. I love being here in Boston. Of course, I want to play but I haven’t done it yet but hopefully [Saturday].”

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Barry Pederson on D&C: Torey Krug’s third-period turnover ‘turning point’ in Game 1 06.13.13 at 10:19 am ET
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NESN Bruins analyst Barry Pederson joined Dennis & Callahan on Thursday morning, and following the Bruins’€™ 4-3 triple-overtime loss to the Blackhawks in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals, Pederson pegged defenseman Torey Krug‘€™s third-period turnover that led to Chicago’€™s second goal as a turning point.

Krug’€™s cross-ice pass got intercepted by Andrew Shaw, who assisted Dave Bolland‘€™s goal to cut the Bruins’ lead to 3-2 midway through the third period.

‘€œThe Bruins had complete control of this hockey game early in the third with that 3-1 lead. People I think are talking about the deflection, the bad break they got. But to me the turning point of the hockey game was the giveaway by Krug in his own end,’€ Pederson said. ‘€œThat’€™s one of those plays that’€™s a rookie mistake under pressure. You have the near-side wall is wide open. You either have to carry it up or make that play. As we’€™re taught as youngsters throughout your hockey career, there’€™s one play you don’€™t make in your own end, and that’€™s cross ice. That to me was the one that really changed things.”

It was that turnover ‘€” and the ensuing ‘€œemotional letdown’€ ‘€” that did in the Bruins more than potential complacency up by two goals with about half a period to go, Pederson noted.

Despite the error, Pederson said he doesn’€™t think Claude Julien will bench Krug for Game 2 Saturday, nor does he think the rookie defenseman should be benched. Pederson noted that Krug’€™s ice time was lessened for much of the rest of the game, but he doesn’€™t expect that to carry over.

‘€œI would hope not,’€ Pederson said, ‘€œbecause they really need him. He brings that element of speed and offense to the lineup, and I think he helps their power play as well.”

When the hosts expressed concern that the Bruins, particularly the older players, might be lagging come Saturday, Pederson said not to worry ‘€” the Blackhawks are in the same position, after all.

The bigger concern should be replacing Nathan Horton, if needed, after the forward left with an upper-body injury in the first overtime. Pederson suggested moving Tyler Seguin up to replace Horton on the first line, as Julien played it the rest of Game 1.

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A look at every (realistic) scenario to replace Gregory Campbell in Bruins lineup 06.06.13 at 2:17 pm ET
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With Gregory Campbell done for the season with a broken right leg, the Bruins have some decisions to make as they go about addressing their lineup.

Of their four options — Kaspars Daugavins, Jordan Caron, Carl Soderberg and Jay Pandolfo — all but Soderberg present them with multiple moves that would need to be made to fill Campbell’s role at center. That means that either Rich Peverley or Chris Kelly could be looking at moving down to center the fourth line. It’s also worth noting that the B’s might want to consider someone who can take Campbell’s role on the penalty kill.

Soderberg is the only option of the four who can play center, while the other three can kill penalties. The guess here is that it will be Daugavins or Caron. And before we jump into the case for each player, don’t even think about Tyler Seguin moving to center. It’s not happening because he — at this point at least — can’t play the position in the NHL.

Here’s a look at Claude Julien‘s options and how the bottom six forwards look with them in:

KASPARS DAUGAVINS

Last game played: May 1

Why he would make sense: Can kill penalties, has played a game thus far in the postseason.

Why he wouldn’t make sense: Not a center. Hasn’t been overly impressive in his brief time in Boston’s lineup. More turnovers than you’d expect from a defensive-minded forward.

What the bottom six would look like with him:

Paille – Kelly – Seguin
Daugavins – Peverley – Thornton

OR

Daugavins – Kelly – Seguin
Paille – Peverley – Thornton

OR

Paille – Peverley – Seguin
Daugavins – Kelly – Thornton

OR

Daugavins – Peverley – Seguin
Paille – Kelly – Thornton

JORDAN CARON

Last game played: May 22 (for Providence)

Why he would make sense: He’s played the most recently of the Bruins’ options and doesn’t make mistakes. He also kills penalties.

Why he wouldn’t make sense: Putting him in would mean making multiple moves as far as shuffling the lineup goes.

What the bottom six would look like with him:

Paille – Kelly – Seguin
Caron – Peverley – Thornton

OR

Caron – Kelly – Seguin
Paille – Peverley – Thornton

OR

Paille – Peverley – Seguin
Caron – Kelly – Thornton

OR

Caron – Peverley – Seguin
Paille – Kelly – Thornton

CARL SODERBERG

Last game played: April 28

Why he would make sense: Of the options, he’s the only center. You could plug him into Campbell’s spot on the fourth line and not have to make any further changes to the 5-on-5 lineup.

Why he wouldn’t make sense: Lack of experience and the fact that he doesn’t kill penalties. He’s played just six career NHL games, and though he’s had lots of time to get used to the smaller ice in practice, having him figure out the NHL in the playoffs would be a bit risky.

What the bottom six would look like with him:

Peverley – Kelly – Seguin
Paille – Soderberg – Thornton

JAY PANDOLFO

Last game played: April 6

Why he would make sense: Has played 131 career playoff games, can kill penalties.

Why he wouldn’t make sense: Has been out of the lineup for a long, long time. Part of the reason the Bruins played Torey Krug over Aaron Johnson is because Johnson had been out of game action for so long.

What the bottom six would look like with him:

Paille – Kelly – Seguin
Pandolfo – Peverley – Thornton

OR

Paille – Peverley – Seguin
Pandolfo – Kelly – Thornton

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Andy Brickley on M&M: ‘Bruins appear to be very vulnerable right now’ 04.24.13 at 12:18 pm ET
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NESN commentator Andy Brickley joined Mut & Merloni on Wednesday to talk about the Bruins’ turnover issues, how their defensive pairings might look in the playoffs and how Milan Lucic has responded to being benched on Saturday.

Brickley said he saw a number of recurring issues in the Bruins’ 5-2 loss to the Flyers on Tuesday.

“[I was] surprised by the lack of complete-game effort by Boston,” Brickley. “It’s almost an indifference to their game. Not enough meaningful contact, the turnovers were just way too many. And not just by one player or a handful of players — it’s everybody. When they get good penalty-killing, their power play can’t score. When they get a power-play goal, their penalty kill seems to fall by the wayside.

“When they need a save in a close game, they haven’t gotten it lately. And if you’re looking for that Bruin team that we got so used to liking because they had that cockiness and swagger to them and they had tremendous confidence as a team, it’s just not there, plain and simple. This is a team that no matter where they finish, whether it’s second or fourth in the conference, [potential playoff opponents] will have no reservations because the Bruins appear to be very vulnerable right now.”

Turnovers have plagued the Bruins all over the ice as they’ve continued to struggle recently, and Brickley said he thinks that’s their No. 1 issue at the moment.

“The ones that jump out at you are the ones where the defensemen turn the puck over in their own zone, and a scoring chance or a goal happens,” Brickley said. “But turnovers at the offensive blue line, turnovers deep in the offensive zone, bad passes through center ice — usually when you make mistakes like that, it’s your decision-making.

“Is that a result of mental or physical fatigue? If you told me that in the middle of the third week of March, when they were playing 17 games in that month, I’d say, OK, I get that. But not now. This is where fatigue cannot be part of the equation. You have to compartmentalize, totally focus on the job at hand. And what the Bruins really need is for their leaders to lead and their star players to do more. [Zdeno] Chara can be a better player. [Patrice] Bergeron has been awesome all year long, but I’m going to ask him to do even more. I want [Andrew] Ference to stand up, [Dennis] Seidenberg, those are the guys that really play tons of minutes. Those are the guys that have to lead the way.”

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Milan Lucic a healthy scratch as Carl Soderberg makes NHL debut 04.20.13 at 12:18 pm ET
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Milan Lucic was made a healthy scratch for Saturday’s game against the Penguins and did not take warmups. The scratch comes two days after Lucic skated with the Bruins’ extra forwards in Thursday’s practice.

After scoring 30 goals two seasons ago and scoring 26 last season, Lucic has just six goals in 41 games this season. He has two goals over his last 27 games.

Prior to the lockout, the 24-year-old Lucic signed a three-year contract worth $18 million that will make him the Bruins’ highest-paid forward beginning next season.

With Lucic out, Carl Soderberg was in the lineup for his NHL debut. Dougie Hamilton was also absent from warmups, making he, Aaron Johnson and Wade Redden the healthy scratches on defense. The lines and pairings appeared as follows in warmups:

Daniel Paille ‘€“ David Krejci ‘€“ Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand ‘€“ Patrice Bergeron ‘€“ Tyler Seguin
Carl Soderberg ‘€“ Chris Kelly ‘€“ Jaromir Jagr
Gregory Campbell ‘€“ Rich Peverley ‘€“ Shawn Thornton

Zdeno CharaDennis Seidenberg
Andrew FerenceJohnny Boychuk
Matt Bartkowski – Adam McQuaid

Tuukka Rask

The Bruins took the ice for warmups wearing hats for the police departments of Massachusetts, Watertown and Boston.

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Carl Soderberg ‘probable’ for Bruins against Penguins 04.18.13 at 1:59 pm ET
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WILMINGTON — Bruins coach Claude Julien said following Thursday’s practice that forward Carl Soderberg is “probable” for Friday’s game against the Penguins. Soderberg, who arrived on Tuesday and participated in the Bruins’ morning skate and warmups Wednesday, practiced on the left wing of a line with Chris Kelly and Jaromir Jagr Thursday.

‘€œHe skated yesterday. We put him in the warm-up last night to get him the feel of that. He practiced with us today. He’€™ll skate tomorrow morning,” Julien said. “That’€™s where I’€™m going to have to make that decision, whether I feel comfortable enough to give him that shot against Pittsburgh tomorrow or wait another game.’€

The 27-year-old Soderberg has played his entire professional career in Sweden. This season, he had 31 goals and 29 assists for 60 points in 54 games for Linkoping HC of the Swedish Elite League.

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