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Bruins leaders question work ethic, Claude Julien says he’ll reevaluate lineup amidst early skid 10.11.14 at 11:10 pm ET
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Complain about Chris Kelly‘€™s cap hit all you want, but he’€™s the guy who’€™s going to hold the Bruins accountable when they play as poorly as they have the last two games.

“€œIt’€™s tough to put into words,” Kelly said after the Bruins were shut out by the Capitals for their second straight loss. “I think we were outworked, outbattled, and obviously outplayed over the course of 120 minutes, not just 60. I think the only positive I can think of is, it’€™s game three. Other than that, it’€™s two poor, poor efforts.”

The Bruins barely had the puck in their 2-1 loss to the Red Wings Thursday, with Kelly saying after Saturday’€™s blanking that guys haven’€™t been working hard enough. Zdeno Chara said the B’€™s were “embarrassed” Saturday and that their play is ‘€œnot acceptable.’€

The Bruins’€™ roster is obviously not at full strength. David Krejci is eligible to come off injured reserve and potentially return to the lineup Monday, but it’€™s no sure thing that he does. Milan Lucic is coming off wrist surgery and is clearly not functioning at full capacity.

The fourth line has been more detrimental than it’€™s been a source of energy. That’€™s been made worse by the fact that the line playing above it (Lucic with Ryan Spooner and Matt Fraser) have done nothing. Bobby Robins and Ryan Spooner have put themselves in tough positions if they want to stay in the lineup. Fraser has also been a non-factor, but deserves to get a look on a line without Spooner, as he has the best shot among Bruins forwards and has shown promise when playing away from his former Providence linemate.

Asked if the weakened roster has to do with the team’€™s struggles so far, Kelly said he didn’€™t care who was playing where or with whom.

“It’€™s a team-wide thing, it’€™s not just a few guys. You guys can see it just as much as we can,” Kelly said. “It’€™s not a passing thing or a positioning thing, it’€™s a working thing. It doesn’€™t matter who you’€™re playing with. You could play with two total strangers, and all you have to do is go out and work hard.”

If Krejci is able to return for Monday, the Bruins might be wise to keep Lucic and Fraser together and have Krejci replace Spooner, who could either move to the fourth line as a center or wing or serve as an extra forward. They could also consider playing Jordan Caron on the fourth line right wing, a job currently held by Robins.

Asked after the game whether he feels he needs to make lineup changes, Julien hinted at the possibility.

“You certainly have to reevaluate,” Julien said. “There’€™s no doubt there, and guys are given chances, and so on and so forth. When you play two games like that, you have to reevaluate, and that’€™s what we’€™re going to do.”

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Gregory Campbell skating, doubtful to begin season 10.02.14 at 2:36 pm ET
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Bruins coach Claude Julien said Thursday that center Gregory Campbell is “doubtful”€ to begin the season as he recovers from a core injury.

Campbell has missed all of training camp thus far, but began skating Thursday when he took the ice by himself at TD Garden.

“I don’t know where he stands. He’s skating now, he just started skating on his own,” Julien said. “I think it’ll be doubtful to start the season because starting to skate and get full practices and contact, getting in game shape, it’s going to be tough for him to do that in this short span. The good thing is he’s skating and hopefully he progresses in the right direction.”€

With Campbell out, either Chris Kelly or Craig Cunningham could center the fourth line to begin the season.

Julien also said that players who have already been cut are possibilities to play in Friday night’€™s game against the Islanders. Justin Florek, Ryan Spooner and Alexander Khokhlachev were among four cuts made Wednesday. Linus Arnesson never skated in training camp due to a groin injury and was never listed in the team’s cuts, but Julien said Wednesday that the defenseman was no longer in camp.

For more Bruins news, visit weei.com/bruins.

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Milan Lucic, Chris Kelly undergo surgery 05.23.14 at 1:23 pm ET
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Both Milan Lucic and Chris Kelly have undergone surgery for injuries suffered this season and are expected to be ready for the start of training camp, according to a statement released by Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli.

Lucic suffered a left wrist injury of Game 7 of the second round against the Canadiens, while Kelly missed the entire postseason with a herniated disk in his back.

For more Bruins news, visit weei.com/bruins.

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Bruins injury roundup: Matt Fraser played on broken foot 05.16.14 at 1:30 pm ET
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As is customary on breakup day, word emerged on injuries the Bruins dealt with during the postseason. The bravest of the bunch proved to be Matt Fraser, who played the entire postseason with a broken foot.

Fraser, who was sporting a cast and crutches Friday, broke his right foot in Game 1 of the first round of the AHL postseason while playing for the Providence Bruins. He was dealing with the injury when he was called up in the second round by the Bruins and he scored the overtime winner in Game 4 of the second round for Boston.

Chris Kelly, who suffered a back injury late in the season, had a herniated disc and said it was the most pain he had ever dealt with. Kelly said he hoped he could have returned in some point in the playoffs but wasn’t sure. Kelly will undergo surgery at some point.

Milan Lucic was sporting a soft cast on his left wrist after suffering an injury in Game 7 of the second round against Montreal. He was set to receive an MRI on Friday.

Regarding Zdeno Chara‘s fractured finger, the Bruins captain said that he might not need surgery.

As for Dennis Seidenberg, the defenseman said his plan all along was to return this season after tearing his ACL and MCL on Dec. 27 and having surgery in early January. Seidenberg said he would have been able to play in the Eastern Conference finals had the team gotten there.

For more Bruins news, visit weei.com/bruins.

Read More: Chris Kelly, Dennis Seidenberg, Matt Fraser, Milan Lucic
No practice for Bruins; Adam McQuaid has ankle surgery 05.04.14 at 1:40 pm ET
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Adam McQuaid, who has been out since Jan. 19 with a quad strain, is officially done for the season after getting arthoscopic surgery on his right ankle. McQuaid played 30 games this season, the last of which was Jan. 19 in Chicago before missing the rest of the season with a quad strain.

McQuaid was last seen skating on April 19. According to an industry source, the decision was made for McQuaid to have surgery on the ankle — an issue that he’d already been dealing with — once it became clear that he wouldn’t be able to play this season due to the quad injury. At that point, it made sense to take care of the ankle immediately.

It was obviously a very trying year for McQuaid, who initially hurt himself on Nov. 9 against the Maple Leafs and made multiple comeback attempts that didn’t take. He returned for three games in November before re-aggravating his quad injury and then came back in December to play 11 games before getting injured again. The team shut him down for over a month in March, but he never returned to game action.

“Every time I’ve come back, I’ve hoped that that was going to be the end of it, but it’s hockey and things happens,” McQuaid said in February. “So it goes in life.”

It could be tougher for McQuaid going forward, as Kevan Miller may have claimed the third-pairing right spot — McQuaid’s usual role — for good. McQuaid has one more year on his current contract after this season with a $1.56 million cap hit, while Miller is signed up for the next two seasons at $800,000 a year.

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McQuaid’s teammates stayed off the ice for the most part Sunday as they have a two-day break between Saturday’s Game 2 victory in Boston and Tuesday’s Game 3 in Montreal.

On the ice for the Bruins Sunday morning were Dennis Seidenberg, Corey Potter, Justin Florek and Matt Bartkowski. Florek and Bartkowski were both healthy scratches in Game 2 against the Canadiens.

Potter’s presence on the ice is a good sign, as he suffered a shoulder injury between Games 4 and 5 of the first round against the Red Wings.

As for Chris Kelly, who has yet to skate since suffering a back injury late in the season, Claude Julien gave minimal update on Boston’s third-line left wing. Julien would only say that each day has been better for Kelly.

For more Bruins news, visit weei.com/bruins.

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Matt Bartkowski, Daniel Paille, Chris Kelly all to travel with Bruins to Detroit 04.20.14 at 7:05 pm ET
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Matt Bartkowski, Daniel Paille and Chris Kelly will all travel to Detroit as the first-round series between the Bruins and Red Wings moves to Joe Louis Arena, B’s coach Claude Julien said after Sunday’s Game 2 win.

Bartkowski, who has been out all week with a stomach flu, practiced Saturday but the team deemed him unable to go for Game 2. Kevan Miller missed Game 1 with the same ailment but played Sunday, logging 19:18 of ice time.

“He’d only practiced yesterday quickly here and was probably not 100 percent, trying to recover from that flu, that virus that he had,” Julien said of Bartkowski. “He missed at least six days of not skating, so we didn’t think it was a wise choice to put him in just [from] watching him practice yesterday. Miller was in a different situation. He came back, practiced, missed a game, practiced. He seemed a little bit better. That was a medical kind of decision, seeing who could handle this pace tonight and was a strong enough to do that.

“As far as next game, I don’t know. I keep telling you guys that when we’re talking about a virus, it’s hard to stand here and say this guy will be in, that guy won’t be in. It really becomes a day-to-day situation.”

Paille has been out since last Saturday with what is believed to be a head injury, though he skated Friday and Saturday. Kelly, who missed the final three games of the regular season with a back issue and has not played in either of the first two games against the Red Wings, has yet to be spotted on the ice.

For more Bruins news, visit weei.com/bruins.

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Pierre McGuire on M&M: Red Wings’ Mike Babcock ‘the most creative coach in the NHL’ 04.18.14 at 2:33 pm ET
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NBC Sports hockey analyst Pierre McGuire joined Mut & Merloni on Friday to discuss the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. To hear the interview, go to the Mut & Merloni audio on demand page.

For McGuire, Friday night’s matchup against the Red Wings is the toughest scenario the Bruins could have faced.

“The only reason I say that is the creativity of Mike Babcock, [Detroit’s] coach,” McGuire said. “I think most people know on paper the rosters don’t compare. Boston’s roster is better on paper than Detroit’s just because of the veteran experience and the fact that most of the players on the Bruins roster have been part of a Stanley Cup run to the final and/or won a Stanley Cup.

“A lot of these Detroit players really haven’t been a part of that. It’s really been a huge turnover in their roster — some because of injury, some because of retirement and some just because they had no other choice. The one thing I will say about this Detroit roster is a lot of the younger players you’€™ll see won an American [Hockey] League championship last year in Grand Rapids.”

One of the main concerns for the Bruins is the Red Wings’ speed.

“œThat’s going to be the No. 1 thing to watch early on,” McGuire said. “Watch what they do when they’re attacking Zdeno Chara. Watch what they do when they’re attacking Johnny Boychuk — two of the bigger, more important defensemen for the Bruins just because of the shutdown capabilities. Let’s see if they play chip-and-chase hockey or if they really try to stretch them out and create huge seams.

“You won’€™t know until the game starts, but this is going back to my point about Mike Babcock — to me he is the most creative coach in the NHL. Doesn’t mean he’€™s the best — although he’s getting one of my votes for Coach of the Year. I think he’€™s the most creative coach in the National Hockey League and we’€™ll see how he breaks down the Bruins defense because the Bruins defense, as we know, is extremely good.”

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