|Jarome Iginla on his slow start to season: ‘I’ve been here many times’||10.15.13 at 1:57 pm ET|
The numbers are not pretty for 36-year-old Jarome Iginla to start the Boston portion of his career.
No goals, one assist in five games on 19 shots.
The effort is there, like the rest of the team. But like the rest of the Bruins, the finishing touch has yet to be put on his work. After failing to get the right winger at the trade deadline last spring, the Bruins signed him to a one-year, $6 million deal in the summer with the hopes of successfully replacing Nathan Horton and giving another right wing – 22-year-old Jordan Caron – more time to mature.
Last season, he had one goal in his first 16 games before finishing with 14 between Calgary and Pittsburgh. In 2011-12, he opened with two goals in his first 10 games and four in his first 15. The year before? Two goals in his first 17 games, before breaking out with a hat trick in Game No. 18.
“Unfortunately, I’ve been here many times,” Iginla said Monday. “It’s all part of the game and you just try to work hard and keep going and keep getting the chances and always keep saying that the next one is going to go in.”
Iginla is getting his chances with David Krejci and Milan Lucic and the general consensus is that he looks more in tune with with his linemates in his first five games than fellow newcomer Loui Eriksson on the second line with Patrice Bergeron with Brad Marchand line.
“Krech and Looch have been playing great and working hard and I’m trying to work hard with them and like I’ve said I’ve had really good chances for a number of games,” Iginla said. “Whenever you win you never feel as bad, you just shrug it off and say next time. But whenever you lose by a goal it always feels a lot worse when you know that one of those could have made a difference. But keep going and like I said I’ve been here before and you just keep working through it and stay positive and keep trying to get open and like I say, keep believing the next one goes in.”
In an attempt to get Iginla some momentum, Claude Julien placed Iginla on Boston’s 5-on-3 power play unit. Good chances, a couple of missed shots but still no dice.
“I think I had a few of them but two were good ones, one I just missed probably by a couple inches the top right corner, one I missed by a mile and that was just trying to hard and too excited and just missed it,” Iginla said. “But I thought ‘ when you’re feeling it those go in and unfortunately they didn’t. It was an important time of the game, it could have been a big difference. And you get out there in those situations and you definitely want to help the team and feel responsibility, all of us out there. So when you don’t score when you have a two minute one it stings but at the same time I think the guys did a great job and just keep going almost to that last second and really we almost found a way to get it to over time there.
|David Krejci to play in opener||10.03.13 at 11:50 am ET|
The Bruins will have their new alternate captain in the lineup for Thursday’s season-opener against the Lightning, as David Krejci will be in the lineup after being questionable with back spasms.
Krejci was on the ice for morning skate centering his line with Milan Lucic and Jarome Iginla, while Carl Soderberg (left ankle) was once again absent and will not play Thursday. With Soderberg out, Jordan Caron will play left wing on the third line with Chris Kelly and Reilly Smith.
For the time being, the Bruins will not call up another forward from Providence.
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|David Krejci plans to lead by example while wearing the ‘A’||at 10:28 am ET|
David Krejci has a lot of things these days. He’s a first-line center making a pretty healthy $5.25 million a year, and now he has a shiny new ‘A’ on his sweater.
With the letter, which he’ll share with Chris Kelly, comes more notoriety and perhaps more responsibility, but Krejci isn’t planning on letting the distinction make him something he’s not.
“It’s an honor to still be a Bruin after many years here. Now to have a letter, it’s pretty cool,” he said. “I’m just going to try to do my best every night, try to lead by example on the ice and still be the same guy in the dressing room. I don’t want to change myself. I just want to be the same guy as I’ve been in past years. That’s all I can do.”
Krejci wants to follow the lead of a guy like Patrice Bergeron, who is the ultimate lead-by-example player but also has enough respect from his teammates that they’ll listen when he speaks.
“People don’t really know me, and some people say about me that I’m a quiet guy,” Krejci said. “I wouldn’t say that I’m quiet, but I also wouldn’t say I’m a loud guy. I don’t stand in front of the room and have big speeches. I’m just doing my thing.
“I feel that I’ve been on the team a long time now, and if there has to be something said or done in the dressing room between periods or after games or whatever, I feel like I can say something smart and guys will listen and it will make sense. That’s what I’m going to try to do. I’m not going to be somebody that I’m not, but as I’m older, I’ve got more experience so I’m going to try to share that with the rest of the team.”
Krejci is a logical option to wear the letter. Entering his seventh NHL season, he’s one of the team’s top players, has led two of the last three postseasons in points. Yet he wasn’t the only candidate to take Andrew Ference‘s old letter and he knows it.
“You know what? I know I’ve got a letter on my jersey, but it doesn’t mean that there’s only four of us who are going to be leading by example,” he said. “We have other guys. We have Iggy, we have Looch, we have Soup. I don’t want to forget any names, but we have so many guys. We have such good leadership in our dressing room, so it doesn’t really matter who has the ‘A’ or not.”
|Carl Soderberg out for opener, David Krejci a game-time decision||10.02.13 at 1:41 pm ET|
Carl Soderberg will miss Thursday’s regular-season opener due to a left ankle injury suffered last Friday in the Bruins’ preseason finale. He is currently on injured reserve (retroactive to this past Saturday), so he could be eligible to play in this Saturday’s game against the Red Wings if he is healthy enough.
Soderberg did not practice Wednesday, and though he said he has “no idea” when he’ll be able to return to the ice, he’s optimistic that it won’t be too long.
“The foot feels much better, so we’ll see,” he said. “It could take a couple days, but we have no idea.”
With Soderberg not available, Jordan Caron will skate on the third line with Chris Kelly and Reilly Smith.
David Krejci, who had previously been off the ice due to back spasms, returned to practice Wednesday and is a game-time decision for the season-opener.
“I felt better,” Krejci said. “Hopefully I’ll wake up tomorrow and feel even better. It’s going to be a game-time decision. Obviously I want to play, but if I can’t, then I can’t.”
If Krejci is unable to go, look for the B’s to recall Ryan Spooner, who was one of the team’s best players in camp but was sent to Providence because of the Bruins’ logjam at center.
The Bruins also made a roster move Wednesday, placing defenseman Kevan Miller on waivers with the intention of assigning him to Providence.
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|David Krejci to wear Andrew Ference’s ‘A’ for Bruins||10.01.13 at 3:45 pm ET|
Krejci gets the share of the distinction after Andrew Ference split it with Chris Kelly for the last two seasons. Ference was not brought back by the Bruins in the offseason, and he has since been named captain of the Oilers.
Originally taken by the B’s in the second round of the 2004 draft, Krejci has been the team’s first-line center for three seasons and has twice led the entire postseason in scoring. He did so in 2011 with 23 points and last postseason with 26 points.
In 424 career regular-season games, Krejci has 91 goals and 218 assists for 309 points. He is entering the second season of a three-year, $5.25 million contract.
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Claude Julien told reporters at Tuesday’s practice in Vermont that forward Carl Soderberg is “highly doubtful” to play in Thursday’s season-opener with swelling in his ankle. Soderberg was listed as being on injured reserve when NHL’s opening-day rosters were released Tuesday.
Julien added that David Krejci, who also did not practice Tuesday, will skate Wednesday, making his status for Thursday a lot better than Soderberg’s.
With Soderberg likely out, expect Jordan Caron to play in his place as the third-line left wing.
Soderberg suffered the injury in the preseason finale Friday, when he hit a right in the Bruins’ exhibition against the Jets.
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|Bruins waive Nick Johnson; David Krejci, Carl Soderberg ‘day-to-day’||09.29.13 at 12:01 pm ET|
Both David Krejci and Carl Soderberg were absent from Bruins practice Sunday, with the B’s placing forward Nick Johnson on waivers just prior to the skate. The team made the move with the intention of sending Johnson to Providence, but he must clear waivers first.
Krejci missed Friday’s preseason finale with back spasms.
“Right now I would say they’re just day-to-day,” Claude Julien said after Sunday’s practice. “Maybe as we move further it might be better. To be honest with you, with Krej it might be better.
“With Carl, I’m not sure yet, because the injury was suffered when he hit a rut the other night. It’s still up in the air as far as the seriousness of it. We had first deemed it minor and now it’s questionable.”
Johnson being placed on waivers means that the team’s roster is more or less set. Jordan Caron will be the team’s 13th forward, while the team will keep eight defensemen (with Kevan Miller the eighth).
Assuming all players are healthy, the roster should look like this for opening night based on the players currently on the roster:
Healthy scratches: Jordan Caron, Matt Bartkowski, Kevan Miller