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Pierre McGuire on MFB: Bruins ‘really comfortable’ with Claude Julien 11.06.14 at 2:04 pm ET
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Pierre McGuire

Pierre McGuire

NBC Sports NHL analyst Pierre McGuire made his weekly appearance Thursday on Middays with MFB prior to the Bruins’ Thursday night game against the Oilers, as well to discuss Claude Julien‘s contract extension. To hear the interview, go to the MFB audio on demand page.

Julien inked a three-year contract extension over the weekend. McGuire said he has noticed Julien has become more comfortable working within the organization and with his coaching staff.

“I think they are really comfortable because there is a great relationship between the general manager, Peter Chiarelli and the coach, Claude Julien,” said McGuire. “I think they’€™ve become more and more comfortable over time and the one thing I think the Bruins like more than anything else is the stability of their franchise. It’€™s a very stable franchise and both guys have shown they can handle it.

“One of the things I think Claude is really learning to do over time is delicate authority. [Assistant coach Doug Houda] is getting a lot more responsibility, especially when it comes to changing the defense. Hiring a former head coach in the NHL in Joe Sacco, I think that helps you a lot. Doug Jarvis is one more cherished assistant coaches in the league. I think he’€™s learned to delegate authority really well. Quite frankly, I think it works really well in Boston. I enjoy being around their team and part of that reason is because of their coaching staff.”

The Bruins have enjoyed some success of late, winning three in a row and four-of-five. The wins have come against some of the weaker teams in the league — including the Panthers and Sabres — but McGuire notes the team can only play who comes up on their schedule.

“You’€™re always looking for your team to be a little bit better all the time, but I think like some college teams, you can’€™t pick your schedule, you have to play the way it comes down,” McGuire said. “They play Edmonton tonight, then they have a nice weekend off before they have to play next week against New Jersey and Toronto. They have a nice opportunity to give themselves a reward by beating Edmonton, a team not one of the upper-enchalant teams in the league.”

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David Pastrnak named AHL Rookie of Month 11.03.14 at 3:33 pm ET
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David Pastrnak

David Pastrnak’€™s first month of the regular season went as well as it could go without him actually suiting up for Boston. The 2014 first-round pick was named the AHL’€™s Rookie of the Month for the month of October.

Pastrnak’€™s 10 points this season (three goals, seven assists) are tops among AHL rookies. Same goes for his plus-9 rating, which he has compiled over nine games.

Though just 18 years old, Pastrnak could push for a job in Boston at some point this season. The biggest obstacle he faces is his size, as the 5-foot-10 right wing weighs just 165 pounds. That could make it tough for him to handle the board work required of wings in the NHL.

There also isn’€™t a job opening at this point. Seth Griffith has fit in nicely on the right wing of David Krejci‘€™s line with Milan Lucic. Pastrnak projects to eventually be top-six right wing.

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David Pastrnak sent to AHL, Matt Fraser, Ryan Spooner, Bobby Robins make Bruins for now 10.07.14 at 1:09 pm ET
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David Pastrnak

Though Peter Chiarelli said that there is still some “roster manipulation” to be done on the part of the Bruins between now and the start of the season for the purposes of maximizing cap space, the Bruins’€™ roster became more clear leading up to Tuesday’€™s 5 p.m. deadline.

Right wing David Pastrnak has been sent to Providence of the AHL for the time being. The 2014 first-round pick is there in order to further acclimate himself with the North American game while the Bruins continue to evaluate him. Pastrnak suffered a shoulder injury in his second practice of training camp and missed all but two games of the preseason.

Chiarelli said that the B’€™s will likely take “€œtwo to three weeks”€ to assess what they have in Pastrnak at the AHL level. The B’€™s can play him in the NHL for up to nine games before burning a year off his entry level contract. If Pastrnak plays the season in the AHL, his contract will slide to the next season, meaning that his first NHL season will count as the first of three seasons on his entry level deal.

Matt Fraser, Ryan Spooner and Bobby Robins have made the team for now. Fraser seems like a sure thing to earn a full-time spot, while Spooner’€™s play late in the preseason helped his case to begin the season in Boston.

David Krejci missed Tuesday’€™s practice and is questionable for Wednesday’€™s season-opener against the Flyers.

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David Pastrnak, Ryan Spooner to play in preseason finale for Bruins 10.04.14 at 11:10 am ET
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David Pastrnak

Both David Pastrnak and Ryan Spooner will be in the Bruins’€™ lineup in Saturday’€™s preseason finale against the Red Wings.

Pastrnak made his preseason debut Friday night after missing the team’€™s first five preseason games due to a shoulder injury suffered in the second practice of training camp. The 2014 first-round pick is trying to push for a roster spot in Boston, but his lack of a training camp could make it more likely that the B’€™s either start him in the AHL or return him to his pro team in Sweden.

The Bruins could also either return the player to Sweden or keep him for up to nine games into the season before either returning him or keeping him in Boston. For 18 and 19-year-old players, entry level contracts to not begin until a 10th game is played. If he is sent to the AHL, his contract will slide to the next season, meaning he could play a full year at the AHL, and years wouldn’t start being burned off his three-year deal until he plays in the NHL the next season.

Spooner, meanwhile, played left wing Friday night and had two goals and an assist for the B’€™s. With the Bruins’€™ depth chart crowded down the middle and Spooner having struggled with the defensive responsibilities of center, the team is at long last giving the 2010 second-round pick a good look on the left wing.

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David Pastrnak to make preseason debut vs. Islanders 10.03.14 at 12:44 pm ET
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WILMINGTON –€” David Pastrnak will make his preseason debut Friday night as the Bruins play the Islanders in Bridgeport.

Pastrnak, who suffered a shoulder injury in the second practice of training camp, skated on a line with Craig Cunningham and Daniel Paille in Friday’€™s practice.

“€œHe’€™ll be in the lineup tonight. He’€™s been cleared,” Claude Julien said. “€œHe got cleared yesterday afternoon when we spoke to our doctors, so he’€™s got the green light.”

Julien would not say whether the team’€™s plan is to play Pastrnak in Saturday’€™s preseason finale against the Red Wings as well. If the Bruins see enough out of Pastrnak prior to Wednesday, they could keep him into the regular season for up to nine games before deciding to either keep him for the season or send him back to Sweden.

The Bruins recalled Justin Florek, Seth Griffith, Alexander Khokhlachev, Ryan Spooner, Chris Breen, Zach Trotman to play in Friday’s game as well.

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Pastrnak Watch: Close to game action, but still not cleared 10.02.14 at 2:40 pm ET
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David Pastrnak

Bruins forward David Pastrnak hopes to make his preseason debut either Friday night in Bridgeport against the Islanders or in Saturday’€™s preseason finale against the Red Wings at TD Garden.

Pastrnak took part in full practice Thursday, skating with Brad Marchand and Reilly Smith on the second line as Patrice Bergeron was given a maintenance day.

The 18-year-old right wing, who missed time earlier in camp due to a shoulder injury before returning to practice Sunday, said he has not yet been cleared to play and is unsure of whether he’€™ll get into game action this weekend. The Bruins obviously hope he can play.

“That’s the hope,”€ Julien said. “Right now he’s feeling good, he looks like he’s ready. The only thing that’s stopping us from saying yes right now is we need the doctors to clear him. We’re confident he will be from what David’s telling us himself. He feels good, so we’ll see and we’ll probably be able to confirm that tomorrow morning.”

Julien hinted at the possibility of playing Pastrnak in both games if he’€™s ready, which would be a good test in determining whether the 170-pounder could handle the NHL schedule.

“I guess that depends on if he’s cleared,” Julien said. “œIf he’s cleared, he’s got a game, possibly two. I don’t know if it’s enough time to have a clear idea, but that’s all we have and we’ve got to live with it.”€

Pastrnak was injured in just his second NHL practice, and with his size the biggest hurdle he’€™ll have to overcome to stick in the NHL, perhaps the fact that he was injured so early could factor into their evaluation of him.

Julien shot down that line of thinking, saying that it was more of bad luck (perhaps a toe pick) that led to him crashing into the boards and suffering the injury.

The Bruins can keep Pastrnak on the roster into the season for up to nine games before deciding whether to keep him in Boston and begin his contract or send him back to Sodertalje SK, his club in Sweden.

Pastrnak said he isn’€™t worried about having to prove everything in one game if he gets to play, but hopes that he can finally get into an NHL game.

“€œIt’€™s always the worst part for a hockey player when you’€™re just watching games and you can’€™t play them,” Pastrnak said. “œIt’€™s real sad, but that’€™s part of hockey and that happens.”€

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Pastrnak Watch: Trying to salvage preseason action 09.30.14 at 11:10 pm ET
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David Pastrnak

As the Bruins continue to assess the candidates vying for open forward spots, David Pastrnak remains out of game action due to his recovery from a shoulder injury.

Pastrnak has been practicing since Sunday and took the most contact he’€™s taken thus far in Tuesday’€™s practice. In particular, he bounced back from a huge hit from defenseman Kevan Miller during drills.

Still, with no preseason games under his belt and just two left on the Bruins’€™ schedule, Pastrnak’€™s chances of making the B’€™s as the first or third-line right wing are dwindling. Claude Julien said after Tuesday’€™s game that the B’s hope Pastrnak will be able to play either Friday against the Islanders in Connecticut or in Saturday’€™s preseason finale against Detroit.

“Our goal is to hopefully get him in a game,” Julien said. “Today he practiced well; I think he had more contact today, so he’€™s certainly looking good, but until the trainers tell us that he’€™s ready for games, we’€™re not going to play him. He’€™s a young player that we’€™re certainly not going to take a risk with. For our sake and for his sake, he would like to at least get a game in and see how he fits in.”

If the Bruins maintain hope that Pastrnak could play in the NHL this season and don’€™t see enough to make up their minds in the preseason, they can keep him on the roster and play him for up to nine games without burning the first year off his entry level contract. That would seemingly provide ample time to decide whether the speedy right wing is worth keeping in Boston or sending back to his team in Sweden.

“It’€™s not my call. You’€™re asking the wrong person,” Julien said when asked of that possibility. “It’€™s not my call when it comes to that.”

Loui Eriksson manned the right wing on the first line with David Krejci and Milan Lucic Tuesday against the Islanders (their first time playing a game together this preseason), with Julien admitting after the game that the trio struggled. Then again, it’€™s worth remembering that it took until the ninth game of the season with Jarome Iginla last year that Boston’€™s first line really started clicking.

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