|Bruins prepare for Canadiens||01.11.12 at 1:17 pm ET|
WILMINGTON — With the Canadiens coming to town Thursday, the Bruins returned to practice Wednesday after Tuesday’s 5-3 come-from-behind win over the Jets.
All members were present for the B’s, including the suspended Brad Marchand. Normally the team’s second-line left winger, Marchand skated as the extra forward on the third line with Chris Kelly, Rich Peverley and Zach Hamill.
The Habs, who are currently 12th in the Eastern Conference, are coming off a 3-0 loss to the Blues Tuesday night.
Thursday marks the Bruins’ final game of a four-game homestand before they hit the road for four in a row. Coach Claude Julien said he expects to call a forward up from Providence for the trip, as the Marchand-less B’s currently do not have an eligible 13th forward. Assume that player will be Jordan Caron.
|Better late than never, Zach Hamill earns extended stay||01.03.12 at 1:15 pm ET|
WILMINGTON — Zach Hamill has made himself relevant again.
The eighth overall pick in the 2007 draft, Hamill failed to make significant strides in his first three full seasons in the organization, so much so that if you were to google his name, the word “bust” would be the second option on auto-complete.
Now, Hamill has turned things around, making a home for himself in Boston with strong play in place of injured forwards at various points this season. With Tuesday’s move that sent 2009 first-rounder Jordan Caron back to Providence, the 23-year-old Hamill has now established himself as the team’s extra forward.
There’s a bit of irony in that, as Providence coach Bruce Cassidy actually called Hamill out this summer, referencing the fact that younger players (Caron is 20) were making the team over him, and that he had yet to meet expectations.
“At the end of the day, when you’re in your fourth year in the same organization, it falls upon yourself just to push people,” Cassidy said of Hamill. “I think the individual has to recognize what’s going on around him. A few people have passed him and it’s time for him to start passing a couple of younger guys that have come in the last couple of years. And whether he’s ready to do that, we’ll find out in September.”
Hamill didn’t need to hear Cassidy’s words to realize the situation. He was well aware of it when Caron made the team out of camp last season, while Hamill didn’t even make the trip to Europe.
“I’m a smart enough person that I can see that,” Hamill said of the fact that he was being surpassed by younger players. “I see those kind of things, but at the same time you don’t want to look too much into it. The more you look into it, the more you drive yourself crazy. ‘¦ There’s been encouraging words along the way, but there are obviously ups and downs, so every day it’s different, but you try to keep an even keel.”
Hamill doesn’t like to think of it as a competition between he and Caron, but he does admit to watching Caron make the team over him as motivation. Factor in that each year without Hamill on the roster meant more chatter that the Bruins’ may have missed on such a high pick, and there were plenty of things to motivate the youngster.
“Obviously that motivation sometimes pushes you,” Hamill said. “Sometimes there are words that you don’t like, but at the same time, you can’t think too much of it. There obviously were times where I’ve been doing something, and I know in the back of my mind that it’s there. It’s definitely something that I don’t forget, but I try not to focus on it too much.”
Coach Claude Julien said after Tuesday’s practice that the team feels comfortable with Hamill as its 13th forward given how much time he’s put in in the minors. In eight games for the B’s this season, Hamill has two assists, and has seen time on both the power play and penalty kill. Though he figures to be a healthy scratch for the time being, it’s quite surprising that he’s able to claw his way onto the roster. When the Bruins, who were known for their depth, signed Benoit Pouliot, had Chris Clark in for a tryout and had Caron vying for a bigger role, Hamill didn’t worry about how he’d end up where he is now. Instead he focused on waiting for the opportunity and turning it into a bigger opportunity.
Said Hamill of his mindset: “A lot of good todays end up with good tomorrows.”
While Hamill’s yesterdays had people writing him off, his todays have gotten him to the NHL for an extended stay.
WILMINGTON — Following Tuesday’s practice at Ristuccia Arena, the Bruins sent forward Jordan Caron to Providence.
The move marks the fifth time this season that B’s have sent Caron, their 2009 first-round pick, to the AHL. In nine games for Providence this season, Caron has one goal and five assists for six points.
Caron’s demotion means that former eighth overall pick Zach Hamill will be the team’s extra forward for the time being. In eight games for the Bruins this season, Hamill has two assists and is still looking for his first career goal.
|Bruins recall Jordan Caron from Providence||01.02.12 at 10:53 am ET|
WILMINGTON — The Bruins recalled forward Jordan Caron Monday after sending him to Providence on Dec. 23.
In four games with Providence since the assignment, Caron picked up one assist in the AHL, and has one goal and five assists for six points over nine games for Providence this season. In 13 NHL games this season, Caron has one goal and two assists for three points.
|Bruins recall Steven Kampfer, Jordan Caron||12.19.11 at 10:19 am ET|
The Bruins recalled defenseman Steven Kampfer and forward Jordan Caron Monday after the two were sent to Providence for the weekend.
It was the second time this month the B’s have sent the two young players to the AHL, as it has allowed the healthy scratches to get game action to remain fresh. Caron had an assist in two games this weekend for Providence.
|Bruins send Jordan Caron, Steven Kampfer to Providence||12.16.11 at 8:01 pm ET|
The Bruins announced Friday that they have sent forward Jordan Caron and defenseman Steven Kampfer to Providence.
Much like when they were sent down on the first of the month, the move allows the two players who are usually the team’s healthy scratches to get some game action. The two will play for Providence on Saturday and Sunday.
The fact that the B’s sent Kampfer down suggests captain Zdeno Chara, who has missed the last two games with a leg injury, will be ready to play Saturday against the Flyers in Philadelphia.
|Bruins-Kings Live Blog: Brad Marchand’s second of the night makes it 3-0||12.13.11 at 6:55 pm ET|
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