|Andy Brickley: Bruins ‘should have close-out ability,’ ‘haven’t shown it consistently enough’||03.20.13 at 12:21 pm ET|
NESN’s Andy Brickley spoke with Mut & Merloni Wednesday about why the Bruins have struggled to maintain leads, what general manager Peter Chiarelli might do before the trade deadline, and how the lineup could be shuffled after some recent injuries.
On Tuesday, the Bruins gave up three third-period goals and lost 3-1 to the Jets. Brickley said the way the B’s have played with leads, especially late in games, has been problematic.
“With one-goal leads, even sometimes two-goal leads — for some reason, their inability to make plays when it’s coming out of their own zone, at center ice, when they do have possession, putting pucks into areas in the offensive zone, it requires discipline,” Brickley said. “You don’t want to have to play that way, because you have the lead and you think you can extend the lead by making plays, when the real play is to put pucks in areas to force the other team to have to go and then have to come 200 feet.
“Games are going that way this year because of the 48-game schedule. Things are different this year. Those are not excuses for this Bruins team, because they’re better than they’re showing. They should have close-out ability and they haven’t shown it consistently enough. That said, they’re still in pretty darn good shape.”
There’s been talk of the Bruins pursuing a stay-at-home defenseman to help support Dougie Hamilton before the April 3 trade deadline. However, Brickley said they may make a play for an offense-oriented defenseman instead, despite the potential cost of such a trade.
“As much as we like Dougie Hamilton and what he’s brought to this team, you still see his minutes reduced late in the game, when they’re playing good competition, playoff teams, and goals are hard to come by,” Brickley said. “He’s not the player that you can look at and say, April, May and June, he’s going to be real good for us. That would be a total guess. So maybe you do have to add a puck-moving defenseman, and that’s probably where the premium is at, but there are a lot of puck-moving defensemen ‘¦ that would be available.”
|Ryan Spooner to center Milan Lucic and Nathan Horton vs. Jets||03.19.13 at 2:09 pm ET|
Ryan Spooner has only played one career NHL game, but it appears his second one will carry a ton of responsibility.
Bruins coach Claude Julien told reporters in Winnipeg Tuesday that Spooner, who was called up Monday on an emergency basis from Providence, will start on Boston’s top line Tuesday against the Jets, centering Milan Lucic and Nathan Horton in place of the injured David Krejci. Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe noted during Tuesday’s morning skate that Spooner was also working with the Bruins’ top power play unit with Lucic, Horton, Dougie Hamilton and Tyler Seguin.
Spooner played 5:29 in his NHL debut last month against the Canadiens.
|Bruins recall Ryan Spooner on emergency basis||03.18.13 at 5:15 pm ET|
The Bruins called up Ryan Spooner from Providence on an emergency basis Monday, shortly after it was learned that David Krejci is day-to-day with a right knee injury. Spooner will join the team in Winnipeg and will be available for Tuesday’s game against the Jets.
Spooner was up with the B’s once last month, playing 5:29 in his NHL debut on Feb. 6 against the Canadiens. In 50 games this season, he has 12 goals and 33 assists for 45 points.
|Brad Marchand to miss Canadiens game||02.06.13 at 1:06 pm ET|
Bruins coach Claude Julien announced that forward Brad Marchand will miss Wednesday night’s game against the Canadiens. The team has not disclosed Marchand’s injury, but he appeared to hurt his shoulder after crashing into the end boards during Saturday’s win over the Maple Leafs.
In Marchand’s absence, forward Ryan Spooner will make his NHL debut. Spooner, a 2010 second-round draft pick, was recalled from AHL Providence on Monday on an emergency basis. The 21-year-old has nine goals and 21 assists with a plus-12 rating in 35 games for Providence this season.
|Bruins recall Ryan Spooner on emergency basis||02.04.13 at 6:12 pm ET|
The Bruins recalled forward Ryan Spooner from Providence Monday on an emergency basis. The 2010 second-round pick will join the B’s Tuesday and travel with them to Montreal for Wednesday’s game against the Canadiens.
Spooner, 21, is in his first full professional season and has yet to play an NHL game. In 35 games for Providence this season, Spooner has nine goals and 21 assists for 30 points and a plus-12 rating.
The call-up comes amongst some injury concerns for the Bruins, as forward Brad Marchand did not practice with the team on Monday, as missed the second half of Saturday’s game after crashing into the endboards. Daniel Paille missed Saturday’s game with an upper-body injury but participated in Monday’s practice. Claude Julien would not rule either player out for Wednesday’s contest.
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|Ryan Spooner, Matt Bartkowski among Bruins camp cuts||01.17.13 at 9:59 pm ET|
The Bruins cut down the number or players in camp Thursday night, announcing four player moves. Defenseman Matt Bartkowski and forward Ryan Spooner were assigned to Providence, forward Jamie Tardiff was waived with for the purpose of assignment to Providence and defenseman Aaron Johnson was sent to Providence on a conditioning loan.
The transactions leave forwards Chris Bourque and Lane MacDermid as well as defenseman David Warsofsky as the Providence players still in camp. Bourque is expected to begin the season on Chris Kelly and Rich Peverley’s line, with MacDermid and Jay Pandolfo left to battle for the extra forward spot. Pandolfo is in camp on a tryout.
The Bruins could recall Johnson from his conditioning stint. Should he remain in Providence, Warsofsky will begin the season as the team’s seventh defenseman.
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|Ryan Spooner shines as Bruins prospects wrap up development camp||07.02.12 at 2:41 pm ET|
WILMINGTON — The Bruins’ sixth annual development camp is in the books, as the B’s prospects finished the six-day camp with a power skating session and a scrimmage Monday at Ristuccia Arena.
Forward Ryan Spooner was the star of the day, scoring two goals for the white team in the black and white scrimmage. Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli called Spooner “one of the usual suspects” when it comes to players pushing for an NHL job this season along with fellow 2010 second-round pick Jared Knight and defenseman Dougie Hamilton. Both Knight and Spooner will head to the AHL if they don’t make the team out of camp, as they finished their junior careers last season in the OHL.
More to come from camp.