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Bruins release Training camp/Preseason schedule 09.03.10 at 12:59 pm ET
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Courtesy of the wonderful folks at the Bruins, here’s the team’s schedule for training camp and the preseason, all the way through the team’s first two regular season games with the Coyotes in Prague.

Tuesday, September 7 (Wilmington, MA)
– Captains’€™ Practice Ice, Ristuccia Arena, 10:00 a.m. ET

Wednesday, September 8 (Wilmington, MA)
– Captains’€™ Practice Ice, Ristuccia Arena, 10:00 a.m. ET

Thursday, September 9 (Wilmington, MA)
– Captains’€™ Practice Ice, Ristuccia Arena, 10:00 a.m. ET

Friday, September 10 (Wilmington, MA)
– Captains’€™ Practice Ice, Ristuccia Arena, 10:00 a.m. ET

Saturday, September 11
– OFF

Sunday, September 12 (Wilmington, MA)
– Rookie Fitness Testing, Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington, 9:30 a.m. ET (closed to public/closed to media)
– Rookie Ice, Ristuccia Arena, 12:00 noon ET

Monday, September 13 (Wilmington, MA/ Bolton, MA)
– Rookie Ice, Ristuccia Arena, 10:00 a.m. ET
– Bruins Foundation Golf Tournament, The International, 11:00 a.m. ET (159 Ballville Road, Bolton, MA 01740)

Tuesday, September 14 (Wilmington, MA)
– Rookie Ice, Ristuccia Arena, 10:00 a.m. ET
– Captains’€™ Practice Ice, Ristuccia Arena, 12:00 noon ET

Wednesday, September 15 (Wilmington, MA/ Boston, MA)
– Captains’€™ Practice Ice, Ristuccia Arena, 10:00 a.m. ET
– Rookie Morning Skate, TD Garden, 11:30 a.m. ET
– Bruins Rookies vs. Islanders Rookies, TD Garden, 7:00 p.m. ET

Thursday, September 16 (Wilmington, MA/ Boston, MA)
– Captains’€™ Practice Ice, Ristuccia Arena, 10:00 a.m. ET
– Rookie Morning Skate, TD Garden, 10:30 a.m. ET
– Bruins Rookies vs. Islanders Rookies, TD Garden, 7:00 p.m. ET

Friday, September 17 (Boston, MA)
– Veteran Fitness Testing, TD Garden, 9:45 a.m. ET (closed to public/closed to media)
– Veteran media availability will take place after fitness testing
– Optional Ice, TD Garden, 1:30 p.m. ET (100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114)

Saturday, September 18 (Boston, MA)
– Group A Ice, TD Garden, 10:00 a.m. ET
– Group B Ice, TD Garden, 12:30 p.m. ET

Sunday, September 19 (Boston, MA)
– Group B Ice, TD Garden, 10:00 a.m. ET
– Group A Ice, TD Garden, 12:30 p.m. ET

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Bruins release preseason roster at 12:52 pm ET
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The Bruins have released the roster of players set to attend this season’s training camp, which starts with some captains practices next week before formally opening on September 17.

Here’s the list:

Forwards

Jamie Arniel
Patrice Bergeron
Gregory Campbell
Jordan Caron
Joe Colborne
Craig Cunningham
Zach Hamill
Nathan Horton

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A productive offseason appears over 09.01.10 at 12:26 am ET
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There are some pretty big similarities and differences that come to mind when looking at how the Bruins entered training camp last season vs. how they will do so this month (September 17). The biggest similarity isn’t too hard to find, as the team is coming off a Game 7 defeat in the Eastern Conference semifinals for the second time in as many years.

Some things, though, are just the opposite of what they were a year ago. Last season, the biggest question regarded what would happen to the team’s hotshot youngster in Phil Kessel. Five days into camp, Kessel was a Maple Leaf and a much richer man. This season, with Tyler Seguin, the team enters camp with the excitement that surrounds a new young star (refraining from overusing “wunderkind”).

Last year, it was calculating whether the offense would still be elite without Kessel (it wasn’t). This season, it’s a matter of how much better it becomes with Seguin and Nathan Horton.

Last year carried the excitement of a re-signed Vezina winner in Tim Thomas. This year, the team will enter camp with a goalie who was forced to hear his name in trade speculation.

The Bruins have made the moves and non-moves that they’ve made and haven’t made, and now it appears they are ready to go for camp. General manager Peter Chiarelli caught up with Matt Kalman of the Bruins Blog (always a good read) Tuesday and said that the squad you see now is likely the one you’ll see in just over two weeks.

‘€œI’€™m happy where we’€™re at,” Chiarelli told Kalman. I know there’€™s been some stuff in the summer with Tim [Thomas] and Marc [Savard], and that has blown by, and we’€™ve got those two players on our roster, we’€™ve got some young blood coming and that’€™s where we’€™re at.’€

The question now is whether the team has done enough to consider themselves a legitimate contender in the Eastern Conference given their offseason. Here are a few of the positives:

Tuukka Rask is a year older and led the league last season in GAA and save percentage while splitting time with Thomas.

– Horton may be in the best situation he’s been in thus far in his career.

– The roster looks strong enough to perhaps be considered favorites in the Northeast division.

And negatives:

– The team could be a puck-moving blueliner away from having the defensive group it needs.

– It may not get the same attention as the Tom Brady situation, but Zdeno Chara, Patrice Bergeron, and Mark Stuart are among those entering the final year of their contracts. This means 2010-11 could be the final season with the current core of players, which certainly includes Chara and Bergeron.

– The salary cap is going to be a headache that could last into the season. If a move isn’t made before the season, expect speculation to continue until the team makes a move or Marco Sturm returns.

Is this a team that will go to an offensive extreme for the third year in a row (second in the league in scoring in 2008-09, dead last a year ago)? Very unlikely. Will the offense, when put in front of a good defense and top goaltending duo, be good enough to still make them one of the more difficult teams to face next season? There isn’t much that would suggest the contrary. This is a team that finished sixth in the East in the regular season. There’s plenty to improve on, but it seems they’ve done plenty to do so.

The guess would have to be that the Bruins will be a better team September 17 than they were after dealing Kessel away last September. Whether it’s good enough remains to be seen, but any buzz surrounding this club as it gears up for a new season seems warranted.

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Providence Bruins schedule released 08.25.10 at 4:40 pm ET
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On the same day that the NHL released its television schedule, the AHL released its regular season schedule, meaning anyone with an interest in seeing some of the Bruins top prospects not named Tyler Seguin should get out their calendars.

The team opens up the season at home, where they will take on the Springfield Falcons, the minor league team of the Columbus Blue Jackets (and formerly of the Pheonix Coyotes — thanks to reader “Malt”). The two will square off at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center on Friday, October 8. Checking out the farm could be a great way to kick off the season for fans who won’t be in Prague the next day for the big club’s opener.

To see the rest of the schedule, click here.

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TV schedule released, very little NBC for B’s at 4:12 pm ET
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It looks like anyone who fancies watching Sunday hockey on NBC will have to stick to the Rangers. The NHL has released its television schedule for the coming season and the hometown team isn’t exactly well-represented by the network. Here’s where you can find the Bruins in 2010-11 when they’re not on NESN.

VS. (all teams EST)

October 9 vs. Phoenix (Prague, Czech Republic), 6:00 p.m.
October 19 at Washington, 7:30 p.m.
November 17 at New York Rangers, 7:00 p.m.
November 22 at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.
December 7 vs. Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.
December 20 vs. Anaheim, 7:30 p.m.
December 28 at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.
January 10 at Pittsburgh, 7:30 p.m.
February 9, vs. Montreal, 7:00 p.m.
March 29 vs. Chicago, 7:30 p.m.
April 4 at New York Rangers, 7:30 p.m.

The following two games are NBC “flex” games that the network will have the option of airing:

February 13 at Detroit, TBD
April 10 at New Jersey, TBD

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Rookie games moved to Boston 08.13.10 at 1:59 pm ET
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The two preseason rookie games between the Bruins and Islanders scheduled for the two days leading up to training camp have been moved from Shelton, CT to the TD Garden, the team announced Friday. The games will be played on September 15 and 16 before camp opens the following day. Tickets go on sale Thursday, August 19 at 10 a.m. and will cost $5. All proceeds will go the Bruins Foundation.

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Bruins can hear the hype 08.09.10 at 7:22 pm ET
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MIDDLETON — Eighty-something days after the Flyers eliminated the Bruins in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals, Bruins Shawn Thornton, Milan Lucic, and Tuukka Rask took to the golf course for Parkinson’s disease, re-energized on the tail end of the offseason. Frustration and shock that stained the end of the season seems to have washed away, and for good reason.

The Bruins infamously let the Flyers erase a 3-0 series lead and allowed Philadelphia to advance to the conference finals, where they would defeat the Canadiens.

“[It was] really hard. Obviously when something like that happens, it stays in for a long time, but you’ve just got to realize what happened and learn from that,” Rask said Monday. “I think if we’re ever in the same kind of situation again, we’re much stronger as a team and as individuals for [learning] from that situation.”

Since things ended for the Bruins, though, the team started on a course to fill whatever perceived holes they had while also retaining its core group of guys.

Though the team finished sixth in the conference with 91 points last season and were viewed as somewhat of a regular season disappointment, in coming within a game of playing for a shot to represent the East, the Bruins confirmed to Boston their legitimacy as a team with significant playoff potential. As a result, fans have overlooked the loss to the Flyers and instead have zeroed in on how close the Bruins appear to be. Whether it be adding Tyler Seguin and Nathan Horton or bringing back Mark Recchi, Blake Wheeler, Thornton, and key guys on defense, something has sent a jolt of life into Boston’s fanbase and the Bruins are noticing. Read the rest of this entry »

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