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Chara feels Bruins can go ‘all the way’ 09.07.10 at 1:24 pm ET
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WILMINGTON — It’s no surprise that the Bruins have a buzz around them that seems to grow by the day. Back-to-back Eastern Conference semifinals appearances likely will do that, and adding players the caliber of Nathan Horton and Tyler Seguin can’t hurt.

That’s the type of positivity that seemed to come from Bruins captain Zdeno Chara on Tuesday as he addressed the media for the first time since the team packed up following its ugly Game 7 defeat to the Flyers last season. With the conference semifinals all but wrapped up after the Bruins took a commanding 3-0 series lead, the B’s watched Philadelphia march back and take four games in a row en route to one of the biggest comebacks in the history of professional sports. It’s hard to take a lesson from such a crushing and embarrassing defeat, but Chara maintained that it helped to emphasize a basic teaching.

“It’s never won,” Chara said. “It’s never won until you win Game 4. It’s something that doesn’t happen very often, like we found out. It was just a part of the history, but sometimes you’ve got to always have that in the back of your mind that it can happen.”

Though a chance at the Canadiens would have undoubtedly been a better prize than being taught a hard lesson, Chara seems to be done dwelling on the loss.

“It took a while [to get over], but you have to move on,” Chara said. “That’s just a part of the business. Obviously, you would like to be on the other side of that playoff round, but it happened and you have to learn from it and move on. Hopefully that makes us stronger for this year.”

And it seems this season is one that he’s particularly excited about with the aforementioned upgrades made to the team. The Bruins swung a deal with the Panthers for Horton before the draft and selected Seguin second overall just a few days later. They also retained their strong goaltending tandem of Tuukka Rask, who led the NHL last year in GAA and save percentage, and Tim Thomas, who took home the Vezina a year before. Given the offseason, Chara is not afraid to hold his team to high expectations.

“I think that we improved again,” Chara said. “Anything can happen. Anything is possible. We have a good enough team to win all the way. There is a few that can change the direction of how the team’s going. Obviously, injuries are a big part of the success, and if we stay healthy, this team is very strong.

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Home ice should be more of an advantage for Bruins 09.06.10 at 5:04 pm ET
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With captain’s practice set to begin Tuesday in Wilmington (closed to the public), the offseason is getting closer and closer to being over. Though the additions of Tyler Seguin and Nathan Horton might be viewed as the biggest differences between last season’s squad and the 2010-11 edition of the Bruins, the team may be helped in the seats of the TD Garden as much as it has improved on the ice.

With the team selling out full season ticket packages in July, the Bruins join the likes of the Blackhawks, Canadiens, Flames, Canucks in that regard. Though anyone hoping to get a traditional package is out of luck, single game tickets will go on sale this week. A pre-sale for season-ticket holders will begin Tuesday, with the general public getting their crack at tickets on Friday.

With season tickets flying so quickly, it appears the Bruins are set to be a hot ticket in Boston next season and perhaps could surpass their attendance numbers of a year ago.

In the 2009-10 season, one in which they finished sixth in the Eastern Conference and made it to the conference semifinals, the Bruins were a middle-of-the-pack team as far as attendance went (15th in the league), but their average of 17,388 people a night was 99 percent of the Garden’s 17,565 capacity.

With any luck, a potentially increased crowd could help the team improve upon a lackluster home record. Last season, the Bruins posted an 18-17-6 record at the Garden, a far cry from their 21-13-7 road record. Though the Bruins entered last season coming off a first-place regular season finish in the Eastern Conference, the buzz surrounding the team this year has been unlike any other in the club’s recent history. Even given the economy, it appears they’re set to be a huge draw in Boston.

Read More: Nathan Horton, Tyler Seguin,
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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