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Team-building kicks off 07.06.10 at 3:44 pm ET
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BEDFORD — Bruins prospects struggled plenty in the morning on the first day of development camp, but based on the way their afternoon team-building activities have kicked off in Bedford, the heat was nothing.

Upon arriving at The Edge Sports Center, youngsters including Tyler Seguin, Joe Colborne, and David Warsofsky took in an hour-long presentation from Eric Kapitulik, who shared both gut-wrenching and inspiring stories from his life with the NHL hopefuls. Kapitulik, who played lacrosse at Navy, experienced a life-changing tragedy in 1999 during his time as a Marine. A helicopter crash in San Diego saw him and those under his command sink in the chopper under water as they tried to swim out while drowning. Kapitulik was one of 11 who survived, but they lost seven men in the December crash.

Kapitulik, who since has competed in eight Ironman triathlons and raised money for a scholarship to benefit the six children who lost their parents in the disaster. In speaking with the players, he addressed them as “warriors” and preached that the most important people in the room were the people to the left and right of one another. In leading workouts with the team that have ranged from pushups to flutter kicks to carrying sandbags, he continued to preach the logic, as Boston College defenseman Tommy Cross learned.

“We don’t care about you, Tommy,” Kapitulik shouted as the defenseman led the team in pushups. “All we care about are the warriors to your left and to your right.”

The team-building activities, which consisted of four quarters of what Kapitulik called “judgement day,” were certainly challenging on the players, many of whom had attended development camp in years past. Rather than counting off pushups in traditional style, whomever led the exercises (players volunteered, with Cross being the first to successfully do so — Zach Trotman tried to but was sent back to his teammates for walking) would push up, down, and up, counting one, two, and three at each move, before his teammates would yell “one” back as they pushed up again. As a result, the 17 pushups Cross led the players in to lead off the first quarter were more like 37.

“If you don’t think you can possibly do one more pushup, do one more,” Kapitulik said before the first quarter kicked off. “Then do one more.”

Colborne, the 16th overall pick in the 2008 draft, was the first prospect to get an earful from Kapitulik. After the Marine’s initial speech, which was given in a room next to the indoor turf the players then exercised on, he asked the center if he felt he could get his teammates to fold up their chairs, put them away, and be lined up on the field in 60 seconds. Colborne accepted the assignment, and when the 27 players couldn’t finish in time, Kapitulik shouted to the center that it was only his fault.

Exercises were often stopped by Kapitulik and members of the Program when players were not calling out their teammates for slipups. Though the likes of Don Sweeney and Peter Chiarelli were in attendance, the lasting image of the day might be president Cam Neely sitting by himself on a bench in the middle of the turf, completely silent as he watched the players struggle in the first 16 minutes.

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Hall Signs 07.05.10 at 3:48 pm ET
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The top overall pick in the NHL draft, Taylor Hall, has officially signed with the Edmonton Oilers, and the contract comes with very few surprises as Bruins fans anticipate what their team may be paying Tyler Seguin.

Hall’s three year deal finds ways around the $900,000 maximum salary for an entry level deal, as has become a trend in recent years. CapGeek.com (which every hockey fan should check about 12 times a day in the offseason) has the deal including $2.85 million in performance bonuses, which swells that dinky $900,000 into a cap hit of $3.75 million. The cap hit puts Hall’s deal right on par with the pact John Tavares signed a year ago with the Islanders.

There might not be much of a dropoff in what the second pick commands in comparison to the top choice, as Hall and Seguin co-headlined the draft class with 106 points apiece in the OHL and Seguin being the top-ranked player according to NHL Central Scouting.

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Everything you need for Development Camp at 2:39 pm ET
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For those planning on making it out to Ristuccia Arena this week for the Bruins’ fourth annual development camp and snag a look at prospects such as Joe Colborne, Tyler Seguin, Jordan Caron, Jared Knight, David Warsofsky, and Ryan Spooner, here’s the run-down for when the camp is open to the public.

All the practices will take place at Ristuccia, which is located at 190 Main St. in Wilmington. Though only practice is open to the public, there will be media availability each day so follow the Big Bad Blog for the latest interviews and news as it comes.

Tuesday: Closed to the public.

Wednesday: Practice at 1:00 p.m.

Thursday: Practice at 10:00 a.m.

Friday: Practice at 10:00 a.m.

Saturday: Practice at 11:00 p.m.

Here’s the roster of players that will be in attendance, courtesy of the Bruins:

Forwards:
Tyler Brenner, Jordan Caron, Joe Colborne, Craig Cunningham, Alexander Fallstrom, Justin Florek, Mark Goggin, Jared Knight, Tyler Randell, Max Sauve, Tyler Seguin, Ben Sexton, Ryan Spooner, Nick Tremblay

Defensemen:
Yuri Alexandrov, Matt Bartkowski, Ryan Button, Marc Cantin, Tommy Cross, Ryan Donald, Steve Kampfer, Zach Trotman, David Warsofsky

Goaltenders:
Adam Courchaine, Matt Dalton, Zane Gothberg, Mike Hutchinson

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Chiarelli on D&C: team has ‘flexibility’ with Seguin 06.30.10 at 12:03 pm ET
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Peter Chiarelli

Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli

Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli joined the Dennis & Callahan show Wednesday morning to discuss free agent moves, the future for Tim Thomas and Marc Savard, as well as his expectations for draft pick Tyler Seguin.

Said Chiarelli: “I don’t want to put too much pressure on Tyler, but he’s a terrific talent, and he should be ready to play and contribute at some point next year.”

Following is a transcript. To listen to the entire interview visit the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

What are we looking for in terms of free agent moves?

I don’t know if you’ll see us go after any premier, in fact I do know that we won’t go after any premier guys. We feel that we have added two premier players in Nathan Horton and Tyler Seguin in the last week or so. What you might see from us though is another trade or two. … These trades are around the free agency period, they happen because teams are deciding how to spend their money. I have had a couple of conversations with teams, you might see a couple trades on our part.

What’s the biggest impetus on your end when making a trade?

It goes back to the end of the year when we said we wanted to change part of the composition of the team; I’m all ears. I’ve got a lot of discussions going on a number of different fronts. I don’t want to change things too much, I’ve already changed them a little bit. I don’t quite think I’m done yet, so that may mean a defensemen, that may mean a forward. I know getting Tyler Seguin we have more centers now; he can play the wing, his first year in juniors he played wing the whole year. We’ve got a lot of options. … There’s a couple of things we’re looking at, and if they come true I think they’ll be good for the team.

What are the odds of you trading Tim Thomas?

First, let me say that Tim Thomas does not want to be traded. Second, I know that he wants to be the number one goalie on the Bruins. Having said that. … If we keep all things as is, we’ll be tight but we’ll be fine. The [salary] cap went up to [$59.6 million], with the union electing the escalator. There’s a performance cushion that the union elected also, so we’re fine that way. Again, looking at all these options, I said last week about Tim, if something comes up I’ll discuss with Tim and his family. We’re not overtly looking; there are teams looking for goalies so we’ll see how that unfolds. Read the rest of this entry »

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Seguin, Horton toss out first pitches 06.29.10 at 9:19 pm ET
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BOSTON — Wrapping up the third and final stop of Tyler Seguin and Nathan Horton’s introductory tour of Boston, the two new Bruins threw out ceremonial first pitches prior the Rays/Red Sox game Tuesday night. Click here for the slideshow or click the picture below for more.

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John Vu photo, WEEI.com

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Seguin on Dale & Holley: ‘No idea’ where I would be drafted at 6:06 pm ET
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Tyler Seguin, the recent No. 2 overall draft pick by the Boston Bruins, joined Dale & Holley on Tuesday afternoon to talk about his relationship with Taylor Hall, how he’s improved his game, and what position he prefers to play.

“My improvement level has always been really good,” Seguin said. “I just think it’s the little things, the sacrifices off the ice, the commitment that you need to go to the next level. I’ve had my family and supporting cast to teach me along the way and I think I’ve just been maturing as a player and a person off the ice and I really just want to stay as consistent here as I can throughout.”

Seguin also spoke about his idol growing up and comparisons in his game to Steve Yzerman.

Below is the transcript of the interview. Visit the Dale & Holley audio on demand page to hear the interview.

Did you know on draft night that you were going to be the No. 2 pick?

No, I had absolutely no idea. It was definitely a very exciting day for my family and I, and we kind of took it all in. It was phenomenal being there in Los Angeles and the hospitality they gave us. I had no idea where I was going but I was very excited when it was announced.

What’s your relationship like with Taylor Hall?

Well I met him a couple times just through the events at the draft here. Whether it was the top prospect game or the world junior camp, stuff like that. At the end of the year, we kind of got together to go to Philadelphia for Game 4 of the Stanley Cup playoffs and I guess we bonded a bit more. At the draft we had a lot of events together as well. In the end, we were rivals and I guess we had more of a healthy competition on the ice. That’s as far as it’s gone, and now that it’s all said and done, I doubt we’re going to keep contact. Read the rest of this entry »

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Busy day continues as Seguin and Horton take to the streets at 5:30 pm ET
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BOSTON — Street hockey, that is. After meeting the press at the Garden less than four hours earlier, new Bruins Tyler Seguin and Nathan Horton played some outdoor puck with local youths at Puopolo Park in the North End.

“It’s not too bad,” Seguin said of a day that has already seen an airplane and two media events. “The flight this morning was an hour long and then the press conference, then this. I think when Fenway Park kind of hits I think it’s going to be a long day, but it should be lots of fun.”

John Vu Photo, WEEI.com

John Vu photo, WEEI.com

Seguin and Horton continued the fun by teaming with the local youths as part of the Bruins Street Brigade. The two seemed to enjoy the entire event (with the exception of Seguin getting hit with multiple balls that he jokingly wrote off as “blocked shots”).

“Back in Plymouth in the OHL we always tried to give back to the fans for all the support they’d given us, and this is a nice event to start off my experience here in Boston,” Seguin said. “Just to meet some of the fans and play a little hockey.”

The event got off to an interesting start, as the first two shots Tyler Seguin took as a member of the Boston Bruins were saved by an 11 year-old named Chris. Seguin continued to take warmup shots with the kids while advising them on basics, such as how to curve a stick.

Once the game kicked off, it was fairly apparent Seguin and Horton appear to have developed quite the rapport as they spend the entire day together. After Horton’s team scored their fourth goal, former Bruin Tommy Songin shouted , “Horton with the assist!” Seguin immediately responded with “Horton with his first point of the game! He finally decides to get out there and do something.”

John Vu photo, WEEI.com

John Vu photo, WEEI.com

Based on what Horton told the media before the game, he could have taken offense. Asked if he played street hockey as a child, he responded, “All the time.”

“That’s the thing to do when you’re little: play street hockey and play it all day long,” Horton said. “I did it all the time and still continue to play.”

Meanwhile, Seguin, who didn’t shy away from talking to his fans (he even sarcastically called a kid out for cherry-picking), used the game to shake the rust off for developmental camp,  which will take place July 6-10.

“I haven’t played hockey in about two weeks, so this is getting me ready for next week’s development camp,” Seguin said.

There were a few laughable points of the event, with perhaps none being funnier than the awkward encounter that occured when a youth told Seguin that acquaintance and OHL/draft stock rival Taylor Hall “is not even that good.” Seguin didn’t respond but smirked as he looked down.

On the contrary, however, Horton and Seguin actually contributed quite a bit to the game, with Seguin adding a valuable defensive presence to the black team (a.k.a the “Bruins) and Horton setting up  gold team (“Better Bruins”) youngsters. The Bruins won the game, as a local named Huey notched a hat trick and recieved a Bruins gift bag from Seguin and Horton for his hard work.

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