|Bruins sign local boy David Warsofsky||03.24.11 at 5:47 pm ET|
The Bruins announced Thursday that they have signed Boston University defenseman David Warsofsky to an entry-level deal. Warsofsky will report to Providence.
The B’s acquired the Marshfield native on June 26, sending Vladimir Sobotka to the Blues in exchange for the former fourth round pick. In 34 games for BU this season, Warsofsky had seven goals and 15 assists for 22 points.
In signing with the B’s, Warsofsky is done at BU after his junior season.
|Bruins trail Blues, 1-0, after one period||11.06.10 at 7:47 pm ET|
The crowd cheered for what they thought was a Bruins goal, but by periods’ end it was only an ex-Bruin who had scored, and the B’s trail the Blues 1-0.
Vladimir Sobotka, traded to the Blues for David Warsofsky during the draft, picked up his first goal of the season late in the first period. Matt Hunwick was in a tough spot, trying to account for Sobotka and Alexander Steen. When poking the puck from Steen was just out of reach for Hunwick, Steen sent it to Sobotka, who had plenty of time to beat Rask.
Nathan Horton seemed to have his seventh of the year when he beat Halak low from the bottom of the circle at a tough angle, but the play was ruled no goal, The play was reviewed, with it being determined that the puck hit the post and never crossed the goal line.
The Bruins took a page out Friday’s book in the first period. After mustering just nine shots through the first two periods on Friday, the Bruins put only six shots on Blues netminder Jaroslav Halak. Rask stopped 12 of the 13 shots he faced, and aside from a couple of juicy rebounds looked good.
|Local defender thrilled with trade to Bruins||06.27.10 at 12:51 am ET|
Boston University defenseman and newly acquired Bruins property David Warsofsky wasn’t watching the second day of the NHL draft on Saturday. Instead, the American-born prospect and Marshfield was cheering on Team USA in their World Cup match with Ghana, an eventual 2-1 defeat.It was supposed to be one of the few days hockey wasn’t the priority for the 2008 fourth-round pick of the Blues, as he was at his brother’s taking in the soccer game with family.
Then, as these stories go, the phone rang. It was Warsofsky’s advisor, Bob Murray. Given the other sporting event taking place, the 20-year-old could imagine it wasn’t a casual call.
“Right when he called me I knew something was up because he doesn’t call me every day, especially with the draft going on today,” Warsofsky said. “I didn’t know what was going on. ”
Having just finished his sophomore year and seemingly a year or two away from signing an entry-level contract with which NHL team holds his rights, the news from Murray may not have shaken the youngster in the way a mid-season trade would for a veteran. In fact, the news that he’d been acquired by Boston was thrilling for Warsofsky in that he wouldn’t be traveling far to his new home ice once he begins his professional career.
“He said that my rights had been traded to the Bruins and my heart kind of just dropped, because living in Boston my whole life and wanting to play for the Bruins was a lifelong dream so I couldn’t believe it when I actually heard it,” Warsofsky said.
Having grown up a hockey fan in Massachusetts, Warsofsky can likely understand the general goals around these parts, which are to win a Stanley Cup and beat the to Canadiens. While he has done neither, he’s won a national championship at the college level and was a member of the 2010 Team USA U-18 squad that beat Canadians (note the difference in spelling) to give the states a gold medal at the World Juniors.
Playing and winning at such a high level should prepare him to compete hard at the next level, and any head start on dealing with the rowdy crowds up north is a plus.
“I’ve played in front of a lot of fans at BU, Fenway, the Beanpot, a national championship game, and Canadian fans are in a league of their own,” Warsofsky told the New England Hockey Journal following the tournament victory in February. “The way they cheer, it’s almost like having another player on the ice for them.”
The realization of Warsofsky’s childhood dream to play for the Bruins also meant the end of restricted free agent Vladimir Sobotka‘s time in Boston, as he was sent to St. Louis in the deal, but from a local perspective, seeing a kid raised on the Bruins should be exciting for hockey fans throughout New England.
After playing his high school hockey for Cushing Academy in Ashburnham, Warsofsky’s career now gets to take the more-exciting-than-it-sounds proverbial road from Boston to Boston. The defenseman has been a very legitimate offensive threat in his time in Hockey East, scoring 12 goals in 34 games this past season as a sophomore. He had 23 total points, which tied his freshman production.
Despite the promise he shows as the offensive-minded, puck-moving defenseman the Bruins so openly covet, Warsofsky would be wise to continue refining his game under Terriers head coach Jack Parker and strength and conditioning coach Mike Boyle, as he plans to, in order to round out his overall game.
“I consider myself more of an offensive defenseman, but being at BU and working with Mike Boyle, [I've] just been trying to get a lot stronger,” Warsofsky said. “I know a lot of people kind of question my defensive ability so I take that and put it in my back pocket and try to work with that as much as I can.
“I think offense comes more naturally to me than defense so I’ve been trying to work on my defense ability and get stronger and work on my overall game.”
The 5-foot-8, 170-pound Warsofsky won a national championship as a freshman with the Terriers, but saw his team underachieve this past season, going 13-12-2 and failing to make the NCAA tournament it had won just a year before.
“I’m definitely excited about my junior year at BU,” Warsofsky said. “We have a few freshmen coming in, some strong players. We had a tough season last year so whenever you have those tough seasons you want to get back and get back on number one [ranking in the country].”
Before any shots at redemption are to be taken by the Terriers, Warsofsky’s biggest order of business this offseason will be to meet and skate with his new organization. He plans on attending the Bruins’ developmental camp, which runs from July 6-10 at Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington, just under an hour away from Marshfield.
|Bruins trade Sobotka for Warsofsky||06.26.10 at 4:57 pm ET|
It may not have been of the magnitude some may have expected in recent days, but the Bruins did trade for a player at the NHL draft. Peter Chiarelli told the media in Los Angeles that the team has traded center Vladimir Sobotka to the St. Louis Blue in exchange for Boston University sophomore defenseman David Warsofsky.
Warsofsky, who hails from Marshfield, had 23 points in each of his first two seasons at BU, though he played in 34 games as a sophomore to his 47 as a freshman. He scored 12 goals this past season.
“He sees the ice, he moves the puck,” Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli said of Warsofsky. “He’s almost a 190 pounds. We seem him a lot. We like him.”
The 20-year-old Warsofsky was orginally selected in the fourth round as the 95th overall pick of the 2008 draft by St. Louis. Prior to attending BU in the fall of 2008, he competed with the USA Under-18 team in the NAHL, playing 15 games and toalling six points (4 G, 2 A).
The Russian-born Sobotka was also a fourth-round pick, but in the 2005 draft. He was up and down between the Providence Bruins and the NHL team over the last three seasons. He played a career-high 61 games this past season, scoring four goals and contributing six assists for 10 points on the year.
Though the team now parts with Sobotka, Chiarelli spoke highly of the restricted free agent.
“He’s like a little wrecking ball, he’s a competitive kid,” Chiarelli said. “We acquired Greg Campbell, we’ve got some more centers coming in. … I talked to Vlady, he’s glad we’re giving him a chance some where else.”
As Chiarelli alluded to, it’s hard to imagine there being a spot on the the depth chart for Sobotka. With Marc Savard, David Krejci, Tyler Seguin, Patrice Bergeron, and Campbell already in the mix, Sobotka wouldn’t have had much of a chance to even earn a spot centering a line.
Chiarelli said it was not the team’s intention to pressure Warsofsky into skipping his final two years at BU so he could sign. He will likely spend at least another season playing under Jack Parker.
Prior to trade for Nathan Horton, the belief was that the Bruins would target a defensive prospect with the 15th overall pick. The Bruins now come away from Los Angeles with Warsofsky as their new defense prospect after moving the aforementioned pick to the Panthers.
|First period summary: Bruins vs. Flyers – Game 4||05.07.10 at 7:50 pm ET|
PHILADELPHIA — The Wachovia Center feels much more alive on Friday than it did on Wednesday for Game 3. The theme music from the Rocky music led the Flyers on to the ice (noticeably absent from Game 3) and a couple early Philadelphia chances got the crowd in the game.
Milan Lucic took the first penalty of the game as the Flyers went on the power play for high sticking at 8:24. But, as it has been all series long, Philadelphia got the Rask treatment as he blocked both shots that were sent on him during the man-advantage and Boston continued its strong penalty kill that has not allowed a power play goal since Game 1 with 10 kills in the last two games into the the start of Game 4.
Boston got on the board first when Mark Recchi added his fifth goal of the playoffs after Patrice Bergeron got on a partial break set up by Dennis Wideman and Daniel Paille through the neutral zone. Bergeron had a weak shot on Brian Boucher but the goaltender laid out and deflected the puck back into the slot with his stick where Recchi, following the play, flipped it to the top of the net at 15:37 for the third opening goal by the Bruins in the four games.
A dustup between Vladimir Sobotka, Scott Hartnell and Arron Asham in front of the Flyers bench at 18:04 sent Sobotka and Hartnell to the box for matching roughing penalties at 18:04. Philadelphia used the extra ice space to its advantage as Matt Carle came down the left wing on the rush rush and crossed the puck through the high slot to Claude Giroux who tapped it aside to Danny Briere who sent a wrist shot from the top of the dot on Rask that had eyes and the game was tied at one at 19:06.
The Bruins lead in the shot department heading into the second with a 10 to nine advantage.
|Savard on line with Sobotka, Ryder||04.28.10 at 11:09 am ET|
WILMINGTON — The question as to which line Marc Savard would play on upon his return from a Grade 2 concussion has been at least partially answered from the practice lines coach Claude Julien put out at Ristuccia Arena on Wednesday morning. Savard was wearing a white sweater along with Vladimir Sobotka and Michael Ryder. From these initial lines it looks like Sobotka has been taken from the center position to the wing with Savard, although, as always, lines are subject to change.
Patrice Bergeron was wearing yellow along with Mark Recchi and Marco Sturm while David Krejci was in gray with Milan Lucic and Miroslav Satan. The brick-colored sweaters were occupied by Blake Wheeler, Steve Begin, Daniel Paille, Trent Whitfield, Brad Marchand and Shawn Thornton. The red sweater represents a line demotion for Wheeler, who registered two assists in Game 2 of the quarterfinals against the Sabres and was minus-1 in the six games. The groupings among the red have Begin with Wheeler and Paille and Whitfield, Marchand and Thornton occupying what could be called a “fifth” line.
The defensive pairings have Zdeno Chara with Johnny Boychuk, Matt Hunwick with Dennis Wideman, Andrew Ference with Adam McQuaid and Jeffrey Penner with Andrew Bodnarchuk. Tim Thomas and Tuukka Rask are on the ice while Dany Sabourin is still with the team as a third goaltender.
|Where does Savard fit when he returns?||04.22.10 at 1:39 pm ET|
WILMINGTON — The Bruins had a meeting and workout day at Ristuccia Arena on Thursday before heading to Buffalo for Game 5 on Friday night. Players who did not play in Wednesday’s double overtime Game 4 worked out on the ice, including Marc Savard as he makes his way back from a Grade 2 concussion.
“Same as normal, skated with the guys a little bit and tomorrow I will be skating with the guys again so it is positive, for sure,” Savard said.
Savard had a doctor’s appointment this morning to determine if he was ready for contact but said in the locker room that he had not heard back from about his status. Regardless, Savard will not be taking many hits when he does return to the full team practice as battle drills are typically suspended in the playoffs to keep players as fresh as possible.
“I hope to know this afternoon. There is not going to be much bumping in practice from here on in,” Savard said. “You know, tomorrow I think I am cleared to start doing some of that stuff. Some little bumps and stuff and gradually getting back into it.”
An interesting question has arisen with the daily Savard Watch — which center gets bumped from the rotation in Savard’s eventual return? It probably will not be against Buffalo but if the Bruins can put away the Sabres the reality that Boston has five good centers for four spots.
Bergeron and David Krejci are going to continue to man their respective lines. Vladimir Sobotka has been a spark plugged since getting regular time starting at the beginning of March and has really helped the games of the struggling Blake Wheeler and Michael Ryder since he was paired with them in the final weeks of the regular season. With Savard coming back the natural thing would be to put Sobotka on the fourth line and sit either Steve Begin or Shawn Thornton. If Thornton sits, which would be likely in that situation, Begin would go to the wing and Sobotka would be the center but the fourth line would mean reduced minutes for the center and Boston benefits from having him on the ice.
It is a good problem to have but one that will need to be addressed when (if) Savard comes back.
Outside of Savard, there was not much else cooking around the Bruins in Wilmington. A couple meetings and a few players wandering in and out of the dressing room. Patrice Bergeron and Zdeno Chara both gave the “one game at a time” routine and how hard it will be to close out the Sabres in Game 5 at HSBC Arena.
“It is always tough to play in Buffalo. The fans really get into it and they are really going to be going hard, we all know that so we have to be focusing on our game and be ready,” Chara said.
Boston was on the opposite end of the three games to one playoff spectrum last year after winning the first and dropping the next three to Carolina in the conference.
“We’ve been in their situation before so we know how hard it is to win that fourth game,” Chara said.
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