Player News - Bruins

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Brad Marchand may get an increase in power-play time this season.

The Bruins lost Jarome Iginla in the summer to free agency, so Marchand could be a candidate to take some more time on the man advantage. Despite scoring 25 goals in 2013-14, he averaged just 29 seconds of ice time on the power play last year.
Oct 1 - 10:24 AM

Matt Bartkowski scored a shorthanded goal in Boston's 5-3 preseason loss to the Islanders on Tuesday.

He's competing for Boston's sixth or seventh defense spot, but there's also a chance that he'll be traded to help the Bruins get under the salary cap. "It's just as uncertain (as any other season)," said Bartkowski, who carries a cap hit of $1.25 million. "Who really knows? But that's something that we can only control with our play, so I don't really intend to worry about it."
Oct 1 - 10:19 AM

Milan Lucic suited up in his second preseason game on Tuesday.

He still hasn't looked that comfortable since returning from off-season wrist surgery. "The only excuse he would have is that maybe his hands aren't there yet," coach Claude Julien said. "That was pretty apparent. The rest? There's no excuse to me. He came into camp in real good shape, and his hand has not been an issue more than it's getting his comfort of the wrist back to where he'd like to see it." Julien wants to see more from his top line of Lucic, David Krejci and Loui Eriksson leading into the start of the regular season.
Oct 1 - 10:04 AM

Reilly Smith said that Boston's cap situation played a significant role in his negotiations with the team.

"The cap is a huge factor," said Smith, who signed matching one-year deals worth $1.4 million along with defenseman Torey Krug. "When that comes into play, you kind of have to accept it and move on. Our agents advised us of the situation, the cap constraints the Bruins have. Obviously, both of us wanted to play here. . . . You don’t want to push anyone out (in a cap space-clearing trade), so that was the one solution that was there." Boston was able to agree to terms with two key restricted free agents on Monday, but now they have to clear some cap room.
Sep 30 - 10:06 AM

Ville Leino has been released from his training camp tryout contract.

Leino wasn't able to score a single goal in 53 games with Buffalo in 2013-14. This has been quite a fall from grace for the forward that once commanded a six-year, $27 million contract.
Sep 29 - 12:00 PM

Reilly Smith has signed a one-year, $1.4 million deal with the Boston Bruins.

Boston is lucky that Smith and Torey Krug finally blinked and signed matching $1.4 million deals because the Bruins weren't going to be able to pay them what they were worth unless they cleared up cap space with a trade. Smith broke out last season with 20 goals and 51 points in 82 games. If he manages to build on that, then he has plenty of bigger paydays ahead of him.
Sep 29 - 9:56 AM

Torey Krug has agreed to a one-year contract worth $1.4 million.

Krug is worth more than that, but the restricted free agent didn't have arbitration rights and the Bruins' cap situation tied their hands, barring a trade. Krug has missed most of training camp, but he'll be joining it with enough time to shake off the rust before Boston's opening game.
Sep 29 - 9:53 AM

Matt Fraser appears to be staying with the Boston Bruins for the start of the season.

"I think it is pretty obvious that he's making a statement," said coach Claude Julien. "If he plays the way he has been on a consistent basis, I don't think anybody is going to keep him out of this league. He's finishing his check, he's getting into the dirty areas, he playing a heavy, gritty game and he has the size to do it. And he has a good set of hands to top it off." Fraser has a couple of preseason goals and he joined Carl Soderberg and Chris Kelly on the third line recently. That could be a combination that opens the regular season.
Sep 29 - 8:59 AM

Bracken Kearns has been released from his tryout agreement with the Boston Bruins.

He skated in 25 games with the San Jose Sharks last season and 45 contests with the team's AHL affiliate in Worcester.
Sep 29 - 8:54 AM

Claude Julien told reporters that Gregory Campbell is questionable for the Bruins' season opener against the Philadelphia Flyers.

Campbell is dealing with a "core" injury and his status is in doubt for Boston's opener on October 8th. He doesn't bring much to the table in terms of standard fantasy value.
Sep 28 - 5:03 PM

The Boston Bruins announced that they have assigned 10 players to the Providence Bruins.

Chris Castro, Alex Fallstrom, Brian Ferlin, Seth Griffith, Jared Knight, Matt Lindblad, Joe Morrow, Tyler Randell, Ben Sexton and Zach Trotman will head to the AHL. The team also announced that Bracken Kearns has been released from his pro tryout.
Sep 28 - 2:03 PM

David Pastrnak (shoulder) returned to Bruins’ practice on Sunday.

Pastrnak skated with Ryan Spooner and Ville Leino. The 18-year-old hasn’t practiced since the second day of camp with a bruised shoulder. The team’s first round pick in the 2014 draft will likely get to play in a couple of preseason games this week.
Sep 28 - 1:59 PM

Despite a lack of openings on defense, Zach Trotman is hoping to stick with the Boston Bruins this year, but realizes he may have to play in the AHL again.

Trotman signed a two-year contract extension with the club this summer. The first year of the deal is a two-way contract, but the second year of the contract turns into a one-way deal. Unfortunately for the 24-year-old, there doesn’t appear to be many openings for him in 2014-15. "You can’t really think about that," said Trotman. "That’s not something I can control. I try to go out every day thinking about what I can control, and that’s how I play." Unless the Bruins suffer some injuries on the blue line, Trotman will probably start the year in Providence.
Sep 28 - 8:29 AM

Dougie Hamilton potted a goal and added an assist for the Bruins in their 3-1 win against the Red Wings on Saturday night.

Hamilton finished a plus-three on the night in 20:09 of ice time. He had seven goals and 25 points last year during the regular season and seven points in 12 playoff games and should continue to develop into an excellent offensive defenseman. Ville Leino and Brad Marchand (empty-netter) scored the other goals for Boston. Tuukka Rask made 14 of 15 saves, while Jeremy Smith sticked aside all eight shots he faced in the third period.
Sep 27 - 9:42 PM

The Boston Bruins announced that Milan Lucic has been cleared to play in a preseason game against the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday.

He's dealing with a surgically repaired wrist that might open him up to a slow start to the 2014-15 season, so it's wise to practice patience with the hulking power forward.
Sep 27 - 5:43 PM

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