Player News - Bruins

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Though he has participated in two days of training camp, Milan Lucic (wrist surgery) has still not been cleared for contact.

Lucic’s left wrist was in a cast for 12 weeks after the surgery in May. "It's been good, it's been better than what I expected, which is obviously a good thing," Lucic said. "Just seeing my progression over the last two weeks with where it's gone, it's been good." Don’t be afraid if the Bruins take a cautious approach with Lucic during the preseason. He will still be an excellent fantasy contributor, with 30-goal, 60-point, 100-plus penalty minute potential.
Sep 20 - 7:57 PM

David Pastrnak suffered a shoulder injury Saturday morning at practice when he was hit hard into the boards by Matt Bartkowski.

He left the ice immediately and didn't return. "He tweked his shoulder," coach Claude Julien said. "I don't know how serious it's going to be, but (he is) very, very doubtful for tomorrow. I would think if anything he'll be stiff and we wouldn't take that chance. But I don't think it's anything too, too serious." The 18-year-old forward is trying to make the jump to the NHL this season, but a long-term injury could nix those plans quickly.
Sep 20 - 2:34 PM

With Torey Krug a no-show at Bruins' training camp, David Warsofsky will get a chance to shine and showcase his talents.

In fact, Warsofsky, a very similar player to Krug, is getting the opportunity to play alongside Krug's defensive partner Kevan Miller. Should Warsofsky show well in training camp he could be traded to a team where he would start the season in the NHL and have a more prominent role than he currently enjoys in the Boston organization. He is certainly considered NHL ready but has no where to play given the Bruins' well stocked blueline. Stay tuned.
Sep 20 - 9:08 AM

Chris Kelly, who is in Boston's camp competing for a job, is not 100% healthy yet.

He is still feeling residual effects of back surgery he underwent in May. That said, Kelly is trying not to let them slow him down. The Bruins need to shed some salary in order to sign unrestricted free agents Torey Krug and Reilly Smith and stay under the cap. Trading Kelly and his $3 million contract is one way to achieve that goal. It is not clear if Kelly's current health status will hinder the Bruins should they choose to move him.
Sep 20 - 8:56 AM

Loui Eriksson doesn't see any reason why he can't register 70-plus points this upcoming season.

He had a track record of reaching this plateau a number of times in Dallas, and now that he is healthy and slated to play on the Bruins' top line, that expectation is certainly reasonable. "I had a tough year last year," said Eriksson. "It wasn't easy. It was a new system and then I got hurt. I've never been through anything like that. But right now I'm feeling good, and I need a good start this year and then (to) just keep it going"..."I always (look at) the seasons when I had 70 points. I'll try to get around there, or better. Last year was a tough one, point-wise. This year I hope maybe I get a little more with the scoring chances and the points." If everything breaks his way we believe Eriksson could be a 65-70 point player and fall just short of his stated goal. That's still a pretty big bounce back.
Sep 20 - 8:49 AM

Rookie David Pastrnak skated on a line with David Krejci in practice Friday.

Matt Fraser completed the unit. We wouldn't read too much into practice lines as Krejci is expected to center the Bruins' number one unit between Milan Lucic and Loui Eriksson. That said, it was interesting that Boston coach Claude Julien chose to pair Pastrnak with Krejci on the first day of scrimmages. We still don't think Pastrnak will make the Bruins out of training camp as he is likely ticketed to return to Sweden. But nothing is etched in stone.
Sep 20 - 8:35 AM

Torey Krug and Reilly Smith are the first Bruin-no shows at the beginning of training camp in Peter Chiarelli's nine-year tenure as Boston's general manager.

There is no further contract news on Krug, or Smith for that matter, and the two will start to miss valuable playing time when Bruins play four games in five nights starting Tuesday. Stay tuned.
Sep 20 - 8:27 AM

Ryan Spooner is more confident than he's been in the past that he can earn an NHL roster spot out of training camp.

"This is the first year I'm going into camp that I think I have the chance to at least start the season there," Spooner said. "I'm focused on going into camp and showing them that I'm ready to play, and mature enough to accept the challenge." He's a natural center, but he's willing to play on the wing if that improves his chances of seeing NHL action.
Sep 19 - 7:21 AM

Boston Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli stated that still RFA forward Reilly Smith was "not going anywhere" when he met with the fans on Thursday.

Like with Torey Krug, it's still unclear what Smith will come in for, but it sounds like Chiarelli is intent on finding a way to bring the talented young forward back into the fold. The Bruins sit $809,143 above the salary cap ceiling.
Sep 19 - 1:27 AM

Boston Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli was emphatic when he met with the fans on Thursday that still RFA defenseman Torey Krug was "not going anywhere."

It's still unclear how Krug, along with fellow unsigned RFA Reilly Smith will be brought in for as Boston sits $809,143 above the salary cap ceiling. But it sounds like a deal will get done ... eventually.
Sep 19 - 1:23 AM

Agent Anton Thun doesn't expect a deal to get worked out for Reilly Smith until Boston GM Peter Chiarelli creates some salary cap space.

"Peter and I have had several discussions over the summer, but thus far we haven't come to an agreement on Reilly's value," Thun said. "Reilly understands the importance of being patient here while the Bruins get their finances in order." It doesn't look like Smith will be available for the start of training camp.
Sep 17 - 10:07 AM

Boston coach Claude Julien feels that training camp tryouts Simon Gagne and Ville Leino have legitimate shots at roster spots.

"We wouldn't invite those guys just to fill out our training camp roster," Julien said. "Those are guys who have some experience. Both of them are coming off major injuries, and they both feel really good. It's an opportunity for those guys to seize some of those spots if they want to, and for some of the young guys to battle their way into it. There's room for both, veterans and young guys." The Bruins have some openings on their roster, so it will be interesting to see how everything unfolds at camp.
Sep 17 - 9:58 AM

Milan Lucic admits that he hopes he can gain a long-term contract like Boston Bruins teammates David Krejci, Patrice Bergeron and Tuukka Rask.

"It’s hard not to ... I’d be lying if I told you I didn’t think about [his future with the Bruins] at all," Lucic told The hulking forward's current cap hit is $6 million per season; he's worth it in fantasy terms considering his combination of grit stats and scoring.
Sep 16 - 1:26 PM

The Boston Bruins hyped up their prospect David Pastrnak after seeing him in action.

"There’s a reason to be excited about the future of that player," Bruins head coach Claude Julien told ESPN's Joe McDonald. It could be a while before that impact is made at the NHL level, but Boston would love to hit the mark with prospects more often.
Sep 16 - 12:55 PM

Kevan Miller could be a trade candidate for the Bruins, but he isn't paying attention to the rumors.

"I didn't hear that. ... I just need to worry about myself," he said. "Like I said, I don't try to pay attention to the media or anything like that. I just worry about my game and being ready to go for camp and trying to help my team." Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli is looking to clear salary cap space and free up some room on the back end at the same time. Miller's contract has a cap hit of $800,000 for the next two seasons.
Sep 16 - 6:44 AM

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