Player News - Bruins

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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

Milan Lucic's wrist still isn't 100 percent, but he has been encouraged by his progress.

"It's getting better," Lucic said after the Bruins' last informal skate before the start of training camp. "Obviously it was a long summer with it, having it be in a cast for 12 weeks. I feel like I've turned the corner on it the last week, week and a half. So that's obviously a positive. And I'm still working to get it up to 100 percent." He had surgery on his wrist in May after he was injured during the playoffs. Lucic will provide fantasy owners with a great blend of points and penalty minutes this season.
Sep 15 - 6:46 PM

GM Peter Chiarelli expects to make changes to the Bruins soon.

"Around the fringes, guys have to go ... I think they understand that we always want to ice a Cup-winning team, and with that comes some casualties," he said. "This year, I'm looking forward to it, to a certain degree; there's a lot of competition, there's a lot of spots, including — you don't wish one of these (defensemen) to be traded, but we just have too many. At some point, I'm going to have to do it, and all the teams in the league, most of the teams in the league would like one." The Bruins will see who fits with who at training camp and then decide who gets moved to help them remain under the salary cap.
Sep 15 - 9:50 AM

Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli addressed the media on Sunday about Boston's cap issues, possible trades and the status of his team's restricted free agents.

Not a lot of progress has been made on any of these fronts. Boston still has to trim salary before the season starts, and it sounded as if Chiarelli was leaning towards trading a defenseman to cut salary. There has been no resolution on RFA's Torey Krug and Reilly Smith's contract talks, and Chiarelli seemed confident that the organization's young prospects would step into bigger roles if those two are absent from training camp later this week.
Sep 14 - 7:16 PM

Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli made it clear to Brian Ferlin that there is an opportunity in the organization for the right winger, as the 6-foot-2, 209-pounder will vie for a roster spot this autumn.

At 22 years old, Ferlin is a well-rounded right-shooting winger who lacked offensive prowess at Cornell University but showed in his USHL days that he can be a scoring force. Ferlin learned to play a defensive, two-way style in the NCAA, but chose to leave Cornell a year early to pursue his NHL dream. The Bruins are in desperate need of right-shooting wingers after losing righties Jarome Iginla and Shawn Thornton, while both of their current right wingers shoot left-handed. Due to necessity, righties like Ferlin and David Pasternak will get a good look at the Bruins' rookie tournament.
Sep 14 - 10:44 AM

A key player to watch in Bruins' training camp will be defenseman Dougie Hamilton.

After scoring seven goals and registering 25 points in 64 regular season games and seven points in 12 playoff contests, the 21-year-old rearguard could be on the verge of a breakout season. Hamilton is currently practising with a number of Boston veterans in informal practices and seems to be much more confident on and off the ice. Keep an eye on Hamilton as he could be poised for a big jump in production.
Sep 13 - 10:14 AM

Boston's top draft pick this past June, David Pastrnak, is skating as both a center and a winger in practices at the Bruins' rookie camp this week.

As he is essentially blocked at center by David Krejci, Patrice Bergeron, Chris Kelly and Carl Soderberg, the Bruins want to see if Pastrnak can play in the NHL now as a winger. We believe this is a longshot and that Pastrnak will return to play in Sweden this upcoming season. Pastrnak and the other Bruin rookies play their first game Saturday. When he does make it to the NHL, he has the potential to be a mini Krejci, which makes him well worth drafting.
Sep 13 - 10:05 AM

Ryan Spooner may be ready to break into the NHL but he will have a difficult time carving out a roster spot in Boston given the Bruins' current depth chart.

Spooner plays best as a center, but the Bruins have David Krejci and Patrice Bergeron as their top two pivots. The team also has a number of options for their third and fourth-line centers in Carl Soderberg, Chris Kelly and Gregory Campbell. What Boston truly needs is a big-bodied winger or two to fill out their second and third lines. Unfortunately, that's not the speedy Spooner's game. All that said, he could luck into a postion, should there be an injury to a key Boston player, or he may be a valuable trade chip. If Spooner does get into a situation where he skates as a first or second line center, he could be a nice surprise. Watch him during training camp.
Sep 13 - 9:52 AM

Jordan Caron is still a member of the Boston Bruins and he's looking to try to earn a spot with the team out of training camp.

"It's the first time I think since I've been here there's been this much (open) room," Caron said. "It's going to be interesting. It's going to be a lot of battling. I'm ready for a challenge and ready to go." There were some trade rumors circling around him during the off-season, but the Bruins ended up re-signing him to a one-year deal and it looks like he'll be with the organization again in 2014-15. Caron had just three points in 35 games with the big club last year.
Sep 12 - 8:27 AM

Loui Eriksson would bring a different dynamic to Boston's top line if he gets the opportunity to play with David Krejci and Milan Lucic.

"With Loui, he's a little bit more of a playmaker than a power forward, and he's obviously smart ... Maybe for me it means that I'll be getting more passes than when [Horton] or [Iginla] was there," Krejci said. "Maybe I'll get more pucks, more passes to have better scoring chances." Eriksson or Krejci would have to be a little more selfish with the puck if they did play together because Lucic can't be the only player taking shots on the line.
Sep 12 - 7:48 AM

Johnny Boychuk has made it clear that he doesn't want the Boston Bruins to trade him.

"You always want to stay here, and stay with the guys that you grew up playing with," Boychuk said. That being said, he realizes the matter is out of his control. The Boston Bruins are close to the cap ceiling and still have to sign restricted free agents Reilly Smith and Torey Krug. That's led to speculation about how the Bruins will fix the situation and a popular theory is that Boychuk will be shopped.
Sep 10 - 2:24 PM

Brad Marchand worked on his conditioning over the summer after struggling in the 2014 playoffs.

Marchand had no goals and five assists in 12 postseason games. "When you don't have the same conditioning then it's tough to keep up with the play," Marchand said. "You may have a burst of speed early on in the shift, but it dies off quickly. I tried to focus a little more on endurance, and hopefully that will help. I changed it up and focused more on anaerobic and endurance [training], and we'll see if that helps." As far as the 2013-14 regular season went, Marchand had 25 goals and 53 points in 82 contests, which is on par with what we've come to expect from him.
Sep 9 - 6:53 PM

Zdeno Chara feels that at the age of 37, it's important that he continues to focus on what's ahead.

"There's always room to improve," said Chara. "I've been saying that for many years. It's about looking ahead, not back. I always say that players that are satisfied and think they did everything, that's not the right attitude. I always want to win and bring that attitude of never being satisfied or complacent with what you've done. I'm going into training camp just like every other training camp, trying to be the best I can and be prepared mentally and physicaly and lead the way into the season." All the same, it wouldn't be surprising if Chara starts to see his playing time start to tick downward slightly this season, especially if the Bruins' young defensemen like Dougie Hamilton, Matt Bartkowski, and, once he's re-signed, Torey Krug, are able to build off of their promising 2013-14 campaign.
Sep 9 - 8:30 AM

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