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Jakub Zboril has looked much better at this year's training camp.

"He's made big strides," said assistant coach Jay Pandolfo. "I just think it's the structure in his game, his overall attitude. He was young last year. He's in better shape. He's done a lot of things we kind of got on him for last year and he's taken it and listened and done a good job." He has been paired with Kevan Miller at camp, but he isn't expected to be on the team when the regular season begins.
Sep 30 - 7:27 AM

Zdeno Chara scored in Thursday's 2-1 loss to Team Canada.

Team Europe played a solid game and were the better team tonight, but they fell just short. Europe led 1-0 late in the third period before Canada scored two goals (Bergeron and Marchand) in the final three minutes of regulation. It's a disappointing end for Team Europe, but no one expected them to make it to the final before the tournament began.
Sep 29 - 10:54 PM

Brad Marchand's game-winning goal clinched the World Cup of Hockey for Team Canada, as they defeated Team Europe 2-1 on Thursday.

Team Canada looked sluggish this evening and found themselves down 1-0 until Patrice Bergeron scored a power play goal with under three minutes remaining in regulation. Marchand followed that up by scoring a shorthanded goal with 43 seconds left in the third period. Marchand has a fantastic tournament for Canada. The 28-year-old scored two goals in the semifinal against Russia, a goal and an assist in Game 1 of the final and the game-winning goal in tonight's game.
Sep 29 - 10:49 PM

Noel Acciari appeared to injure his right leg in Wednesday's preseason match against Detroit.

He left the game in the third period and wasn't able to return. Acciari skated in 19 games with Boston last season as well as 45 matches with Providence of the AHL.
Sep 29 - 7:35 AM

Ryan Spooner won just 4-of-16 draws in Wednesday's 5-1 loss to Detroit.

He was also given a penalty for a faceoff violation and the Red Wings ended up scoring on the power play. "I wasn't great on my faceoffs tonight, trying to cheat a little too much," Spooner said. "I think maybe I need to bear down a little bit more, maybe not try to win them clean but just tie up a little more. I just tried to cheat a little more and it didn't work." Spooner did manage to assist on Austin Czarnik's lone goal of the game for the Bruins in the second period. He wants to play center but he'll have to show improvement between now and the start of the season for that to happen.
Sep 29 - 7:29 AM

Patrice Bergeron may get more opportunities in the offensive zone in 2016-17.

David Backes started 41.1 percent of his five-on-five shifts in the defensive zone, according to Corsica Hockey, which was the second-highest among forwards with 1,000 minutes or more. The Bruins can give him more of those responsibilities this year and deploy Bergeron on the attack after he started 34.6 percent of his five-on-five shifts in the defensive zone last season. Bergeron and Brad Marchand will be key offensive players for Boston, so more time spent on offense should help the team if Backes can handle the defensive zone.
Sep 29 - 7:20 AM

Austin Czarnik scored a goal in Wednesday's 5-1 loss to the Detroit Red Wings.

Czarnik found the back of the net in the second period with him team already trailing 4-0. The 23-year-old has raised some eyebrows since being signed by the Bruins as an undrafted free agent. He scored 20 goals and 61 points in 68 games in his first full year in the AHL last season. He'll be a long shot to make the club, but another strong AHL season could put him in line for a call up to the NHL at some point.
Sep 28 - 10:35 PM

Sean Kuraly is viewed as a "sleeper" for a roster spot by Boston assistant GM Scott Bradley.

If he lands a position on the Bruins then it will probably be as the team's fourth-line center. "There's got to be a (physical) edge in my play," said Kuraly, who had 23 points and 39 penalty minutes in 36 games with Miami University (Ohio) last year. "I like to get in on the forecheck and get under the skin of other guys. If I'm competing at a high level, I'm playing well, I'm in the game. I've got to be doing that to play at this level."
Sep 28 - 9:37 AM

Brad Marchand scored a goal and an assist in Team Canada's 3-1 win over Team Europe in Game 1 of the World Cup Final.

Marchand opened the scoring 2:33 into the game and he added an assist on Patrice Bergeron's third period goal. The Bruins forward finished the game with a plus-1 rating, four penalty minutes, four shots on goal and one hit in 17:27 of ice time. Marchand has had an incredible tournament so far. He has four goals and three assists in five contests. Steven Stamkos scored the game-winner for Canada. They'll look to sweep the best-of-three series on Thursday night.
Sep 27 - 11:17 PM

Frank Vatrano underwent surgery Monday to repair torn ligaments in his left foot.

"Timeline remains the same," said GM Don Sweeney. "Doctors felt it was the right thing to do for both the short and long term. All good on that front." Vatrano is slated to miss three months from an injury he sustained in a workout prior to training camp.
Sep 27 - 9:49 AM

Jimmy Hayes scored Boston's first goal of the preseason in a 3-2 shootout loss to Columbus on Monday.

He didn't have a problem when GM Don Sweeney calling him out at the end of the 2015-16 campaign. "It's the truth, you've got to hear stuff," said Hayes. "He made it clear to myself, too. I expected more of myself. I've got to make sure to play this year at a high level." He recorded 13 goals and 29 points in 75 games last year.
Sep 27 - 9:42 AM

Coach Claude Julien was glad to see the Bruins lock up Brad Marchand to an eight-year contract extension on Monday.

"Well-deserved contract for Brad with the way he's grown as a player, as a person, and everything else," Julien said. "He's become a real elite player. He's being rewarded for it. At the same time, I feel it's a friendly cap hit for our hockey club for the type of player he is. I think both sides won on this. I really do. You hope it's a great example of more of those to come." The 28-year-old forward should click again alongside Patrice Bergeron in 2016-17.
Sep 27 - 9:25 AM

Brad Marchand has inked an eight-year, $49 million contract extension with the Boston Bruins.

In other words, Marchand's annual cap hit will increase from $4.5 million to $6.125 million starting with the 2017-18 campaign. That's still a pretty affordable cap hit for a player coming off a 37-goal season though the length of the deal is likely part of what kept that cap hit down as he's already 28 years old and will be 37 before he has a chance to enter the free agent market now. Going forward, we're not confident that he'll surpass the 30-goal mark again, but he should at least come close to doing so while still getting under opponents' skin.
Sep 26 - 11:34 AM

Peter Cehlarik is among the players that might get a more serious look due to Frank Vatrano's foot injury.

Vatrano had the potential to enter the 2016-17 campaign as a top-six forward, but he's been ruled out for the next three months. Cehlarik isn't likely to slot in as a top-six forward just yet, but he might surprise people by claiming a roster spot out of training camp. He had 11 goals and 20 points in 46 Swedish league games last season. He then kicked off his stint with the Bruins on a positive foot by netting two goals in the rookie tournament. "I was impressed, probably like a lot of other people, at the rookie camp out in Buffalo. I thought he played really well," assistant coach Joe Sacco said. "He seems to be skating better than he was in the past. And he’s a big, strong kid."
Sep 26 - 10:13 AM

Ryan Spooner has been taking faceoff lessons from Dominic Moore.

Spooner could certainly use the help, though Moore isn't known for his success on the draw either. Moore won just 43.1% of his draws last season and is 48.8% over his career. Meanwhile, Spooner had a 46.3% success rate on the draw last season. That said, Moore has participated in 14,723 draws at the NHL level at this point, so if nothing else he has plenty of experience to lean on when helping Spooner.
Sep 26 - 10:08 AM


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