Player News - Bruins

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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

Tim Schaller didn't participate in Sunday's training camp activities due to a lower-body injury.

Schaller was hurt when he collided with netminder Zane McIntyre on Friday. His ailment isn't considered to be serious.
Sep 26 - 10:03 AM

Jay Pandolfo is settling into his new role as an assistant coach with the Boston Bruins.

"I’m enjoying it a lot," Pandolfo said. "I feel like a young kid again doing this coaching for the first time. So far it’s been great, real easy for me working with (fellow assistants) Butch (Cassidy) and Joe (Sacco). Both of those guys have been head coaches in the NHL. And Claude (Julien) has been on top of us, too. He’s been checking in every day, so it’s been a really good experience so far." He'll be their eye-in-the-sky coach during games and will focus on working with the Bruins forwards. He had 100 goals and 226 points in 899 games during his playing career, which ended with the 2012-13 campaign.
Sep 26 - 10:00 AM

Frank Vatrano had a shot at winning a top-six spot with the Bruins prior to suffering a foot injury that will sideline him for three months.

We'll have to wait and see if Vatrano still gets that kind of opportunity once he's healthy. Vatrano split the 2015-16 campaign between the AHL and NHL with him recording 55 points in 36 contests in the minors and 11 points in 39 games with Boston.
Sep 26 - 9:56 AM

Brad Marchand isn't focused on who he will be playing for after the 2016-17.

Marchand has made instant chemistry with Sidney Crosby on Canada's top line, which naturally leads to questions about whether the 2017 unrestricted free agent would like to sign in Pittsburgh. But we'll deal with whatever needs to be dealt with down the road," Marchand said. The 28-year-old winger boasts a $4.5M cap hit currently, and he'll likely want a raise no matter who he signs with.
Source: The Score
Sep 25 - 9:21 PM

David Krejci is currently participating at the Bruins' training camp in a modified contact mode.

That makes perfect sense as the talented pivot is recovering from off-season hip surgery. Notwithstanding his status Krejci seems to have taken a few bumps during scrimmages without any ill effects. "Sometimes you get some bumps when you don’t really want to, but I’m glad I did because I felt pretty good after it. It’s just another step closer. Practices are fun, but I’m looking forward to playing some games," said Krejci. Krejci is waiting to get clearance to play in an exhibition contest but all signs point to him being ready to go at full speed once the season starts.
Sep 25 - 8:20 AM

Tuukka Rask seems intent on putting a mediocre 2015-16 season behind him.

Rask's 2.56 goals against average and .915 save percentage posted last season were well below his career norms. The Finnish goalie spoke to the Boston media after returning from the World Cup of Hockey tournament and looks to have plenty of motivation to rebound. "There were a couple of years where the standards pretty high, so obviously when they go down there’s something to rebound from", said Rask. "You kind of know where you can be. That’s where I try to be every year and I’m working on being there this year, and taking us to the playoffs and moving forward. But every year is a new year where you’ve got to work hard, and set your goals to be at your best. More often than not you hope [being at your best] is going to happen, and I hope this year is going to be a great year for us." We like Rask's chances of returning to the elite goalie ranks in 2016-17.
Sep 25 - 8:11 AM

Team Canada's Brad Marchand scored two goals in their 5-3 win over Team Russia at the World Cup of Hockey semifinal.

Canada overpowered Russia with 47 shots on goal to 34, but prior to the third period Canada had an almost two to one margin in shots. Marchand had what appeared to be the game winning goal with a dramatic score at the 1:16 minute mark of the second period. Russia’s goalie Sergei Bobrovsky made a sliding glove save over Marchand less than a minute into this period, but the Boston Bruin shooter would not be denied and scored less than 25 seconds later. That was the go ahead and game winning goal until the final seconds of play. With an empty net Marchand and Canada got greedy trying to give him the hat trick. They lost focus on the other end of the ice and allowed Russia’s Artemi Panarin to score with nine seconds remaining. Corey Perry earned the game winning goal with Sidney Crosby and John Tavares also getting a piece of the action with one goal apiece. Canada will meet the winner of Sunday’s Europe versus Sweden contest in a best-of-three finale.
Sep 24 - 10:02 PM


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