Player News - Bruins

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David Pastrnak (shoulder) is being held out of Sunday's scrimmage.

That's a tough blow for Pastrnak as he probably would have gotten the opportunity to play on a line with David Krejci and Matt Fraser if he were healthy. Pastrnak is fighting for a roster spot, but he's a bit of a long shot to actually make the team.
Sep 21 - 4:46 PM

Ville Leino will play alongside David Krejci and Matt Fraser for Boston's scrimmage on Sunday.

David Pastrnak is being kept out of the game because of a shoulder injury, otherwise he probably would have played with Krejci. This is a great opportunity for Leino, who is attending the Bruins' camp on a tryout basis.
Sep 21 - 4:44 PM

The Bruins have put Matt Fraser on David Krejci’s left wing to open training camp.

Once the season starts, it will be Milan Lucic on Krejci’s left, but it’s clear that the Bruins want to see what Fraser can do with a playmaking center. "You hear about potential spots for openings," said Fraser. "I feel like I’ve done what I can to put myself in a position to succeed."
Sep 21 - 8:18 AM

Seth Griffith hasn’t looked out of place skating on a line with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand.

"It’s pretty surreal playing with those two guys. They can make plays on every single shift," said Griffith. "But that’s the kind of stuff that I like to do as well." The fifth round pick in 2012 has taken Riley Smith’s spot (holdout) on the Bruins top two lines. His roster spot will probably depend on Smith’s return to training camp. Expect the 21-year-old to start the season with the AHL’s Providence Bruins.
Sep 21 - 8:10 AM

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

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