Hamill, Colborne, Kamper assigned

September 29, 2010

Zach Hamill, Joe Colborne, and Steve Kampfer were all assigned to Providence today. With the demotions, it leaves the Bruins with 25 men on the roster.  The current roster will all travel to Belfast tomorrow.  Brad Marchand and Brian McGratton appear to be spare forwards with the expectation that Jordan Caron has made the team. On defense Matt Bartowski and Adam McQuaid are spare defensemen.

With the recent demotions, it is a clear indicator that either Tyler Seguin or Blake Wheeler will now be playing center.  My guess will be Wheeler based on his NHL experience.  I was a little shocked Hamill wasn’t given a shot to at least start the season. On defense, it is not much of a surprise that McQuaid is the seventh defenseman. However, Bartowski being chosen over Kampfer was surprising.  Kampfer is a right-handed shot (the Bruins only have two guys who play the right side regularly – Boychuk and Seidenberg), has excellent speed, brings leadership, and was very impressive in the rookie and preseason games.


3rd Line Center

September 28, 2010

With Savard out for the foreseeable future, it raises the question what to do with the third line center opening. With the lose of Savard, Krejci and Bergeron get pumped up a line with Greg Campbell remaining as the fourth line center. The Bruins have multiple options, mainly due to versatility and the emergence of good, young talent. The options are Blake Wheeler, Tyler Seguin, Joe Colborne, Zach Hamill, and Ryan Spooner.

1. Blake Wheeler. Wheeler played center during his college days but has yet to see any time there in the NHL. Wheeler has the size and the speed to be an NHL center, but does he have the smarts? Wheeler is 24 years old but still hasn’t learned what offsides is. However, moving Wheeler to center opens up the possibility for Jordan Caron to make the team as a winger.

2. Tyler Seguin. Seguin is a natural center and will be a center in the NHL for years to come. Playing center in the NHL is physically demanding and requires a lot more skating than playing wing. For a player trying to learn the league without any AHL experience, a transition to wing may be the best place for an 18 year old.

3. Joe Colborne. Colborne has 2 years of college experience as well as a brief stint in Providence last season. However, his time at center has been limited because he has played mostly right wing the past two years. Colborne has impressed the coaches this camp, but it remains to be seen if he can handle himself at center after not playing the position much recently.

4. Zach Hamill. Being the 8th overall pick in the 2007 entry draft, big things are expected from Hamill. His development has been slower than the Bruins have hoped for. Hamill has played three seasons as a center in the AHL, giving him the most experience on this list. The only question is, will his size be an issue?

5. Ryan Spooner. Spooner has looked unbelievable in the preseason and in the rookie game so far. Spooner was a second round pick and has been praised by Julien for his smarts and ability to play a two-way game. Spooner is undersized at only 172 pounds and it makes you wonder if he can handle the wear and tear in the NHL so soon.

Choosing a third line center will be a difficult task for the coaching staff, especially with so many options. Jordan Caron is said (by Fluto, Haggs, Kirk, etc.) to have had the best camp of the young guys, meaning his strong play may force them to move Wheeler or Seguin to center in order for Caron to make the team as a winger.

UPDATE 1:35 PM : According to Joe Haggerty of CSNNE.com, Ryan Spooner and Jamie Arniel have been released from camp. Spooner will return to his junior team and Arniel will report to Providence. Tonight’s game may determine who makes the team, whether it be Hamill or Caron, which would have a major impact on where Seguin and Wheeler line up to start the season.


Bruins – Panthers

September 23, 2010

Here is the lineup, according to Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe:

Milan Lucic
David Krejci
Brad Marchand
Jared Knight
Zach Hamill
Shawn Thornton
Jeff LoVecchio
Joe Colborne
Michael Ryder
Lane MacDermid
Jamie Arniel
Kirk MacDonald
Zdeno Chara
Nathan McIver
Mark Stuart
Steve Kampfer
Jeff Penner
Andrew Ference

Byron Bitz and fan favorite Dennis Wideman are in the lineup tonight. If I can get a stream I’ll provide updates as the night goes on.


Bruins – Habs

September 22, 2010

0:00 That’ll do it. 4-2 Bruins.

5:51 Spooner to Sauve back to Spooner for a decent scoring chance, with Nathan Horton driving hard to the net. 

9:09 A bomb from the right point off the stick of Spacek connects with the post to the right of Rask after it snuck through his arm.  

12:48 Boychuk with a turnover. Results in a fleury of chances. Rask comes up with the lose puck despite a crowd in front.

14:24 Lots of pressure on Rask. The Habs are picking up the pace.

Third Period 16:43 Habs are on the powerplay.  Penalty to Seidenberg

0:38 The habs enter the zone with speed resulting in a 4 on 3 ,with one defenseman pinching. Cammalari and Plekanec some nice work together. Plekanec with the PP goal.

1:01 Matt Hunwick off for the third penalty of the night for the Bruins.

2:15 Lots of traffic in front of Rask. Maxwell, Conboy, and Moen for the Habs. Conboy is the typical Hab.

4:49 Bergeron with a nice pass to Seguin who rips a wrist shot from the top of the right circle. Decent shot but pretty easy save.

7:55 Shorthanded goal by Lapierre. Hunwick pinched and got beat. Seidenberg slid across the ice to prevent a pass but it still made it through to Lapierre

9:09 Bartowski-Boychuk-Seguin-Bergeron-Recchi the first unit out.

Wheeler-Sauve-Caron-Hunwick-Seidenberg the second

9:10 Powerplay Bruins. Hook on Dumont.

10:01 Fight. Conboy and McQuaid. Not a long battle but Conboy goes down after taking a swing. McQuaid landed a punch, Conboy trying to throw more from the ice.

10:02 Habs with some pressure. Nothing serious, puck deflected out of play. Curtis Sanford in net now for the Habs after the whistle.

12:43 Hunwick and Seidenberg mixing it up with some Habs after the whistle

13:46 Icing on the Bruins. Draw in the defensive zone. Habs broadcast impressed with Sauve-Spooner-Horton combination (or I thought that’s what was said)

16:57 Huge left pad save by Rask, as he slides from right to left, to stone a one-time opportunity on the powerplay.

17:00 Wheeler/Reich, Campbell/Caron, Bergeron/Recchi the PK units so far.

17:42 Bergeron with a steal in the neutral zone. Comes in on a clean breakwaway and dekes out Price for a shorthanded goal. 4-0 Bruins.

18:19 Paille off for the first Bruins penalty.

19:05 Wheeler now centering Paille and Caron.

Second Period – Bergeron line out there to start. Seguin on his left wing. Recchi on his right.

0:00 Great Period for the Bruins. 3-0 Lead. Seguin with one assist. Matt Bartowski, who a lot of people are not too familar with, looked good and contributed with two assists. Campbell has a high energy level, looks like a good fourth line guy.

3:01 Dirty hit by Conboy on McQuaid behind the net. McQuaid was in a vulnerable position. McQuaid controlled himself but was tempted to pound him.  Powerplay for the Bruins.

4:40 Paille beats the Habs defenseman to a lose puck in the offensive zone. Paille with the puck results in a 3 on 2 for the Bruins. Paille leaves a drop pass for Bergeron, who fakes out Price for the goal. 3-0 Bruins.

6:27 Johnny Boychuk! Blast from the left point after a faceoff win by Seguin. 2-0 Bruins.

6:33 Sauve gets hit with a highstick from Gabriel Dumont. First powerplay.

7:55 Blake Wheeler is wearing the third A. Recchi and Bergeron, as usual, with their A’s.

8:43 Rask looks really good so far.

9:50 Plekanec with speed around the net. Centering pass covered by Rask. Continued pressure from the Habs.

12:00 Sauve-Spooner-Horton with a nice 3 on 3 attack. Sauve went for the tip at the far post. Spooner then had a partial breakaway but the defenseman got a stick on his from behind forcing his shot wide.

14:14 Lots of pressure on Tuuka, who covers up for a faceoff.

18:00 Gregory Campbell, wearing PJ’s 11, with a big hit behind the Montreal net.

18:25 Wow! Horton with a snipe from the right circle. 1-0 Bruins

19:00 Tuukka stones a Hab on a clean breakaway.

20:00 Bergeron line to start the game

Wheeler-Seguin-Recchi

Paille-Bergeron-Caron

Sauve-Spooner-Horton

Reich-Campbell-McGratton

Hunwick-Seidenberg

Bartowski-Boychuk

Bodnarchuk-McQuaid


Preseason game 1 : Bruins – Habs

September 22, 2010

Tonight kicks off the Bruins season with a preason game against the Montreal Canadiens. Tyler Seguin will be in the lineup tonight centering Mark Recchi and Blake Wheeler.  The rest of the forwards include Bergeron, Campbell, Caron, Horton, McGrattan, Paille, Reich, Sauve, and Spooner.  The defensemen will be Bartkowski, Bodnarchuk, Boychuk, Hunwick, McQuaid, and Seidenberg. 

It will be interesting to see who plays with who for both forward and defensive combinations, especially for younger players such as Max Sauve and Jordan Caron.  The game will be shown on RDS, so I will try to provide updates as the night goes on.


Savard to miss start of camp

September 17, 2010

According to Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe, Marc Savard has been suffering from post concussion syndrome symptoms.  Savard will not be ready for the start of training camp and there is no timetable on his potential return.  Shinzawa also noted that Savard has not been able to work out in recent weeks.

With Savard’s health in question and the possibility he may not be ready for the start of the season, it allows the Bruins to consider young forwards Joe Colborne and Jordan Caron as potential wingers to make the club.  This also means the Bruins will keep Tyler Seguin at center until Savard is ready to return.  There is also the possibility the coaching staff opts for a veteran, such as Jeremy Reich, pushing Daniel Paille up to a top 9 spot.


Who’s ready for some hockey?

September 7, 2010

According to NESN.com, here is the schedule for training camp.  It’s been a long and quiet summer without hockey, but I’m glad it’s back.

Sept. 7
Captains’ practice, Ristuccia Arena, Wilmington, Mass., 10 a.m.

Sept. 8
Captains’ practice, Ristuccia Arena, Wilmington, Mass., 10 a.m.

Sept. 9
Captains’ practice, Ristuccia Arena, Wilmington, Mass., 10 a.m.

Sept. 10
Captains’ practice, Ristuccia Arena, Wilmington, Mass., 10 a.m.

Sept. 11
Day off

Sept.12
Rookie fitness testing
Rookie ice, Ristuccia Arena, Wilmington, Mass., 12 p.m.

Sept. 13
Rookie ice, Ristuccia Arena, Wilmington, Mass., 10 a.m.
Bruins Foundation Golf Tournament, The International, Bolton, Mass., 11 a.m.

Sept. 14
Rookie ice, Ristuccia Arena, Wilmington, Mass., 10 a.m.
Captains’ practice, Ristuccia Arena, Wilmington, Mass., 12 p.m.

Sept. 15
Captains’ practice, Ristuccia Arena, Wilmington, Mass., 10 a.m.
Rookie morning skate, TD Garden, Boston, Mass., 11:30 a.m.
Bruins rookies vs. Islanders rookies, TD Garden, Boston, Mass., 7 p.m.

Sept. 16
Captains’ practice, Ristuccia Arena, Wilmington, Mass., 10 a.m.
Rookie morning skate, TD Garden, Boston, Mass., 10:30 a.m.
Bruins rookies vs. Islanders rookies, TD Garden, Boston, Mass., 7 p.m.

Sept. 17
Veteran fitness testing
Optional ice, TD Garden, Boston, Mass., 1:30 p.m.

Sept. 18
Group A ice, TD Garden, Boston, Mass., 10 a.m.
Group B ice, TD Garden, Boston, Mass., 12:30 p.m.

Sept. 19
Group B ice, TD Garden, Boston, Mass., 10 a.m.
Group A ice, TD Garden, Boston, Mass., 12:30 p.m.

Sept. 20
Group A ice, TD Garden, Boston, Mass., 10 a.m.
Group B ice, TD Garden, Boston, Mass., 12:30 p.m.

Sept. 21
Group B ice, TD Garden, Boston, Mass., 10 a.m.
Group A ice, TD Garden, Boston, Mass., 12:30 p.m.
State of the Bruins Town Hall Meeting, TD Garden, Boston, Mass., 7 p.m.

Sept. 22
Game players morning skate, TD Garden, Boston, Mass., 10 a.m.
Non-game players ice, TD Garden, Boston, Mass., 11:30 a.m.
Bruins at Montreal, Bell Centre, Montreal, 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 23
Game players morning skate, Blue Cross Arena, Rochester, NY, 11:30 a.m.
Non-game players ice, Blue Cross Arena, Rochester, NY, 12:30 p.m.
Bruins vs. Florida, Blue Cross Arena, Rochester, NY, 7 p.m.

Sept. 24
Players ice, TD Garden, Boston, Mass., 11 a.m.

Sept. 25
Non-game players ice, TD Garden, Boston, Mass., 9 a.m.
Game players morning skate, TD Garden, Boston, Mass., 10:30 a.m.
Bruins vs. Florida, TD Garden, Boston, Mass., 7 p.m.

Sept. 26
TBD

Sept. 27
Players ice, TD Garden, Boston, Mass., 11 a.m.

Sept. 28
Game players morning skate, TD Garden, Boston, Mass., 10 a.m.
Non-game players ice, TD Garden, Boston, Mass., 11:30 a.m.
Bruins at Washington, Verizon Center, 7 p.m.

Sept. 29
Game players morning skate, TD Garden, Boston, Mass., 10 a.m.
Non-game players ice, TD Garden, Boston, Mass., 11:30 a.m.
Bruins vs. Washington, TD Garden, Boston, Mass., 7 p.m.

Sept. 30
Ice at Odyssey Arena, Belfast, Ireland, 10 a.m. ET

Oct. 1
Ice at Odyssey Arena, Belfast, Ireland, 6 a.m. ET

Oct. 2
Morning skate at Odyssey Arena, Belfast, Ireland, 6 a.m. ET
Bruins vs. Belfast Giants Select, Odyssey Arena, Belfast, Ireland, 2 p.m. ET

Oct. 3
Travel from Belfast to Prague, Czech Republic

Oct. 4
Ice at Tesla Arena, Prague, Czech Republic, 5 a.m. ET

Oct. 5
Morning skate at O2 Arena, Prague, Czech Republic, 4 a.m. ET
Bruins vs. HC Liberec, Tipsport Arena, Liberec, Czech Republic, 1 p.m. ET

Oct. 6
Ice at O2 Arena, Prague, Czech Republic, 5 a.m. ET

Oct. 7
Ice at O2 Arena, Prague, Czech Republic, 4 a.m. ET

Oct. 8
Ice at O2 Arena, Prague, Czech Republic, 6 a.m. ET

Oct. 9 — Regular Season Opener
Morning skate, O2 Arena, Prague, Czech Republic, 3:30 a.m. ET
W.B. Mason Bruins Face-Off Live, 11:30 p.m. ET (NESN)
Bruins vs. Phoenix, O2 Arena, Prague, Czech Republic, 12 p.m. ET (NESN)
Ace Ticket Bruins Overtime Live (NESN)

Oct. 10
Morning skate, O2 Arena, Prague, Czech Republic, 2:30 a.m. ET
W.B. Mason Bruins Face-Off Live, 9:30 a.m. ET (NESN)
Bruins vs. Phoenix, O2 Arena, Prague, Czech Republic, 10 a.m. ET (NESN)
Ace Ticket Bruins Overtime Live (NESN)