KAMPFER UPDATE: Defenseman Steven Kampfer suffered a sprained MCL in his left knee during the team’s preseason game against the Senators on Thursday and is expected to miss 2-4 weeks.
PRESEASON FINALE ON SATURDAY: The Bruins will wrap up their 2011-12 preseason when they visit Bridgeport, CT and play the New York Islanders on Saturday, October 1 (Local TV: none, Local Radio: none). 27 players currently remain on the Bruins roster, including rookies Jordan Caron, Lane MacDermid, Matt Bartkowski and Max Sauve as well as camp invite Chris Clark. The team can carry up to 23. Fans can follow all the action on bostonbruins.com.
BRUINS TO EMBARK ON TEAM-BUILDING TRIP: The Black & Gold will board buses on Sunday morning, October 2 and head to an undisclosed location for a team-building trip. The club will return on Monday evening, October 3.
WILMINGTON, Mass. — Asked if there were any update on Steve Kampfer, who suffered an injured knee during the B’s 2-1 loss to Ottawa on Thursday, Boston Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien sounded mildly optimistic.
"He’s going to have an MRI this afternoon," said Julien. "We’ll release whatever comes out of it.
"Again, until we get those details we don’t know. We hope it’s looking better, [and] we feel that there’s a possibility that it wont be the max and hopefully he’ll be back sooner than later.
"But we’ll be able to confirm that once he’s had an MRI," he said.
The Bruins will practice in Wilmington tomorrow morning and then travel to Bridgeport, Conn. to take on the New York Islanders in their final exhibition game of the preseason. On Sunday, the team will travel to an undisclosed location for team building exercises.
Bostonbruins.com — After 21 cuts from the Bruins training camp last week, Bruins Matt Bartkowski, Steven Kampfer and Jordan Caron are still in the running for a roster spot as training camp is coming to a close.
Thanks to some positive words about the trio from Boston Head Coach Claude Julien, the three young B’s have been receiving plenty of positive attention from the media, but remain determined to focus on their own game as the B’s play out the remainder of the exhibition schedule.
Obviously, all three men were happy to hear that Julien had said good things, but when asked about the praise appearing in print Bartkowski said, “I don’t really pay attention to it.
BOSTON, MA - The Boston Bruins announced today that the presale for the team’s official Championship season commemorative book “Full 60 to History: The Inside Story of the 2011 Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins" begins Thursday, September 29 on BostonBruins.com/full60 at 10:00 a.m. ET. Fans who order the book on presale will have it shipped the week of December 12 in time for the holiday season.
Co-written by BostonBruins.com beat writer John Bishop and Assistant Director of Media Relations Eric Tosi and containing pieces authored by Owner Jeremy Jacobs, President Cam Neely, General Manager Peter Chiarelli, captain Zdeno Chara, Patrice Bergeron, Andrew Ference, Mark Recchi, Tim Thomas and Shawn Thornton, Full 60 to History gives readers unprecedented behind-the-scenes access into the Bruins championship season. Beginning with the team “picking up the pieces” after their 2010 playoff exit against Philadelphia, continuing through Belfast, Prague, across North America and to Vancouver for the unforgettable locker room celebration on June 15, Full 60 to History provides content that has never been seen or heard before. Exclusive insight into the trades that Chiarelli made (and didn’t make), intermission speeches from Head Coach Claude Julien, postgame talks that only those inside the locker room were privy to, the meaning behind the title of the book, and countless memorable conversations and moments of the 2010-11 season are all explained in full detail.
BOSTON — While nearly everyone would agree that it would be nice to fast forward to the B’s home opener, Boston’s coaching staff is just fine with the time that remains in the preseason. There’s just a few roster spots up for grabs and while the competition on the ice on Thursday and Saturday won’t end up in the standings, the internal competition to make the roster might just have more far reaching ramifications.
"We’re getting down to the last couple of preseason games and we start next week, so it’s important that we bring our numbers down and the players that are left here right now are guys that have earned their right to stay and have a look and battle for a spot," said Boston Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien, who agreed that competition for a berth on the Boston blueline is getting fierce, what with Matt Bartkowski and Steve Kampfer both making a bid for playing time with the big club.
"It’s tough," said Julien. "Right now there’s a couple of guys that are there that are pretty even and each bring a certain element that we like, so now it’s a matter of them battling for that spot.
BostonBruins.com — With four exhibition games down and just two remaining, the B’s looked to hit their stride as they completed a two-game sweep of the Montreal Canadiens with a 2-1 win in the Bell Centre on Monday night.
However, Boston Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien sounded dissatisfied as he spoke to reporters as his club prepared to depart from Canada.
"At times it was good. At times I thought we turned a lot of pucks over…and there was some sloppy play I think," said Julien, thinking aloud. "Passes, decision making, and stuff like that."
MONTREAL — More of the same is what Boston Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien is looking for tonight when his Bruins take on the Montreal Canadiens for the second straight night.
Last night, his Black & Gold bested the Habs by a score of 7-3 in Halifax’s Metro Centre.
"I think it’s just seeing our guys from last year make sure that they find their game and that they’re ready to go when the puck drops October 6th," said Julien of his wish list for the remainder of Training Camp 2011. "For some young guys it’s the continuation of a battle for those open spots
As a collegian, the defenseman was named to the Frozen Four’s All-Tournament team and selected as the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player after he scored the game-winner to give the Boston University Terriers a 4-3 victory over Miami and deliver the 2009 NCAA title to Commonwealth Avenue.
But tonight, Cohen (acquired by the B’s from Colorado for defenseman Matt Hunwick last November) is happy to get back into an exhibition action for the Black & Gold.
BostonBruins.com — Boston’s youngest players gave Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien plenty of good things to talk about as he club prepared to head to Montreal for the second game of a two-game set with the Habs after Sunday night’s 7-3 victory over the Canadiens in Halifax.
"I thought [Jordan] Caron was really solid tonight and you’re starting to see guys like [David] Warsofsky — he’s starting to feel his way through and getting more comfortable — he made a nice play there on that second goal [by Gregory Campbell] carrying the puck and making that little soft pass so that we were able to shoot and get the rebound.
"Zach [Hamill] played a much better game. Max Sauve, on the rushes, is obviously a dangerous guy. I thought we played with a lot more energy and intensity."
MONTREAL — Nathan Horton returned to the ice on Sunday night and earned himself two assists in the process.
"Obviously, [he’s] a guy who hasn’t played since mid-way through the finals, and in his first game back he looked pretty good," said Boston Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien following the B’s 7-3 victory over the Canadiens in Halifax, Nova Scotia. "We kind of took our time and let him get himself back in shape and feel comfortable and he obviously did tonight.
"I thought he skated well," added Julien. "He moved the puck well, shot the puck well and I think he’s right back to where he left off."
NHL.com —Brad Marchand scored a power-play goal in his return to Halifax as the Boston Bruins defeated the Montreal Canadiens, 7-3, in preseason action on Sunday night.
Zdeno Chara and Daniel Paille added short-handed goals as the Bruins saw seven different players find the back of the net in a convincing win over their Northeast Division rivals.
Scott Gomez opened the scoring 6:55 into the first period for Montreal, but Boston reeled off five unanswered tallies to seize the momentum. Brian Willsie and Aaron Palushaj added goals for the Habs, who will host the Bruins in a preseason rematch Monday night at the Bell Centre.
HALIFAX, Nova Scotia — The Bruins are the “home” team in tonight’s first of a home and home series with the Montreal Canadiens and while the Black & Gold won’t be in Nova Scotia for very long, Brad Marchand should feel quite comfortable in front of close friends and family from nearby Hammonds Plains.
"I told everyone to get their own tickets," joked Marchand before the B’s left for Canada. "I’ll probably have a good crew — my family, some friends. I’ll be fun."
The B’s have an excellent following in the Canadian Maritimes, and judging by the response when Marchand brought the Stanley Cup to Halifax in August, tonight the Bruins might just see a few more spoked-B’s in the crowd.
BOSTON, MA – The Boston Bruins announced today the roster for the club’s preseason games against the Montreal Canadiens on Sunday, September 25. Please note the rosters are subject to change. The players that will skate for the B’s in the Sunday night game in Halifax are as follows.
PROVIDENCE, RI - The Providence Bruins, entering their 20th season in the American Hockey League, today announced their training camp schedule for the 2011-12 season. Camp is set to begin on Tuesday, September 27 and will run through Thursday, October 6, with sessions to be held at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center and the Rhode Island Sports Center.
Prior to the start of training camp on Tuesday, players will be skating from Sunday through Monday at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center under the watch of a Boston directed coaching staff. This three-day period is closed to the media.
Please note that training camp practices held only at the Rhode Island Sports Center are open to the public.