Bourque leads list of Bruins invites to training camp


Bourque leads list of Bruins invites to training camp

The details are beginning to filter out about Boston Bruins training camp. Its expected the camp will open up on Sunday with players going through measurements and fitness testing. It's also expected that the roster will be augmented by a group of seven players from the minor leagues and junior hockey.

According to a Providence Journal report, P-Bruins players Chris Bourque, Jamie Tardif, Ryan Spooner, Lane MacDermid, Matt Bartkowski and David Warsofsky will be pulled from Providence to skate with the Boston players during five days of workouts.

Bourque would appear to have the inside track on the third line wing spot thats open with the Bruins alongside Chris Kelly and Rich Peverley after starring for Providence in the first half of the season.

But hell be battling with Spooner, Tardif and MacDermid for the spot, and will need to show offensive ability along with the necessary grittiness needed from a bottom-six forward. Bourque led the P-Bruins with 28 points (8 goals, 28 assists) in 31 games this season after arriving from the Washington Capitals in exchange for Zach Hamill.

In addition Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli indicated in September that former first round pick Dougie Hamilton would be joining the Bs if and when the organization put together a training camp.

Hamilton piled up 41 points for the Niagara IceDogs in 32 OHL games prior to playing for Team Canada in the World Junior tournament in Russia, but struggled during at the tourney along with much of the rest of the disappointing Canadian club. Its thought that Hamiltons level of play had dropped because he wasnt challenged by the OHL level of competition, and the chance to step up to the NHL level could be the exact kind of booster shot his game needs.

That would appear to round out the invites to the abbreviated training camp before the NHL season is expected to begin on Jan. 19. Jordan Caron ended last season with the Bruins and finished his year up strongly, but struggled with consistency in the AHL this season before suffering an upper-body injury last weekend. Torey Krug was also just coming back from a concussion and was held back from training camp after getting in a few games with Boston at the end of last season.

Perhaps the most surprising omission from the quick NHL camp was goaltender Niklas Svedberg, who was been very good in his first professional season with the Providence Bruins. Hes 13-6-1 with a 2.45 goals against average and a .921 save percentage and a shutout in 21 games for Providence, and has seized the starting gig away from Bs draft pick Michael Hutchinson.

Thursday, Oct. 27: Chara top D-man on All-Graybeard team


Thursday, Oct. 27: Chara top D-man on All-Graybeard team

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while saying RIP Vine but not really feeling it since it’s a rabbit hole I never really delved down into. 

*Down Goes Brown celebrates the “NHL’s old guys”, and yes, that means a gratuitous shout out to Zdeno Chara as the top defenseman on the All-Graybeard squad. 

*Hampus Lindholm has signed a long term deal with the Anaheim Ducks, so now that deal leaves everybody to wonder who is leaving the Anaheim roster in the eventual salary cap crunch. It will be interesting to see if this hastens any Cam Fowler trade talk as far as the Bruins are concerned because it looks like they need the help.  

*Pro Hockey Talk has the Oilers off to their best start since the Wayne Gretzky Era and people in Edmonton finally getting to see the hockey they’ve been waiting for over the past few years. 

*In honor of the Halloween season that we’re in, here are a few cool and scary goalie masks with a bit of spooky flair. 

*Arizona Coyotes GM John Chayka is confident that his young team is going to rebound after a rough start to the season. 

*Speaking of creative uniforms, it’s a most wonderful time of the year for hockey when they bust out their Oktoberfest sweaters. 

*For something completely different: this matchup of Peanuts and Stranger Things hits all the right notes for fans of both. 


Van Noy: 'I was shocked" to be traded from Lions to Patriots

Van Noy: 'I was shocked" to be traded from Lions to Patriots

FOXBORO -- It's not often that NFL teams make deals before the trade deadline. Seeing starters get dealt before the deadline is a veritable rarity. It's no wonder linebacker Kyle Van Noy, who started in all seven Lions games this season, reacted the way he did when he was dealt to the Patriots earlier this week.

"I was shocked to go from starting there to traded," Van Noy said during his first back-and-forth with Patriots reporters. "I was shocked. I respect everybody with the Detroit Lions, they'll all be my guys there. Just grateful for the opportunity to come here and get it going."

Van Noy has been working closely with Patriots linebackers and linebackers coach Brian Flores since his arrival, even getting some last-minute notes from Flores before meeting with reporters and heading out to Thursday's practice. 

The 6-foot-3, 243-pounder wasn't completely unfamiliar with the operation in New England before being sent to Foxboro along with a seventh-round pick in exchange for a sixth-rounder. He admitted he had "a lot" of contact with the Patriots before being taken in the second round by Detroit.  

Now he's playing "catch-up" to learn the Patriots playbook, which could include learning multiple positions within the team's defense. He played mostly as an off-the-line linebacker in Detroit, but when he entered into the league out of BYU, he was considered to have the tools to be a productive pass-rusher as a pro. 

Van Noy, who lost about 15 pounds going into this season, indicated that the Lions didn't get the most out of him because of how he was used. 

"I mean, they didn't know where to put me," he said. "Here, they want me here, and I'm happy to be wanted." 

Van Noy was injured for much of his rookie season and had a hard time making an impact last year. He was relied upon to fill a more substantial role this season, playing in 60 percent of the team's defensive snaps. It's unclear just how Van Noy will fit in as a member of the Patriots, but he says he's willing to do whatever it takes to work his way back up another depth chart.

"I'm here now, and I'm gonna do whatever they have me [do], and whatever they want my weight to be at," he said. "Whatever they want me to do I'm gonna do it because I want to win and be part of this team."