WILMINGTON, Mass. With just minutes to go before the NHL trade deadline, things continue to remain quiet with the Boston Bruins.
There have been whispers about Carolina defenseman Jaroslav Spacek potentially coming back to Boston as depth defensemaninjury insurance, but the available blue line options are dwindling for the Black and Gold. Dallas' Sheldon Souray is also available if the Bruins opt to go that route.
Colorado forward David Jones is a potential target to help the Bruins' current crop of forwards, which is hurting with Nathan Horton and Rich Peverley out.
But no moves made as of yet by Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli, and Bruins coach Claude Julien said he was prepared to move forward with a Stanley-Cup winning nucleus with or without new additions.
I called a couple of players into my office to look over video and I had to tell them right away it was just video. They hadnt been traded. It isnt a fun time. Everybody headed right into the lounge after practice to find out what was going on, said Claude Julien. I take it as a good sign that nobody wants to leave. Were going to do what we can to improve the team, and if its nothing we still like our team.
There are things that could happen today and things that might not happen. If we make a move it will only make us better.
Forwards Paul Gaustad, Ryan Malone, Mike Knuble are still names potentially available, but T.J. Galiardi and Daniel Winnik have been taken off the board in a move sending both Colorado forwards to the San Jose Sharks.
Chiarelli is still working the phones attempting to make a move, but the lack of available draft picks this summer, the dearth of real juicy talent at the AHL level, and the unwillingness to move their own roster players have truly limited their place in the trade market.
FOXBORO -- The Patriots injury report shrunk again on Thursday.
One day after Rob Gronkowski was removed from the injury report, the Patriots were able to take backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo off.
Garoppolo injured his shoulder in a Week 2 win over the Dolphins and then missed the following two games, giving way to rookie third-rounder Jacoby Brissett. He has been limited in practice ever since being driven into the ground by Miami linebacker Kiko Alonso.
Here is Thursday's full practice participation/injury report for the Patriots and Steelers:
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
TE Martellus Bennett (ankle)
RB Brandon Bolden (knee)
LB Jamie Collins (hip)
WR Julian Edelman (foot)
DL Woodrow Hamilton (shoulder)
LB Shea McClellin (concussion)
WR Malcolm Mitchell (hamstring)
LB Elandon Roberts (ankle)
DL Vincent Valentine (back)
DID NOT PARTICIPATE
T Marcus Gilbert (ankle)
DE Cameron Heyward (hamstring)
QB Ben Roethlisberger (left knee)
S Shamarko Thomas (groin)
C Cody Wallace (knee)
WR Markus Wheaton (shoulder)
RB DeAngelo Williams (knee)
S Robert Golden (foot)
S Michael Mitchell (knee)
LB Ryan Shazier (knee)
BRIGHTON, Mass. – The Bruins will have plenty of proud history on display for tonight’s home opener when Bobby Orr and Milt Schmidt drop the ceremonial first puck at TD Garden prior to the game against the New Jersey Devils.
Orr is celebrating the 50th anniversary of his first NHL game, and the amazing Schmidt is there for the 80th anniversary of his rookie NHL season, and it will be up to the current crop of B’s players afterward to play up to the standards of those two Hall of Fame legends. That was a difficult challenge for the Black and Gold last season as they struggled to a 17-18-6 record on home ice and experienced some of their worst regular-season efforts in front of the paying home customers.
When placed side-by-side with a road record (25-13-3), where only the Sharks and Capitals had more victories on the road last season, it was clear the B’s had some strange motivational issues at the Garden. Whether it was leadership, maturity or the coach to blame for their home malaise, the Bruins are looking to reverse that trend this season after an encouraging 2-1 start on the first three-game road trip of the season.
In fact, Brad Marchand didn’t even want to entertain thoughts about last year’s home ice funk.
“Last year has nothing to do with this year. We’ve got a lot of new guys and a lot of new faces, and we’re looking to have a big start at home and have a big year. We want to try and start that tonight,” said Brad Marchand. “We don’t have to get anxious and too excited. We play a good road game and if we play the same way at home as we do on the road then hopefully we’ll be okay.”
The home ice anxiousness was clear on many occasions for the Bruins whether it was getting blown out at the Winter Classic, getting smoked in Milan Lucic’s return to the Garden with the LA Kings or epically blowing the final game of the season vs. Ottawa with the playoffs on the line. It will be interesting to see what a big personality and hardened, vocal leader David Backes can bring to combat some of the home ice skittishness of last season.
One other thing the Bruins will be looking to change: allowing the other team to score the first goal, as they’ve done in all three games to start this season. It could perhaps be excused with the B’s playing the polite visitor at the emotional home openers for the Blue Jackets and the Maple Leafs last week, but now it’s their turn to jack up the emotional level and make TD Garden a much more difficult place to play than it was for the majority of last season.