Bruins may move practice facility

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Bruins may move practice facility

BOSTON -- One bit of news that did come out of the season-ending Bruins press conference with the teams ownership and management group Thursday was the potential future of the teams practice facility.

Bruins president Cam Neely said the Bs have one year remaining on their contract with the town of Wilmingtons Ristuccia Arena, and it's possible they could extend the deal.

"We're in discussions with Ristuccia Arena right now," said Neely.

But theres also a desire for a facility thats a little closer to the city of Boston, and more state-of-the-art . . . like the practice homes for the Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs.

Sources outside the Bruins organization have indicated to CSNNE.com that there's interest in a new practice facility in the Brighton area, adjacent to the New Balance building. New Balance recently partnered with Warrior Hockey in an initial foray into the hockey equipment business. The rink would be part of a 235 million development project thats being proposed by New Balance to completely redevelop the Brighton Landing area around their Guest Street headquarters.

Bruins principal owner Charlie Jacobs said the team has explored other potential practice facilities more befitting an Original Six franchise than the high school hockey rink in Wilmington, and outlined some of the criteria the team was seeking.

Cam and I have been collaborating a bit on what should be the best facility for us moving forward, said Jacobs. Weve batted it around and considered Wilmington a bit and obviously also explored some other locations. We like to think of our training facility and practice facilities as a drawing card for players that might be playing on other markets and look at us and say, Geez, Id love to come to Boston, not only for the atmosphere, but for the environment, and the day-to-day environment where they practice.

The practice facility really does need to be, if you will, world class in that regard. So, weve put together, for lack of better term, a blue-ribbon committee to say, Lets try to find the right location thats within very short driving distance to the Boston Garden that could offer that kind of environment, that kind of ice and training facility.

"Were in the process of that now. We dont have any final answers to share with you today, other than saying weve done a lot of work on this subject. I think were drawing to a real good conclusion.

Heinen looking to show his offense in his shot on Krejci line

Heinen looking to show his offense in his shot on Krejci line

BRIGHTON, Mass – The Bruins mixed things up with their roster a bit on Saturday after dropping a couple of games in a row to Washington and Colorado. 

Fourth-line energy winger Noel Acciari and playmaking forward Danton Heinen were called up from Providence and will be in the lineup against the Toronto Maple Leafs at TD Garden on Saturday night. 
Acciari went to Providence the past couple of days to get some game action in after missing the past month with a lower body injury, but clearly showed he’s ready to go. 

So, Acciari is back to provide the same hard-hitting and energy he showed before he was hurt and Heinen is looking to show off a little more offense than in his first stint with the Black and Gold this season. He’ll be featured in a top role as left wing with David Krejci and David Backes and with marching orders to shoot the puck like he never shot it in his previous stint in Boston. 

For the Bruins, it’s about getting another look at a candidate to play left wing beside Krejci with both Ryan Spooner and Tim Schaller, with limitations to their respective games, unable to fully grasp that same opportunity. 

“My hope is that Heinen can come in and give us some good hockey. He’s a skill player and he’s been down there for a while, and he’s back up again because he’s been playing well,” said Claude Julien of the Bruins rookie, who had four goals and seven points in his past five games with Providence. “Hopefully he can play well here also. It’s about getting some confidence. When he went down to [the AHL] the pace of his game had to get a little bit better, and in the battles coming up with the puck along the walls. Those are the kinds of things we thought he could work on down in Providence.”

Heinen knows he needs to shoot the puck a bit more to show off his offense after a seven-game stint with the Bruins where he went scoreless, was a minus-2 and had just six shots on net.

“Being hard on the walls, playing fast and shooting the puck, those were all things I was working on [in Providence],” said Heinen, who has seven goals and 13 points in 13 games for the P-Bruins after being assigned to Providence. “I was doing what they told me to do [in Providence] and that’s shoot the puck. They were going in, and I was getting some good opportunities on the power play. It’s seriously tough to get chances [at the NHL level], so you can’t pass them up when you have chances. That was kind of my focus down there.”

Fellow fourth-line energy winger Anton Blidh has been shipped to Providence after three solid games with the Black and Gold. 

Julien said Blidh goes back to Providence having adequately shown that he can play in the NHL. He clearly showed the Bruins that he understands his role as a player that stirs things up a bit and gets his nose dirty on a regular basis.

“[Blidh] was fine. No issues there. He does his job. He plays with lots of energy and obviously he’s getting more experience. He’s a lot better at understanding his positioning within the game and what he has to do,” said Julien. “I thought he helped us out for the time that he was here.”

With Heinen and Acciari both in the lineup and Blidh back in Providence, that means Jimmy Hayes will be scratched after dressing for three of the past four games for Boston.

Saturday, Dec. 10: Vegas, scoring on NHL governors' minds

Saturday, Dec. 10: Vegas, scoring on NHL governors' minds

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while doing some early Christmas shopping ahead of the late rush. 

*Mike Zeisberger sits down with a quartet of NHL governors and discusses a number of hot topics including the Vegas franchise and scoring around the league. 

*Carolina Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos has been removed from the NHL Board of Governor’s Executive Committee amid rumors that the Canes might be a prime candidate for relocation. 

*Pierre McGuire weighs in on Connor McDavid’s war of words on the ice and Carey Price losing his mind in the crease against the New Jersey Devils. To that end, Wayne Gretzky liked seeing McDavid get a little combative at such a young age. 

*The New York Islanders signed Cal Clutterbuck to a five year contract extension, and some are skeptical it will turn out well for the Isles.

*David Pastrnak is a premier scoring threat in the league, and Scott Cullen has some details behind that. I will say this: his stock falling in the draft had less to do with his size or heaviness, and more to do with him being concussed for a long stretch of time during the year leading up to the draft. 

*The Florida Panthers are really struggling to stay positive with a 1-5-0 record since the ownership group and management decided to fire Gerard Gallant. 

*For something completely different: Baywatch stars then and now.