Bruins may move practice facility


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 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.

Carlo, Heinen and DeBrusk highlight young B's lineup for preseason opener


Carlo, Heinen and DeBrusk highlight young B's lineup for preseason opener

The Bruins had already let it be known that Tuukka Rask, David Pastrnak and David Backes wouldn’t be playing Monday night in their preseason opener vs. the Blue Jackets. 

Instead, all three will participate in their first day of training camp practice on Monday morning, and the Bruins will ice a young, prospect-laden group against Columbus at TD Garden.

“[Camp] has been really good,” said assistant coach Jay Pandolfo. “There are a lot of new faces around here, so we’re just getting them to understand how we want to play. I think they did a good job with it and they should be ready to go [against Columbus].”

Here is the lineup of players expected to suit up for Boston’s preseason opener on Monday night: Brandon Carlo, Colby Cave, Peter Cehlarik, Austin Czarnik, Jake DeBrusk, Seth Griffith, Colton Hargrove, Jimmy Hayes, Danton Heinen, Anton Khudobin, Sean Kuraly, John-Michael Liles, Zane McIntyre, Kevan Miller, Joe Morrow, Peter Mueller, Riley Nash, Rob O’Gara, Tyler Randell and Jakub Zboril. 

Carlo, Cehlarik, Heinen and DeBrusk are all serious candidates to threaten for an NHL roster spot, and these preseason games will be a big test to see how roster ready they might actually be at their precocious young age.

The Bruins haven’t said when the first cuts of training camp are expected, but one round of early cuts are expected next week perhaps after Wednesday night’s preseason home game against the Detroit Red Wings.

“We’ll see how tomorrow night goes and then make a decision [on a lineup] for Wednesday, but I think we’ll try to give all the guys a pretty good look and go from there,” said Pandolfo. 

Sunday, Sept. 25: Has Connolly found home with Caps?


Sunday, Sept. 25: Has Connolly found home with Caps?

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while wondering what a crap shot this Presidential debate is going to be on Monday night.

*Brett Connolly has hooked on with the Washington Capitals, and the Caps hope they’ve found a “gem” in the former Bruins winger.

*John Tortorella is putting his Blue Jackets through an absolute boot camp thus far in Columbus. Bold strategy…I wonder how this will play out.

*The Pittsburgh Penguins appreciate the gifts of defenseman Kris Letang, even if Team Canada didn’t for the World Cup.

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Ken Wiebe has the details on Jacob Trouba asking to get moved from the Winnipeg Jets.

*PHT writer James O’Brien has Saturday night’s World Cup of Hockey showdown between Russia and Canada as another chapter in the Alex Ovechkin/Sidney Crosby rivalry.

*It’s sad to see respected veteran player Clarke MacArthur have to be helped off the ice after a vicious hit in a training camp scrimmage. What a dumb move by a guy that’s never going to crack the Senators roster.

*For something completely different: a good father/son piece on learning to appreciate things that your kids are interested in, and how rewarding it can be in the end.