Bruins place four on waivers bound for Providence

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Bruins place four on waivers bound for Providence

WILMINGTON, Mass. The Boston Bruins made what amounts to a clerical roster move on Wednesday as they placed winger Jamie Tardif, center Trent Whitfield, defenseman Garnet Exelby and forward Christian Hanson on waivers for the purpose of sending them to the AHL.
None of the four players were expected to break the Bruins roster out of training camp, but they would have been full participants in Bostons NHL camp set to start on Sept. 21. Instead those players now need to be sent to Providence for the opening of P-Bruins camp on Sept. 28, and must first pass through waivers over next few days before being able to prepare for Providence.
Twenty-one year old Jordan Caron is likely the only NHL player expected to crack Bostons opening night roster that would most certainly report to Providence for this upcoming season.
By virtue of his 155 games played over the last two seasons and the overseas options available to him should there be no NHL season, there appears to be no shot that 20-year-old Tyler Seguin will be suiting up for the P-Bruins should the hockey players get locked out by NHL ownership.
Fellow youngsters like Torey Krug and David Warsofsky were skating with the Bruins at Captains practice held at Ristuccia Arena on Wednesday morning, and wouldnt need to clear waivers in order to start the season in the AHL with the P-Bruins.
Its another sign that the Bruins along with all other NHL teams are bracing themselves organizationally for a lockout should both sides be unable to come to an agreement on a new CBA by midnight on Sunday.
TSN was the first to report that Tardif, Whitfield, Exelby and Hanson were all placed on waivers by the Bruins given the special NHL waiver period allowed by the NHL with a lockout on the horizon.

Saturday, Oct. 1: Vesey's New York state of mind

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Saturday, Oct. 1: Vesey's New York state of mind

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while gearing up for Big Papi weekend.

 
*A “behind-the-scenes” look as Jimmy Vesey was sold on the New York Rangers, but there’s not too much detail about the pitches from the other teams. Feels pretty apparent at this point that Vesey wanted to live, and work, in New York City.

*Damien Cox says that the World Cup of Hockey better get it right the next time, or else…or else what, Damien? You’re going to block them on Twitter?

*PHT writer Joey Alfieri has Patrick Kane, Erik Karlsson and P.K. Subban making their preseason debuts on Saturday. David Backes and David Pastrnak will play their first preseason games for the Bruins as well.  

*It’s a complicated, strange story with Vladimir Sobotka, the KHL and the contract he seemingly can’t get out of to again play for the St. Louis Blues.

*Oliver Ekman-Larsson is ready to get back to work with the Arizona Coyotes after his World Cup experience.

*San Jose Sharks prospect Timo Meier is out for the next month with mono, which is definitely worse timing than Zach Senyshyn getting hit with the mononucleosis bomb over the summer.

*A quick look at the Philadelphia Flyers in advance of their preseason meeting with the Black and Gold tonight, which won’t be televised.

*For something completely different: there will be some pretty funky stuff happening on The Walking Dead this season.

 

 
 

Claude Julien on David Ortiz: 'Finishing in style, you don't see that very often'

Claude Julien on David Ortiz: 'Finishing in style, you don't see that very often'

BRIGHTON, Mass. – It hasn’t been difficult to spot Claude Julien randomly at Fenway Park on a nice summer night in Boston over the past ten years. The Bruins coach doesn’t hide his affection for the Old Towne Team. 

So, Julien didn’t waste much time before sharing his thoughts on the final season for David Ortiz and the celebration of his Hall of Fame-worthy career that’s going on at the Fens this weekend.

It might have been a chore when the rest of the Team Canada coaching staff was watching the Toronto Blue Jackets during the World Cup of Hockey, but Julien never strayed too far away from his Red Stockings.

“He’s finishing in style, and you don’t see that very often,” said Claude Julien of Big Papi, who was sitting with numbers of .316 with 38 home runs and 127 RBI that border on the ridiculous at 40 years old. 

“A lot of times when people retire the game has caught up to them big time. Not him. He doesn’t seem to have missed a beat here. I’m pretty impressed with how he’s handled this year, and what he’s done. If I’m correct he just hit the home run last night for the game-winner.

“But as you know I was in Blue Jays land for about two weeks, so I had to keep a low profile. They were watching the Blue Jays and I’m Canadian too...but I was watching the Red Sox. So, it was healthy competition for our [World Cup] coaching staff.”

The most intriguing part about all is that the best is still yet to come for Ortiz in his farewell tour as he gets one more chance to clutch up in the postseason. It'll give Julien more to marvel at over the next few weeks while showing again why Big Papi will go down as the greatest clutch hitter in the history of Major League Baseball.