Bruins select local kid Grzelcyk with third-round pick

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Bruins select local kid Grzelcyk with third-round pick

PITTSBURGH The wonderful storylines theme to the Bruins 2012 draft continued on Saturday morning when the Bs selected Charlestown native Matthew Grzelcyk in the third round with the 85th pick overall.

The teenager was playing for the US Team Development Program and is an undersized defenseman in the mold of David Warsofsky and Matt Hunwick, but perhaps with a bit higher offensive upside as he readies to enter Boston University in the fall. He was somebody that Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli actually singled out for plaudits prior to the draft, and perhaps that should have been a clue they might select him.

Youve got some kids that kind of went to the U.S. Development Program but are from the area, said Chiarelli. The Grzelcyk kids a very good, mobile defenseman. Hes later on down in the draft but hes got a good head on his shoulders.

The best part of the story: Grzelcyks dad has been a member of the Bull Gang at TD Garden for 40 years, and his son has grown up as a hockey-loving son of Boston in the shadows of the Bruins arena. Now he gets to live his dream as a Bruins prospect with the hope of one day skating for him hometown team.

"I really can't put it into words, said Grzelcyk at the CONSOL Energy Center after being selected. Pretty unexpected, so I'm so over the top right now....I couldn't be happier.

Saturday, July 30: Colorado's Tyson Barrie could become available

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Saturday, July 30: Colorado's Tyson Barrie could become available

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while knowing that “Saturdays are for the boys” no longer exists once you are married with kids…except during glorious bachelor party weekends, which are few and far between.

*Congrats to Patrick Williams, who was named the Ellery Award winner for his great coverage of all things at the AHL level. Well deserved, Pat! 

*A really moving, heartbreaking and also life-affirming tribute from Bobby Ryan to his recently-passed mother after his childhood experience really forged a bond. 

*The Tyson Barrie/Colorado Avalanche arbitration case has a chance to get messy, and that may be a very good thing for teams hoping a D-man suddenly becomes available

*Some great stories about the hockey movies made over the last 30 years including Sudden Death, Mystery Alaska and Slap Shot. 

*Kudos to Gabriel Landeskog, who has joined an organization attempting to advise athletes on recovery from concussions after his scary experiences

*The focus of P.K. Subban’s philanthropy is on the kids, a thing made abundantly clear by his generous pledge to raise $10 million from a Montreal children’s hospital. 

*Good piece by FOH (Friend of Haggs) Josh Cooper over at Yahoo! Sports on Murray Craven as a bit of an “Everything Man” for the new Las Vegas expansion franchise. 

*For something completely different: what a great American and Patriot looks like, even if the Republicans and Trump don’t seem to think so.

Friday, July 29: Good signs in Bruins-Marchand negotiations

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Friday, July 29: Good signs in Bruins-Marchand negotiations

Here are the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while using “malarkey” in my day-to-day vocabulary as much as possible. 
 
-- Dale Tallon was promoted with the Florida Panthers to accentuate his strengths as a talent evaluator, but maintains that he still has final say on hockey decisions
 
-- PHT writer Cam Tucker has another young D-man off the board with the Wild’s Matthew Dumba signing a two year, $5.1 million deal with Minnesota
 
-- In the interest of self-promotion, here’s my take on the negotiations between Brad Marchand and the Bruins: There’s a couple of good signs at the outset of negotiations
 
-- The Arizona Coyotes are stressing the defensive side of things in a big, big way, and it appears to be part of John Chayka’s master plan

 -- Alex Pietrangelo would be a natural selection to replace David Backes as the next captain of the St. Louis Blues. 

-- A moving letter from Sens forward Bobby Ryan to his recently passed mother is up at the Players Tribune website. 

-- Chris Kreider has re-signed with the New York Rangers, and plans to get out of his head and onto the score sheet more often. 
 
-- For something completely different: Jerod Mayo will bring a new voice to Tom E. Curran’s Quick Slants program on our very own CSN network.