Hamilton to return to Bruins when lockout ends


Hamilton to return to Bruins when lockout ends

NORTH SMITHFIELD, RI Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli confirmed what Dougie Hamilton made plain to CSNNE.com earlier this summer: The first-round pick will leave the CHL and report to Boston once the NHL lockout is finally over.
It was originally thought there could be an issue if a lockout forced the 2011 first-rounder to start the season playing for the Niagara Ice Dogs this season. But the NHL and CHL have agreed to allow each NHL team to designate up to three players that could be pulled out of junior hockey when the lockout is over, and Hamilton will indeed be one of those players.
They made an amendment to the NHLs agreement with the Canadian Hockey League that will allow us to extract at the very least Dougie at the time of camp, said Chiarelli. There are a small number of players per team you can take because we have to be fair to the CHL teams as well.
Ifwhen we have an NHL season, Dougie will be available.
Chiarelli said the only other junior player under consideration for training camp in Boston would be Belleville Bulls goalie and 2012 first-round pick Malcolm Subban. But the Bs goalie prospect would only come to Boston camp if theres a catastrophic injury to their expected NHL goaltending tandem of Tuukka Rask and Anton Khudobin while each plays in the Czech League and KHL, respectively.
So Hamilton continues on the path toward being Bostons sixth defenseman when the NHL starts the regular season, and Chiarelli indicated there will be a few additional players from Providence invited to a shortened training camp. It likely wouldnt be more than 2-3 weeks of camp to get players ready for whats appearing to be a surely shortened NHL season, and would only include invites to players with a legitimate chance of cracking the NHL roster.
Head coach Claude Julien, along with assistant coaches Doug Houda, Doug Jarvis, Bob Essensa and Geoff Ward, were all in attendance for both sessions of the Providence Bruins' opening day of training camp.
Ifwhen the regular season begins it will be shorter and there will be less players in attendance," said Chiarelli. "If training camp is in the middle of Providences year, you dont want to pull out half their team. Thats why we have the Bruins coaches here watching and overseeing things.
So theyll have a good flavor of these guys and when the time comes well pull up a few of these guys. As the season progresses well have a greater assessment of the guys, but it will be a shorter camp in Boston with a quick turnaround.
Its expected that players like Jordan Caron, Chris Bourque, Matt Bartkowski, Lane MacDermid, Tommy Cross, Colby Cohen and Torey Krug could be part of the select group of players called to Boston once the lockout is over. But for now theyre part of the 34 players skating at P-Bruins camp.

Spooner responds positively to healthy scratch


Spooner responds positively to healthy scratch

BOSTON -- It wasn’t perfect by any means, but Saturday night represented a step in a positive direction for Ryan Spooner.

The 24-year-old speedy forward was scratched for the home opener against New Jersey in classic message-sending fashion by Bruins coach Claude Julien, and deserved it based on a passive lack of production combined with some costly mistakes as well. So he stayed quiet, put in the work and then returned to the lineup Saturday vs. the Montreal Canadiens where he scored a power play goal in the 4-2 loss to the Habs at TD Garden.

“He was better,” agreed Claude Julien. “He was better tonight.”

Spooner could have had even more as he got a couple of great scoring chances in the first period vs. Montreal, but Carey Price was able to turn away a couple of free looks at the Montreal net. So the Bruins forward felt he possibly left points on the ice after it was all said and done, but also clearly played his best game of the young season after going from the press box back to the lineup.

“Yeah, I had like maybe four or five [chances] that I could have scored on,” said Spooner. “I’ve just got to bear down on those [scoring opportunities], and a lot [of them] in the first period. It’s good that I’m getting those looks, but I have to score on them.

“I’m just going to go out there and just try to play. I can’t really think about [fighting to hold a spot]. I’ve just got to go out there and try to play, I guess, the game I can and try to use the speed that I have.”

The Spooner power play strike was a nifty one with the shifty forward and David Backes connecting on a pass across the front of the net, and the young B’s forward showing the necessary assertiveness cutting to the net from his half-wall position.

Spooner had five shot attempts overall in the game, and was one of the few Bruins players really getting the chances they wanted against a pretty effective Montreal defensive group. Now it’s a matter of Spooner, along with linemates Backes and David Krejci, scoring during 5-on-5 play and giving the Bruins a little more offensive balance after riding Boston’s top line very hard during the regular season’s first couple of weeks. 

Sunday, Oct. 23: Hall fitting in with Devils


Sunday, Oct. 23: Hall fitting in with Devils

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while waiting to find out which Walking Dead character got brained by Lucille in last season’s cliffhanger. I’m going with Abraham.

*The SI roundtable talks about the future of Jacob Trouba, and where he’ll end up going when his current situation resolves itself.

*P.K. Subban is apparently getting very comfortable in Nashville, and enjoying life in a city with NFL football.

*Fun conversation between Yahoo’s Josh Cooper and Brad Marchand about a whole range of random topics.

*A cool father-son story where they became the goaltending tandem for the Ontario Reign through a series of dominoes falling after Jonathan Quick went down with injury for the Los Angeles Kings.

*Pro Hockey Talk has Taylor Hall serving as exactly what the New Jersey Devils have needed for the last couple of years.

*For something completely different: FOH (Friend of Haggs) Dan Shaughnessy says that the MLB playoffs couldn’t have played out any worse for the Boston Red Sox.