Hamilton to return to Bruins when lockout ends

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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.

Julien: 'A lot of problematic things' in Bruins loss to Avalanche

Julien: 'A lot of problematic things' in Bruins loss to Avalanche

BOSTON – The Bruins simply weren’t ready to play on Thursday night when the puck was dropped against the Colorado Avalanche at TD Garden. 

They fell down quickly by a 2-0 score, had a couple of completely inept power plays in the first period that sucked all the game’s momentum away from them and received some subpar goaltending from Anton Khudobin on the way to a 4-2 loss to the lowly Avs. About the only B’s person above reproach in this one was David Pastrnak after scoring a pair of goals in the second period to get Boston back into the game, but it all fell short in a very frustrating, lackadaisical loss to a Western Conference team that isn’t very good. 

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Needless to say B’s coach Claude Julien wasn’t too happy after a loss where the Bruins might have had more success with a smarter approach to holding the puck. 

“There were a lot of problematic things [in the loss]. No doubt that the power play could have helped us in the first period, and failed to do that. They’ve got to be better,” said Julien. “We needed some saves tonight, and we didn’t get them. [Anton Khudobin] has got to be better. 

“A lot of things here that we can be better at, and take responsibility [for]. But at the same time, you got to move on here.  It’s one of those nights that had we been smarter from the get go, we would have had a chance.”

Clearly it was about a lacking group effort when dissecting the loss, and the minus-3 for David Krejci on Thursday night marked back-to-back negative performances from the playmaking Czech center in big spots. The goaltending was shoddy with Anton Khudobin allowing four goals on 22 shots for Colorado, and unable to make plays on a couple of Colorado shots from outside the painted area that built up the Avs lead in the first place. 

But it was also very much about the inability of the Bruins to generate consistent offense outside of David Pastrnak’s offensive burst in the second period, and the complete breakdown of the Boston power play in the opening 20 minutes. The Bruins struggled to enter the zone in their first PP possession of the game, and then allowed a Nathan MacKinnon shorthanded goal after Torey Krug futilely dove at the blue line to try and keep the puck in the offensive zone. 

The Krug misplay at the offensive blue line gave MacKinnon a clear path the net, and he buried a wrist shot past Khudobin to get the one-sided loss rolling. Beyond the costly mistakes that ended up in the back of the net, the Bruins looked sloppy and slow-reacting in their breakouts and more than willing to settle for outside perimeter shots.

That doesn’t exactly make for a winning combo even when it comes against a flawed, underachieving team like Colorado, and especially when it comes less than 24 hours after a hard-fought road game in Washington DC. 

“I think we were still sleeping there early in the game and they were able to capitalize on their opportunities. We couldn’t claw our way back,” said Brad Marchand, who picked up an assist on David Pastrnak’s second goal of the night on a perfect dish for the one-timer. “I think it was definitely a mental [block]. You’re able to battle through that physical fatigue. It was more the mental mistakes and not being prepared right off the hop of the start of the game. Again, that’s kind of where we lost it.”

The sleepwalking Bruins lost Thursday night’s valuable two points as soon as the opening puck was dropped against the Avalanche, of course, and the Bruins never got out of lollygag mode at a time when intensity should have been automatic.