Knight, Spooner continue to bond in Providence

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Knight, Spooner continue to bond in Providence

NORTH SMITHFIELD, R.I. The word bromance has been tossed around quite a bit with Bs forward prospects Jared Knight and Ryan Spooner. They were both drafted in the second round of the 2010 draft that also produced Tyler Seguin, theyve played against each other for the last three years in the OHL and now theyre both joining the pro hockey ranks with the Providence Bruins this season.

They bonded closely at Bruins Development camps over the last few years, and were by each others side at the NHLPA-hosted Prospect Showcase last month in Toronto.

So theres plenty of common ground for a close friendship thats seen Knight, Spooner and defenseman Torey Krug all move in together in a Providence apartment for the season. All three skaters were expected to compete for a couple of spots up for grabs in Boston in NHL training camp, but will instead open as three of the more familiar faces in P-Bruins camp while the lockout rages on.

Theyre among a talented crop of players that Bs general manager Peter Chiarelli hopes infuse youth, talent and excitement into a Providence farm club that was missing all three of those things last season.

The silver lining is that there will be a lot more development time for the young players, said Chiarelli. Weve got more skill and I think were going to have some good goaltending as well. We want those guys to focus on the task at hand.

You want the skill to come out in a good and proper work environment. Its hard to put a stick in it as to where they should be playing, but Im just happy weve got somebody we can watch play.

Its not quite what Knight or Spooner hoped for while preparing over the summer, but they realize its about work rather than play in the world of pro hockey. Thats a far cry from the London Knights and the Kingston Frontenacs.

Its almost October and we havent played in any games yet, so its a little weird, said Knight. You go to an OHL camp and guys are maybe having McDonalds after practice. Now guys are having protein shakes and people are definitely taking things more seriously. Its great to watch the older guys like Trent Whitfield to see how they treat their bodies and prepare for each workout.

One thing that the stint in Providence will do for Knight and Spooner specifically: get them into midseason form in time for a potential invite to impromptu Bruins training camp in Boston once the NHL regular season begins. Spooner and Knight were expected to compete with Chris Bourque and Jordan Caron for a winger role on the third line, and all four of those players will be skating together in Providence.

The KnightSpooner bromance might have to take a time out if one or the other ends up making the NHL roster once the Bruins season does begin, but given the talent involved -- the other probably wont be too far behind.

Wednesday, August 24: B's dealing with post-Vesey aftermath

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Wednesday, August 24: B's dealing with post-Vesey aftermath

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading with the Olympics coming to a close . . .
 
-- FOH (Friend of Haggs) Kirk Luedeke sorts through the aftermath for the Bruins after losing out on Jimmy Vesey

-- Detroit Red Wings GM Ken Holland gave an interview where he said the Red Wings aren’t Stanley Cup contenders this season. 

-- Related to Holland’s comments, some of the media in Detroit aren’t taking the dose of reality all that well

-- It’s a big season for New Jersey Devils forward Kyle Palmieri, who will be starring for Team USA on the World Cup team. 

 -- PHT writer Cam Tucker says the Buffalo Sabres still have a strong group of forwards even without Jimmy Vesey.

-- Jamie Benn is giving everything to his Dallas Stars team, and that means that the World Cup of Hockey is taking a backseat
 
-- The Colorado Avalanche are nearing the end of their head coaching search as they look for their replacement for Patrick Roy.
 
-- For something completely different: NBC is making the argument that millenials watched the Olympics, but just not on the traditional formats
 

Tuesday, Aug. 23: What about NHLers in Olympics?

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Tuesday, Aug. 23: What about NHLers in Olympics?

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while appreciating all the birthday wishes I got yesterday while turning 42 years old.

*With the World Cup of Hockey around the corner, there is still a decision pending on NHL players participating in the Olympics.

*With the Winnipeg Jets and Jacob Trouba still unable to agree on a contract extension, some are wondering about comparable contracts for the young D-man.

*In the strict interest of self-promotion, here’s my radio hit with Pete Sheppard and Jimmy Murphy on the Bruins from Monday afternoon.

*Marek Zidlicky is still a free agent option for teams seeking a cheap solution on their back end.

*PHT writer Cam Tucker has the Ottawa Senators and Cody Ceci agreeing on a two-year contract extension after a summer without a deal.

*The Minnesota Wild do the right thing and officially change their goal song to Prince’s “Let’s Go Crazy” for next season.

*For something completely different: there will be a "Hamilton" documentary and the question will be whether I see that before I see the actual play.