Morning Skate: Tuesday, July 3

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Morning Skate: Tuesday, July 3

Nick Cotsonika from Yahoo! Sports pens a column about the NHL reducing the ban on Raffi Torres, and the reasons behind it.

Andrew Raycroft signs with an Italian hockey team thats attempting to get into the KHL this season. Okay then. Meanwhile Tuukka Rask is prepping to become the No. 1 goal for the Bruins this season. Not a bad trade, that one.

The Ottawa Senators are hanging in there on Daniel Alfredssons decision on whether or not he wants to play in the NHL next season.

The Flyers organization among a handful are waiting for Zach Parise and Ryan Suter to make a decision on their free agent destinations.

Carey Price signs a six-year deal with the Montreal Canadiens that will keep him as Bruins Enemy No. 1 for quite some time.

According to his agent, Shane Doans decision may exceed the July 9 deadline hed originally set for a decision. Ive heard the same thing, and Ive also heard theres a chance he heads to Dallas with Ray Whitney.

The Calgary Flames are mulling over signing Jarome Iginla to an extension that will keep him in Calgary. If Iginla wants to win a Cup he will run out of Calgary as quickly as he can.

For something completely different: some cool one take videos that were Marvel Comics off-shoots of The Avengers summer blockbuster.

McIntyre still building and earning trust of B's coaching staff

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McIntyre still building and earning trust of B's coaching staff

BRIGHTON, Mass -- It hasn’t been an easy road for Bruins rookie goaltender Zane McIntyre since getting called back up by Boston a few weeks ago.

The 24-year-old netminder is trying to give the B’s top-level goaltending while earning the trust of the Bruins coaching staff, and adjusting to the sporadic playing time that goes along with playing understudy to a No. 1 netminder like Tuukka Rask. The three goals allowed in the third period of Sunday afternoon’s 5-1 loss to the Penguins didn’t look good on paper, but really there wasn’t much McIntyre could do with the defense totally breaking down in front of him during a 12-shot barrage in the final 20 minutes.

The 3.95 goals against average and .860 save percentage certainly look like a little frightening for the first-year goalie, but the truth is there’s going to be some bumps as he adjusts to life as a backup for the first time.

“[The adjustment] is mostly between the ears, to be honest,” said McIntyre. “I have confidence in my physical abilities and I know what I can do, and what makes my game successful. So right now it’s just building confidence every day in practice and staying persistent, staying with it. I know good things are going to happen when you surround yourself with good people, and the biggest thing is battling every day and making sure I’m contributing to the team.”

McIntyre will certainly have to be sharp if he’s put back in the crease on Tuesday night against the Red Wings after Rask exited from Sunday’s loss in the second period with symptoms of a migraine. The Bruins top goalie missed practice on Monday while getting himself checked out medically, and there’s a chance he could be out if the symptoms are in any way related to the Roman Josi shot he took off his neck last week.

“I’m just taking it day-by-day to be honest. That’s what I’ve always done in the past, and I’m just trying to build up confidence every day,” said McIntyre, who had been lights out in Providence prior to getting the call to Boston. “We’ll just see what happens and roll with it.”

That’s a challenge McIntyre will certainly be up for in a different way than Sunday’s mop-up duty, but it remains to be seen just how steady-footed the Bruins will be about their goalie situation if Rask is expected to miss any time this week.