Source: Bruins sign BU's Courtnall to minor league deal

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Source: Bruins sign BU's Courtnall to minor league deal

The Boston Bruins made another minor league move this week signing Justin Courtnall to a contract with the Providence Bruins, according to a Bruins source.

The 23-year-old lefty-shooting forward opted to forego his senior season at Boston University to sign with the Bruins organization after taking part in Bostons Development Camp back in July. Courtnall is the son of former Bruins forward Geoff Courtnall, and the nephew of Russ Courtnall in an impressive example of NHL bloodlines.

Courtnalls father played for the Bruins from 1983-88 and scored 36 goals and 58 points in his best season during 1987-88 before getting traded to the Edmonton Oilers along with Bill Ranford for goaltender Andy Moog. During his 17-year with Boston, Edmonton, Washington, St. Louis and Vancouver Courtnall finished with 367 goals, 432 assists and 799 points in 1,048 NHL games.

Courtnall is a 6-foot-3, 210-pound gritty forward that didnt put up big numbers for the Terriers as attested by his 13 career points in 92 games for Boston University, but the Bruins saw something they liked back in July during the practice sessions at Ristuccia Arena.

Courtnall was actually an assistant captain for Boston University last season and appeared ready to head back to school for his senior season, but hes instead opted to sign with the Black and Gold team thats shown interest in him all along.The bruising forwardwas a seventh round pick of the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 2007 draft, and has attended prospect camps for several different organizations.

My dad especially has really been there for me, said Courtnall to BostonBruins.com during his time at development camp this summer. Hes been able to tell me the ins and outs of what it takes to be a pro how hard you have to work and what kind of shape you have to be in.

You know, how important it is to be a professional at all times and make sure that youre always doing the right thing.

Courtnall is expected to be a gritty, physical forward for the P-Bruins with a high motor and plenty of room for improvement, and the youngster doesnt factor in the big clubs plans at this point. But Courtnall coupled with Chris Bourques recent trade to Boston appears to be making it feel like a little bit of a Bs family reunion when the players do finally report to training camp this year.College Hockey News reporter Scott McLaughlin was the first to report the news of the Courtnall signing.

Former Bruins star Ray Bourque 'in unfamiliar territory'

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Former Bruins star Ray Bourque 'in unfamiliar territory'

ANDOVER, Mass. — Former Boston Bruins star Ray Bourque, who's facing a drunken driving charge, says he accepts the responsibility of his actions.

Bourque was charged Friday night with operating under the influence of alcohol and following too closely. He posted bail and was released.

"For the first time in my life, I find myself in unfamiliar territory," Bourque said in a statement released Sunday. "I am not happy about the situation I put myself into."

Andover Police Chief Patrick Keefe said the 55-year-old Bourque was arrested about 11:30 p.m. after his Mercedes-Benz rear-ended a minivan in a construction zone in the city. No injuries were reported.

Bourque is to be arraigned in Lawrence District Court. Police haven't provided a date.

According to The Boston Globe, Bourque currently owns Tresca, a restaurant on Boston's North End.

'Everything is on track' with Bruins prospect Zboril

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'Everything is on track' with Bruins prospect Zboril

Little more than a year after he was drafted in the middle of the first round by the Boston Bruins, some are whispering that 19-year-old Jakub Zboril isn’t going to live up to advanced billing. Clearly the Czech defenseman took a step back for the Saint John Sea Dogs after being taken 13th by the Bruins in last year’s draft, and dropped to six goals and 20 points in 50 games in the QMJHL while watching second round pick Jeremy Lauzon pass him by on the prospect hype chart.

Perhaps the more concerning thing have been the whispers about an erratic work ethic and bad habits in Zboril’s game, a couple of criticisms that haven’t exactly gone away since the Bruins signed him to a contract last summer following development camp. Bruins assistant general manager Scott Bradley was asked about those concerns with the young D-man as he heads into an important training camp with Boston this fall, and didn’t seem all that concerned about his first round pick being a “bust.”

“I think his offensive production was down, and that he struggled a little bit coming out of the gate” said Bradley of Zboril, who had 13 goals and 33 points in 44 games during his first season in the Quebec Major Junior League prior to getting drafted by Boston. “But he had a strong playoff. Everybody forgets that he’s a gritty guy, and a strong player that moves the puck. The thing that stands out about him are that his numbers are down from last year.

“But everything is on track with him. He’s going to come to camp and hopefully shines, and has a good year this year…patience.

“I think it’s great if the second rounders are on par with him: the [Brandon] Carlos and the [Jeremy] Lauzons. If you look at the whole of our draft last year you can’t rule out the first eight picks that they might play [in the NHL]. We’re excited. Donnie and I were at the Memorial Cup, and Lauzon raised our eyebrows every night that he played. You’d come away with a good feeling like this kid plays hard, plays the Bruins style, moves the puck and is tough. Obviously [you had to like] what Carlo did when he was brought in [to Providence] at the end. It just bodes well for what we have coming this year. Zboril and Lauzon are probably going back to junior, but Carlo is going to get a long look.”

The young Czech D-man is still at a point where his stock can still shoot higher than it’s ever been with a good showing at training camp, and a strong season for the Sea Dogs entering into his professional hockey career. But he can’t afford to go through another down season, or that talk of him being a first round bust is only going to get louder and stronger.