Thornton (concussion) out; Krejci, Bergeron, Paille miss practice


Thornton (concussion) out; Krejci, Bergeron, Paille miss practice

WILMINGTON, MA The Bruins have suited up for work after getting hammered on the ice and on the scoreboard by the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday night, and as expected some bodies are missing for the Black and Gold.

Shawn Thornton has been diagnosed with a concussion by the Bruins medical staff and will be out for the next 7-10 days according to a release from the team, though putting timetables on brain injuries can be a dicey exercise.

Thornton headed straight to the dressing room from the penalty box after serving out his five minutes following his fight with 6-foot-8 Buffalo enforcer John Scott, and never returned to the game. The Scott bout was Thorntons third fight this season in his seventh game of the year less than two weeks into the season.

Additionally Patrice Bergeron, Daniel Paille and David Krejci are all missing from the Ristuccia Arena practice ice as the Bruins prepare for a Saturday night game in Toronto against the Maple Leafs.

Bergeron took an awkward spill into the end boards and left the ice briefly with what appeared to be a right shoulder issue, but the two-way center returned to finish out of the game. Paille was the victim of a high-stick from Tyler Myers that ended up catching him near one of his eyes, and he never returned to game in the third period.

There was no visible injury with David Krejci during Thursdays intense, physical match, and the center could be getting one of the maintenance days that Claude Julien has been handing out during this unconventional 48-game shortened schedule.

Jamie Tardif has been called up on emergency recall from the AHL Providence Bruins with so many Bruins players banged up after the Sabres loss, and it appears he could be in line to make his NHL debut in Toronto to face the Maple Leafs.

Former Bruins star Ray Bourque 'in unfamiliar territory'


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


"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.