Bruins place four on waivers bound for Providence

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Bruins place four on waivers bound for Providence

WILMINGTON, Mass. The Boston Bruins made what amounts to a clerical roster move on Wednesday as they placed winger Jamie Tardif, center Trent Whitfield, defenseman Garnet Exelby and forward Christian Hanson on waivers for the purpose of sending them to the AHL.
None of the four players were expected to break the Bruins roster out of training camp, but they would have been full participants in Bostons NHL camp set to start on Sept. 21. Instead those players now need to be sent to Providence for the opening of P-Bruins camp on Sept. 28, and must first pass through waivers over next few days before being able to prepare for Providence.
Twenty-one year old Jordan Caron is likely the only NHL player expected to crack Bostons opening night roster that would most certainly report to Providence for this upcoming season.
By virtue of his 155 games played over the last two seasons and the overseas options available to him should there be no NHL season, there appears to be no shot that 20-year-old Tyler Seguin will be suiting up for the P-Bruins should the hockey players get locked out by NHL ownership.
Fellow youngsters like Torey Krug and David Warsofsky were skating with the Bruins at Captains practice held at Ristuccia Arena on Wednesday morning, and wouldnt need to clear waivers in order to start the season in the AHL with the P-Bruins.
Its another sign that the Bruins along with all other NHL teams are bracing themselves organizationally for a lockout should both sides be unable to come to an agreement on a new CBA by midnight on Sunday.
TSN was the first to report that Tardif, Whitfield, Exelby and Hanson were all placed on waivers by the Bruins given the special NHL waiver period allowed by the NHL with a lockout on the horizon.

Backes set to star in Animal Planet special this weekend

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Backes set to star in Animal Planet special this weekend

It’s only a coincidence that it will air the same week that the Boston Bruins went Hollywood with their annual three-game road trip through California, but David Backes and his wife Kelly are going to get some solid TV time this weekend. The animal-loving couple are going to be featured Saturday night in the all-new Animal Planet special "Stars to the Rescue," which highlights the Backes family’s excellent work to ensure every animal has a ‘furever’ home.

The lifelong animal lovers have adopted five rescue pets that all made the move from St. Louis to Boston this summer, and launched Athletes for Animals in 2013, a non-profit organization supporting professional athletes and animal advocacy efforts. The 32-year-old Backes chose a Boston animal shelter as his first setting to meet with the Boston media this summer after signing with the Bruins in free agency, and spoke glowingly about his inspiration for marrying two of his passions: helping animals and sports.

“The full story is that in college we wanted an animal or two, but it just wasn’t responsible because we were renting and the landlords didn’t approve," said Backes, the proud owner of four dogs (Maverick, Rosey, Marty and Bebe) and two cats (Sunny, Poly). "We just didn’t really have the time or resources to support them, so we volunteered at the local shelter for the three years I was in school.

“When my wife [Kelly] and I moved to St. Louis, we wanted to connect with the community, be a part and use our voice to influence social change to do our part making the world a little bit of a better place. So we said, ‘Why not connect with the animal welfare rescue community?’

“We absolutely love doing it: Walking dogs, scooping litter boxes and cleaning kennels. Let’s use our voice to kick this off and see what we can do, and it really just snowballed from that to then trying to tie other guys into it. It’s not limited to the animal stuff, but the animals that don’t have a voice, and the kids that don’t have a voice, really tug at our heart strings. We want to help them with this blessing of a great voice we’ve been given as professional athletes, and to really use that to give them some help.”

The “Stars to the Rescue” special premieres on Saturday night at 8 pm on Animal Planet where there will be a full segment on the Backes family, but here’s a clip where Backes talks about his well-publicized involvement with a number of stray dog rescues during his 2014 Olympic Hockey stint with Team USA in Sochi, Russia.

Backes isn’t the only Boston athlete featured during the Animal Planet special as it also chronicles the stories of other well-known athletes and celebrities and the dogs they can't live without: Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman, Baltimore Ravens’ Ronnie Stanley, Selma Blair, ESPN Correspondent Michelle Beadle, WNBA star Elena Delle Donne, former Red Sox knuckleballer Tim Wakefield and more. From training buddies to comforting companions, “Stars to the Rescue” shows first-hand how these celebrities first met their cute rescued canines and how their dogs have impacted and transformed their lives for the better.

What we learned in Bruins' 4-1 win over Kings: Back on track

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What we learned in Bruins' 4-1 win over Kings: Back on track

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