Caron among Bruins sent to Providence; Seguin omitted


Caron among Bruins sent to Providence; Seguin omitted

The Bruins had to announce their assignments to Providence by Friday for players that will be in the AHL should there be an NHL lockout imposed, and 20-year-old Tyler Seguin was not on the list of players.

That means the 20-year-old Seguin wont be playing in the AHL this season as a young Patrice Bergeron did for the P-Bruins during the last lockout. The young All-Star forward had admitted to the media earlier on Friday that he was eligible to be sent down to Providence for the season, but Seguin didnt sound very enthused at the prospects.

I dont know. Obviously I want to play hockey, said Seguin, who said hes also in the market this fall for a permanent residence in Boston. I want to play in the NHL and I hope that works out. But if not I can always go overseas or I can play in the AHL.

Seguin like the rest of the Bruins players will stick around Boston through at least the month of September before potentially making a decision if it appears there will be a lengthy lockout. Interestingly the young Bruins forward would qualify for potential work in the KHL this season given that he just barely passed the 150 NHL games of experience required, and has won a Stanley Cup championship among their list of requirements for non-Russian NHL players.

Anthon Khudobin was also a player that potentially could have been assigned to Providence if he cleared through waivers, but the Bruins werent going to risk losing their backup goaltender. Chris Bourque and defenseman Aaron Johnson were also not among the players cleared for P-Bruins work, and will be locked out along with the bulk of Bostons returning roster.

Dougie Hamilton and Malcolm Subban were assigned to their respective OHL junior hockey teams. But the promising Hamilton told in an interview last month that hell be reporting to Bs training camp from his Niagara team once the lockout is over.

So Jordan Caron will headline a group of young Bs prospects that were all assigned to Providence on Friday, and will report for AHL training camp on Sept. 28 in Providence. Here is the list of Bs players assigned to Providence on Friday as the entire NHL braces for this weekends seemingly inevitable lockout:

Matt Bartkowski, Ryan Button, Carter Camper, Jordan Caron, Colby Cohen, Tommy Cross, Craig Cunningham, Justin Florek, Michael Hutchinson, Jared Knight, Torey
Krug, Kevan Miller, Adam Morrison, Tyler Randell, Max Sauve, Ryan Spooner, Niklas Svedberg, Zach Trotman and David Warsofsky.

The following players have cleared waivers and have been assigned to Providence: Garnet Exelby, Christian Hanson, Jamie Tardif and Trent Whitfield.

Cassidy: Bruins 'have got to have a stronger mental capacity'

Cassidy: Bruins 'have got to have a stronger mental capacity'

BOSTON – While there were some warning signs over the last few weeks that the Bruins might be getting away from their game, it didn’t really hit home until Thursday night’s frustrating loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning. 

The Bruins blew through three different one-goal leads in the second period in the 6-3 loss to the Bolts at TD Garden, and each time surrendered a tying goal to Tampa in less than two minutes after initially scoring. It was a clear indicator that the Bruins weren’t fully focused on the task at hand despite having already lost three games in a row, and that their ability to bounce back from adversity is going away from them again. 

That much was obvious when the bottom dropped out in the third period, and Jonathan Drouin and Nikita Kucherov turned into a two-man Lightning wrecking crew outscoring the Bruins by a 3-0 margin in the final 20 minutes. 

“I think the frustration is more in-game, where we’ve got to have a stronger mental capacity to handle those [challenging] situations in-game. Let’s face it, when you get on a bit of a losing streak, all those things creep in, whether it’s in October or whether it’s in March,” said Bruce Cassidy. “You have doubts, you start pressing, and again, it’s my job to alleviate the kind of attention in those situations.

“But, as I told you, we all have to be accountable and be responsible for ourselves, and that’s where we just need to have better focus and better discipline in those areas. It was there when it was 3-3 [on the scoreboard]. We’ve got to push back after they score, and that’s where I thought we started to come apart a little bit where we should’ve stuck together and stuck with the program. [We needed to] get ourselves slowly back into the game. We had 10 minutes to even the score, and we weren’t able to do it.”

Clearly this wasn’t just the coach alone in his pointed observations, however, as the lack of focus showed unfortunately in a rudderless second period for the Black and Gold where they couldn’t gain any separation from Tampa Bay despite scoring three goals. 

“[It’s] not being focused, not being sharp, and obviously at this time of the year it’s unacceptable, and it’s up on us to be better,” said Bruins captain Zdeno Chara. “Those kinds of situations shouldn’t happen. So, for sure, we need to address those things and hold each other accountable.”

One thing is clear: The Bruins have a lot of work to do if they hope to avoid the same kind of late season tailspin that doomed them each of the last two seasons, and already seems to be happening over their last four losses to varying levels of hockey talent. 

Talking points: Tuukka Rask wasn't good enough vs. Lightning


Talking points: Tuukka Rask wasn't good enough vs. Lightning

Here are the talking points from the Boston Bruins' 6-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning.