Hamilton to return to Bruins when lockout ends

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Hamilton to return to Bruins when lockout ends

NORTH SMITHFIELD, RI Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli confirmed what Dougie Hamilton made plain to CSNNE.com earlier this summer: The first-round pick will leave the CHL and report to Boston once the NHL lockout is finally over.
It was originally thought there could be an issue if a lockout forced the 2011 first-rounder to start the season playing for the Niagara Ice Dogs this season. But the NHL and CHL have agreed to allow each NHL team to designate up to three players that could be pulled out of junior hockey when the lockout is over, and Hamilton will indeed be one of those players.
They made an amendment to the NHLs agreement with the Canadian Hockey League that will allow us to extract at the very least Dougie at the time of camp, said Chiarelli. There are a small number of players per team you can take because we have to be fair to the CHL teams as well.
Ifwhen we have an NHL season, Dougie will be available.
Chiarelli said the only other junior player under consideration for training camp in Boston would be Belleville Bulls goalie and 2012 first-round pick Malcolm Subban. But the Bs goalie prospect would only come to Boston camp if theres a catastrophic injury to their expected NHL goaltending tandem of Tuukka Rask and Anton Khudobin while each plays in the Czech League and KHL, respectively.
So Hamilton continues on the path toward being Bostons sixth defenseman when the NHL starts the regular season, and Chiarelli indicated there will be a few additional players from Providence invited to a shortened training camp. It likely wouldnt be more than 2-3 weeks of camp to get players ready for whats appearing to be a surely shortened NHL season, and would only include invites to players with a legitimate chance of cracking the NHL roster.
Head coach Claude Julien, along with assistant coaches Doug Houda, Doug Jarvis, Bob Essensa and Geoff Ward, were all in attendance for both sessions of the Providence Bruins' opening day of training camp.
Ifwhen the regular season begins it will be shorter and there will be less players in attendance," said Chiarelli. "If training camp is in the middle of Providences year, you dont want to pull out half their team. Thats why we have the Bruins coaches here watching and overseeing things.
So theyll have a good flavor of these guys and when the time comes well pull up a few of these guys. As the season progresses well have a greater assessment of the guys, but it will be a shorter camp in Boston with a quick turnaround.
Its expected that players like Jordan Caron, Chris Bourque, Matt Bartkowski, Lane MacDermid, Tommy Cross, Colby Cohen and Torey Krug could be part of the select group of players called to Boston once the lockout is over. But for now theyre part of the 34 players skating at P-Bruins camp.

Morning Skate: Former PC coach Army on Avs' rough year

Morning Skate: Former PC coach Army on Avs' rough year

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Star Wars being released today. Amazing that the power and influence of the best movie franchise in cinematic history are just as strong today as it was four decades ago. I still remember my first time seeing it as a very little kid with my parents at the dearly departed Starlight Drive-In in North Reading.

*Good guy and recently fired Colorado Avalanche assistant coach Tim Army talks about a rough past season with the Avs, and some of the difficulties they faced in a truly terrible season. The former Providence College head coach and good hockey man shouldn’t have much trouble finding his next gig.

*A great move by the Arizona Coyotes, who have hired former Bruins forward Craig Cunningham as a pro scout after his awful medical situation last season that resulted in his leg getting amputated. Cunningham is a hard worker and a hockey lifer, and that’s exactly the kind of traits that the best scouts have in huge amounts.

*The New Jersey Devils have fired a number of employees after a rough season, including a groundbreaking radio analyst.

*With the ultra-competitive demand for an edge in NHL player development, teams are beginning to look to Europe for more and more diamonds in the rough. The Bruins tried that with Joonas Kemppainen, but it didn’t work out so well.

*One of the real big advantages of the Nashville Predators getting to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time is a national spotlight getting flashed on PK Subban, who shows off his personality in a rare ESPN interview of a hockey player featured on the network's magazine show.

*Ryan Johansen isn’t done talking smack to Ryan Kesler after the Predators prevailed over the Ducks, and it’s some delicious playoff hatred.

*Is the NHL ready to draft another goaltender with the last name DiPietro in the first round? Inquiring minds want to know, but I’d recommend the New York Islanders take a pass just in the name of avoiding a repeat of some bad history for them.

*Taylor Hall sounds pretty bitter about the whole “Edmonton Oilers getting into the playoff without him” thing, doesn’t he?

*For something completely different: As mentioned above, it’s a milestone birthday for the Star Wars franchise hitting 40 years old today. Boy, this Boston Globe movie review was right on the money back in 1977.