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How Milbury would improve the Bruins


How Milbury would improve the Bruins

The Bruins are sitting pretty right now about a quarter of the way into the season, but there's always room for improvement.

Mike Felger and Mike Milbury put on their GM hats and try to find a way the B's can bring on a player before the NHL trade deadline.

"I looked at some of the bottom-feeders. Would you try Alex Kovalev from Florida?", Milbury asked?

Felger didn't seem too excited, and then offered another name - Jarome Iginla.

Milbury was hesitant about that name too, before throwing out the name Ryan O'Reilly from Colorado.

"You know what I'd like to see? There's a pretty good player out there in Colorado, Ryan O'Reilly. That's a trade you could get for now and for the future. It looks like they're trying to get a roster player and a good prospect."

We wonder if Peter Chiarelli is taking notes here...

Beleskey happy to return from foot injury


Beleskey happy to return from foot injury

BRIGHTON, Mass – It was absolutely an “uh-oh” moment for Matt Beleskey when he was hit on the foot with a shot Monday night in the Bruins' preseason opener against the Canadiens. Beleskey, 29, was just hoping that his foot wasn’t broken in what would have been another shot of bad luck coming off a tough season for the hard-nosed winger, so his hopes have been answered given his presence in the lineup for the preseason game Saturday night vs. the Detroit Red Wings.

Beleskey missed the past two preseason games and most of the practice time as well but returned to the ice on Friday before getting ready for tonight's game. With plenty to prove while coming off a down second season in Boston, Beleskey knows he needs a strong camp that can’t get derailed by injuries or assorted bumps and bruises.

“I definitely did not want a broken foot to start the year, so I’m glad that I was fine,” said Beleskey, who finished with three goals and eight points along with a minus-10 in 49 games last season. “I took a puck in the face during warm-ups and the shot to the foot in the third, so that’s quite a good start to the year. But hopefully, I’ve got those out of the way now.

“I felt really good in the last game. It was great to see some of the work I did in the summertime paying off, so now we build on that [against Detroit] and keep things moving. There are a lot of great players here [in camp] and there’s great competition. I’m just here to play my game and prove myself, and I’ve got all the confidence in the world I can do that.”

Now that he’s been given a full bill of health again, Beleskey will get just that chance skating with Sean Kuraly and Ryan Fitzgerald on Saturday night in Hockeytown amid a deeply competitive situation for Boston’s third line. Here are the projected line combos and D-pairings for the Bruins against the Red Wings in Boston’s fourth game of the preseason: