By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.com Bruins Insider Follow @hackswithhaggs
WILMINGTON Unrestricted free agent Brad Marchand still hasnt signed a contract with the Boston Bruins, but hes clearly still a member of the Stanley Cup winning champions.
The 23-year-old winger was on the ice and skating with the rest of his Bs teammates during a captains practice at Ristuccia Arena on Thursday morning, and looked exactly like the guy that potted 19 points in 25 games this season. The Bruins and Marchand's agent, Wade Arnott, have been engaged in a summer-long dance that's left both sides unable to come to an agreement on a new contract with the official opening of B's training now little more than a week away.
There were 21 Bruins attending the captains practice in all, including David Krejci, Milan Lucic, Zdeno Chara, Tyler Seguin, Gregory Campbell, Shawn Thornton, Daniel Paille, Adam McQuaid and Johnny Boychuk. Tuukka Rask was the only goaltender at the practice session relegating the skaters to a half-ice game of shinny that has lasted more than 40 minutes.
Check back here later for more updates from the first official sign that hockey is returning to Boston.
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Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while spring training is ramping up in a big way down in Florida.
*The Toronto Maple Leafs are going to wear their great, green, old school St. Pat’s sweaters around St. Patrick’s Day this season.
*Jonathan Quick is on the ice and participating in hockey activity, but isn’t quite ready to return for the Los Angeles Kings.
*This is one of the best things you’ll see today with Vladimir Tarasenko making the 11th birthday celebration for a special little girl.
*The Edmonton Oilers could potentially make a lot of moves at the NHL trade deadline, and unsurprisingly, there is quite the call for them to dump Benoit Pouliot after that bad contract they signed him to a couple of years ago.
*Lyle Richardson is predicting the biggest buyers at the 2017 NHL trade deadline and the Bruins are not among the nine teams listed.
*FOH (Friend of Haggs) James Mirtle goes 1-on-1 with Toronto Maple Leafs GM Lou Lamoriello a wide range of subjects for the Athletic up in Toronto.
*Tommy Wingels continues to fight for inclusion in hockey even as he’s gone from the San Jose Sharks to the Ottawa Senators this season.
*For something completely different: A perfect pool trick shot video will blow your mind and probably get a few pool tables ruined with people trying to recreate it.