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Morning Skate: Chiarelli on Eberle trade rumors, McDavid extension

Morning Skate: Chiarelli on Eberle trade rumors, McDavid extension

Here are all the hockey links from around the world, and what I’m reading, while encouraged by the rave reviews for the Wonder Woman movie.

*Good interviews with Pierre Lebrun and the Canadian GMs, so here’s the 1-on-1 with Peter Chiarelli discussing Jordan Eberle trade rumors and the upcoming extension talks for Connor McDavid. It will be interesting to see if the Bruins would have any interest in Eberle at this point as he’s regressed a bit, and even more interesting if the current Bruins management and Chiarelli could ever come together on a trade given the past history there.

*Talks are ongoing between the Vancouver Canucks and Ryan Miller, but Jim Benning has already stepped up and said that Jakob Markstrom is going to be the No. 1 goalie for Vancouver next season.

*A group of NHL insiders offers opinions about the Washington Capitals, and what they will do about Alex Ovechkin and trade rumors that have been left open by a qualified answer from their general manager.

*Since we can’t get enough of the Catfish-tossing Predators fan who won’t face criminal charges as it stands, here’s the complete saga for the Game 1 fish-tossing incident and the report on charges being dropped.

*Former NHL forward Scott Gomez, who did a nice job of TV analyst work during the playoffs, is headed to the New York Islanders as an assistant coach.

*Former Bruins defenseman Matt Irwin has found a home with the Nashville Predators after getting dumped a couple of games into his career in Boston and it looks like he might have had something to offer after all. That being said, Irwin was a stopgap player at best when he was with the Bruins and they were just as well it was just as well they moved on from him when they did at the beginning of last season.

*Carey Price is eligible for a contract extension with the Montreal Canadiens, and it’s expected that he’s going to set the NHL standard for goaltender contracts as the most important player on the Montreal roster. So the Tuukka Rask contract ($7 million per season) won’t look quite so weighty once Price has agreed to something with the Habs. The Bruins have that going for them, which is nice.

*Should we see automatic and mandatory suspensions in the NHL for head shots? Former Bruins center Marc Savard said he wants to see it happen and it with good reason in his case.

*For something completely different: A rough article to read going over the final days of Soundgarden lead singer Chris Cornell.

 

Bruins' Krug suffers fractured jaw, out at least three weeks

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Bruins' Krug suffers fractured jaw, out at least three weeks

BRIGHTON -- Now that the preseason games have started, it was inevitable that the injuries were going to start popping up for the Bruins.

Torey Krug will be out at least three weeks after suffering a non-displaced fracture in his jaw after taking a puck to the mouth in the second period of Tuesday night’s win over the Red Wings. And both Matt Beleskey (foot contusion) and Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson (upper body) are considered day-to-day with injuries.

Forsbacka Karlsson tumbled head-first into the end boards in the second period Tuesday. Beleskey suffered his injury in Monday night’s win over the Canadiens in Quebec City.

The Krug injury is significant, of course, and likely to cause him to miss at least the first few games of the regular season. It’s a tough break for the puck-moving defenseman, who missed all of last year’s playoffs because of a knee injury after staying healthy for the first 81 games.

It will give the Bruins a chance to give much closer looks to younger, left-shot defensemen like Matt Grzelcyk, Robbie O’Gara, Jeremy Lauzon and Jakub Zboril. All three were ticketed to start the year in Providence.

Here is the expected lineup for tonight’s game against the Philadelphia Flyers at TD Garden, with Anders Bjork getting his first official look while skating right wing on a line with Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron:
 
Marchand-Bergeron-Bjork
Gabrielle-Nash-Acciari
Blidh-Cave-Senyshyn
Agostino-Spooner-Heinen
 
Chara-Carlo
Grzelcyk-Cross
Lauzon-Postma

Czarnik trying not to be 'the forgotten man' in Bruins camp

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Czarnik trying not to be 'the forgotten man' in Bruins camp

BOSTON – With all of the talk about young forward prospects Anders Bjork and Jake DeBrusk, it would seem that Austin Czarnik wants to serve a reminder that he can play a little hockey too.

For the second year in a row, the 24-year-old diminutive forward is putting together a strong start to his training camp with a multi-point performance in a 4-2 exhibition victory over the Detroit Red Wings Tuesday night at TD Garden.

Czarnik finished with a penalty-shot goal, two points and tied for the team-lead with four shots on net while playing with the energy, skating aggressiveness and in-your-face attitude that he’s going to need for NHL success. He also made his point that there are more than just a couple of young forwards in camp who can potentially help in Boston this winter.

“He was very good. I think the forgotten man, maybe, he was thinking [a bit] because we’ve talked about a lot of young guys. He’s still a young guy, and wants to make his mark and push for a job on the team,” coach Bruce Cassidy said of Czarnik, who posted five goals and 13 points in 49 games for the Bruins last season. “I thought he looked real good tonight. He won a lot of pucks. He’s always going to make plays in space, that’s his game. He won a lot of pucks and did a lot of little things well.”

It was Czarnik who really helped put the game away in the second period when he sped past a pair of defenders and forced them into hauling him down for a penalty shot with the B’s already up, 2-0. Czarnik patiently slowed his penalty-shot attempt before ripping one past Petr Mrazek’s glove hand in what ended up being the game-winning goal. Czarnik was in the middle of things again in the third on the insurance marker as he engineered a 3-on-1 rush before expertly feeding to Teddy Purcell for the sizzled one-timer.

Czarnik was downplaying the idea that he’s been overlooked in camp but show there was a strong need to remind the B’s organization how he can potentially help them as a fast, aggressive, pesky little center that can also make some plays.

“I’m not going to worry about [getting overlooked]. It’s part of life, you know it’s happened a lot? I’m not going to worry about that,” said Czarnik, who similarly won a job with the Bruins after a strong initial training camp last season. I’m just going to worry about myself and just try to do the right thing every single time and show them what I can do.

“I need to be an energy guy. There’s a lot of young talent now, you know, on the power play and everything now, so I need to try to create energy on the penalty kill and the fore-check. So that’s what my main focus is going to be.”

The energy really is the key to Czarnik’s long-term hopes with the Bruins and, consequently, the rest of the NHL. If he can play with the same skating legs, high energy and rapid pace that he’s consistently shown in preseasons, then there’s no reason to think he can’t help the Bruins. But there were far too many lulls in Czarnik’s rookie NHL season where the skating game wasn’t good enough, there wasn’t enough bite to his fore-check and there just weren’t enough plays being made on the ice.

Clearly, Czarnik is trying to change that impression in this camp with the B’s, but that could prove to be a much more difficult task with so many more quality forwards now battling for a few jobs on the roster in Boston. 

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