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Morning Skate: Thursday, July 12

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Morning Skate: Thursday, July 12

Interesting story about University of Maine defenseman Matt Mangene spurning the Bruins free agent advances for the Philadelphia Flyers despite growing up a Bruins fan on Long Island.

Brian Burke and the Maple Leafs hope that James van Riemsdyk is the answer at center that theyve been searching for.

Justin Bourne passes along some rec hockey tips learned in the trenches over the years.

Lou Lamoriello is inducted into the US Hockey Hall of Fame along with Mike Modano and Eddie Olczyk. All very deserving, but Lamoriello is the headliner for my money given his contributions to American involvement in the game of hockey.

The Red Wings might not be making any big moves this summer after all, according to their GM Ken Holland. Where have I heard this caveat before?

Dan Ellis writes an email explaining why he would make a great backup goaltender to Cory Schneider in Vancouver.

Meanness is the key for the Winnipeg Jets defensemen crew, and former Bruins blueliner Mark Stuart should have no problems supplying that.

For something completely different: Dejan Kovacevic advocated for the death penalty to the Penn State football program. Have to say I fully agree 100 percent.

Beleskey happy to return from foot injury

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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:

DeBrusk-Krejci-Pastrnak
Vatrano-Czarnik-Purcell
Beleskey-Kuraly-Fitzgerald
Schaller-Szwarz-Senyshyn

Miller-McAvoy
Grzelcyk-McQuaid
O’Gara-Zboril

McIntyre
Subban