Bruins notes: Horton misses part of practice


Bruins notes: Horton misses part of practice

By Danny Picard

WILMINGTON -- The Bruins were without Zdeno Chara and Tim Thomas for Monday's practice at Ristuccia Arena. With the B's playing in Carolina on Tuesday night, it only made sense to let the two All Stars remain where the All-Star Game took place.

They also were without winger Nathan Horton for the final 20 minutes of Monday's hour-long session.Horton left practice early after suffering what he later called "just a little stinger."

Coach Claude Julien also didn't seem too concerned.

"He's fine," said Julien after Monday's practice. "Just a precaution. He just got banged up a little bit. By the time he was ready to come back on, we were done."

Julien didn't have much of an update on Marc Savard (concussion), but did say that the injured center will return to the team on either Tuesday or Wednesday, and will be re-evaluated further.

Julien stressed, however, that the main goal is for Savard to take care of himself for the sake of himself, not for the sake of the team.

Defenseman Steven Kampfer couldn't wait to replace his full shield with a half shield, and wasted no time doing so as he returned from the team's four-day break during All-Star weekend.

Kampfer broke his nose back on Jan. 15 after taking a Zdeno Chara high stick to the face, and has worn a full shield in his last six games. But team doctors cleared him, after the last game, to go back to his usual half shield, and he did just that for Monday's practice.

"As soon as I got back, I literally grabbed my helmet and said it was time to put the half-shield back on," said Kampfer. "It's not fun wearing the full shield. It's hard to breathe in, so it was good to put the half-shield back on and use it for practice."

Julien also commented on his two players who did make the All Star Game, and was pleased with the way they represented the Bruins in Carolina this past weekend.

"I was happy for Chara, to see him break his own record," said Julien. "It's something he really takes to heart, and takes a lot of pride in. He was able to accomplish that.

"And Tim, as usual, always represents us well. Whether it's having fun or the way he competes. We had some good people representing us there at the All Star Game, and made our organization proud."

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Sunday, Jan. 22: Jimmy Vesey's rookie wall

Sunday, Jan. 22: Jimmy Vesey's rookie wall

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while proud of my wife and daughter for taking part in the Women’s March on Saturday.

*The day-to-day NHL grind may be getting to Jimmy Vesey a bit, and causing him to hit a bit of a rookie wall after his Harvard career.

*Alex Radulov has gone from being an NHL headache to being an impact playmaker for the Canadiens in a quick pivot for the Russian player.

*Melrose native Conor Sheary seems to have found a home for himself on the Pittsburgh Penguins skating on a line with a guy named Sidney Crosby.

*The Chicago Blackhawks are always looking to improve, and they’ve reportedly kicked the tires on Gustav Nyquist and Tomas Tatar with Detroit.

*St. Louis Blues coach Ken Hitchcock is nearing another coaching milestone in what’s been a long, distinguished career behind the bench.

*P.K. Subban is slowly approaching a return to the Nashville Predators lineup from injury, and the Preds need him as soon as possible.

*For something completely different: Greg Poppovich hits the nail on the head here, and it never ceases to amaze me that he’s such a smart, well-versed human being.


Saturday, Jan. 21: McKenzie on Julien's job security

Saturday, Jan. 21: McKenzie on Julien's job security

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while proud of my wife and daughter participating in today’s Women’s March.

*This is from a few days ago, but Bob McKenzie weighing in on the prospects for Claude Julien and his job security is always worth checking out.  

*The New York Rangers have themselves a rookie named Pavel that’s doing a pretty darned good job for the Blueshirts.

*What should the St. Louis Blues do with Kevin Shattenkirk as the trade deadline approaches and the seven-year, $49 million contract waiting for him in free agency is pretty daunting?

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Kevin Allen has a list of underperforming NHL stars, including Jamie Benn and Jonathan Toews, that may have been impacted by the World Cup of Hockey. Certainly Patrice Bergeron could have made this list as well.

*Blackhawks backup goalie Scott Darling may be earning some more playing time after the way he performed against the Bruins, according to Pro Hockey Talk.

*Good news with Ottawa Senators goalie Craig Anderson set to return to the team in a couple of weeks after tending to his wife in a battle against cancer.

*The struggles of Anthony Duclair with the Arizona Coyotes mirror the team’s issues this season as well. It’s interesting that Duclair has popped up in trade rumors with the Desert Dogs this season.

*For something completely different: the final Wolverine movie with Hugh Jackman is going to be extremely emotional with its characters.