Bruins notes: Most of the B's shrug off trade talk


Bruins notes: Most of the B's shrug off trade talk

By Danny Picard

WILMINGTON -- Talk of the Bruins acquiring a defenseman before the trade deadline was a topic of discussion in the team's locker room following Wednesday's practice. That type of move would most likely send someone packing.

Some believe it's not worth worrying about, because it's out of their hands.

"You don't believe anything until it happens," said Blake Wheeler. "That's kind of what I've learned at least. The rumors you hear, never happen. And the ones you don't hear about, those ones seem to happen.

"From our standpoint, I think our focus is, we have games to play. And we have points to earn. We can't worry about what's being written about in the papers and online blogs and stuff. If we start worrying about things we can't control, we'll start to slip. We've already lost three straight, so the most important thing for us, is to start winning, and whatever happens from other standpoints is going to happen. that's out of our control."

"If you get traded, you get traded," said Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk. "That's the business of the game, and you have to deal with it."

For others, it's something that's running through their heads, whether they want to admit it or not.

"I know it weighs on players minds all the time, when you hear rumors circulating on your team," said coach Claude Julien. "At the same time, you want the players to be professionals and deal with the issues as professionals. It's out of your control.

"You really have to take that approach and say, 'You know what, it's one day at a time. Right now I've got to do my job, and let the people that make those decisions, that are out of my control, make them.' "

As of Wednesday afternoon, the only decision that's been made, trade-wise, is the acquisition of Kelly, for a 2011 second-round pick.

"It's definitely something that we feel is going to help our hockey club," said Julien. "He's an experienced player. He plays center, plays the wing, he takes a lot of draws. He has playoff experience. He does a lot of things that, I liked his grit and his compete level, so certainly, a great addition to our hockey club."

Patrice Bergeron was the only other Bruins player missing from Wednesday's practice, but Julien called it a "maintenance day" and said it was "nothing serious."

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Spooner responds positively to healthy scratch


Spooner responds positively to healthy scratch

BOSTON -- It wasn’t perfect by any means, but Saturday night represented a step in a positive direction for Ryan Spooner.

The 24-year-old speedy forward was scratched for the home opener against New Jersey in classic message-sending fashion by Bruins coach Claude Julien, and deserved it based on a passive lack of production combined with some costly mistakes as well. So he stayed quiet, put in the work and then returned to the lineup Saturday vs. the Montreal Canadiens where he scored a power play goal in the 4-2 loss to the Habs at TD Garden.

“He was better,” agreed Claude Julien. “He was better tonight.”

Spooner could have had even more as he got a couple of great scoring chances in the first period vs. Montreal, but Carey Price was able to turn away a couple of free looks at the Montreal net. So the Bruins forward felt he possibly left points on the ice after it was all said and done, but also clearly played his best game of the young season after going from the press box back to the lineup.

“Yeah, I had like maybe four or five [chances] that I could have scored on,” said Spooner. “I’ve just got to bear down on those [scoring opportunities], and a lot [of them] in the first period. It’s good that I’m getting those looks, but I have to score on them.

“I’m just going to go out there and just try to play. I can’t really think about [fighting to hold a spot]. I’ve just got to go out there and try to play, I guess, the game I can and try to use the speed that I have.”

The Spooner power play strike was a nifty one with the shifty forward and David Backes connecting on a pass across the front of the net, and the young B’s forward showing the necessary assertiveness cutting to the net from his half-wall position.

Spooner had five shot attempts overall in the game, and was one of the few Bruins players really getting the chances they wanted against a pretty effective Montreal defensive group. Now it’s a matter of Spooner, along with linemates Backes and David Krejci, scoring during 5-on-5 play and giving the Bruins a little more offensive balance after riding Boston’s top line very hard during the regular season’s first couple of weeks. 

Sunday, Oct. 23: Hall fitting in with Devils


Sunday, Oct. 23: Hall fitting in with Devils

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while waiting to find out which Walking Dead character got brained by Lucille in last season’s cliffhanger. I’m going with Abraham.

*The SI roundtable talks about the future of Jacob Trouba, and where he’ll end up going when his current situation resolves itself.

*P.K. Subban is apparently getting very comfortable in Nashville, and enjoying life in a city with NFL football.

*Fun conversation between Yahoo’s Josh Cooper and Brad Marchand about a whole range of random topics.

*A cool father-son story where they became the goaltending tandem for the Ontario Reign through a series of dominoes falling after Jonathan Quick went down with injury for the Los Angeles Kings.

*Pro Hockey Talk has Taylor Hall serving as exactly what the New Jersey Devils have needed for the last couple of years.

*For something completely different: FOH (Friend of Haggs) Dan Shaughnessy says that the MLB playoffs couldn’t have played out any worse for the Boston Red Sox.