Bruins send seven players to Providence


Bruins send seven players to Providence

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.comThe Bruins gave the players Tuesday off after back-to-back exhibition games against the Canadiens, then cut seven of them as training camp heads into its final week.The B's waived Zach Hamill and Trent Whitfield for the purpose of assigning them to the Providence Bruins (American Hockey League). They also directly assignedyoung skatersColby Cohen, Jamie Arniel, David Warsofsky, Michael Hutchinson and Zach McKelvie to the Providence farm club.That leaves young forwards Max Sauve and Lane MacDermid still in camp with the Bruins after stellar play in the exhibition games over the last few weeks, 35-year-old veteran Chris Clark still competing with Jordan Caron and Benoit Pouliotfor a roster spot among a largely established cast of Bruins characters and young defensemen Matt Bartkowski and Steve Kampfer battling it out for the seventh defensemen post.Given the performances in camp the expectation at this addressis that it should be Caron and Bartkowski claiming the final two spots coming out of camp, but Clark and Kampfer have also been extremely solid performersfrom beginning to end. Much could still hinge on the final two games with so few extra players still in camp with the regular cast of B's characters.The Bruins have only two more exhibition games -- Thursday night at home against the Ottawa Senators and Saturday against the Islanders in Bridgeport, CT -- before they open defense of their Stanley Cup championship against the Philadelphia Flyers on Oct. 6 at TD Garden.

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.


Both Millers missing from Bruins practice, but trending toward return

Both Millers missing from Bruins practice, but trending toward return

BRIGHTON, Mass – While both Kevan Miller and Colin Miller were missing from Bruins practice on Saturday morning, both injured Bruins defensemen could be rejoining the team soon.

Colin Miller skated on his own prior to Saturday’s team practice at Warrior Ice Arena for the second or third time since suffering a lower body injury in the win over the St. Louis Blues. Claude Julien said his presence on the ice was proof that the puck-moving defenseman is “definitely on the mend”, and could be nearing a return to practice soon with Sunday marking the sixth straight game that he’ll have missed.

Kevan Miller is out with a concussion suffered last weekend in the win over the Philadelphia Flyers, and the B’s current three-game losing streak has coincided with his absence from the lineup.

Julien said Miller has actually been away from the team for the last couple of days while dealing with a virus, and that his recovery from the concussion symptoms was good prior to being knocked down by the illness.

“Kevan was actually feeling really well and then he got hit by a virus that’s kept him in bed for the last two days,” said Julien. “It’s nothing to do with his original injury. There was a possibility he could have been ready very soon, but that’s set him back a bit.”

Both are obviously out for Sunday’s matinee against the Penguins, but a return to practice at some point next week seems like a good bet for both players. Here are the line combos and defense pairings from Saturday’s practice with the Bruins focusing on getting a good result in Pittsburgh with the hockey club on a “mom’s trip” with 22 of the players’ mothers traveling with the team to and from the game: