Bruins send seven players to Providence

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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.

Report: Marchand agrees to eight-year extension with Bruins

Report: Marchand agrees to eight-year extension with Bruins

The Bruins took care of their biggest priority today as they reached agreement with Brad Marchand on an eight-year contract extension, according to several reports.

PROFILE: Joe Haggerty's preseason look at Brad Marchand

Elliotte Friedman reports Marchand has agreed to an eight year, $49 million extension ($6.125 million per season) that will effectively allow him to finish his career in Boston.

It was felt the Bruins would have been playing with fire if they allowed Marchand -- a 37-goal scorer last year -- to start the season unsigned, especially after he ripped up the World Cup of Hockey competition on a line with Patrice Bergeron and Sidney Crosby. Bruins president Cam Neely told CSN a couple of weeks ago that Boston was aiming to get the deal done with Marchand prior to the start of the regular season. In fact, they managed to get it done before the start of even the preseason.

Marchand has consistently said that he wants to finish out his career with the Bruins, who drafted and developed him and with whom he turned into an elite player in the last couple of years. He’s clearly taking a hometown discount to stick with Boston.

This is what Marchand said to CSN on breakup day last April:

“I obviously love being a part of this organization, this city and this team, and I don’t think this team is done having some good runs. I would love to be a part of this organization for the rest of my career, but the reality is when you look around the league that it doesn’t happen for many guys. We’ll deal with it when the time comes.”

Well, the time came and Marchand put his money where his sometimes big mouth usually is. The Bruins agitator easily could have demanded a yearly salary of $7 million-plus in free agency.

Credit to Don Sweeney and Neely for closing the deal with Marchand, and ticking one very important thing off their checklist that will help make the Bruins great again.

Monday, Sept. 26: So what happens if Canada loses World Cup final?

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Monday, Sept. 26: So what happens if Canada loses World Cup final?

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while finding it hard to believe that it’s game day for the Boston Bruins. Summer is officially O-V-A.
 
-- The Montreal media is starting to get on board with this tougher, grittier version of the Habs, along with a healthy Carey Price.
 
-- Pierre McGuire sits in with Ottawa’s TSN sports radio station and talks Team Europe in the World Cup, as well as a number of other things.

-- FOH (Friend of Haggs) Mike Zeisberger is already openly wondering what would happen in Canada if they lose to Team Europe in the best-of-three final to the World Cup.

-- FOH (Friend of Haggs) Puck Daddy Greg Wyshynski asks Brad Marchand if a part of him has thought about playing with Sidney Crosby on the Penguins if he hits free agency. Bells, alarms and whistles should be going off on Causeway Street to give No. 63 whatever he wants at this point. In case you missed it, I talked about the danger of Crosby trying to woo his Nova Scotian buddy to Pittsburgh last week.
 
-- PHT writer James O’Brien says it sounds like the St. Louis Blues are going to play a more aggressive brand of hockey this season.
 
-- For something completely different: Forbes Magazine says Pete Carroll, not Bill Belichick, should be considered the NFL’s foremost cheater.