Chara out; Ference and Kampfer return to practice


Chara out; Ference and Kampfer return to practice

By DannyPicard

WILMINGTON -- Bruins captain Zdeno Chara was the only player not present at Sunday's practice at Ristuccia Arena. However, defensemen Andrew Ference (lower body) and Steve Kampfer (concussion) both returned, after skating on their own on Saturday.

Bruins coach Claude Julien said after practice that all three players would travel with the team to Columbus for Tuesday night's game against the Blue Jackets.

Chara has been dealing with flu-like symptoms the last couple of days, and has even been battling dehydration, so everyone involved believed it would be best to give him the day off on Sunday.

"Even the last couple of games, he's played through them," said Julien. "But the doctor and our medical staff thought it would be better for him to get his rest today."

As for Kampfer and Ference, Julien said that both have been cleared to play, but as of right now, it's up to them, and how they feel heading into Tuesday's game.

"This is a concussion thing with Kampfer, and it's something that has to be determined by him and our medical staff here, to see that he's full go," said Julien. "And that's basically coming from him, because he's been cleared. As long as everything is good, he'll be a go.

"Yeah, there would be a possibility that Ference could be in there as well. I think that's, again, a lot of it will be up to him and how he feels at that point. With both players, it's a lot of, basically, their decision."

Here's how the lines looked at Sunday's practice:

Lucic -- Krejci -- Horton
Marchand -- Bergeron -- Peverley
Recchi -- KellySeguin -- Ryder
Paille -- Campbell -- Thornton

Kaberle, Seidenberg, Boychuk, McQuaid, Ference, Kampfer, and Hnidy

Thomas -- Rask

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Saturday, Oct. 1: Vesey's New York state of mind


Saturday, Oct. 1: Vesey's New York state of mind

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while gearing up for Big Papi weekend.

*A “behind-the-scenes” look as Jimmy Vesey was sold on the New York Rangers, but there’s not too much detail about the pitches from the other teams. Feels pretty apparent at this point that Vesey wanted to live, and work, in New York City.

*Damien Cox says that the World Cup of Hockey better get it right the next time, or else…or else what, Damien? You’re going to block them on Twitter?

*PHT writer Joey Alfieri has Patrick Kane, Erik Karlsson and P.K. Subban making their preseason debuts on Saturday. David Backes and David Pastrnak will play their first preseason games for the Bruins as well.  

*It’s a complicated, strange story with Vladimir Sobotka, the KHL and the contract he seemingly can’t get out of to again play for the St. Louis Blues.

*Oliver Ekman-Larsson is ready to get back to work with the Arizona Coyotes after his World Cup experience.

*San Jose Sharks prospect Timo Meier is out for the next month with mono, which is definitely worse timing than Zach Senyshyn getting hit with the mononucleosis bomb over the summer.

*A quick look at the Philadelphia Flyers in advance of their preseason meeting with the Black and Gold tonight, which won’t be televised.

*For something completely different: there will be some pretty funky stuff happening on The Walking Dead this season.



Claude Julien on David Ortiz: 'Finishing in style, you don't see that very often'

Claude Julien on David Ortiz: 'Finishing in style, you don't see that very often'

BRIGHTON, Mass. – It hasn’t been difficult to spot Claude Julien randomly at Fenway Park on a nice summer night in Boston over the past ten years. The Bruins coach doesn’t hide his affection for the Old Towne Team. 

So, Julien didn’t waste much time before sharing his thoughts on the final season for David Ortiz and the celebration of his Hall of Fame-worthy career that’s going on at the Fens this weekend.

It might have been a chore when the rest of the Team Canada coaching staff was watching the Toronto Blue Jackets during the World Cup of Hockey, but Julien never strayed too far away from his Red Stockings.

“He’s finishing in style, and you don’t see that very often,” said Claude Julien of Big Papi, who was sitting with numbers of .316 with 38 home runs and 127 RBI that border on the ridiculous at 40 years old. 

“A lot of times when people retire the game has caught up to them big time. Not him. He doesn’t seem to have missed a beat here. I’m pretty impressed with how he’s handled this year, and what he’s done. If I’m correct he just hit the home run last night for the game-winner.

“But as you know I was in Blue Jays land for about two weeks, so I had to keep a low profile. They were watching the Blue Jays and I’m Canadian too...but I was watching the Red Sox. So, it was healthy competition for our [World Cup] coaching staff.”

The most intriguing part about all is that the best is still yet to come for Ortiz in his farewell tour as he gets one more chance to clutch up in the postseason. It'll give Julien more to marvel at over the next few weeks while showing again why Big Papi will go down as the greatest clutch hitter in the history of Major League Baseball.