Hnidy continues Day Two of B's tryout

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Hnidy continues Day Two of B's tryout

By JoeHaggerty
CSNNE.com
VANCOUVER Day two of the Shane Hnidy tryout continued with the Bruins taking to off-ice workouts on Thursday morning.Hnidy was the only player on the Pacific Coliseum ice and spent an hour working out with Bruins assistant coaches Doug Houda and Geoff Ward with Bs general manager Peter Chiarelli watching from the stands. Its a lot of fun right now. Id been trying to maintain and get on the ice as much as I could the last month or two, said Hnidy. As much as you do that, you want to get out with guys of the Bruins caliber. The shoulder feels really good. Ive been pretty much cleared to do everything, but there are obviously a few more steps Ive got to go through.It feels good shooting, everything Ive done and all of the tests Ive put it through have felt good. Ill just continue to keep elevating it.Hnidy talked a bit more about his rotator cuff injury admitting that he underwent surgery for the problem and also explained where his famous dressing room personality came from.Hnidy cited guys like Curtis Leschyshyn and Scott Mellanby as players that really helped shape everything he wanted to be as a leader in a hockey dressing room, and those influences created a player in Hnidy that the Bruins value just as much off the ice as they do on it.I was lucky coming up. When I first got up I didnt say much, but I was lucky through my career to have enough guys and veterans that I played with and say how they handled things, said Hnidy. You learn as you go, and I have pretty broad shoulders. Ill give it out and they can give it back, and thats fine.Youve got to grow a pretty thick skin in this game. Youve got to be accountable, and when guys can take it upon themselves to know when or not they should be held accountable, realize it and correct it thats part of the process.The 35-year-old Hnidy was renowned for being a guy that would say whatever was on his mind to anybody else on the hockey club, and didnt pull punches if he felt effort was lacking.That also meant that Hnidy was also ready to absorb criticism coming his way if he wasnt quite performing up to the level expected of him.Joe Haggerty can be reached at jhaggerty@comcastsportsnet.com.Follow Joe on Twitter at http:twitter.comHackswithHaggs

Saturday, July 30: Colorado's Tyson Barrie could become available

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Saturday, July 30: Colorado's Tyson Barrie could become available

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while knowing that “Saturdays are for the boys” no longer exists once you are married with kids…except during glorious bachelor party weekends, which are few and far between.

*Congrats to Patrick Williams, who was named the Ellery Award winner for his great coverage of all things at the AHL level. Well deserved, Pat! 

*A really moving, heartbreaking and also life-affirming tribute from Bobby Ryan to his recently-passed mother after his childhood experience really forged a bond. 

*The Tyson Barrie/Colorado Avalanche arbitration case has a chance to get messy, and that may be a very good thing for teams hoping a D-man suddenly becomes available

*Some great stories about the hockey movies made over the last 30 years including Sudden Death, Mystery Alaska and Slap Shot. 

*Kudos to Gabriel Landeskog, who has joined an organization attempting to advise athletes on recovery from concussions after his scary experiences

*The focus of P.K. Subban’s philanthropy is on the kids, a thing made abundantly clear by his generous pledge to raise $10 million from a Montreal children’s hospital. 

*Good piece by FOH (Friend of Haggs) Josh Cooper over at Yahoo! Sports on Murray Craven as a bit of an “Everything Man” for the new Las Vegas expansion franchise. 

*For something completely different: what a great American and Patriot looks like, even if the Republicans and Trump don’t seem to think so.

Friday, July 29: Good signs in Bruins-Marchand negotiations

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Friday, July 29: Good signs in Bruins-Marchand negotiations

Here are the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while using “malarkey” in my day-to-day vocabulary as much as possible. 
 
-- Dale Tallon was promoted with the Florida Panthers to accentuate his strengths as a talent evaluator, but maintains that he still has final say on hockey decisions
 
-- PHT writer Cam Tucker has another young D-man off the board with the Wild’s Matthew Dumba signing a two year, $5.1 million deal with Minnesota
 
-- In the interest of self-promotion, here’s my take on the negotiations between Brad Marchand and the Bruins: There’s a couple of good signs at the outset of negotiations
 
-- The Arizona Coyotes are stressing the defensive side of things in a big, big way, and it appears to be part of John Chayka’s master plan

 -- Alex Pietrangelo would be a natural selection to replace David Backes as the next captain of the St. Louis Blues. 

-- A moving letter from Sens forward Bobby Ryan to his recently passed mother is up at the Players Tribune website. 

-- Chris Kreider has re-signed with the New York Rangers, and plans to get out of his head and onto the score sheet more often. 
 
-- For something completely different: Jerod Mayo will bring a new voice to Tom E. Curran’s Quick Slants program on our very own CSN network.