Notes: B's Sweeney high on Tardiff, Hennessy


Notes: B's Sweeney high on Tardiff, Hennessy

By Joe Haggerty Bruins Insider Follow @hackswithhaggs
WILMINGTON -- The Bruins signed depth players for the organization within the last week, and Bruins assistant general manager Don Sweeney went into a bit of depth about both the gritty Jamie Tardif and the skilled Josh Hennessy.

Jamie Tardif I wouldnt have seen quite as much," Sweeney said. "Sometimes the other conference I dont get to see quite as much. Josh Hennessy I saw a little bit. Our pro scouts and our amateur scouts, were in direct contact when we go to make those decisions. Ill also tap into resources of coaches and people who have coached these kids on a two-fold level. One for a character level and one from a playing level and to see how theyre going to fit into our group. It is so vitally important as Ive obviously pointed out. Ive made some mistakes in that regard in terms of some of the kids coming in where they might not be the best fit for where they are and what we need.

So you need to make sure you do that and these guys are going to want to play. Jamie Tardif is a kid that will push for a spot and Josh Hennessy is a real skilled guy who decided to go overseas. But these guys are going to be competing not unlike Trent Whitfield and thats what you love to see out of guys like that.

Sweeney indicated that hes been in discussions with several agents about potential locking down some of the unsigned draft picks taking part in the Bruins development camp and said there may be a few deals during or after the camp has finished up with Day 5 on Monday.

"Weve been speaking to a number of them, yeah, said Sweeney. The timing of it, be it in the middle of this or coming out of this, Ill be speaking to a number of the agents to go down that path very shortly.

Bs tough guy draft pick Anthony Camara scored a goal during Sunday mornings scrimmage and also managed to succeed again during the shootout portion of the practice. The offensive outburst prompted Sweeney to say that the third rounder is a lot more than just a simple fighterbottom six forward.

Hes been working at it, he knows it, and he wants to get better at it," Sweeney said. Then when the pucks dropped, you realize that this kid has a skill set that is probably better than what some people think it was because of the toughness. I mean, sometimes those guys get pigeonholed and theres no reason for Anthony to get pigeonholed at all.

He showed he can play today and hes physical and then hes going to stick up for his teammates as well. So, I like that flavor.

Camp invitee and Foxboro native Eric Robinson had departed Bruins development camp on Sunday when, according to Sweeney, he had a prior commitment to attend another hockey camp. So Robinson was finished at Bs development camp after the first three days.

Harvard University hockey player and Sweden native Alex Fallstrom said that he was so locked into the Bs Stanley Cup run that he was staying up to watch the Cup Final games live when he was back home in Stockholm. Fallstrom said he would go to bed early, and then get up at 2 a.m. in Sweden to catch the games live before going back to bed and catching some more winks.

It was so exciting that I had to get up and watch it, Fallstrom said. Being at Harvard it was so easy to watch a lot of the games during the season and the early playoffs, and I wanted to watch the rest of it by the time they got to the Finals.

Claude Julien was among the Bs contingent that took in the first scrimmage at development camp between the groups of players. The Baby Bs are expected to throw on another scrimmage for Mondays final practice session before the players scatter to the four corners of the hockey world.

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Friday, Dec. 9: John Scott calls it quits

Friday, Dec. 9: John Scott calls it quits

Here are all the links from around the hockey world and what I’m reading while digging the Spider-Man trailer that dropped last night. 

*John Scott has finally called it a day and announced his retirement, and apparently there’s a book of his memoirs also coming out too. I’m predicting it’s not headed for the New York Times best seller list. 

*Winter Olympics participation and the CBA negotiations for the NHL are starting to merge into giant issue.  

*Connor McDavid calls the Flyers' Brandon Manning classless for telling him on the ice that he purposefully tried to hurt him last season. Some players might also take issue with McDavid making public what another player said to him on the ice. That’s kind of a no-no for most hockey players and breaks an unwritten rule that McDavid might think he’s above given his star status. This whole thing isn’t a good look for anybody. 

*Kevin Stevens pleads guilty to federal drug charges in what’s become a pretty sad situation for the former NHL star. 

*New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist is beginning to raise questions with his play, and his massive price tag. 

*Youngsters Zach Weresnki and Dylan Larkin took similar paths to the NHL, and are both considered part of the talented young generation full of hockey stars. 

*PHT writer Joey Alfieri has Carey Price taking a nutty on Kyle Palmieri after the player crashed into his crease last night. Price is being celebrated for sticking up for himself, but if another goalie did that to a Habs player at the Bell Centre, there would already be a warrant out for his arrest. Play it both ways, Montreal!  

*For something completely different: here’s the aforementioned new Spider-Man: Homecoming trailer that looks pretty darn good. 


Two more Pastrnak goals pull him into tie for NHL lead with Crosby

Two more Pastrnak goals pull him into tie for NHL lead with Crosby

BOSTON – While the loss to the Avalanche on Thursday night was a monumental dud, it put another dazzling display on the hockey resume of David Pastrnak. 

The 20-year-old star right winger scored two more goals in the 4-2 loss at TD Garden and nearly brought the Bruins back into the game by himself before another defensive breakdown at the end of the second period doomed them. 

Instead, Pastrnak had to settle with being the proud owner of 18 goals scored in 23 games that places him in a tie with NHL superstar Sidney Crosby for the NHL lead in goals. 

The goals also showed his wide range of lethal offensive skills. On the first score, he just broke away from the Avalanche defense and managed to bury a second-effort breakaway chance after a nice Tim Schaller stretch pass off the boards. The second goal was a straight one-timer bomb from the high slot off a slick setup pass from Brad Marchand in the corner, and it had the Bruins right back into the mix after a dreadful first period. 

It wasn’t enough when the B’s defense faltered again toward the end of the second period, but it was enough for everybody to be singing Pastrnak’s praises once again following the loss. 

“He’s a game changer. The momentum is going the other way, and he has the ability to break away on any given shift and score a big goal for us. He did that tonight,” said Torey Krug. “We can’t just keep relying on the same guys to score goals. We’ve got to come up with secondary offense, and I know every other guy wants to do that. 

“Now it’s about showing that on the ice and making sure we’re doing the work and getting better and proving to ourselves. But Pasta [David Pastrnak] has been great for us so far, and we’re obviously lucky to have him.”

The 18 goals barely two months into the season are not too shabby for a kid, in his third NHL season, who just now coming into his own. He’s nearly halfway to 40 before Christmas. For Pastrnak, however, it’s about the team result and he wasn’t overly satisfied with his two goals in a losing effort. 

“I’ve said before the season that our goal is to make the playoffs and to have that experience and have the chance to win the Stanley Cup. I’m still focusing on that,” said Pastrnak, who has yet to experience the Stanley Cup playoffs in his two-plus seasons with the Black and Gold. “We have zero points from tonight’s game and we have to move on. I think our game gets better in the second and third periods, you know, and we have to regroup and get ready for Saturday’s game.”

The Bruins will undoubtedly regroup and once again count on another Pastrnak offensive explosion to help lead the way in what’s become a truly spectacular season for the youngster.