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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Sunday, July 24: Dominic Moore mulls NHL offers


Sunday, July 24: Dominic Moore mulls NHL offers

Here are the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while marveling at how good the Justice League and Wonder Woman trailers were this weekend.

*PHT writer Cam Tucker has veteran center Dominic Moore mulling a couple of offers as he looks for an NHL contract for next season.

*Jordan Eberle joined Canadian sports radio, and agreed that something needed to change with the Oilers after continually missing the playoffs.

*I will miss Jim Prior’s trademark “The Teams are ready, so let’s play hockey!” open to every game as a PA announcer, and I’ll miss his warm personality around the rink. It’s a sad day for the BU hockey program.

*The Arizona Coyotes continue to put together a very interesting D-men picture by signing Luke Schenn to a two-year contract. For my money, Schenn has long been one of the most overrated players in the NHL.

*The Hockey News’ Mike Brophy has some thoughts and observations about the NHL offseason as it continues to wind on.

*Good piece by FOH (Friend of Haggs) Dave Stubbs on Andrei Markov and his candid thoughts on everything from the Montreal traffic to the PK Subban/Shea Weber trade.

*Here’s a spot to track the travels and stories of the Pittsburgh Penguins amid their summer with the Stanley Cup.

*For something completely different: as mentioned above, here is the trailer for the Justice League that shows a much lighter, better touch with what should be a fun movie to watch. Hopefully this means it won’t be another pretty-looking, Zack Snyder funeral dirge.


Heinen looking to be dark-horse candidate for Bruins' roster


Heinen looking to be dark-horse candidate for Bruins' roster

While much of the focus is going to be on the young D-men headed into Bruins training camp, it would be foolhardy to overlook a forward prospect Danton Heinen, who is in position for a real dark horse run at an NHL roster spot. 

The strong odds are that the former University of Denver star is going to be begin the season in the AHL for the Providence Bruins after putting up a couple of points in four games there at the end of last season.

Still, that certainly hasn’t stopped Heinen from setting his sights on an NHL spot out of this fall’s camp, most likely in a third- or fourth-line capacity to start things off, or perhaps at the top-six right wing spots that have given the Bruins some problems filling permanently over the past couple of seasons.

Either way, the 2014 fourth-round pick knows that his clock to fulfilling his dreams as an NHL player has started and that it’s up to him when he can start making that a reality.

“It’s something I’ve wanted to work toward my whole life, so I’m just going to try to keep getting better, have a good rest of the summer and then put my best foot forward to see what happens,” said Heinen, who had an assist and a sweet goal in the Friday scrimmage at development camp when he twisted D-man Cam Clarke around like a pretzel on a nifty rush to the net. “I just need to continue to get stronger this summer, and working on my skating to get a bit quicker.

“[The AHL] was a lot of fun to get in there and see what it was all about. It was a lot different than college hockey, and it was definitely good to get a taste of it. [Bruins officials] told me to have a really big summer getting faster and getting stronger, so that’s what I’ve been doing.”

The 6-foot-1, 185-pound Heinen, 21, continued to show in development camp last week, however, that he has the playmaking skills and hockey IQ to flourish while surrounded by more accomplished players and in tighter situations. It’s exactly what he showed while posting 36 goals and 93 points in his freshman and sophomore seasons for the Pioneers and it was what he showed while finishing last week as one of the best forwards in camp.

“He’s looked really good at [development] camp. He’s a smart player, he’s committed and I think you’ll notice him in training camp. It will be up to him, but I think he’ll definitely be pushing some guys [for an NHL job],” said Bruins assistant coach Jay Pandolfo, who was running the Bruins development camp. “He looked good [in Providence]. He fit in well. He’s the type of player that can play with good players because he’s got high hockey IQ, and he’s got really good skill.

“Anywhere you put him he’s smart enough to figure it out. You could tell in his first game there was a little bit of an adjustment for him, but the second time game it really looked like he’d been playing [at that level] for a long time. He’s a quick study, and he looked really good last year.”

The Black and Gold management hope he continues to look good at main NHL training camp in a couple of months, where he’ll undoubtedly be featured, and could be a lot closer than many people think as a polished skill forward coming out of a big-time college hockey program. 

Saturday, July 23: Hammer Time for VP pick Kaine with Caps


Saturday, July 23: Hammer Time for VP pick Kaine with Caps

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while everybody is working for the weekend...or during the weekend.

*The vice-presidential candidate for Hillary Clinton, Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia, made quite an impression while hanging out a Capitals game with MC Hammer. They call this guy boring, but that doesn’t sound very boring to me.

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Bob Stauffer has the news that the Edmonton Oilers are parting ways with fancy stats lad Tyler Dellow. Boy, it seems like some teams are reversing course pretty quickly on some of these smarter-than-thou advanced statistics types, aren’t they? I certainly wish Dellow well and hope he finds another gig. But Instead of baselessly wondering whether the Oilers are going to continue down the fancy stats road (which they most certainly will), perhaps this is more a referendum on nonsensical stats-driven decisions like handing out that long term contract to a perpetually underachieving Benoit Pouliot.

*The New York Rangers have locked up Chris Kreider to a four-year contract at a reasonable number, and now he has the time with the Blueshirts to see how good he can be.

*Brian Leetch opens up to the Players Tribune about his NHL experiences playing with the New York Rangers, and all of his favorite experiences from a Hall of Fame career.

*PHT writer Cam Tucker says that Carey Price’s injury from last season is no longer a concern, according to Habs coach Michel Therrien.

*The Chicago Blackhawks will appear a whopping 21 times on national television across the NBC Networks next season.

*Incoming BU goaltender Jake Oettinger is among the names to look out for at the 2017 draft, according to the NHL Central Scouting bureau.

*Travis Yost says that the Carolina Hurricanes are on the rise thanks to winning the shot differential battle. I think it’s because they have an outstanding cast of young defensemen, who are helping them control the puck and win that shot differential battle. But they still need to score more if they’re going to really be a team on the rise, so we’ll see what happens there.

*For something completely different: for those that think I’m a Democrat because I am anti-Trump, here’s a story on the DNC machinery attempting to torpedo Bernie Sanders during the presidential campaigning over the last year.