Notes: Caron ready to help Bruins

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Notes: Caron ready to help Bruins

By JoeHaggerty
CSNNE.com

WILMINGTON, Mass. Jordan Caron never gave up his condo in Boston when he was shipped down to the Providence Bruins, and now hes able to move right back into those digs.

Caron was called back up to the Bruins Monday evening following the announcement that Marc Savard was placed on long-term injured reserve (LTIR) for the rest of the season.

We liked the way he played, coach Claude Julien said of Caron. His play dipped a little bit earlier in the year and we wanted him to get some playing time. Weve done that with a few players over the years and its really worked out well. Hes been playing well in Providence and this is a chance for him to really help us out.

The physical, skilled Caron caught Juliens eye with a strong training camp, and it was only a matter of time before hed be called back up to Boston where he could help the Bruins.

Its good to be back, and being in the NHL again is a very good feeling said Caron. If Im able to play in the game tomorrow thats going to be very exciting. Im just taking it shift by shift and trying to keep it simple. Im going to take the same approach that I always do and look at it the same way I did at the beginning of the season.

Carons value comes as a big, offensively capable, penalty killing winger who would slot in comfortably with Shawn Thornton and Gregory Campbell on the fourth line a role that never really suited Tyler Seguin when hed been forced into that role several times over the last few weeks.

Seguin broke a nine-game goal-scoring drought with a big third-period strike against the Stars last Thursday night, but has been held under 10 minutes of ice time in each of the last four games in a diminished role. It appears Julien wants to see a greater compete level from Seguin as the games and pressure ramp up post-All-Star break.

Hamill and Seguin are both highly skilled centers and thats what you should expect out of them, said Julien. One guy has a little bit more pro experience than the other one, and theres an age difference obviously. Those are guys that play the same kind of role, and if theyre competing against each other then hopefully it makes them both better.

Its a bit of a catch-22 for Seguin as he cant truly utilize his offensive skills unless hes playing a lot of minutes and getting power play time. At the same time, the Bruins need to get a gauge of Hamills NHL readiness before entertaining any deals for centers in place of a down and out Savard.

Meanwhile Hamill and Seguin were both slotted on the same forward line with Blake Wheeler and Michael Ryder, and it appears that both have been pitted in a competitive battle for playing time. With the knowledge that the Bruins want to see what Hamill can do at the NHL level and his pro experience at the AHL level, it appears that Seguin is headed for a healthy scratch against the Canadiens.

Its pretty clear that the Bruins are looking for something more out of Seguin, and part of that is getting another young player for the teenager to battle with for ice time.

Plenty of involvement for Bruins draft picks at the Beanpot tournament at TD Garden on Monday night, as Bs draft pick Tommy Cross became the hero of the game when the defenseman rocked home an overtime goal to take a 3-2 win for Boston College over arch-rival Boston University.

Johnny Boychuk chipped a puck off the boards and accidentally nailed Patrice Bergeron in the collar bone and chin after an errant bounce of the partition Tuesday at practice. Boychuk felt badly about the bad bounce, but the good news that Bergeron was okay certainly made him feel better.

I just saw him go off the ice, said Boychuk. As soon as I skated over toward him he was already going right off the ice. Just a bad bounce on the chip.

Julien is hoping David Krejci can continue to raise his level of play this month in Marc Savards absence when it appears that once again hes getting a chance to play the No. 1 center role on the Bruins.

He thrives on being relied upon and he likes those kinds of challenges. Id like to think that will happen again with Krejci, said Julien. Hes one of those guys that as the season goes on he gets better, and the more meaning for the games the better hes been playing. We need him to step his game up and play a big role for our hockey club, and hes capable of doing that. We hope it happens.

Joe Haggerty can be reached at jhaggerty@comcastsportsnet.com.Follow Joe on Twitter at http:twitter.comHackswithHaggs

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

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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

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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.
 

 

Friday, July 22: Versteeg headed for Europe

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Friday, July 22: Versteeg headed for Europe

Here are all the hockey links from around the world, and what I’m reading, while vowing to never try to marry the NHL and Pokemon into the same lame story.

*PHT writer James O’Brien has Kris Versteeg one of a number of NHL veteran free agents going to Europe for next season.

*The New York Islanders have reportedly been discussing moving to Queens and building a rink right next to the Mets’ Citi Field. Interesting. I know the Isles fan base was not happy with the setup in Brooklyn last season.

*The Black Knights get the top odds as a moniker for the Las Vegas franchise with a number of funny long shot names.

*Ian Mendes said that it’s pretty clear by the moves of the Ottawa Senators that they believe their time is now.

*Jason Botchford wonders if the Vancouver Canucks have a shot at being a playoff team next season. I hope so for Jim Benning’s sake.

*Ken Campbell wants to know if Brad Richards and Vincent Lecavalier, now that they’re both retired, are Hall of Fame-worthy players. I say no to both of them, but I can be stingy with my Hall of Fame qualifications as the Jarome Iginla fanboys know so well.

*For something completely different: Jon Stewart brought the funk and the noise while breaking his TV silence on Thursday night and tearing into a GOP that’s coming apart at the seams right now.