Update: Bergeron reportedly out for Game 2


Update: Bergeron reportedly out for Game 2

By Joe Haggerty

BOSTON Claude Julien's cryptic non-comments about Patrice Bergeron's availability for Game 2 apparently were meant to keep the Tampa Bay Lightning off guard.
Katherine Dolan of Canada's The Sports Network reported via Twitter on Tuesday afternoon that Bergeron took the ice at 1 p.m. with other members of the "Black Aces" . . . the group of reserves who won't be playing in Game 2 Tuesday night. That means Bergeron won't be suiting up against the Lightning,
Earlier Tuesday, Julien wouldnt rule out Bergerons return, saying that he would play if he were involved in the pregame warm-up skate.Bergeron took part in the Bs morning skate at TD Garden and was taking faceoffs with the rest of the centers Tuesday morning, but has still not taken any bumps or had any physical contact during practice. Bergeron suffered a mild concussion 11 days ago in Game 4 of the series against the Philadelphia Flyers.He exited Mondays practice at the Garden before the battle drills got going in earnest, and there is almost never any physicality to a game day morning skate. Bergeron would have to get through some level of contact without symptoms for 24 hours before he would be cleared to play.Julien was asked if theres a competitive advantage to not tipping his hand with Bergeron one way or the other, and gave a warm, vibrant no comment in response.Milan Lucic and Mark Recchi were both missing from the Bs morning skate, but Julien said there was no issue with either despite Lucic taking a Tyler Seguin hot shot off the foot at practice on Monday morning. Lucic was spotted favoring the right foot that was struck by the Seguin shot yesterday, but it appears he'll be playing either way.
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Sounds like Blues won’t be trading Shattenkirk


Sounds like Blues won’t be trading Shattenkirk

So, it looks like the Bruins will have to find a puck-moving, “transitional” defenseman elsewhere as Blues D-man Kevin Shattenkirk may be off the market for a while.

Blues President of Hockey Operations and GM Doug Armstrong jumped on with the NHL Tonight crew on NHL Network Friday afternoon and was asked point blank about the trade rumors surrounding the former BU defenseman in the wake of both Troy Brouwer and David Backes bolting in free agency.

It would appear things have changed for the St. Louis bottom line and now the Blues will start the season with Shattenkirk while monitoring how the roster fares during the season.

Considering that the Blues are coming off a good, deep playoff run, it may be that Shattenkirk doesn’t get dealt at all.

“I think the Kevin Shattenkirk thing grew on a life of its own at the draft. What I’ve said internally here is that we’re excited to have Kevin Shattenkirk as a part of our team. In the NHL now you see all the players hitting free agency and moving to [different] teams,” said Armstrong to the NHL Tonight crew. 

“Our goal is to try and get Kevin signed if we can, or start the year and him a good. We started last year with Troy Brouwer and David Backes in the same situation, we had 107 or 108 points and made it to the semifinals. I think if you’re always trying to trade players as they enter the last year of their contracts, I don’t know that you’re ever going to have a really good team if you’re running away from free agency. Free agency is part of our game, and you make those free agent decisions. 

“If you get to a part of the year and you have guys that are unrestricted and your team is no good, then you make those decisions. But if you have a good team and you have guys that are unrestricted, you just play it out.”

So, where do the Bruins turn after it was clear the Blues weren’t that interested in trading Shattenkirk by asking for both first-round picks and David Pastrnak at last weekend’s NHL draft? 

With Patrice Bergeron, David Krejci and David Backes all signed to big contracts, perhaps the Bruins explore dealing Krejci for another one of the available transition D-man on the market. Anaheim’s Cam Fowler comes to mind immediately, and Colorado’s Tyson Barrie is another player that could certainly help the Black and Gold if they’re looking to trade up for a high-caliber, top-four puck-moving type.

Still, it sure doesn’t sound like it will be Shattenkirk, 27, who will be looking for an deal in the neighborhood of seven years, $49 million from whatever team signs him to his next contract. 

Lucic heads to Edmonton with seven-year, $42M deal


Lucic heads to Edmonton with seven-year, $42M deal

The Bruins had made a little noise about a Milan Lucic reunion last weekend at the draft.

Instead, Lucic, 28, will be reunited with former Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli, who now runs the Edmonton Oilers. The ex-Bruins forward agreed to a seven-year, $42 million contract with Edmonton on the opening day of NHL free agency, Lucic's agent, Gerry Johansson confirmed to the Associated Press.

Lucic, traded to the Los Angeles Kings in a draft night deal last year by the B’s, had  20 goals and 35 assists in his lone season in L.A.