Jones ready to create memories vs. B's team he never joined

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Jones ready to create memories vs. B's team he never joined

BOSTON – Don’t expect any teary-eyed emotion from San Jose Sharks goaltender Martin Jones when he returns, or arrives in this instance, on Tuesday night to play the Boston Bruins organization he was a member of for exactly five days last summer.

Jones obviously never suited up or practiced for the Bruins after getting sent from L.A. along with a first-round pick and Colin Miller in exchange for Milan Lucic during NHL Draft weekend. He wa thens flipped to San Jose for a Sharks first-rounder and Miami University center Sean Kuraly after those five days.

The 21-year-old is off to a solid start in San Jose, where he is the unquestioned No. 1 goaltender, with an 8-5-0 record, a 2.11 goals against average and a .923 save percentage along with a pair of shutouts in 14 appearances. After a torrid start, Jones has leveled off a little bit lately with an .897 save percentage during the month of November.

But that hasn’t stopped some particularly salty Bruins fans from publicly wishing Boston had held onto the young, affordable Jones as Tuukka Rask shuffled off to a slow start this year. Either way, Jones had an amused smile on his face while talking about the memories that never actually happened with the Bruins.

“Yeah, it’ll be exciting to come back to the old building,” said a grinning Jones, who was never actually played in a game against the Bruins or at TD Garden in his career. “It happened pretty quickly, so I don’t think it’s going to be too tough to play here.”

There clearly isn’t any bitterness on Jones’ part, as he got the chance to be a No. 1 goalie in San Jose and had no idea what was going to happen after the deal between the Kings and the Bruins. Initially it was suspected Jones was going to be one of the trade pieces used by the Bruins to move up into the first round to select Noah Hanifin, but once that fell through, Bruins GM Don Sweeney found an interested suitor rather quickly.

“I didn’t know. You never really know with those things. But I was fortunate to come to [San Jose] and now I’m having a pretty good year,” said Jones. “Everybody’s goal is to get a chance to play and contribute, but I was just focused on having a good summer of workouts getting ready for this season.”

The 6-foot-4, 187-pounder certainly wasn’t circling the November 17 game against the Bruins on his calendar once he was dealt away, but it certainly does make for an interesting footnote for Tuesday night’s Bruins/Sharks tilt. 

Pastrnak, Marchand and Vatrano represent Bruins at World Championship

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Pastrnak, Marchand and Vatrano represent Bruins at World Championship

The Bruins have three players headed to the IIHF Hockey World Championship, which begin this weekend in Russia.

Brad Marchand was invited to play for Team Canada early on in the process, coming off his 37-goal season for the Bruins. Last week the Czech Republic added 19-year-old right wing David Pastrnak to their squad with plans to skate on a line with the Montreal Canadiens' Tomas Plekanec.

And Frank Vatrano -- who scored a total of 44 goals between Boston and Providence in this, his first full professional season -- was added to the Team USA roster this week. Vatrano, 22, confirmed it on his own Twitter account on Tuesday night prior to hopping on a flight bound for Russia:

Torey Krug played for Team USA last season, but was unavailable this time around after undergoing right shoulder surgery just a couple of weeks ago that will have him sidelined until late October. 

Vatrano is one of four Massachusetts players on this year's version of Team USA. The others are Canadiens goaltender Mike Condon, Hurricanes defenseman Noah Hanifin and Devils D-man David Warsofsky.

Both Marchand and Pastrnak previously suited up for their countries in the World Junior championships, and Vatrano played in the U.S. National Team Development Program prior to playing college hockey at the University of Massachusetts. Vatrano also previously represented the U.S. at the 2012 IIHF Under-18 Men's World Championship in Brno and Znojmo, Czech Republic, where he helped Team USA claim the gold medal.

The IIHF Men's World Championships will start Friday and run until May 22 in Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia. It features featuring many of the NHL players that aren’t participating in the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Haggerty: Anticipate ‘great deal of player movement’

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Haggerty: Anticipate ‘great deal of player movement’

Ahead of the expansion draft, teams may look to get something in return for players they’d otherwise lose for nothing.

May 4, 2016: If expansion hits, which Pens goalie is protected?

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May 4, 2016: If expansion hits, which Pens goalie is protected?

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while giving a warm May the Fourth Be With You to everybody out there.

*Mike Francesa has declared sports radio war on former New York Islanders goalie Rick DiPietro, and it’s getting ugly folks.

 

*A humbled Bruce Boudreau, who really didn’t need to be humbled given what a nice man he is, will have a long line of NHL suitors interested in his services.

 

*The Northeastern University hockey team has gone to some extremes with their pregame wrestling matches.

 

*Pro Hockey Talk asks the question: if there’s an expansion draft, which goaltender should the Penguins protect given what’s going on in their playoff series?

 

*A really nice gesture within the PHT morning skate with Tampa Bay Lightning head coach Jon Cooper going to bat for a Lightning beat reporter that finds himself out of a job.

 

*Max Domi had a very memorable rookie season even if it didn’t end with any serious consideration for the Calder Trophy.

 

*The Nashville Predators got a little better this week with the decision to kick Mike Ribeiro up into the press box.

 

*For something completely different: these Han Solo uniform jerseys for the Durham Bulls’ Star Wars Night are the freakin’ truth.