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Bruins Have Positions To Fill

from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

If Savard, who accompanied his teammates Saturday night to Brattleboro, Vt., for team-building activities, starts the season on LTIR, the Bruins could go over the ceiling by his $4.007 million salary, further ensuring that no moves (by trade or waivers) will be required for the team to be cap compliant. Marco Sturm ($3.5 million annual cap hit), rehabbing from knee surgery, will be on LTIR until at least mid-November.

If the Bruins face off against Phoenix next month with more than $7.5 million on LTIR, their primary concern won’t be shedding salary to duck under the cap, it will be how to fill the two openings, with Savard’s position the most pressing.

“Following Savvy’s absence, it’s the biggest point of discussion among our group,’’ Chiarelli said. “That spot’s open.’’

David Krejci and Patrice Bergeron are locked into the top two center positions. Gregory Campbell will be the fourth-line center. Tops among the competitors for the opening are Tyler Seguin, Zach Hamill, and Blake Wheeler. Long shots are Joe Colborne and Ryan Spooner, although the latter, who must return to junior if he doesn’t make the team, has opened the bosses’ eyes.

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Broadcasting Live From The Studio

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

The Bruins are among five teams that won’t have their television play-by-play guys working their games in Europe. Of the half-dozen squads that will open the season with a pair of games each overseas, only the Sharks will have their play-by-play and color guys in the booth. Here in the Hub, Jack Edwards and Andy Brickley will call the two games vs. Phoenix, both in Prague, off a monitor in NESN’s Watertown studios. Let’s not forget, the Bruins are partners with the Red Sox in NESN ownership. If the Sox were to open with a pair of games in, oh, Antarctica, would they have Don Orsillo and Jerry Remy on the job? Bet your Aunt Gert’s pink BoSox hat and apron on it. NESN’s A team made it to Japan when the Sox opened there, correct? True, NESN’s Sox ratings tubed this year, along with ad revenue, but the network’s presence on basic cable still makes it, as we have said here before, a bloated cash behemoth. What the Bruins must do, post haste, is convince John Henry’s wife, Linda Pizzuti, to view NHL games as sort of an offbeat, aberrant entertainment viewing experience (as much of America does), and then maybe a little NESN love would come the Black and Gold’s way.

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Savard Gives An Update on His Condition

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Bruins Blog,

Marc Savard, at times glassy-eyed and somber, met with the Boston media for approximately 10 minutes this morning and sounded as if he won’t be back in action any time soon.

Diagnosed a week ago Friday with post-concussion syndrome, thus prohibiting him from starting training camp last weekend with the Bruins, the high-scoring veteran pivot said he was dealing with multiple symptoms typical of PCS and noted that dealing with depression is the most difficult of those symptoms.

‘‘I think everything you just summed up there,’’ said Savard, when a Globe reporter asked if he were dealing with nausea, headache, dizziness, seeing spots, depression, among the more common issues related to concussions and often PCS. “I’ve had issues with everything so far, so….like I said, I have to see the doctors, get the help that I need and go from there.’‘

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Bruins Release Statement On Savard

BOSTON, MA - Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli issued the following statement today regarding Marc Savard:

“As I stated on Friday, Marc Savard is suffering from symptoms related to post-concussion syndrome. He is under the care of our doctors. Any reports that suggest that there are any other issues regarding Marc, or him not playing for the Bruins this season, are completely inaccurate.

Also, as I have previously stated, when there is a change in Marc’s status, I will issue an update.”

note:  This statement from the Bruins is in reference to an ESPN Boston report stating a source told them Savard could miss the season due to post-concussion syndrome.

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Horton Feeling Comfortable In Boston

from Kirk Luedeke of the Hockey Journal,

From the smile on Nathan Horton’s face, you might think he knows something that everyone else doesn’t.

Or perhaps his happiness is due to the fact that after toiling in relative obscurity in the hockey backwater of Sunrise, Fla., he’s now with an Original Six franchise in the Boston Bruins with a legitimate shot at professional redemption.

Seven years after being hailed as the savior of the sagging Florida Panthers franchise, Horton has a chance to live up to the crushing expectations that came with being the third overall selection in the very deep 2003 NHL draft class.

“It’s been awesome; I couldn’t have pictured it being any better,” he said after finishing up the second training camp session at TD Garden Sunday. “It’s been great on the ice out there, and I’m just trying to do the best I can in the short time I’ve been here.”

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Facing a Decade Without the Playoffs, Florida’s Rebuild Goes On and On

Futility in Sunrise has persisted for far too long, with the Florida Panthers on the brink of a dubious record after nine consecutive non-playoff seasons. Incoming general manager Dale Tallon has moved quickly in putting his stamp on the team with several transactions since taking over, but nothing to this point appears bold enough to turn his club from last season’s Southeast Division cellar dwellers into a postseason participant.

Sadly, more patience may be in order for long-suffering Panthers fans.

Even so, all is not lost for the NHL’s southernmost franchise, with several key pieces already in place for the future (and others right around the corner) and it isn’t as though the current roster is without talent as is. Still, a couple of major stumbling points remain for the Panthers. The 24 games they will play versus fellow Southeast clubs, three of whom look to be vastly improved and the fourth being the stalwart Washington Capitals, certainly won’t help and the expiring contracts for defenseman Bryan McCabe and goaltender Tomas Vokoun will have to be dealt with (and quite possibly dealt altogether), without either situation becoming a distraction.

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Savard Suffering From Post-Concussion Symptoms

from Fluto Shinzawa of Bruins Blog at the Boston Globe,

Marc Savard, complaining of symptoms that are consistent with post-concussion syndrome, will not be ready for the start of training camp. Savard has not worked out in the last few weeks, according to GM Peter Chiarelli. There is no timetable as to when Savard might start working out and skating.

Savard is meeting with team doctors today. Chiarelli did not disclose the specific nature of Savard’s ailments.

“Any time there’s this reoccurence, there’s concern,” said Chiarelli. “He’s a very durable guy. He’s played hurt in the past. He wants to come back and we want him to be healthy.”

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Is Seguin Ready For The NHL?

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

Tyler Seguin is here, with a pristine Bruins sweater, No. 19, set aside for the taking. All he has to do is reach for it, eagerly wrap his strong but adolescent arms around the black-and-gold fibers and slip it over his muscular, well-sculpted torso. Simple. Ready to wear. Such an easy fit.

But the question remains, is he ready for the fit?

“Yeah,’’ said the much-ballyhooed 18-year-old forward, who arrived in town four days ago in anticipation of the club’s rookie camp next week. “I do believe I am ready.’’

For the record, the most talked-about Bruins rookie since Joe Thornton (last seen in the Hub in that No. 19 sweater) said those words evenly and confidently, yet with no amount of hubris nor hint of braggadocio. Seguin’s “ready’’ is a healthy one, a smart one — verbalized as respect for those already on the roster, and also in acknowledg ment that a mediocre showing in the next 2-3 weeks could return him to the Plymouth Whalers for another year of junior hockey.

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How Is Lucic Doing?

from Stephen Harris of the Boston Herald,

The 22-year-old Lucic said he is fine now, and he is optimistic he’ll remain so. But he stopped short of expressing certainty where the troublesome ankle is concerned.

“It feels better,” Lucic said. “I can skate on it now without tape on it. It feels strong. I’ve been on the ice now for almost a month. I’m definitely feeling good about it, feeling pretty confident with the ankle that it will hold up all year and I can put whatever happened last year behind me. Hopefully there’ll be no problems with it. I’ve still got to do my exercises with it to keep it strong.”

After Lucic was hurt last November, he was warned it could take a year and a half before his ankle was truly at 100 percent. The injury nagged him throughout last season. He missed a total of 32 games because of injuries and posted just 9-11-20 totals in 50 appearances.

“It’s frustrating when you have an injury like this, where even when you do come back, it’s still not 100 percent,” Lucic said. “Every time you make a little move or turn it the wrong way you feel it. That was the frustrating part. It stops you from doing what you do the best. Hopefully I don’t have to deal with any of that this year and I can just focus on playing my game.

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Bruins, JYP Jyvaskyla Reach A Partnership Agreement

BOSTON, MA – The Boston Bruins announced today that they have entered a partnership agreement with Finnish SM-League Club, JYP Jyvaskyla.  Under this agreement, the teams will be able to transfer players and have them train with the partner club and within the partner club’s developmental system, as well as exchange tactics and scouting information.

JYP was founded in 1977 and captured its first league championship in 2009. Notable NHLers Michael Nylander, Steve Kariya and Jody Shelley have skated for JYP in their careers.

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