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Bruins prospects Hamilton, Subban shine in Canada-Russia Challenge victory


Boston Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli had to be a happy man following Canada’s 3-2 win over Russia in the opening game of the 2012 Canada-Russia Challenge on Thursday.

The Canadian team was paced by a pair of Bruins prospects — defenseman Dougie Hamilton and goaltender Malcolm Subban — to capture the first of a four-game series featuring the best junior-aged players from each nation.

Referred to as “the best defenseman outside the NHL,” by ISS director of amateur scouting Dennis MacInnis, Hamilton scored Canada’s game-winning goal on the power play late in the second period.

Hamilton, taken ninth overall at the 2011 Entry Draft, is expected to make a strong push for a spot on Boston’s roster this season.

Subban’s still a few years away from the NHL, but the B’s had to be pleased with what transpired on Thursday.

Drafted 24th overall this past June, Subban stopped 19 of 21 shots for the victory, which included an extremely busy third period in which Canada was out-shot 12-9.

The only player to beat Subban in the third period was Nail Yakupov, the Russian sniper taken first overall by the Edmonton Oilers at the 2012 draft.

The Canada-Russia Challenge is a celebration of the 40th anniversary of the 1972 Summit Series, an eight-game tournament that produced some of the most unforgettable moments in hockey history.

Game 2 will take place Friday, Aug 10 (in Yaroslavl) before moving to the Halifax Metro Center in Nova Scotia for Games 3 and 4.

Jason Demers tweets #FreeTorres, gets mocked

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Following his stunning 41-game suspension, it looks like Raffi Torres has at least one former teammate in his corner.

We haven’t yet seen how the San Jose Sharks or the NHLPA are reacting to the league’s hammer-dropping decision to punish Torres for his Torres-like hit on Jakob Silfverberg, but Jason Demers decided to put in a good word for Torres tonight.

It was a simple message: “#FreeTorres.”

Demers, now of the Dallas Stars, was once with Torres and the Sharks. (In case this post’s main image didn’t make that clear enough already.)

Perhaps this will become “a thing” at some point.

So far, it seems like it’s instead “a thing (that people are making fun of).”

… You get the idea.

The bottom line is that there are some who either a) blindly support Torres because they’re Sharks fans or b) simply think that the punishment was excessive.

The most important statement came from the Department of Player Safety, though.

Bruins list Chara on IR, for now

Zdeno Chara

Those who feel as though the Boston Bruins may rebound – John Tortorella, maybe? – likely rest some of their optimism on the back of a healthy Zdeno Chara.

It’s possible that he’s merely limping into what may otherwise be a healthy 2015-16 season, but it’s definitely looking like a slow start thanks to a lower-body injury.

The latest sign of a bumpy beginning came on Monday, as several onlookers (including’s Joe Haggerty) pointed out that Chara was listed on injured reserve.

As Haggerty notes, that move is retroactive to Sept. 24, so his status really just opens up options for the Bruins.

Still … it’s a little unsettling, isn’t it?

The Bruins likely realize that they need to transition away from their generational behemoth, but last season provided a stark suggestion that may not be ready yet. Trading Dougie Hamilton and losing Dennis Seidenberg to injury only make them more dependent on the towering 38-year-old.

This isn’t really something to panic about, yet it might leave a few extra seats open on the Bruins’ bandwagon.