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Jarome Iginla skates with AHL Providence, still wants to play


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Jarome Iginla is still without a team but isn’t giving up hope just yet on one last ride in the NHL.

The 40-year-old Iginla, who last played in 2016-17 with the Colorado Avalanche and Los Angeles Kings, was spotted on the ice at Providence Bruins practice on Tuesday, but there’s nothing in the works as far as a deal anywhere, he told the Providence Journal’s Mark Divver.

Iginla’s name popped up in contention for a spot on the Canadian Olympic team this fall, but a hip procedure cost him time on the ice and ultimately a place in GM Sean Burke’s final roster for PyeongChang. (The Canadians are doing just fine without him having reached the semifinals of the tournament.)

Now living in the Boston area after buying a house last spring, Iginla, who played 78 games with the NHL Bruins during the 2013-14 season, was simply taking advantage of a favor from the team. He’s expected to skate with AHL Providence again on Thursday as he continues to see where his body is physically.

Iginla — and for that matter, U.S. Olympian Brian Gionta, who’s also looking to continue playing — can sign with any NHL team, but to be eligible to play in the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs a deal needs to be inked before the 3 p.m. ET trade deadline next Monday.


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Trade: Bruins acquire Talbot from the Avs for Caron


The Boston Bruins sent forward Jordan Caron to the Colorado Avalanche for Maxime Talbot per TSN’s Darren Dreger.

Talbot has five goals and 15 points in 63 games this season while averaging 13 minutes in ice time.

The 31-year-old has one year remaining after this season on his five-year, $8.75 million contract, which has a cap hit of $1.75 million.

Talbot will become an unrestricted free agent after the 2015-16 season.

Caron, who is on a one-year, $600,000 contract is set to become a restricted free agent after this season.

The 24-year-old has split this season between the AHL and NHL.

In 11 games with Boston, Caron had 16 penalty minutes and a minus-1 rating. Caron added nine goals and 19 points in 23 games with Providence.

Early Monday morning the Bruins acquired Brett Connolly from the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for a pair of second-round draft picks.

NHL on NBCSN: The Bruins look to avoid a fourth straight loss vs. Montreal


NBCSN will continue its coverage of the 2014-15 campaign when the Boston Bruins host the Montreal Canadiens at the TD Garden at 7:30 p.m. ET tonight.

The Montreal Canadiens will look for a sweep of the four-game season series as they visit the Boston Bruins tonight.

The Habs have out-scored the Bruins 13-5 in the three meetings this season.

It would be the Canadiens first season series sweep since they won all eight meetings during the 2007-08 season.

Canadiens forward Brendan Gallagher has two goals and four assists while Max Pacioretty has three goals and two assists against Boston this season. Bruins’ forward Loui Eriksson has a goal and two assists against the Habs.

There’s a chance Sunday’s game will feature a meeting of the Subban brothers. Habs defenseman P.K. Subban could face younger brother, and Bruins’ goaltender, Malcolm Subban.

Malcolm Subban has yet to make his NHL debut, but with the Bruins in the second of a back-to-back and Tuukka Rask playing Saturday night, the 21-year-old could see the net Sunday.

Rask has started each end of back-to-back games four out of nine times this season. He made 39 saves in Saturday’s win. Rask is 3-12-3 with a 2.81 G.A.A. in 18 career regular-season starts against the Canadiens.

Subban is 9-10-2 in 22 AHL games with Providence this season while posting a 2.47 G.A.A. and a .921 save percentage.

The Canadiens snapped a two-game skid with a 6-2 win over the New Jersey Devils Saturday night. David Desharnais had three assists in the win. He now has a goal and five helpers in his past three games.

Carey Price made 21 saves in Saturday’s win. Its unclear who will start for the Habs Sunday. Dustin Tokarski has faced Boston once back in 2012.

Boston enters the game six points back of Montreal in the Atlantic Division standings. The Bruins are 8-1-3 in their last 12 home games and have won three of four overall.

Pastrnak building on experience with the Bruins at world juniors


David Pastrnak setup three goals Wednesday night at the world junior hockey championship as the Czech Republic defeated Russia 4-1 in a must-win game.

The Bruins’ prospect now has a team-leading seven points (one goal and six assists) heading into Friday’s quarterfinals against Slovakia.

Pastrnak, the 25th overall pick at last June’s draft, appeared in five regular season games with Boston to start the season before being assigned to the Providence Bruins of the American Hockey League. The 18-year-old says his experience in the NHL is helping him even at the international level.

“It helps me a lot,” he said. “I played on the team with stars in the NHL so I picked up a lot of experience. I tried to learn as much as I can. (World juniors) is very different hockey than the NHL, but the experience has helped me a lot and I’m trying to get better every day.”

Entering Wednesday’s game Pastrnak said the team has been feeling pressure from the Czech Republic after being out-scored 10-4 in preliminary round losses to Sweden and Switzerland. The Czechs used overtime to edge the Danes 4-3 prior to Wednesday’s win which secured them a berth in the final four.

“We felt some pressure from back home,” said Pastrnak. “When you get to this situation, you feel you don’t play for yourself, you play for all of your country. All you want is to make your country proud of you. That’s what we said to each other, we have to play as one (unit) and do it for our country.”

A native of Havirov in the Czech Republic, Pastrnak had 10 goals and 27 points in 23 AHL games prior to joining the Under-20 team.

Pastrnak knows what to expect from the Slovaks on Friday.

“They are our neighbours so we have to get ready,” he said. “They beat us in a training game, but that doesn’t matter (now). It’s going to be about one game, the quarterfinals and we have to play our game.

“They’ve got a good power play, they play really simple hockey, but they skate well.”

The winner of the Czech and Slovakia quarterfinal will meet either Canada or Denmark in the semifinals on Sunday.

Bruins place Krejci on IR


The Boston Bruins have placed forward David Krejci on injured reserve and recalled Craig Cunningham from the American Hockey League’s Providence Bruins.

Krejci is suffering from a lower body injury sustained during the preseason, which has bothered him throughout the first two months of the regular season.

The 28-year-old has been limited to 11 games this season including just two of the past 12 games. He has three goals and 10 points to go along with a plus-4 rating this season.

Cunningham, 24, has four goals and 13 points in 18 AHL games with Providence this season.

Originally Boston’s 2010 fourth-round selection (97th overall), Cunningham appeared in the first three games of the season with Boston before being assigned to the AHL.

Krejci will miss all four games of the Bruins’ upcoming four game western road trip, which begins Monday in Anaheim.