Lucic is excited to get into a Bruins preseason game


Milan Lucic has a good reason to be excited tonight, as he’ll play his first game of the preseason as the Boston Bruins are set to face the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday.

Considering his protracted rehab from a wrist injury this summer, it’s understandable that he wants to get those first hits (giving and receiving) in, as he notes to the Bruins website.

“I think that’s an important part of preseason — getting into the game situation and taking a hit, getting in on the forecheck, battling on the wall and knowing where you are in the D zone again,” Lucic said.

The 26-year-old has been very happy about his progress in the past few weeks, yet there’s still some justifiable concern that he might begin the 2014-15 season a little tentatively. In an ideal situation, the B’s would probably like Lucic to become an even more demonstrative force – at least with upping his shots on goal each night – but that might be tough considering the healing process he’s still going through.

If nothing else, he’s apparently been looking like his overpowering old self to teammates like Dougie Hamilton.

“It’ll be fun to see him,” Hamilton said. “I think he’s been pretty good in practice. I don’t think he looks like he’s hurt, so it should be fun to see him in the game. He’s obviously a huge part of our team, so he’s going to help us out a lot.”

Exhibition or not, tonight’s contest could be a nice way for the big winger to get back into a rhythm.

Bruins ’14 first-rounder Pastrnak injures shoulder


David Pastrnak had cause for optimism going into training camp, but he’s hit a bit of a roadblock early on. Pastrnak left Saturday’s practice because he fell into the boards awkwardly following a hit from Matt Bartkowski, per CSN New England. The Bruins later revealed that he suffered a tweaked shoulder and isn’t expected to play in Sunday’s scrimmage.

The good news is that the Bruins don’t think the injury is serious, but the timing is still unfortunate. After being selected with the 25th overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, Pastrnak had been labeled as a candidate to make the team’s opening game roster by Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli, but with the odds likely stacked against him, Pastrnak needs every opportunity he can get to make his case.

Prior to the injury, the Bruins had paired Pastrnak up with fellow Czech David Krejci, but now that he’s hurt, that opportunity has at least temporarily gone to Tyler Randell.

It’s also worth noting that while Chiarelli felt Pastrnak’s “speed, skill, sense is all there,” he was concerned in July that the 18-year-old forward might not have bulked up enough to be ready to match up physically in the NHL.

He had eight goals and 24 points in 36 games in Sweden’s second-tier league in 2013-14.

Bruins’ Warsofsky taking Krug’s spot


Boston Bruins defenseman David Warsofsky is the benefactor of restricted free agent Torey Krug not being at training camp.

Warsofsky skated along side Kevan Miller at the Bruins’ first day of on-ice activities Friday.

According to CSNNE’s Joe Haggerty, the Bruins and Krug remain $750,000 apart on a one-year deal.

As a result, Warsofsky, 24,  finds himself where Krug would otherwise be on the team’s defensive depth chart.

“Getting a couple of games last year and kind of proving myself at this level definitely gives me a lot of confidence going into this camp,” said Warsofsky. “Something is going to happen with the defensemen, but nobody really knows right now. Until that time I’m focusing on myself, and controlling what I can control.

Originally a fourth-round selection of the St. Louis Blues (95th overall in 2008), Warsofsky had six goals and 32 points in 56 games for the Providence Bruins last season and added a goal and an assist in six games with Boston.

“Obviously the situation with Torey will get resolved at one point or another,” he said. “We’re the same type of players, but right now I’m just focused on myself and the situation will take care of itself. Like everyone, I’m on social media and see things, but the more I can not pay attention to it (the better). I just need to go out and practice the way I know I can play, and prove myself in the games.”

Should Krug come to terms, it’s hard to see Warsofsky sticking with the big club, but he’s optimistic.

“Hopefully it’s here in Boston. I love the city and I’m obviously from here,” he said of an NHL opportunity. “I want my [NHL] opportunity to be in Boston, but wherever the course takes me. That’s the business, and I’d have to deal with it.”

Warsofsky will likely find himself victim of the numbers game once the dust settles in Boston.

Related: Bruins GM on Krug, Smith: “They’re not going anywhere”

Bruins GM on Krug, Smith: ‘They’re not going anywhere’


The Boston Bruins met with fans and media on Thursday, which meant that some of their gnawing, lingering questions came up.

For one thing, what’s going on with still-unsigned restricted free agents Torey Krug and Reilly Smith? GM Peter Chiarelli admitted that he isn’t thrilled about their in-limbo statuses, yet he showed some optimism overall, as’s Joe Haggerty reports:

There are pretty rampant (and fairly reasonable) rumors that the Bruins might trade Johnny Boychuk to make space for the likes of Krug and Smith. Chiarelli didn’t exactly make any promises, merely saying “don’t believe everything you read.”

Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs had nothing but high praise for the way Chiarelli has managed the team, cap challenges or not. The Boston Herald’s Matt Kalman passes along a few key quotes:

However people feel about the situation, something has to give. It just might take some time to see how things might work out. Here’s one glance at how the roster might shake out, for instance:

Interesting, if not fabulous.

PHT Morning Skate: Neely hopes RFAs Krug, Smith realize Bruins’ situation


PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Bruins president Cam Neely hopes that restricted free agents Torey Krug and Reilly Smith “realize what the situation that we’re in.” He added that there’s not a whole lot Boston can do in the negotiations given its cap situation. (The Bruins Blog)

Meanwhile, Simon Gagne and Ville Leino should get fair shots at making the Boston Bruins’ roster after being invited to the team’s training camp. (CSN New England)

The Nashville Predators were the league’s best team on the draw last season, but they didn’t make the most of their faceoff wins. (The Score)

Cory Schneider is “excited and proud” to get the opportunity to follow in Martin Brodeur’s footsteps as the New Jersey Devils’ starting goaltender. (The Bergen Record)

David Pelletier, who is an Olympic gold medal-winning figure skater, has joined the Edmonton Oilers as a skating coach. (Edmonton Journal)

Steve Sullivan’s up-and-down playing career has provided him with plenty of experiences to lean back on as he begins his time as the Arizona Coyotes’ development coach. (Arizona Republic)