With the Boston Bruins Training Camp set to officially start on September 12th, there has been lots of Black and Gold news. We have a quick low down on what you may have missed.
This summer many players took time to recoup after suffering some nagging end-of-the-season injuries. For Captain Zdeno Chara, having the summer off may not be enough. The 42-year-old recently noted that he's still recovering from the fractured jaw sustained during Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final. It's been a few months since the injury, and Big Z underwent surgery that required placement of hardware into the jaw.
He also had a procedure to remove loose bone fragments in his elbow. With the start of the new season fast approaching, a cautious Chara didn't offer a conclusive answer when asked if he would be ready for opening night:
"I'm not sure. I think that I should be. But again, it's something that it's a process to make sure that there are no setbacks or any discomfort at this point. I'm still recovering...still working on being at full strength, so it's still going on, the process of getting stronger and healthier...I'm glad that I'm able to enjoy the full spoons of food."
The discussion of Torey Krug seems to always creep in during offseason. Many continue to discuss whether or not the Boston Bruins should trade or re-sign the 28-year-old defenseman. With Krug set to become an unrestricted free agent next season, he had a chance to weigh in on the discussion.
Krug recently admitted that talks have stalled, especially where the attention is focused on re-signing Charlie McAvoy and Brandon Carlo. Despite the possible situation he'll face, the defenseman admitted an interest in taking less money to stay in Boston. As he stated to ESPN's Emily Kaplan:
“Would I take less to stay in Boston? It’s something that I’ve talked about with my family and my agent. It’s something I’m interested in. How much less — that’s a question that will be answered at a certain time. I think something that’s fair will be able to be worked out both ways. As long as they want me, I think something could be done, realistically. Everyone does it. How much they do it, is kind of their own opinion and (dependent) on their own circumstances.”
OLD FAMILIAR FACES
This past week it was announced that former goaltender and 2011 Stanley Cup Winner Tim Thomas would be named to the United States Hockey Hall of Fame. The roster also includes former Bruin Brian Gionta, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, Washington hockey icon Neal Henderson, and Team USA Olympian Krissy Wendell. The induction ceremony will take place on December 12 in Washington D.C.
The Vezina Trophy winner played with the Bruins for eight seasons. He was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as MVP in 2011 when he helped usher in a Stanley Cup for Boston for the first time in 39 years. Thomas had a .940 save percentage with a 1.98 goals-against average during the Playoffs. He is the Bruins all-time leader with a .921 save percentage, fourth with 31 shutouts, and fifth in goals-against average (2.48 ).
ENDS AND ODDS
The 2019 Prospects Challenge is being held in Buffalo. In Game 1 the Bruins posted a 4-3 win over Pittsburgh this past Friday at the Harborcenter. Having dealt with injuries that limited his time with the Bruins, Anders Bjork is looking to make an appearance this season with the Varsity team. With seconds left in regulation time, Bjork picked up two points, including the game-winning power-play goal.
Other players included Jakub Lauko, who scored Boston's first goal, and Jack Studnicka netted the second B's second goal. Goaltender Kyle Keyser made 39 stops to pick up the win. Dan Vlader was in net tonight as the Bruins were defeated 4-3 when they faced the Sabres for Game 2.
Both Oskar Steen and Samuel Asselin picked up multi-points. The Boston Bruins will face the New Jersey Devils for their final game this morning to close out the tournament.
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