2010 Bruins Training Camp: Boston Cuts Eight Players On Wednesday

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Bruins Cut Six Prior to European Trip

The Boston Bruins sent six players down to its farm team in Providence on Wednesday morning, reducing their roster to 25.

Joe Colborne, Zach Hamill, Steve Kampfer, Jeff LoVecchio, Jeremy Reich and Wyatt Smith were sent to the AHL’s Providence Bruins.

This group of cuts includes several players who had played strongly during Bruins camp. Reich had scored during Tuesday’s preseason game loss to the Washington Capitals. Kampfer had been singled out several times due to his defensive playmaking.

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Bruins Continue To Pare Down Roster, Cut Nine

The Boston Bruins released nine players Friday afternoon, including a young player Coach Claude Julien singled out for great play post-game on Thursday.

Forwards Jared Knight and Craig Cunningham, and defenseman Ryan Button were returned to their junior teams. Knight had impressed many, including Bruins coach Claude Julien, during training camp. He played in Thursday evening's loss against the Florida Panthers, and was praised for his strong skating skills.

Defenseman Andrew Bodnarchuk and Jeff Penner, and forwards Jordan Knackstedt, Lane MacDermid and Kirk MacDonald will all report to Providence. All five played in Providence last season.

Journeyman defenseman Joe Rullier was released from his tryout agreement with the Bruins, and will not report to Providence.

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Bruins Skate to Strong Start Against Montreal, Win 4-2

The Boston Bruins jumped right out of the gate Wednesday evening against the Montreal Canadiens and never looked back.

Netting a 4-2 win against the Habs, the Bruins showed a dominating style of play in the first period. Off-season pickup Nathan Horton scored the team's first goal within the first two minutes of play, getting helpers from Ryan Spooner and Matt Bartkowski.

Thirteen minutes into the second, Johnny Boychuk scored on the man advantage with assists from Bartkowski and Tyler Seguin. Less than two minutes later, Patrice Bergeron would net one against the Canadiens' Carey Price with help from Daniel Paille.The Bruins would add one more tally on the evening, just over two minutes into the second period, when Bergeron scored his second goal of the evening shorthanded.

The Canadiens would finally score halfway through the second period, with a goal from Maxim Lapierre. Mike Cammalleri would register the team's second goal on the evening, but they would not be able to add any more on the night.

Bruins' goaltender Tuukka Rask played the entire game, stonewalling 38 shots. The Canadiens split the game between Price (who let in all four Bruins goals and escaped the ice to jeers from a Montreal crowd) and journeyman goaltender Curtis Sanford.

For more coverage of Wednesday evening's Bruins game and a ton more Bruins coverage, please check out Stanley Cup of Chowder.

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Bruins Release Eight Players From Training Camp

Prior to Wednesday evening’s preseason game against the Montreal Canadiens, the Boston Bruins released eight players, most of whom will end up in their AHL affiliate in Providence.

According to SBNation’s Stanley Cup of Chowder, goalie Adam Courchaine, defenseman Ryan Donald, goalie Michael Hutchinson, center Levi Nelson, right wing Tyler Randell, left wing Antoine Roussel, left wing Jordan Smotherman and defenseman Cody Wild were released Wednesday afternoon.

Courchaine, Hutchinson, Nelson and Wild have contracts already established with the Providence Bruins, while Donald, Massachusetts bred Smotherman and Roussel will attempt to earn spots on the team in their training camp. Randell will report back to the Kitchener Rangers, where he plays junior hockey.

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New Faces Dot Bruins Roster for Preseason Game Against Montreal

Highly heralded rookie Tyler Seguin will make his NHL preseason debut tonight when the Boston Bruins take on the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre.

Many regulars will take the night off to give newbies like Seguin the chance to be seen in game action. According to a Bruins release this morning, their game roster is as follows:

FORWARDS: Patrice Bergeron, Gregory Campbell, Jordan Caron, Nathan Horton, Brian McGrattan, Daniel Paille, Mark Recchi, Jeremy Reich, Maxime Sauve, Tyler Seguin, Ryan Spooner, Blake Wheeler.
DEFENSEMEN: Matt Bartkowski, Andrew Bodnarchuk, Johnny Boychuk, Matthew Hunwick, Adam McQuaid, Dennis Seidenberg.
GOALTENDERS: Tukka Rask, Nolan Schaefer.

Joe Colborne will not play because of the head injury suffered during last Wednesday’s rookie game, and Andrew Ference is also being held out due to a head injury. Tim Thomas is being held out to rest his surgically repaired hip.

The Bruins will be facing Montreal goaltender Carey Price, as well as former Bruin Hal Gill and former Harvard standout Louis Leblanc, all of whom are the Canadiens’ game roster.

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Road to Recovery Involves a Few Days Off for Thomas

Goalie Tim Thomas missed both Monday’s intersquad scrimmage and Tuesday’s practice, but Boston Bruins head coach Claude Julien says fans shouldn’t panic.

Julien told both Matt Kalman of The Bruins Blog and DJ Bean of WEEI.com that Thomas will practice Wednesday and travel with the team during their preseason game schedule this week. The Bruins are being cautious with the veteran after he underwent hip surgery in the off-season, and Julien told Kalman that he is okay with that plan:

“So it’s no more than just part of the process of giving him a little bit of rest between the workouts. Because again, that’s the only way he can heal properly.”

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2010 Bruins Training Camp: Boston Begins Preseason Schedule Against Montreal Wednesday

Ready or not, the 2010-11 Boston Bruins season is coming. Scratch that. It's here. 

The Bruins officially opened this fall's full training camp on Friday, and begin preseason games Wednesday.

The team's practice groups look like this: 

Group A

FORWARDS: Jamie Arniel, Joe Colborne, Craig Cunningham, Zach Hamill, Nathan Horton, Jordan Knackstedt, Jared Knight, David Krejci, Lane MacDermid, Brad Marchand, Jeremy Reich, Michael Ryder, Jordan Smotherman, Shawn Thornton, Blake Wheeler

DEFENSEMEN: Johnny Boychuk, Ryan Button, Zdeno Chara, Ryan Donald, Matt Hunwick, Steven Kampfer, Nathan McIver, Adam McQuaid, Jeff Penner

GOALTENDERS: Adam Courchaine, Nolan Schaefer, Tim Thomas

Group B

FORWARDS: Patrice Bergeron, Gregory Campbell, Jordan Caron, Jeff LoVecchio, Milan Lucic, Kirk MacDonald, Brian McGrattan, Levi Nelson, Daniel Paille, Tyler Randell, Mark Recchi, Antoine Roussel, Max Sauve, Tyler Seguin, Ryan Spooner

DEFENSEMEN: Yury Alexandrov, Matt Bartkowski, Andrew Bodnarchuk, Andrew Ference, Joe Rullier, Dennis Seidenberg, Mark Stuart, Cody Wild

GOALTENDERS: Matt Dalton, Michael Hutchinson, Tuukka Rask

Follow this stream throughout the preseason leading up to the regular season opener against the Coyotes in Prague on Oct. 9.

Important Dates:

Wednesday, September 22 (Montreal, QC)
- Bruins at Montreal Canadiens, Bell Centre, 7:30 p.m. ET

Thursday, September 23 (Rochester, NY)
- Bruins vs. Florida Panthers, Blue Cross Arena, 7:00 p.m. ET 

Saturday, September 25 (Boston, MA)
-Bruins vs. Florida Panthers, TD Garden, 7:00 p.m. ET 

Tuesday, September 28 (Washington, DC)
-Bruins at Washington Capitals, Verizon Center, 7:00 p.m. ET 

Wednesday, September 29 (Boston, MA)
-Bruins vs. Washington Capitals, TD Garden, 7:00 p.m. ET 
-Travel to Belfast, Northern Ireland

Saturday, October 2 (Belfast, Northern Ireland)
-Bruins vs. Belfast Giants Select, Odyssey Arena, 7:00 p.m. local/ 2:00 p.m. ET

Sunday, October 3 (Belfast, Northern Ireland/ Prague, Czech Republic)
-Travel to Prague

Tuesday, October 5 (Liberec, Czech Republic)
-Bruins vs. HC Liberec, Tipsport Arena, 7:00 p.m. local/ 1:00 p.m. ET 

Saturday, October 9 (Prague, Czech Republic) * Regular season
-Season opening game, Bruins vs. Phoenix Coyotes, O2 Arena, 6:00 p.m. local/ 12 noon ET

Sunday, October 10 (Prague, Czech Republic) * Regular season
- Bruins vs. Phoenix Coyotes, O2 Arena, 4:00 p.m. local/ 10:00 a.m. ET (Ocelarska 460/2 190 00, Prague, C

For all things Bruins, visit Stanley Cup of Chowder.

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