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Bruins Get the Band Back Together

With McAvoy and Carlo signed, Bergeron practicing in full, things feel back to normal

by Eric Russo @erusso22 / BostonBruins.com

BOSTON - Everything felt back to normal at Warrior Ice Arena on Wednesday. For the first time this training camp, newly signed defensemen Charlie McAvoy and Brandon Carlo were on the ice together for practice with the rest of the Bruins.

"They are our teammates," said Zdeno Chara. "Of course, you wish them the best and you always want to have that part of the game over with so everyone can focus on hockey and that's what's happening now. It's nice that we have everybody signed. Everyone is back together on the ice as a team. We can focus on having a strong preseason."

In addition to having McAvoy and Carlo back in the fold, Patrice Bergeron (groin) also practiced for the second time this week and was donning a regular white practice sweater for the session as he skated alongside familiar linemates Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak. Joakim Nordstrom (foot) also practiced in a normal practice jersey for the first time this camp.

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Carlo Signing Has Bruins Looking Forward

With RFA blue liners signed, Boston can focus on preparing for 2019-20 season

by Eric Russo @erusso22 / BostonBruins.com

BOSTON - The band is officially back together.

When the Bruins report to Warrior Ice Arena on Wednesday morning, they will be in one piece for the first time this training camp.

Just two days after welcoming Charlie McAvoy back with a new three-year contract, Bruins general manager Don Sweeney announced that he had inked his other restricted free agent blue liner, Brandon Carlo, to a two-year deal worth an annual cap hit of $2.85 million.

"Overall it was a great process, I learned a lot throughout the entire process," Carlo said during a press conference on Tuesday afternoon. "A lot of respect to Sweens and [assistant general manager] Evan Gold and how they handled everything with me. They were reassuring at times and it helped a lot. But at the same time, it was stressful for me throughout these past couple days, especially after Charlie signed, to not be a part of camp.

"I was looking just to continue forward and stay here and remain here with this group of guys. I think everybody, as a young guy, you like the security aspect [of a long-term deal], but as I went through the process and things were explained to me, I'm very happy with the result of the two years."

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Bruins Announce TV And Radio Preseason Broadcast Schedule

by Boston Bruins @NHLBruins / Boston Bruins

BOSTON - The Boston Bruins announced today, September 17, the television and radio broadcast schedule for the team's five remaining preseason games.  

 

Please note that games broadcast nationally on NHL Network will be blacked out in the New England market. Fans in the New England market can watch those games exclusively on NESN or NESNplus.

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Bruins Sign Brandon Carlo To Two-Year Contract

Deal carries an annual NHL cap hit of $2.85 million

by Boston Bruins @NHLBruins / Boston Bruins

BOSTON - Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney announced today, September 17, that the team has signed defenseman Brandon Carlo to a two-year contract with an annual NHL cap hit of $2.85 million.

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Keyser Stands Tall in Bruins' Preseason Opener

Netminder stopped all 17 shots he faced; Boston fall to Devils, 4-3, in overtime

by Eric Russo @erusso22 / BostonBruins.com

NEWARK - The Bruins enter this season with one of the most dependable goaltending duos in the National Hockey League. With 984 games between them, Tuukka Rask and Jaroslav Halak provide the Black & Gold with a wealth of experience between the pipes that clearly paid dividends last spring.

On the flip side, Boston's goaltending tandem for its preseason opener in New Jersey on Monday night couldn't quite boast the same credentials. Kyle Keyser, 20, and Dan Vladar, 23, entered the exhibition contest with a combined 43 games of professional experiences - all courtesy of Vladar, who has split time between Providence and Atlanta.

Despite their lack of NHL service time, the duo acquitted themselves quite well during a 4-3 overtime loss to the Devils at Prudential Center. Keyser stopped all 17 shots he faced over 31 minutes, while Vladar made nine saves, including a breakaway denial on the power play and a sprawling, cross-crease stop, both in the second period.

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Bergeron Practices for First Time

Center (groin) made training camp debut donning a maroon jersey

by Eric Russo @erusso22 / BostonBruins.com

BOSTON - A day after getting Charlie McAvoy back in the mix, the Bruins added another body at practice on Monday as Patrice Bergeron made his training camp debut. Boston's top centerman donned a maroon non-contract jersey as he continues to work through a lingering groin injury.

"[Felt] good, it was great to be back with the group and starting to get the rhythm back slowly," said Bergeron, who had been skating separately with skills coach Kim Brandvold for the first three days of on-ice sessions. "That's still part of the program…get on the ice and start to get a feel of how I'm feeling with going full speed with the rest of the group, and obviously getting the rhythm and my hands back. Good first day, happy with how I felt, and everything is going according to plan."

Bergeron appeared to be practicing without any hinderance as he took his familiar place between Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak during the session.

"This summer's been a slow ramp up," said Bergeron. "I had to go through a few things to make sure I was fully healthy. We had to kind of take some precautions early in camp…it's still pretty early. I'm here and I'm skating, so I'm happy with how I feel."

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Bruins Announce Traveling Roster And Schedule For Game At New Jersey

by Boston Bruins @NHLBruins / Boston Bruins

BOSTON - Please see below for the traveling roster and schedule for the team's preseason game against the New Jersey Devils on Monday, September 16.

Please note that the roster and schedule are subject to change at any time.

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Contract is Just the Beginning for Bruins, McAvoy

Both sides hope blue liner will be in the mix for many years to come

by Eric Russo @erusso22 / BostonBruins.com

BOSTON - On the surface, the announcement Sunday morning that the Bruins and star blue liner Charlie McAvoy had reached an agreement on a three-year contract signified the end of a long, drawn out process that kept both sides quite busy throughout a condensed offseason.

But in so many other ways, the new deal - worth an average annual cap hit of $4.9 million - marks the beginning of what the Bruins and McAvoy hope is a lengthy relationship.

"I'm excited…I've looked at this as, there's well beyond three years as to [how long] Charlie is going to play for the Boston Bruins," Bruins general manager Don Sweeney said during a press conference on Sunday afternoon. "We're obviously excited that we got him back with the group here - an important, important part of our hockey club this year, last year, and many years going forward."

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Sweeney: Carlo Negotiations Continue

After McAvoy deal, blue liner remains the only player missing from camp

by Eric Russo @erusso22 / BostonBruins.com

BOSTON - With Charlie McAvoy now locked up for the next three years, the Bruins can shift all of their focus towards getting one of their other young blue liners locked up.

General manager Don Sweeney, while addressing McAvoy's new contract on Sunday afternoon, said talks continue with restricted free agent Brandon Carlo, who is set to enter his fourth full season in the NHL.

"As I've said, we've had a lot of communication with Charlie and it will be the same thing with Brandon," said Sweeney. "Every deal takes its time. That's my intention is to get back to work and get Brandon back in the fold as well."

Sweeney said the team has the cap space to ink the 22-year-old to a new deal, but also did not rule out the possibility of using long-term injured reserve for either Kevan Miller (knee) or John Moore (shoulder), both of whom are not expected to be ready for the start of the season.

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Bruins Sign Charlie McAvoy To Three-Year Contract

Deal carries an annual NHL cap hit of $4.9 million

by Boston Bruins @NHLBruins / Boston Bruins

BOSTON - Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney announced today, September 15, that the team has signed defenseman Charlie McAvoy to a three-year contract with an annual NHL cap hit of $4.9 million.

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