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Sweeney: Carlo Negotiations Continue

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

by Eric Russo @erusso22 /

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.

Video: Don Sweeney adresses media about Charlie McAvoy

Maintenance Men

After practicing on Saturday, both Joakim Nordstrom (foot) and Matt Grzelcyk (undisclosed) stayed off the ice for maintenance on Sunday. Per coach Bruce Cassidy, both are expected to be back skating on Monday, as will Patrice Bergeron, who has yet to practice this training camp.

"They'll all be back on the ice [on Monday]. I believe they'll all be with the group," said Cassidy.

End Game

The Bruins held an intrasquad scrimmage during the middle on-ice session on Sunday, pitting Group A against Group B. The tilt went scoreless until a 3-on-3 portion, which effectively acted as a sudden-death overtime.

No time was being kept, but the game was ended after Zdeno Chara buried a breakaway chance off a feed from Danton Heinen.

"I may have just created something there," joked Cassidy, when asked if he might have to use Chara during overtime this season. "I've got that in my back pocket."

It wasn't Chara's only highlight of the day. When McAvoy made his way to the ice for his first on-ice session of camp, Chara waited along the wall of the hallway, clearing the "red carpet" for his defense partner. McAvoy wouldn't let him stay behind, however, and yanked him by the jersey so they could walk out to the ice together.

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