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New-Look Third Line is Set to Take on More Responsibility

Cassidy aiming to depend on the trio in crucial situations

by Eric Russo @erusso22 / BostonBruins.com

BOSTON - Bruce Cassidy is thrilled to have some options.

As the Bruins navigate the opening of a new campaign - with a number of fresh faces in the lineup - Boston's bench boss believes he has a third line he can depend on. With veteran forwards Nick Foligno and Erik Haula joining forces with Jake DeBrusk to form a new-look trio, Cassidy sees a line that can handle just about any responsibility, including checking other teams' top players.

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Former Bruins Captain Leo Boivin Passes Away at 90

Hockey Hall of Famer played 12 seasons in Boston from 1954-66

by Eric Russo @erusso22 / BostonBruins.com

BostonBruins.com - Former Bruins defenseman Leo Boivin passed away on Saturday at the age of 90. The Prescott, Ontario, native played 12 seasons in Boston from 1954-66 and served as the club's captain from 1963-66. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1986.

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With New Contract Complete, McAvoy Set to Take Next Step in his Career

Bruins ace blue liner will remain in Boston for eight more years

by Eric Russo @erusso22 / BostonBruins.com

BOSTON - Just weeks into his tenure as head coach of the Bruins, Bruce Cassidy made a trip to Providence. Boston's new bench boss was making the trek down I-95 to check out the Black & Gold's shiniest new prospect, a defenseman out of Boston University who was turning pro after two seasons with the Terriers.

That blue liner was Charlie McAvoy, who had been selected by the Bruins with the 14th overall pick in the NHL Entry Draft some 10 months earlier.

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Neely: 'Expectations Are Certainly High' Heading into the 2021-22 Season

Bruins brass does not believe there is any reason to alter team's outlook

by Eric Russo @erusso22 / BostonBruins.com

BOSTON - Bruins president Cam Neely did not hesitate.

When asked what his feelings were heading into the 2021-22 campaign, the Hockey Hall of Famer was confident in saying that "expectations are certainly high and there's no need to change that."

Despite the departure of longtime centerman David Krejci and the uncertainty surrounding the return of Boston's all-time winningest goalie, Tuukka Rask, the Bruins brass does not believe there is any reason to alter the team's outlook as perennial Stanley Cup contenders.

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Foligno Has Already Made His Impact Felt

Veteran forward's leadership has been on full display through Bruins training camp

by Eric Russo @erusso22 / BostonBruins.com

BOSTON - Nick Foligno remembers well the rides home from the rink.

If things went awry, he knew he could expect a silent journey - until the car reached the driveway. It was then that his father, Mike, his coach with the OHL's Sudbury Wolves and a former NHL strongman, would let him know how and why things went wrong.

"He'd always wait until we pulled into the driveway and lay into us," said Foligno, whose brother, Marcus, also played for his dad in Sudbury. "It would be a really quiet ride home and then, boom, he'd let it go. And then at the end, he'd say, I still love you and walk into the house."

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Pastrnak Named to Czech Republic's Winter Olympics Roster

The 2022 Beijing Games will be the winger's first Olympics experience

by Eric Russo @erusso22 / BostonBruins.com

BostonBruins.com - David Pastrnak is headed back to China.

The Bruins All-Star winger has been to Beijing on multiple occasions through the club's partnership with O.R.G. Packaging, as well as the 2018 NHL China Games, but this February, he will return as part of Team Czech Republic at the 2022 Winter Olympics.

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Cassidy Sees Another Wave of Leaders Ready to Emerge

Boston's bench boss believes a number of young players will take on more responsibility

by Eric Russo @erusso22 / BostonBruins.com

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BOSTON - When Bruce Cassidy walks the halls of Warrior Ice Arena these days, there are plenty of fresh faces. The veteran leadership core that has defined the Bruins over the past decade has dwindled with the likes of Zdeno Chara, David Krejci, Torey Krug, and Kevan Miller all departing in recent years.

Despite all of those exits, however, Cassidy believes the Bruins remain in strong position to maintain the culture that has been created in the club's dressing room, starting, of course, with the example set by captain Patrice Bergeron and alternate captain Brad Marchand.

But Boston's bench boss sees another wave of leaders ready to emerge.

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Studnicka Focused on Adding Strength Over Offseason

The forward estimates he packed on 15 pounds to his frame this summer

by Eric Russo @erusso22 / BostonBruins.com

BOSTON - Jack Studnicka headed into the summer knowing one thing for certain: he needed to get stronger.

The 2017 second-round pick suited up for 20 games with the Bruins last season, notching a goal and two assists. It was hardly the offensive showing he was aiming for after collecting 49 points (23 goals, 26 assists) in 60 games for Providence in 2019-20.

So, the 22-year-old made a commitment to bulking up.

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With Prospects Challenge Wrapped, Bruins Turn Focus to Training Camp

Sweeney provides updates following tournament conclusion in Buffalo

by Christopher Krenn @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

BUFFALO - The Bruins closed out the 2021 Prospects Challenge on Sunday with a 4-3 loss to the New Jersey Devils after defeating the Buffalo Sabres, 5-2, on Saturday. After scoring two goals on Saturday, Jesper Froden picked up where he left off on Sunday, picking up two more goals in the loss. Jakub Lauko netted his first goal of the weekend as well after recording two assists on Saturday.

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Ahcan, Steen Aiming to Draw on Stints with Big Club

Both Bruins prospects played three games with Boston last season

by Eric Russo @erusso22 / BostonBruins.com

BOSTON - Three games is hardly a substantial sample size.

But Jack Ahcan and Oskar Steen are grateful for the taste of the National Hockey League they received last spring. And as the Bruins prospects - who are both taking part in this week's Rookie Camp - get set to make an impression on the Boston brass this fall, they'll both be aiming to draw on their experiences.

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