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Around the rink
Boston Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli on Milan Lucic
...You saw that I put him on LTI. Long term injury. He'll probably be anywhere between four to six weeks. He had surgery on his [finger] that is broken...That was yesterday.
On what led to the Kobasew trade...It...gives a little cap space flexibility for this year and for next year. It was a good time for all those things, but primarily based on our play.
On what he expects out of Sobotka and MarchandThe fellows we brought up are young and energetic and enthusiastic. I felt that we needed an injection of that into our lineup.
On Chuck Kobasew...Chuck was a good player when he was here. He was professional and I liked his compete [level] and I liked his shot. He struggled out of the gate this year, but certainly when he was with us he was a good, valuable contributor.
Boston Bruins head coach Claude Julien on the trade...I work with the players at my disposal and we've got a couple of new faces here in our lineup that will hopefully give us a boost and some energy. As far as Chuck Kobasew is concerned, he has always been a great player to coach and very professional; serious about everything that comes with the game, conditioning, training and commitment. But as Peter [Chiarelli] mentioned, there's numerous reasons for the organization to make a trade and as a coach you have to respect that.
Julien on the competition created by the arrival of Lefebvre, Marchand and Sobotka...[It helps] immensely. And when I say immensely, I mean that when your team is not playing at the level you would like it to play, it's good to have others pushing others to stay in the lineup. That's something that you guys know from me now for a few years -- that I don't care who it is, if a player isn't playing well enough and doesn't deserve to be in the lineup, he is not going to be in the lineup.
Julien on the health of Wideman, Savard, Thornton and Lefebvre...[Wideman] is getting closer everyday, yes...Savard and Thornton were maintenance days for them. Lefebvre, we gave him the day off because, obviously, he traveled all the way to Phoenix, came back and played for Providence. I think he was deserving of a little bit of off-ice break.
Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand
on being promoted from Providence...I had a strong camp and when I got sent down I wanted to continue building on that...now that the opportunity has arrived, it's a pretty great thing, but I will take it day-to-day here.
On when he learned of the promotion...[Providence head coach Rob Murray] pulled me aside into the office and told us to wait around for a while. That something might be happening, so probably a half an hour later, I was so excited and nervous, it was crazy, but a half an hour later he pulled us in again and told us we were going up. So, it was a pretty special feeling...it was great news.
On who he called when he got the news...I called my brother first, then my parents. My brother freaked out a bit, he was pretty excited and then I called my parents and they let a few tears out. But it was a pretty special phone call.
Boston Bruins forward Vladimir Sobotka on being promoted...I've felt pretty good, actually. We had some points and last game we played good. I got some confidence...I figure me and Marshy [Marchand] should bring some energy, you know? Finish hits. Play simple and play hard. That's what we always do...We had a really good start in Providence, so we have some confidence [coming to Boston].
Practice is done for the day and I am back at The TD Garden. Plenty of video and prose is coming, just give me a few...JB
Wideman seems to be playing without restriction. Predictably, Sobotka and Marchand are flying.
The practice session has begun and the lines are mixed up because of the missing personnel.
Marchand and Sobotka are on the ice. Dennis Wideman is on the ice. Guillaume Lefebvre, Marc Savard
and Shawn Thornton
are not on the ice.
Bruins head coach Claude Julien moved the club down to the non-pressbox side of the rink and seems to be addressing the team. I do not see a wipe board.
The face of the Boston Bruins continues to change.
In the short term, left wing Milan Lucic
is on long term IR. But more importantly and permanently, forward Chuck Kobasew, a former Boston College Eagle, and a key member of the B's last two playoff teams, is now a member of the Minnesota Wild.
In return, the Bruins own another high draft pick in 2011 (second round) and have acquired the rights to highly touted Harvard forward Alexander Fallstrom
and grinder Craig Weller.
No doubt due to the departure of Kobasew and his cap hit, the Bruins were also able to add top prospects and Providence standout Vladimir Sobotka and Brad Marchand
to the major league roster.
Sobotka and Marchand have both garnered a lot of attention for their gritty play during Boston's last few training camps. Sobotka has also turned heads during his various stints with the big B's over the last two seasons. Marchand is a born winner and has turned himself into a pest with serious scoring touch.
This morning we'll begin to see if they can help the Bruins regain their form.